Castle Review: I HATE the Dress!

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There were so many things to love about Castle Season 6 Episode 14 that I almost feel bad pointing out the things that bothered me. 

I'm going to do it anyway... but let's start with the positive.

The murder of the week had plenty of twists, turns and interesting suspects, though none were better than Matilda King. What could have come across as a caricature actually turned out to be a fascinating woman with more depth than I expected. 

First off, she immediately remembered Kate Beckett. She said she'd never forget those cheekbones (who could?) or the fact that Kate was the one person who turned Matilda down when she was offered her big break. I'm sure that doesn't happen often. 

The fact that Matilda would bug her employees' homes so that she could listen to the recordings herself seemed a little far fetched. Not so much the illegal surveillance but that Matilda would do the listening. That would be incredibly boring and take up far too many hours. What a horrible way to waste your weekends.

When I first realized that this episode would revisit the topic of Kate's short stint as a model, I was excited. Unfortunately, I never got the payoff I was hoping for. 

It almost felt as though Rick already knew about Kate's modeling past because he barely had any reaction at all to the news. There was no real discussion about how she got into modeling or why she decided to leave. As a matter of fact, he didn't ask one question about it, not even to see a picture! 

As a long time viewer I really enjoyed "Inventing the Girl" where Kate was scrambling to hide the photo of her modeling a tennis outfit from Castle and swearing the boys to secrecy. Castle Season 2 Episode 3 stuck in my memory for the fun of those moments and I was hoping they'd revisit a little of that. Unfortunately, it never happened here and that's where this story line missed the mark for me. 

In the middle of murder, wire taps, threats from mystery men, corporate espionage, and fashion, there was Rick and Kate trying to plan their wedding.  I loved when Rick shared his feelings about getting married with his mother in this Castle quote

I just feel like I've waited long enough, Mother. I don't want to waste any more time before we take the next step.


He's been in love with Kate Beckett for a long time. Even with two failed marriages behind him, it was good to hear him express how anxious he was to make that commitment and move forward together. 

Now we get to my biggest disappointment in the episode. The dress.

Matilda was correct when she said it was amazing. It was amazing that even with Kate Beckett wearing it I still hated that dress. Don't get me wrong, the silver beading was beautiful…for an evening dress. Not for a first time bride. And all of the fluffy ivory tulle on the skirt looked ridiculous. 

My reaction to that dress was so strong that it almost took away from a very powerful scene. Almost.

Kudos to Stana Katic for delivering on that moment where Kate is reminded of her mother. She didn't need to utter one word. Her expressions clearly shared every heartbreaking moment and I had no doubt what she was thinking and feeling. 

But when that dress showed up at her home, I found myself hoping that this apartment might blow up too just to get rid of it. 

My favorite scene was when Kate went to the loft to explain to Rick what was wrong. He knew something was off and was obviously concerned. The way she shared what she felt and apologized for passing on the new wedding venue showed just how far this couple has come. 

I also loved hearing how Kate believes her mother would have adored Rick. I only wish they could have spoken on that subject a bit more. 

That Castle offered to postpone the wedding if she needed more time just showed once again how he'll do anything for Kate.  The man has learned a lot about patience since we first met him in Castle season 1.

Now they're hoping for a spring wedding. Honestly, I feel like I'm getting whip lash. They just picked September! Will a spring wedding actually happen or will some sort of obstacle (Bracken, 3XK) get in the way? And perhaps it's a long shot but I'm still hoping on a beautiful wedding at their place in the Hamptons. 

Now it's your turn, TV Fanatics. What did you think of Kate's wedding dress?


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I didn't think the dress was "a wedding dress" at all. Not Kate's style.
Episode was so much like "Devil Wears Prada". Castle is filmed in Los Angeles & the house in the Hamptons is Malibu. They use alot of places in downtown L.A. for NY. You can see on line where every episode & the locations/scenes were shot. Pretty interesting. Kate won't wear that dress because when they do finally marry, it won't be a surprise for all of the fans!! Love the show.

