Season 1 Episode 7

Home Is Where the Heart Stops

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 2009 on ABC
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Beckett and Castle investigate numerous cases involving murders and home invasion jewel heists.

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  • *** Spoiler-free *** Exciting story and intense writing but rushed case solving ; irresistible protagonists and excellent guest stars ; interesting but snail character development ; great teamwork and some hilarious momentsmoreless

    I zapped from the 4th episode, Hell Hath No Fury, to this one because its summary intrigued me. Beckett in an evening gown and a corrupted charity ball sounded irresistible and fascinating. As expected Stana Katic looked stunning but the story was far much more interesting than the previous ones. In fact it was captivating and the show desperately needed it considering how boring the others were. Indeed the protagonists chemistry is good and the acting convincing so with a proper story an episode could only be a hit. It's exactly what this 7th installment was.

    First the dialog at the beginning between Castle and his daughter Alexis was well staged and it was a very dynamic and original way to learn more about what happens in her life. It was refreshing and a fancy way to probably introduce a new arc. Second the guest stars were excellent. Patrick Bauchau (The Pretender, Carnivàle) portrayed Caine Powell a thief connected to Castle. His performance was mesmerizing and he brought a vibe of mystery and I even found some of his scenes quite spooky. I can't imagine how great it would be if he became a recurring character ! As for the other guest it was quite a charming one. Caterina Scorsone played Joanne Delgado a young woman, daughter of the victim. I appreciated her connection with Beckett and it allowed us to better understand her past even if the development was far too light for my taste.

    As for the crime itself it was disturbing and even if the investigation was exciting I was very disappointed by how quickly they wrapped the whole thing up in the end. But Will Beall's writing was excellent because he profiled his characters with multiple layers and even brought tensions to some scenes. In fact an other new character was a suspect and I liked how he put Beckett out of her comfort zone. So Castle had to help her and their team really made sense. They have different skills so they are the perfect matches for each other. At times there was even something "Bondish" about Castle even if he never had to introduce himself as Castle, Richard Castle. As for their snail developing relationship I have to admit that it's easy to get caught by it because they're both charming characters. The funny jokes were also quite numerous and you really have to see Castle shot at a target with Beckett as a teacher. His mother also had her moments and I liked how the episode ended. Happy or sad ? It's Castle, you should know what to expect.

    Last but not least I would like to point out again how the show episodic format is lame. I can imagine how great it would be if the writers decided to develop the arc introduced in Flowers for Your Grave, the pilot. It had so much potential and following Beckett and Castle investigating a serial killer the whole season would have been great entertainment. Instead you can skip two episodes and don't see a difference. For me it's like if the previous episodes, A Chill Goes Through Her Veins and Always Buy Retail, never existed. In fact I think you could even directly jump from the pilot to this one. Why didn't they follow the lead of masterpieces like Dexter ? One killer, one season. The dream format.moreless
  • An escalating home invasion team results in Castle and Beckett on an unofficial date.

    Don't know why Beckett was so shocked that Castle can shoot – he's rich and he writes murder books. It's a logical step to assume that he would have gone for lessons, though the fact that he's a better shot than Beckett implies far more practice. Then again, could be as simple as shooting as an extracurricular at school.

    Beckett cleans up nice! The dress was exquisite and Martha's necklace perfectly complimented it. Loved the section at the event, including Martha auctioning off her own son! Isn't that slavery, which is illegal?

    The story is a good one – using a charity to take photos of donor's jewels then using the records to get their names and addresses. Except the guy has an ugly taste for violence – beats a man to death and after shooting a woman, breaks enough bones to stuff her in the safe. Very nasty.

    Very good episode, not spectacular but same strong writing and consistent quality as the other episodes.moreless
  • Castle and Beckett straighten out their differences over a long game of poker, while at the same time solving a series of jewellery heists and murders involving rich people. Thumbs up once more!moreless

    This epi takes the Castle/Beckett relationship to a whole new level, as it includes a number of scenes with them playing poker and challenging eachother. It seems they both enjoy that very much, and we certainly enjoy watching it. Also, Kate is becoming friends with Castle's mom and with Alexis, which bonds the characters and helps them get closer to one another. Kate is demystified and taken out of the strict police environment, and we see how she behaves in more relaxed, private situations. Also, the scene where she appears in the gala with the dress Castle sent her is amazing! She certainly took the breath out of him for a few seconds there!

    The case is more serious this time, involving a series of sadistic murders with rich, famous people as targets, who are being robbed and then killed. It turns out the perpetrators have access to the member list of a prestigious charity foundation, and that's how they target their victims. Interesting and fast-paced.

