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I don't want to sound like I hate on Beckett or something. But Castle's theory-building is what leads Beckett to turn around the car and head for the the Secretary's house. The team was heading towards the conference location, when "Castle" starts the theory building. So technically, Castle saved his own life. :P Just kidding, or maybe not! Seriously, while your point maybe slightly valid, that doesn't make Tonya's invalid. The balance of their relationships is definitely skewed in favor of Castle when we look at things done to help the partner. However, if I were to play Devil's Advocate for a moment, one could also say that, Richard Castle, as seen from the beginning of this show, hasn't really needed any help. When the series began, he was a best-selling novelist, with a perfect daughter, and practically had everything in his life. Money. Fame. Fortune. Happy Family. All of the Above. The series has always been about how he helps bring Beckett out of her shell and makes her connect to the world again. To do that, he needs to help her to gain her trust and blah and blah. That's why if we take their relationship in the context of this series, it feels like Castle has done more for Beckett. Within the context of this series, we can say it is unfair to compare what Castle has done for Beckett to the vice-versa.

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Spot on! As I said pages earlier, and you agreed, anybody who thinks Castle is a spoiled playboy needs to rethink their perspective of the character. Until his first best-seller, Castle would've been knee-deep in money-trouble. As we agreed earlier, this depiction of whatever Beckett does is right because she's a walled-off, emotionally-stunted woman due to her mother's death has to stop. She needs to be held accountable for a lot of relationship issues she's had in the past.

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Oooh. I missed the part where Castle beats the crap out of some guy. Now I cannot wait for next weekend. And I agree regarding Alpha-Castle. Remember how Lockwood had the crap beaten out of him in S03E13, I believe. And it's not just when Kate is in danger. Castle torturing the minivan driver to find the location of where the kidnappers took Alexis. When Beckett asks, "I didn't know you had that side to you." Castle: "When it comes to the people I love, I do!"

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Just watched the scene for a second time. Watch how the cold stare on Tom's face and how swallows real hard when Red says, "Watching through her eyes all those who get close. He'll always be there. She will be fine." And then a knowing but creepy smile followed by words that could be construed as a threat: "I hope you're right." Maybe I am seeing things I want to see and maybe Tom is just a school-teacher, but the background music also added to the creepiness of the scene.

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It's funny you should mention that scene where Castle calls Paige's parents, because I watched that exact same scene last week in Castle S2 re-run, and had the exact same thought. When Alexis says, "Paige'll get in so much trouble." Castle responds, "Less than she would if you'd have left her there. And the tone when he says, "Now!!!" There's a finality to it. That was a proper stamping of authority. It was even there when Castle screamed his lungs out to Beckett in the Season 4 Finale, about her rejecting his advances, about her holding out on him after having heard everything. That was also great to watch. Castle was in control. But from the moment Beckett fell into his arms at the end of Season 4, the writing's been way off. Both in terms of the Caskett relationship, and with Castle in general. As UKNo1StanaFan says, this show is about Beckett through Castle's eyes. Fair enough! But to show Castle as a one-dimensional character in every one of his relationships including to his bratty daughter is a step too far. Remember when Meredith says the reason she broke it off was because she didn't know anything about Castle. Where's that part of the relationship? Where's Beckett asking questions forcing Castle to reveal bits and pieces of his character? I probably sound like a whiner right now. I do enjoy the show and tune week-in and week-out. But these are things that've always irked me, and this season is making them more prominent.

