Castle "Reality Star Struck" Review: Misplaced Affection

Castle S05E14: "Reality Star Struck"

It's nearly Valentine's Day here in the real world, which means that most of the shows on television right now are fumbling all over themselves trying to offer up the most love-laced plots possible for their viewers. Last night's Castle was no exception. With that most forcibly romantic of days looming, Castle and Beckett were almost assured to get into some kind of hilarious relationship misunderstanding for the sake of thematic appropriateness. Fortunately, that misunderstanding didn't force them to hash out any personal issues or get into any seriously heated arguments. In fact, for the most part, Castle and Beckett just got to enjoy each other's company this week amid a surprising amount of in-house character comedy. So much so, in fact, that I damn near forgot about the mystery for long stretches of the episode.

Granted, the mystery itself wasn't the most well-reasoned thing Castle's ever done. The show opened with one of the more ludicrous scenes I've seen on a police procedural in a while: A reality TV producer, the figurehead behind the enormously popular Financial Channel series The Real Housewives of Wall Street (I know... I know!) was chatting idly with a marketing executive over the show's new opening credit sequence when a sprightly assistant burst in and exclaimed, "Sir, there's been a murder!" with all the shock and dismay of a man forced to report that there's no more coffee in the break room. Things did improve once Castle and Beckett arrived at the murder scene to find the most hated Housewife lying peacefully in a bus stop with an expensive knife in her back. Symbolism, much?

The woman, a former assistant to one of the Housewives who'd recently begun an affair with the Housewife's husband, had apparently come to New York to make it big, a fact that her family did not necessarily approve of. As Castle and Beckett dug deeper and deeper into her life, it became clear that this woman had spent as much time trying to find a way out of the show as she had digging herself deeper into its manufactured drama. Her apparent distaste for the ugliness of it all possibly created several motives for killing her, as did her apparent interest in another cast member.

The details for the mystery were suitably labyrinthine, seemingly disconnected from one another for extending periods of time before finally coming together in a relatively hurried, unsatisfying conclusion. It's safe to say that the harried, utterly spat-out confession from the killer felt like a scene filmed in about 20 minutes as a last minute pick-up shot. I assume the writers always intended make our eventually revealed culprit the killer, but it didn't seem like anyone really felt much like focusing on the reveal.

Maybe that's because so much of "Reality Star Struck" was heavily focused on Castle, Beckett, and the rest of the team at home. Castle and Beckett spent large chunks of the episode musing to one another about how much better each of their Valentine's gifts to the other was going to be. Castle was particularly proud of the expensive earrings he'd bought for Beckett, but was unsure of the best way to give them to her. Leave it to Castle's mother to suggest something a little bit sneaky, like hiding them in her coat pocket and waiting for her to find them. Castle loved the idea... until he mistakenly left the baubles in Captain Gates' coat.

Let's back up a second. One thing that I am beginning to learn now is that any episode in which Captain Gates and Castle connect, even in the most frivolous ways, will end with their relationship further scarred and battered than it was at the outset of the hour. In this case, we learned early on that Gates is an obsessive Real Housewives viewer, and when she discovered that nobody else in the precinct watches the show, she outright demanded that everyone go home and watch it as a sort of horrible homework assignment. Except that Castle loved it. He stayed up all night watching episode after episode, and suddenly he and Gates had something to gab about. Great! Their relationship was saved!

Until, of course, he dropped those earrings into the wrong coat.

After a few failed attempts at taking the earrings back, Castle witheringly confessed his mistake to Beckett. Beckett was less livid than mortified. Did he leave a note? Yes. Was it a romantic note? Oh yes. Did he put her name on it? Castle couldn't recall, but he knew he'd put his own name down. Oh dear.

Eventually, Gates discovered the earrings, read the note, and summoned Castle to her office. Was their cover blown? Would Castle and Beckett never work together again?!?

Of course not. Castle, to his benefit, failed to put Beckett's name on the note, so Gates just thought that Castle was hitting on her! A married woman! Oh, that's much better.

Anyway, he thankfully managed to play it off as just a bad attempt at currying favor with the Captain, while Gates left under a cloud of her usual huffiness. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett returned home to a glass of wine and Beckett's gift to Castle, which Castle had been giddy to receive all episode. So Beckett had him open up a drawer in her bedroom dresser, and in it he found... nothing! Wait, what? Why an empty drawer? Because it's now Castle's drawer. Beckett has cleared a permanent spot for Castle in her apartment, a sort of solidifying gesture on her behalf to show Castle she's serious.

