MONDAY MUSINGS: Episodes Ruined

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This installment of Monday Musings I will delve into several season eight episodes that contained a scene or two that hurt the overall greatness of that installment. These were among the best of the season but the show runners and thus the writers included one (or more) interaction that just made me shake my head, roll my eyes and yell at the TV screen. So let the debate begin :

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We never did get a classic coffee at a  crime scene in season 8.

Episode 2

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A certain no brainer. We get the assassins arrested and Kate allowed to bask in her glory being the new captain. Castle was so proud of his Kate. The precinct cheered her on. She was on top of her world. Then Rita steps out of the shadows and deals Kate a crushing blow. Why they would have Kate question everything she fought so hard to put behind her, Braken, her mom’s murder, the PTDS, fighting for the love of her life, mostly against herself just to toss it away on a conspiracy theory. Not to mention these characters were new (including Vikram) to her and therefore no trust had been established. But the writers decided that Kate should toss seven years away for a brief encounter with a CIA operative and a low level FBI analyst. This after all the hell they were through, just check out all the season finales leading into season 8. I just believe that Marlowe-Miller would have them fighting LokSat together and make it captivating

 

Episode 8

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We finally got the needed confrontation between Castle and Beckett over their separation and her blind chase of LokSat. They were actually making progress in their relationship, having actually enjoyed investigating a crime scene together.  But that only lead to dueling hackers and the nuking of Castle’s system and possibly the marriage.  That lead to their verbal brawl in the captain’s office, Kate decided to return to Castle albeit in secret. The fans cheered! But the Castle says he had to punish her! WTF (why the face?). Really? Both have been through hell already this season but Rick says that? Even kidding? Then the geniuses have Kate reply “naked punishment?” Up to the ending I thought this was a very good episode that built on the Last Seduction

but no, the writers and show runners equating sex with romance and passion destroyed what should have been a terrific ending to send us into Christmas.  The ending could have been handled so much better.

 

Episode 15

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This was promoted as the ultimate Kate episode. She goes back to her roots at the academy where she was a superstar to investigate a murder. Here we see Kate in all her police ass kicking glory. I was great to see her utilize all we come to know her for in the previous seasons. But yet, somehow, Kate had to endure some embarrassing moments early, having to crawl away from Martha while being in the loft in secret in what looked more demeaning than I a college walk of shame at a frat house. Then when Castle fesses up about knowing about LokSat, her big scene is telling Castle she to “process” it. Then sneaking back to the loft the same way she got out, her “processing” took the form of Irish intervention. Brilliant! Especially when she continues to wear the watch of her father symbolizing the life she saved from alcoholism”. So what do we get, a hard drinking Kate who needs scotch to make her peace with her husband. Then she contemplates leaving him? Again? Instead of a great episode featuring a heroine Kate, a mentor Kate, a role model Kate, TPTB (The Powers That Be) could not let her have that. They had to puncuate character flaws that were not there and should never be there.

 

Episode 9

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Coming off a longer than normal winter hiatus, the opening has Kate and Castle enjoying a special lunch. Intertwined with many sexual innuendos and the requisite LokSat mention, Kate promises to let Castle in when the time is right. Yep, made no sense to me either. How Vikram is an insider to Kate secret world but her husband is kept in the dark, yup, kinda makes the previous seasons worthless when they shared clandestine murder boards and theories. But the real reason this makes my list is their public personas. It was bad enough that they had Beckett publically yell and slap Castle, but when RyEspo challenge the reason for the breakup, they believe he is cheating on their Captain. Castle adored Kate and once committed to her, was incapable of cheating on his beloved Beckett. How could RyEspo even think he could betray her after watching him try to win her back all season.  I think it hit a little too close to home for Castle, or at least it should have.  After all, Meredith cheated on Castle soon after Alexis was born resulting with Castle being a single father at a very young age. It was tasteless when they teased Beckett cheating on Castle in season 5 with Eric Vaughn and they were only dating! But to have Beckett allowing everyone think he was a cheater was a stab to her personal character which up to season eight was impeccable. The the cherry on top (and not in a hood way) was Beckett cavalierly announcing she was going on a hot date too. So unlike Kate who is loyal to a fault especially when it came to Castle.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Beckett Broken-hearted – TOP TEN

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Finally it’s the top ten heartbreaking moments of Kate Beckett. Geez, she has been through a lot!  Let’s see if you agree with me then ?

 

NUMBER 10.

S6.E14. Modeling wedding dress but mom not able to share the moment
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CASTLE - "Dressed To Kill" - When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine's dictatorial editor Matilda King (guest star Franes fisher) is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. Meanwhile Beckett's history in the modelling world gets her access to a very special wedding surprise, on "Castle," MONDAY, JANUARY 27 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) STANA KATIC

 

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The the case takes Kate back to an old work place where she did some modeling as a 19 year old.  The same editor in chief, Matilda King, is still in charge of the most popular magazine Modern Fashon and the one whose clutches Kate escaped from.  One thing leads to another and Matilda gets Kate to model a wedding dress.  At the same time she is admiring herself in the mirror, Rick calls saying the can get a booking at their reception hall of choice but Kate hesitates and they lose the date.  Kate just could not get past the sorrow of her mom not being there for her big day.

NUMBER 9.

