In Castle‘s  “Reality Star Struck,” the team investigates the backstabbing murder of a reality TV star. Meanwhile, Castle encounters problems at the office, while trying to give Beckett a Valentine’s Day gift. Will he accidentally ruin their relationship? Or worse, their partnership?

The Players:

  • Director: Larry Shaw
  • Writer: David Grae
  • Cast:  Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Penny Johnson Gerald, Molly C. Quinn, Tamala Jones, Susan Sullivan, Patrick Fabian, Gail O’Grady, Gina Torres, Chris Butler, Lachlan Buchanan, Heather Ann Davis

Episode Title: “Reality Star Struck”

Castle and Beckett investigate a reality series called Wives of Wall Street. Castle’s Valentine’s Day gift becomes a fiasco at the office, endangering he and Beckett’s working relationship. As they separate fact the real drama from the staged, the team unravels layers of mishaps, love interests, jealousy, and betrayal.

The Good:

  • Firefly Mini-Reunion: Penelope (Gina Torres) plays a reality star and prime suspect in this week’s murder case. Firefly fans should love that Captain Reynolds and Zoe are back together again. The nostalgia was in full effect.
  • Wives of Wall Street: Castle showed genuine interest in the Wives of Wall Street by staying up all night to watch as “research.” We love that Castle, Beckett, and Captain Gates find out more than what’s presented to the public. This way, we see sides to the characters that aren’t nearly as harsh, undercutting, or unforgiving as they claim to be. It’s a nice reminder that reality shows are, as Peter Monroe puts it “semi-reality.”
  • The Gift: What do you get the guy who has everything? The first Valentine’s Day between Beckett and Castle is a big deal. So we were glad to see a typical jewelry surprise and empty drawer, which was comparable to Caskett’s relationship. It’s a traditional love story under unique circumstances. 
  • To Get the Truth: Beckett’s interrogation style is ruthless. She’s fierce and gets the response she needs to continue her investigation. We like that her acting tough is just that: acting.

The So-So:

  • Dating In the Office (Spoiler):Perhaps we’ve encountered this before, but we have renewed interest now that Esposito and Lanie are going out. Why are they allowed to date but Castle and Beckett aren’t? Was this properly explained to us or is it supposed to be common knowledge?

The Quotes:

  • Beckett: “Please tell me you didn’t get me a light saber for our first Valentine’s Day?”
  • Castle: “Wives of Wall Street…the reality show?” Esposito: “Yeah, you seen it?” Castle: “Just long enough to make me want to kill myself.”
  • Ryan: “I kind of feel like a rooster in a henhouse. Except there’s only one hen. A very bossy hen.”
  • Gates: “Oh my goodness. It was Penelope wasn’t it?”
  • Penelope: “What? It’s not like I killed her.” Beckett: “You are under arrest for the murder of Hannah Green.” Castle: “So it looks like you did kill her.”
  • Martha: “I wish I’d had these reality shows in my day: no script, overacting, screaming at everybody, what a gig.”
  • Alexis: “Oh my God, dad, you’re still watching?” Castle: “I can’t feel my butt.”
  • Beckett: “Are you pathologically incapable of telling the truth?” Monroe: “Well that depends. What’s this about?”
  • Castle: “Why do you and Gates have similar blazers?”
  • Beckett: “Did you write a note?” Castle: “Of course I wrote a note. I’m a writer.”
  • Gates: “Is anything real on this reality show?” Ryan: “Just the headache I get when I watch it.”
  • Castle: ” Spoiler alert.”

Overall:

“Reality Star Struck” is a hard-hitting episode that gives us a look at reality show drama both on and off-set. It also propels one of our favorite TV couples’ relationship forward. All that without losing the main interest of the plot–the case to be solved.

Rating: 9/10

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

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