Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 8, 2013 14:22:32 GMT -5
Okay, folks, so if you're new to these group Scene-By-Scenes, here's how this is going to work... basically, it's a free-for-all...
I'll start off each act / set of scenes with a brief summary of which one we're going to discuss and you can all jump in with your thoughts before we move along to the next act / set of scenes.
I'll try to keep it moving along throughout the week to have all six acts covered by the weekend, but if you miss a set somewhere, feel free to just jump on in and share your thoughts even if we've moved on to the next set.
This is your chance to lead the discussion or join in and get a taste for what a SxS is all about. Really, all we're looking for are your specific thoughts on a scene or moment within a scene... you can talk about your favourite lines or exchanges in dialogue between characters, moments that stood out to you, looks that you thought meant something, symbolism, subtext, or even just a general opinion on the characters or the storylines. Whatever you want to say, stand up and say it!!
You can be as brief or as detailed as you want to be. This is meant to gather everyone's opinions together and share some specifics that we each picked up on throughout the episode that may give others a new perspective on something or reveal something they didn't notice themselves and vice versa. So have some fun with it and let's see as many of you join in as possible!!
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 8, 2013 14:31:49 GMT -5
Okay, so we're going to deal with the first set of scenes (Act One)...
Here are the scenes that this section will cover... basically from the start of the episode to when the first commercial break comes along:
- The murder in the alley by the subway - Castle and Beckett preparing for their week together and Meredith's arrival putting a wrench in their plans - Castle and Beckett briefly discussing Meredith's staying with them as they make their way to the crime scene - The scene at the crime scene itself (say that five times fast) - Castle and Beckett interrogating their victim's boyfriend - Ryan and Esposito going to the Scarsdale house to question their suspect - Castle telling Beckett that he's going to take care of the Meredith situation while she goes to see Lanie - Lanie giving Beckett advice on how to fight for her man - Ryan giving a rundown on all of their potential suspects based on the many rich men who lost money because of their victim's winning ways in divorce court - Ryan and Esposito questioning their newest suspect, Herman - Ryan and Esposito revealing to Beckett the details of Herman's texts with Michelle and how she pleaded with him to help her
And yeah, that's the first act, folks. So whether you want to talk about the whole act or just a specific scene or even just give us some quick thoughts / likes / dislikes on key moments or lines or whatever, the door is open and it's your time to say whatever you want to say!!
One of my favorite parts of this set was their discussion going to the crime scene. Kate can't believe that Castle would let Meredith stay with them. He counters that he asked her and she said she didn't mind, which she reminds him she HAD to say because everyone was right there looking at her. What else was she supposed to say without coming across as uncertain and and rude?
I love that she then tells him that he should have known because she gave him THE LOOK. He has no clue what she was talking about. He wants to know what look she's referring to. She's obviously talking about a look that says, "The words coming out of my mouth right now are not what I actually mean." I have to agree with Kate here. He's known her and studied her for four years and he hasn't yet figured out when she's giving him THE LOOK?
I have been told by many a married person that both husbands and wives become very good and recognizing THE LOOK when they are on the receiving end, especially the husbands. I suspect that Castle is going to start paying better attention as he watches for Kate to give him THE LOOK in the future.
Poor Castle. He doesn't always know when and why Kate is angry to begin with. Now he finds out that he could maybe avoid some of it if he learns to recognize her LOOK. Funny stuff!
1) Of course Id have to bring this up being the Goddess of Music and all. The song during the murder scene was just right on. I felt myself really getting into that scene loved it. If anyone knows who sings that plz feel free to tell us.. The name of the song would be great to.
2) I have to say that Kate looked very comfortable as if she was actually living there already. It was perfect for all of 2 mins before twink came in.
What upset me about Meredith is that the only reason she was there in the first place was to size up Kate. Would she have come to the loft for Alexis for Alexis? The scene that comes later with Kate really upset me but I talk about it when we are in that section of the sxs. Its Meredith I know but still. That woman dont deserve to be called mom IMO..
3) The scene where Ryan tells Espo he would love to have a house like that one day. Espo saying he would like to come home a woman like that. Ryan joked telling him he would live with her for awhile until it got serious then on the the next. I think Javi was hurt by that. I think he really would like to get married one day. Its probably something he thinks about. I think that it was Lanie that didnt want those things.
In Secret Santa where he stayed with the woman and her son for Christmas. I think he is looking for something like that. A family someone to go home to. He probably didnt have a family life much. I was sad when I thought Javi was going to spend Christmas alone, but he didnt..
Thats what I have so far I will have more thought on these scenes tomorrow...
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 10, 2013 19:15:49 GMT -5
Okay, so I'm going to throw my hat in the ring here, though I may not be able to comment on every part of the SxS as I have a lot to do this week and this weekend as well. I will do what I can.
For now, here are some thoughts on Act One and then we'll move to the next set of scenes to keep this SxS moving along.
If you do have thoughts that you want to share on ANY set of scenes, you can feel free to jump in at any time...
We open with what I felt was one of the strongest murder scenes we’ve seen on this show. Mysterious, intense, and definitely rather horrific. As others have said, that song that was used, which is “Secret” by Missy Higgins, was a fantastic opening song and a great choice to kick off this episode.
We see our soon-to-be-victim in her car, sitting alone in a dark and secluded street, obviously waiting to meet someone in secret. She’s clutching a piece of paper with an address scrolled across it. Out of the darkness and fog (love the look of this scene!), a figure approaches and we can tell that the victim assumes it’s the person she’s waiting to meet. But when the figure enters her car and sits in the back seat, the victim looks back in her rearview mirror and realizes her “guest” is not who she believed they were. In one swift motion, she is grabbed from behind and murdered, her blood spattering across the piece of paper still clutched in her hands.
In a rather disgusting yet highly skilled cut, we see Alexis spitting out what looks like blood mixed with water, mirroring the blood spatter that we just saw in the murder scene. Brilliant but kind of gross. Lol.
This sets up the typical opening scene, with the usual bit of exposition to get the audience caught up to what’s going on and set the stage for the storyline of the episode. We learn that Alexis is sick with mono and is lamenting over why she had to catch this rather bothersome virus. Anyone who has ever had mono can surely feel Alexis’ pain, as it’s certainly not an easy illness to have.
I love how Castle starts to joke with Alexis about how she caught mono, which is known as “the kissing disease” and starts to give her a hard time about what she and Max must have been doing for her to catch it, but he quickly realizes this is not a topic he really wants to talk about with his daughter and stops himself, much to her delight. It’s such a classically cute moment between these two and it speaks volumes towards how Castle often doesn’t really think before he jumps in with a clever comment.
As Castle makes his way into the kitchen, we see Beckett sitting at his kitchen counter, completely at home in his home, which is lovely to see. Castle provides some more exposition, explaining to the audience that Kate is there to stay with him for a few days while her apartment is being fumigated.
What I love about this is that his words subtly yet clearly indicate that Kate asked him if she could stay at the loft, which is actually rather interesting in and of itself. We know Castle would have offered, 100%, but it was actually Kate who asked him first if she could stay with him. She didn’t hint at it and wait for him to ask, she came right out and proposed the idea herself. To me, this shows that she was comfortable with the idea of living with him for a few days and that it was something she wanted to do over staying with Lanie or with her father or going to a hotel for a few days. Folks, that’s pretty huge.
I also love that this is a nice little reverse to when Castle offered his home to Kate back in “Boom” after her place was blown up. She only stayed for what seemed like a day, maybe two, and she was pretty resistant to it at first, believing that it would be an imposition and whatnot on her part. She was certainly comfortable there while she was there and seemed to fit in perfectly in his home and with his family, but there was that initial hesitation on her part. In this case, and rightfully so, she didn’t even wait for him to ask her or offer his place as a solution to her having to leave her apartment, she came right out and asked him instead.
See, this is one of those subtle little details that has so much meaning behind it, something that the Castle team does in spades. Just brilliant.
