From dinner with the parents to being on the run with a witness to a killing, this was the episode where we got to see that the honeymoon is ending and that Caskett are beginning to settle into the routine of being a couple while having their first fight.
Unfortunately, this episode fell flat and I was bored through most of it. I guess after five years, the writers are beginning to run out of new ideas. We have seen the Irish mob -- a lot. We have seen Beckett lose her gun and her badge -- a lot. We have seen Castle talk himself out of trouble -- a lot. We have seen the bad guys shoot into an empty car -- a lot. We saw one of the two send the other a coded message just a few episodes ago.
The other thing we are seeing far too much of is Beckett’s insecurities around the relationship. For some reason, the writers seem willing to allow her to be the one who is questioning and Castle to be the one reassuring her. I was on board when she pulled up to the house in the Hamptons, but this different worlds conversation annoyed me greatly. From the beginning, one of the reasons that Castle so responded to Beckett was the fact that she couldn’t have cared less about the fact that he was a famous writer. One of the great things about the Beckett character is her inner strength. Making her this insecure undermines a lot of what has been set up in the previous seasons. “I’m just a cop” had me wanting to throw something at the screen. Beckett has always been proud of what she does and why she does it. Having her put herself on a lower level than a writer felt forced and, frankly, ridiculous.
The parallels between Caskett and the other relationships on the show were heavy handed this week. Martha and Jim, who so obviously have nothing in common, come together in the end over a shared concern about their children. Dolan and McMurtry (a mobster and a priest -- really?) have been best friends since childhood. So, are we meant to take from this that people from different worlds can find common ground? That’s my sarcastic voice, by the way...
There were too many things that stretched our suspension of disbelief too far. The most obvious was the phone that Beckett “borrowed.” Even from a locked phone, it is possible to dial 911 so all of that stuff around Castle breaking the password was absurd. Leo was able to run surprisingly well on a sprained ankle. Additionally, with both parents showing up at the precinct at the same time, is there any way that Gates doesn’t know that Caskett are a couple? If not, she must strongly suspect.
It wasn’t all bad. The scene with Esposito, Ryan and the nun was fun. The twist was actually pretty good for a change. Castle on the CB radio was hilarious. Leo might have made a great shrink if he had gone another way.
But, overall, this one was a disaster. One of my least favorite episodes of any season. One out of four thrown bottles of beer.
-- Susan Sullivan is a wonderful actress and Martha continues to be one of my favorite characters ever. Wonderful range of emotions throughout this episode.
-- I thought it was a nice touch that Martha brought Jim coffee in the station.
-- Looks as though Castle may finally have met his poker match.
-- The idea of the relationship existing only on paper is spot on. Caskett are fictional characters, existing only on paper.
Ryan: “Catholic school is like combat. If you haven’t been there, then you don’t know.”
Esposito: “I have been there… in combat.”
Martha: “Stop. You are a terrible actress.”