E: In this episode of Castle, someone beats a baseball player to death with a bat. The team is supposed to be the Yankees, and they don’t even suspect a Red Sox fan? I cry foul. (M: Technically, it may have been the Mets E: Coached by Joe Torre? Don’t think so!). We also get some mysterious Castle family history (and the lack of it), the lothario from Next Stop Wonderland (also known as the teacher of Bella’s One and Only Class in Twilight) playing a human smuggler, and the devil playing a sports agent. Nice touch, Castellans!
M: Yes, some good casting, and some good fare within the episode. However, for the second time in four episodes the casting gave away the murderer. More on that later, but since the plot itself wasn’t much to talk about, let’s discuss what we did like in the episode, which was a lot.
E: Yes, on to the fun stuff! Castle is famously fatherless? What, like Anakin Skywalker…
M: No, thankfully there were no midi-chlorians involved!
E: …or like the daughter in Mamma Mia, one of the wonder twins wanted to know? No. Martha loved a lifetime…
C: What did that mean, exactly? I wasn’t paying close attention.
M: It meant that in the brief time that Martha was “with” Castle-daddy, she loved him enough to last an entire lifetime. Duh.
E: Like who, Jack and Rose?
C: Also, if Castle’s father is unknown why doesn’t he have the same last name as his mother? I suppose she must have married sometime after his birth.
M: Wait, you think “Castle” isn’t a nom de plume? Seriously?
C: Huh, hadn’t thought of it, but that does make sense.
M: As usual, the moments with Whatever-His-Name-Is’ family were one of the best parts of the show. The “mind reading” was fun, and the touching offer from Alexis to “have a catch” (which is so not a saying in New England!) was great, and followed by classic Castle, tossing the ball over her head and breaking something.
E: Yes! We learned that Castle is the proud descendent of con artists and circus folk. And mind readers. And ooooh, the mind reading! I loved when he read Beckett’s mind: “You…. don’t care, and … you want me to stop talking.” Hee!
C: Yes, but my favorite line of the night had to be “Did you just use the word ‘veritable’? That’s sexy.” Oh Richard Castle, with your fondness for good vocabulary in a woman, making the hearts of English majors all over the country sing!
E: Interesting that they’re back to innuendo this week, huh? So much for our discussion about how it’s too serious to joke about now.
C: I think it depends on the tone of the episode. Things got a bit more serious between them for a while there… now they’re back to a level of more casual flirtation. I believe it, and it works well for me.
M: It worked for me, too, and led into one of the great moments of the episode, when Beckett was dumbstruck at meeting Joe Torre. I found that pretty cool, since she is never dumbstruck.
C: I loved that. Giddy Beckett is a revelation.
E: Also, everybody got haircuts this week. I don’t know how I feel about Castle’s hair being that short. I don’t think I’m pleased; I like him all floppy. On the other hand, Beckett looks much sleeker and less mullety, though I still don’t like her bright blue belted coat. What I did love? The other “Castle is bad at baseball” gag, when Esposito tossed the ball to Castle, who didn’t even try to catch it.
M: Did you notice that the Wonder Twins were almost never together in this episode? An intentional move to try to give them more individual personality, maybe? Mix in Ryan’s call to his girlfriend, now mentioned a few times, and we have something going.
C: I cracked up at Castle’s line to Esposito in that moment: “Don’t worry, he still loves you.” I do wish we could learn a little bit more about those guys, because I love both of them.
M: Ok, ok, on to the plot itself. The dead baseball star’s agent who ended up being the murderer is ALWAYS the bad guy in everything he’s in, so I assumed immediately he was going to be the killer. Sadly, like with Uncle Teddy in A Rose For Everafter, they proved me right. Also, with all the daddy discussion (Castle’s mysterious lack of a father, Beckett’s dad taking her to baseball games all her life, loving Joe Torre, etc), it was also completely obvious that the mystery woman/girl would turn out to be the victim’s daughter. Yawn.
C: Yes, I called that pretty early too. The hints were strong. I found it confusing, though, how old his daughter looked – wasn’t he too young to have a 30-year-old child?
M: I thought that, too, but then they explained he defected in 1992, so she would have been 17. Still, when they showed just her face she looked at least mid-20’s, but then at the end she looked like she was the height of a 10 year old. Very odd.
C: In her scene with the victim’s wife she was quite tiny, so maybe they hoped we’d see her as younger once we knew the “twist”. That last scene, by the way, was a nice touch – and it was funny to see a circumstance in which the only thing a lot of people know how to say in Spanish is the exact right thing to say!