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Good question about the books. How come Beckett has not told Castle how much the books helped her? Same question about his two divorces. Where are those conversations?

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It was always Sorenson who bugged me the most. Waiting two months before letting Kate know that he was back in town, only to then commandeer her into his investigation, and choosing one that had a similarity to a prior one they had worked on together, which was clearly difficult for her. Also, I felt that in some of their conversations, Will was condescending towards Kate, re: the skates and stuff. It felt kind of awkward to me, rather than playful as was probably the intent of the writing. Of all of them, Sorensen was the only one that I find myself wondering “Why were you with this person?”.
My only thing with Josh ("I really, really liked him") was I wasn’t wild about the way he interacted with Castle, especially towards the end. I understood why he was upset about Kate getting shot, and why he pushed Castle away in the hospital hallway, but it didn’t say much about him either, particularly acting out the way he did in his place of work.

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The "lemming" reference is really Tom Demming, the robbery detective that Beckett was dating in Season 2. He was a jerk. It is interesting how Beckett let Demming put his hands all over her in the hallways at the precinct during that period, but we see nothing like that now from our engaged couple. I always did wonder why Captain Montgomery let that happen out in the open area in front of co-workers.

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I really enjoyed the “Under Fire” episode. There was nice camera work and special effects work – the fires and basement pit were all well done. I really had no issue with the interaction between Castle and Beckett in this episode. I saw them connected to each other emotionally in the fire scenes, and the hug at the end was adorable with plenty of eye contact and smiles. I love that Castle was working at Beckett’s desk, sitting in her chair, and she didn’t care. Instead she just caressed his shoulder and asked what he’s doing.
I had trouble with the comic moment where the woman Fire Inspector says get out and Castle says “sounds good” and leaves first, then Beckett says: “I’m marrying him”. Castle was ready in “Still” to take a bomb with Kate, but he turns and runs out of crime scene at the sound of building collapse without his bride-to-be in tow? It just seemed like a cheap shot from the show runner to include that kind of weird behavior in the sequence. If Beckett's ad-lib comment had included even a hint of a smile it might have seemed affectionate, but her delivery came off as kind of snarky to me.
The Gates scene at the 12th in front of her staff seemed overdone and unnecessary. The birth scene in the ambulance seemed just right and Jenny did a great job with the phone conversations. The last four episodes have been really good since the end of Alexis arc.

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Not sure I would call Kate a bimbo either, but as one of your cohorts, let me just say that you are correct that Kate got the job in DC, but we never actually saw her explain why she was interested in the job or how she felt about getting fired. It was all just a plot device where she kind of acted out of character then she forgot all about her "dream job." The dead mother story has pretty much run its course as well. At this point in the season, the character of Castle is a reactor to events now, he's rarely proactive. The writers seem to have lost focus and direction for where these characters are going. The new promos seem to suggest that Castle might need a push to set the wedding date. The writers are just not doing a good job showing them living day to day at all. There are no actual conversations that normal couples have about real, adult things. I sure hope that things will turnaround after the winter hiatus.

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1 - You'll drive yourself crazy going over everything that should have happened, might have happened. The writers either don't consider it important like some fans might or the writers have just forgotten about it. On the other hand, I suppose they could be saving the reveal for a Very Special episode closer to the end of the series. It seems like that scene back in season 1 was setting up a really sweet, emotional scene for when they finally got together. Just her being a fan of the books would be a great set up for fun scenes now that they are engaged. All the great little details and backstories the writers created in the first couple of seasons have really been wasted. It was those things that made the show believable. They rarely re-visit or mention details like the importance of the books again which makes all of it seem so artificial. I think they just don't want to write any scenes that require effort. It's really sad. We can only assume now there was some off screen conversation that took place about the influence of his books.

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You might be right about the twins, but I can't see the audience waiting for another 36 episodes to see a wedding. It just doesn't seem credible given what Marlowe has presented so far this season. If AWM is out of writing ideas after a Caskett wedding, then ABC just needs to get a new show runner.

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I wonder what Marlowe originally had in mind for Castle’s father Jackson Hunt. The just released spoilers indicate that the 6x13 episode portrays him as a dark person. It doesn't sound anything like the character we met last year. I really wish they hadn't cast such a big star who is able to basically hold the writers hostage with the storyline and whose availability is limited. I hate that Castle's dad is a spy. I like James Brolin, but I wish the show runner would have used someone else for the role. We know he did bad things as a CIA assassin, but now we find out that he is a real jerk. He talks down to Castle and he displays some kind of attraction towards Kate. If true, that is an unneeded part of the story and kind of pathetic for the writers to put that in the episode. It is hard to believe that such an excellent writer like Terence Paul Winter actually thought it was a good idea to include the Kate attraction in the script. I wonder if it was just Brolin's idea because he seems to have been heavily involved in developing the character since we last saw him. Hopefully, we will finally find out what Castle told Martha and Beckett about him. I think most fans assume Kate already knows what Castle found out about his father in Paris.

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Since episode 4, Marlowe drops a Caskett scene here and there to evidence a loving relationship by using both facial expressions and the ongoing engagement and wedding talk. He continues to promote things about the show that either never happen or if they do, it's nothing like he has described. However, I can't imagine that the audience would accept the wedding being put off until next season especially if ABC orders two additional episodes for the season.

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Great idea! Perfect song for the series end; This kind of venue was used a lot in the closing scenes of some early shows in both season2 and season3.

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