Castle "Secret's Safe With Me" Review: Yuuuuuuuuup!

Castle S05E03: "Secret's Safe With Me"

"Secret's Safe With Me" was my favorite episode of this (admittedly young) season so far, despite having the worst ending we've seen yet. Why? Because it simultaneously managed to juggle the Castle/Beckett romance secrecy and an interesting (up to a point) mystery in a way that was very nearly successful across the board. Until that ending, of course. But more on that later.

Last night's adventure saw Castle and Beckett working the murder of a young girl in a seedy motel room; she had scribbled the word "LIE" in her own blood. What lie was she referring to? None, actually. After a bit of investigating, which led the pair to a local storage facility, Castle came to the startling conclusion that the blood-scrawled message actually referred to the number 317, which could perhaps be the number of a locker inside the storage facility. That was, indeed, the case, and it just so happened that the locker in question belonged to the dead woman's twin brother, who also died under mysterious circumstances. It was also up for auction.

A brief aside: I watch Storage Wars. Yes, I know, it's terrible, bottom-feeding television. It's nothing but sweaty, questionably bearded men picking through the remnants of someone's former life in order to make a chintzy profit. But you know what? It's watchable. It's TV comfort food, meant to be taken in unhealthy doses. It's like Law & Order in that I will never, ever seek out the show on my own, but if there's a marathon on one lazy afternoon, I won't leave the couch for five hours.

With this in mind, I was really hoping "Secret's Safe With Me" was going to have a little fun with the storage auction subgenre of television. You figure at least ten episodes of Castle a year will play to some pop culture hallmark or another, and while this episode did at least toy around with the concept in having Castle bid on the locker in question, it didn't exactly tear into the culture of storage-locker plundering that seems so easily ripe for mocking. Hell, you could do an entire episode around a Dave Hester type killing for a storage locker, and I'd probably watch.

Apart from a bit of up-bidding from a mysterious Russian fellow, and a brief cameo from 30 Rock's Dot Com (Kevin Brown) as another would-be bidder on the locker, that was pretty much the end of the storage-auction referencing. After Castle outbid the Russian, the team began systematically sifting through all the junk inside, but to no real avail. All anyone found of value was a creepy little doll that nobody in the office seemed to like much... except for Captain Gates. Suddenly, Gates' hard edges were buffed smooth when she saw the wretched little thing. Castle, sensing an opportunity to get in her good graces, offered her the doll at no cost. The wide-eyed look of utter disbelief on Penny Johnson Jerald's face was literally the closest thing we've had to character development for Captain Gates since the character debuted.

Where the episode went from there was less interesting, though ultimately buoyed by some good scenes from Nathan Fillion with both Stana Katic and Molly Quinn. We learned that although Castle's mother and daughter now know of his relationship, the folks at work still don't. So when they're at work, Castle and Beckett have taken to elaborate handshakes to emulate public displays of affection. While we only got a few moments of fleeting romantic flirtation, the two actors were able to do more with a stare and a handshake than many actors manage with a full-on love scene. As for Quinn, this episode marked Alexis's departure from Castle's nest as she left for college. The Castle/Alexis stuff occasionally borders on obnoxiously sappy, but last night, it mostly stayed genuinely sweet. The two had a particularly nice moment in Alexis's dorm room as they said their sort-of-goodbyes. I like Quinn, and I'm glad the writers are paying a bit of attention to Alexis now after mostly ignoring her for the first two episodes of the season. Hopefully the college storyline bears some worthwhile fruit.

As for the mystery, the whole thing delved into some strange territory involving the brother's former employer, insurance fraud, and a mysterious glass eye, found within the doll Castle gave to Captain Gates. It turned out the killer had caused an accident that killed the twins' parents ten years earlier, and they were killed over evidence that proved his guilt. Namely, the glass eye, which contained his DNA. Yeah, I didn't really see things going in that direction either.

It was a limp ending for an otherwise entertaining episode of Castle. If nothing else, "Secret's Safe With Me" made it official that Castle and Beckett's coupling has done nothing to ruin the goofy crime-solving fun of the show. Now if the writers could just churn out some slightly more interesting mystery plots, we'd be golden.



NOTES


– Have I mentioned yet how good Stana Katic has been this season? Several times already? Good. I'll just say it one more time. Stana Katic has been pretty damn good this season.