I also love that Castle offers to give Kate an “out” here if she’s uncomfortable staying there now that their plans have changed. Had she asked to stay there because she knew she and Castle could have some time alone, playing house and all, it’s understandable that she may have changed her mind with Alexis coming home sick and those plans changing rather drastically.
So Castle is trying to be respectful of her and offers to put her up in a nice hotel for a few days so she doesn’t have to be uncomfortable sharing the loft with his sick daughter. I love that Kate doesn’t take him up on his gracious offer, though, as it shows that she’s not going to shy away from her time with him just because his daughter is going to be around them all week. She shows him that she’s opening herself up to not only be a part of his life but, in turn, a part of his family’s life as well. I mean, really, when the time comes for them to live together for real, she’s not going to run away and hide every time Alexis comes home. Nope, she’s going to embrace that and accept that and welcome the opportunity to spend time with not only Castle but his entire family as well. That’s a pretty big step for Kate and she shows him that she’s committed to being a part of his life, in its entirety, with 100% certainty.
And how adorable is it when Castle tells Beckett that he’s going to make it up to her “in so many ways” and she gets that beaming smile on her face? Yes, this man knows how to melt her heart, as tough as she has always been, and she loves him for it. It’s also funny because this is a definite pattern with them… Castle always offering to make things up to her for whatever reason… but at least this time, he’s not making it up to her because he’s in the dog house… yet
Of course, as is always the case with these two, their wonderful little moment here is interrupted by Martha trying to get Castle’s attention to drop the bomb on them (and us) that Meredith is at the door. Of all the interruptions they’ve had on their private moments, this has got to be the worst. Lol. Talk about REALLY ruining the mood.
I love everyone’s reactions to Meredith’s arrival. Martha is clearly unimpressed, as we know she’s not exactly Meredith’s biggest fan. Castle is in shock. Beckett has this horrified look on her face. And Alexis seems confused and stunned, never expecting her mother to skip a trip to Paris to actually come to New York and see her. And the music here is just perfect, isn’t it?
Meredith makes the most hilarious entrance here, without actually being invited in, as she waltzes in, throws her purse over to Martha as if she’s the doorman, and then makes this grandiose performance in front of all of them that she came to bring Paris to Alexis and nurse her back to health.
Now, Alexis doesn’t really look all too excited about this, as we already know from past comments that she can really only handle her mother in small doses and certain situations, and it seems that this may be the last thing she wanted to endure while already dealing with a horrible illness.
Meanwhile, Castle and Martha trade glances as Castle looks like a deer caught in the headlights and Martha knows well enough not to get involved when it comes to his ex-wives.
And I love the troublesome look that Meredith gives to Kate after announcing that she’s come to take care of Alexis. It was difficult to tell at first what that look was really all about. Was she purposely trying to get under Kate’s skin? Well, as we learn later on, she was there to check up on Castle and his new girlfriend, so that look was part of her testing Kate and trying to see how she was going to react to Meredith’s return.
To me, I really had no problem with Meredith in this episode. I actually kind of liked her spirit. Now, she never should have imposed on Castle, especially knowing that he was with Kate and that she was staying with him for the week as well, and she certainly never should have been parading around in her underwear like she lived there, and it was pretty darn wrong to use her sick daughter as a means for spying on Castle and Beckett. But, at the end of the day, I can see why she was curious about their relationship and wanted to see for herself what Kate was like. Whether she’s a good mother or not, it must be a little tough to hear your daughter talk about how her father is in love with another woman who she really seems to like a lot. Maybe Meredith had that sting of feeling like she was bound to be replaced. Maybe she wanted to make sure that Kate really was the real deal. Maybe she wanted to make sure her daughter was in good hands. Or maybe she just wanted to check out the reason why she wouldn’t be able to have “ex sex” (as Lanie called it) with Castle anymore.
Whatever her motivation, I don’t think she was there to stir up trouble as much as she was there to see for herself who Kate really is and what her relationship with Rick is really like. She was testing them at first and then she kind of ended up actually really liking Kate after their bonding time over dinner. And the fact that Kate didn’t back down and didn’t run away is something I’d imagine had an effect on Meredith as well, something she likely respected about her. To me, Meredith really isn’t a bad person, nor was she trying to hurt anyone here. She’s just someone who is used to getting what she wants and what she wanted here was to get a good look at Castle’s new relationship that she had heard a great deal about from her daughter.
Back to the scene, though…
So Castle manages to fumble out an actual sentence and asks why Meredith has so much luggage. Without even having to answer, she just gives him that look and he knows… and “Oh” is all he can mutter in response, leaving Beckett just a tad bit miffed at his lack of a backbone.
Now, really, this is typical and classic Castle. He’s smart and good on his feet in most situations, but when it’s a personal situation or a situation involving a woman, he seems to lose those qualities. Lol. Instead of standing his ground and telling Meredith that they already have a full house and while she’s welcome to come over to see Alexis at any time while she’s in the city, she really can’t stay at the loft, he stands there like a deer caught in the headlights and can’t come up with an appropriate response.
Cut to Beckett giving Castle a hard time about his pretty massive error in judgment as they walk from her car to their crime scene. Now, I really love this conversation for so many reasons. First, Beckett’s not giving him the silent treatment or pretending that she’s okay when she’s not (ala “Cloudy With A Chance Of Murder”), just hoping that he’ll figure it out for himself. Nope, she’s flat-out telling him how she feels and making it known that she has an issue with him letting his ex-wife stay with them.
I love how she says “stay with you… with us” as she corrects herself, making sure he knows that the issue isn’t really as much about his ex-wife staying at his place, rather that she’s staying there while they’re going to be there together.
Now, being that Castle was so thoughtful when it came to wanting to make sure that Beckett would be okay staying there with Alexis there, it seems kind of odd that he didn’t handle the Meredith situation a little better, knowing that it would surely make Kate uncomfortable, but, once again, he wasn’t exactly thinking clearly when he got caught up in the shock of it all.
So now the shock has worn off and Castle is trying to justify his inaction by pretty much putting at least some of the blame on Kate herself since she didn’t tell him, in front of everyone, that she wasn’t okay with it. Hilarious. This is one of those classic relationship issues where the guy is unaware that the girl may be saying she’s okay with something but she’s really trying to give him that “I’m SOOOO not okay with this” look and tone to make him step up and be a man, yet he fails to read her signals and ends up messing it up. Yup, that’s exactly what happened here.
I love that Kate tells him that she wasn’t meant to be the bad guy and that he was, at least in this case, because it’s totally true. After all, if she says that she’s not okay with Meredith staying with them, in front of Meredith and his entire family, then she comes off looking like the jealous girlfriend. But if he says that he’s not okay with Meredith staying with them, even in front of her and his entire family, then he comes off as the justified ex-husband who isn’t comfortable having his ex living with him again.
And then Kate lets him know that she was giving him “the look” and he should have picked up on it. So classic and so hilarious, isn’t it? I love that she asks him how he still doesn’t know her look after four years, first because he TOTALLY knows her look and has altered his behaviour on many occasions because of it, and second because she pretty much feels that they’ve been in a relationship for four years, which is true but is nice to hear her mention in this way. They may have only officially been a couple for half of the year now, but they’ve really been involved with each other and in a relationship of sorts for four and a half years now, and it’s fantastic that Beckett sees it that way too. Or at least she does when he’s in trouble for something… lol.
Castle and Beckett arrive at the crime scene with Beckett telling Castle that she doesn’t want to talk about this issue any further, at least not right now. Kate greets Lanie as they approach but Lanie picks up on her sullen tone immediately and asks what’s going on. I love the exchange between these two friends as Kate tells Lanie that men are clueless and Lanie, of course, knows she’s referring to Castle. I love the look these two give Castle and how he sort of has this “I give up” look on his face, like he definitely knows he did the wrong thing by letting Meredith stay and now he’s going to get ganged up on by everyone else around him.
