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Castle Review: At a Loss

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It isn't often that Castle has absolutely no theory, crazy or otherwise when it comes to a case - but over half of Castle Season 6 Episode 16 went by before we heard him come up with the words psychically linked.

Castle was stumped, as was Beckett, everyone else at the 12th and this reviewer. How do three people share the same memory of a murder that in reality none of them committed?

Carefree Kate
Kate Beckett is smiling. Perhaps she and Castle have made more plans for their upcoming wedding. "Room 147" is the 16th episode of the show's sixth season.

It was one of the most creative cases we've seen in quite awhile, which made coming up with my own theories all the more fun. (My guess was hypnosis, if anyone's interested.)

But this episode made me smile on many different levels. I loved the continuity of having Phil LaMarr reprised his role as Dr. Holloway. We haven't had the good doctor back to the 12th for a psychological evaluation since his visits in Castle Season 2, "Vampire Weekend" and "The Fifth Bullet."

Watching Dr. Gustavo Bauer try to get the upper hand on Castle and Beckett via his video screen interview was a little like watching the Wizard of Oz. I figured at some point they'd pull back the curtain and find the arrogant mystery man and I wasn't disappointed. 

Despite Castle being famously thoery-less, his attention to detail did manage to crack the case with a bottle of water, which led to a fun Castle quote reminiscent of banter we've been missing this season… 

Castle: You should know it, you're engaged to a genius.
Beckett: Yes, a genius at annoying me.

And as fun as the case was, I had to agree with Beckett. If I had to listen to that confession one more time, I might have shot someone. 

I was happy to see Capt. Gates back in the fold this week but I definitely missed Martha and I had one question. Doesn't Martha ever make coffee in the morning? 

Speaking of which, Alexis was home, sort of. She and Pi have now officially broken up. I have no idea where the bee watcher went and I can't say I really care. Unlike my disappointment at never having witnessed Beckett and Josh's breakup, seeing the last moments of Alexis and Pi was completely unnecessary. I'm just happy it's over. 

I always find it amusing how Castle can be brilliant when it comes to solving cases but clueless when it comes to the women in his life. For such an intuitive man, he never picked up on Kate's trepidation that Alexis might be avoiding moving back to the loft because of her. 

Finally, we were able to hear an actual conversation between Alexis and Kate. I can't remember the last time that occurred and it felt long overdue. 

As much as Alexis has annoyed the heck out of me in Castle season 6, I have to agree with Beckett's love haze theory. It happens and sometimes it's like waking up from a dream when you finally come out on the other end. 

Now, most of us would simply have to find a new roommate, work extra hours and make it work so as not to break our lease on our crappy apartment. But most of us don't have a rich, loving, generous father like Rick Castle. He wouldn't hesitate to write that check for his only daughter, especially if he felt she was the slightest bit unsafe.

The smile on his face when Alexis finally came home said it all. If I had one wish at the end it was that Alexis would have told Castle about her conversation with Kate. Other than that, it was a fun and fascinating episode that I'm sure I'll enjoy watching again.

Your turn, TV Fanatics. Do you believe in the love haze?

 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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About the coffee- Martha is/was a theatre actress. Her workday would start around 5 or 6 pm at the latest and end around midnight at the earliest.
Which puts her "morning at about 10 or 11 am.
From what I gather, Beckett's shifts start around 7 am and go until 1 am.
Or else the writers have no grasp of how shift work operates in a unionized environment.

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About the coffee- Martha is/was a theatre actress. Her workday would start around 5 or 6 pm at the latest and end around midnight at the earliest.
Which puts her "morning at about 10 or 11 am.
From what I gather, Beckett's shifts start around 7 am and go until 1 am.
Or else the writers have no grasp of how shift work operates in a unionized environment.

