Recap: Dressed to Kill

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“Dressed To Kill” – When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine’s dictatorial editor Matilda King (guest star Franes fisher) is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. Meanwhile Beckett’s history in the modelling world gets her access to a very special wedding surprise.

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A few thoughts | This recap has been wrote and rewrote a handful of times. And trying to strike a balance with “Dressed to Kill” has been difficult because this episode failed on many levels. There’s nothing that we can point to that we enjoyed about this episode. On a whole, we’re wondering why ABC decided to push “Dressed to Kill” a week. Typically sweeps episodes offer significant developments or have some sort of wow factor. This episode failed to deliver on both counts. And given the original recap, this is tame!

The case | Two aspiring fashionistas are rummaging through a dumpster looking for some killer threads when they find the body of a woman who was recently fired from the country’s top notch fashion magazine, Modern Fashion. Turns out, the woman was a gifted designer and had supposedly been behaving erratically. Of course, she was a victim of a much bigger scheme—to get rid of the magazine’s editor Matilda King (played by the lovely Frances Fisher). the victim was being set up because she discovered the magazine’s fashion design guru had stolen some of her designs and she was about to blow it wide open. King’s right hand man was the killer and the fashion designer dude can kiss his career adios.

All those who care about Beckett’s modeling career, say “I” | Sometimes shows have this nasty habit of exploring silly character backstories because they feel people care about said backstory. Aside from a gimmicky way of getting Beckett into that “dress” (and we use that term loosely), the whole Beckett’s modeling past was a waste of time and space in this episode. To this day we cannot shake the horrible feeling some of us had when the writers from Xena: Warrior Princess decided that it was important to explore a three year old plot because the how was never explained. That episode failed and this is why “Dressed to Kill” failed.

Avoid stereotypes at all costs | This may seem like nitpicking but we have to say can we get a show that doesn’t beat audiences over the head with fashion designer stereotypes? Why must they all be Asian gay males? Thanks Castle writers for perpetuating stereotypes.

Say “NO” to the dress | Aw crap, she said yes. We suppose that if Beckett is happy in that dress, that’s all the really matters. But dresses aren’t supposed to be the center of attention—the bride is and we couldn’t keep our eyes off the dress. Yes, we’re not fans of the dress. And judging from many of the comments, we aren’t the only ones. And the 30 second worthless scene in Beckett’s apartment is well—just that, worthless.

Their misfortune is our lucky day | Or is it? The opening Castle and Beckett scene is basically them looking at wedding venues and dresses. Beckett seems bored which is a reversal since the past few episodes had Castle being bored with the planning. Now it seems Castle is leading the way with Beckett getting cold feet. Confused? So are we. But Castle is understanding and offers to hold off if Beckett feels rushed because of all the mom issues being stirred up at the moment.

A foreshadowing of things to come | Beckett thinking of her mother and her telling Castle no (at first) to a spring wedding is no mistake. Marlowe has this crafty habit of dropping clues into episodes of things to come. And Beckett missing her mom is one sure fire way to set up a revisit to her mother’s case later in the season. (We are thinking a season finale scenario here.)  Even though Beckett says she’s up for a spring wedding, if history is of any indication than expected a few more bumps, misdirections and questionable angst to become roadblocks as the season heads into sixth season finale.

No favorites, not one | We can’t pick a favorite scene or dialogue. And that sums up our opinion of the episode.

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