We get some info on the crime scene and their victim, Michelle, and while this is vital to the case itself, I’m going to skip past the case-related stuff to keep this moving along a little faster…
I do, however, want to point out a couple of quick technical things here from the scene where Castle and Beckett interrogate Michelle’s boyfriend, as these are things that can sometimes help give away important pieces of the puzzle if you can pick up on them when you first watch the episode. First, notice how the lighting in this scene casts a pretty distinct shadow on their witness where half of his face is in the light and half is completely in shadow. This is a trick that’s used quite frequently, more than we’d ever really take note of, and it is often used to subconsciously give the impression or reveal that a character is either conflicted or hiding something. In this case, as we’ll learn later, Michelle’s boyfriend is not who he says he is, thus he’s hiding a pretty massive secret from Castle and Beckett in this scene, hence the symbolic use of the half light / half shadow lighting on his face.
Also, and this one is something they do a lot of on Castle but sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes it’s subtle (as it was this time), but they threw in a very clear shot of the guy’s school ring, a clue that would come into play down the line in the episode. When Beckett handed him the sketch of their suspect, he reached out to accept it from her. Normally, we’d just see her hand it to him and him accept it, like in a wider shot of them both or through medium / close up shots on each of them from alternate angles. In this case, though, they took a few seconds to add in a short shot of a close-up of his hands as he took the sketch from Beckett. It was subtle, much more subtle than the shot of the chewing tobacco in “Secret Santa”, but it was still an otherwise unnecessary shot, unless that ring that we see so prevalent in the shot was being shown to us for a reason. A close-up shot like that could take as much as an hour or so to set up to shoot, along with extra film, thus equating on spending extra time and money on something that would be completely unnecessary. The very fact that they’d go and shoot it and have it edited into the episode means that it’s there for a very necessary and specific reason.
There are typically a lot of clues strung about in the opening act of any Castle episode, and we typically also meet the killer in this act (though we never find out until much later on that they’re the killer)… as we’re about to see in the next scene… so sometimes you’ll notice a tiny little detail in these early scenes that will ultimately set up a clue or even a case-breaking element later on in the episode.
Moving on, we see Ryan and Esposito arrive at the gorgeous Scarsdale house that the address the victim had in her hands led them to. You know, I still can’t figure out why the killer, who we are about to meet in this scene, wouldn’t have taken that piece of paper out of Michelle’s hands after she killed her. Really, you left a piece of evidence at a crime scene that led the police right to your door?!? Even if she believed that the police would never link her to the crime, why would she take the risk of them ever even coming to her door?!? To me, that didn’t make a lot of sense, but it worked for the storyline so I just let it slide. Lol.
I love this quick conversation that Ryan and Esposito have outside of the house when Ryan makes a joke about how Esposito would probably run the minute anything got serious between him and his “dream woman”. Looking back, I don’t think Esposito ever actually told Ryan the full story behind his breakup with Lanie. He told him that they broke up and gave a brief explanation for it, but he never really admitted whether he did the breaking up or if that was all on Lanie. We know they seemed to be in different places in their relationship and wanted different things at that point, but we (and Ryan) never really learned who was on which side of that argument.
We did, however, get a number of clues since that point that seemed to indicate that Lanie was the one who didn’t want to get that serious and ended it, while Esposito was looking for more from their relationship. That was confirmed with the way that Esposito reacted to Ryan’s jokes in this episode, or at least that’s how I saw it. This left me wondering if we’re going to see the truth about their breakup come out soon, or if we’re going to see Esposito make a push to find himself a serious relationship elsewhere. With Ryan and Jenny married and trying to start a family, and Castle and Beckett now together and totally committed to staying that way, Esposito is kind of the odd man out on his team. He’s the bachelor without any other bachelors to hang out with. A pilot without his wingman. So will this spark that desire in him to find someone to settle down with? And if Lanie doesn’t want that, will he look elsewhere now? I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to see some of these elements begin to play out on the show down the line this season, and that this exchange between Ryan and Espo was just a little nudge to get that ball rolling.
Back to the scene… we get some more case-related stuff as Ryan and Espo do some questioning and then we’re back at the precinct with Castle and Beckett. Castle arrives as Beckett is on the phone with the boys, and she notices him walking in just in time for her to throw in a very sarcastic line about how men do stupid things when it comes to their ex-wives. Yes, this does somewhat relate to their case, but she ultimately says that entirely for Castle’s benefit and, I think, never would have said it had she not seen him walking in. Hilarious.
Castle, of course, has come into the break room with the resolve to go ahead and “take care of” the Meredith issue, so he originally has a bounce in his step as he’s ready to tell Kate that he’s going to man up. But then he hears her sarcastic remark and he loses a bit of that self-confidence. Classic. He clearly had a speech all prepared and now he’s been thrown for a loop so he does his best to regroup and come up with a new speech. But, like I said before, Castle’s not as good on his feet when it comes to dealing with women, least of all someone like Kate Beckett.
I love how he offers to get her espresso / coffee for her and she tells him she will just do it herself. She’s not even really that mad at him but she knows he’s fumbling around to try to figure out how to apologize to her so she has some fun with him just to make him squirm a little more. And squirm he does. Lol. But he eventually manages to apologize, though rather weakly, and tells her that he’s going to take care of the situation properly, acknowledging that he didn’t handle it very well to begin with.
It’s hilarious how he tries to be all tough and manly as he says “take care of it” and you can see Kate struggling not to laugh at him. So cute, aren’t they? Lanie calls and Beckett says Lanie has something for them but Castle tells her to go ahead and see Lanie herself as he’s going to go take care of the Meredith situation, again trying to be all manly and suave about it and really not doing a very good job of it. But he’s trying, and you have to love him for trying. Kate certainly does.
Now we cut to Kate’s visit with Lanie. We obviously jump in just after she’s arrived, likely with Lanie asking where Castle is and Beckett explaining that he’s gone to take care of the Meredith situation, which prompts Lanie to jump in with “No, YOU need to take care of it.” So here’s the deal… I adore Lanie and I think she’s a wonderful friend to Kate, but this is some horrible advice!! This is the advice of a high-school-aged girl who is telling her high-school-aged friend to go pick a fight with the school skank because she’s made it clear that she’s going after the girl’s boyfriend. This is not the advice that Lanie should have given to Kate, especially when Kate is actually already doing the right thing here. She’s secure in her relationship, she trusts Castle completely, and she knows that Meredith poses no threat to them whatsoever. Yes, she’s annoyed by the woman’s presence and she’d rather not be cohabitating with her, but she knows that it’s not her place to say anything and she knows that making an issue of this will only make her look jealous and insecure.
I love that Kate shrugs off what Lanie is trying to tell, her, though, and while Lanie does well to plant those seeds of doubt in Kate’s mind, seeds that will soon start to grow bigger with a few other things that happen throughout the episode, Kate just stays strong in her belief that she’s doing the right thing and handling this situation the proper way.
On an unrelated note, they should really give Tamala a good set of heels to wear when she’s doing a scene with Stana and they’re both standing up… look at the height difference between the two! It’s crazy!! You can especially see it when they show them standing across from each other and you can use the window frame in the background as a guide to how tall they each are in comparison. Tamala makes it to the frame itself while Stana is quite a ways over it. Hilarious. I’ve never really noticed that before, but these two don’t do a lot of scenes that are staged in this way, so I guess I’ve never really been able to compare their heights before. Lol.
