Castle Review: The Good Guys Win

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Viewers were treated to the continuing saga of Alexis Castle this week.

But, thankfully Castle Season 6 Episode 7, gave fans something to smile about when it came to Rick's only daughter.

When Alexis was told that "sometimes the good guys don't win," I really wondered if that would be her lesson by the end of the hour. And certainly the drama of fighting for a death row inmate with less than three days to live didn't disappoint.

Enlisting Castle Help

Honestly, I thought Frank's brother John was the real killer the moment I saw him, so I was satisfied that the Castle writers turned the tables on me. As much as it's fun to figure out who the killer is, it's always more entertaining to be surprised.

I was even a little disappointed in myself that I didn't figure out it was the officer who harassed them in the cafe during that scene. But I remember thinking that it was completely rational that people in a blue collar town in Pennsylvania wouldn't be happy about an NYC college student second guessing their work.

I'll admit, I was pretty ticked off at Alexis by the end of Castle Season 6, Episode 6. Forcing her father to stand in the hallway and then closing the door on him was not her finest moment. And as "Like Father, Like Daughter" opened, her self righteous anger was still apparent.

As Rick himself asked in this Castle quote

So I insulted her boyfriend. What's the prison sentence on that?

In the mind of a teenager, weeks sounds accurate. The only reason Alexis ended up back at the loft was because she needed something…or maybe she was subconsciously looking for a way to reconnect with her Dad. I'm hoping it was the latter.

Despite her cool exterior, Castle positively lit up when she asked him for help and once again his adoration for his daughter melted my heart.

This episode's slightly different formula was a nice change of pace. A road trip is always fun and I enjoyed watching Rick and Alexis working together to solve the case.

Meeting Frank and Maggie brought out something we don't see in Castle very often. His insecure side.

You should have seen the way these people looked at me, like I'm some kind of savior.

If he failed to prove Frank's innocence not only would the man be put to death, but Castle feared his daughter would never forgive him.

The case highlighted some things about Alexis too. She's incredibly smart, driven and passionate. She's like this strange mix of both Castle and Beckett. But she's also extremely naive.

Alexis kept insisting that Frank was innocent because she knew him. In truth, she'd spent very little time with the man and he could have easily been playing her. She even believed that she was safe going inside Lyle Gomez's home because her father was outside in the car. If Lyle had been the actual killer that situation could have gone horribly wrong very quickly.

But how many of us weren't naive and idealistic at 19 years old? Alexis was portrayed as such a mature kid for many of Castle's early seasons that when she's shown as a typical teenager I have to remind myself that she's acting normal for her age.

What was particularly interesting was who Alexis decided to ask for help…and who she didn't. She went to Ryan and Esposito first. With their prodding she went to her father. But she didn't go to Lanie or Beckett.

Not going to Beckett I understood but her decision about Lanie surprised me. Perhaps it was as simple as she said. She didn't think Lanie could help since it was out of her jurisdiction, but that didn't stop her from asking Ryan and Esposito. Or maybe it was because she knew Beckett and Lanie are close and she wasn't ready for any contact with her future step-mom.

Speaking of Kate and Lanie, it was great to see them sharing some girl talk on Castle Season 6, as Kate expressed her fears about fitting into the close relationship Castle has with his family. Brilliant as ever, Dr. Parish pointed out that no family is perfect and that she possessed the power to make her own history.

Beckett did her absolute best to make sure Castle knew she was there for both him and his daughter no matter what and I was thrilled that Castle recognized her efforts…

Beckett: She's practically family. I care about her too.
Castle: You're pretty great, you know that?

On a lighter note, it was funny but far from shocking that Castle would offer up the plan to get married in outer space. No surprise when Kate shot back sarcastically…

Because when I was a little girl imaging my wedding day, being stuck in a small tin can with a thousand tons of rocket fuel strapped to my ass was exactly what I had in mind.


But as much as I enjoyed both of those scenes, could the writers slip us a Castle kiss every now and again. I'm in this for the romance. I'd like to see a little…make that a lot more of it.

In the end I had but one complaint. As great as it was to watch Kate and Alexis share a hug I desperately wanted to hear their conversation. That would have made the episode truly satisfying.

In life sometimes the good guys don't win but that's why I tune into Castle every week. Because on #HappyCastleMondays, usually the good guys do.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


sorry but our beautiful headless and thornless horse riding demon I do not agree.
okay there hasn't been a lot of kissing BUT Beckett has definitely changed. Marlowe won't admit bit but she has learnt from her disastrous DC job experience. She is MY Kate again!

Tonya b

I think it's time for fans to let Marlowe know what we think!! Stop watching the show for 2 or 3 episodes, watch the ratings plummet like a rock, and then provide them with an explanation when they ask. Otherwise, we will get the same story, just a different day. I already quit, can't handle the angst. Reruns are getting old.

