Why I DID NOT like this episode | Not often you’ll see that—why I did not like this episode to start a recap off with but my problems with the episode lies more within the writing than the acting. The acting was great but the writing? Creating angst for the sake of angst is just lazy. Added to that the overuse of subtext (which, ahem, by the way, most viewers gloss over) just added to the misery of this episode. In fact, it seems like “The Squab and the Quail” (which I liked) and “The Human Factor” (which I also liked) were trying to set up the “relationship headed towards doom” angle but failed in its execution in the end.
Okay, so there are two things I liked | I certainly hope that Seamus Dever is right and that the show will turn its eye toward the supporting cast in the upcoming season. The little moment that Ryspo shares in the laundry room of the SRO was the one moment in the episode that was worth the suffering of the other 40 minutes. I also enjoyed the proposal.
The job | Beckett was offered her dream job in “Watershed.” Her comments to Lanie… “If you had the opportunity to do something that you really wanted to do but it would mean that everything in your life would change, would you do it?” And says it depended upon the job. And Beckett responds back: “It’s great. Really, really great. But the job’s in D.C.” And then you have the conversation with Rick and then her dad… I don’t know. Call me crazy but she was taking that job. Which brings me to another point—I think the need to do the job is based on more on where Beckett sees herself professionally in five years and not based on whatever potential relationship problems currently exist. Something happened between “After the Storm” and “Watershed” that made Beckett realize that her future lies not with the NYPD but outside of it—or so she thinks at this point.
And for that we kind of have to turn toward the professional partnership between Castle and Beckett.
The work partnership | One of the reasons why I haven’t done a recap for several weeks is because I wanted to re-watch some season five episodes to figure out if there was some “subtle hints” about their working relationship.
“The Fast and the Furriest” is one of the episodes that stands out in my mind as one of those episodes where Beckett is turned off by Castle’s wild theories. Now, she’s been turned off and annoyed in the past but this time it was a bit more heightened.
Then there’s the whole jealously angle in “The Squab and the Quail” that tossed gasoline onto the fire for both the personal and professional partnership.
“The Human Factor” and even though Beckett plays on Castle’s fears, she’s actually vocal about his crazy “rise of the machines” theory. Playful or not, she spent part of the time rolling her eyes and trying to steer the investigation away from a massive government cover-up and back toward the victim.
In “Watershed” the work partnership was partly screwed up because Beckett was struggling the job interview and the implications that it could have not only for her and Castle but for everything else in her life. She’d no longer work with Lanie or the boys. Gates, probably more a mentor than a boss at this point, wouldn’t be around to keep her grounded and in-line. And she’d have to leave behind the job that made her who she is.
At this point, Beckett is probably feeling a little unfilled in her job. And when an opportunity such as a federal task force comes knocking at her door, it’s only natural to pursue that opportunity.
The job itself | Beckett’s world comes unraveled more so when she’s told she has the job—the viewer isn’t privy to her final decision (that comes in the premiere) but a lot of discussion has been made about the job. Yes, it may seem a bit out of the ordinary that Beckett would be so taken in by an organization that had just shown itself to be dark and above the law. And perhaps we’ll find out why Beckett seemed so impressed with it. Since we don’t know the exactness of the job (other than it operates within the FBI but outside of it under the Attorney General), we can’t comment about whether or not it’s the right fit for Beckett.
The relationship problems | First and foremost, the biggest problem Castle and Beckett have is the lack of communication between them. Any relationship requires a certain amount of communication. Fear rules their unwillingness to communicate. For Castle, it’s the two failed marriages and the sense of abandonment he felt as a result from those marriages and growing up. For Beckett, it’s about not measuring up to a “best-selling author” and fear of loss. If they’re not on same page, one fears the other will be scared off. So when the powder keg of Kate’s secret trip to Washington, D.C. is blown wide open—things go sideways.
But the important part here is that Beckett wanted to talk about it and Castle didn’t. He chose to run off. Not that I can blame him—but she tried to reach out to him. Something she wouldn’t have done in the past. Beckett should have include Castle in the job thing—but I can understand why she chose not to in the end.
The parents get involved | Both Jim and Martha have strong words for their children and offer words of wisdom. For Jim, it was to remind his daughter of her past relationship problems and what she does. For Martha, it was to her son that he doesn’t hold back—except where Beckett was concerned. Both children walk away with food for thought. But the problem is, are they willing to fight for it?
Much ado about the interrogation scene | If there was ever a scene that has been so dissected, it’s this the interrogation scene at the end. What is Beckett talking about? Who is Beckett talking about? Is she talking about herself? Castle? This is where the episode goes off the rails and into some other worldly planet. There are multiple interpretations (which there shouldn’t be) that can be taken away from this scene.
But I’ll just add this—the walkthrough the bull pen at the conclusion and the not looking at Castle’s chair should be tell-tale sign. Plus, you don’t tell two people who are concerned about you that you have something to them (the job) when they know nothing about it to begin with.
The proposal | Never once did I feel that Castle was proposing out of desperation. He was proposing from the heart—it was totally sincere and totally motivated by love and a desire that Beckett is the one for him. And Beckett had convinced herself that Castle was going to dump her at the swings.
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