Castle was back after a brief winter break, and the show returned with quite a bang. Well, it wasn’t exactly a bang, but there were a few “pops” of jealousy every now and then. But who wouldn’t experience a bit of the green-eyed monster when sharing a home with their significant other and a scantily-clad, flirtatious significant-other’s ex?
Sure, there was a murder, as always, but the victim sort of took a seat in the wings while the relationship aspect of the series played out on center stage. And the lovey-dovey/goo-goo eyes portion of this recap and review is where the “good cop” comes in. So take it away, Melanie…
Talk about conflict! Writers, if you want to add relationship conflict to your manuscript, watch Significant Others. Rick Castle, his girlfriend Kate Beckett, and his ex-wife Meredith, not to mention Alexis and Martha, all together in the same apartment? Throw in a case to distract our dynamic duo, Kate’s determination to stay at the loft, and Meredith tossing out a little gem just as she leaves town, and you’ve got a recipe for hilarity topped by bubbling doubt. Poor Rick. He just can’t win for losing.
Alexis has mono, so instead of flying to Paris to meet Meredith after Christmas, she hunkers down at the loft to fight the bug. Then lo and behold, Meredith shows up at Rick’s door to take care of Alexis — the same day Kate comes to stay with Rick because her apartment is being fumigated. Yikes! That’s a recipe for disaster if I’ve ever heard one.
Kate gives her okay about Meredith joining them, albeit reluctantly, because what else is she supposed to do with everyone staring at her? Rick later promises to send Meredith packing, but his plan backfires when Meredith pulls her I’m so glad you and Kate are so secure in your relationship speech. Meredith stays, even after Ryan and Esposito learn what’s going on and rag Castle about it. Even after Lanie prods Kate to stand her ground and Meredith parades around the loft in her underwear. Kate is not amused. Still, however, she refuses to throw in the towel. Oh, no. She even turns down a chance to stay at a fancy hotel with Rick in order to share the loft with Meredith. No way is she backing down from his ex-wife.
Then Meredith asks Kate to dinner. Alone. Egged on by Ryan and Esposito, Rick freaks out and tries to dissuade Kate from going. She laughs at him and goes anyway. Later that night, Rick wears a path in the floor while he waits for them to get home and drives his mother stark raving mad. Did you see those pants Martha had on? Holy moly. What was she thinking? Sorry, but I digress. Kate and Meredith play on Rick’s fears and trick him when they finally arrive to make him think Meredith had filled Kate’s ears with all sorts of sordid secrets. Too funny. Apparently, the two of them bonded pretty well over Rick-talk. Still, that Kate-Meredith hug really surprised me. Kate later takes pity on Rick and tells him she likes him even more after talking to his ex all evening. Loved that scene, and the delicious kiss. Woohoo! If only Kate hadn’t answered the freaking phone. Really?
At the end of the show, Kate’s apartment is once again habitable, so she packs to leave the loft. Rick wants her to stay, and she tells him that if he wants to be with her he can come to her place for the night. That appeases him. Then Meredith surprises them both by coming downstairs all packed and ready to head to Paris after all… but not before sliding a splinter of doubt beneath Kate’s skin. After Rick heads upstairs to get Meredith’s purse, Kate asks his ex why she and Rick divorced. Meredith claims their relationship was like a soufflé that eventually collapse because it was one-sided. He knew everything about her, but never shared much of himself. Her revelation stunned Kate and sent her spiraling into introspection. Too much of that is never good. I sense more conflict on the horizon. Hopefully, conflict followed by Rick opening up to Kate.
I really didn’t pay too much attention to the case in this episode. Was there a case? I focused on the relationship scenes instead and found them to be way more interesting. Loved the episode, but I am apprehensive about the bumps in the road up ahead. Still, I’m trusting Andrew Marlowe to give us a happy ending.
You know, last night’s episode reminded me (sort of) of the earlier shows, where Castle was fun to watch. Remember? We never had to take the murder cases too seriously because the characters delivered cute and funny lines at a pace that was almost, but not quite, too quick to absorb. Anyway, I enjoyed watching last night, even though I wasn’t crazy about the dual/matching plot lines, where the murder involved a sea of ex-husbands and wives while Castle and Beckett dealt with his ex-wife. I found that to be a bit too convenient—a cheap way for the writers to insert jokes and one-liners. But my job is to discuss the police procedure and forensics, not to pick apart other aspects of the show. So here goes. First up…Lanie.
- Beckett and Castle approach Lanie, who’s at the scene of the crime/murder. She says (paraphrasing here), “The victim took an ice pick to the neck.” And you know what? That’s basically all she said. And that was enough. No wacky predictions. No voodoo medicine. Nothing. Just a simple observation. And it was believable. I tell you, she’s a different woman, and she’s delivering her lines in a way that’s totally believable. And, she successfully morphed into BFF mode a bit later when she lectured Beckett about Castle’s ex-wife.
Sure, there was an iffy moment when Lanie told Beckett she processed the victim’s clothing, and that she was personally running the DNA test on the blood she’d found on a jacket button (we all know the lab/scientists would perform these tasks). But Lanie pulled it off. So, my hat’s off to her for delivering believable make believe again this episode. My fingers are crossed for the future.
- I’m a bit curious as to why the high-profile woman attorney/murder victim hired a guy who’d been arrested for attempted murder several times, as well as numerous other crimes, to take photos and run other errands. Why didn’t she hire a legitimate PI? After all, the guy may have been asked to testify in court at some point, and his credibility would have been questionable to say the least. Also, the victim was supposed to be a real “bulldog” type of attorney. A real take charge person. Yet, she appeared quite “mousey” on the video. I can’t imagine for one second that attorney Gloria Allred would ever appear as anything other than “in charge” at all times.
- Beckett stands by while the wife of one of the red herrings damaged and broke a ton of expensive things. Or, was the vase-throwing woman the wife of the killer? Who knows. There were so many red herrings in this episode it was difficult to keep up with who was married to which character. Let’s see…there was Walter, Billy, Billy’s dead wife who wasn’t really dead, the forensic accountant, vase-smashing lady, R. Garrison, Noah, the photographer, and, well, you get the idea. So many characters. However, it was quite easy to pinpoint the killer, as always—-the man or woman who has the smallest part in the show.
So there you have it… Wait a minute. I forgot about the murder investigation. There was one, right? Maybe I was too busy watching Castle squirm during the entire episode to notice. And squirm he did. I would not have wanted to be in those shoes. No sir. Not me.
What’d you think? Was this episode a hit? Or was it a miss?
Oh, one last thing…the opening song in last night’s show, Secret, is a great tune by Missy Higgins.