Moving on… we get more case-related stuff to round out the rest of this act, so my addition to the SxS ends here, as I’ll just talk about the non-case stuff to move it along.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 10, 2013 19:24:41 GMT -5
Moving on to Act Two / the second set of scenes, which will include:
- Castle attempting to get Meredith to leave (unsuccessfully, of course) - Castle breaking the news to Beckett that he didn't succeed and then them discussing the case with Ryan presenting the blood evidence that Lanie found that leads them to Samantha Voss - Castle and Beckett questioning Samantha in that great War Of The Roses - type scene - Back at the precinct where they talk more about the case while Ryan and Espo give Castle some relationship advice after finding out about the Meredith situation - Castle makes plans to take Kate to the Four Seasons but she turns him down so as not to run away from their Meredith issue. After some more case stuff, they call it a night and head back to the loft
So those are the scenes in this next set. If you have thoughts you'd like to share, please come on over and post whatever you want. We'll move on to the next set in the morning and then the next set tomorrow evening. We need to push this along, folks, but if you have thoughts you want to share at any time, on any set of scenes, even if you've missed when we were on that specific set of scenes, just jump on it and share your thoughts.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 11, 2013 4:20:49 GMT -5
Okay, so I haven't seen any posts yet for this second act but I'm going to post mine now and we'll move on to the next act tomorrow morning or afternoon, whenever I get a chance to start it off with a list of the scenes we'll be discussing in that section.
If any of you have any thoughts to share about this second act, you can still post them whenever you want. I just want to get the SxS moving along here so we can have it wrapped up before Monday's new episode. But you can always add to it whenever you want, so don't be shy and jump in with whatever you want to share about this episode!!
We return to the loft as Castle arrives, walking in like a man on a mission, set on “taking care of” this sticky Meredith situation. But, as most women do to Castle, she is easily able to see what he’s trying to do and works her magic to make his plan crumble. She plays every possible angle here; showing him appreciation, praising him and Beckett for being so mature about this situation, and then admitting that she’s been a terrible mother and playing it up that she just wants to be there for Alexis and is so thankful that Castle is letting her do that. She’s actually quite brilliant, and Darby plays this scene so perfectly, and even though it’s fairly obvious what she’s doing, Castle isn’t going to call her out on it. Nor does she really let him, as he can’t get a word in edgewise and we know he’s not the type to really put his foot down and be blunt and forceful. Instead, he resigns himself to failure in his mission and, instead, starts to ponder how to break this news to Kate.
Right on cue, we cut to Beckett at the precinct with Castle walking in, trying to look nonchalant and as if he was hoping Beckett would have forgotten about where he was and what he was supposed to do. Of course, Kate presses him with a simple “well?” and his response of “well what?” is all she needs to know… he didn’t take care of the situation at all. She shoots him a disapproving look and Castle tries to change the subject, with Beckett giving him her best attempt at a cold response, even though we know she’s more so annoyed than she is angry.
Ryan comes in and offers a new theory that Michelle may have been murdered by one of her own clients, a now-ex-wife that actually lost her case because of Michelle and was clearly upset about that. I love Kate’s sarcastic quip here, making a clever remark of “Oh wow, troublesome ex-wife, imagine that.” Castle clearly reacts as he should, feeling even more guilty about his failure to handle Meredith properly, while Ryan picks up on the comment as well but gives them a very confused look, trying to figure out what her comment could have meant. He’ll know soon enough
Some new evidence brings Castle and Beckett to Samantha Voss' home, or at least the home she will be leaving soon thanks to Michelle botching her case. This scene was absolutely hilarious and so brilliantly played by Nancy Lee Grahn. Man, was she ever great in this scene, and all I could think was how fantastic that scene must have been to shoot. Lol.
I love how Beckett is so unbelievably stunned by Samantha’s actions and all she and Castle can do is look on in horror as this woman walked around destroying everything she could get her hands on, as if she really didn’t even know what to do or if she could do anything. I mean, she’s a cop, but is this something she’s legally able to put a stop to? It’s funny because we had already seen Castle’s “deer in the headlights” moment when Meredith arrived and now we get Beckett in that same situation when she doesn’t quite know how to exert her own authority and control what’s going on.
The part where Samantha is slowly and casually pushing the circular vase off of the stand with her finger as Castle looked on in horror was just hilarious and so perfectly played. I wonder if he was thinking, “at least THIS didn’t happen after either of my divorces.” Lol.
And then, when Walter walks in and he and Samantha have that hilarious exchange between them where he calls her a bitch and she returns with the incredibly funny, “No dear, the bitch is the skank who paid to have sex with you”, all while Castle and Beckett just look, completely stunned and dumbfounded, back and forth in complete unison between the two as they exchange barbs. Oh my gosh, it was such a fantastically blocked scene and I was really sad that I didn’t have the time or space to write about this scene in my review. I had it in the original but I eventually had to cut it because it didn’t quite flow with the rest of the piece I had going and kind of got in the way of that flow.
Anyway, I also loved the way that they cut between this scene and the next with Walter and Samantha picking up pieces of art that belong to the other and holding them over their heads as if to challenge each other, and Beckett frantically warns them that the next one who breaks anything is going to be arrested. The two look at each other with this hilarious look and the next thing we see is the two of them coming out of the precinct elevator, in custody, clearly letting us know what happened next in that previous scene. Hilarious. I loved the set up and the payoff here and it made for a great transition from one scene to the next as well. Brilliant.
So now we’re back at the precinct with our fab four for what is another of my favourite moments and another hilarious one at that. Prompted by the bickering exes, Esposito asks Castle if things had ever gotten that bad with either of his ex-wives and Castle smiles and responds that both of his divorces were amicable. First off, we know this isn’t really true, though he did seem to forgive both Meredith and Gina and end up, in some way, involved with them later on. I mean, Meredith cheated on him and ran out on him and his daughter. I’m sure that left Castle with some anger and sadness both for him and for Alexis as well, and cheating usually doesn’t led to an amicable divorce. And with Gina, the series began clearly not that long after their divorce, with Castle and Gina exchanging some pretty heated barbs back and forth at his launch party for “Storm Falls”. Again, definitely not a sign of an amicable divorce. So here’s a sign of Castle hiding something about his past and his feelings, as he’s trying to make it sound like things ended peacefully in both of his marriages when that’s not the case at all.
I love how Beckett throws out another really sarcastic and hilarious little quip, simply saying “a little too amicable.” This is the third quip she’s thrown his way regarding his ex-wives and Ryan and Esposito both take notice this time. I love how they both turn and look at Castle with that questioning look, again completely in unison. When he tries to change the subject and succeeds, getting Beckett back into talking about the case, Ryan and Esposito turn their questioning look back to Beckett, and then (hilariously) back to Castle again after Beckett leaves. This was so much like how Castle and Beckett simultaneously looked back and forth between Walter and Samantha in the previous scene and it was really just a perfect little mirror.
It was also something that prompted Castle to take notice, quickly succumbing to their questioning stares and prying comments and telling them what was going on between him and Beckett. Of course, he lays it all out for them as if it’s nothing, carefully keeping an eye out to make sure he kept watch for Beckett in case she returned in the middle of their conversation.
I love how Castle stalls when Ryan assumes that he told Meredith she couldn’t stay with them when she asked and just looks at the two of them with that “you think I’m wrong too?” look, as if he had been expecting the guys to side with him or understand his dilemma rather than siding with Beckett and vindicating her for being upset with him. I also love how they tell him that he’s walking along the edge of a very steep cliff and then they warn him of what could happen if he takes the wrong step, with Ryan making a falling-sounding whistle while he and Esposito both demonstrate Castle falling off that cliff with their hands. Hilarious. And actually really hard to describe in written form… lol.
Beckett returns and the guys all freeze, trying to act normal to hide their conversation. She doesn’t really notice, though she does have a bit of a questioning look on her face, so maybe she knew something was up. Either way, she had uncovered some new evidence and sent the guys away to go pick up their newest suspect. Hilariously, as Ryan and Esposito turned to walk away, Ryan repeated the whistle sound and hand gesture to remind Castle, again, of the dangerous cliff that he’s walking along the edge of, with Beckett staring, confused, as Castle looked at Ryan and then Beckett, so obviously horrified.
We cut to the precinct a little later on and see Castle making plans to have some champagne and strawberries sent up somewhere, presumably a hotel of some sort. We learn quickly that he’s devised a new plan for how to fix this Meredith situation and we can already tell that he’s quite proud of himself as he comes out of hiding and joins Beckett, clearly not interested in what she’s actually saying because he can’t wait to tell her his seemingly genius plan.
