What we liked about this episode | “Time Well Tell” returns the series to its quirky formula of fantasy and reality mixed in the “Beckett flavor” style of murders that littered the first three seasons of the series. Not only is the team back together but the eye-rolling of Beckett’s reality-based theories versus Castle’s fantasy-based theories remains a classic. And while didn’t find the episode all that enjoyable, one aspect of “Time Will Tell” we liked was the discussion between Castle and Alexis in his office where he tells her he wants Pi off his couch and out of his house. It was a conversation long overdue. And we have to say, regardless of how one feels about Pi (at this stage, all the hate is getting rather old), Alexis finally stood her ground against her father. She’s starting to come out from his shadow and that’s a thing that we think everyone should respect and admire. No one is perfect.
The case | The case involves the grisly murder of a probation officer. The team gets a description of a guy. They learn he’s Simon Doyle (Chuck‘s Chad Gomez) a self-proclaimed time traveler sent back in time to prevent the deaths of billions of people. During their investigation, which involves a lot of silly references to time travel, they come across another man named Wade. Wade’s not a very nice guy. The step-brother of the victim is also murdered for his connection to a third individual. Beckett and Castle go to an old power plant where Wade attacks them. Beckett is knocked out and Castle fights with the guy before Simon “rescues” them. Wade’s the killer out for revenge because the third individual stopped him from blowing up some conference.
“Castle, for the sake of our future please tell me you don’t believe the guy,” — Beckett
Future prophecies | Simon is crazy. He tells Beckett and Castle about their future. It’s silly and honestly? If Beckett had a difficult time dealing with the politics of her time with the FBI’s task force, she’s not going to be able to stomach the politics of being a U.S. Senator in Washington. And the thought of three kids kind of freaked her out a bit. And Castle writing literature as opposed to crime novels? He’s not serious enough become the next John Steinbeck. I guess that’s why they call it TV for a reason. But again, it’s the title that matters. “Time Will Tell” doesn’t mean the future is set in stone. It never is. And the choices we make can alter the outcomes of the paths we have chosen in the past and in the present. Think about it—Beckett was well on her way to becoming a lawyer when fate intervened and she chose law enforcement. Castle was well on his well to obscurity and a drunken stupor when Beckett walked into his life.
Castle and Alexis | Alexis announces to her father in the opening scenes that she’s found an apartment close to the campus and is moving in with Pi. Castle’s not happy. Beckett tells him he has to let her do this. The more he pushes against it, the more Alexis will rebel. Beckett’s being a mom and as someone who has gone down the path that Alexis is traveling, she’s the best person to give Castle advice about how to deal with the situation. Castle has to let Alexis grow up and learn from her mistakes along the way.
Best scene | It’s actually the saddest scene of the episode. After the case, Castle returns home to find Alexis coming down the stairs with the last of her stuff. She’s officially moving out of the loft. The next episode picks up directly with this as he struggles to deal with the changing circumstances of her life. It’s a poignant scene that speaks to the strength of their relationship and their future holds. In fact, we’re going to group all the Alexis discussions—whether it’s Beckett telling Castle to let Alexis move out or that she’s just trying to figure out how she figures into his life now—are deserving of the best scene award.
Best dialogue | “Castle, for the sake of our future please tell me you don’t believe the guy,” — Beckett.
Beckett’s not at the loft | Beckett’s not living at the loft, probably because of Pi. She’s probably at her apartment. Not that it matters to us anyways.
Rewind moment | When Castle goes into his time-altering theory watch the reaction between Esposito and Beckett.
Marlowe, check the time space continuum please | The events of “Valkyrie” and “Dreamworld” were in July and “Need to Know” was in October—October 7 to be exact. And that also happens to be the date that time travel dude said the event—the victim’s death would occur So, there’s no way that in “Time Will Tell” that Pi would have been living at the loft for a month. He’s been there for at least three months. Since we think this error made in jest (well, we’d like to think so) given the nature of the episode, we’re going to chalk it up to another quirky mistake that gets overlooked by the script editors.