Castle Has Daddy Issues

By Stefanie Lee

Feb 09, 2010

So Monday's episode of Castle was cute. We learned a few fun facts about each of the team members—Beckett (Stana Katic) turns into a bumbling fangirl at the sight of former New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre, Esposito (Jon Huertas) can speak fluent Spanish, and Ryan's (Seamus Dever) girlfriend has him totally whipped.

But fun facts aside, this episode was missing some key elements. One, where the hell was Lainie Parish (Tamala Jones)? Medical examiner Sidney Perlmutter (Arye Gross) is not sassy and, therefore, really boring. And two, wasn't this episode supposed to reveal something really huge about Castle's (Nathan Fillion) father? I'm not saying I was expecting to meet him in this episode (though it would have been a fun twist for Torre to have guest-starred as Castle The First instead of himself). But what we did find out was a let-down.

So what was the big "shocker"? That Castle doesn't know who his real father is, and more importantly, that he has no desire to find out. I'd like to have a bit more faith in the writers that they won't let this storyline end here. It would be so interesting! Plus, it would involve all the characters; obviously Castle's daughter Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) and mother Martha (Susan Sullivan) would be crucial to the "investigation," but Beckett and her boys would stick their noses in, too. Besides, once Beckett's mother's murder is solved, we'll need something else to tie the whole show together. And isn't Castle called Castle for a reason?

Did you like the episode? Do you think we'll find out more about Castle's father in future episodes? Or does the story end here?

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  • SheWhoTangles Mar 24, 2011

    The writers seemed to enjoy planting seeds here and there throughout episodes that can be revisited later in future episodes. Cracking an unexpected door open to give us a sniff of another mystery and than offering a quiet grin as they reshut means a foundation has been set for further exploration later. I think it's smart.

  • hsh_hazeleyes Feb 10, 2010

    The fact that we didn't find out something crucial about Castle's father is one of the reasons I love this show. I admit, when Castle and Alexis were talking about how Castle had no idea who his dad was, I was expecting to have a whole "revelation" scene by the episode's end. It immediately turned me off. I mean, Castle is a grown man whose mother had just a bit too much fun before he was born. If she had absolutely no idea who it was then, than what on earth could possibly change that now? Its just too far fetched to watch. But I really enjoyed how they closed that storyline. Castle was raised just fine without that and we see that in his relationship with Alexis. I enjoyed their game of catch at the end.

  • ptvj Feb 10, 2010

    I would have liked more info about his father but as it was Alexis searching for answers I thought it was handled well. By this point in his life, Castle would have most likely come to terms with not knowing who is father is. But I would enjoy seeing this story explored more in another episode. I liked this episode but it didn't live up to the previous three shows. They were all so incredibly good. But it will still probably be the best show I'll watch all week. This show is generally the highlight of the week.

  • sandbur Feb 10, 2010

    I did like the episode but it was not the highlight of the season for certain.

    I actually thought they handled the issue with Castle's father quite well, especially as it was all about Alexis' 'feelings' over the perceived hole in her family tree. That her father did not feel the same, and was content with the family he had made, helped Alexis with the issue. The story line could be complete for me and I'd be happy...or the show could explore more at a later time.

    I'm just happy to see all the characters involved, though I wish they could use Susan Sullivan more. She's a hoot...