Castle Round Table: "Dressed to Kill"

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"Dressed to Kill" gave fans plenty to argue over as Kate Beckett found her wedding dress…but not everyone wants to see her wear it down the aisle. 

Below, pur TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Robin Harry, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Jennifer from the Castle Fan Forum the 12th to debate Castle's reaction to Kate's modeling days and who wants her to keep that dress after Castle Season 6 Episode 14.

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What do you think of the wedding gown?

Jim: The top part was pretty, loved the sleeves, but the lace at the bottom seemed tacked on and out of place. 

Jennifer: I liked it. While, it may not be a style I would choose for myself, it had its own flare to it that made it unique. And, I think once you add those final little accessories, like the veil and such, it will be absolutely gorgeous.

Robin: (sigh) It's really not my style. I love the metallic detail, but I'm not feeling the mixed-fabric skirt at all. Somehow, though, she looks great in it.

Chandel: I am with Robin on this one. I imagined Kate in a vintage gown reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940's. It looks like it belongs on a Wedding Expo runway, not in an actual wedding. But all in all, I just want her and Castle hitched!

Christine: I'm not a fan of that dress. Although the silver beading is beautiful, it's not what I'd like to see on a first time bride. And the fluffy tulle on the skirt is horrible. Maybe Kate's apartment will blow up again or 3XK will break in and shred it. Then I'd love to see something more simple and elegant for Kate. 

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September? Spring? Do you have a preference for when they hold the wedding and when do you think it will be?

Jim: Spring, please be spring, I would love to see an episode or two after the wedding in this season... doubt it will happen, I'm pretty sure the wedding will be the season finale. 

Jennifer: That's a tough one. Spring has a nice symbolism to it but, September is also a good choice, too. I guess my final answer is...Spring just because its closer and, we wont have to wait all summer to see the wedding. As to when it will happen on the show, I would say its anyone's guess.

Robin: I'm okay with spring, but I would have preferred September, actually.  We would have gotten to see them adjust to married life in "real time" without the usual time jump between seasons.

Chandel: I thought the September date was a nod to the fact the show comes back in September. Now that they've put Spring out there, also during their season, I'm not sure what to think. I think they may pull out a surprise wedding towards the end of the season!

Christine: I'm wondering if they'll plan a spring wedding but won't be able to pull it off because of some sort of obstacle (Senator Bracken, 3XK, etc.) and then we end up with a fall wedding. But at this point it is anyone's guess. I'm just hoping they give fans a romantic wedding with lots of intimate moments for us to fawn over.

Did you expect Castle to have more of a reaction to the news that Kate was a model?

Jim: After awhile, you stop being surprised when you find out about your fiancée's history. His reaction seemed on par with that.  

Jennifer: Honestly, I hadn't placed any expectations about it. I assumed it would be noted in his presence but, as far as what his reaction would be I didn't let my imagination fully take over so I neither expected a big reaction or a little one.

Robin: Not really. Castle already knew she had done some modeling from previous seasons, no? In any case, I like that the writers are leaving some of their conversations to our imagination. 

Chandel: No, as I think we already saw in a previous season that she was one. I can't remember whether or not Castle was privy to that information. If he wasn't, then I would have expected more of a reaction this time.

Christine: Actually no, Kate scrambled to keep her modeling from Castle back in season 2 "Inventing the Girl." She even threatened Esposito and Ryan if they showed him pictures. So I was really expecting more enthusiasm from Rick when he heard the news but he didn't ask anything, not even to see a photo. I was actually very disappointed. I expected them to have more fun with this story line. 

Is there one wedding planning scene you'd really like to see on the show?

Jim: Honestly, I barely survived my own wedding planning, I don't need to see ANY of theirs. 

Jennifer: While it doesn't have a direct affect on the wedding day itself, I think it might be interesting to see the bachelor and bachelorette parties or at least the planning part for them. There might be a bit of comedy to mine from those situations.

Robin: I'd like to see them discussing or choosing their wedding party. I'm looking forward to seeing who they choose to stand with them on their wedding day.

Chandel: Dance lessons, if they take them. I think that would be fun.

Christine: I was really hoping to see Martha, Alexis, and Lanie help her pick out a dress! Oh well. I'm really wondering if Castle will choose Ryan or Esposito as his best man. I'd love to see the boys vie for the spot. That could be a lot of fun.