– Seeing Johnson Jerald go from scowling menace to gushing excitement and then back to scowling menace was a real rollercoaster ride, though not really the fun kind. Can we not do that again?

– Nathan Fillion moment of the week: It's a toss-up between him excitedly getting to say "The butler did it!" and the half smile, half look of terror on his face when his mother exclaimed that she would be remaining at his home indefinitely, so he'll "never be alone again." *shudder*

– For as generally happy as I've been with the chemistry between Fillion and Katic this season, my girlfriend (who got me into this show in the first place) cannot deal with it. She has completely sworn off the show, because she finds the dynamic just "too weird." Any advice on how to handle this? I don't know if I can watch this entire season alone...


What'd you think of the episode?

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No offense, but your gf knows nothing about chemistry! If she cant see it in NF and SK, she will never see it anywhere:)
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Oh and by the way - if you really need someone to watch the show with you in order for to be able to "watch this entire season", then you should not be reviewing it.
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"Stana Katic has been pretty damn good this season." - That's hardly surprising or some sort of breaking news. And it's not a recent development either. The big difference this season is she has more freedom with Beckett no longer hiding her emotional responses from Castle.... And from here on out I will get into the issues I have with this article.

"The Castle/Alexis stuff occasionally borders on obnoxiously sappy" - Really? Could you possibly point out exactly where you found that sappiness. 'Cause I'll agree that more often than not Alexis comes off as too good to be real but "obnoxiously sappy" is going overboard.

As for your girlfriend unless she can point out exactly what she finds weird in their dynamic then she is just being ridiculous and is probably fishing for some sort of reaction. At least that would be my guess.

Lastly I don't get people's issues with the mysteries this season. Sure they are hardly the most complex ever but I find that with everything else going on I really don't mind not having to get a headache just to figure out the case of the week.

Basically what I'm trying to say is - WOULD EVERYONE PLEASE STOP NIT-PICKING AND LOOKING FOR REASONS TO COMPLAIN AND JUST ENJOY THE SHOW.
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"Have I mentioned yet how good Stana Katic has been this season? Several times already? Good. I'll just say it one more time. Stana Katic has been pretty damn good this season" TOTALLY AGREE!!!! not that i hate her performance last season, but this season... it is better!
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Cool episode. I didn't care for the case of the week. Procedural procedural procedural.
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THANK YOU! I could not place how I recognized Dot Com in this episode. It was like "oh man, I totally know that guy, I see him all the time, but... who/where/why?"

My problem with the ending on this one was really that it was a standard whodunit twist and had no weight to it. There's no explanation how the evidence ended up in the super rare figurine beyond "he put it there" or why the dying sister would write the locker number on the floor - was she hoping Sherlock Holmes would be the one finding her body? He's on a different network.

But as for the interpersonal stuff, Beckett and Castle were cute together still, and even though Alexis acted bratty again which seems out of character it at least was for a more weighty reason. I was disappointed with the Captain's storyline getting out of sorts though, that was a bummer as she's been too aloof so far.

Yeah, "the butler did it" was the best thing, no doubt.

Ask your gal what is too weird about it. Seems to me like it's coy and fun still, so maybe it's the potential to fall into worse that's bugging her - clearly this show isn't going to give it up too early, they're on the same network as Moonlighting, that lesson will be clearly learned.
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This series just keeps getting better and better each season! Loved the episode!
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THE BUTLER DID IT!!! OMG i loled so hard at this scene! Epic season !
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This episode reminded me the joke, when a blond calls a mechanic and asks him if he has a spare 710 cap. :D
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THE BUTLER DID IT!

This episode was so entertaining. Nathan pulls off cheesy scenes perfectly without getting on my nerves. Gates (she was awesome in 24) was kinda hilarious and yet scary. Hey the ratings improved, so that's always a good sign that people are not actually turned off by them being together.

Something's definitely wrong with your gf. But since you thought Stana wasn't a good actress before, I think you two are perfect for each other (No offense. Jk)
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This episode was phenominal! Reasons to remember why you love it so much:



- Castle saying goodbye to Alexis at college, Not gonna lie, I totally teared up.



