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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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Nottrampis, et all. I agree with your comments regarding Alexis, every scene she is now in I dislike, she needs to be gone for a few episodes. AWM really has trashed her character, and for what? Castle once again portrayed as the one in the wrong, seriously!! Fully support the argument that we need to see some Caskett private time, this is after all their "long sweeping love story", about we some some if it AWM?

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Attempt to no 4 to make a post. This new site really is crap!!

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Castle's smile at seeing the two most important women in his life connect was also a really nice touch. The thing that surprises me about the Alexis angle is this: In every interview, Andrew Marlowe keeps saying that he's a writer who listens to his characters. That he goes wherever his characters take him. This was true for Castle saying "I love you!" to Beckett at the end of Season 3. For Caskett coming together at the end of Season 4. Not quite for the engagement, but I can let that slide. Everything he's written so far has been decided by the way the story has progressed. EXCEPT Alexis suddenly behaving like a spoiled brat. Sure, she experienced some trauma during the kidnapping, but that should only make her more wary of relationships with strangers. Not make her bring a hippie with a lost passport into her life, and move in with him. Some people have said she's acting out to the Caskett engagement, but again, that doesn't explain why she would choose a hipster like Pi of all people. None of it makes sense for Alexis' character progression, and that's baffling me. Plus, we've not seen any character progression so far in the six episodes. All we get is engagement tidbits, but that's not enough. We've not seen Castle and Beckett become a true part of each other's private lives like engaged couples are wont to become. We've not seen Jim Beckett's reaction to their engagement. We've not heard of Ryan's baby since the first episode. And Espo's life has basically become stagnated within the show. It'll be interesting to see a return of all these things. Because this season needs a momentum kick for me.

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Agree with David and nottrampis (who's got his ID back I see!). Alexis was being a b***h for the first half of the episode. The way she acted in Castle's room, not making eye contact pissed me off. And then when Castle tried to reconnect, she put him off, and tried to show off as somehow being more mature than she actually is. As nottrampis said, my whole problem with everything so far is that none of Alexis' behaviour is being called out on within the show. Everything is made out to be Castle's fault. He's apologizing for a very small mistake in the housewarming party. Alexis is behaving like a brat and has not even apologized for invading her father's life and bringing a hippie home. Sure enough, she had the epiphany and realized Castle's always there for her. And the moment with Beckett was also nice, but it didn't make up for every bratty thing she's done so far this season, and some of last. But I did enjoy the episode. I sort of have a weak spot for feel-good stuff like this, and it is nice to see the good guys win. I actually had a lump in my throat when the brother was acquitted and hugged his younger brother. I guess that just makes me a big softie. :) BTW, In the end Castle says, "You did a good thing here." Alexis would've done squat were it not for Castle. He was the one who noticed actual physical evidence lying underneath the body, and that is eventually what led to the acquittal.

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Spoilt little brat girl Alexis definitely needs to go and normal young woman Alexis needs to return. Everyone is saying that her behaviour is out of left field but if you care to remember it wasn't all that long ago that she was kidnapped and used as bait to lure out Castle's spy father, and that is going to have some psychological effects that could be causing her to act out... Or she could just be living up to the spoilt little rich girl stereotype! Also, why hadn't Pi been able to talk Alexis out of her snit with her father? Isn't he meant to be all zen and touchy feely when it comes to things like that? Isn't that what Alexis sees in him? Considering that Alexis had basically thrown her whole relationship with Castle out the window over the guy, I'd have thought there would have been more activity on the Pi front, with him pushing for her to talk to her father - especially after Castle apologised!!! As for the COTW, as soon as I saw the "offended" officer, I knew it was him. No challenge this week I'm afraid. Hopefully a better case next week!

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I am with David on this. This was really really boring. Alexis is no beckett or should I say Molly quinn is no Stana Katic.
Moreover Castle was allowed to be his normal self and so the episode drifted. What was the reason for alexis's appalling behaviour on coming back from Costa rica. of course Marlowe didn't give us a reason.y was alexis . The major problem for Alexis is people do not warm to women who are not attractive who play spoilt brats. She really still hasn't apologized and naturally ,as David has said, it is all Castle's fault! I am just glad this is over and hopefully we will get some decent episodes. Make sure there is only a small part for Alexis. i'm sorry but she is boring

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I know... Everyone wants us to like this Ep because it has some feel good qualities..
It was "Meh"
I never liked Alexis since the day she tore strips off her father at work for daring to do a background check on the violin player. Where it's usually typical for the well off to regular conduct background checks on their employees.
Now she has the arrogance to go into the station where her father works and demand answers without even paperwork, aka warrant. With privacy laws etc this is a major fubar.
Not to mention Rick didn't even know at first, good manners dictates that she at least inform him. it was up to Ryan/ Espo to tell her to talk to her father about it.
There are such things as procedure and using her fathers police friends as her own private investigators is kinda sorta NOT OK!
For once I wished Gate was there to challenge her. What are you doing here? type thing.
The we have the whole "Well, I'm still mad at you so we're not talking or bonding in the car / road-trip even though your helping me out in a major way Daddy." Routine.
I have an extended family with loads of nieces and teens about and I usually hear that crap from 12-14 yr old teens.
Grow the bleep up, your 19 and shacking up with a loser..Sort out your own messes.
And of course Rick folded like a wet teabag and apologized too
This is the result of the whole father / daughter dynamic being turned upside down where the father has tried to be too much of a friend to the daughter and not enough of a disciplinarian. Not to mention a mother (martha) that seem to be living in the 60's and seemingly doesn't agree with any type of discipline.
If I didn't see Alexis anytime soon. I'll be happy.
Good to see Lanie, missed her. The hug at the end between Alexis and Kate.. what was said??
I'd like to see more Caskett kisses, this whole non kissing issue has been overplayed. Seriously who doesn't kiss their fiance?
Be nice to see Lanie and Espo get together.

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Okay, once again Chrisitne nailed my thoughts about the episode! Let me just add that I really loved it!
I have just one disagreement...I preferred the ending scene like it was; I found clear that Alexis was apologising and Kate was acccepting it; and I loved that warm hug! So, for me, hearing the words would make no difference:)

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I enjoyed the episode but still found myself wishing Alexis would go ahead & disappear into the ether through at least the first half of it. After not speaking to her father for weeks, she all but demands his help, but oh wait, won't talk to him during a lengthy road trip? Get out of here. I'm glad Alexis finally had her epiphany or whatever the hell you want to call it with her dad & Beckett, but if she doesn't appear in any episodes for a while, I'll still be more than okay with that. On another note, I enjoyed seeing Lanie on the screen for more than 20 seconds & it was nice to see her giving Beckett some advice again. I don't know where she's been, but I hope to see Lanie more often this season.