When the death of a young woman leads the Castle team to a storage unit, we delve into a world of secrets, storage wars, and Manhattan socialites. “Secret’s Safe With Me,” explores what kind of info is worth killing to protect.

The Players:

  • Director: John Terlesky
  • Writer: Terence Paul Winter
  • CastStana KaticNathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Penny Johnson Jerald

Episode Title: “Secret’s Safe With Me”

Exploring the death of Wendy Dupree leads the gang to a repossessed storage unit up for sale. They must prevail in an auction against treasure seekers to uncover the truth about Wendy’s murder. Meanwhile, Martha and Alexis are back from Europe, and Castle learns Martha already knows he’s dating Beckett. Alexis moves into her dorm room, and Castle gives Captain Gates a rare, collectible doll to take from her later on. Castle learns one of Beckett’s secrets.

The Good:

  • Parallels: The piles of boxes from the storage unit Castle buys look like the ones Alexis is taking to college when she moves. The doll that holds the secret to Wendy and Wendell’s murders is similar to the doll Beckett keeps in her drawer, which holds a secret of its own. The use of cinematography was perfect for creating an interesting mystery while adding more depth to Castle and Beckett’s relationship.
  • Killer Secret: Beckett and Castle usually have bad luck with storage units. In the episode, “47 Seconds,” a storage unit exploded when they opened it. In “Countdown,” they were left to die trapped in a climate-controlled freezer storage unit. Luckily, this time we have something humorous and lighthearted happen while they’re there. Although, Castle may not be happy about naming the next character in his books “Eunice.”
  • Storage Wars: The auction of the storage unit is a direct reference to the A&E show Storage Wars. We liked seeing the apartment of a habitual storage unit purchaser, filled to the ceiling with unsorted junk that he plans to resell after categorizing.

The Bad:

  • Dorm Room: Alexis seemingly doesn’t want to move in her dorm room. Come to find out, she’s only 5 miles away from her dad’s house, so why doesn’t she just commute to classes every day? She wouldn’t have to move. She wouldn’t have to say goodbye. The scene where he looks under the bed for ‘monsters’ is ruined by this nagging reminder that she wouldn’t need to move in the first place.
  • Alexis’ Personality: We’re a little confused about Alexis right now. Besides the aforementioned move, we’re also unclear about two other issues. First, it doesn’t make sense for her to be hungover one week and then ask her dad to check under her bed for monsters the next. The mixture of grown-up and childish behavior is confusing. Secondly, her knowledge of Castle and Beckett’s relationship is never actually discussed. She yells at him about it, then discounts it later. The moment had lots of potential that was ignored.

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “I’m a best-selling author…why wouldn’t I have two grand in my pocket?”
  • Esposito: “Who knew Gates had a soft side?” Ryan: “It’s creepy. Very, very creepy.”
  • Castle: “I’m rich! Well, richer.”
  • Castle: “I so wish I could kiss you right now.” Beckett: “Yeah, I know.” Castle hold his hand out for handshake. Beckett takes his hand. Castle: “This is me, softly touching your face, pulling you in for a long, slow kiss.” Beckett: “And this is me, kissing you back, running my fingers through your hair.”
  • Beckett: “Take your hands off your tool, Marco!” (Ryan and Esposito snicker) Beckett: “Shut up.”
  • Alexis: “How can you be so smart and so clueless.” Castle: “Practice?”
  • Castle: “And now I will say something I’ve wanted to say for a long time–the butler did it!”

Overall:

Now that we’ve seen “Secret’s Safe With Me,” handshakes will never be the same. Overall, the episode had some good elements, but there were a few moments that let us down.

Rating: 8/10

 

Castle airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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