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Lots of thoughts in my mind. But the scene between Red and Tom was definitely spooky. Red looked directly in Tom's eyes when he spoke the words that Lizzy's father will always be there for her, protecting her etc. And Tom shifted around uncomfortably in his seat. There was a definite sense of acknowledgement of the words that Red spoke about protecting Lizzy. The writers/directors may not have intended it that way, but that one scene let on a helluva lot of information for me. If this show's taught me anything, it is never to take anything it presents at face value, but I think that scene is meant to be taken at face value. Another great episode of The Blacklist. Except Episode Two, every one of this show's episodes have been rock-solid entertainers, always advancing the story and the characters and always keeping us second guessing as to what each character's true motive is. And though this episode revealed a lot of information, it also turned up a lot more questions. Who was the girl at the end? Who are the people tapping up on Tom and Lizzy? That shower scene was plain creepy IMO. Also, I agree with Carla that the FBI-Red relationship is lopsided. Can you imagine a Top 10 Wanted criminal being given access to the FBI database, by the Assistant Director himself? I cannot. Also, it goes back to what Red said in his last episode. He can disappear any time he wants to. The only reason he is staying around is to protect Lizzy. From what. We don't know yet. They've set up the Red character that way. He's in control of every relationship, every situation he's been in so far. Even when Kean blurted out that she was an FBI agent to the doctor, he regained control and pinned the blame on the poor guy for revealing information. The beauty of this show is that Red is manipulating almost every one else he's come in contact with.

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Anyways, apologies if I sound like one of those guys. But this show needs a kick in the shins. Everyone involved in the show has definitely found a comfort zone they're not willing to get out of. If you look at the recent episodes this season, and compare with last season, you won't be able to tell that Castle and Beckett are engaged. Like Karkar said, Beckett's not even wearing an engagement ring. Somebody missed Season 5 and started watching Season 6, they won't even realize Castle has proposed, and that they're engaged together. As enjoyable as these episodes have been, and let's face it, most Castle episodes are going to be enjoyable, there's certainly a recycling element to what's going on this season. I was reminded of a couple of earlier episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 when watching this one. And that is never a good sign. Next week's episodes looks like it will be what the show needs. A very creepy episode indeed. They need to bring back 3XK, Senator Bracken, or even Jackson Hunt. The writers sorely need to find new material to work with.

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I enjoyed this episode. The absence of Alexis made it so much better. And we got some much needed bromance between Ryan and Espo once again. Warning: Off-topic post below. Some of my caveats with the show's direction in general come below. James, Exactly! Beckett hides information from Castle and decides to move to Washington. No apology. Castle does something much less wrong. Apology. Alexis behaves like a brat. No apology. Castle overstates his feelings just once. Apology. It is really getting annoying to see that Castle has to be the one who gives in all the time. I agree that he was so much better in the first couple of seasons, when the writers seemed to be playing with his character. I also hate it that we've been constantly shown that Beckett is this broken, damaged woman because of her mother's murder. Not enough has been spoken about the fact that Castle probably had the most difficult upbringing of all the characters in the show. He had no idea who his father was. Martha doesn't seem to be the most responsible of mothers, and she was not a very successful actor. That would've made for some really hard times. Richard Castle is a self-made man. We never see these multiple facets of his character. That's a huge problem for me. The writers seem to have found a sweet spot in terms of writing his character. Have him spout a few over-the-top theories that make the fans laugh. Have him be aloof and crack a few jokes here and there. Have him always be the one who gives in to every woman in his life. Mother barges in. He gives her space. Ex-wife barges in when he is in another relationship. He gives her space. Daughter barges in with a hipster. He gives her space. Becketts forces him to remove a personal memento off his wall. The writers have formed this image of a Castle who's so caring and affectionate that it has become very one-dimensional. And the even bigger problem is that it cannot be changed right now. I know some of you are saying that this is how Castle's always been. But I've been seeing some of the earlier seasons, and he really does come across as a much more well-rounded character. That hasn't been the case in the last two seasons, and that's sad for a show that's named Castle.

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mg, I thought there was definite chemistry in the scene from a few episodes back with both of them in the Inn. The Mother talks about Ted showing off. That scene just felt perfect IMO. This proposal scene was definitely too soon. It felt completely awkward to me. There was very little chemistry, almost none. And for a scene as romantic as that to work, there had to be a ton of chemistry. As I said earlier, this scene had to come towards the end of the season. It definitely came too soon, and the catharsis was definitely stunted as a result.

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It was certainly an enjoyable episode. One of the best of the season so far. But I agree John Gates that the proposal could've been handled after more backstory. It was still romantic and purely Ted. But right now, we have no emotional involvement into how these two characters grow together, and without that the catharsis simply wasn't as powerful as it could've been.

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