-Castle and Beckett's new "Handshake-Kiss"



- The auction scene



-The butler did it!
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So, um, why doesn't Castle get on the eBay and buy a couple of ceramic dolls, and be on the captain's good side? (Now that he knows what it takes). Once he does that, he can make out with Beckett right there in the squadroom bullpen and nobody will say nuthin'.
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Captain Gates said that she had been looking for that doll everywhere... Dont you think she had already tried eBay??
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Yeah, uhm... there's something REALLY wrong with your girlfriend.
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Curious, am I the only one expecting the rest of the team to already KNOW, but playing like they don't? For myself, when my siblings and even my friend told me they were getting married and then later when each of them were having kids, I was like... "duh?" I mean, they tried to keep it secret for a while, but the things they did kinda announced it to anyone that bothered to notice... like a very sudden change in diet out of the blue. Trying to "act normal," in, and of itself, is a big thing... you can't "act normal." You either are or you aren't. Trying to, usually gives ends up with something noticeable. And in the ep, Ryan noticed... Espo noticed... Lanie noticed. They ALL noticed. So, I'm thinking, when Beckett and Castle "reveal" their relationship to the team, it would go something like: Beckett and I want to tell you guys something.. What? That you two have been going out? Okay. Yo, Ry, we still on for the game tomorrow. Just so you know, Alexis is better at hiding it.
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I really liked this episode for several reasons. Firstl,y the show starts with a C and ends in an astle so no problems there. Secondly, i am glad his family know about his relationship, but it is only a matter of time before ryan n espo know the truth n then it will be about them helping to hide it from gates. And thirdly, Alexis. I think the moments when castle is with uer.are the best. Dont get me wrong i love his childishness but i love when he is serious and a loving father just as much maybe even more. So great episode, ending was weird but at least he got to say "the butler did it!" so good for him. :)
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I enjoyed the ep very much and I agree: I think it has been the best so far!



Apparently Fillion has received several gifts from a group of old ladies from a retirement home that don't miss an episode of Castle... You could visit (you know you do a good deed like a good boy scout) and then watch the series with them.... ;-)
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I did figure out that the doll was the hiding place of whatever very early on. They think Gates hating Castle is funny, but it's just unrealistic.



As for Beckett, yeah, she's a little looser, a little funnier. The chemistry is back a little, but still not really there.
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Becket and Castle keeping their relationship a secret still gives us a bit of tension. Once it's public knowledge in the office, no more tension, unless a few shows deal with filling out paperwork of working together while in a relationship.
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Gates is still a drain. Castle/Beckett is going along nicely. Some sweet scenes with Alex and Castle. The case, kinda lame. But overall, it was a decent episode.
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Advice... get a new girlfriend :)

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I really liked the Captain Gates scenes. To see her chum up with Castle through a doll and later get back into war-mode beacuse of it, was probably the best scenes I've seen of her, since she's on the show.

What is starting to drive me crazy is that Castle and Beckett now FINALLY are together, but we don't get to see a lot of it. Well, I admit the handshaking-thing was kind of sweet and her telling him about this doll(?) was, too, but seriously, I really wanna see them enjoy each other a bit more freely. Of course the chemistry between them is different, but it seems a lot like saying: "Well, they're together now, so let's get back to the routine of season 4. Seriously, if their relationship evolves with the same pace, then they'll marry in, like, season 22!!
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Hopefully there will be more castle n Beckett romance stuff as the episode surrounds them having a romantic weekend at castles house in the hamptons when a dying man stumbles into his back yard and dies in his pool. They team up with the sherriff to solve the murder. I dont know whether they act like a couple the whole i didnt see ryan or espo in it.
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It seems that Alex Navarro has been reading my mind yet again, as his feelings on last night's Castle nearly mirror mine own. The episode started off strong but unfortunately limped to the finish line. I wanna know when Castle will resolve the 3XK storyline. That serial killer is still out there.
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Yes i definitely want some follow up on the 3xk storyline. I might be weird but my favourite stories of any show is when one of tye main characters lives are in serious danger. I like the idea of something happening maybe to alexis because of a case hes working on because i like his very protective-do-whatever-it-takes to save his daughter side of his magical personality.
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Oh, and why would a dying woman write numbers upside-down?
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She read the script.
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You need to listen to the Nerdist podcast with Tom Hanks. They talk at length about Storage Wars. This was a fun episode. I'm very bad at seeing where things are going, but even I knew the Gemini doll would contain something of value. I'm glad Castle's family knows the secret. They had some close calls at work. If they keep doing that Ryan (since he knows about true love) will figure it out in no time.
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