It’s all about knowing your audience, and although there was an entertaining murder investigation going on in Castle Season 7 Episode 19, all anyone watching really cared about was the talent show competition.
There were so many wonderful, funny, sexy moments in this hour that it’s hard to know where to start…so we’ll stick with the beginning.
Beckett helping Alexis study for her mid-term and their goodbye kiss was a great way to show how close these too have become and it even led to some sexy Caskett legal banter as Rick pointed out all the reasons why Kate would have made a wonderful judge if she had chosen that route…
You're smart. You are intimidating and you look very, very good in a robe.Rick Castle
The best thing about this episode was how it gave everyone a chance to shine and show off what an ensemble this cast has always been. It started off with everyone being able to recite Richie “The Pitbull” Falco’s late night commercials and pointing out that the only reason Ryan didn’t have a clue about them was because he either works a second job or passes out by 10pm.
The episode really took off when we heard about the talent show. Nothing is better than trash talk between Castle and our favorite detectives.
The bet harkened back to one of my favorite episodes, Castle Season 2 Episode 2, “The Double Down,” when Castle and Beckett had a wager against Espo and Ryan about who would solve their murder investigation first. Let’s face it, if you’re going to deal with death all day, you might as well have a little fun.
Nothing was more fun than witnessing Esposito and Ryan rehearsing their routine to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Not only was it epic, it made me desperate to see their previous winning routine “The Crime of Our Life,” inspired by Dirty Dancing. I think I’d actually pay money to be able to view it.
Castle was thrilled to be asked to emcee (not that Gates was thrilled to ask him), and he couldn’t wait to compete in the talent show, much to Kate’s mortification as she expressed her concern in this Castle quote…
Rick Castle: That thing in the shower. That is delightful.
Kate Beckett: That is not a routine. That's two naked people singing when there's no one around to see or hear it.
As much as I was intrigued by the body bag search and the murder investigation, it took a complete back seat to the talent show and the bet.
I really wish we had seen more of Rick and Kate’s dance number as they looked absolutely beautiful in the small snippet that was shown. And I loved that Martha was back, however briefly, to help with their choreography. It’s been far too long since we’ve seen her at the loft and involved in Rick's and Kate’s lives.
Kate sharing her fears with Martha was one of the sweetest moments of the episode.
I don't want to let him down. He wants this so badly and I want to give it to him but I just, I don't know that I can.Kate Beckett
I also appreciated that Martha didn’t downplay Kate’s fears but empathized and encouraged her to be honest with Rick. In the end, Kate didn’t come clean with Castle. I think it’s partly her pride, not wanting to disappoint him and that even though she’s come quite far. She’s still a secretive person at heart.
Perhaps the most heartwarming moment was Castle assuring her that she was the only audience he needed.
Before we get to the end I have a couple of special shout outs. First to Lanie for her, “You do know I'm a doctor, not a puppeteer,” line. It reminded me a little of something Dr. McCoy might have said on Star Trek; just with a little more sarcasm.
Second, let's talk about those outfits. What was Ryan wearing at the end? And the Pharrell Williams' inspired hat on Esposito’s head? Priceless. Talk about going all out for their performance. Those boys earned that trophy. I only wish we had been able to see it all. Perhaps we can hope for more of their performance on the Castle Season 7 DVDs when they’re released later this year.
We may not have had the pleasure of witnessing Castle's and Beckett’s talent show performance on stage, but we have to agree that their shower duet was delightful.
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.