Did Castle witness a murder while secretly watching “The Lives of Others” from his window? With no evidence, Beckett thinks he’s letting his imagination run away with him. We have an episode with possibly two murder cases and 100 reasons to watch!
- Director: Larry Shaw
- Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Miller
- Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Tamala Jones, Penny Johnson Gerald
Episode Title: “The Lives of Others”
After Castle breaks his kneecap in a skiing accident, he must stay home while his injury heals. Beckett investigates the murder of an IRS worker at the precinct without him. Confined to a wheelchair, Castle begins watching his neighbors through binoculars to pass the time. He suspects one of his neighbors has killed a woman. With no body, no evidence, and dead-end leads, everyone at the precinct thinks he’s going stir crazy.
- Music to Our Ears: Robert Duncan’s score is theatrical, engaging and pleasant as Castle’s theme music. We’re particularly impressed with the accompaniment to Castle’s spying on his neighbors. The music enhances scenes by playfully adopting the dramatic zeal of a film soundtrack.
- No Drama: We’re glad a lot of family and relationship drama was left off-screen. One of the reasons Castle hasn’t lost its edge is because the right info is omitted, allowing us to focus on solving cases and building a family unit at the precinct. Even 100 episodes in, the initial story of a mystery-writer solving real cases hasn’t lost its charm for a reason: the drama is contained within the cases.
- Killer Parallels: This is not the first time Castle and Beckett’s time outside the office has been the fulcrum that inadvertently solves their case. We hope it won’t be the last either! Paralleling plots is fun and serendipitous. Making connections when we least expect it keeps us on our toes. Also, we like that Beckett and Castle can strike a healthy balance between work and home. Off-time can be a catalyst for solving cases, and their work provides a sense of fulfillment that carries over to their personal lives.
- Hidden Motives: Speaking of soundtracks and plots, there were several great ties to reality this week. An IRS agent is the murder victim, which serves as a small reminder to pay those taxes this month. Also, there’s a focus on the distinction between hiding things from people to be deceitful and hiding them with the good intentions. Fit for airing on April Fool’s Day, the team shows off their prank-playing skills.
- The Details: Will Beckett ever start calling Castle “Rick”? It seems odd that she still calls him by his last name since they’re so close. Plus, are we past the point that the exchanging of I-love-you’s will have any effect? We’re afraid it’s expected at this point in their relationship. We also have a hunch that Gates would allow Castle to stay on as Beckett’s partner if she finds out that they’re dating after this episode. Timing is everything, and we may be past the point where these small moments could mean so much more.
- Castle: “The painkillers make me a little loopy. Last night, I used the word ‘speculate’ three times in the same sentence.”
- Martha: “It is a spa trip, darling, not a guilt trip.”
- Esposito: “Is it hard to balance on crutches when you’ve just had your ass chewed off?”
- Ryan: “Staring at the phone won’t make it ring. I learned that in junior high.”
- Castle: “I can explain.” Beckett: “Please don’t.”
- Castle: “Why would he sleep on the couch when he has a perfectly good bed?” Beckett: “I could ask you the same question.”
- Beckett: “Unless the body you are looking at is dead, I suggest you put down the binoculars.”
- Castle: “She thinks this is all in my head…” Alexis: “Like that time you thought my teacher was a serial killer?” Castle: “C’mon, he looked just like the guy off America’s Most Wanted.”
- Castle: “Oh, to be young and underemployed.”
- Esposito: “How’s Jimmy Stewart?”
- Beckett: “What are the odds?” Castle: “Astronomical.”
- Castle: “Where is Captain Gates?” Esposito: “She couldn’t make it.” Castle: “Good.”
- Castle: “Here’s to a hundred more.”
“The Lives of Others” was all about finding proof. The parallels, synchronicity, music, and intensity in this episode were great. It’s just proof that a good basic story can be carried out successfully longterm. Congrats to the cast, writers, directors, and everyone on their milestone.
Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.