The reason this week’s Castle was so intriguing was because it brought back into play one of the secrets that exists between Castle and Beckett. It all started with a case that threatened to destroy the city’s mayor, who happens to be a FOC. That would be a Friend of Castle. An ex-professor was murdered and no one could explain how her life went from a classroom to working in a sex shop in six short months. What resulted was a web of conspiracies and dangerous alliances. The mayor was innocent but it didn’t matter. The bad press alone was enough to squash any urges to run for governor. Poor guy. He seemed like a good man and he was railroaded out of an election simply because some secret group of people deemed it to be.
While the eventual culprit was a bit predictable, the most memorable moments had to do with Beckett and Castle. They were sort of at odds but at the same time they were both trying to protect the other. Iron Gates confronted Kate about Castle’s connection to the mayor. Beckett wasn’t having it. She said she could handle things. This was great because Castle was definitely worried about what would happen if the mayor went down for the count and ended up being the murderer. If the mayor was no longer around, then Gates would have the perfect opportunity to get rid of Castle. And while Kate told Rick not to make this all about him, part of it really was. Even Ryan and Esposito were thinking about the consequences of the mayor’s possible guilt.
Castle was adamant his politician friend was innocent but Kate still had to do her job. She had to investigate all leads even if said leads painted the mayor in a less-than-flattering light. There came a point where she couldn’t ignore what she thought were the facts:
“Castle, I’m sorry but you can’t be objective on this one so I’m going to have to pursue it on my own.”
This was a little hard to watch but even as Beckett and Castle disagreed, there was nothing to worry about. It certainly wasn’t an overly heated type of situation. What will eventually turn heated is when Beckett finds out about Castle’s mystery man. The one so connected he knew all about this case and back in the Season 4 premiere, he warned Castle to keep Beckett away from continuing to investigate her mother’s murder. He had a bit of a perplexing conversation with Castle after the novelist inquired about needing to know who wanted to destroy the mayor:
“Trust me when I say it’s not your concern.” “It is when it involves Beckett or her mother’s murder.” “You’re a writer, finish this sentence: If Weldon had been run out of office…” “I’d be gone from the 12th Precinct.” “And then who’d keep Beckett from looking into things she shouldn’t? Who’d keep her out of harm’s way?” “So you did this to protect her? Why?”
Yeah, I’m not quite sure what to make of this conversation. Who is this guy? How is he so connected? What does it all have to do with Beckett’s mom? And most importantly, how long is Beckett going to be in the dark? I’m really glad Geoff Pierson‘s mystery man made an appearance. It reminds me that we’re in the second half of the season so that means we have to be that much closer to getting answers, right? Right.
Some Random Thoughts
- Back in Season 3’s “The Final Nail,” he thought his friend Damian Westlake was innocent of killing his wife. And he was. However, he was guilty of killing his own father. In “Dial M for Mayor,” I kept flashing back to this episode. So I was beyond happy the writers thought about it too.
- We got a little character development in the form of some back story on Captain Victoria Gates. We knew she was in Internal Affairs but we did not know she came from a family cops. Suddenly I’m thinking about that Lifetime show that got cancelled called Against the Wall.
- I loved when Beckett called Esposito “Espo.” Don’t know why I just did.
Some Favorite Lines (courtesy of “Dial M for Mayor” writer: Christine Boylan)
- “What girl in her 20s doesn’t have a cell phone?” “Maybe she’s Amish.”
- “Step back? He’s a politician. He can’t order at a restaurant without two compromises and an ultimatum.”
- “She went from professor to janitor? That’s Good Will Hunting but in reverse.”
- “Officer and a gentleman. That could be the name of our crime blog.” “Crime blog? The way that you help me write police reports? Got a feeling I’ll be writing that one on my own.”
- “What is this place?” “I’d say it’s about $4.99 a minute. It’s not a sweat shop. It’s a sex shop.”
- “Some guys need a morning jolt. Some guys need an afternoon pick me up.” “Someone should have told them coffee’s cheaper.”
- “Brown cashmere. So we can narrow our suspects down to rich men with impeccable taste.” “Are you saying you’re a suspect?” “Alexis is my alibi.”
- “Castle, you can’t make this one about you.”
- “In that case, maybe it’s time to phone a friend.”
Rewind and Repeat: Martha’s King Lear Moment by Lisa M.
I couldn’t stop watching the scene at the beginning with Martha doing her version of King Lear. The first thing I thought was how funny it was and then how Alexis went in to see her dad and asked about doing an internship. It surprised me that this scene was one that I kept rewinding, but there were several Castle and Beckett moments that I re-watched too.
I love how Susan Sullivan brings Martha to life every week. She is always so over the top but I love her character. Her lines and scenes always seem to be well done and well written.
Overall, I loved the episode this week – more so than last week’s episode, which surprised me.
Castle airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
Interview: Henri Esteve on Grown-ish Season 3
An interview with Henri Esteve, who plays Javi on Freeform’s Grown-ish. He talks about his season three experience.
For All Mankind Season 2: Talking with Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Jodi Balfour, and Sonya Walger [Exclusive]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the hooks of For All Mankind is that it’s very much a story about the women of NASA. In Season 2, we explore the journeys of the women in the program, either through their own service or through their family affiliations. Four of those…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Season Finale [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale episodes.] How’s everyone after that finale? I will freely admit I got a little misty in episode eight as John told Sara why he loved her, and later that he wanted her despite what he might forfeit, and then at the end when he…
Rosy McEwen Talks The Alienist: Angel of Darkness [Exclusive]
Hands down, one of the best surprises of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness is that the serial killer this season has been front and center alongside the cast as a fully-formed character. We’ve watched Libby Hatch devolve from a prim, mild-mannered nurse to a woman in a rage hell-bent on…
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Relationship Recap: John and Sara
[Warning: Spoilers for “Belly of the Beast” and “Memento Mori”] If you’ve read me for a while (thank you!), you know two things — I lean way, way in on the characters I adore and I loathe love geometry arcs. So, I’m torn about where we are and where we…
Louriza Tronco Talks The Order Season 2 [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Season 2.] The Order’s second season is dark yet delightful entertainment on many levels, and one of its biggest sources of joy and snark is the sassy Gabrielle Dupres. Last season, she was assertive and deadly and fairly annoyed with the world. This season, she’s been…
Previewing Netflix’s Virgin River
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] Full disclosure: I have a Netflix account for my Mom, but I’m not a regular viewer. If I get a heads up on something, I’ll go look for it, but I don’t have a wander across its offerings, which, as I understand it, is how most…
Final Thoughts From the Killjoys Team [Exclusive]
This is the day of the week I’d normally hit you up with a Killjoys preview, but now that we’ve put the series to bed and released Team Awesome Force into the wild, I have one more treat for you–some final thoughts excerpted from my conversations with the Killjoys folks….
Michelle Lovretta Talks Wrapping Up Killjoys [Exclusive]
[Warning: Spoilers for the series finale.] To quote Miss Jackson, “That’s the end?” Yes, friends, it is. And like I promised you, everything would be, was, and is alright. I went to the Killjoys source, series creator Michelle Lovretta, who wrote the last episode, to break down that delicious finale….
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…