Tonya b

This show is one sorry assed pathetic series if AM calls it a "sweeping love story." Here we have a newly engaged couple who are supposedly madly in love, acting on a show that the writer claims will be "very romantic" this season, and the fans get three shows in a row with not even a tiny kiss? Is all the crappy angst with Alexis and Pi his idea of romance? I never thought that the show would be heading into episode 8 (a full 1/3 of the season gone) and the episodes are still too awful for me to watch. Imagine that, will ya!!!! The sweeping, romantic, love story = sweeping (the dust and cobwebs from the real story, lost somewhere), romantic (about as much romance as a man and his pizzle brained kid meeting their mail order bride for the first time), love story (is there a love story here somewhere? I'm starting to think that Mr. Marlowe has some very twisted ideas about true love. His ideas are all mixed up with lies, pain, angst, selfishness, lack of emotion, poor communication,etc., like these are all staples in a relationship, rather than flawed hurdles which may be found (not WILL BE found) in SOME relationships, i.e., not ALL of them.)

@ Tonya B.

Yeah Tonya Marlowe is of the opinion that angst and drama sells..
Romance is about 1 in 5 eps for Castle where angst runs about every 2nd ep..
I hate angst and the whole will they/ won't they routine in any shows.
Call me old fashioned but if I like someone, ask her out, she says no. I accept that and move on.Find someone else..
And you never ever date damaged. In my world I'd recognize Beckett for what she is (walled up and bleeped up emotionally, aka high maintenance) and wouldn't even touch her with a 10 foot barge pole.
Looks aren't everything ya know..
rant over.


FYI ....
It was the scene just before Alexis & Kate talk & hug. Thanks again.


I was in the bathroom having a bad case of gastritis & only heard part of the conversation with someone about their son being the murderer. Can someone please tell me who's door they went to & what the conversation was? Did they have cops with them to arrest someone? Thanks.

Tonya b
@ Love Castle

Was it the episode that sent you to the restroom with a bad case of gastritis? :-)


I enjoyed the episode, which kind of surprised me because I usually don't care for nights when Castle and Beckett aren't working together. I still felt a strong presence from Kate and loved how totally supportive she was. It was very interesting that when Kate voiced her concerns to Lanie about being on the outside when it comes to Castle and Alexis, that it mirrored Gina's comment a few seasons back. The difference this time is that Castle obviously WANTS Kate and Alexis to be close. The other thing I really liked was seeing Castle feel the weight of such high expectations. I liked his uncertainty about not being able to live up to being the "savior." This would not have been a time for him to be cocky and funny. Lastly, the case twist that I really appreciated was the angle that Frank was taking the fall for his brother out of guilt for the earlier car accident. That's one I never saw coming.


spot on with that building theory Our Roy montgomery. nI thought it distasteful in the extreme. By the way Alexis is supposed to be in love with Pi but NEITHER of them like anywhere near that.
Is this just bad acting or is there something else going on?


I enjoyed the episode because the case was so interesting. The supporting actors during season 6 have been really good except for Anthony Sabato Jr (Need to Know). Alexis continues with her childish behavior that you would expect from a 14-year-old, not a 19-year-old. A lot of comments here during the Alexis arc have tended to lump all the stages of adolescence together, but they are very different. There were too many scenes where Alexis gets to appear to be smarter than Castle. The Alexis as superior thing has really been overdone. Also, the one scene that really bothered me happened when Castle and Alexis started building theory together the way Castle does with Beckett. This was a big oversight by a new writer to Castle series. Building theory with Beckett as always been insinuated as sexual foreplay for the last 5 years. Yet, the writer had Castle building theory with his daughter? The new writer must not have been aware of the significance. I’m surprised that scene passed the screening process. The Pi character was only mentioned once which helped me to overcome the angst over the Alexis centric episode. The Pi character subtracts from the overall quality of the show. Once Pi is gone, they can seriously deal with Alexis’s bad behavior. At some point, there has to be acknowledgement that her behavior was wrong.


Really good episode. I'm glad Alexis and Castle are starting to patch things up and I hope soon they go back to being the normal loving father and daughter we've seen over the years. I to wish that we heard Beckett and Alexis's talk but it was nice that they hugged. Can't wait till the next episode.


@everybody that thinks Alexis has a right to be mad at her father because he doesn't like her boyfriend. 1. She met Pi in Costa Rica, knew him for 2 months and bought him home with her to live in her father’s house. 2. She didn't ask her father if it was ok for a stranger to stay in his home. Yes, stranger. Who the hell is this kid? 3. Not only that, you watched very carefully knowing it upset your father and had a smirk on you face all the time. 4. Pi was sloppy, and abused his welcome by forcing Castle to eat everything he hated. And yes, you Alexis still had a smirk on your face. I guess you showed him. How dear he propose to his girlfriend of 5 years, while you were away in Costa Rica, doing lord knows what. His girlfriend who is an NYPD detective, fully upstanding and everyone knows who she is. Alexis you are a brat and that’s OK, but Castle shouldn’t be letting you get away with it. Step up and be the Dad Castle. Your daughter needs to put in her place, yes, I said it. You want something to be mad about little girl, how about Castle tell you all the mistakes you made and stop talking to you until you see the errors of your way and really apologize. And btw, Alexis had no reason to be mad a Castle. These shows that let the kids walk all over their parents annoy me. Is that really how it is in real life? I don't think so.

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Castle Quotes

Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing.


Castle: The fact that you even think that breaks my heart. I would walk into a tornado for you, Kate.
Beckett: And I would die if I lost you.