I've never seen anyone comment upon it anywhere, but I do think that Castle leaping and shoving Beckett at the funeral saved her life, because that bullet hit her in the right side of her chest, and it would have hit her in the heart, had he not been shoving her to the side at the time that it reached her. I watched that part seven times, and that's the way it appears to me. I do think that Alexis resents Beckett, as much as her rational side would want her father to be happy, and the snarling at Beckett seemed to me to be directed at Beckett, not at the situation. I think the best save is a toss-up between (1) figuring out that Beckett's attacker was still after her (apartment-blowing-up episode), hence calling in time to warn her so that she got in the cast iron tub which saved her life, and (2) when he carried her out of that airport. That was heart-breaking, and it is still hard to watch, as many times as I have viewed that episode on the DVD. I agree with Courtney that Castle was both telling the absolute truth, that Beckett is not his girl friend, and that he was devaluing himself in the eyes of the hostage-takers. I did not see Beckett telling Trapper John that she would kill him if he hurt Castle so much as a declaration of love for Castle, as I saw it as a taking-charge play to make the robbers know that she would not tolerate ANY of the hostages being hurt. I particularly appreciated her line that she does not "look", she "hunts". That is scary. So far this season, I'd say this has been the best episode.
In the (2006) season 4, episode 2 (Escaped), Hal Holbrook played the villain. In that episode, the daughter of Fornell and Diane was at a birthday party, and the "escapee" character came over and talked to her, scaring the bejeebers out of Fornell. The daughter appeared to be about five at that time. So that should make her just at the point of pre-teen now. Michael Gilden portrayed the little person in whom Abby was interested. He died in real life, but not on the show. On the show, his character broke up with her, telling her that she "was too much woman" for him. (They had to resolve it like that because he died.) I really liked that actor -- he played a leprechaun on Charmed, and he was a charmer himself. It is a shame. Meredith Eaton-Gilden, his widow, first appeared in the season 7, episode 10 (Faith) where McGee managed to get an M-TACH call through to a ship at sea so that a little boy could talk to his mother on Christmas. Seeing her just show up with no foofarah in this episode last night is one of the greatest things about NCIS -- they portray a "real" world, where peripheral characters return, just the way that casual acquaintances recur in our own lives. When I was working, I had a list of "go-to" people for various kinds of problems. Abby does, too. That is real. I had always been bothered that Diane had been vicious enough to keep Gibbs's grandfather's watch (that was mentioned in a previous episode, too). It was nice to see her give it back to him. Her character started out playing the same kind of termagant that his other ex-wife Stephanie portrayed when she appeared, but Stephanie also mellowed out at the very end of her episode. That makes it a little more reasonable that Gibbs would see enough in these women beyond the red hair to actually marry them. I look forward to eventually seeing his third ex-wife appear. The way the show is going, they probably have at least several more years to create her.
They mentioned one time in the first year, I think it was, that Sam has two children.
I find that Derek to be an arrogant pain. I didn't like him on his first appearance, and I still do not. He is too slick. Considering Tod, and Derek, I am beginning to think that Megan's taste in men is as bad as my late cousin's was. She was married six times, and those were just the formal relationships. And they were all losers. Some women do not choose well. Some writers have off weeks. I think you are right; this was an off week.
You're right -- this is the kind of episode fans can live off of and dream on for weeks. And Carissa, that's very clever -- can't change from Caskett on Halloween! Good one. The ending, Castle taking Beckett home to dinner with his family, reminded me of a phrase from the season opener of NCIS last year. "Will you come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly." Castle is drawing her in, in slow, easy increments. The look on his face in the vault when Martha interrupted was reminiscent of many interruptions the two have suffered the last couple of years; we are going to get very accustomed to that look, unless the show runners decide to speed up their schedule of not getting them together until mid-season next year. Courtney, it is Morse Code, named after Samuel Morse. It was used for early telegraph messages, and is still used today in some circles. The US Navy, for instance. My father taught it to me when I was in third grade, studying for a Ham Radio license. It is, or was then, required to get one of those. With Castle's passion for research, it is very logical that he would know it. I appreciate the mentions of past episodes, also. From what I have read, and from the comments made in the "extras" and commentaries on the NCIS DVD's, the fans there have made it quite clear that one of the most important ingredients in the success and continuing growth in viewership of NCIS is that the characters live in a consistent, continuing world, where people come back, and events have repercussions. The show mines its own history all the time, and is deep for it. Castle is written in that style, and I hope that the richness of characterization and the attention to maintaining a consistent past pay off for this show in the same way -- many years of broadcasting and a continually-growing fan base. This program deserves it.
@ Lee If that is directed at me, I watch because I like the stories, usually. I find most of the characters to be flawed in ways which annoy me personally, as I am an old woman, and have run into people like some of these characters. They are nowhere near as much fun to know as you find them to watch. Cho, I like, because he says the funniest things, and the actor is very good indeed. The character is the most honest cop, but he does not preach the way Lisbon does. I get very, very tired of that. She treats Jane like he is another of her "feral little brothers she essentially raised", and she never validates what are his honest, clearly-expressed feelings of rage and his desire for revenge against Red John. Rigsby is very, very handsome, and he is good at arson investigations, and he has every right to be in love with a woman who is not good enough for him. But he is not all that smart. I feel sorry for him, but he makes me tired. He needs a keeper. Grace has had disastrous relationship after disastrous relationship. She lights up like a Christmas tree whenever anyone pays any attention to her, and she gives her heart away too easily. She apparently lacks the ability to discriminate between handsome criminals, and men worth having. She runs around like she is in heat. She also makes me tired. I had a cousin like that. It gets embarrassing. Jane treats people with no respect whatsoever, and he runs around and amuses himself like a child. That in itself does not bother me, but he sometimes treats his co-workers and his supposed friends like toys, and I do not relate to that. His character is portrayed (I believe) exactly as I described him -- a person a few removes from joining the human race. Why should I feel any more for him than for any alien? Generally, the murders are very interesting on this program, the on-going Red John controversy gives me something to think about, and there is far less of the romance the other two principal romance/detection programs feature. Castle is very, very well-done, and reminds me of the best of the movies of the Thirties and Forties. Bones has jumped the shark as far as I am concerned. I cannot watch Castle seven nights a week, so I watch The Mentalist. OK, Lee?