You know, you can talk all you want about Valentine's Day's crass commercialism and TV's complicit role in it, but that little gesture genuinely brought a little smile out in me. Kudos to the Castle writers for taking what should have been another throwaway holiday-themed episode, and turning it into something honestly sweet. These days, that doesn't happen nearly often enough.



NOTES


– So are we finally pulling the trigger on Esposito and Lanie getting back together? I'm fully okay with that, mind you. I just don't know if I have the stomach for any more will they/won't they out of them.

– Ryan is being called home regularly to attempt to impregnate his wife during ideal breeding hours, and he is apparently exhausted by this. There is a secret hope in me that Ryan's wife will just remain off-camera from now on, and that she will continue to make him do crazier and crazier things, effectively turning her into the show's Maris Crane. Anyone else on board with this?

– Thank you, Castle writers, for resisting the urge to offer up a "He went to Jared!" joke during Castle's earrings unveil. I don't even want to see that godawful advertising campaign made fun of. I just want it to be shunned and ignored until it returns to the grotesque hell-mouth from which it emerged, never to bother us again.

– How weird is it that Castle has been nailing, of all things, the holiday episodes this season? First that great Christmas episode, and now a totally solid Valentine's episode? At this point, I can't WAIT to see what they come up with for Easter!


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I loved this episode. It's true the murder was completely secondary. Just... Kudos, Castle writers.
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I did totally dig the scene with Beckett screaming at the dude she interrogated. Really hot :)
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You're right Alex. I was expecting something else from the writers for Castle's present, but it turned out to be the sweetest thing ever. A drawer. HIS drawer. I got a little teary, of course. And that smile of his when he realized how serious this was for Beckett.....sniff, sniff.
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Did anyone else notice Mark Chilean and Shark Pool? :P
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First off, a little praise to Castle for casting a big guest star to NOT be the killer, that's ruined most TV mysteries for the last 6 decades. Too bad there was no interaction between Fillion and Torres though, that was a lost moment.

The mystery solution itself actually worked fine - it covered 2 of the 3 common reasons for murder, love and money - it was, as you said, how they got to it that failed miserably. Did Beckett's team figure any of this out? No. Did the show even put a highlight on that relationship? No. They just stumbled from one red herring to the next until at the last minute the answer all but exposed itself. Perhaps if they had spent 5 less minutes on a Three's Company plot they could have balanced this episode better.

I was impressed that they didn't make it a more noble thing though, for a while I thought it was going to be the victim was infiltrating to expose the whereabouts of her parents' lost investments or something cheeseball like such that this show loves to do.

As for Castle & Beckett scenes, these felt trite and repetitive, not really new notes (not even the 'your own drawer' bit). Espo felt left out until the end, Gates keeps feeling shallower and shallower at each outing, and Ryan's story was generic TV 101 but at least it was consistent. Having Castle & Beckett talk openly in the squadroom about their relationship is just lazy writing.
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Rooster Ryan = LOL
Fangirl Gates = LOL
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Any episode that makes me giggle is a winner in my book. Love the Ryan storyline - brings back memories of my husband and I trying to get pregnant. I love it when shows actually allow characters to get married and have real lives.
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Very enjoyable moment the one about the drawer, rather classy and an intelligent decision from the writers. Liked the ep much more than last one...
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I thought the case this week was kind of week, but I didn't really care, because I was laughing every two seconds! Ryan's storyline was just hilarious, and I just about squealed when Lainey showed up for Javier. And then I DID squeal when Beckett gave Castle his gift.

