PostHeaderIcon Castle: Get A Clue – A Good Cop/Bad Cop Review

Before we start this review, I have one tiny thing I’d like to get off my chest, and here it is. I. CAN’T. STAND. PI.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way let’s knock on Melanie’s door and see what she thought about this week’s episode. Melanie…

Melanie Atkins

This week’s episode of Castle had a definite Da Vinci Code vibe. Mysteries, intriguing history, and a puzzling murder… all are right up Rick Castle’s alley, and this case fit right in. I enjoyed it, but was much more interested in the drama playing out between Rick and Alexis.

The show began with Martha and Rick visiting Alexis in her new digs with Pi, the fruitarian hippie, for dinner. The night is a disaster thanks to Rick’s blatant disapproval of his daughter’s new living situation, and I can’t say I blame him. I don’t like Pi, either. The fruit loop needs to go, and soon. I don’t know how long they plan to keep him around on the show, but I’ll definitely cheer when he’s gone. I am enjoying the conflict between Alexis and her father, however, and maybe that sounds hypocritical. She’s always been the perfect, precocious child, and now to Rick she’s a stranger. A headstrong young woman sowing her oats and demanding to go her own way.

Rick vents to Kate about the situation and she tries to help, but the case gets in the way. I wanted more interaction between them… heck, just more Rick-Kate time in general. A few hugs and kisses and a little more reassurance, not just a promise from Kate to Rick to “come by later and try to cheer you up.” Come on, folks! Case heavy episodes just aren’t as much fun to us shippers.

Still, I appreciated the banter and the way the case played out with Rick and Kate working together, even though I pegged the murderer fairly early in the show. The episode contained lots of great lines and funny moments. Classic Castle, without the lovey-dovey moments I crave.

The last heartfelt scene between Alexis and Rick got right to the meat of their conflict: her disappointment in his not telling her he planned to ask Kate to marry him before the fact. She found out over the phone while she was in Costa Rica, and that upset her. Of course, Rick and Kate’s engagement did happen pretty fast, as Rick pointed out, and Alexis was already out of the country by then. IMHO, she needs to get over it — she is nineteen and in college, after all — even though she does have a point about acceptance. She has accepted Rick and Kate’s engagement, and she simply wants the same acceptance from her father about her own relationship with Pi. Fine, but she still comes off as an angry young woman using Pi to get back at her dad. Maybe Alexis isn’t so grown up after all.

Next week’s episode again focuses on Rick and Alexis as they work to prove a man on death row is innocent, and I’m wondering if it will bring them back together or push them further apart. Is Pi involved? Is Kate? What do you think?

Bring it on, and we’ll all find out together.

Lee Lofland

Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you knew the identity of the killer long before Beckett and crew figured it out? Easy to spot, huh? Yes, the boilerplate script was pulled from the shelf and dusted off for this episode, and the writers sort of missed their mark when filling in the blanks.

The show wasn’t bad, nor was it one of the better efforts, thanks to a disconnect between the case, Castle’s funny and boyish enthusiasm, and Beckett and crew. It almost seemed as if the show was filmed in three separate segments and then pieced together at the end of the week.

Actually, there was a fourth segment—Lanie.

Bless her little heart. I often feel sorry for Tamala Jones because of the horrible lines she’s given. I know she has no choice, and for the kind of money she receives to deliver those lines, well, I’d be more than happy to say them too. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It would be just as easy to write believable fiction as it is to write the nonsensical babble we consistently hear from Lanie. They don’t write it for Perlmutter, so why do it for Lanie? Anyway, the writers once again pushed Lanie under the largest bus they could find. And they’d been doing really well…until this week.

Lanie started out okay, when she said the victim had probably been killed in another location but moved to where the body was discovered. She based her opinion on the obvious lack of blood at the crime scene (Remember, a crime scene and the scene of the crime aren’t always the same. A crime scene is any location where evidence of a crime is found. The scene of the crime is where the actual crime—murder, robbery, etc.—took place).

So the point about the murder taking place at a different location was a good one. Later, though, she tells Esposito that, “Based on the curvature of the wound and injuries to the neck, I’d say she was stabbed with a sword. And it went in to the hilt because it left a crenulated (an irregularly wavy or serrate outline) bruising pattern, like this…” And she showed Esposito a picture of a sword.

Okay, this one stopped me in my tracks. I rewound and played it again just to be sure I’d heard what I thought I’d heard. I hoped I was wrong, but no, I’d heard correctly. So, my first thought was WTH (what the heck) is she talking about? A sword? Really? A sword? Because the wound was “curved?” Okay, that alone was stupid, but first let’s address the curved blade. Are there other items with non-straight blades? Let’s see…

Why not one of these curved-beak guys? Looks like a mad, psychotic killer to me.

Actually, the chances of a suicide-diving ibis flying directly into a victim’s neck with enough force to cause a through-and-through wound are about as good as Lanie looking at the wound in the victim’s neck, determining it was caused by a sword with a curved blade. It is, however, possible for a weapon or other object to leave an identifiable imprint in the skin.