The first chance he gets, he offers to continue their conversation in the Jacuzzi in the Ambassador Suite that he just booked for them at The Four Seasons hotel. He’s clearly very impressed with his idea and under the impression that Kate will be as well, but she looks at him, puzzled and somewhat frustrated as she asks him why he would book them a room at a hotel. Castle replies that her place is still being fumigated and his place is being overrun by redheads so he thought it would be nice for them to get away for the night and enjoy some freedom. Beckett is clearly unimpressed.
Now, I’m sure some people will understand her reaction and others will be thinking, “why wouldn’t she jump at this idea?” and I have a rather simple answer to that question… because he booked that hotel for completely the wrong reasons. Had Castle booked them a romantic suite with her having a day or two off and proved that he just wanted to give her a nice night away from everything else and enjoy some private time together, she probably would have gone for it. But the truth is that he booked that suite as a way to avoid the problem he had created. He couldn’t get rid of Meredith from the loft, so his next option was to get rid of the loft itself and have him and Kate stay somewhere else. It is a logical solution, yes, and I completely love that Castle is at least trying to remedy this situation and come up with solutions. But, at the end of the day, there was a very simple and very proper solution that he had two opportunities to run with and he failed both times. So yeah, Kate’s not about to let him off the hook so easily and let him run away from this problem. She’s going to make him face this issue head-on, just as she feels she’s been forced to face it head-on as well. At the end of the day, if Castle is always given free reign to take the easy way out when he makes a mistake, rather than dealing with the consequences or (better yet) fixing those mistakes properly, he’s never going to learn his lesson. So I think what Kate does here is 100% on the ball.
Ryan and Esposito interrupt momentarily to let Castle and Beckett know that their suspect doesn’t exist. He’s used a fake name and has now apparently fled with no way of tracking him down. Castle offers the idea that they can track him down based on that ring he was wearing when they first questioned him… yes, that subtle yet clever little clue that they dropped earlier in the episode. Castle and Beckett work together to remember the details of that ring, eventually leading Ryan to figure out that it’s a ring from the University of New York (not to be confused with New York University, or NYU). I love how Esposito offers the theory that maybe it was just part of the guy’s cover story and Castle bursts out laughing, asking why anyone would use the University of New York as part of their cover story and not a better school, catching himself when he notices the look on Espo’s face and realizes he just insulted the guy’s college. Ooops. Yes, Castle, you can now remove the foot from your mouth… he’s not having a good day, is he? Lol.
Beckett figures they can find out who their suspect really is by looking at yearbooks from a specific time period (based on the age range they thought he was in) and asks Ryan and Espo to get the yearbooks. But it’s already late and the university is not close by, so the two tell her that they’ll get it first thing in the morning instead. The two detectives make their exit and leave Castle and Beckett to carry on the conversation they were having earlier.
Castle looks at Beckett and smiles and she responds with a very strong, “No.” Of course, Castle replies with an “I’m playing dumb” response of “no what?”, which seems to be an ongoing response from him in this episode, as he repeats similar responses throughout the entire episode. We’re just twenty minutes in and he’s already done this three times. Lol.
Beckett lays it all out there for him, refusing to take him up on his offer to go to the hotel. She explains that they shouldn’t be forced to go to a hotel because it’s Meredith who shouldn’t be at the loft and should have been forced to go to a hotel instead. Castle tries to explain himself again, lamenting that he did try but it means so much for Meredith to be there to take care of Alexis and he would feel horrible kicking her out and sending her to a hotel. Of course, Beckett reminds him that he just tried to get her to go to a hotel and he stammers for a response. Now, there is definitely a difference between Castle offering to take Kate to a hotel with him to spend some time alone together and him shipping Meredith off to a hotel on her own. Not that it wouldn’t be the right thing to do, but there is still definitely a difference.
But Beckett’s point is pretty clear… she’s not letting Castle run away from a problem that he created. And honestly, I really applaud her for that. How many times have we heard him tell her, “I’ll make this up to you?” Yes, it’s adorable when he does that but he really shouldn’t have to make stuff up to her in the first place. Heck, he even offered to buy her a pony way back when to make something up to her. He needs to learn that he can’t run away and hide from his problems or his mistakes and that he can’t buy his way out of them either. I love that Beckett stands her ground here, as much as I’m sure she’d rather be spending the night with him at The Four Seasons, just to prove that point to him and force him to face the music and deal with the consequences of his actions… or inactions, I guess…
And, of course, we get the fabulous line… “Button up, Kitten, we’re going home.”
Not only have we been waiting ages for Kate to call Castle “Kitten”, but it’s also so great that she says it to him in a situation where he really can’t get mad at her for calling him that. Remember how he warned her never to call him Kitten? Well, really, what’s he going to do about it in this situation? Lol. He can’t call her out for it or get mad at her for it or try to get back at her for saying it because he’s already way back in that doghouse already and he knows well enough not to make matters worse. So he just has to grin and bear it and endure whatever Beckett wants to throw his way to let him have it. Whether it’s her sarcastic quips or her calling him Kitten, Castle knows he just has to let her have her fun because she deserves that opportunity.
What I also really, really, really loved about this line is that she refers to the loft as “home”. So cute. And it wasn’t even something that she really had to think about and not something she seemed to realize afterward, which shows how natural and comfortable those words were for her to say. Speaking from personal experience, this is a really key line and moment in terms of their relationship. Once you can refer to your significant others’ house/apartment as your home, you’re clearly in a place where you feel comfortable there and feel that it’s where you belong, even if you still have your own house/apartment and even if you still refer to that as “home” as well. At the end of the day, home truly is where the heart is, and that sentiment is exactly what Beckett feels right now. Castle’s loft is where he is, where they are together, and in that vein, it is home to her. Brilliant.
And that brings us to the end of this act. I’ll post up the new set of scenes tomorrow morning or afternoon and you folks can either jump in to those ones or come back to these ones to discuss them.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 11, 2013 13:09:42 GMT -5
On to the next...
Here's the next set of scenes that we'll be discussing: - The first morning at Castle's loft. Meredith prances around in her underwear and one-ups Kate with the use of a little nutmeg. - At the precinct, Castle and Beckett spar over the Meredith situation and Beckett finds out the identity of their suspect - Castle, Beckett, and Esposito theorize together after getting some new evidence about their suspect - Ryan and Esposito track down the shady lawyer that had paid their suspect to do some shady work for his firm and get rejected by the smart and smarmy lawyer - Ryan presents some new evidence that he learned while looking into the law firm's cases and they find a new suspect; Billy Pipper (Jack Wagner)
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 11, 2013 18:25:48 GMT -5
Well, this has somehow turned into a personal SxS between yesterday and today. Lol. Where did our group go?? Where are all of the other posters?? I know you all have thoughts to share... Bueller??
I'd like to move this along so we can get to our last two acts tomorrow and then have Sunday and Monday to collect any additional thoughts or insights from all of you, so I'm going to post my take on Act Three and move on to Act Four after that, with Acts Five and Six being addressed tomorrow.
If any of you have any thoughts you want to add or repeat or share in any way about any of the scenes we've touched on so far, please jump in whenever you want!! I feel like I'm talking to myself here and it's a little unnerving... lol.
With that said, here's my take on Act Three:
We pick up the next morning with Beckett already awake and dressed and seeming very comfortable in Castle’s kitchen as she makes herself and Castle some coffee to start their day. Clearly, they’ve survived their first night with Meredith without incident and, perhaps, Kate is feeling okay about their situation at this point because of that.
I love that she’s preparing their coffees, something we’ve seen her do much more this season, showing that she’s taking the lead and retuning the favour to Castle, especially being that she seems the type to start her day off earlier than Castle and she wants to have his coffee ready for him when he first wakes up.
But her plans are thwarted and the situation with Meredith takes an interesting turn when the ex-wife saunters down the stairs in her underwear, immediately making Beckett uncomfortable. It gets worse when Meredith asks if she can have a cup of the coffee Beckett was making for her and Castle, and even though there’s plenty to go around, Beckett is obviously unnerved by having to share.
