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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

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Some people love babies. They are just instantly attracted to them. Others, though, turn and run in the opposite direction.

On Castle Season 6 Episode 10 we found out into which category our favorite characters fell. 

Cooing Over the Baby

There were a couple of surprises.

We'll start with Castle, the self-proclaimed ruggedly handsome dad. I couldn't really argue with that description.

Did you see how Rick's whole face lit up when he first saw that baby boy? This is a man who absolutely loves kids. but that's no real surprise. We've always seen how much he adores his daughter. Raising her has clearly been one of the highlights of his life. 

Castle was in his element the moment he held that child. From bribing the uniformed officer with ice cream so that they could run out and get formula to coming back having bought out half a baby store, I had to agree with Beckett in this Castle quote

I'm suddenly getting a clear and frightening visual of what my future will look like.

Kate

She wasn't the only one with reservations. Castle was beginning to wonder if he was engaged to a baby hater.

Thankfully, that wasn't the case. Like anyone who hasn't spent much time around infants, Kate found the baby intimidating. Unfortunately, Castle was interpreting that fear as apathy. 

I was so relieved when he actually shared his concern with Beckett. Almost from the beginning, Meredith was an absentee mom, leaving Castle to handle the job of raising baby Alexis all alone. Even the "baby whisperer" could find that daunting and he was worried he'd end up in that position once again. 

But their night as baby wranglers assuaged those fears. Although no expert, Kate jumped in as best she could and the two tackled spit up, diaper changes and sleepless nights like pros.

The surprise baby lover of the group was Lanie Parish. Watching the good doctor coo and cuddle the infant while relaying forensic details was strangely sweet. It was obvious she loved kids the moment we first saw the little guy in her arms as she introduced him to Castle…

Lanie: A boy. I'm guessing he's about 3 months and he's hungry because he keeps going after the girls.
Castle: Well, who can blame him?

Ryan was exactly what I expected, the eager but nervous dad-to-be. One of the best scenes of the night was when he shared with Esposito that he didn't think he was ready to be a father. Espo's advice was spot on. 

Being a dad is like being a cop. No matter what they teach you in the academy you learn on the streets and you did OK with that, right?

Esposito

Uh…sort of. Turns out Ryan rammed the back of a SWAT van on his first day. I'm sure that's a day he'll never forget. 

Then Espo got to the heart of the matter. His baby was still a month away from entering the world and Ryan cared about it like crazy. As Javier confessed to him, that already made him 100 times better than the dad he had.

Which was probably why Esposito wasn't so crazy about the little guy: Daddy issues. And considering how much Lanie obviously adores kids, that could be a sticking point to them becoming a full-fledged couple. 

Heck, even Captain Gates was seen cuddling the little cutie. 

Oh, but wait. There was murder, wasn't there? 

Yes and it was a pretty good mystery. As Beckett said, the more of the pieces they found, the less the puzzle seemed to fit. A dead limo driver with a criminal past, a heist where nothing was stolen, burned ping pong balls and a mystery baby? 

What tied it all together was Ryan's obsession with the lottery. It was a brilliant twist and I liked that almost all of the characters we'd met over the hour from the head of security to Cameron's boss were involved in the plan. 

In the end, Cosmo, aka Benny got to go home to his family as Beckett spent Thanksgiving dinner with hers which left me with a few things to be thankful for...

  • I am thankful that I didn't have to see Pi.
  • I missed Jim Beckett but was thankful he was invited to Thanksgiving dinner.
  • I loved Martha's ever so subtle quip about needing a bigger dinner table in the near future.
  • What's better than Kate Beckett looking adorable in a Pocahontas costume? Watching her get back at Castle by having him wear the pilgrim outfit.

My one complaint has become almost a running joke this season. Remember when fans would wait for Castle and Beckett to actually talk about their relationship and they'd constantly be interrupted? Well, Castle season 6 seems destined to be known as the season of the interrupted kiss. 

That's going to make having a baby more difficult and a lot less fun. 

