Of all the upcoming episodes that we were teased about, even before the season premiere had actually aired, there’s no denying that “Murder, He Wrote” was the one that we were most looking forward to. Castle and Beckett spending a romantic weekend in the Hamptons? Surely it sounded almost too good to be true! But last night lived up to all the hype and more, becoming an episode that will definitely be going down as an all-time fan favorite.
“Isn’t this exciting!”
“It’s just a weekend, Mother.”
“Dad, it’s your first romantic weekend away with Beckett. It’s a big deal.”
When the episode opens, Castle’s mother and daughter are actually suggesting ideas on what he can do in the Hamptons with Beckett, making it crystal clear that the pair has the approval of his side of the family. Martha has always been a shoe-in as a supporter, whereas Alexis at times seems she could go either way. Doesn’t look like she has any qualms at present though, what with her being so eager to help her father out in the romance department. This certainly bodes well for future interaction with the family that will inevitably be on the horizon, especially with that newly announced Christmas episode coming up in December.
“Is this how you interrogate people? ’cause you ain’t doing nothing but pissing me off.”
As far as their work family is concerned, Lanie isn’t dishing her thoughts, but has been giving off the vibe that she already knows, or at least has her suspicions, that Castle is the new man in Beckett’s life. The boys, on the other hand, are still hopelessly in the dark and completely clueless on who Beckett’s boyfriend is. As much fun as it was watching them use their spare time to investigate her relationship status in addition to helping Castle (and unwittingly, Beckett) solve the murder in the Hamptons, it felt a bit ridiculous that neither of them even thought of the possibility that Castle could be Beckett’s mystery beau. Instead, they cycle through Beckett’s ex-boyfriends — Josh, Demming, and even Sorenson — before Ryan finally goes super cop (which was hilarious) and gets everything out of Lerner during his interrogation. The best part about Ryan figuring it all out is that he does the exact opposite of what Beckett thought he would with the information. Whereas she predicted he’d blow everything out of proportion upon learning about their secret, Ryan instead respects their right to privacy and keeps quiet, even going so far as to steer Esposito away from investigating it further. This is tremendous growth on behalf of Ryan’s character, as you know he would have loved to dish everything to Esposito early on in the series and tease them relentlessly about it. He lets them sweat it out a little bit, but ultimately keeps it to himself. One thought remains though: will this come back to haunt him when Esposito realizes that Ryan knew all along and didn’t tell him?
“It’s just…I can’t help wondering how many other girls have gotten this tour.”
Things start out a little bit bumpy on the trip with Castle and Beckett, and not just because a dead man winds up in Castle’s pool, bringing an immediate halt to their first night’s activities and subsequently changing all of their plans for the weekend. Beckett is literally watching the seconds tick away on her computer at the precinct, and was so obviously happy to get out of New York City and run off with Castle for the weekend, but so quickly after their arrival you can tell that something is amiss. Within seconds, the smile is gone, and she hesitates during the tour of his home. Maybe she was thinking about that missed opportunity two years ago, or maybe she wasn’t, but her confession in the backyard definitely alludes again to her insecurity in this relationship, and to the feeling of being just another of the multitude of girls that have been in Castle’s life before her.
“Right. Well, I’m not gonna deny that I’ve brought other women up here. But…none of them were you.”
Just like in 5×02 though, Castle sets her mind completely at ease by being honest and saying exactly what she needed to hear. Yes, he’s brought other women to his home in the past, but it’s not the same. She’s different than them, and what they have is real. These two being open and honest about their feelings, and actually confronting their fears and insecurities by talking about it is promoting so much growth for them as characters. It’s not the first time Beckett’s felt this vulnerable and it definitely won’t be the last, either, but if these initial hurdles are any indication, they’ll be able get through the more difficult ones as well.
“Dead bodies, meth heads, mobsters…is that what you meant by a romantic weekend?”
“May I remind you that it was murder that brought us together in the first place?”
It really can’t be said enough that Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion are doing a phenomenal job portraying Castle and Beckett in a relationship this season. Their chemistry on-screen is absolutely on fire in every scene. Even with the case getting in the way, and the two of them interrupting each other’s advances in separate instances of the episode, you could just feel sparks flying between these two characters. Solving crime was always like their own special form of foreplay before they even got together and really, you can see how much the thrill of it all turns them on when they don’t have to hold back. That scene on the couch about thirty minutes into the episode is proof enough on that front, as the two of them start building theory and growing physically closer until finally it just explodes between them. Of course, it’s hilariously interrupted yet again, but you can’t even be upset about it once it’s more than made up for in the ending with a heated, candle-lit scene where they finally get that much awaited intimate moment alone together. Our lady cop with the bedroom voice turned up the heat and channeled a little bit of her alter-ego in the bedroom last night, and it was just so very, very sizzling hot.
“The weekend hadn’t turned out exactly as Detective Heat had imagined but now nothing, not even another murder on the beach, could stop her from getting exactly what she desired most.”
Remember back in the day when Kate Beckett loathed the thought of being Richard Castle’s muse, even going so far as to say that she’d break his legs should he ever refer to her as such again? Being the inspiration for Nikki Heat was once mortifying to her, and yet now we see a woman who not only loves to inspire the man she adores, but suggests her own literary ideas, and even talks about getting writer’s credit on her seductively proposed ending to a potential “Hamptons Heat” book. Talk about immense character growth and progression for these two.
Overall, this episode was one cleverly crafted adventure filled with romance, comedy, and twists in the case that kept us entertained and interested every step of the way. Chief Brady was your typical bumbling, inexperienced cop, but it was so fun to watch Castle and Beckett step on his toes a bit, get themselves arrested, and eventually walk him through his first homicide. Fans got a nod to Castle and Beckett’s ‘shipper name, “Caskett”, and all in all, “Murder, He Wrote” as a whole was just so completely satisfying between the little moments, like Beckett being mistaken as a hooker or cooking them dinner, and the big ones, such as the secret reveal, as well. It was everything I could personally hope for in a single episode, and reminded me of how enamored I was with “Cops and Robbers” after it aired last year. That episode may have finally found it’s rival in my heart, as I’m still reeling over this one.
Keep up the great work, “Castle” cast and crew. You guys are doing an amazing job, as always.
Remember, “Castle” is on hiatus next week due to the presidential debate and will return on Oct. 29 with episode 5×05 “Probable Cause”.
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