A Murder Is Forever and a diamond turned out to be anything but a girl's best friend on Castle Season 6 Episode 8.
Below, TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Chandel Charles, and Christine Orlando are joined by LeaAnn from the Castle Fan Forum the 12th as they decide which detective is more masculine and whether they missed a Caskett kiss.
It's been several episodes with no Caskett kiss. Has it bothered you?
Jim: Not at all, I don't need tons of PDA to know they love each other.
Chandel: No, I just appreciate their relationship. They have plenty of affection for each other, besides, we spent so many seasons watching them express their feelings in ways that didn't involve kissing that I don't really notice it!
LeaAnn: No, while I love Kate’s and Rick’s “great love story” and all Caskett kisses, I also have complete faith in show runner Andrew Marlowe and team and their weekly, 42-43 minutes of story-telling time and pace. They continually surprise me with their creativity and unexpected story development—for example, I did not worry at all about the proposal but knew that I’d be happily surprised.
Christine: I want kissing! Come on. These two people are in love. They're engaged. What's wrong with a smooch every now and then? And I don't think the occasional love scene would be inappropriate on a 10pm show. It just found it distracting when it looked like Kate was going to kiss Castle at the very end and he turned away. I'm sure lots of kissing followed but this is TV. I want to see some of it.
Do you find clowns creepy?
Jim: Yes, totally creepy!
Chandel: In certain circumstances, the one presented in this episode is a prime example.
LeaAnn: In general, I do not find clowns creepy; but these killer clowns were creepy and frightening--due, I believe, to the mix of the usually happy, amusing childhood example of joy with murderous criminal intent.
Christine: I watched the movie Poltergeist as a kid. I've never looked at a clown the same way again.
Which is your favorite Caskett symbol of romance and why? Seashells, coffee, cherries, etc.
Jim: The key, when Rick gave Kate the key to the apartment in DC.
Chandel: Definitely coffee. It was there from day one and it's been a primary marker of their feelings for one another. If Castle didn't bring coffee, we knew something was up. Coffee has had a language of its own in this show that only Castle and Beckett know and I have always loved seeing that.
LeaAnn: I’d have to select coffee as my favorite Caskett symbol of romance! I cannot resist the concept of coffee as Caskett's, “Hello, my love,” good morning kiss!!! This one thing that I do with ice cubes is quite exciting as well—but coffee wins for me as romance symbol!
Christine: Yeah, I've got to go with coffee. It's been a barometer for their relationship since the beginning but seashells may hold a new place in my heart after this episode.
Who is more comfortable in their masculinity? Ryan or Esposito?
Jim: Ryan, he wears sweater-vest and pink. That takes some comfort.
Chandel: Neither one of them. They both have had their moments where they've expressed some less than masculine tendencies.
LeaAnn: Truthfully, I find each comfortable in his masculinity—in fact, all characters superbly written—realistic and organic! Ryan and Espo are very different individuals with apparently quite different backgrounds! After all, Ryan has sisters and recognizes mauve, while Espo ate classified for breakfast during his military special-forces service.
Christine: I believe they both are, in their own unique ways but sometimes it appears that Ryan feels less inclined to prove his masculinity where Esposito's is more overt. But together these two are the perfect team. Some day, far in the future when this show eventually ends I hope these boys get their own spinoff.
We're up to episode 8. Have you had a favorite episode of Castle Season 6?
Jim: Yes! "Time Will Tell" the time traveller episode.
Chandel: I have not had a favorite episode this season. I have mostly enjoyed coming along for the ride, but I am sure I will have one by the end of the season.
LeaAnn: I love them all; but I adored Castle Season 6 Episode 6, "Number One Fan" From Kate’s awakening Rick for his advice and support, to pointing out that she could not sleep in waiting for a call to shape her day, through the family “parade” through Castle's bedroom, and Kate’s gently admonishing Rick to be safe while adjusting his “WRITER” vest. The “I’m/we’re back,” precinct kiss was awesomesauce; and every actor mined every layer and nuance - drama and comedy!!!
Christine: My favorite so far might still be "Valkyrie," Castle Season 6 Episode 1. I loved the proposal scene and Castle surprising Beckett at her apartment in D.C. I want to see a lot more of that kind of romance this season.
What was your favorite "A Murder Is Forever" scene?
Jim: I'm a sucker for romantic gestures, so the seashell scene at the episode.
Chandel: When Castle proposed a plausible theory for their case. Both Castle and Beckett seemed shocked that Castle was capable of doing so. The moment entertained me.
LeaAnn: Now, I’m in trouble! So much banter, love, and relationship development to relish—I mean, “our lair now” and “home” from Kate!!! Rick is sensitive to Kate’s being awake, due to potentially POUNCING Linus; Kate doesn’t like the elephants if Rick doesn’t - his describing elephants with “family values” and “good with money.” Rick can give up his identity and totem, “his story” for the seashells he kept from their first, Hampton’s walk, "our story"!!!
Christine: Yeah, that final scene was really sweet. I liked that Kate immediately knew where the shells had come from and how Castle admitted it was time to fill the loft with things that reminded them of "their story." I couldn't help but smile at that.
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