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QUICK REVIEW: Castle “Pretty Dead” S3 E23

12 May

This should be fast since this was a run of the mill episode.

A beauty pageant is in rehearsals for their big night and one of the contestants ends up dead.  There are a huge amount of suspect and it changes constantly.  It even changes 3 times within the last 8 minutes of the episode.   Turns out the beauty queen and her boyfriend were blackmailing the Donald Trump of the pageant and it ended up getting her killed.

Meanwhile, Alexis has broken up with Ashley.  Ashley has always wanted to go to Stanford and he got in.   But Alexis, who’s only going to be a senior in high school next year, hates the idea of him being so far away.  She wants him to stay but she doesn’t want him to not go to school where he’s always dreamed of going.  Ashley decides to stay in NY but Alexis feels guilty about it so she breaks up with him.   She’s devastated but thinks she is doing the right thing.  I love Alexis.  Believe me I do.   But sometimes I think her character is just too unrealistic.  Alexis has got to be a 40-year-old woman in a high school senior’s body.  No kid her age makes these kinds of adult, responsible decisions all the time.  She’s TOO perfect.  Other than the time she lied to her dad, we never see Alexis make a bad choice.  While most of me loves seeing a character like her on TV for kids who watch the show to respect..especially with all the dreck that’s on TV…there’s another part of me that wishes we would see a not so perfect Alexis.  We got a glimpse of that when Alexis lied to her dad about where she was because the people she was with stole merchandise from a store.  (She of course went back to the store and gave them money to cover the difference but whatever.)  But it made her more real in my eyes.  Great kids can still make dumb choices.  Why?   Because they are kids!!  It’s an unwritten rule that as a child, you have the right to be painfully stupid sometimes because you don’t know any better.  I certainly don’t want Alexis to become a delinquent.  Just maybe not so perfect that’s all.

Ashley is heartbroken that Alexis has broken up with him so he goes to talk to Castle about helping him get back together with Alexis now that he has decided to go to Stanford after all.  He asks him, “Mr. Castle, haven’t you ever wanted something so much but they just keep pushing you away for no good reason?”   Cue Beckett!!  Hello Kate.  Nice to see you have perfect timing.  So of course Castle goes home to talk to Alexis and tells her to give it a shot with Ashley.  Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.   I wish I could take credit for that line.  Do you think Tennyson would mind?   Probably.  Anyhoo, they get back together and Alexis has some GREAT news for her dad.  Not only is she taking his advice and dating Ashley again but she is now going to Stanford!!!  She has enough credits to graduate early in the fall so she is applying for early admission!!  Needless to say, Castle almost had a heart attack!!!

This was a fine episode but obviously from the previews we saw, next week is going to be HUGE!!!  Can I just say that I HATE the line where Beckett says to Castle “We are over!”  That has to be a red herring right?   RIGHT!!!  Please calm me down.  It looks to be a monster of an episode and I can’t wait!!!

SPOILER SECTION

PLEASE DON’T READ BELOW IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY SORT OF SPOILER FOR NEXT WEEK.  I DON’T GIVE ANYTHING AWAY BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.   BUT I DO DISCUSS A RUMOR THAT HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN!

There has been this rumor floating about the death of a Castle regular character.  I threw this person’s name out before but now my gut tells me it’s going to be Captain Montgomery.  Two things happened to solidify my choosing of him.  First, we met his wife.  Now that we can actually put a face with his wife, it would make it that much harder when he is killed (if it’s him.)  And really, why else bring her in to the fray at this point?  Second, Beckett’s line: don’t worry he isn’t going anywhere, in regards to Montgomery saying he’s retiring next year.  Whenever someone says that, you know the opposite happens.  So my fear is that Roy is the one who meets his maker in next week’s finale.  I hope not.  I hope it’s motorcycle boy but he isn’t a regular so it can’t be him.  I really don’t want anyone to go but it’s going to happen.  Who do you think it will be?

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in ABC, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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