Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald
Elizabeth Davis
 Bill Roe
 ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m.
Original Telecast:
April 2, 2012

Now, I get it. The producers of CASTLE are busy throwing a massive monkey wrench into the whole Castle/Beckett couple thing to ratchet up the drama for the next six weeks so that they can have a massively explosive season finale/cliffhanger and they still won’t let Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) get together even after that because they’re still stuck in the whole relationship equals “happily ever after” nonsense which means they’d actually have to come up with some plausible mysteries for a change. Which is why we have “The Limey,” in this case Detective Inspector Colin Hunt (Brett Tucker) of Scotland Yard.

We first see Hunt searching the motel room and body of a dead young woman, then cut to Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones) and Beckett having a heart to heart about Beckett and Castle, of the “why the heck aren’t you telling him how you feel?” variety. It was kind of fun that Beckett is surprised that folks have figured out there’s a thing between the two of them.

Beckett, of course, doesn’t realize that Castle overheard her tell a suspect in the last episode, “47 Seconds” that she remembers his confession of love when she got shot during last year’s season finale. Castle, who is unquestionably acting like an idiot, has assumed that because Beckett told him she didn’t remember anything means that she doesn’t feel the same for him, and hence the distance between the two that is worrying Beckett.

But then there’s the call, and Castle comes roaring up to the crime scene in his sports car with a cute blonde flight attendant in tow. As mentioned previously, he is unquestionably acting like an idiot. But the investigation begins nonetheless and the man seen at the motel (whom we’ve already seen) turns out to be Hunt, who has come over from London to help the victim, an English model who has been acting very strangely since her boyfriend was murdered in Uganda a year or so before.

So, naturally, the investigation leads to a British diplomat and a fancy party, with Beckett in a really hot formal gown and Hunt all but drooling down her cleavage. The idea is to get the diplomat’s prints because they were able to lift a partial off the corpse, which Beckett does by stealing his business card case. Yes. That is illegal and probably wouldn’t stand up even long enough to cast aside said diplomat’s immunity, which apparently can be done when said diplomat is a murder suspect.

Which isn’t helped when it turns out that a clue left by the model is the number for a diplomatic pouch (or in this case, crate) and there’s a big discussion about how NYPD can’t legally touch it and still have the search count as evidence. But, gee, isn’t it cool that Hunt isn’t NYPD? I’m still not sure how his illegal search gets around that part of things, but what the heck. Turns out the diplomat is smuggling missiles into Uganda, which is why the model got killed.

Here’s the problem – when you’re inappropriately putting up barriers to the central relationship of the show (and the key word here is inappropriately), the rest of the show suffers. Yes, CASTLE‘s weakest part has always been the mystery. But when the friendship between Castle and Beckett is working and growing, you don’t care. The show is really about them. It’s not about what they’re investigating, except occasionally when that has an impact on them personally, such as in the ongoing story line about the murder of Beckett’s mother. This ridiculous and artificial thing currently going on doesn’t make sense, especially Castle’s buffoonish behavior with the latest Sweet Young Thing. Okay, there is some legitimacy to wondering whether the other feels the same, but having set things up the way they did with Beckett lying about what she remembered, this is pointless and annoying.

It’s fair enough to want something big for the season finale of CASTLE  – and certainly finally getting Beckett and Castle together would qualify. But given the friendship they set up, it could still be dramatic and fun without all this split them up angst that’s going on now.


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  2. I don’t think the powers to be know what the hell to do. this is about C & B that it they love each other and I think the fans are getting tired of this BS the Limey BFD a big zero her all dolled up we have seen her in better dresses on the red carpet and that part of the show was a bust I think Castle knowing what he knows is moving on and he is showing it being with the blonde in his mind she know he loves her and she isn’t responding so he’s moving on he’s hurt but he’s not going to show it. Now she is going to get even and goes out for a drink with the Limey and who knows what else. again this show is about C & B!!!!!on a scale of 10 I rate this show a 4!!

    Lyn Bockmiller
  3. OKay. It seems that I am not the only one who realizes that the producers of Castle are making a big mistake. They have turned what was a brillent piece of television viewing into a joke. I started watching this show because of its class, now class has taken a vacation and so will I. God-bye Castle.

  4. I really lie Castle but I get tired of these storylines where both characters act like high school kids, I know it’s only TV, but does anybody act this way if they care care about each other. The writers would be better off with stories where Castle and Beckett interact in a more credible manner

  5. I agree that The Limey episode was incredibly frustrating, but I don’t think enough episodes have passed to assert that what’s happening to Castle and Beckett is “inappropriate”. If it was going to go on for a whole season, or even half of one, absolutely. Consider the fact we’re only a handful of episodes away from the season finale. Sometimes these things are added to make the turnaround all the sweeter (or the conclusion all the more shocking, as the case may be).

    I wanted to punch Castle in this episode, absolutely. But just because things ARE doesn’t mean that’s the way they’re going to stay. You know, something like not counting your chickens before they’re hatched, blah blah blah.

    from an interview with the creator, Andrew Marlowe, on (asterisks at the pertinent section):

    “AM: You know, some of the spoilers we’re fine with. We do want people to watch, we do want people to be excited. We know that — or at least I know that I have to tease the two of them are going to put their cards on the table and confront things at the end of the season, because I think for our loyal fans, ***the next couple episodes could try their patience if they don’t know it’s leading to something.***”

  6. I became a Castle fan last season and purchased seasons 1 through 3. The show is creative but season 2 ended with a boyfriend for Kate. Give me a break. Season 3 started off well but the character of Castle began to weaken. Season 4 is quickly becoming a joke. The “Limey” was absolutely stupid and the characters of Castle and Kate are coming ridiculous. It’s almost like the writers don’t know what to write about anymore. Add on the fact that Castle is starting to look like an overweight kid. Come on!!! Get back to what made the show great and stop being afraid to allow the characters to GET TOGETHER!!

  7. I have enjoyed this show since episode #1, but they have teased us too long. It looks like Rick Castle has been teased too long as well. Who could blame him for moving on? Most guys would not have stuck it out that long. At this point, I just view them as platonic friends/partners who might have made a great couple at one time, but have just missed too many opportunities.


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