My most pleasant surprise was that Rick and Kate never questioned whether or not they wanted to have a child together. They were both on the same page from the start.

What do you say Beckett? Want to have a baby?

Castle

Overall, this was a wonderful episode that had me smiling from beginning to end. Let's hope the good vibes can last us all the way to January for our next new episode of Castle.

Review

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

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    Merry Christmas everyone

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    @ nottrampis

    Today, in one of our national newspapers, it is reported that the actor who played the slimeball in TS&TQ, is having therapy for depression, because of the lack or acting roles. Perhaps, the Castle fan base extends to recruitment agencies!! Is the moral of the story, mess with Caskett at your peril?

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    @ nottrampis

    In one of the UK national newspapers today, it is reported that the actor who played the slimeball in TS&TQ, is having therapy for depression, because he is not getting any acting roles. I wonder if the Castle fan base extends to recruitment agencies? Perhaps the moral is, don't mess with our Caskett, or else!!

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    @ nottrampis

    Congratulations on 5-0, but it wasn't even a contest!! Have you looked at WOTCW lately, I tried to engage with our good lady how no kisses, hugs etc over six episodes was a bit unrealistic, for a couple head over heels in love with each other, her reply was disappointing, talk about being a Marlowe groupie!!! Let's hope we see a bit more physical interaction in the rest of S6, but I do not mean sex scenes, let that go to our imagination, the show is above that, IMHO.

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    An amazing reaction to my suggestion of the last ever scene on Castle.

    Well from my google blog bit nothing from my tumblr blog??

    Must be we that are married and are well over 30 like it but those single fangirls perhaps do not appreciate it?

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    I need answers to 2 questions

    1) why hasn't she told Castle how important his books were for getting over her mother's death. She told Sorensen and she wasn't in love with him!
    2) if Alexis and Pi are in love why can't they show it afterall they are teenagers

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    @ nottrampis

    1 - You'll drive yourself crazy going over everything that should have happened, might have happened. The writers either don't consider it important like some fans might or the writers have just forgotten about it. On the other hand, I suppose they could be saving the reveal for a Very Special episode closer to the end of the series. It seems like that scene back in season 1 was setting up a really sweet, emotional scene for when they finally got together. Just her being a fan of the books would be a great set up for fun scenes now that they are engaged. All the great little details and backstories the writers created in the first couple of seasons have really been wasted. It was those things that made the show believable. They rarely re-visit or mention details like the importance of the books again which makes all of it seem so artificial. I think they just don't want to write any scenes that require effort. It's really sad. We can only assume now there was some off screen conversation that took place about the influence of his books.

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    Having just had the weekend to myself, with Senior Management off Xmas shopping with her sister, I have just watched the most romantic long sweeping love story on TV. It is called Castle, and in S6, we have not had a ILY from either character, since the7th minute of E1,not one single kiss, since the end of E4, and one embrace from the end of E4. As the lady of WOTCW puts it, the episodes have not leant themselves to such emotion! Just one question from me to AWM, why not???

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    @ ukno1stanafan

    I think you are being harsh there Captain Cook.
    It seems to me both are saying it all the time in their facial expressions.
    Castle has always had it of course but to my mind Beckett has changed enormously since the absurd DC job.

    give me a comment on my suggested last ever scene for Castle mate before your cricketers lose AGAIN!

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    @ nottrampis

    I do not think I am being harsh at all, but I do agree that my Kate has changed out of all recognition, and for the better. The only thing that Marlowe has in common with a long sweeping love story and romance, is that he can spell and say the words, he sure as hell cannot write it, IMHO. I do like your end scene, but we will never get to see it!

    As far as my cricketers, if you can call them that, thoroughly outclassed, no defence at all.

    Take a look on WOTCW, you will see my questions about lack of intimacy between Caskett since E4, once again, our dear lady sees things only through the eyes of Marlowe!!

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    @ ukno1stanafan

    Yes I saw those comments. She only has eyes for Marlowe.
    I still think Caskett are a much more loving couple now than ever before.