I also laughed out loud at this episode. The comic store owner being unable to talk to Alice made me also giggle. (He must have broken up with the girl friend he mentioned in season 4.) Leonard going to Penny for relationship advice was kind of sweet; his reasoning that all of his friends are too stupid to ask was true, but it also RANG true. Not one of them would have been able to give him good advice. And it could have been very awkward for Penny to give him that advice, although I don't recollect that Leonard is aware that she is sorry that she broke up with him. Raj knows, but I never saw him tell on her. That was a beautiful snake. But to scare an Indian with a pretty orange snake -- yes, he should have thought that one over a bit more. I liked seeing that those two desks are still in the office, too. Consistency. I was bemused by how Leonard set up the mail box to avoid Sheldon's trick; it must have gotten him earlier when he was alone, or he could not have added the one which floored Sheldon. Really, it was very funny to see Sheldon obsess over getting revenge on his friends; the only improvement I could have wished for was to see him consulting with Amy Farrah Fowler about possibilities. I like Amy, and Mayim. I did appreciate seeing Bernadette getting into the spirit of the whole thing with Howard. And the yelling being Bernadette rather than Mrs. Wolowicz was a nice carry-over reminder of the hospital episode. I appreciate that although the writers have said that there is no over-all plan for the direction this show will take, that they do pay homage to points made in past episodes, little nuggets that dedicated fans will catch. That kind of attention to detail and continuity is one of the things which has made NCIS continue to grow in popularity over the seasons, and I can see this show growing, too. A three-year renewal this off season was a great vote of confidence. If they nominate this episode for Emmys for Parsons and the series, I think it would give both a good chance of winning.
I did not like this episode at all. I considered turning the television off, in actuality. I don't care about Lisbon's family, and there was almost no Cho. As Cho is the only character I like, that alone is enough to make it annoying. But it was very annoying, even beyond that. Van Pelt wanting to know about Rigsby's love life struck me as rather dog-in-the-manger, and her lack of insanity this week after being fairly out of control since she shot her fiance seemed unrealistic. On the upside, there was none of those bosses of theirs, both of whom are poisonous, nasty, or sneaky. I do agree that the lady playing the mother of the drug addict victim was very good indeed. The local policeman who offered to help turned out to be a red herring, as he was actually honest and helpful, but on a lesser-written program, he would not have been. I am not sure why Jane would want to "weasel" his way into Lisbon's personal life. He is her friend, but not her lover, and I don't think he has any such wish. They really are not suited to be a couple. Jane is written in such a way that his interest in those around him is not normal. I think it is supposed to be colored by his early life as a carny, where all outsiders are marks, and then again, by his life as a con man, where again people cannot be looked upon as real like oneself, as one is preying upon them, and then thirdly, as people to whom it is not safe to get too close, because Red John will kill them, literally (his family) or virtually (his psychic lady friend). I watched this episode anyway, to see the actor who played Lisbon's brother. It was the first time I'd seen him in quite a while, and I was fascinated to see how he'd matured. The mystery was interesting enough; it took a while to figure out why Jane seeded the cabin with false evidence. That's a thing Lisbon would probably not have permitted, so it is just as well he was free of her. I would like to have seen more of Daniel Hugh Kelly. I've been a fan for decades. But it was nice to see him at all ... It was also interesting to see a program have a fairly well-known actor guest, and then have him not be the killer. NCIS made a mistake the wrong way on that this week. This choice was better. When I buy the DVD of this season, I won't waste a lot of time re-watching this episode, though. No Cho.
@ Joe Mrs. Cooper and Amy have already met, in the episode last season where Sheldon and Amy broke up, and Sheldon got all the cats. Leonard sent for Mrs. Cooper, who came up, assessed the situation, had Amy come over (ostensibly to meet her), and forbade the relationship (in order to get Sheldon to resume their relationship.) Since she is supposed to be opposed to Sheldon being with Amy, it makes sense that Amy would not appear in this visit.
I have not seen all of the episodes, but this was the one for which I managed to stay awake. It was well-written, and the action followed a logical path. I was less confused than usual (staying awake does indeed help ...). It was nice for once to see a deadline pass without having someone save the day with one second left on the clock. I have been seeing that since at least the original run of the original Star Trek, and it is old. The "not guilty" verdict was a pleasant change, which led me into wondering how they were going to get out of this fine mess. I thought it was very well-done. I originally saw this show as a way to not miss The Mentalist by turning off the TV, but I am learning to appreciate it for itself. Can anyone tell me why the hero looks so very unhappy? I think I missed that somewhere.
© 2015 TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic Plus
© 2015 TV Fanatic