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Alexis keeps saying she is an adult and almost 20. I thought it was strange she wanted to move back home with his soon to be wife. But I also think that knowing Kate still has her apartment. Give it to Alexis to live in. I am sure it is in a good area. About the ring. It may be to large to large to wear on the job. And since we never see them in a social situation it's never shown

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@ Pat

No Pat Beckett's apartment has to go to Martha. Alexis will get her confidence back and then it is back to her 'apartment'. she has learnt her lesson so Dad can help out somewhat.
They can family lunch/dinners on the weekends.

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PLEASE TELL ME THAT SOMEONE NOTICED THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR SWITCH IN THE HOTEL ROOM..............CASTLE OPENED THE DOOR FROM RIGHT TO LEFT,BUT THE VICTIM OPENED THE DOOR FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

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@ marie+orlando

Jossed

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This whole thing with Alexis is too over thought. Alexis is a young person trying to put her world in order. This relationship between Castle and his daughter is real. Remember she doesn't have a real mother relationship. Her father, grandmother and now Becket are her guiding lights. I don't think she needs to apologize to her father. She's home after making a mistake in her life...young people do those things as they are making their way in life. Castle was so happy to see her and know that she realizes she is always welcomed home. Alexis has a great deal of pride and she's very strong willed, like so many characters in Castle. The writers have done a nice job of resolving Alexis mistake. I am looking forward to how she and Kate grow as close friends, which I think they will. Kate Becket is a great role model for Alexis.

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@ Hobo bear

well Beckett doesn't apologise veither

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This was a fun episode that focused on Castle and Beckett and let Beckett have an important moment with Alexis. Most of the Caskett interactions in this episode were adorable and the episode had so many great callbacks from earlier times in the series. It was like an old school episode of Castle when Ryan and Esposito are second string to Castle and Beckett with just the right balance. The case itself was interesting and it felt like the storyline came right out of Season 2 or 3 with some welcome continuity. The three guest actors who played the people confessing to murder were each really funny and convincing.
It was good to find out that Pi is finally out of the picture, but most of what happened with Alexis in this episode and in 6x13 “Limelight” presented as attempts by the writers to backtrack from everything that went down earlier in the season. The Alexis arc was not well executed because of the way that story line was done. In the earlier episodes, it was never implied that Alexis was making any kind of error in judgment or was in a ‘love haze’ when that entire thing was happening. The impression constantly given was that Castle was doing something wrong. The writers used the Beckett coffee shop meeting with Alexis as a method to retroactively change what the point of that story line was and I found that kind of annoying. The scene between Beckett and Alexis is probably what should have happened in 6x7 when we got that hug without any words scene. If this conversation had happened then, I think it would have felt more satisfying and more believable. To have it happening now just feels like damage control in order to fix the mess done to the Alexis character in the early episodes.
I love it when Castle is allowed to be smart and be useful. It's good to see him help Kate figure things out, rather than being made out to be foolish and seemingly only there for comic relief. I like highly frustrated Kate too. It is funny that Alexis asks to move into the loft, but Kate never talks with Castle about moving her things into the loft. Kate is clearly spending every night there so, why don’t the writers move her out of her apartment.
Kate wearing that jade ring on her right hand presented like a real ‘in your face’ moment to the 'no ring' critics. In the interrogation room scene with the first confessor, the camera angle was deliberate and close up in order to not miss the ring since it is such a dark color and odd size. Viewers got two separate camera shots before she sits down at the table which makes it very noticeable. She is right-handed. You would think that it could be an issue if she had to draw her gun. Kate not wearing the engagement ring will probably be explained later in much the same way that it was revealed in one sentence during the opening scene in “Limelight “ that the couple had previously discussed the public image issue. I guess the ring is just not that important to the writers' story, but it still does not explain why the show would select a diamond that size and then purchase five copies of it, yet never show Kate wearing it outside of the precinct.

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@ Vince

you make some really good points our Roy Montgomery particularly with regard to Alexis

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if Beckett doesn't wear rings then how come there was one on her right hand?
Why can't she wear her engagement ring?
I haven't read a decent excuse as yet.
Alexis and Pi in a love haze? If they were in love then it is the worst acting I have ever seen!
Only a moron would live with someone as a teenager! way too young ans immature.BUT most of us were morons as teenagers!! But I enjoyed the episode. Unusual case like the doctor back but where was the egg!!

