I think this episode did a great job of touching on the current controversy about leakers without taking sides. The whistle blower aspects of the several leakers of recent times is what creates the controversy. Many people believe governments shouldn't have "dark" secrets, etc. What I think this show did is leave the gray areas of the debate as something for the viewers to think about or not as they wish by the leaker in this show being a murderer on the run. I mean that I don't think anyone could be offended, whatever one's thoughts.
The hashtag search for the plane would work in reality -- based on who did the asking. For instance, I could see that if Andrea Russett, just-turned-18-year-old You Tube star, former radio disc jockey, and now in Hollywood making commercials and on Awesomeness TV, plus hosting concerts around the country where her fans stand in long lines and cry when they meet her, asked for a plane search, her 815,000 YouTube followers and 450,000 twitter followers, most of them school girls, would drop what they were doing and go stand outside and look for the plane. I don't know about a band, but Russett and others whose fans are so devoted really could get that kind of effort!
@ Mrs Alex - I don't think Tom is being set up anyway, but if he is, it couldn't be Red doing it (I think) because (why I think) it would be unforgivable, so that he would alienate Liz when the show is suggesting he has some past tie to her (hinting, so probably a red herring, that he's her father -- but at least through her "real" father as, I think, her real father wouldn't have burned her). I mean, he killed somebody to protect her, would he go after her mate (when my experience is if I even say, "It's possible you have a point" to one of my female relatives when she's complaining or crying about a male friend or mate they explode on me in defense of him!).
Super great that Pelant is dead -- and ending was a cute way to tie up the relationship loose ends with the rest of the cast watching. Nice. So, there's a new serial killer already. I just hope they don't make "her" another Evil Overlord (Voldemort) type of villain.
I'm wondering if they didn't make a conscious decision to change Alexis's character this year to a more typical teenager/young person. Castle, himself, was (especially early) played as the ignored child of a self-centered actress, left to his own imagination growing up and more mature than his own mother, despite being so interminably playful (and thus likable). Well, Alexis was sort of the very mature answer to her own father (but they made him both juvenile and a devoted father, correcting with his daughter how he was raised). Well, this year, Alexis is stealing food and can't see through Pi and "Grandma" is suggesting if you say something, she'll do the opposite -- so did they remake Alexis to keep her around??
I enjoy this show a lot. It's also a show that leaves me thinking about what's going on -- like only realizing now that he took 2 names off the list by hiring, thus setting up, the freelancer, besides the evil slaver hypocrite he was also after.
In a local writing workshop group I used to belong to, I knew an ex-cop pretty well. Besides being the nicest guy and having a wicked sense of humor, he was also so level-headed and unflappable. I mention him because one of my favorite writers is John Sandford, creator of the Lucas Davenport mysteries. He refers to cop humor, which is pretty sick, and in one of his recent novels, he's not there when the killers come to his house to kill him, but his wife & kids are & his daughter knows the combo to the gun safe and shoots it out with them & wins but when she wakes from surgery from her wounds, Davenport just chokes because it's the only way he knows how to cry. Beckett's a cop is all I mean ...
It's actually a crime with jail time to lie to the FBI (you can lie to your local cops, but not the FBI). I point that out because the Sec of Defense broke the law (not stuck out his chest and said I'm better than you, get lost, but actually broke the law). What I'm getting to is that when you think about taking a job from Uncle Sam, I do not believe you consider that you are going to run into other people who you might respect for their accomplishments are constant criminals and crooks. Stephanopolis left Bill Clinton, the man he admired most in life because he could not handle the mistresses -- but how could he know about that ahead of time? What the writers have done is give Beckett an out from the FBI. I couldn't see how she could go backwards to the police department without feeling a failure -- now I can!
Sweets was still listed in the opening credits -- which I took to mean he will still be around. I suppose, with the way the show spreads out everyone's time while appropriately Brennan and Booth get to be in almost every scene, they could stretch out his leave indefinitely without really cutting into his screen time. I agree with @snix24, like Sweets (and I especially like his friendship with Booth), but didn't like him with Daisy (and I don't dislike Daisy, just dislike her with Sweets).
What @Glenn said seems to me to ring true (a real possibility, I mean). She can't control Castle, and don't think she'd want to now that his life is on the line. I can see the 2 solving the case and the DC FBI reaction to the good news being sending her to the New York office, and tell her to take Castle with her (possibly even as liaison to the NYPD)
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