Castle Review: What's Their Song?

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There was plenty of reminiscing - as well as looking forward - on Castle Season 6 Episode 15, as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" sent Rick Rogers back to high school.

Only this time he made it to the prom

Well, winter formal... but what does the title of the dance matter when you're dancing with the right girl?

Let's start at the beginning with Rick and Kate lamenting over their lack of a song.

In my opinion, neither Sinatra or Bruce really fit these two. And Kate's reaction to the 100 Romantic Songs of all time list made me laugh…

Beckett: I'm not choosing our song off of a list that includes Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Castle: That song, I'm sure ignited many a strip club romance back in 1987.

As someone who once blasted that song in a car going way too fast on the way to the Jersey Shore, I can honestly say that it has never inspired anything close to romance. But I digress…

The murder of the week had just the right mix of supernatural mystery and skepticism to keep me guessing. As much as I want to believe that anything is possible, at heart I'm like Beckett. I believe that 99% of the time there is a perfectly logical explanation. 

Still, having tables move across a crowded cafeteria and a girl seemingly get slammed into her ceiling had me stumped and certainly gave credence to Rick's belief in telekinesis.  

The video Madison created made a lot of sense, but Lucas' explanation for the cafeteria left me with questions. Wouldn't someone have noticed the fishing wire with that many things moving and that many people in the way? Even for a special effects artist it appeared to be an improbable stunt to pull off in a crowded room. 

But, as Lucas said, most people are gullible and will believe what they're led to believe. 

Having Rick sent back to one of the many schools he was thrown out of was a wonderful way to have our favorite couple revisit their teenage years. 

We learned that Rick Rogers was smart enough to earn a scholarship at the prestigious academy but mischievous enough to get himself kicked out. And even in high school, Castle knew a guy. 

It might have been safer that Rick got kicked out of Beaucroft. Their mean girls are seriously mean. Madison's friend Kris not only smashed in her skull to kill her but was calculating enough to stage the crime scene to look like the video and climb to the ceiling to leave her friend's blood on a beam. That's one cold-blooded teenaged killer. 

In the end it all led to my favorite scene of the night as Rick asked Kate to dance. When she wondered if he regretted anything that he'd done.

Getting expelled? Missing his senior prom? His response in this Castle quote was simply perfect…

Everything I've ever done, every choice I've ever made, every terrible and wonderful thing that's ever happened to me, it's all led me to right here, this moment with you.


I couldn't have been happier to hear In My Veins by Andrew Belle again. It's been a favorite of mine since it was played during Castle Season 4 Episode 23, "Always."

And now it's set to be Castle and Beckett's song for their first official dance as man and wife.

Sigh. The entire episode, including the kiss at the end made me one very happy Castle fan. 

OK, TV Fanatics, what's your choice for Castle and Beckett's song?

Smells Like Teen Spirit Review

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Castle Season 6 Episode 15 Quotes

Beckett: I'm not choosing our song off of a list that includes Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Castle: That song, I'm sure ignited many a strip club romance back in 1987.

I'd offer a theory but I'm too busy having detention flashbacks.