When an adult video franchise founder is murdered on Castle,  the team has a case of “Death Gone Crazy.” How will they narrow down suspects from a list of college girls, fathers and husbands? Meanwhile, Castle is concerned that Alexis’ video blog reveals too many details about her life.

The Players:

  • Director: Bill Roe
  • Writer: Jason Wilborn
  • Cast:  Nathan FillionStana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Penny Johnson Gerald, Molly C. Quinn, Tamala Jones, Susan Sullivan, Kelly Hu, Jordan Belfi, Chad Donella, Vail Bloom

Episode Title: “Death Gone Crazy”

Beau Randolf, the founder of hit adult video franchise College Girls Gone Crazy, is killed at a party. Castle and Beckett sift through a wide range of suspects who all have motive. Esposito finds a hot date, but it all goes wrong when he doesn’t answer his phone. As they learn more about Beau’s personal life, they find a touching and redemptive story about life, love and starting over. Alexis and Castle discuss her new vlog and delve into the safety issues involved when sharing personal info online.

The Good:

  • Beau Returns: Having a former suspect (from Season 4 Episode 3′s “Head Case”) be this week’s murder victim gives us an added sense of depth. Beau isn’t a major character, but the fact that he’s shown up before makes us feel like we should be on the lookout for others from past episodes. Perhaps even our 3XK villain?
  • Oversharing: Castle and Alexis had a discussion about her vlog and how it can affect school, work and her social life. The case provided an interesting parallel to further explore the subject in a more extreme situation. There’s potential for bad decisions to haunt us later on in a more obvious and detrimental situation.
  • Copblocking and Inbreastigating: Esposito and the rest of the team were on a roll with the one-liners this week. From Esposito’s date with a cleared suspect to the dynamics of the case itself, the team had leeway to be playful and fun. With the Caskett relationship left unexplored for the time being, we got a sense of family among the entire team for once.

The So-So:

  • Father Daughter Issues: Why did she stop by the precinct only to tell him she already knows what he wants to talk about? She then adamantly declared that they weren’t having the discussion, and stormed off to class. We’re also put off by the scene where Alexis serves ice cream to make up for their “arguing” and tells him she’s 18 and doesn’t need his permission anymore. He’s just being a good dad!

The Quotes:

  • Martha: “If you are method writing and playing the role of your murder victim could you please die a little more quietly? Thank you.”
  • Castle: “I was googling…myself. And found this!”
  • Beckett: “It’s alright to look, Castle.” Castle: “Look at what?”
  • Esposito: “$250? For a bra?” Lanie: “Oh, but it’s fine to spend that on a pair of sneakers, right?” Esposito: “A pair of sneakers is practical. They gotta support you around–” Castle: “Eject.”
  • Ryan (to Esposito): “Who are you?”
  • Alexis: “You think I’m catnip for predators online.”
  • Ryan: “Sorry we had to cop-block you, bro.”
  • Esposito: “How’s the in-breast-igation going?” Ryan: “That’s why you’re still single.”
  • Beckett:What makes you so sure?”  Castle: “Because a father would do anything for his daughter.”

Overall:

“Death Gone Crazy” is a solid episode that combines parental concern with a fun, low-key investigation. We appreciate the good balance of humor and heartfelt moments.

Rating: 9/10

Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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