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Castle: Once Upon a Time in the West

“I can see who wears the ten gallon hat in your house.”

This was a fun episode.

Other than that, I really don’t have a lot to say. We’ve seen this type of episode dozens of times now. The writers take on a genre and subvert it. Maybe it’s because I just haven’t seen that many Westerns. I'm sure many of the allusions probably escaped me. The ones I did catch made me smile.

The case itself was silly to the point of absurdity. Once the foster father was out of the picture, you knew who the killer was. At least he had some serious screen time and wasn’t the first person shown. But, still pretty obvious.

I liked all the honeymooning and was all ready for some serious romance by that campfire. I must say, however, that Castle becoming a bit of a bumbler when Beckett makes a move is getting old. For one thing, they have been together for a while now. For another, he has been around the block. A lot. While it can be funny, it’s a joke that’s run its course.

The reactions from Lanie, Esposito, and Ryan were very well done. I liked the boys going into sulk mode, but I thought it was a wonderful character beat to have Gates be the one to support Caskett. She is not often on their side.

Like I said, this was a fun episode. It was not, however, something special. Two out four Colt .45s bought at the gift shop.


— The title card was great.

— How is it possible to make an entire Western spoof without a single Firefly reference. Did I miss it?


Lanie: "I am your maid of honor. I haven't had a carb in months just in case I had to put that damn dress back on."
Beckett: "And, you look great."
Lanie: "Kate, save the flattery. You owe me dinner. I'm picking the restaurant and we're ordering all the desserts."

Esposito: "Really? We didn't get that call."
Ryan: "Once again, not invited."

Tobias: "I like my coffee like I like my men — strong, black, and bitter."

Castle: “We don’t approach this like cops. We approach this like writers.”
Beckett: “So, we procrastinate and make stuff up?”
Castle: “No. Well, yes. But, no.”

Gates: "I think the two of you should stop whining like two little school girls who weren't invited to the dance and be happy that your friends, your very dear friends, have found a way to make it work. Especially after all the hell those two have been through."

ChrisB is a freelance writer who spends more time than she ought in front of a television screen or with a book in her hand.


  1. I was really disappointed by the lack of Firefly references! I mean, seriously, how is that possible?

  2. I spent the whole episode puzzling over how the hell this case was NYPD jurisdiction. The victim was poisoned on one end of the country and died on the other. That sure as hell sounds like an FBI case to me. Oh well.

    I did notice that they went to the trouble of putting Beckett's shooting scar in. Nice continuity.


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