I love how Beckett mutters under her breath that she was making that coffee for Castle but then does her best to put a fake smile on her face and offers a cup to Meredith. She’s trying to make the best of a difficult situation and play nice with Castle’s ex, something that is always a very tough challenge. Beckett asks how Alexis is doing, genuine in her comment this time, and Meredith responds with what is the absolute worst comment possible, explaining that since Alexis has mono, she’s been such a bore. Horrible. Even if it’s true. Still horrible.
I love how Beckett isn’t even really listening to Meredith, more fixated on the fact that Meredith is prancing around in just her underwear and a t-shirt, stretching her long legs out across the stools on the other side of the counter. Hilarious.
The blocking here is really great too, with Beckett on one side of the counter and Meredith on the other. Beckett dressed all proper while Meredith is scantily dressed. Beckett standing up straight with Meredith just lazing out. It really illustrates that these two are polar opposites and very much on opposite sides of the fence right now. This becomes even more symbolic when juxtaposed with some later blocking… more on that when we get there.
Meredith then jumps into awkward ex territory by starting a conversation about Castle and Beckett’s relationship. All she says is “So, you and Rick?” but it’s clearly the start of what could have been a very interesting conversation. And I love that Beckett replies with a very awkward “Yes, me and Rick” but has this funny tone in her voice when she calls him “Rick”. To her, Castle is Castle. She calls him Rick and does so in this episode twice, but mainly because that’s how Meredith refers to him (aside from calling him “Kitten” of course). I love that extra emphasis on his real name and the tone she uses, as if it’s weird for her to call him that.
I know a lot of people want to see her call Castle “Rick” more often, like Castle calls her “Kate” now, but I really do adore the fact that she keeps calling him “Castle” instead in most situations. That’s just who he is to her. He’s always wanted to call her Kate and has tried to do so in many past situations before they were together but unless it was in a moment where calling her by her first name was warranted, she was never very receptive to it. So him calling her Kate now more often than not is something that makes sense. But her calling him Rick, in my opinion, is not something she was ever really interested in doing. She’s only done so a handful of times, mostly when she wants to get his attention or they’re having a very personal conversation. So I like that she still refers to him as Castle instead of Rick more often than not. It’s just who he is to her, who he’s always been to her, and who she’s always wanted him to be to her. So yeah, I love that it almost seems awkward or strange to refer to him as Rick, yet she does so because that’s how Meredith refers to him.
Speaking of Rick, in he comes, right on cue, and I love that Beckett immediately comments that Meredith should put some pants on. Hilarious. And Meredith’s response that she doesn’t need to change because she’s not going anywhere is equally hilarious and, once again, perfectly illustrates how different these two women are. I mean, Beckett got completely dressed before she even went into the kitchen to make herself and Castle a coffee, in a place where she refers to as “home”, yet here’s Meredith just prancing around in front of everyone in a place that is certainly not her home, completely and inappropriately wearing nothing but her underwear and t-shirt.
Also, even before Meredith knows that Castle is awake and about to join them, she’s already starting to prepare his coffee for him with that hint of nutmeg in it. Meanwhile, Castle comes around the corner and notices this rather awkward scene, immediately waking up and becoming his adorable fumbling self when he sees his ex-wife and his girlfriend clearly in the midst of a morning conversation.
He asks what’s going on, with quite the concerned tone in his voice, maybe worried that these two were in the middle of a catfight. But Meredith plays it all laid-back and tells him they were just making coffee, offering the one that she’s “prepared” for him (even though Beckett was the one who made it). Beckett reacts immediately, looking disappointed because she had taken the time to go and make his coffee for him and in swoops Meredith to take the credit for it. I don’t think Beckett is a petty person at all, but this is still bound to bother her just a tad, and certainly enough that we can read that all over her face.
To add insult to injury, Castle tastes the coffee and immediately enjoys his little surprise, knowing that Meredith has added nutmeg to it like she always used to. As the former husband and wife reminisce about this memory, Beckett looks like she’s just been punched in the stomach, something that worsens when Castle seems to enjoy that coffee just a bit too much. Important lesson for all men… even if you like something someone else makes you more than you like what your wife or girlfriend made you, NEVER let her know that. Lol.
I love Beckett’s comment here when Meredith asks if she’d like to try some of the nutmeg coffee and she dryly replies, “No thanks, I think I’ve had enough ‘kick’ for one morning.” Hilarious and absolutely brilliantly layered meaning here. Love it. Yes, Kate has endured one kick to the gut after another in this short yet incredibly trying morning, and she definitely lets it be known, even though she hides it well behind that sarcastic line and fake smile.
I also love that Castle, despite his missing her “look” earlier in the episode, totally understands the depth of her comment and totally reads her look now with complete accuracy. He knows that she’s upset and annoyed and now feeling very uncomfortable and rather unimpressed with him, even more so than she did before, especially after she tells him that she’s going to work and gives him an extra look to emphasize why she’s leaving without him. The look on his face as he realizes that he’s now dug his whole deeper and is actually in a whole underneath the doghouse is just priceless. Brilliant scene.
Of course, Meredith has a look of satisfaction on her face and seems to be quite content with her work. However, despite the popular opinion that she did all of this to dig at Kate and is smiling because she succeeded, I think she’s more so smiling because she gave Kate this pretty massive test and Kate did well to pass it. She didn’t engage with Meredith, she didn’t act like the catty and jealous girlfriend, and she also didn’t let Castle off the hook for his mistakes in how he handled himself here. Nope, she stood her ground, tried to play nice, and then made sure he knew that she wasn’t impressed, all things that I’m sure Meredith would approve of herself being the strong-willed woman that she is. So I don’t think that smile was as much a smile of being proud of manipulating the situation, rather that it was a smile that Kate was definitely who she was hoping she’d be, something that earned Meredith’s attention and respect and, ultimately, led to her wanting to make plans with Kate and actually get to know her better.
We cut to the precinct a little while later. Kate is there, pouring over the University of New York yearbooks to try to find their suspect, which she’s likely been doing since she got to the precinct. Castle walks in, likely having prepared a brilliant speech for Kate to get her to not be upset with him or with Meredith and to attempt to make amends for what happened earlier that morning.
He walks in, takes a deep breath, and starts his speech. Of course, Beckett isn’t in the mood for this and she takes acceptation (and rightfully so) to Castle trying to take the heat off of Meredith instead of actually apologizing for putting her in that situation in the first place. To make matters worse, Beckett gives him a sarcastic response and he totally doesn’t pick on her sarcasm. Not good. You already missed “the look” and got yourself into this mess, now you don’t pick up on her sarcasm and assume that she’s not actually mad even though she abruptly stormed out of your place without you just a short while ago?? Not good. Lol.
When Castle remarks with surprise that Beckett’s not mad, she throws back a string of other sarcastic responses, some of which reveal that there are some doubts about how well she knows him (important set-up for later) and that she’s troubled because his ex-wife seems so comfortable in his home and knows so much about him and knows things that she doesn’t even know. Now, the proper response here from Castle would be to sincerely tell Kate that she knows more than anyone else outside of his family knows about him and that whatever she doesn’t know yet, she’ll learn as they go, just as he’ll learn more about her as they go. He and Meredith were married for a time, so of course she’s going to know some things about him that Kate hasn’t discovered yet, some of which are irrelevant and some of which she’ll come to learn about him as they share more personal time together. I mean, really, when you live with someone, you learn a heck of a lot about them that you didn’t know before, no matter how long you were with them before that. He should have also made it clear that she didn’t know about the nutmeg thing because it wasn’t something he really cared about anymore and that he loves the coffee she makes for him more than any other he’s had because it comes from her. Period. End of story. I hope the guys out there are taking notes
But no, Castle does not go the proper route here and, instead, starts veering the car right over the edge of that cliff… by making a comment about how this is exactly why he wanted them to stay at the hotel instead, pretty much putting the blame for the morning’s awkward and argument-inducing events on Beckett for not going along with his plan the night before. Not good. Not good at all. I hope Castle’s got a parachute because he just jumped out of a plane with that one…
And yes, Beckett reacts exactly as she should react to this comment, though she’s much nicer about it than she should have been, calmly pointing out that none of this would have ever happened had Castle just manned up and said no to Meredith in the first place. Bingo. Now, Castle does well here to understand that point and to explain that he knows he’s wrong and that he made a mistake but he can’t change that and he is trying to make this work. He offers another solution, albeit not a very good one, and offers to send Meredith and Alexis to the hotel and hire a doctor there to help take care of Alexis. I love that he’s trying, even if he’s kind of grasping at straws now.