    Finally (I just have to say this), the scene with Castle in the car playing cop with the radio, and then the killer practically falling on the car, my stomach hurt from laughing!moreless
  • This was a fantastic character development episode. (Spoilers)

    This episode was fantastic, and had a lot of character development; especially for Castle and Beckett's relationship. It's good to see that they're apparently going to be getting romantically involved sooner or later. I loved the gun range scene where it shows that Castle knows how to shoot. Maybe he'll be able to help Beckett out in gunfights in future cases. It was also good to see Castle get in a fight with the suspect at the end of this episode. Finally he's getting more involved with the action, instead of just investigating. Overall, I give this episode, Home Is Where The Heart Stops, a 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Hearth and Home -

    Alleged home invaders' jumping to murder gives Beckett a challenge and Castle some great new material. I loved Castle facing an old foe in a jewelry thief Powell that he forced into retirement after giving up all his secrets. I loved Powell as a character, a jewel thief with ethics. I thought Castle playing fairy godmother was sweet. I loved Martha's revenge for not being invited along to the charity ball. I thought the angle of the victims being targeted from someone within the charity pretty predictable. Castle was too funny playing cop but it was even funnier was the bad guy lands right in front of him. I loved Beckett with Joanne Delgado. I like seeing the softer side of the character.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Castle: (Castle and Powell break into the crime scene) You, uh, don't seem out of practice.
      Powell: Just like riding a bike.
      Castle: Our thieves used a bump key.
      Powell: This new generation, how utterly vulgar. (Powell shines the flashlight toward the safe and sees the blood underneath) Rick, you didn't tell me they put her in the safe.
      Castle: What's the significance?
      Powell: The significance is, it's unnecessary. It's brutality for brutality's sake. This used to be a gentleman's game. We were like ghosts. We could walk through walls and simply disappear, but whoever did this, they're more like vampires. Taste of the blood makes them feel alive. These aren't the sort of chaps a fellow in my line of work would care to meet by chance in the dark.

    • Castle: Look, I get it, all right? You made a promise to a daughter to find her mother's killer. It doesn't take Freud to see what's what. But you're gonna run up some blind alleys before you get out of the maze.
      Beckett: Look, as much as I appreciate your folksy Dr. Phil aphorisms, I just wanna- (Beckett shoots with anger)
      Castle: Wouldn't it be more of a challenge If they weren't standing still?
      Beckett: Okay, Castle. ... You show me how it's done. ... All yours. ... (Castle showing off) It's not a duel, Scaramouche. Here. Square off to the target. Feet shoulder-distance apart. Okay. Gauntlet your right fist in your left palm.
      Castle: (Castle hits the wall) Shot too soon.
      Becket: Yeah, well... You know, we could always just cuddle, Castle.
      Castle: (With strange accent) Oh, funny. ... And a smile. Good.

    • Castle: Good enough to be our perp?
      Ryan: Why do you writers always call them perps?
      Castle: Isn't that what you call them?
      Ryan: Aah, we got a lot of names for 'em.
      Esposito: Yeah.
      Ryan: Pipehead. Piss-head. Orc. Creep.
      (Castle takes out a notepad and starts jotting down.)
      Esposito: Crook. Knuckle-head. Chuckle-head.
      Ryan: Chud. Turd.
      Esposito: Destro. Scum.
      Ryan: Skexy. Slicko. Slick.
      Esposito: Mope.
      Ryan: Sleazestack.
      Castle: Slow down, slow down.
      Beckett: Suspects. We call them suspects.
      Roy: I'm old school. I like 'dirtbag'.
      Castle: Classic.

    • (discussing the case)
      Castle: Makes me think about Alexis. What would she do if something happened to me?
      Beckett: She still has her mom, right?
      Castle: Meredith is more like a crazy aunt with a credit card. Of the two of us, I'm the more responsible one. Pretty sad, isn't it?
      Beckett: Wee, I wouldn't worry too much, Castle. After all, only the good die young.
      Castle: Ouch!

    • Castle: It can't be random. How do they know whats in the safes? that a word? Is it "saves?" That can't be right.
      Esposito: And you write for a living?

    • Beckett: Tell your friend to keep up his disappearing act, and the next time you show up at a crime scene without me, I'll show you how my taser works.
      Castle: Promise?

    • (Castle accidentally discharges a round from his gun)
      Castle: Whoa! Shot too soon.
      Beckett: Yeah, well. We can always just cuddle, Castle.

    • (Castle and Beckett walk by on the red carpet)
      Ryan: Nice dress.
      Esposito: Yeah, what there is of it.
      Beckett: I'd let you borrow it Esposito, but you stretched out the last one.

    • Castle: In a building like this, this part of town? You'd think she'd be safe. No pun intended. How often are people killed in neighborhoods like this?
      Beckett: Same as anywhere else, Castle. Just the once.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Sběratelé šperků (Jewelry Collectors)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: February 3, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: March 20, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 19, 2010 on Alibi
      Finland: June 9, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2010 on Prima

    • Music:
      "Birds of a Feather" by The Rosenbergs
      "Wonderful Night" by Fatboy Slim
      "No Escape" by Civalias


    • Caine Powell: Seeing comes before wanting, Rick.

      Besides being a psychological fact, this is also a quote said by Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, which made this fact widely known.

    • When Castle and Beckett arrive at the party, a friend greats them with "I didn't know you were going to be at this shindig" a reference to Fillion's role in the Firefly episode "Shindig." Kate's dress also resembles the more elaborate gown that Inara wore in the same episode.