Castle Review: A Crushing Defeat

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It's hard to lose a champion. Perhaps even harder for a king to lose his crown - but on Castle Season 6 Episode 21 Rick Castle had to admit defeat... or at least pass the crown over to the new queen.

Yes, for years Castle had crowed about being the undefeated champion of the Scrabble board, yet his reign ended when Katherine Beckett took him down. 

One of the best things about that story was watching Castle's family rally around Kate. I think Alexis and Kate's fist bump may have been my favorite. If nothing else, that small moment showed how much these two have bonded since Alexis moved back in.

And, of course, Castle took the defeat as graciously as we'd expect as he insisted on a rematch. Beckett did her best to get him to let it go, as in this Castle quote…to no avail.

Beckett: Castle, aren't there more important things than winning?
Castle: Oh, that's a notion created to comfort those who lose.

The second best moment was watching Kate and Lanie gush about the latter's maid of honor dress. Lanie called it just the right mix of elegant and saucy. Now I really look forward to seeing it.

As for the rest of the wedding party, I had a feeling Castle was going to pick Alexis to stand up for him. He'd want his daughter to play a key role in his wedding after the difficult year the two have had and Rick doesn't seem the type to stand on tradition.

Besides, how could he possibly choose between Esposito and Ryan? But it sure was fun watching the boys fight over the job. I couldn't quite decide who was being the most ridiculous: Esposito with his doe eyes or Ryan as he seemed to back out of every room. 

Lanie did a great job of conveying what morons the two were being when she pointed out that she wasn't going to choose which of them would be the best man because she wasn't the groom. When she addressed them as "detectives" before she walked out, it was as though their title had suddenly become highly questionable given their behavior.

As with Castle and his Scrabble game, defeat was hard to take…

Esposito: I can't believe we just got beat by a girl.
Ryan: Lets never speak of this again.

As for the murder of the week, it was actually the six-year old cold case that got to me. I was surprised that Beckett hadn't contacted the original detective on the case because I can't imagine how they'd sleep at night knowing that a 12-year old was murdered and they'd never caught his killer.

I did wonder about the old video camera. The footage was taken only six years ago and those types of cameras were popular in the '90s. Then again, perhaps it's just the thing you'd give a kid to go play with to take his own movies.

In the end, it became clear that Castle was going to have trouble admitting that his reign as Scrabble champion was over but leave it to Beckett to help him find a way to get past the pain with a new game, strip poker. If he ever had any doubts that she was his perfect partner, that should eradicate them.

With only one more episode left until the Castle Season 6 finale, do you think we'll actually see a Casket wedding before the season's over?

Here's your first look at Castle Season 6 Episode 22, "Veritas."


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


A fun episode for the most part, but I found myself pretty much uninterested in the case. It seemed like all of the witnesses, suspects and people of interest were offering up just too much information and telling really detailed stories. It was really hard to follow every new break in the case, with the characters constantly explaining everything to each other. I didn’t have any issue with how Alexis was used in this episode. Having her casually fist bump Beckett in celebration of her victory was a good choice. Putting Alexis in an episode to let us see her bond with Beckett is the best use of her character and it is something viewers don’t see often enough. The morning scene at the loft was great. Castle being bitter about losing to Beckett at scrabble was funny and Martha and Alexis giving Beckett kudos was nice to see. It presents clearly now that Beckett has bonded with Castle’s family. Ryan and Esposito’s competition to be best man was funny enough, if you could buy into the idea that they would have assumed it was going to be one of them in the first place. I expected some time ago that Alexis would be Castle’s best man. Beckett showing up at the loft and offering strip poker was a great treat for the fans. The kissing part of that scene was a bit awkward because they were so far away from each other and the table was between them which made reaching for each other a bit difficult. Nathan must have a no-shirt clause in his contract for Season 6. I thought it was a bit weird that Castle kept his shirt on as his last piece of clothing while Beckett was topless unless he was just teasing her by showing his junk.


