Castle has whisked Beckett off to the Hamptons for their first romantic weekend away together. It doesn’t take long before a man stumbles into their lives and falls dead into Castle’s pool. A direct homage to another brilliant ABC show, this case is about someone exacting revenge.
The case itself was a bit better than the previous couple have been, but still relatively standard fare. Once again, the killer was the one person who had been on screen for the shortest amount of time. I’ve decided that this is how the writers are going to do it now; find the one character who is never on screen and he or she will be the criminal. For one brief, shining moment I thought they were going to give us a really good twist and have Brady be guilty, but oh no.
Although the case itself was weak, I loved the way the roles reversed during it. Beckett, for once, is the more insecure of the two. She is obviously taken aback by the house (as well she should be -- it’s gorgeous), not to mention the thought of all the other women who have been there before her. It’s Castle who is reassuring her that she is the one he wants to be with.
Once she has that reassurance, all Beckett wants to do is relax, skinny dip in the pool and have sex. Castle, on the other hand, couldn’t let the murder drop. He had to know what the story was and pulled a very reluctant Beckett along with him. It’s difficult to imagine this scenario back in seasons one and two. There was a great mirror moment; first Castle turns down sex because he is thinking about the case; later it is Beckett who does the same thing.
The whole subplot of who knows about Caskett continues to unfold. Martha and Alexis (what is she doing home already?) are freely giving Castle relationship advice, most of which he refuses to listen to. The boys, on the other hand, are determined to find out whom Beckett is dating. The scene in the morgue with Lanie was hilarious; Beckett nearly picking up the phone even more so.
The scene where Ryan finds out the truth is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. I just sat and laughed out loud as the shoe dropped. But, that is nothing to how hard I laughed at the next scene. Feet up on the desk while he talks to Castle on the phone, Ryan slyly lets it be known that he has interrogated Lerner who has told him “everything he knows.” I watched it three times, laughing harder each time.
I liked the fact that Ryan didn’t tell Esposito that he knew the truth and, as a result, showed a great deal of respect for both Castle and Beckett. Although last week Beckett was convinced that Ryan would be the one to spill, we know he can keep a secret (as he did for most of last season). Seamus Dever hit it out of the park this week, both as a comic and as a friend.
Finally, an episode I liked again. Three out of four red sharks with red eyes.
-- Does it make me a bad person that as soon as I saw the shots of the Hamptons I was immediately in the world of Revenge? But, then I felt justified as it became clear that this entire episode was about that very subject with a myriad of allusions to the original show. I started to list them, but there were too many.
-- One of the issues I hope the writers deal with moving forward is the enormous disparity in Caskett’s financial situations.
-- I still ship Lanie and Esposito. They belong together.
-- Beckett was eating in a lot of the scenes she was in. Should we speculate or let it go?
-- I thought it would be Esposito who found out the truth first. Oops.
Castle: “You are in a room full of detectives and not one of them has a clue.”
I wouldn’t be so sure about that.
Lanie: “Is this how you interrogate people? ‘Cause you ain’t doing nothing but pissing me off.”
Beckett: “Oh, so we’re Brangelina now?”
Castle: “No, no, no. We’re… Rick-Ate. No, we’re… Kate-Ick.
Castle: “Cas-Kett? Ooh, that’s good ‘cause of the whole murder thing. Caskett."
This show does meta very well.
Beckett: “Dead bodies, meth heads, monsters. Is that what you meant by a romantic weekend?”
Castle” “May I remind you that it was murder that brought us together in the first place.”