    However I do think more kisses would be nice but the facial expressions are really good but we already knew Nathan and Stana were superb at that.

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    @ ukno1stanafan

    Since episode 4, Marlowe drops a Caskett scene here and there to evidence a loving relationship by using both facial expressions and the ongoing engagement and wedding talk. He continues to promote things about the show that either never happen or if they do, it's nothing like he has described. However, I can't imagine that the audience would accept the wedding being put off until next season especially if ABC orders two additional episodes for the season.

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    @ Vince

    surely the wedding should be the last episode of this series. and in the last episode of series 7 Beckett is told she is having twins. the Time traveller comes back and says I told you so!!

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    @ nottrampis

    You might be right about the twins, but I can't see the audience waiting for another 36 episodes to see a wedding. It just doesn't seem credible given what Marlowe has presented so far this season. If AWM is out of writing ideas after a Caskett wedding, then ABC just needs to get a new show runner.

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    I have the perfect end to the end of Castle as a series.

    go to my tumblr blog and see for yourself. Actually if you go to my google blog ( type in not trampis and google you will get there. I have added a link to the tumblr blog where the more lengthy explanation for the end is given.)
    Lots of crying at the end and the very last thing? Caskett kissing of course!

    Trust me whilst you have to imagine it it will have you in tears!!

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    @ nottrampis

    How about Kate sings I'll be loving you forever by Westlife. There definitely would not be a dry eye in the house after that!

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    @ ukno1stanafan

    The last EVER scene in Castle MUST be a heartbreaker and one that brings on tears.

    That is the opinion of 6 fifty somethings that are Castle Shippers!!

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    @ nottrampis

    Surely, the last ever episode needs to leave us with a smile on our faces, not one of heartbreak. Personally, I want to remember Castle fondly, whenever it finishes, not remember it with angst.

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    @ nottrampis

    Great idea! Perfect song for the series end; This kind of venue was used a lot in the closing scenes of some early shows in both season2 and season3.

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    @ Vince

    thanks two grumpy old men came up with this .

    I have the general idea on tumblr.

    just go not trampis tumblr anybody

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    @ nottrampis

    What is the URL on your Tumblr blog?

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    @ Vince

    ntttrampis dot tumbler dot com

    Our roy montgomery
    I now have it on my google blog.

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    Tonya-b

    I have been following all of the reviews of the "regulars" on this site and it has been wholly depressing. I have still not watched a single episode and I am kind of glad. When I hear that Marlowe's "romantic" season has gone six episodes with not one single kiss, I am sad for the show. Now we have this crazy long hiatus, mixed up show schedules, etc. I have a strong suspicion that there must be something up between Fillion and Katic. The kisses they have had have been lacking in any passion whatsoever. Although they continue to fake the onscreen chemistry fairly well, they just can't seem to fake the passion. I think they are good at pretending to like each other in public for obvious show ratings reasons, but I doubt they like each other at all. At past interviews over the first 4 years of the show, they used to sit side by side. Now, they always sit pretty far apart and they rarely address each other directly. But even if this is not a problem, there is definitely something up. Marlowe's comments have been all over the place, absurd, and don't seem to even apply to this show! It is just depressing that a show that so great for the first 4.5 years has been reduced to a pitiful, moderately rated procedural, with a romance between the leads that viewers only get to imagine off screen. We get nothing on screen. So sad. Well, I will keep checking your reviews in hopes that things improve and maybe I can watch an episode or two. But I won't hold my breath.

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    @ Tonya B.

    oh beautiful headless and horseriding demon,

    I only rate 3 dud episodes thus far and 7 good to very good ones. @ of the 3 were the first two in the dreadful DC arc and then of course the boring Alexis episode but the rest have been good.

    Chemistry between caskett has been outstanding.

    I go along about the lack of kissing but I am not fussed about it.

