Castle Recaplet: The (Massive) Luck of the Irish

NATHAN FILLION, JON HUERTAS, SEAMUS DEVER, JULIANA DEVERThis week on ABC’s Castle, Detective Ryan returned to being the (made) man he once was, while a bit of sleep-talking had Kate wondering who “Jordan” is/was to Rick.

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Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this episode, but there’s never any predicting if others will want to weigh in. THE CASE added some color to Ryan’s background, though it asked us to take several leaps — including that not once over the years, during any number of endless stakeouts with BFF Javy, did Ryan bust out an anecdote from that time he went deep undercover with the Irish mob for 14 months.

The expediency with which “Fenton” was accepted back into Bobby S.’s fold was a stretch, too, and didn’t even call for the cursory “prove yourself by whacking someone for us” test. Yet, overnight, he managed to bring down a whole crime organization. The case, though, had its moments, including a nice display of chemistry between Ryan and old flame Siobhan (though one suspects Mad Men alum Cara Buono ignites with everybody). In fact, I’d argue that those fleeting scenes — much more than, say, the hoodlums’ pool night — hinted at this “other” person Kevin used to be, at the different life he lived. The Kate/Jenny interaction was nice, especially as the latter shared her theory on why Kevin was “manning up.” Also, the arrest scene, as Ryan called out for his “crew,” though cheesy, illustrated the respect and affection he has for Javy, Beckett and (“Seriously? I didn’t bring my vest”) Rick.

Lastly, the coda for Ryan and Jenny, while predictable, had to put a smile on longtime fans’ faces.

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As for THE CASKETT, the sleep-talking B-story was a long walk to find out the store was closed. So, the Jordan car company was the subject of a school paper that Rick hired someone to write for him, ultimately shaming him privately and motivating him to become a great writer. But why was this on his mind now, to the degree he’s murmuring about it in his sleep? And while the tale did, I suppose, represent an instance of Rick “revealing himself” to Kate (contrary to Meredith’s warning), it was kinda thin. I’m sure that some viewers would rather he be dealing with remnant anxiety over Alexis’ abduction, his torturing info out of that guy, or finally meeting his father.

Regardless, you got this: “What happens if you don’t like what you see?” “What happens if you don’t let me look?” And then: “It does change how I see you. It makes me like you just a little bit more.”

Again, yes — Castle opened up. But the subject matter seemed wholly random, unless I missed a scene/line while crunching stats for my upcoming fantasy baseball draft.

Lastly, of THE QUIPS:

“I know nothing. Nothing is a good friend of mine. This is not nothing.”

“Interrogating me in my sleep? Would you stoop that low?” “Who says I haven’t already?”

“I thought you liked it when I play doctor.” (Javy to Lanie, failing to get any fist-bumps from the fellas.)

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129 Comments
  1. I really enjoyed this episode! :) I think it’s great and smart that they are branching out and focusing on the supporting characters. It was nice to see this side to Ryan, one we haven’t seen before. I may be in the minority, but I am in love with this season! The Castle cast and crew definitely know what they are doing! Keep up the great work! And I am SOOOO excited for the 100th episode! Can’t wait! :D it’s going to be so good!

    GOD BLESS YOU ANDREW MARLOWE!

  2. Lauren says:

    This comment is not a criticism of others’ comments about how Caskett has been handled. While generally I have been pleased with the development of the now-intimate relationship, I do agree that there have moments (though few) where things may have been presented differently. But despite any possible flaws in this development — and I think they are minor — I would like to say that I am grateful to the writers for having given us a window into the relationship at all. I think that it’s easy, when watching these episodes from afar, to say, “Well, it would have been better if they had written it this way,” or “I would like to have seen more X or Y.” But really, I am pleased that I get to witness the ups and downs of Caskett, period. Whenever I see the kind of it-would-have-been-better comments, I think back to what we *didn’t* see on my former favorite show, The X-Files. We didn’t get to see *any* of the learning-to-be-with-each-other moments that we’ve been privy to here. These moments aren’t easy to write, and they aren’t easy to portray, and I am thankful to the writers and cast for having done such a good job with it thus far.

  3. Alan says:

    as an irishman i can state for a fact that no irish person has ever been called fenton o connell, that is quite possibly the worst name ive ever heard. could he just have been patrick or something else that doesnt sound so made up.
    that being said i enjoyed the episode, ryan is my favourite character on the show so im always happy to see him get some development. he was really badass throughout the episode while he was undercover, well done to seamus dever for changing his portrayal just enough so we can tell ryan is in character but is still him. i know it was cheesy but calling all his friends out one by one was cool and castle got a good laugh.
    overall it was an enjoyable episode, next week should be interesting.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      This is interesting to read, because I in fact had to triple-check when Seamus told us his cover name; I’d never heard of Fenton. I reckon they had to go with a distinct if improbable alias for privacy/legal reasons.

      • Alan says:

        nice to see im not the only one who thought it was strange, i actually had to rewind the episode to make sure that was actually what the name was it was that unbelievable.

        • Sally Ramsey says:

          For anyone aware of the Star Trek universe, Fenton was the middle name of that incredible fraud Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Maybe someone was having a giggle.

  4. Krithika says:

    Complainers complain all you want cos this episode was badass! Only trouble I have was that the Jordan story seemed kinda awkward. I was holding my breath and secretly hoping throughout the episode that Castle was dreaming about playing catch or having a serious debate on superheroes with his and Kate’s future son, Jordan (who btw has been named after Hal Jordan, The Green Lantern). Thoughts like these come from reading one too many fanfics…;-)

  5. Lilu says:

    loved the episode, and te bright light! seemed to me they used the lightbulbs from ryan apartment LOL !!!
    Ryan as badass was sexy as hell!
    but I’ll agree, castles confession was kinda stupid, like reall dude?! that’s hunting you for 25 years ?!?!

  6. Jeri says:

    Am I the only one who thought it was ludicrous of Beckett to call Ryan on his phone to warn him? As soon as Liam told Ryan he had to hand over his phone I just knew that he would be exposed by getting a phone call. The guy was going deep undercover for crying out loud – have they never heard of burner phones? He could have been carrying one, Beckett could have used one that didn’t have her caller id show up as obviously a cop. Overall I loved the episode, but that whole thing with the phone really bothered me.

  7. Sara says:

    I haven’t seen anyone mention Joss Whedon’s cameo as the dead guy, “Jimmy Whelan”…

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