It's been three weeks since the last new episode of 'Castle' aired, so I was looking forward to watching and reviewing "A Dance with Death".
Luckily for me, I really don't have to review it.
Because I think I could copy and paste my review from the previous episode (4.17 -- Once Upon a Crime), and nobody would have even realized the difference.
Don't believe me? Just check out the first section from that review and tell me they don't almost 100 percent apply to this week's show:
The following is a list of things that happened during Monday's episode of 'Castle':
1. There was a crime
2. Beckett and Castle flirted
3. Castle's mother annoyed him
4. There was a twist in the case
5. Beckett and Castle got the wrong killer
6. Castle accidentally stumbled upon a clue to determine the real killer
7. Captain Gates was nowhere to be found
By now, perhaps you realize that I could use this intro as my review on almost every single Castle episode ever made.
This isn't a complaint on "Once Upon a Crime". It was a typical Castle episode, which means it was enjoyable-enough. The crime was interesting and provided some twists, Beckett and Castle were fun together as always and at the end of the episode I'm glad I watched it.
So basically, all that needs to be done is change "Once Upon a Crime" to "A Dance with Death". Castle and Beckett didn't really flirt at all, but whatever. This was essentially the same damn thing.
I won't lie and say that my laziness isn't a factor in this, but what else is there other than that to really review about this episode?
One original thing I can say is that I loved all the scenes between Ryan and Esposito. They don't get to do too much, but they are fun when they do.
RYAN:"Damn, you see that? She acted like I didn't exist."
ESPOSITO: "You don't, not since you put that ring on your finger. Get used to feeling invisible to single women."
"ESPOSITO: "Cause now you're all blissfully happy with your wife and whatnot. You have the stink of honeymoon phase all over you. No woman wants to be around that."
ESPOSITO: "What's wrong with you, man? Why do you gotta throw salt in my game like that?"
RYAN: "You can't pick up on hunnies while wearing the eternal symbol of my love and commitment to Jenny. ... Did I just say that out loud? ... No wonder why women won't flirt with me, I'm a lost cause -- a man in love with his wife."
ALEXIS: "All in all, I think there's ample evidence that Mr. Morton was murdered."
CASTLE: "Ample. Murdered. I am just so proud."
ALEXIS: "Dad, work. Boundaries."
--Is it just me, or are there a lot of murders backstage on this show? There was an episode with a murder at the set of a soap opera last season (3.18 -- One Life to Lose), and a backstage dog show murder earlier this season (4.13 -- An Embarrassment of Bitches). Creativity, people!
--"Well unless our killer used a silencer, someone must have heard a shot." I swear, that quote is used IN EVERY EPISODE OF EVERY CRIME SHOW.
--Ah, the obligatory first suspect with obvious motive and proof of them threatening to do EXACTLY what happened. That person is never guilty, people.
--Mrs. Winterbottom!!! How fitting, considering John Casey will be on Castle later this season. If you don't know what that sentence means, you should be ashamed of yourself.
--I love how gripped Beckett gets when Castle is telling her one of his crazy theories.
--So many contrivances. A man clever enough to get away with one murder gets busted for another because he put the gun in the dumpster behind his office? C'mon. Alexis discovering the natural cause of death was bogus, but a professional not seeing the obvious signs of a pillow being used. Eh.
THE SCORE: 74 out of 100
Whatever. Who cares what my score is, anyway?