    Good to have you back

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    The latest Castle schedule, after the winter hiatus, lists down to episode 6x14 on 1/27/2014. That only leaves 8 confirmed episodes remaining for the Season 6 series running thru February, March, April until May 5th (14 weeks). No wedding this season after all or an awful lot of breaks. Maybe a short break during the NBC Winter Olympics in February, but that only covers two weeks. Marlowe told us there was plenty of time in the spring to cover the wedding details, but the remaining episode total and the time frame don't add up. There was some confusion over the upcoming episode titles, air dates and numbers. When the show runner re-orders episodes it usually means no major plot developments happen. The key to the season will be the winter run, because that's traditionally the weakest part of every year, even the better ones. I just hope that Marlowe skips for once the predictable angst before the run-up to the wedding.

    January 2014 episodes:

    6x12 "Under Fire" 1/6
    Arson episode; Marlowe as co-writer with David Amann (6x9 "Disciple"). It seems like an odd theme for the COTW given the heavyweight writers involved unless there is a possible link to the Bracken storyline. Amann writes most of the dark episodes. Recall in 4x1 "Rise", the argument scene at the firehouse between Beckett and the fire investigator (Rod Halstead) over a warehouse fire report related to the timing of JB murder. Ryan's baby due about this time as well.

    6x13 "Deep Cover" 1/13 (Jackson Hunt returns; spy daddy reveals his dark side). New spoilers just out indicate that the father is a real jerk. The spoiler suggests that Hunt is attracted to Kate. If true, pretty pathetic and really unnecessary on the part of the writers. I just don't like how these CIA storylines are handled on Castle.

    6x11 "Limelight" 1/20 (Castle's fame and how Kate reacts to press coverage). This story topic is long overdue. I hope that it is handled as well as the 6x10 baby discussions.

    6x14 "Dressed to Kill" 1/27 (Kate's so-called fashion model past). This storyline seems like a real stretch. How is taking a summer job as a model rather than being a restaurant waitress considered flirting with a modeling career? Recall 2x3 "Inventing the Girl", Ryan and Esposito uncover a photo of Kate in tennis outfit.

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    @ Vince

    Winter Olympics? Who watches or cares about the winter olympics

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    @ Vince

    Interesting Vince,maybe the lack of future shows reflect a lower ratings this season,not sure-but if accurate we can be confident that marlowe will use his trump card again(angst)and belittling/rick being a fool-marlowe for the most part hasn't used it in season 6....YET.

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    @ Vince

    Nothing Marlowe says adds up

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    I have a question on my tumblr blog.
    Why hasn't Beckett told Castle about how much his books helped her through her mother's death.

    My answer is we get to see some angst when she tells him and he asks why didn't you say something when Vaughn put my books down right in front of you.

    Any thoughts. you can write an answer at the blog.

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    For anyone whop is interested I write about why I am a hypocrite on my tumblr blog.
    nottrampis, tumblr etc

    I compare my reaction to both Beckett and Alexis

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    @ nottrampis

    What are you Aussies feeding my cricket team?

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    @ ukno1stanafan

    get out pills.

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    Our Roy montgomery that does not fill me with any confidence!

    The actresses for both Meredith and Gina have other gigs but both apparently had the time to do this!!

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    @ nottrampis

    I expect that 6x11 “Limelight” will resemble 2x14 “The Third Man” one of my favorites from Season 2 just behind 2x12 “A Rose for Everafter”. The interrogation scene in 2x14 with the squatter suspect is hilarious. In 2x14, Beckett was so outraged about being described as romantically involved with Castle, but now she is outraged that he is rumored to be involved somehow with someone besides her. I am sure it will be innocent on Castle’s part regardless which ex-wife is mentioned in the media hype.

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    @ Vince

    Yes it would be good to have a mirror image of that.

    Strange how the NY Ledger never followed up on that 'story' at all.

    I know both OZ and pommie newspapers would and create a story even if one wasn't there.

    A famous author follows around a beautiful detective and the press doesn't even think about this?

    Only in Marlowe world




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