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Review: Castle - The Fifth Bullet

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 8th 2009 9:10AM
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(S02E11) Don't you just love it when a series uses a tired cliche, only to take it in a completely different (and fascinating) direction? That's what Castle did in this week's episode, and it turned out to be one of my favorites of the season so far.

As soon as J walked in with amnesia, I groaned. Amnesia? Really? When it turned out that he was also a shooting victim and that, in a Theodore Roosevelt-like twist, it was a book that had saved his life, it became more interesting to me. However, I still thought I knew exactly what was going on -- and it's a testament to this episode that I was so very wrong.

A good-looking, friendly guy with amnesia? He's obviously evil, right? I honestly thought he was faking it the entire time, and he had shot the book himself in order to look like a victim. As soon as his ex-wife showed up, I automatically thought she was his accomplice. She is Cut-Throat Bitch after all, how could she not be involved?

As we went on, I became fixated on this guy being a liar. He was a big reader, so he obviously read about how to fake amnesia. When they arrested him for murder and he said, "it's almost like I tricked you," I thought that any minute he'd give a creepy Primal Fear smile and the jig would be up. But that never happened.

Instead, it turns out that J really was just a nice guy who had something crappy happen to him. He wasn't faking, and he didn't miraculously get his memory back at some key moment in the plot. He got his dog and his ex-wife -- in other words, he got a happy ending. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, and for that, I loved it.

My only complaint is that we didn't get enough Alexis in this episode, but since she was such a big part of the last one, it wasn't so bad. We did, however, get some nice moments with Martha. I'm glad that they've stuck with the high-school sweetheart storyline, instead of having it just be a one-episode gimmick showing the perils of old people using Facebook.

Like the rest of the cast, Susan Sullivan is brilliant, and I would love to see her in a relationship. The episode was about second chances, so I'm glad that at the end, she decided to give her long-lost love a second chance. I'm just hoping that we get to meet him soon.

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Great episode, as usual! Always love the great chemistry between Beckett and Castle. My favorite lines: "Well, Stephen King wrote a book about a blood-thirsty car and sold millions, so I figured, 'Why be limited by logic?'" and "It's a good thing he reads Russian literature. If he were a Nicholas Sparks fan, he'd be dead". :)

December 12 2009 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved seeing Rider Strong as well

December 08 2009 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allie McGrath

I loved this episode too, I think it was one of the best of the season by far! This one did have so many twists...I immediately thought that J was in the perfect position to fake forgetting the murder and pinned him as guilty from the start of the episode. And they made Darius seem innocent to me throughout the entire episode by isolating him away from the investigation. All in all I loved it!! But I was wondering if anyone caught the conversation that Castle and his mom had at the end of the episode...I loved it and couldn't find it anywhere!!

December 08 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Darth Ackbar

Go to hulu, and you could just watch it again.

December 08 2009 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dug the episode, even if Mythbusters busted both the ice bullet and book-block myths!

December 08 2009 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Last night's episode was a great collection of guest stars! From Marc Blucas (Riley Finn for the Whedonites) as J, to Anne Dudek (CTB/House) to Rider Strong (Boy Meets World).

I was also really happy that it didn't go in the usual direction of J getting his memory back by the end. Also I really wanted him to be innocent as Blucas really played the vulnerabilities of an amnesiac. Also I loved the banter and the caring nature his situation brought out in the team.

Overall, a wonderful episode. Too bad we have to wait till next year for more new episodes!

December 08 2009 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Aimee's comment

I really have a hard time not calling him "Riley" whenever I see Mark Blucas in something. I think he's a plays a great nice guy and is a classic looking actor, which pretty much screws him out of any great part.

Seeing Anne was great too. She blends in a bit better, so it takes me longer to spot her.

December 08 2009 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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