This was one of the best Castle episodes in a long time.
Why? Because we got to see Stanathan at their best, and the romance was developed, future was discussed, progress was made on Ryan's baby side etc. etc. This is what a Castle episode should be like: A standard mystery which begins with "Did you notice any changes in your husband's behaviour?" and dovetails into a mystery where you can see the killer from a mile away. But sandwiched in between all that are some of the best character interactions in TV history. And I am glad that AWM still knows how to turn up one.
Between all the Alexis angst, and us discussing the balance of the Caskett relationship, we sometimes forget that Castle is one of the most charming shows on TV. And it was nice to be reminded of it for the first time in Season 6.
1) Definitely the diaper change. Stanathan have redefined on-screen TV chemistry, and the twinkle in Stana's eyes when she spoke about Uncle Rick was splendid. There was a lot of discussion on whether these two are an item IRL (not following that really), but they really should be. Arguably one of my favorite Caskett moments in this show's history.
2) Esposito. But lottery is banned in my country anyways.
3) Her explanation was pretty believable IMO.
4) Yeah. Pleasantly surprised is the right word. But it is too early to be talking about all that when even the wedding isn't over yet. But I like that there are these long-term discussions happening, which hopefully bodes well for the future of the show. I think I'll need to be institutionalized without my Castle fix.
5) I absolutely believed him. I was gonna feel sorry for Beckett, but the way she turned the joke on Castle was awesome.
BTW, Stana looked ravishing in this episode. The best she's looked all season IMO.
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.
Comment modified at November 16, 2013 14:55
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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