I'm going to take a page out of the great Alan Sepinwall's playbook and do a "quick review" of this week's 'Castle'.
I'm doing this for three reasons: (1) I'm lazy. (2) Alan Sepinwall is the man and if he can do it, so can I. (3) How much is there really to say or analyze about a random episode that is essentially a filler stand-a-lone?
Is it just me or does it seem reality shows aren't just taking over TV, they are taking over our regular TV shows, too?. Seems like every procedural features a reality TV style murder episode. This one wasn't particularly noteworthy, either, featuring the lamest and worst murderer ever. She gets confronted by the cops, threatens to leave the interrogation, fumbles for her keys in her purse and when she can't find them -- she says the hell with it and confesses! What!? Pretty stupid.
It was inevitable that Laney and Esposito would get back together at some point, so I didn't really care about that storyline. Yawn. And holy crap, but they have no idea what to do with Detective Ryan anymore. That was embarrassing. I really used to like his character, but he's useless now. Kind of a shame, really.
The Castle-Beckett stuff was fine, nothing special. No way Gates would be that clueless, though. At least I don't think she would be. You guys agree or no?
One thing I really did enjoy was Beckett going crazy in the interrogation room, knocking over the table and flipping out. That was great.
QUOTES OF NOTE:
--MARTHA: "Boy I wish I had these reality shows in my day: no script, over-acting, screaming at everybody -- what a gig."
--CASTLE: "I can't feel my butt."
--CASTLE: "Bob?! And Penelope!? You two are back together?! Spoiler alert."
--CASTLE: "Looks like one of us did our homework."
--BECKETT: "Now take your clothes off, put them in the drawer -- and meet me in the bed."
--I'm not going to quote it, but I enjoyed Captain Gates' rant on the reality show when Beckett and Castle are watching a clip.
--The husband of Gina Torres' character was a sad sack of shit. No way he could have pulled her.
--Sadly, I can relate to how much fun Castle and Gates were having when they were discussing and debating the happenings of the reality show. I may or may not do that with my family and 'The Bachelor'. If anyone wants to talk that show with me, message me on Twitter (EliRosenswaike). I'm not kidding about this.
THE GRADE: C-