But I will admit that I was just annoyed that Gates, once again, hated Castle. Like... seriously? You can't sway that easily, back and forth with a person, and be normal.
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I'm in the minority, wasn't a huge fan of the episode. I think people have lowered their expectations, which I'm pretty sure was the goal of the powers that be. Unfortunately I haven't. I thought the drawer scene was entirely touching, and could have been wonderful. Could have. Castle fumbles with the cufflinks. Becket comes thru with a pair of scissors and then drags him out of frame. But no. Had to end on a stupid note, as usual. Oh well. BTW, how many movies have drawer scenes, or drawer mentions. Nothing new. The COTW was sort of cute, tho.
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After Morena Baccharin was such a large part of the murder when she was a guest on the show, I kept expecting Gina Torres to be the same, so I was a little surprised when she was cleared of it so early, though I figured the affair to be a hoax... mainly because I saw last week's sneak peek of her in bed with her husband, so no surprise there. I think an episode like this is important, so it moves the characters storylines ahead without being a result of a plot twist of a murder investigation. And it is fun when Castle keeps bumbling his relationship with the captain, everyone else fell for him so quickly when the show started, it is a nice take to have someone who finds him more irritating than irresistable.
Loved Lanie in that dress. I mean , WOW. more of that please.
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I've never been into the gift giving aspect of Valentine's day, and always endeavor to do something especially romantic outside the usual box. So for me the best part of this episode was the drawer scene - Beckett's Valentine's gift to Castle. Just perfect, as Castle himself acknowledged. Kudos to whoever came up with that idea. I can easily skip the other forty something minutes of this episode and just watch that scene over and over.
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I'm kind of disappointed they didn't even try to bring Gina Torres and Nathan Fillion together for more than a couple of brief scenes. I know it's been a lot of time since "Firefly", but I kind of expected at least some pun, especially given the relationship of their characters. The episode with Adam Baldwin handled it much better, in my opinion.
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RIght?!
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Pro Tips for Murderers on Castle:

1, When you kill someone, do it with as common an object as you can possibly find. Don't, under any circumstances whatsoever, use an expensive, rare kitchen knife, from a set of expensive knives, that has recently been given to you as a wedding present. You should especially not use this knife if you put it on your registry online. And if you're bringing this knife along, even to just intimidate someone, you have no excuse. Unless you're in a struggle and understandably reach for the first sharp thing you can find, you should never, ever consider using such an expensive knife for threatening someone in the first place. And it makes even less sense considering it was a wedding gift, because that means that, instead of grabbing another knife from the kitchen, you went to the trouble of opening your wedding presents until you found someone that could pass as a weapon. Unless your cousin stupidly didn't have it wrapped, in which case you still opened a set of knives instead of getting one from the kitchen. So please, use ordinary objects which can't be traced back to you.

2. When they accuse you of being the murderer, just tell them you didn't do it. At first they won't believe you, especially if you don't have an alibi. But that's alright, because there's an easy way out of this. Just tell them the most ridiculous, ludicrous story that you can. The more it defies logic the better. Tell them that you weren't really angry with the woman who slept with your husband, because you were also having an affair with the victim. I know this sounds crazy, and that you'd think the best thing to do is come up with the most logical explanation for things possible, but these guys are more likely to swallow something crazy than something believable. And once you've given them your crazy story, point the finger at someone else, and say they did it, even if the reason is that once someone got into an argument with the victim. Because to these guys, one argument is motive for murder. The important thing though, more than anything, is to continue to insist you didn't do it, even if all the evidence points to you. These people have never known a criminal to not confess, so if you insist on your innocence they'll have no choice but to believe you.

3. If you're not having an affair with another suspect, or committing some petty crime, start doing those things right away. This may seem strange, but it's good to have suspicion and attention placed on you. You want them to catch you sleeping with the victim's spouse, or stealing some jewelry, or something like that. This is good for two reasons. The first is that they'll think that because you're guilty of a crime other than murder, they're "done" with you. Your story has been wrapped up and they can focus their attention of other suspects. And the second is that they won't arrest you for any crime other than murder, unless it's serious. So if you get caught red-handed sneaking into the victim's apartment to steal their diamond necklace, you'll soon be at the bottom of the suspect list without a mark on your record.

4. Ask to see your lawyer. Once they detectives have spent a lot of time running around, questioning everyone and uncovering a myriad of lives, scandals, and petty crimes, they'll probably shift their attention back to you at some point. They'll probably have been able to put most of the picture together by now, and they'll have a pretty good reason why you're the murderer. How do you know the difference between when they're not sure it's you and they're sure it's you? Easy. The times for using tip number 2 is when they're questioning you energetically. They'll ask you questions, be passionate about it, maybe even yell at you. And chances are only Beckett will be in the room. But you'll know they're onto you when you're approached by Castle and Beckett (it may only be Beckett though), and they start telling you that you did it and why. The important thing is that they'll be very calm. If they're calm, you know that you are their final suspect. At this point, ask to see your lawyer. They'll probably say something like: "Sure, you can ask for your lawyer, you certainly have the right to do that." At which point you need to specify that you do in fact want your lawyer present. Then they might say something along the lines of: "Are you sure?" and "I wouldn't do that if I were you." Trust me though, you want your lawyer in the room. And when your lawyer gets there, follow every single direction they give you. Don't under any circumstances, say: "no, it's all right," when they try and stop you from saying something stupid.

