‘Castle’ Season 5, Episode 10: ‘Significant Others’ – Full House

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 12th, 2013 at 11:16 pm,

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Castle is back from its winter hiatus and hosting the holiday after-party from hell. The first two guests who are revealed aren’t so bad. Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) is home sick from college with mono; apparently, that boy of the non-friend variety is working out for her.

Meanwhile, Beckett (Stana Katic), like so many TV girlfriends before her, seeks sanctuary with her leading man while her apartment is being fumigated. As always, Martha (Susan Sullivan) is milling around in the background, though she’s relegated to a few snappy one-liners this time around. Last, but certainly not least, is Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) ex-wife, Meredith (Darby Stanchfield). Oh, and someone was murdered, but that mostly happens in the background.

The thing about Richard Castle is that while he’s one of the finest male specimens on display on network television, he’s more Peter Pan than Jean Valjean. Exhibit A is his inability to say no. Granted, he was put in a sticky situation between girlfriend and ex-wife, but most guys who don’t want to end up sleeping on the couch would’ve sided with the girlfriend from the beginning.

Young boys are cute because they’ll do just about anything to please mama – or a pretty girl – however, when they grow into men who waffle in order to please everyone, it’s just plain annoying. Each time Castle has the opportunity to put things right, he folds.

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Exhibit B is his overkill in the charm department. While Castle could probably charm Eskimos into buying an ice machine, he lays it on a little too thick for Kate in this episode. At first she doesn’t buy it. Then she gives him a chance to come through for her, but when he doesn’t, she gives up on relying on him to find a solution. Kate eventually accepts a dinner invitation from Meredith, which ends up giving Kate a new appreciation for Castle before ultimately backfiring when she asks one question too many.

That question leads to Exhibit C, voiced by the ex-wife herself: Castle is the easiest guy to pour your heart out to, but he has the hardest time letting that openness go both ways. Obviously, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt since Meredith left out that itty-bitty detail about her affair coming between them, but she does strike a note of truth. Even fans who have been granted the wider perspective could write novels based on what they know of Beckett’s past, but they’d be hard-pressed to get beyond a paragraph or two about Castle without delving into speculation. And while a little mystery in any relationship is good, it can only take you so far.

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Meanwhile, the murder mystery woven around the drama in the Castle/Beckett relationship has to do with a murdered divorce lawyer and her  clients. Michelle Toughey made her living representing women in high-stakes divorce cases and was murdered for being far too thorough. At first, the man pictured above and played by the delightful Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner is the focus of the investigation as he’s believed to have killed his wife while boating. After a few interviews with some highly volatile folks and a nice chase scene for Ryan (Seamus Deaver) and Espisito (Jon Huertas), the team discovers that the wife staged her own death and enlisted the husband of one of Michelle’s current clients to help her make a clean getaway. Ah, the best laid plans!

As for the episode as a whole – it does a decent job of showing the audience how far Castle and Beckett have come, while raising plenty of new issues for them to sift through in the remainder of the season. With the show’s 100th episode coming soon, one can only speculate if the mention of Castle’s father is a foreshadowing of what’s to come.


Castle airs Mondays @10pm on ABC.

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  1. Castle needs to grow some kahunas, he needs to be a male instead of a sissy boy really. Butch up.
    The writers need to get some male hormones as this story was not good again in the way it was done. Send him to the FBI to train as was in Numbers for gods sake. Cant stand feminine sissy boys.

  2. Thwoey.

  3. Okay – I love this show, and this was a great episode but, does Kate always have to be so unsure of her relationship with Castle? He has probablly told her more than – he ever told Meredith. Let Castle, be Castle and stop trying to make him a dectective’s, detective – he’s a writer, and that is what makes the show – so much fun. Open him up yes, but not at the expense of Stana’s character-Kate. Let’s have some dialogue with Kate and Martha about who Castle really is – and why he is so afraid to show his true self honestly, and openly even though he loves Kate deeply. Let’s have Kate’s emotional back story on relationships, and why they always end – come on the girl isn’t getting any younger.

    My Season 5 Wish List:

    1. When will we hear about Ryan’s and Jenny’s baby news?

    2. Will Castle buy Kate jewelry for Valentine’s Day?

    3. Will the move-in question appear near season’s end?

    4. And what villian will make a final appearance as Season’s 5 comes to a conclusion – and who will be the villian’s target?

    5. Will a very hot detective and Lanie finally get serious, maybe leaving Kate to wonder about her future with Castle?

    6. Will Kate finally tell – Castle that she love’s him (probably in a hospital scene with Castle in a coma)? – that’s probablly what it will take for this girl!

    See You In Castle Land

  4. I am big Castle fan, and this was a great episode, but the show seems to have lost some of its intensity. I enjoyed this weeks episode with Javier taking the lead to mentor a teen; but why is Kate always in a question mode with her relationship with Castle? Then the episode ends with Meredith sticking it to Kate’s emotional insecurities again, when Meredith had an affair on Castle during their marriage. When is Kate going to wise up? I love the elements of earlier seasons that have been revisited, but their relationship is more like friends, then lovers and partners – where’s the heat? The passion?

    • Relax Stone Play…

      Like you, I think that someone as strong as Kate should also have more insight into Castle, but then I am not writing the show. I know the next episode is about college and murder, and I read that Alexis will have a blog that dad-Castle will not be so pleased with. This might be a great place to create a bonding moment between Kate and Alexis, in an up and coming episode: when the website maybe draws a stocker, and Alexis is afraid to go to her dad, but defers to Kate for help in getting out of the mess she created. At some point the relationships around Castle have to have inter-play with regards to Kate…This may be a moment for that to take place.

      I also notice the talk about valentine’s day… can’t wait to see just how romantic Marlowe and team actually get, the in depth romance beween the characters has kind of been more on the friendship burner, than a couple who are learning each other, and have a strong emotional attachment for one another. :)

      I am a romantic guy… where’s the romance, the tention, the longing, and even passion? If my wife and I acted like these two characters – we never would have married. I still love this show, but it needs some heat!