'Castle' - 'The Mistress Always Spanks Twice' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:45AM
(S02E16) Nathan Fillion really dug deep into his repertoire of cheesy faces for this episode, didn't he? His reactions to some of the naughtier things were so over-the-top that they went from funny, to lame, and then circled back around to hilarious.
There was a lot to like about this episode, whether or not you enjoyed the many faces of Fillion. There was a large suspect pool, plenty of twists, and best of all, two stars from beloved teen dramas. Hudson University has the best PhD program ever (if you overlook the fact that you're likely to be murdered there). Where else could you go for your degree with both Brian Krakow from 'My So-Called Life' and Lane Kim from 'Gilmore Girls?' Granted, this didn't work out so well for Jessica, as Brian Krakow's (or "Matt's," as it were) jealousy led to the exposure of her double-life and eventual murder, but still. How fun!
This was yet another episode that was really good at keeping me guessing the whole way through. I knew pretty early on that it wasn't going to be the boyfriend, because it was just a little too boring, and I didn't think they'd make it Mistress Irena. I actually thought for a while that it would be one of the people in her PhD program, so I like how I was kind of right.
Granted, Matt didn't actually kill her, but he certainly wasn't innocent in the whole matter. After they cleared her boyfriend the second time, I started to think it was Danielle, her roommate. After all, she said they were like sisters, which is total TV/movie code for "jealous psycho killer." My only problem is the actual murder scene.
At the beginning of the episode, we learn that Jessica was about 105 lbs, and that the killer got her to the park in a wheeled suitcase. Fine. Going all 'Very Bad Things' doesn't seem to be the most likely body dump scenario, but I can go with it. What I'm having a hard time believing, however, is that this tiny little woman could get 106 lbs. of dead weight out of the suitcase, hoist her up and hang her from playground equipment. I've never moved a dead body, but I've moved enough boxes and furniture to know how difficult that would be without help.
I know at some point there has to be suspension of disbelief, and that murder scene was quite a visual, but it still bugs. Even if she was covered in caramel and handcuffed to the bottom, instead of hanging off the ground, it would have been better. That would have been easier to believe. It's the fact that she made it of the ground that doesn't really work for me.
Overall though, it was a funny episode, with lots of engaging twists and turns. What did you think? Did the murder scene bug you, or were you too busy blushing at all of the leather, like Castle was?