Of course, Beckett turns down his offer, explaining that she’s a big girl and can handle being in the same room as his ex-wife, again not willing to run away from this problem and not letting Castle buy his way out of this mess. She agrees to stay and Castle seems hopeful, but our lovely Kate Beckett isn’t letting him off the hook so easily, throwing in a sarcastic comment about how she’ll just sit back and watch as Meredith parades around half naked, which, really is something that Castle probably should have manned up and told her off about too, but who’s counting (aside from Beckett…)?
And Castle, who has already completely lost his way in what was supposed to be his big speech to gain Beckett’s forgiveness, makes matters worse by lamenting that he can’t win no matter what he does. Yup, that’s right, Rick, you can’t win. You started this problem and nobody’s going to let you take the easy way out. Too bad. Lol. Beckett, of course, lets him have it with that comment, throwing it back at him that this situation is not all about him. Cue frustrated and fumbling Castle, completely unable to form his next great comeback as he’s now totally flustered and thrown off by Beckett’s quick-witted and sarcastic replies to everything he’s tried to say to make this right. At the end of the day, there’s only one thing he can say to end this argument and he eventually gets there…
“You’re right. You’re absolutely right” is what he finally utters after taking a deep breath and realizing that he can’t keep making excuses anymore because that’s not what Beckett is looking for. Give the man a prize, he’s finally figured it out! Lol.
And I love how Kate mouths a silent “thank you” with her back turned to him, rather content that her boyfriend finally figured out where he kept going wrong. At the beginning of the episode, Kate was completely upfront and blunt with him and it didn’t really do much good, so in this scene she went and used another tactic, sarcasm and constantly arguing back to anything he said or any excuse he made until he realized what he needed to say to make it right. And, thankfully, it worked.
But now that their argument is over and Castle has admitted the error of his ways, Kate is focused back on their case and just in time to come across what she’s been looking for; their suspect’s face and name in his college yearbook… they can now identify him as Noah Kesswood.
A short while later, back in the bullpen, Espo reports what he’s found out about their suspect and they talk theory, eventually coming up with a potential lead.
Ryan and Esposito head off to track down the lawyer who paid Noah for services they believe to be tracking down Michelle and potentially even killing her. This is mostly case-related so I won’t say much about it, but I do love these legally-intelligent characters who fight back against the cops, knowing their rights. I always love those scenes because it’s not what detectives like Ryan and Esposito are used to hearing. Typically, they go out there to find their suspect or question someone and they get that person to talk, one way or another. But when they go up against a lawyer who is well-versed in his rights and the rights of his firm, this lawyer stands their ground and gives Ryan and Espo nothing at all to go on, aside from making himself actually look guilty.
Well, that appearance of guilt in his strong stance leads Ryan to dig up some information on the lawyer’s firm, which ultimately gives them a connection that they believe they can run with. Their new suspect is Billy Piper, who we’ll meet after the commercial break.
With that, act three wraps up with another twist, as usual.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 11, 2013 18:31:01 GMT -5
Moving on to Act Four... this set of scenes includes:
- Castle and Beckett questioning Billy Piper in his home - Castle, Beckett, Ryan, and Espo discuss the case back at the precinct, Beckett gets a phone call from Meredith and gets invited to dinner with her, and Ryan and Espo convince Castle that this dinner is going to be his downfall - Castle tries to convince Beckett not to go to dinner and she teases him about it, then Espo gives them some more info about their suspect - Ryan and Espo track down their suspect and Espo goes all ninja assassin on him after he beats up on Ryan a bit
It's a quick set of scenes, mostly case related, so we'll move on to Act Five in the morning and then Act Six later tomorrow evening to wrap things up.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 11, 2013 22:57:56 GMT -5
Okay, so I have to head out now for the weekend so I'm going to throw my Act Four notes into the mix early.
I'll stop in tomorrow to put up the list of scenes in Act Five in the morning and then Act Six in the evening and I'll post my thoughts on both sometime between Sunday night and Monday evening to finish off my part of this SxS.
In the meantime, jump in and share your thoughts as well and let's get a good discussion going about this fantastic episode!!
We return with Castle and Beckett waiting for Billy Piper at his house, and while this scene is mostly case-related and I don’t have much to say about it, I will say that I adore Jack Wagner and almost didn’t even recognize him anymore. But he was fantastic in this scene, and very soap-opera-ish with his walking in with a drink and then refreshing his drink (apparently rich people just leave their good booze sitting out on various places in their house rather than keeping all of it together in a bar area… lol). I loved how we’re made to believe, just like everyone else, that Billy killed his wife. After all, it is a rather unbelievable story that he tells and he does seem unemotional about it.
I did love how Castle points out that when Billy was listing all of things he lost after his wife’s death, he didn’t actually mention his wife as one of the things he lost and Billy dryly responds, “she never was my favourite trophy.” Ouch. I love the look on both Castle’s face and Beckett’s face when he says this.
Moving on, Castle and Beckett are now back at the precinct in the breakroom, discussing the case and their latest suspect. Castle laments that they have no way of finding Noah, the key to their case, and Ryan and Esposito walk in with Esposito proudly stating that they do now.
I always love how they do this so often, with Castle or Beckett talking about what they don’t know or about a missing piece to their puzzle with either Ryan or Esposito coming in with exactly what they’re looking for, especially being that it seems rather ridiculous that Esposito, in this case, could even have heard Castle and Beckett talking when they were in the far corner of the room and Ryan and Esposito were walking outside of the room at the time. Either the precinct has some very interesting acoustics or the reality of this scene is a tad stretched. But it’s a classic television technique and it’s used a lot on the show, so we just come to accept it and appreciate it for its traditionalism, I guess. I just wanted to mention it because it always makes me laugh.
Ryan and Esposito present Beckett with some new evidence just as she gets a phone call, which she oddly answers without her usual “Beckett” greeting. Odd but maybe she saw the call display and saw it was a call from Castle’s loft and assumed it was Alexis or Martha?? I don’t know but it was kind of weird to hear her answer her phone “hello” instead of “Beckett”, especially while they’re working a case in the middle of the day.
Anyway, she realizes that it’s Meredith calling and is quick to assume that she’s calling for Castle. Which seems also kind of weird because why wouldn’t Meredith just call Castle’s phone to talk to him? I guess Beckett just went with gut reaction rather than logic in this case. Lol. She quickly learns, and seems stunned to learn, that Meredith actually wants to talk to her instead. As we get Beckett’s side of the clearly awkward conversation, we find out that Meredith has invited Beckett to go out for dinner with her.
I love how Ryan, Esposito, and Castle all stare at her with these questioning looks on their faces, as if trying to decipher what Beckett and Meredith are talking about. My favourite part of this is when Beckett looks at her watch, obviously trying to judge how much time she has before her dinner with Meredith, and Castle looks down at his as well, as if it would magically reveal to him what the two women were talking about. Hilarious.