5. Don't confess. Seriously, don't confess. Chances are that they don't have enough evidence against you to convict, and that even if they do you could at least shoot for a plea bargain. So just don't confess. Especially if when they're walking through how they think the murder happened they get the facts wrong. This is a good thing, since it means they don't know everything and might make a mistake in front of the jury. It doesn't mean that you should say: "No, that's not how it happened" because correcting them and telling them all the details about how you did commit the murder. And if they kind of have you cornered in an office, that is seriously not a good reason to confess. I don't care if you're on a reality show. Don't confess because people are standing close to you and looking at you. Push past them and get out of the room if you have to. Because the one thing you should really never do is confess, because while you might it relieving, and that now it's easier to sleep at night, the only place you'll be sleeping from now on is prison, where you'll be for a very, very long time. Even if you had sorta-understandable, or even admirable, reasons for killing someone, it won't help you to confess. At best, Castle and Beckett will share a moment together once you're out of the room, musing about how you're really not that bad of a person, and were just driven to murder by being lost in the moment, from feeling trapped, or something like that. But again, that won't actually help you in any way, so don't confess.

And there you have it, just follow these five steps and you should be fine. Because if you actually do go to trail, and you haven't confessed, you should be fine. Because even if the prosecution actually have compiled some solid evidence against you, your lawyer will have a field day due to the fact that you were interrogated by a fiction writer.
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Oh, I forgot to mention one of the most important tips of all. Tip Number 6: make sure that when you kill someone you take all their valuables. It's really a no brainer and yet everyone always makes this mistake. If you don't want to get caught, your best way evade suspicion is to make the murder look like a robbery. Otherwise you make it really obvious that the murderer is either you or someone else that was connected to the victim, and had a motive for killing them other than greed.

And I shouldn't have to say this, but I will: don't actually keep or try and pawn off any of the things you steal. Get rid of them, and I mean get rid of them. Don't just throw them in a dumpster, even if it's a hundred blocks away. Burn them, toss them into a far away, random part of the ocean, or plant them on someone else. And if you do plant them on someone else, in the name of all that is crooked and criminal, don't just leave them lying around in an obvious place. Hide them under the floorboards in some other other actual hiding place. That way either the police will find them and suspect someone else, or they won't find them and still won't suspect you. It's not rocket science people. It's murder, which is a lot less technical and doesn't involve years of schooling and an advanced degree. So stop making the same mistakes. If you're going to mess up, at least find an interesting and unusual way of doing it.
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don't forget: if you're obviously one of the main suspects and you had a recent pre-mortem run-in with the victim at which YOU CHIPPED YOUR FINGERNAIL(s) then: GET IT FIXED like every girl/woman would do first thing! Unbelievable...
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Brilliant! I often thought something similar, thanks for putting it together coherently!
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I sort of liked the plot, but I think It would have helped to have watched even one "Real housewifes.." episode which I never have (never will) - so I think I missed some of the jokes there (as I have understood by other reviews). I liked the reveal though and I thought the actress did crazy very well. One thing I missed, and have missed other episodes as well, are clues. I wish the engaged couple would have featured more so that you could have started suspecting - play a role in the mystery. As it is it's always impossible to have theories cause you rarely have time to get a feel for the suspects.

I agree that Becketts gift to Castle was cute and I thought it was pretty cute how they were competing over who would get the best gift. Those earrings were gorgeous... and what the hell, Gates kept them?! Who would do that after that little speach she gave - that would be like stealing!! I think it would have made more sense if Castle would have gotten them back and slightly shame-faced would have presented them to Beckett who never ever would have been able to wear them where Gates might see her or even bump into her - secret jewelery if you will.... :)