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About the ring, two things; 1st it’s a little too flashy for Beckett’s job. People then say, “What about Gates?” Yes, Gates has on her wedding set but, hello, it’s smaller (much smaller) and her job is 99% in office. Beckett might have to break out and chase or tackle or punch someone at any minute not to mention not wanting light sparkling on it (giving away her position) if she’s trying to sneak up on a perp etc. I’m thinking she doesn’t want it damaged/banged around *and* she doesn’t want the extra attention it would bring either. Remember up until a couple of episodes ago they hadn’t announced their engagement to the masses. Second, (and I think this may be the true real world reason) I think our girl Stana might have a nickel allergy. Most jewelry usually has some nickel and other alloys in it whether it’s gold, platinum, silver or whatever. Only certified 24k pure gold does not and it’s usually too soft for jewelry especially rings. If you notice, other than her father’s watch, which has a leather strap, Beckett doesn’t wear jewelry on a daily basis not even basic studs to keep the piercings in her ears open! And the few times I have seen her wearing a ring (like the one on her right hand in last night’s ep) it’s been made of something other than metal - usually something like craved onyx, etc. She even stopped wearing her mother’s ring around her neck full time several seasons ago. *And* I’ve noticed that Stana doesn’t wear much jewelry outside of the show either. When she does it’s usually for a special event like an awards show etc. in which she’d only have the items on for a few hours at the most. All of which leads me to believe that she probably has an allergy to the nickel that’s present in most jewelry. This is pure speculation on my part but I really do think that’s the reasoning behind it. But who knows maybe AWM will have the ring issue come up before the end of the season. Sorry for the long post – but give the ring thing a rest people. :D

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About the ring, two things; 1st it’s a little too flashy for Beckett’s job. People then say, “What about Gates?” Yes, Gates has on her wedding set but, hello, it’s smaller (much smaller) and her job is 99% in office. Beckett might have to break out and chase or tackle or punch someone at any minute not to mention not wanting light sparkling on it (giving away her position) if she’s trying to sneak up on a perp etc. I’m thinking she doesn’t want it damaged/banged around *and* she doesn’t want the extra attention it would bring either. Remember up until a couple of episodes ago they hadn’t announced their engagement to the masses. Second, (and I think this may be the true real world reason) I think our girl Stana might have a nickel allergy. Most jewelry usually has some nickel and other alloys in it whether it’s gold, platinum, silver or whatever. Only certified 24k pure gold does not and it’s usually too soft for jewelry especially rings. If you notice, other than her father’s watch, which has a leather strap, Beckett doesn’t wear jewelry on a daily basis not even basic studs to keep the piercings in her ears open! And the few times I have seen her wearing a ring (like the one on her right hand in last night’s ep) it’s been made of something other than metal - usually something like craved onyx, etc. She even stopped wearing her mother’s ring around her neck full time several seasons ago. *And* I’ve noticed that Stana doesn’t wear much jewelry outside of the show either. When she does it’s usually for a special event like an awards show etc. in which she’d only have the items on for a few hours at the most. All of which leads me to believe that she probably has an allergy to the nickel that’s present in most jewelry. This is pure speculation on my part but I really do think that’s the reasoning behind it. But who knows maybe AWM will have the ring issue come up before the end of the season. Sorry for the long post – but give the ring thing a rest people. :D

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I am so entertained with the show Castle. Again the show kept me on the edge to figure out what was going to happen. The four of Castle goes so fast. I am wondering where Becket's ring is. I think she should be wearing it. Most brides wear their rings. She keeps wearing her father's watch but no ring...Just wondering???

Castle Season 6 Episode 16 Quotes

I think we all just kickstarted our day.

Beckett

Castle: Do I smell coffee?
Beckett: If you do, it was made by elves.

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