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Castle – Recap & Review – Limelight



Original Air Date: Jan 20, 2014

Brianna – TwoCents Reviewer

This week’s case revolves around the death of a Miley Cyrus-esque pop star, Mandy Sutton. The twist comes when they discover it was the body of Mandy’s double, Claire.

In the midst of it all, Beckett and Castle deal with the press, who are speculating Castle is reuniting with his ex-wife, and the return of Pi who is in need of a letter of recommendation from Castle…that obviously takes him forever to finish.

While initially, the case started off looking a bit like a slight derivative of an early season two episode, it quickly took a turn involving her double, her wrong side of the tracks ex-boyfriend (Little Rascals’ Bug Hall) and her mother. When the final reveal came in the phone of a misused burner phone and Mandy learned it was her mother, it was just so sad. The worst part was that she was trying to actively ruin her daughter’s attempt at getting out of it all.

While there were a few funny moments referring back to Castle’s blurb in the press with some good-natured ribbing from Ryan and Esposito (of course) and some funny lines about his ex-wives, there wasn’t much on that front. Most of it seems to have been focused on Alexis and Pi’s re-emergence bringing with them some development for her, including, what looked like a break up at the end, which let’s face it needed to happen.

Here are just a few of my favorite moments this week:

“What do you mean Aunt Theresa put it on her Facebook?” In one of the funny moments during the episode, Beckett’s trying to set things straight. Her having to tell her father that everything in the paper wasn’t true was entertaining to watch.

Alexis and Castle’s conversation in the break room was awkward but, in the funniest way. The way they had her talk about those glasses and how she eventually became a “hot mess” while she was in the room, was a funny way to introduce the two to each other.

The meltdown I’m pretty sure we all waited for. Mandy becomes Alexis’ temporary sound board about Pi and maybe jumping into things too quickly spawning the exchange, “we have a lease.” “That’s romantic.”

“I know, Castle. I like my privacy, but I do realize that you’re somewhat famous. And if we’re gonna be together, I have to come to terms with that. And, if there are going to write about you, I want it to be the truth. I want it to be us.” The way this storyline and relationship hurdle was resolved was nice and subtle, with Beckett putting the engagement announcement in the paper. It was great that there was a show of real growth there with the compromise that sadly wasn’t seen much last season.

Did the mother strike anyone as a bit of a nod to a certain attention-seeking matriarch of a popular reality family? Did you like the engagement announcement? And, how long did it take for you to notice a tatted up Alfalfa? Let me know your Two Cents!

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