I still want more Martha and Alexis, like in the old days! But I understand SOMETHING is coming, so I guess I'll hold my breath! ;)
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For the most part I was pretty happy with this episode, since it's almost like it responding to a lot of things that I said was annoying about this show. First of all, Alexis and Martha made an appearance, and though they only did their usual sit around the kitchen and talk for a bit thing, they actual had something meaningful to talk about and it was nice to see Alexis...and I guess Martha. And while it was annoying that both of them stuck pretty close to their 2-dimensional character scripts (Alexis the diligent student had plans that involved studying and Martha the over-the-top actress was going to give a dramatic reading) Martha actually had a nice, rare moment in this episode where she seemed to step out of her flat, 2-d skin and look at herself for a moment. She had that great line about reality shows having no script and full of over-acting, which would be perfect for her. I couldn't agree more, since she normally is like someone on the Wives of Wall Street. So while she still encapsulated the actress cliche with just about every single line she had in this episode, at least her character, and therefore the writers, is aware of this, and they're giving us a playful little wink. While I'd rather they give Alexis and Martha some actual justification for being starring characters on this show, since at this point it would be more interesting if they were recurring characters that actual had decent amounts of screen-time and were actually tied into the plot in the episodes they did appear in, at least the writers are aware that these characters, or at least Martha, are pretty flat.

Following this trend of neglected characters actually doing something, Laney had a nice scene when it was revealed that she was going out on a date with Esposito. Sure, it was a bit sudden, considering that I don't recall her making any mention of having Valentine's Day plans before that scene (though I suppose if both Esposito and Laney had secret Valentine's Day plans it would be far more obvious than it already was that those plans involved each other), it was still a nice, touching moment, that the show will hopefully not erase away in the next two episodes. Seriously, if Esposito and Laney just have some heated arguments for a while, and then break up for some stupid reason in three episodes, I'll be unhappy but unsurprised.

The thing that I most appreciated about this episode, however, was the fact that Gates actually had stuff to do. And unlike the last, and only, time that she was ever happy on an episode, or indeed was part of an episode outside of giving orders or being mad at people, this time around she actually got pretty involved in the case. Being a fan of the show, and having Castle become a new fan as well, was an enjoyable way to bring them together. Like Alex, though, I knew what was going to happen, and was not surprised at all when Gates returned to hating Castle at the end of the episode. At least this time around the writers came up with a much better reason for the shift back into hatred, since Castle's misplacement of the earrings happened in the middle of the episode, and not hastily at the end, like Castle stupidly breaking Gates's doll.

Here's the thing about Castle. While he's handsome, funny, charming, and knowledgeable about crime and forensics, he's also childish, unsure of himself and pretty much everything, and kind of stupid when it comes to people and social situations. The last time that Castle and Gates had a rapid coming together and just as immediate falling out, he broke her prized doll. And even though Castle didn't know it was the wrong doll, he should have appreciated the fact that it was now a treasured possession of Gates, and had it carefully taken apart so that it could be put back together again. And even after he just broke the wrong doll, Gates's face should have been a warning that he shouldn't immediately break the second doll, which he did. It wasn't like it was a matter of life and death, since all the potential victims were dead, it's simply that Castle could see a bone and just wanted to run up to it and chew it with abandon, not caring what he had to knock over in order to get it.

And even though this episode featured a similarly abrupt series of relationship changes for Castle and Becket, even if he hadn't misplaced his earrings their relationship would turn sour anyway. For whatever reason, Castle always says the worst things to Gates. In this episode, for instance, he said that he wouldn't have expected a woman of her caliber to watch something like Wives of Wall Street. And it's not like what he said was misconstrued by Gates, since you're pretty much telling someone that the show they like is trashy, and the heavily embedded comment about thinking they're a classy person is very hard to dig out. And Castle says things like this fairly frequently to her, usually so that she can do her stone-cold face and eye/nostril flare thing that the show expects us to like so much. One of these days I expect Castle to say: "The writers made me say it" in his defense. It doesn't help that in this episode he also voiced aloud the possibility that the current case they were working on could be Beckett's present to him. At least when he voices his crazy conspiracy theories there's actually a slight chance that some of them could be true.

While I do enjoy this show quite a bit, it can be pretty childish at times. So I was pretty happy this episode that the writers resisted a lot of urges to create some unnecessary silliness, and instead put their heads together and actually made some nice moments. Instead of having Castle ask everyone on the show what they thought he should get Beckett, which is what I thought he was going to do, even though it would basically be saying that he doesn't know her well enough to be dating her, if he's asking Martha, a woman who's interacted with Beckett on about three occasions yet he's always asking her for advice about this woman. But no, that didn't happen and Castle had actually gotten Beckett a nice present at the actual time that he was supposed to, he just messed up in the delivery, which was ultimately okay, since Castle actually told Beckett what was going on and they worked together for he majority of the episode. And they were also affectionate toward each other and actually seemed like they were romantically involved, which was nice.

