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'Castle' - 'Food to Die For' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 4th 2010 9:28AM
Castle: Food to Die For
(S02E22) "The eternal struggle between work and play. The trick is, when you grow up, to find work that feels like play." - Castle to Alexis

This episode of 'Castle' really played out like a whodunit mystery novel. I guess they all do, but this one really jumped out at me that way, like a Nikki Heat book sprung to life. Plus, it's pretty cool that Castle is a foodie and a fan of the fictional 'Kitchen Wars.' And I'm not surprised that Beckett had no idea the reality show even existed. She's very busy. Solving crimes and all.

You know, in this household, we're always fearing for Chef Ramsay's life on 'Hell's Kitchen.' You can just imagine that one day he'll be found bludgeoned to death by a contestant who snapped after Ramsay got in their face one too many times. But then you see him on 'Kitchen Nightmares' and he's totally different -- sweet (sort of), caring and really helpful as he's trying to save a restaurateur from going under. Anyway, these are the things I thought of while watching Castle and Beckett deal with a reality kitchen star found frozen dead in his kitchen, the victim of a liquid nitrogen canister gone horribly awry.

I thought I had it all figured out during the first few minutes. Madison and Beckett were oh so friendly, having gone through high school together, knowing each others' secrets and all (and what?! Beckett loved watching reruns of 'Saved by the Bell"?!). Anyway, of course my first impression was totally wrong.

They finally got around to fingering Madison, but you knew she couldn't have done it because the show still had 30 minutes to go. Obviously, it had to be one of the people we met along the way, but I didn't figure on it being the foster brother. Nor did his girlfriend seem like the kind of gal to be sleeping with Chef Wolf. Still, it was fun to see how it all played out.

Ok, let's get to the important stuff. First, how hot was Beckett's red leather jacket towards the end of the show? They didn't have a picture of it on the ABC press site, but run it back and let me know what you think. I'm also loving her hair these days. More sleek. Less mullet-ish.

This little cat-and-mouse game she and Castle are playing is getting a little old. I sort of want them to get together RIGHT NOW, but I'm sure the writers will save it for the finale. Look, clearly they've got the hots for each other -- she was put out that Castle was going to the charity event with Madison, and Castle was jealous that Beckett was spending time with Demming. Castle brings her coffee in the morning! If you can get a guy to do that, you've got something special.

A few other thoughts:

A purple shirt and a red tie? I'm sure it was a reference to something else Nathan Fillion has done, but I'm not sure what. Did Dr. Horrible wear that outfit? Fillion did Dr. Horrible's evil laugh while playing with the liquid nitrogen in his kitchen. And by the way, it was pretty funny watching him freeze apples and other stuff, then let them splinter into pieces on the floor.

"You were just giggling over the risotto with our suspect!" - Beckett
"Which was to die for, by the way!" - Castle

Very sweet scene at the end where Alexis asks her dad to order her to stay home from the Hamptons so she could study.

Julie Gonzalo, who played Madison, also played Maggie Dekker on 'Eli Stone' and Parker Lee on 'Veronica Mars.'

What did you guys think about this episode?

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Deepa

I loved Madison's little interrogation:
"You have the hots for Castle. You want to make little Castle babies"

June 25 2010 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

"What happened to the other M.E., Dr. Lanie Parish?"

She seems to show up, like, every other episode or so. I wonder if the actress playing the part has another gig on the side or something? Does any one know?

May 06 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mary

i thought the storyline with alexis was rather boring... but i liked the rest of the episode.

May 05 2010 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LauraO

What happened to the other M.E., Dr. Lanie Parish?

May 04 2010 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

Another Veronica Mars connection-- Max Greenfield played Deputy Leo D'Amato, a temporary love interest.

They've done the Firefly reference, but I'm waiting for them to make a Capt. Hammer one.

(the hammer is his penis)

May 04 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

"Very sweet scene at the end where Alexis asks her dad to order her to stay home from the Hamptons so she could study."

And to save face with her friends. ;-) Smart girl, but we already knew that. :)

Now I've got to go back and check out that jacket.

May 04 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ptvj

That jacket was awesome. Beckett has some of the best jackets on TV. I can't wait for the season finale. Please get these two together!

May 04 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

I've figured out Castle's "Red Hat Society" outfit: notice that Beckett was wearing purple and Madison was wearing red in those scenes? He's just trying to match them both!

May 04 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Welshrogue

I think you got your review mixed up with something else...."They finally got around to fingering Madison"... I saw that movie, wasn't as good as Castle though!

May 04 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

For some reason as soon as they said bruising on the legs my mind jumped to mob/bookies

Madison's lipstick was a weird perfect match for her dress during Castle's date and whatever pink outfit she had on after.

May 04 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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