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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?

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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.

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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.

Kate


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.

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Amen Ukno1stanafan!!!

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So Alexis kept her father from entering her apartment, but she just waltzes into Castle's um...castle unannounced? Perhaps she forgot she doesn't live there anymore. And the condescending attitude she gave off while asking for his help was just another reason to wish her off into the cornfield. OTOH, loved the Lanie/Beckett scene. Hope we get to see more of these two, especially as wedding prep approaches. Don't necessarily want specific character-centric episodes. Prefer to see interaction between all of the characters, with a touch of Caskett for spice.

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@ Snaky Z

Imagine the tizzy if Beckett asks Lanie to be her maid of honor instead of Alexis. I mentioned on another board that I nearly suspect the agent of the actress portraying Alexis threatened the producers to give her more screen time or she'd leave. Purely speculation, mind you. It just feels like we've had that character rammed into every story this year but it isn't the character we loved. Maybe the character has become the actress instead of the other way around?

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Beckett made a valid point. She's consistently been on the outside of the Castle family. Alexis has had a grudge with her for at least 2 seasons and even Martha has had a few scenes where she was less than flattering toward the character. Why is that? Beckett hasn't crossed them and often goes out of her way -- as does her team -- to help the Castle trio. Even the way the ending was written made it look like Alexis was the bigger person for going to thank Kate (in silence, no less). Castle, for me, has always been about Castle & Beckett. Not Alexis. Her scenes are getting harder and harder to watch, making me dub her Kim Bauer 2.0

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I wasn't too big a fan of this episode. The minute the cop opened his mouth in the cafe I knew it was him - it was a tad too predictable. HOWEVER, I do like that they're continuing to make Castle remain a competent "detective", with an eye for detail and a flair for story. We missed that guy for a couple seasons! My highlight was Beckett and Lanie chatting. I loved their girl talk in the first & second season, and I wish we got more of it. As always, Lanie has the best, most realistic advice. EVERYONE should talk to Lanie. Alexis is still a problem for me, sorry. She didn't help her case when she went into her dad's office practically demanding he help her while still being rude to him. The apology she gave wasn't enough, because she didn't acknowledge how wrong she's been; she only apologized because she was vulnerable and Castle was there for her - as he ALWAYS is. He deserves better from his daughter, and he needs to stop trying to be a "friend" and be a father with authority every once in a while. That being said - I hate how the writers have made Castle the butt monkey of everything. Alexis is mad...it's Castle's fault. Beckett is mad...it's Castle's fault. Castle gets mad...he has to compromise everything. I'm perfectly okay with the amount of PDA on the show. They're a realistic working couple.

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@ Robin Harry

I agree about the scene with the cop in a small town. The episode's shining moment was the return to form of the friendship between Lanie and Beckett. Though, the reunion between the two brothers was equally compelling.

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Christine, I so agree with you about wanting to hear the Alexis/Kate talk. We have been dying to see that, so why do we have to assume.....again? A kiss also would have been great.

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@ Teri

Thanks Teri. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion and some people were fine with the scene as is, but we've had so little interaction between Kate and Alexis. I really want to know what they actually said to each other. For me, dialogue is important.

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Like Captain Cook I am all for the sweeping love story. I like that. I don't like angst and think overdone it makes for terrible TV and that is what has happened in Castle in recent times( final arc of series 5 and now). Nathan and Stana are the ONLY two actors/actresses who can portray people in love. When I watch Castle I see two people in love and it warms the cockles of this grumpy old man. It doesn't happen with Lanie and Espo nor Alexis and Pi. More , much more Caskett ,plenty of soft fluffy bits, lots of banter and get a crime drama whee I do not know who the murderer is until near the ending please!

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Yet another terrible episode this season. The story has been retold countless times on episodic TV. The second the young cop opened his mouth you knew he did it. The whole family thing is insufferable, time to dump both mother and daughter. You have one of the hottest women on television sitting around doing nothing, Stana has had a terrible year so far. (At least her hair looked good for a change.) It is time to get back to crime solving and the sexual tension Katic can provide. They had better improve quickly or they will be moving to Friday or Saturday night. In case no one has noticed there is a superhot brunette in a fast rising show in the same timeslot.

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Hopefully, the next few episodes will be Alexis free, so we can concentrate on the true purpose of this series, the Caskett love story, or have I missed what Marlowe is trying to portray. As far as I can recall, Marlowe calls this Caskett's "long sweeping love story", I cannot believe that a spoilt, inconsiderate, arrogant, spoilt brat of a daughter, will be allowed to get in the way of that. But, having said that, we are talking Marlowe here, where as long as Castle is portrayed as a complete idiot, that's fine! The writers need to up their game, IMO, which I am entitled to!!

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Nottrampis. It would appear that us long time Castle fans are no longer entitled to an opinion! What happened to free speech??

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I agree with all who think AM is doing an excellent job of portraying real life situations with all of the characters. Alexis is written as a three dementional character with plenty of character flaws, but that's what good
writing is all about and why so many of us feel like these are 'real' people.