What was your favorite scene?

Jim: I loved Kate and Matilda together trying on the dress. Both were having thoughts of the road not traveled and it was very touching. 

Jennifer: The end scene is hands down the best scene from the episode.

Robin: I liked the final scene, where Kate told Castle that her mom would have loved him. That's a powerful feeling to share, and I can't imagine how much that meant to Castle.

Chandel: I'm with Jim on the Matilda and Kate scene. So much going on there emotionally for Kate, and it's been awhile since we've had one!

Christine: I was thrilled with the final scene. Having Kate tell him exactly what she was feeling and then Castle offering to postpone the wedding if it was what she needed showed how far these two have come since the start of the series. 

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1 - I think the dress is very unflattering and Stana deserves better.
2 - Now that they've dangled spring out there as a possibility, I'm all for it. The Hamptons should be beautiful that time of year!
3 - I was shocked that we didn't see Castle digging for more details about Kate's modeling experience. His initial reaction looked like he couldn't wait to find out more but then it was never revisited. Could have been a lot of fun.
4 - I want to see the exchange of vows most of all but I'll be crushed if we don't get significantly more minutes than Ryan's wedding got.
5 - The ending scene was my favorite. I loved Kate's honesty and have waited a LONG time to hear her tell Castle that her mom would have loved him.


Didn't like the dress. To me it made Kate's hips look broad, and we know they aren't and the top was not attractive on her, it made her look flat and wide shouldered, to me. She needs a vintage or sleek classic gown. Kate's a beauty and deserves a beautiful gown. I like the idea of wearing her Mom's wedding dress.


If a dress makes Kate Beckett look like she has large hips, the rest of us are doomed. Fingers crossed that she wears a different dress when the big day finally arrives.


I never comment on these but I had to because that dress was so horrid. Kate needs simple and elegant. Love the idea of her mother's dress. And Stana's acting in front of the mirror was fabulous. That is the out-take for the awards!


Seeing Beckett almost in tears saying she visualized her mom standing behind her in the mirror was just fabulous acting by Stana. It was also nice to see Castle say they have waited long enough and he didn't want to wait any longer for the wedding. Nathan played that scene as well as the end scene so sincere. As long as Kate liked that dress is all that really matters.


I am a fan of the dress. However, I can see the writers having Beckett wear her mother's dress that her Dad has saved all these years.

@ Lauren

Lauren, I LOVE that idea. I hadn't even thought of that but it would be amazing!

@ Christine Orlando

I think that would be awesome too with her dad giving her away


I liked the dress as something she wears to a ball but not as her wedding dress although she looks great in anything ,Kate should have a more traditional white wedding dress that shows off her gorgeous body .Spring seems like a good time to have the wedding as long as we get to see it and not have to guess about it and I agree with Castle he's been waiting a long time so the sooner the better .It would be nice for them to have it outside at Castle's Hampton's house.


1. I was excited to hear that they agreed on Sept. because that gave me hope that we are getting another season..and maybe their wedding would be the seaons premire. I fear if they get married in the Spring, the might just end the series.. So I'm with Christine, with maybe something deters them from getting married in the spring.
2. I didn't care for the dress, the silver and beading is somewhat pretty.. but the whole bottom of it makes her look frumpy.. Stana has an awesome figure..why not flaunt that?
3. I loved the ending scene, with her telling him about her mom. Does he know that her mom was a fan of his?


While the dress was pretty in its own way, I don't like it for a wedding dress! I don't like the front panel in the middle all the way down to the ground. It looks weird! The top part is pretty though. Like others have mentioned, Kate needs to be in something vintage - she'd be gorgeous! I don't care if the wedding is spring or fall but I hope they show the actual wedding because they didn't with Ryan's wedding! I missed that! I think it would be great if Martha and Alexis help Kate with some wedding plans so she feels like she has some family.


1) Hoping Kate will have a different gown for the actual wedding. Perhaps she can modify the gorgeous (albeit black) Grace Kelly-esque dress from Lives of Others.
2) Spring because weve been waiting long enough!
3) Not that surprised because I'm guessing they talk to each other, even though we don't see every second of them together on screen.
4) Want to see more Martha/Kate bonding.
5) Loved the final scene. The communication, the kiss, and especially the little thigh squeeze!

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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.