This week on “Castle,” a juror in a high-profile trial of a murdered socialite tumbles out of the jury box-dead! Castle and Beckett soon learn that he was poisoned.  Was this seemingly innocent juror not so innocent after all? Find out more in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Jeff Bleckner
  • Writer: Terence Paul Winter
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan,Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Bruce Davison, Houston Rhines, Ray Stoney, Jim Meskimen

Episode Title: “Law & Murder”

The team investigates the death of Tony Mueller, a juvenile delinquent who turned his life around and opened a half-way house before dying while serving jury duty.  As more details about the case arise, he seems to be more and more a part of the murder case, perhaps the murderer himself! Meanwhile, Castle tracks Alexis’ cell phone without her knowledge, spurring a fight between the two when she lies about her whereabouts.  Beckett defends Alexis.  The team uncovers the mystery behind the dead juror-AND the socialite’s murder case.

The Good:

  • Minor Characters Spotlighted: Not only did we get to watch Ryan and Esposito doing more of the detective work, we also got to see Chief Montgomery in action! Knowing that these supporting characters are of the utmost competence and morality allows us to better understand Beckett and Castle in the same light.  After all, we’re known by the company we keep.
  • Playing Dumb: When a suspect plays dumb-not good. When Castle plays dumb so he can go the movies with Beckett-so good! There’s a time and a place for everything, and while we see Alexis’ lies to her father and suspects’ lies to Beckett in the negative, we also get to see an instance where lying to someone close to you is harmless.
  • Parallel World: Castle and Alexis’ argument provides an inner conflict to parallel the outer conflict that Castle finds in solving the case with Beckett: Alexis takes justice into her own hands without betraying the names of her friends in a similar way to our dead juror’s way of attempting to protect someone he loves while still trying to bring justice to the case.

The Bad:

  • Alexis Lying: Whereas it seemed out of character for Alexis to lie about something so petty and insignificant, it was quite in-character for her to seek out her dad at the precinct and tell him the truth. But does her reasoning really justify her lying? Castle brushes it off fairly easily, with encouragement from Beckett, but we’re not so sure about her friends.  Shouldn’t Castle tell her not to hang out with them anymore? And why does he simply delete the app on his phone that revealed Alexis’ lie to him in the first place? It seems that he’s giving her more trust than she’s deserving of after she just lied to him.

The Quotable:

  • Castle, answering phone: “For Richard Castle, press one.”
  • Alexis: “If you want to know what I was doing there, maybe you should consult your phone.  I’m sure there’s an app for that.”
  • Castle: “Technically, I’d have to be the government to violate your civil liberties.”
  • Beckett: “Sit down or I’ll make you sit down.”
  • Castle: “He makes a killer cup of Joe!…too soon?” Beckett: “Too soon.”
  • Ryan: “I’m a Renaissance man.” Esposito: “Memorizing one quote does not make you a Reniassance man.”
  • Ryan: “What if I memorize two?”  Esposito: “Did you?”  Ryan: “No, but what if I did?”

Overall:

This week’s episode of “Castle” examined morality and fairness in the courtroom, regarding ex-cons, and even in the actions of our friends and family.

Rating: 9/10

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

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