Castle Review - 4.11 - 'Till Death do we Part

When a lothario is killed, Castle and Beckett suspect that the victim's mysterious double life holds the key to his murder. Their investigation leads to a shocking twist that threatens to disrupt Ryan's wedding with Jenny.

So what did I think of this episode? Click on the link to find out!

I’m starting to wonder if the murder of the week actually being a secret spy plot is Castle’s version of House’s “It’s never lupus!” That’s what it feels like to me, at least, as we get another episode where it looks like Castle has finally gotten the secret espionage mission he’s long wanted, only to find out in the end that it was really just something more mundane. To be fair, tonight’s episode did involve espionage (or as Castle put it, “sexpionage”, a pun so bad it’s a wonder Fillion could say it with a straight face), only it was espionage of the commercial/industrial kind; not nearly as cool.

Fortunately, this episode was rife with comedy and some good character moments, so them going to the “He’s a spy/No, he’s actually not!” well yet again was not that bothersome. Plus, it’s always entertaining when Castle goes on one of his long theories and Kate’s response is basically, “Yeah, I got nothing better” and then gives him an indulgent smile.

Speaking of, Kate’s face when Castle said he was bringing a date to Ryan’s wedding made me crack up. She looked so put out. I knew after that, it was going to be a fun episode and I was right.

This show’s strength has always been in the character interactions. The cases are not the draw. Yeah, sometimes they’re okay, and this week’s case was, while not the best, better than some, but it was not the most interesting thing in the world. Other than the parade of attractive women, I didn’t really care that much, and I think that’s okay because this episode was definitely more about the character pairings: Kate and Castle, Ryan and Esposito, Ryan and Jenny (by the way, Ryan handled the whole news about Jenny very well and maturely and was one of my favorite moments of the episode), and Esposito and Lanie.

I thought Esposito being put out about Lanie bringing a date to the wedding was mostly amusing, especially because it facilitated some great moments between him and the team (like the scene in the bar with Ryan). I thought Ryan slowly losing it thanks to his cleanse was funny as well, and all the teasing with the food, culminating in the break room with the Chinese food, was a nice payoff. His enthusiasm for getting married was awesome too.

The shipper undertones to this episode were to be expected. There was no way there could be a wedding without Kate/Castle moments to tease the fans, and that’s certainly what we got here. I enjoyed them, and they were funny, so I don’t really have much to say there.

This episode was a fun, pretty light return. Next week’s looks a lot more dramatic. I’m glad we got to start the new year off with some fun before the drama starts up again.

What did you guys think?


  1. Yep, pretty bang on Max. That's exactly how it played for me too. Great use of the cast in this one.

  2. You know...if we get Castle on a slide, that's automatically a Castle Slide. He was SO CLOSE when they were on the swingset earlier this year.

    I admit it: I liked this episode. Graceless and I laughed the whole time, which is the main draw of Castle for me (plus, Beckett's ten thousand hilarious expressions and how easily she interacts with her team while being simulatneously one of the guys and the female perspective). I thought Ryan was going to cut a bitch over food and having lived with a woman who did at least two cleanses in our six month-stint as roommates, I found that both scarily accurate and a little flashback-inducing. If my next chapter of any story I post has a horror movie feel, you can blame Ryan.

  3. You pretty much nailed it for me too, Maximus.

    The case wasn't all that interesting, I figured who the killer was when I first saw her.

    But the interactions were great, and there were nice moments, too.

    Fun episode.

  4. Ayefah10.1.12

    This episode was fun! Also, it made me hungry.

    /deep thoughts


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