When Beckett tells Castle what their conversation was about and reveals that she and Meredith are going to have dinner together, Ryan and Esposito exchange these fantastic “here we go” looks while Castle argues with her about why she said yes to Meredith’s invitation. I do love that Kate accepted Meredith’s invitation. Yes, this will be awkward for her to some degree and yes, she could be walking into a pretty big mess here, but she is trying to be mature and trying to be the bigger person and trying to make an effort to maybe even find common ground with, accept, and even like this woman who, whether she really likes it or not, will always be a part of Castle’s life and, thus, her life as well. If she has to tolerate Meredith coming into their lives every so often, she might as well try to find a way to enjoy that, right? Plus, it does give her another great opportunity to make Castle sweat it out for putting her in this position in the first place.
So she flat-out tells Castle that she couldn’t say no to Meredith any more than he could when she asked to stay at the loft and then bluntly tells him that if she had said no, she would have appeared insecure, which is true. I love that she puffs herself up after this and walks out with her head held high, as if trying to prove how secure she really is. Lol. And yet Castle is left there, absolutely in shock.
I love how he turns around and, horrified, asks Ryan and Esposito if this situation is as bad as it seems and they both wholeheartedly agree that it’s actually much worse. But Castle tries to be mature and secure and convinces himself that it’s just dinner, to which Ryan responds “just dinner between your ex-wife and your new girlfriend. That’s deadly.” Here’s where Ryan and Esposito take things too far in terms of the advice that they give to Castle, though it’s so highly entertaining for us that I really don’t mind. Lol. They tell him that he has two worlds and those worlds are colliding. I love how Espo drives that point home with a simple yet hilariously delivered “boom.”
Even still, Castle takes what they say with a grain of salt and decides that they’re overreacting, which is exactly what he should be thinking. I love that just as he turns around to leave, ignoring their brotherly advice, Espo reaches out and rather roughly pulls him back, not letting him walk away when they believe he’s about to fall over the edge. With a few key comments and another hilarious “boom”, the boys have Castle convinced that life as he knows it will be over if he lets Beckett go out for dinner with Meredith. Hilarious how quickly he’s gone from being mature to overreacting just as much as Ryan and Espo are.
On a quick note, I think it was great to see Ryan, Esposito, and Lanie all getting involved in Castle and Beckett’s relationship and giving them advice throughout the episode. After all, we know how invested all three of them have been in this relationship, even long before Castle and Beckett knew how they felt about each other, so it makes perfect sense that they’re going to get themselves involved in this relationship now and meddle from time to time, always with their opinions of what their friends should do in order to stick together and keep their relationship going. After all, none of these three wants to see Castle and Beckett break up, so they’re naturally going to try to do everything they can to help them preserve this relationship, even if they mess that up from time to time and end up making things worse. It’s just a sign of how much they care about their friends and it’s really fantastic to see that now.
Castle makes his way over to the murder board to try to convince Beckett not to go through with this dinner with Meredith and Beckett immediately finds amusement in his overreacting to these plans. We all know very few of our significant others would be okay with us having a private dinner with their exes, so Beckett picks up on Castle’s fears immediately and starts to have some fun with this. I love that she describes both her and Meredith as being women that he’s been intimate with so that when she tells him they’ll be comparing notes, she knows he’ll immediately go to that place in his head and get even more worried that they’re going to get very personal in their conversations. Of course, we know that’s not going to happen (awkward) but it’s also something that obviously worries Castle a great deal. Beckett has even more fun with it (and so do we!) when he asks her “what notes?” and she just glances down quickly at him, rather suggestively in fact, and then raises her eyebrow and waltzes away as we see this look of triumph on her face and a look of terror on his.
Beckett calls out to Espo and gets some more information on their suspect. I love that Espo calls back to that joke earlier in the episode where Castle unknowingly insulted the University of New York, unaware that Espo attended that college. Those wonderful little details that add so much to the episode. Brilliant. And hilarious, especially so this second time around now that there’s more payoff to that original set-up.
And I love that as Beckett walks away and Castle is left with Esposito, all Esposito has to say is “boom” and Castle is right back to fearing the worst again. Classic.
We cut to an exterior scene where Ryan and Esposito are waiting to bring Noah in for questioning, finally tracking him down, but he flees and they give chase. I love how we always see this sort of thing on cop shows… do these people REALLY think they’re going to escape the cops? Or that trying to escape them isn’t going to end up getting them in more trouble than they already were? And why do the cops always try to startle them and make a big deal out of them tracking them down rather than just slapping the cuffs on them from behind before they know they’re there, just to prevent them from running away in the first place? Yes, it makes for better TV this way, I know. Lol.
Anyways, I love how this guy, who we know is former military, ends up taking down Ryan (ouch) but then gets ninja-drop-kicked by Espo (double ouch), and I loved Ryan’s line to him… “Did that hurt as much as it looked? Good!” Awesome.
Again, we wrap up Act Four with a twist and a great little moment.
I have been told by many a married person that both husbands and wives become very good and recognizing THE LOOK when they are on the receiving end, especially the husbands.
It's not just THE LOOK. You can blindfold me and I can tell what Mrs. Java is thinking by the way she answers a question. She doesn't even have to get mad or raise her voice or make inflection changes, she just merely answers out of character and I know immediately that she's not happy.
And this is what puzzles me about Castle and Beckett. Throughout the series, whenever they're in a life or death situation, like in 5x08, "After Hours", when Beckett talks about baseball, or 5x05, "Probable Cause", when Castle talks about the Library, they can read each other's coded message but they couldn't do it with Meredith? Oh, come on!!! 5 seasons of finishing each other's sentences but Castle can't read Beckett in the kitchen while Meredith stands there with the proverbial dagger in the living room? Sheesh.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Jan 12, 2013 9:37:47 GMT -5
Okay, so we'll move on to Act Five now and then Act Six later this evening.
I'll check back in on Sunday night or Monday afternoon to add my thoughts.
Here are the set of scenes we're dealing with in Act Five:
- Beckett and Esposito question Noah - Noah convinces Beckett to buy him a soda so he can talk to her in private and not be recorded - Castle and Beckett discuss the case but it's getting late so they call it a night and Beckett goes to meet Meredith for dinner - Back at the loft, Castle paces and laments to Martha while waiting for Meredith and Kate to come back from dinner. Meredith and Kate come back from dinner, certainly chummy chummy, have a little fun with Castle, and then part ways - Castle and Beckett have a heart to heart in his room and Kate lets Castle off the hook about the whole situation. They kiss and make up and then get called away back to the precinct with some important news - Back at the precinct, Ryan fills Castle and Beckett in on his news that links good ol' Walter to the supposed murder of Leann Piper - In a quick scene, Beckett and Castle arrive at Walter's apartment to bring him in for questioning
Post by geezer2008 on Jan 12, 2013 17:19:33 GMT -5
Q, I think the "button up kitten" comment is now my all time favorite Castle show line. Kate was NOT going to let Rick weasel his way out of the shitstorm that he created. It was awesome. I thought Kate was amazing throughout this episode. She got caught between a rock and a hard place and dealt with it as best she could. Yes, she got manipulated by Meredith but so did everybody else. Meredith is a master at manipulating people and a true "B". I also caught Kate referring to the loft as home and thought YES. I felt Rick was a total tool throughout this episode and deserved everything that happened to him. I feel that him not manning up is going to be brought up again further along and it will bite him. His not opening up could be another hurdle. It's going to be a rocky ride in my opinion.
Back to the coffee and the nutmeg. Does Castle REALLY like his coffee that way, or did Meredith just make it that way when they were together? Maybe he just drank it to be polite.
Kate and Rick have had coffee together thousands of times and she has seen him make his own coffee as well. Has he ever put nutmeg in on his own? I doubt it or Kate would have known that fact about him. Is this something Meredith thought she knew about Castle, but didn't really know how he liked his coffee? Will this fact be something that Kate ponders about the various things she does not know about Rick?
Since the sharing of coffee has such significance in this show, I do wonder what you all think about this. Maybe he liked it in the past, but it isn't his preference now. Maybe he never liked it but tolerated it as that his how his former wife prepared the coffee. We have seen Kate make coffee for Castle more than once. Would he just accept the way that Kate makes it without saying what his preference is?