Then there was the “ink on the hand thing” where Lanie detected ink residue in a gaping, palm-covering wound on the victim’s hand. And, presto-magico, and with a poof of pixie and fairy dust, Lanie determined the ink was used to draw a very distinctive pattern on the dead woman’s palm. But there was no pam left! It had been gouged out and away. It was gone. Not there. Nothing. In the past, the writers of this show have pushed the boundaries of realism out to the extreme, but this ink-crap was one of the worst stretches ever. Dumb, dumb, and double dumb.

- Of course, there were the fictional moments where Ryan and Esposito did their part to uncover all the minor details that tie up all the loose ends. However, those two almost always come across as believable, even when doing the unbelievable. In Lanie’s defense, she could probably pull off the unbelievable, too, if she were handed lines that made some sort of sense.

- The case was a minor detail this week, so there isn’t much to pick apart for those of you wanting to know what’s right and what’s wrong as far as the police investigation goes.

- I did find it ironic that a local TV news break popped onscreen during a commercial break, and it showed a close up of police cars and crime scene tape—another shooting in Savannah (The umpteenth shooting this year). Then a woman appeared who was obviously responding to a reporter’s questions about the deadly event. Her only words were, “I ducked down because I don’t do bullets.” Now, doesn’t that sound like something Castle would say?

- Castle was definitely entertaining this week. He delivered some pretty good lines and even dazzled us with his sword-fighting skills. Although, I did think that scene went on a bit too long. So long, in fact, I began to picture Stana Katic off screen impatiently looking at a clock on the wall wondering if or when they’d ever finish. By the way, it was a huge plus this week that Beckett managed to keep her gun AND, she wasn’t taken hostage or knocked out. Not even once!

- As I stated earlier, we all knew the cousin was the killer from the first moment we laid eyes on him. So no excitement there. And, his confession was a typical (yawn) Castle-ish confession—two or three questions and the killers give the typical “look down and a heavy sigh” before pouring out their heart and soul to Beckett.

Alexis… Her moving in with (I don’t even want to say his name, so I’ll call him “that guy”) that guy is SO out of character for her. For six years or so, we’ve seen Alexis as the strong one…the smart daughter who’s sort of raising her child-dad and keeping a watchful eye over him so he doesn’t do anything that’s too stupid. She was grounded, smart, and extremely loving and supportive of all things Castle. And she’s seen the relationship between her dad and Beckett grow and grow and grow to the point where the next step was inevitable. Yet she’s hurt and angry that her dad proposed while she off was playing Jane to “That Guy’s” Tarzan, a banana-picking, bee-counting fruitcake…I mean, fruitarian.

By the way, an article in the “No Meat Athlete” reported—A practicing fruitarian for over three years, Michael Arnstein eats nothing but lots of fruit and the occasional raw vegetable. Arnstein said he devours 30 pounds of fruit a day—as many as 30 oranges, five cantaloupes, a watermelon, and a salad with five pounds of tomatoes. Consuming 40 to 50 bananas a day is a common occurrence for him. He also claims that 10 to 15 Valencia oranges is the perfect post run snack.

Actor Ashton Kutcher, who, for a movie where he plays Apple founder Steve Jobs, adopted Jobs’s fruitarian diet for one month. “I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie,” Kutcher told reporters at the Sundance Film Festival. “I was doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was terrifying, considering everything.” Jobs died in October 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. (U.S. News – Health).

Anyway, this episode was just so-so for me. It definitely wasn’t memorable, but it was, however, wonderfully absent of bombs, tigers, doomsday scenarios. Still, I long for more realistic scenarios. You know, the ones with Zombies. And I definitely miss the mystery-writing Castle who likes to relax while playing poker with his writer-buddies, such as Michael Connelly.

Sigh… Those were the good old days when Castle actually wrote books and we at least saw some sort of romantic spark between Castle and Beckett…

Finally, Pi has got to go!

18 Responses to “Castle: Get A Clue – A Good Cop/Bad Cop Review”

  • John says:

    I think I figured out a way for Pi to be a tolerable addition: he should turn out to be a devoted disciple of the Triple Killer. He’s purposefully ingratiated himself to Alexis as part of a long con to ruin the Castle family as a way of revenge. That would be awesome. It won’t turn out that way, but it would be awesome.

  • Lee Lofland says:

    It would be a great way to turn this Pi fiasco around, John. Then, during a shootout with Esposito and Ryan, they could pop enough rounds into him to make a human juice strainer. Perfect for all the leftover fruit at Alexis’ apartment. (I’m picturing the old Bugs Bunny cartoons where someone was shot and then drank something and the liquid poured from all the holes).

  • Mark E. DeSade says:

    I guessed wrong. My money was on the university professor that was doing the translating for the victim.

  • Lee Lofland says:

    Too obvious, Mark, and he was onscreen too long. Didn’t fit the boilerplate script.

