This week on “Castle,” the team investigates the murder of a lottery winner.  Martha struggles with the decision of accepting, and deciding how to spend, a large sum of money she inherits but feels she doesn’t deserve while everyone at the precinct shares what they would do if they won the lottery. Everyone, that is, except Beckett. Will she tell Castle what she’d spend a winning lottery ticket on, or will she keep him guessing? Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Emile Levisetti
  • Writer: Alexi Hawley
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Wilmer Calderon

Episode Title: “Lucky Stiff”

When lottery winner Jay Hixton is murdered in his lavish apartment, the team runs through a list of suspects from all levels of wealth to find his killer, including Hixton’s obsequious yet thieving butler, his daughter’s narcotics-dealing boyfriend, two childhood friends recently released from prison, and those he came in contact with at the poorhouse, where he gave back out of a seeming winner’s guilt. Coincidentally, Martha feels undeserving of a million-dollar inheritance as bequeathed by her boyfriend because she was planning to end their relationship. On the advice of Beckett, she decides how to spend the money in a way that will honor her late beau and give back to the community. In the end, Castle not only guesses what Beckett would do with the money she hypothetically won, he took it upon himself to put the merely-fantasized plans to action.

The Good:

  • Esposito and Lanie: Incognito, the team watches a suspect’s car, awaiting the arrival of it’s owner, and Ryan and Esposito’s conversation reveals that Ryan knows about Esposito and Lanie’s secret romance. Esposito’s reaction is hilarious; the layering of two cops discussing a hidden relationship while in hiding themselves is exceptionally creative
  • Someone Once Told Me: Undoubtedly the most heartwarming moment of the show, Beckett helps Martha decide how to spend her inheritance by repeating Castle’s earlier quip that money doesn’t change people; it simply magnifies their personalities. Beckett’s suggestions are both helpful and caring.

The So-So:

  • Unbelievable Heights: It seemed a bit unbelievable that Beckett and Castle would go to such measures as going to the club undercover in order to detain a suspect. Likewise, it seemed unlikely that a few NYC homicide detectives would enter a building of former convict suspects without back-up. Although, the club scene was utterly hilarious, showcasing Castle’s antics and Beckett’s wit.

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “Is it safe to say that there is no animal print left in the city?” Martha: “Very funny, probably true.”
  • Castle: “I want to feel shiny.”
  • Beckett: “While you guys are fantasizing about the size of your rods, I’m going to interrogate our suspect.”
  • Castle: “Aw, detective Beckett. Did you call to tell me a bedtime story?”
  • Beckett: “Someone once told me that money doesn’t change people; it just magnifies their personality.”

Overall:

This week’s “Castle” considered the duality of wealth as both a blessing and a burden, exploring the social and moral responsibilities one faces as owner of such wealth in a way that was touching and thought-provoking.

Rating: 9/10

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

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Agree? Disagree? What would you buy if you won the lottery? Let us know in the comments!