@ Denise

I'm lost. When did "Devil Wears Prada" show on TV? Was it a Castle episode? Also where do you go on line to find the locations and scenes that were shot on every episode?
As for the dress, ugh! ABC should find another costume designer. Looking forward to a beautiful May wedding. Kate deserves to walk down the isle with her Dad! My question is will she wear a wedding band on her finger? Since she never wears her engagement ring,maybe she wont wear a wedding ring.


Loved your review. I too loathe that dress. PLEASE let it suffer a firey end. Also completely and totally on board with a Hamptons/Beach wedding. This huge formal venue seems completely out of character for them. Especially Beckett. Something more intimate and emotional than a huge ass production PLEASE Mr Marlowe.


My comment on the dress -- If you put a fancy cowboy hat on Kate, from the front she'd look like a rhinestone cowgirl with tulle chaps! Seriously? My guess is that this dress will get destroyed before the wedding in some crazy boondoggle (fire/theft/coffee stain?), and she'll end up in something attractive...............or so I hope.


I also hated the dress and didn't think it fit with Kate's personality....but I have seen a lot of friends get married over my many years and should no longer be surprised at the dress that the bride chooses. A lot of the time it is SO out of character. I think it's because the fashion industry and the wedding industry have put such an emphasis on the dress. And everyone gets so carried away with all the pomp and circumstance. I would love to see a fall wedding with Kate's father, Martha, Alexis, Esposito, Ryan and Lanie (maybe the Captain) at a the house in the Hamptons. I have to admit that I'm in favor of a fall wedding only because it would mean at least one more season, but unless all the actors in this series are tired of regular work, I would think that ABC would keep this going for a good while longer since they don't seem to have a lot of top shows.

Sue ann
@ Drew

It is possible that the house which stands in for Castle's house in the Hamptons is not available for shooting the wedding. I cannot think of any other good reason why they do not do that. It is a natural.

@ Sue Ann

Sue Ann, I was thinking the same thing. There are all kinds of production issues that could keep the Hamptons house from being used as a wedding venue. It may not be available when they need it or filming there could create budget issues. Still, I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I think it's the perfect setting for these character. :)


I do not like the wedding dress. It does not look like something Kate would chose. I also do not like the blond streaks in her hair. She is beautiful as a brunette and the blond is not flattering at all.

@ D. G.

Agree with you, she looks much better as a brunette. It highlights her features much better than blonde hair. And I did not like the dress either!


I too HATE the dress.. it really doesn't look like something Kate would, it doesn't really look like a wedding dress. Sept. is what I thought Kate really wanted...and I was thinking that's how the new season would start (if we get a season 7) but now I'm thinking that maybe it's going to be the season finale...
Glad too, that Kate wasn't getting cold feet and just missing her mom, and that she told Castle what was bothering her.. and I too would love to see them get married at his house in the Hamptons, and I'm surprised that Martha or Castle hasn't thought of it already


even though I hate the dress (the tulle really does look strange), there was finally the long-awaited kiss (there were even kisses ;D) between the soon-to-be married couple (one note: beckett still has her apartment?)
and the story was awesome...
I just wish there could be a scene with Kate's father (have we actually seen him after beckett decided to take the job in D.C.?) and Castle...that would have been the icing on the (wedding) cake


The ep. was ok.nice to see them and martha discussing/checking out reception halls,for a second when kate was talking to rick while in the dress thought we were going back to her feeble ways of last season,seems like that is history -yet odd to me that the future bride to be hasn't chosen a date other than to be in agreement with rick to a sept. wedding.


I hated the dress too. I hope she doesn't wear that one. The episode was too much like The Devil wears Prada. The bad guy too easy to figure out.

@ Bonnie Maynes

Absolutely! I knew it was Principle Wilson (90210) within a few seconds of seeing him. Too much Devil wears Prada too! Mathilda King also had the 'anna wintour' haircut. And that wedding dress being sent over sorta reminded me of SATC movie 1


I didn't like the dress. It would of been better if it didn't have the wierd white skirt on the bottom. It makes her look like she has big hips. Also grey dress for a first time bride not a fan. The beading is very nice on the top but not what I would have pictured for her wedding dress.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 14 Quotes

Castle: Seriously, you've never heard of Matilda King?
Esposito: I'm betting that most real men haven't.

I think I went to a party there. Of course it was the '70s so I can't be sure.