Review: Castle - The Third Man
by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 26th 2010 12:20AM
(S02E14) Well, this was certainly a complex episode. There were so many twists and turns, that it was hard to keep up at times. What made it even more interesting is the fact that the entire episode was riddled with weird (though not unenjoyable) sitcom cliches. At the end of the episode, I learned two things: I would really like my next job title to be "gentleman squatter," and Castle and Beckett are in loooove.
I'm not in the camp that thinks Castle and Beckett getting together automatically means the series is doomed, but I'm not exactly waiting for the inevitable hook-up with bated breath. However, if they keep throwing their love for each other in our faces like they've been doing recently, then it's going to get pretty difficult to not spend most of the hour sitting in front of my TV yelling, "You're both pretty! Just do it and move on!"
I don't care who it is: if you're finishing somebody's sentences, and you feel jealous when they go out on a date, then you need to seriously examine this "platonic" relationship. However, if Beckett and Castle could manage to get through one episode without picturing each other naked, then I might have an easier time believing the construct of this show. Having a relationship like this is a fine line, and they're starting to cross it.
The case of the week was fun, if not overly-complicated. We had a lot of good red herrings in this episode, too. While it looked as though Doug Bishop may have been just a Goldilocks looking for a comfy bed, it was quickly determined that he wasn't the squatter. He was cleared, and then enough other things happened that we were just about to forget him until all of a sudden the trail led right back to him.
Mickey, the actual "gentleman squatter," was pretty funny. He did a good job of conveying the "holy crap-ness" of committing what he thought to be a victimless crime, only to be greeted with syringes of ketamine and a gun with a silencer. However, he went through everything so quickly, that I was left confused. It's a good thing that we had the date scene so Castle and Beckett could explain it all again.
Maybe it's just because we usually see Beckett in the station, but I liked the date scene a lot. It was very cliched: of course they would only talk about the case; of course Beckett and Castle would have their "ah-ha!" moments at the same time, and of course the firefighter and #3 would end up together. Even though we saw it all coming, it didn't make it any less enjoyable.
I'm not sure how much I like the brother-in-law being behind everything. I understand that it was his job in customs that tipped him off to the diamond smuggling, but does your average suburban guy really have the wherewithal to plan a heist like that (as unsuccessful as it may have been)? I'm pretty sure I couldn't convince anyone I know to go steal a bunch of diamonds with me -- especially not my brother-in-law. However, having him as the bad guy was a nice way to bring everything full-circle. It gave a satisfying ending to an endlessly complicated episode.