This episode had enough of these nice, touching, and well thought out moments in it, that I almost didn't mind that they made the identity of the killer kind of lame. Judging from what this show has been doing quite a bit recently, I thought it was going to be the producer, and that they were going to pull the old "I would never kill her I need her on this show" "After thirty minutes we found out she was actually going to leave the show" "Okay you got me, you don't have any evidence so I'll confess everything to you right now." So I was pleased when they dragged out that bit in the middle of the episode, meaning he wasn't the killer. This pleasure evaporated, though, when it turned out to be that one character who hadn't said more than a sentence and who we saw once in a screenshot, and twice in group scenes. So they opted for the extremely lame "you had no idea it was her, did you?" "Of course we didn't, since I barely know how she's related to any of this, and it's hard to distinguish her from all the extras" move, which I thought this show had risen above. Well, I suppose you can't get everything. Still, I did find this episode very enjoyable, and it certainly made me grimace a lot less than usual.
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That episode was a total loss. I positively, absolutely DETEST reality shows, so I couldn't relate for a second to what was happening. These people live of a different planet. A brain-dead one, too, methinks.
Also, Castle's such a wimp. Instead of retrieving the gift straight away - "Sorry, my bad, that's mine, thanks & goodbye" - he goes into that infantile thing of stealing it back from Gates' blazer? Gimme a break.
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I detest reality shows, for the most part, as well. But that made me enjoy this episode more then if I really enjoyed them. The entire episode was making fun of reality shows and how ridiculous they are. They make this over-the-top show about wives of men who used to be big on Wall Street, which is a clear jab at shows like Mob Wives, which have just as ridiculous, if not more so, premises. And they also made fun of how unrealistic reality shows are, at how over-acted things can be, and at how people on those shows make decisions based on what will get them screen time, rather than what they would normally do in real life. I don't think we were supposed to relate; we were supposed to just laugh at how ridiculous everything about that world is.

I completely agree with you about retrieving the gift. I blame Castle's music more than anything. The main bulk of their score is a whimsical little bit that they drop in whenever people are acting stupid, because that's when things are supposed to be funny and enjoyable because these people are just so silly, right? And the music fits best when someone attempts to do something but then gets shut down. So Castle reaching for Gates's pocket but then getting rejected, which happened way, way too many times in this episode, fit perfectly for the music. It's almost like they're fitting the show to the score, and not the other way around.
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Ryan is adorable. Beckett's gift to castle was so thoughtful (better then his gift to her in terms of thoughtfulness) and sweet. I kind of wish they played with Gates thinking Castle has a crush on her...so predictable but I think it would of been funny in a cheese way:-)
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I love the idea of Jenny being a crazy off-screen character, but we have seen her on screen, haven't we? I feel like she's been on the show a couple of times.
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She has been on the show for about four episodes now, but she's always just popping into the station and not doing anything meaningful. Usually she's either really happy or really unhappy with Ryan. If she does appear onscreen again, they should have her be involved with a case, or actually have something interesting going on.
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Which isn't to say she can't be an off-screen character from now on (and the gag in this episode with her and Ryan was a highlight), of course.
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No mention of a firefly castmate reunion? forshame... :-P
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Yeah, I was hoping for a Firefly reference, too.
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I loved the gift Castle get, really simplest but sweetest thing. And yes good to see Lanie and Esposito together. They look good together.

About Gates, I think she clearly get the idea of what actually is going on, she is a good detective too after all, but I think she ignored it and wrap it up on her own because secretly she knows her team might get that job done but with Castle, they get things done faster and more effectively.
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I like your take on Gates, and I agree, not just from this episode, but from her being around the squad day after day. How can she be the commanding officer and remain completely clueless? But I agree she'll probably keep her suspicions to herself because at this point, she doesn't want to break up the team - not like when she first took over the precinct. She's had time to appreciate Castle's contribution, even if she can't personally stand him. The same sort of thing happened with Montgomery, and even Beckett. Castle just sorta grows on people. I hope if they ever do an episode where the situation demands Gates knowing about Beckett and castle's relationship it'll be revealed that she knew all along, and as far as she is concerned, just like with the earings, it never happened.
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I agree about Captain Gates. Last week she commented on Beckett's mother's death and they tried to brush over it, but she knows something is up with the senator and Beckett. She also knows something went down with her predecessor.
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I like the idea, that Ryan goes crazy
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