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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

I expect that 6x11 “Limelight” will resemble 2x14 “The Third Man” one of my favorites from Season 2 just behind 2x12 “A Rose for Everafter”. The interrogation scene in 2x14 with the squatter suspect is hilarious. In 2x14, Beckett was so outraged about being described as romantically involved with Castle, but now she is outraged that he is rumored to be involved somehow with someone besides her. I am sure it will be innocent on Castle’s part regardless which ex-wife is mentioned in the media hype.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

I believe the premise of 6x11 is to explore how Kate reacts to the public announcement about the engagement and how they deal with the press spreading rumors about Castle and his ex-wife. Since Kate is such a private person you would have expected her to mention it to Castle last season since the writers portrayed her worried every week at the beginning of Season 5 about different things, but I guess Marlowe decided to save it for Season 6.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

In a recent interview with TVLine, Marlowe mentioned that 6x11 will be a 'fun' episode. Recall that TSATQ was called a 'fun' episode as well. The title of the upcoming episode 6x11 is "Limelight". A lot of things aren't discussed because the show runner follows a well defined checklist.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

Agree. The promos and sneak peaks are always overblown. Beckett's comment in the promo about being worried makes no sense and it just confuses the relationship status for no good reason. After 10 episodes into the engagement, the writers need to stop with the Kate insecurity issues. In terms of Castle's fame, a better premise for an episode would be to explore how that kind of publicity can leave his family open to danger from 3XK.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

Sure hope you are wrong about the angst. That part of the relationship story should be over at this point. However, you are right about Marlowe, he can't resist the angst if given the chance. It depends on his checklist. Season 5 was hard enough to keep the faith during that DC job arc and Kate's multiple watershed moments, but hopefully not again folks.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

Agree. In Season 5, the wheels started to come off after episode 15. If Marlowe plans to create any angst between them this season, it might start after the upcoming much advertised case heavy episodes are finished near the episode 15 mark as well. Kate seems to be making most of the running on the romance front right now while Castle at times for whatever reason doesn’t seem on the same level. It's the missed moments between them that are more annoying than the missed (or lack of) kisses. In that sense, it does increasingly feel like a repeat of last season up to this point even with all of the wedding and baby talk.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

The Meredith character (Darby Stanchfield) is a regular on ABC 'Scandal' right now. Maybe they reference her by name, but I doubt she makes live appearance. There is no question that Castle lets her walk all over him and she usually gets what she wants from him. Kind of pathetic. The "Significant Others" episode was the only Season 5 show that I did not watch because of her.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

I think you are right about the sequence. Kate appears to be reading the morning newspaper. I expect that the newspaper story about another woman could be about Castle and Gina. Kate’s reaction might just be her acting sarcastic with Castle at the moment. They already addressed Meredith and other than Alexis there is no reason for Castle to be around Meredith, but with Gina I could see Castle needing to meet with Gina over his book(s). Castle still works with Gina, so it's kind of weird that they haven't addressed her yet. Castle must talk to her relatively often. You would think that Kate already knows that. It would definitely be nice to hear some real talk about his marriages, but I'm not really expecting that. I am looking forward to them addressing his fame and how Kate handles it. It would be crazy for Marlowe to create angst now at this point in the season after all the weekly wedding talk and the baby story.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

Agree. I would have liked more insight from the writing into how Beckett didn’t see herself as a baby person. If she's never really been around babies, she might have just not realized what she really thinks of them. It's frustrating that we don't get to hear any of those conversations and we must assume it's because those discussions happened off screen. The conversations we did hear during the episode did move the relationship forward. The episode did show how Beckett has bonded with Castle’s family, which feels more and more like her own. That’s really important for the relationship. However, I think the “interrupting person” device is way overused on this show and that it’s just a really tired strategy. I think fans are sick of it.

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Castle Review: Ruggedly Handsome Dad

I enjoyed the episode as much as 6x4 “Number One Fan”. The song chosen for the opening scene in the church "The Water is Wide" was a clever selection as a tribute to Cameron for saving the baby. I think the baby discussions between Castle and Beckett were handled well. Viewers got a chance to see Castle and Beckett at home more and talking about personal things. Kate referred to the loft as “home” on three separate occasions during the episode. Does that mean she has moved in for good now? I liked that we got to see Kate reassure Castle about her earlier "not a baby person" comment given his initial reaction to it at the precinct. I also like that Alexis is in her proper place in an episode - adding Castle family flavor, some humor with the line of the night "How long have I been gone?" and no Pi issues. The writers are using Ryan as the source of comedy now for each episode, but they need to be careful not to over do it. It looks like the heavyweights are involved in the writing/directing for the 6x11, 6x12 and 6x13 upcoming episodes. Marlowe is running down his checklist fast (new job, living arrangements, babies, next up Castle's fame and how Kate copes with that, then Jackson Hunt returns) so he's going to have to slow down, otherwise he'll leave the engaged couple with no options except to get married because they'll be nothing left for them to address unless the show runner punishes the fans with another dreadful Kate insecurity arc. I hope the wedding happens this season (no cold feet or runaway bride scenario) because I couldn't take Marlowe dragging this out into Season 7 given what we have seen so far. They can make wedding comments over a dead body only so many times before it gets old.