Last week on “Castle,” Beckett and Castle tracked down a notorious serial killer in one of the most suspenseful episodes ever.  This week takes a more lighthearted, humorous turn when the detectives respond to an “officer down” emergency call and find out that their victim is not a police officer — he’s a male stripper dressed as one.  Will Castle and Beckett be able to find the killer when they venture into the world of bachlorette parties and male strip clubs? Find out in our review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
  • Writers: Elizabeth Davis
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Clint Glenn

Episode Title: “Almost Famous”

Castle and Becket must find whoever murdered “Officer McNaughty,” who turns out to be a struggling actor, by tracking down everyone involved, including a group of girls from a bachelorette party, a male stripper, a dude from a biker gang, and a former lover.  Meanwhile, Martha helps Alexis prepare to audition for a role in her school’s production of Grease.

The Good:

  • Ryan and Esposito: If the one-liners aren’t enough to make you laugh, Ryan and Esposito’s facial expressions are priceless as they attempt to question a girl who is hungover, scour through bachlorette party photographs to find clues, and visit the victim’s workplace.
  • Beckett, Castle, and the Male Strip Club: Beckett dresses up, Castle tells a group of girls that Beckett is his girlfriend, they watch a show to find their suspect, and Castle hoses down the stripper called “Hans vons Mannschaft” with a fire extinguisher.

The Allusions:

  • Twilight: Jokes about the movie Twilight filled the episode, particularly referring to Ryan looking like Edward Cullen.  The best laugh comes when Esposito exercises, saying “Twilight my ass.”
  • Ashton and Demi: Beckett jokes about Castle writing a Lifetime movie; Castle jokes about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore being cast in it.
  • Doogie Howser: “You ever heard of a doctor called Doogie Howser?,” referring to ABC show Doogie Howser, MD.
  • Bombshell McGee: Yep, they even reference Michelle McGee, the mistress of Sandra Bullock‘s ex-husband Jesse James.
  • Jersey Shore: A girl with a tan and a hair bump like Snooki talks about family and friends named Ronny, Sammy, and Paulie…and is that a strong New Jersey accent?

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “Ladies, I am not a stripper.  Although I can see how you’d make that mistake.”
  • Esposito: “They’re treating him like a piece of meat”, Castle: “It’s OK”
  • Lanie: “Bargain.”
  • Castle: “His alibi is as hard as his abs.”
  • Castle to stripper Hans: “Careful, Hans. Your New Jersey’s starting to show.”
  • Castle to Martha: “Aaaaaaaaaand ew.”
  • Beckett: “Castle, you watch too many infomercials”
  • Beckett: “Do you have any brochures? I’m looking for a place. Mine blew up.”
  • Castle to Becket: “Shut the front door!”
  • Castle: “Do you want a lawyer…or do you want to hire an actor to play one for you?”

Overall:

“Castle” traded in suspense for facetiousness this week by exploring a more risqué subculture of New York City and hinting (once again) at a blossoming relationship between Beckett and Castle. What emotional bonding will their next case together bring?

Rating: 9/10

“Castle” airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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