Castle Review: A Groovy Kind of Love

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Can you dig it?

Castle Season 6 Episode 20 stepped back in time with "That '70s Show" and as Seamus Dever shared with us earlier, it was hard to decide who was having more fun. 

We'll start from the beginning. Castle gave Martha one simple task: Gather ideas for floral arrangements. Knowing his mother as well as he does, perhaps he should have expected the tunnel of love display and the giant couples portrait made entirely of flowers.

Especially since she'd previously come up with ice sculptures of Nikki Heat, the Vienna Boys Choir and a Blue Angels flyover as wedding appropriate ideas.

Suddenly, Kate and Rick were tasked with finding some way for Martha to participate that she couldn't turn into an over the top disaster or else hurt her feelings. 

In that way, Harold arrived in the nick of time. 

Pathological grieving may have seemed a little far-fetched, but it sure turned out to be highly entertaining. Apparently, after his best friend Vince disappeared in 1978, time stopped for Harold. Maybe that should have been a clue to their real relationship. 

There were many things about this '70s turn that I expected and other things that I didn't. The powder blue, polyester suit wasn't a shock. Not even the fact that it survived over three decades under concrete. 

It was Harold's Archie Bunker era view of women that shook me. In some ways, 1978 doesn't seem that far back - but thankfully society's view of women has come a long way. Harold only viewed Kate in one way as witnessed in this Castle quote

Harold: Have you ever seen a cop with an ass that fine. If this women's lib I'm all for it.
Castle: To be fair, you do have a very fine, never mind.

Harold could barely fathom that Kate Beckett was a detective and he immediately assumed that Castle must outrank her, which led us to Captain Castle and Detective Cupcake. In addition, Harold referred to her and Lanie as hot mama, little lady, sweetheart, sweet cheeks and chick.

Admittedly, Beckett was smoking hot in her '70s attire. The woman looks amazing in anything so that didn't come as a surprise. 

However Lanie's Foxy Brown outfit stopped traffic…and Esposito in his tracks. I wasn't sure which was funnier: Espo's dumbfounded stare or the fact that Kevin couldn't even look at her when he said, "nice dress."

But the fun really began when the precinct had to be turned into its version of 1978. Out when the computers and cell phones and in came the typewriters and Martha Rodgers. 

Martha painstakingly got every part right, even bringing in help from the outside, including Alexis…

Alexis: Halter tops were big in the '70s.
Castle: So were those peasant blouses. Why didn't you wear one of those?

I love that no matter what else is going on, Castle always reacts as her Dad. 

But not even Alexis' halter top could beat out Snookie and Ray, aka Esposito and Ryan. Honestly, I didn't even recognize Kevin Ryan at first, the transformation was so complete. To say they got into their roles was an understatement. 

I tell you, these clothes, that car. I feel invincible man. LIke Ray Price, kicking ass and taking names '70s style. I get it now baby.


To find out that Harold and Vince were actually lovers was very sweet, and truly sad. As mobsters in 1978, their lives would have literally been at risk if their secret had gotten out. Thankfully, much of our society has evolved on that front as well.

As everyone got together at the old Gliterati to dance their last '70s dance, even Gates appeared to be having fun. She might even give Castle a pass for impersonating a Captain. 

You turn, TV Fanatics, who do you think had the best '70s transformation on this episode of Castle?

Here is your first look at Castle Season 6 Episode 21, "Law & Boarder."


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Case of the week completly boring. But the episode was a lot of fun. My favourite moment: Espo sliding of the car. Many LOL moments. I do wish they could give Alexis more to do.


Sue Ann I lived and worked during the 70s and maybe we are much better mannered in Sydney but I never noticed any handling or groping at all.indeed the 70s were little different to today.
I couldn't see what Harold said was all that different to what Castle and Beckett say to each other. I was let down by the episode. Not funny at all. A parody of the 70s by some-one who obviously never lived then was perhaps what I was expecting.
Beckett was only hot in her dress. I'm afraid Lanie and Alexis were simply unimpressive.
Cute crime where we got the politically correct treatment. They may have dressed like that in New York but never in Sydney but then again we have taste. Not a great episode but not a poor episode just ordinary and given the time since the last episode I feel cheated.

Sue ann
@ nottrampis

I was socially active in the 70's, and my then best friend was the head waitress at a bar in our (college) town. I was handled quite a lot by total strangers, and I was not the only one. And it was not just in that or any bar, and it was not in just that, or any, college town. I was handled by the director of the place where I worked. I was handled by strangers at fairs, in the crowd. It was quite, quite common. I do not miss it at all. Nor do I miss the 70's.

@ Sue Ann

I am really sorry to hear that Sue Ann. As I said it didn't happen anyway that I was in the 70s in Sydney.I am glad it didn't. I might have got into a number of fights otherwise. I don't miss the 70s at all but the music from the early to mid 70s was great. disco killed music

@ nottrampis

My Aussie friend, I thought the 70's was dire, quite why we had to wait a month for that is beyond me. I am of similar vintage to you, and I agree, this was written by someone who did not have a clue about the era at all. Can someone tell me why Alexis was even in the episode, what purpose/role did she serve? Finally, what was the point of Beckett dressing up for the disco, wearing costume jewellery on her right hand and NO engagement ring on her left, this was very very poor IMHO. This episode is on the pile of never to be watched again. One bright note, the remaining three episodes cannot be any worse, can they!!!


Loved it!!!
Definitely worth a re-watch :)

Sue ann

I liked it -- it was a trip down memory lane. However, one thing which they omitted, which used to be quite common back in that day, was that Harold would not have stopped with verbal flirting and salacious comments. He would have walked over and started handling Lanie. It was one of the parts of the previous decades that I don't miss, not a little bit. They did a fairly good job of recreating a bygone day. The costuming was brilliant.


I agree, Christine! This was a highly entertaining episode with so many LOL moments. I think Espo sliding off the car was my favorite. The costumes, facial hair, mannerisms and props were all spot on. I think they did a great job of handling the issues of gender equity, race and sexual preference quite well. It was all done in the context of the time period but they managed to leave us with a positive feeling about all of it. This will be a fun one to watch again and again.

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Castle Season 6 Episode 20 Quotes

Harold: Have you ever seen a cop with an ass that fine. If this women's lib I'm all for it.
Castle: To be fair, you do have a very fine, never mind.

A testament to the truly indestructible nature of polyester.


Castle Season 6 Episode 20 Music

  Song Artist
Donna summer last dance Last Dance Donna Summer iTunes
Walter murphy a fifth of beethoven A Fifth of Beethoven Walter Murphy iTunes
Silver convention get up and boogie thats right Get Up And Boogie (That'S Right) Silver Convention iTunes