  • Sally Carpenter says:

    The “National Treasures” spin off plot was cute. Just a little nitpicking: since the Freemasons don’t allow Catholics as members, wouldn’t it make more sense for the coins to be hidden in an Anglican church? Hard to believe that the carving in the wall had been there for centuries and nobody had stuck their hand in the mouth out of curiosity (I thought “what’s inside the mouth” when the first scene in the church came on). The church seemed a bit too ornate for a simple order like the Franciscans. Also, a guy right out of prison wouldn’t become a monk overnight unless he was a novice just starting out in the order.
    I agree with Lee about Pi and after Alexis’ temper tantrum at the end of the show I’m ready for her to go too. She expects dad to accept her but she won’t forgive him or meet him halfway for ice cream. What a spoiled brat. I’m also tired of Martha constantly berating her son and telling him how to raise his kid. Now that Alexis is rebelling, maybe Rick needs to break away from mom as well.

  • Janet says:

    I’ve gotta say, Kate’s “felonious monk” quip made it worth watching the rest of the episode.

    I almost get the Alexis twist. When I was her age, I dragged home the occasional odd specimen to establish my independence, and I’m not referring to puppies. “That guy” is the anti-Ashley. Ashley went to Stanford and became distant and full of himself, whereas “that guy” is underfoot like a lonely house cat.

    It does make me wonder about the recent casting, though. First, Gates (who, blessedly, wasn’t in this episode), and now Pi? Do the casting people hate the viewers or want this to be the last season?

    (And where did the $ for their apartment come from? Surely not just from his job counting bees. The furniture may be from dumpster diving, but getting the apartment and paying rent take real $.)

  • Sally Carpenter says:

    Janet, I wondered about the apartment cost as well. One more thought: how did the cousin have a sword handy to kill the victim? Did he just walk into the church carrying a sword? It’s a little hard to smuggle in something that large or was he in costume like the sword fighter guy?
    Sloppy Sully seems to have disappeared without any word about his absence.

  • Sandra says:

    There’s actually more to the bee-counting than appears. Alexis did mention how important bees are, but people tend not to think of them as living in NYC. They do, however, and people keep hives there! If this is an attempt to rehabilitate “that guy,” however, they dropped the ball. [And I hope they don’t succeed and he’s written out soon, as Alexis outgrows her “let’s act independent” snit.

  • I agree, “that guy” has got to go.

  • Another point about the sword: to leave hilt marks, the blade would have had to go all the way through her throat, which is unlikely, and also means she had to be standing up, which doesn’t match the pools of blood on the vault floor.

    The Pi story line is borderline cute, but if the scriptwriters’ point is to show Alexis in a different light, they didn’t have to have her move in with him.

  • Lee Lofland says:

    I started to mention the “sword all the way through” thing but figured I’d already dinged the forensics enough. Now that you’ve brought it up, though, Leslie, it’s highly unlikely that an assailant would be able to jab a long sword straight through unless he was very, very tall or used an overhead strike, which could be a bit awkward as well. Even then, the sword would mostly likely hit the vertebrae and would probably be forced to one side or the other.

    Totally unbelievable.

  • Lee Lofland says:

    Sandra – Sure, bees are important, but where did Pi get the experience and credentials that would land him that sort of specialized job in the U.S.? Isn’t he without proper documentation to be in this country?

  • Lee Lofland says:

    Sally, my wife mentioned the gaping “open mouth” to me when it came on screen the first time. It was almost like a neon sign stating, “the treasure is in here!”

  • I did that, too, Lee. Crazy. Hope next week’s episode is more engaging. Just sayin’.

  • Raphael Salgado says:

    All these centuries, and not a single parishioner or stupid tourist would’ve stuck their arm in the hole of the symbol in a church wall?

    Weren’t there small windows at the top of the hidden tomb room that they could’ve punched out and stuck out their cell phone from there?

    Nice episode, a little curveball with the director and back to the cousin. But, Alexis looks like she could be in for some trouble next episode, and maybe Pi can’t take it or will take a bullet for her! The general consensus on the Castle Facebook page as well as other forums pretty much show general disdain for the character, so we’re not alone. The question remains: how much longer will we have to endure him?

  • Robert Doucette says:

    Could there be more to Pi than we think? Maybe he is a villain or a protector disguised as a flake. Maybe Castle’s father sent him to watch over Alexis while she was in Costa Rica and he fell for her and now can’t break character.

    Nahhh.

    He’s just an annoying pointless character like Sully, who will disappear with little to no explanation. I wish I was wrong but the writing has become so mediocre, he seems like a plot device to give Alexis some limited screen time.

  • Karen says:

    I’m in the minority here… I think Pi is pretty cute, annoying but cute. I have a strong feeling we’ll discover that he is actually a very intelligent man with high-end scientific degrees and possibly the scion of a wealthy family.

  • Jenna says:

    I think Pi is a tool to create drama and challenge the relationship between Castle and Alexis. And to that end, it seems to be working. Honestly, I felt sort of bad for Pi because he’s a nice guy and not necessarily stupid. That look on his face when Castle said some of the stuff he did was heartbreaking. I don’t blame Alexis for being mad. I was curious why Beckett wasn’t invited to the dinner, since she’s engaged to Castle making her as much family as Pi is.

    With that said, I like the banter and fun more than the seriousness and angst. And come on… no kissy, kissy between Beckett and Castle?

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