not a great episode but not a bad episode. the scrabble thing was stupid. Castle is in his mid 40s not an immature teenager. you simply do not play a game with (future) wife with the only reason being to beat her. and then an attempt to lord the assumed victory simply was NOT Castle.
Has the writer seen any episodes of Castle at all?
He never lords it over her if he did then certainly he would say something about shooting where clearly he is a much much better shot.
Castle is a man who self deprecates when he shines at something so as get people not to notice.
He is also a man who simply gives to Kate all the time. I cannot remember a time when he has taken. Scrabble is hardly a game two people would play after a hard day of attempting to solve a homicide. It isn't a release at all.It is far too cerebral.Strip poker is much more Caskett particularly as they are being shown as sex fiends! The choice of Alexis as best MAN was simply a joke.
Are we to believe an immature 20 year old is going to ta;k about her mid 40s Father and how he has changed in his behaviour since meeting Beckett. How embarrassing and demeaning would it be for his daughter to be talking about incidents before he met Beckett and how he has changed since meeting her. political correctness gone mad. Bob Weldon was the obvious choice. without these two silly plot lines it could well have been a good episode. the last two episodes need to be absolute balltearers as Series 6 thus far has been a major disappointment.


Assuming there will be a 7th season,and if its all about #/ratings what guarantee's a larger share of viewers next fall-the castle's on their honeymoon or one of them getting cold feet and will she/he back out? This seems to be marlowes MO for finales-something unexpected will play out!


Just some thoughts-Rick seems unemotional towards Kate-not once in this last ep. did he smile when with kate either at home/work,he seems almost bored(outside of the strip poker)-we seen this late last season but instead it was kate who seemed bored/unemotional towards Rick.I don't think we will see them getting married this season.Like at the end of last season will she take the job/engagement or not?Last ep.this season if one of kates old flames does show up-enough to make her reconsider in the finale-And we wait for the answer in the fall.


Enjoyed your review, as I always do, Christine, including your descriptions of RYSPOSITO'S competition to be Rick's best man--and your response in that arena, too, Nathanfan!!! Christine, I'd not caught RYAN backing out of each plea/effort but will enjoy in re-watching, thanks to you!!! I loved the episode--CASKETT crime-solving, Scrabble, and strip poker; Martha; Alexis; Lanie--all of the interactions and plot and character struggles and development--and the aforementioned--loved how competition underlined each situation--with varied results and pitch perfect acting and timing, layers and nuances by all cast!!!


I wasn't that into the case of the week as I was into the personal lives of the characters. I loved how Castle kept wanting a re-match to Scrabble because he kept losing. I loved how Kate got him off his Scrabble need to win obsession by playing strip poker instead. When Ryan and Espo were fighting over who got to be Castle's best man I figured it would be neither of them and he would choose Alexis and when he told them that their reaction was so funny. Lannie was great from talking about the bridesmaid dress to yelling at the boys that she wasn't the groom and wouldn't chose the best man.


Why is it, whenever someone is being chased by something that is clearly scaring them enough to hide that they don't just stay hidden for 15-30 minutes and make certain the chaser (especially one on a motorcycle who is faster) is gone? This always bothers me in TV and movies.


In looking at preview clips for next episode, it looks like Beckett might bump off Sen. Bracken. Is this why her and Castle may be the victims of a massive manhunt as a suspect as described in the previews? Will this in turn screw up their wedding in the finale episode ? Maybe Caskett will get married on the run. Of course that would screw up the bachelor party and stripper promised for the finale. What's the take out there on the last 2 episodes? Maybe Castle's father shows up to kill Bracken, but Kate takes the blame!


I'm with you Christine. I enjoyed the show but it wasn't a top 10 for me. Most of Ryan and Espo's competition was entertaining for me. Their initial gifts were so in character - a stripper pen and a family recipe. I think my favorite bit was the scene where Ryan brings Castle coffee as he watches an interrogation. The comedic timing from both Seamus and Nathan was excellent. The only thing that I felt was a little off is that the last 2 seasons, Espo has tended to treat Castle disdainfully and yet he considers himself the first choice for best man. I liked the ongoing Scrabble competition and the strip poker at the end was a welcome surprise, but I do wish that they'd show Castle being more responsive to Kate's suggestive offers. We had him preoccupied with video games last year and now blindly focused on winning at Scrabble when Kate had more intimate games in mind in the bedroom. At least he knew when to fold 'em in the poker game!


not a bad episode. liked the scrabble scenerio and the fist pump between alexis and beckett. i do think we will have to wait until fall for a wedding if it happens.. look how long it took bones.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 21 Quotes

All he knows is that sometime between 3 and 4 it was Death Race 2000 out here.


Richard Castle, one word short. I cannot allow this to be my epitaph.