Giant Feet: Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic

Castle‘s “The Fast and The Furriest” tackles a possible Bigfoot roaming the subway tunnels and backstreets of New York City. Who would want to frame the creature for a murder?

The Players:

  • Director: Jonathan Frakes
  • Writer: Christine Roum
  • Cast:  Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Arye Gross, Raphael Sbarge, Aaron Hill

Episode Title: “The Fast and the Furriest”

The body of Anne Cardinal, a leading Bigfoot researcher is dumped outside an E.R. with claw marks. At the crime scene, Castle finds giant footprints and determines she was killed by the mythical monster. When a break in the case connects Anne’s death to the death of her roommate, Justine Bolton, a new line of suspects lead Castle and Beckett to the original crime scene. Meanwhile, Castle learns who’s been raiding his fridge for leftovers.

The Good:

  • The Hairy Truth:  We’re presented with legitimate arguments for investing time and energy into the pseudosciences. We’re also given interesting facts, including: Native Americans view Bigfoots as protectors, people have been searching for Bigfoot for 400 years, Roosevelt wrote about Bigfoot, and professors at Oxford study samples of Bigfoot evidence. Go ahead and fact check Castle. He’s right!
  • Lies, Lies, Lies: We’re glad Castle didn’t reprimand Alexis for spending her allowance money. Instead, he talks to her about eating his food and lying about the situation. Luckily, Alexis notes that she probably shouldn’t have spent all of it on her friend’s project. She’s already humiliated by falling victim to his smurf trap.
  • Casquatch: Castle and Beckett get cozy in this episode. We see them as a couple comfortable with each other in a way we haven’t seen before. We’re glad everyone has their fun believing, and not believing the legend of Bigfoot without anyone’s feelings getting hurt. Better yet, Castle and Beckett take the opportunity to learn something new about each other.
  • Primates as Prime Suspects: Castle’s exchange with a Silverback Gorilla is a well-directed and great part of the episode. A staff worker assures them that the animals haven’t shown any aggressive behavior, but Castle watches the gorilla’s display of teeth-showing and breaking a doll’s head when no one’s looking. It was hilarious when he placed the its photo on the suspect board at the precinct.
  • All’s Well That End’s Well: Kurt is free now, and decides to continue Anne’s research. His explanation that she warned him he’d see things if he stayed in the woods was understandable. Also, we end on a serious note regarding Bigfoot instead of making the cryptozoology field seem like a joke. We appreciate that they didn’t make the creature something to be feared. Instead, it’s an intriguing aspect of the unknown to be better understood, whether it does or doesn’t exist.

The So-So:

  • Believe It, Believe It Not: The handcuffs that Beckett used on Dr. Meeks were big enough to fit over a huge Bigfoot costume? How are we supposed to believe that?
  • Left Unanswered: Where did that massive claw mark come from? We’re not completely satisfied that that detail wasn’t explained. It was a huge factor in the search for Anne’s killer.

The Quotes:

  • Martha: “Maybe you’ve been sleep-eating again.” Castle: “Again? I’ve never sleep-ated. Ate. Eaten… Have I?”
  • Esposito: “Our victim worked at a retirement home called Haven House” Castle: “Vicious, blood-thirsty old folks? Is that your theory?”
  • Castle: “Did you see how the gorilla looked at me?” Beckett: “I think it was lust, Castle. You are ruggedly handsome.”
  • Castle: “Savage wounds, her blood, and footprints. It all adds up to one thing. She was killed by Bigfoot.”
  • Castle: “Sure, let’s go to a crime scene and ignore the evidence.”
  • Castle: “An adult chimpanzee can reach 200 pounds, tear off a man’s face, hands and naughty bits.” Ryan: “[Curious] George would never do that.”
  • Beckett: “There is one inexplicable, mysterious phenomenon that I do believe in: Us.”
  • Beckett: “Castle, no more Wookiee calls.” Castle: “It’s not Wookiee. I’m not doing Wookiee. I can’t do Wookiee. Alexis does a really good Wookiee.”
  • Castle: “I just follow the evidence and the insanely large footprints.”
  • Castle: “That can’t be good for my knee.”
  • Beckett: “Pop a squat. We’ll pull a cheerleader move.” Castle: “Shouldn’t you be wearing a short skirt for this? That’s the rule.”
  • Alexis: “I believe in people, and what they can accomplish.”
  • Castle: “I believe in people, too…and Bigfoot.”

Overall:

“The Fast and the Furriest” continues the light-hearted humor with another hard-hitting case . Castle’s crazy theories are always entertaining. We see a new side to his and Beckett’s relationship as they discuss what they believe in.

Rating: 9/10

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

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