S2.E13. Had to kill Coonan to save Castle

CASTLE - "Sucker Punch" - While investigating the death of an Irish mobster, Beckett and Castle uncover a local turf war that may be connected to both a late-night infomercial guru and an international drug smuggling operation. But the case turns agonizingly personal when evidence emerges that the killer they're chasing may have had a hand in Beckett's mother's murder, on "Castle," MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images) JAY R. FERGUSON, NATHAN FILLION, STANA KATIC

 

CASTLE - "Sucker Punch" - While investigating the death of an Irish mobster, Beckett and Castle uncover a local turf war that may be connected to both a late-night infomercial guru and an international drug smuggling operation. But the case turns agonizingly personal when evidence emerges that the killer they're chasing may have had a hand in Beckett's mother's murder, on "Castle," MONDAY, JANUARY 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND) JAY R. FERGUSON, STANA KATIC, NATHAN FILLION

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Finally tracking down her mother’s killer to being someone named Rathbun, Castle ponies up 100 Large to catch him, just to realize the killer was Dick Coonan after all.  Seeing his impending doom, Coonan grabs Castle and slowly drags him to the elevator.  Kate got a small opening and shot Coonan, then tried doggedly to revive him before he passed away.

NUMBER 8.

S6.E2. Castle slowly dying from poison
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So Kate is now FBI and trying to maintain a distance relationship with her fiancé.  Except her bethrowed is virtually a nine year old on a sugar rush so of course he HAD to go to DC and HAD to poke his nose into a federal case and HAD to be exposed to a deadly toxin.  Now Kate and Rachel need to find the bad guys and get an antidote.  Good thing for Castle that Kate is REALLY smart and knew the difference between an antidote and an anecdote.  Otherwise he would be slowly dying while she told him humorous stories 

NUMBER 7.

S5 E24 and S6.E1. Thinking Castle was going to break up with her

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At at the end of season 5, the Caskett relationship was rudderless as Kate was super tempted by Eric Vaughn who she was serving as a body guard.  They had a terrific moment of Love in STILL just for Castle to flounder to the question of relationship status then Kate interviewing and  offered the FBI  job without consulting Castle.  When Castle said we have to talk, Kate expected the worst fearing she would lose Rick forever.

NUMBER 6.

S3.E3. Mike Royce breaks her heart

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In season three we get a glimpse of some of Beckett’s backstory.  Mike Royce was her first partner and possibly the first man she truly loved.  He understood her passion, her drive her obsession in solving her mom’s murder.  Which made his betrayal all the more painful to Kate as she had to bring him to justice.

NUMBER 5.

S3.E24. Montgomery killed for her

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Hal Lockwood escapes putting a huge target on Beckett.  beckett and Castle get real close to finding out the truth when Espo and Ryan find out Montgomery was the third cop. Montgomery begs Castle to get Beckett to back off. Then  Lockwood gives Roy an ultimatum but The Caltaun had other ideas, leading Kate to the airstrip for the ultimate showdown.

NUMBER 4.

S4.E23. Kicks Castle out for withholding a lead. 

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They just made made great progress as a couple in the previous episode.  Kate gets a lead on Cole Maddox who plans to kill both Kate and Mr. Smith.  Smith contacts Castle again imploring him to settle down Beckett and walk away from this.  As he begs her, he tells her about Smith and that us when she loses it and possibly Castle and she allows him to walk through the door and out of her apartment.

NUMBER 3.

S6.E23. Castle run off side of road… Car in flames

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Now I know I am in the minority here by saying I love this episode.  I thought the interplay of Kate being already married and all the fun getting her divorce from Rogan  was excellent.  And being Castle, the wedding could not come off easy so the cliffhanger ending was appropose.  But it was truly heart wrenching for the bride to go from the most happy place in the world to sheer hell.

NUMBER 2.

S2.E24. Breaks up with Demming then left hanging by Castle

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CASTLE - "A Deadly Game" - Nothing is as it seems when Castle and Beckett investigate what appears to be the assassination of an intelligence operative. Meanwhile, Beckett's romance with Demming threatens her relationship with Castle, forcing them to confront their feelings for each other, on the Season Finale of "Castle," MONDAY, MAY 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Michael Desmond/ABC via Getty Images) STANA KATIC, MONET MAZUR, NATHAN FILLION

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Oh man, this scene got me.  I was heartbroken for Kate.  To come so far (with a reality che k from Espo) as to know she wants to give a relationship with Castle a try.  Demming gets dumped in the process all for not being Rick!  Kate summons up her courage to confront Castle with the suggestion they get together when she takes her first shot to the heart, Castle shows up with Gina, thinking Kate was going away with Tom.  I felt so bad for Beckett, she seemed crushed like she lost her first true love

NUMBER 1.

S5.E21. Making her peace with death, Castle and her dad

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CASTLE - "Still" - Beckett's life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first , on "Castle," MONDAY, APRIL 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Foreman) ALLAN LOUIS, STANA KATIC

CASTLE - "Still" - Beckett's life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first , on "Castle," MONDAY, APRIL 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Foreman) ALLAN LOUIS, STANA KATIC

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CASTLE - "Still" - Beckett's life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first , on "Castle," MONDAY, APRIL 22 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Foreman) ALLAN LOUIS, STANA KATIC

 

How does one make her peace with impending death?  Well the help of her boyfriend took some of the sting out until it became doomsday.  Kate tries to be strong, sending Castle away and calling her dad.  I wonder if she was just as grateful that she got voicemail for Jim.  Her goodbyes complete, she steels herself for her destiny.

 

So that is it, please send me your comments, Bronx cheers, suggestions!

 

Tomorrow is a new installment of Flashback Friday (or is it Friday Flashback?)

 

I have two summer projects I have kicked off. First is to review the 151 episodes I have not done yet (luckily they are all the good ones (mostly) ?  Second, I am re-writing season 8 so I can properly write season 9!

Details for the rules coming soon.  First episode re-write is targeted for next Tuesday.

 

Last note, if you have a topic you would like to see blogged about, please put it in the comments block!  I would love fresh idea!