By Michael Seese
The folks behind Castle really found another gear this week. "That '70's Show" was fun on so many levels.
Just the idea that in order to solve a decades-old crime they needed to recreate the era was an inspired concept. (Or one borrowed from the movie "Good Bye, Lenin!" I'm just sayin'...) Then, add on Castle's whole gung-ho "let's put on a show" attitude which, naturally, was countered by Beckett's skepticism, disbelief, and ultimate acquiescence. Finally, at the end throwing us a curve with the unrequited love angle. In many shows, a "gay surprise" comes across as contrived or cobbled on; here, I thought it worked.
(Note the photo of Jimmy Carter, above)
Other noteworthy bits:
- The "Starsky & Hutch" rip-off that Esposito was watching was great.
- The gangster's wives were wonderfully cliched.
Quick aside #1: Though I didn't voice it, something told me that Frank Russo's wife would be involved.
Quick aside #2: My wife did opine that Harold was faking his "trapped in the 70s" shtick.
- I had to back up the DVR and re-watch the scene where they took Harold into the precinct, focusing on the homage to Kojak.
- Ryan's "smooth speech" to Harold.
All in all, a great episode.
There were so many good lines, I lost count.
Martha: "I just wanted to wait until you two were finished doing whatever you were doing in there."
Castle: "A testament to the truly indestructible nature of polyester."
Harold: "Have you ever seen a cop with an ass that fine? If this women's lib I'm all for it."
Castle: "To be fair, you do have a very fine... Never mind."
Beckett: "Don't go there, cupcake."
Castle: "We will solve the greatest mystery of the disco era. Besides the popularity of disco itself."
Castle: "What is she? I said 70s. Not Pam Grier."
Alexis: "Halter tops were big in the '70s."
Castle: "So were those peasant blouses. Why didn't you wear one of those?"
Beckett (in the fake interrogation): "I want it now!" followed by a look at script, and a hand slam.
And the looks were everywhere...
Castle and Beckett, as Martha laid out her florid plans.
Beckett, when Harold called her "cop Kate."
Esposito's drop-jaw when he saw Lanie as Foxy Brown, followed by her "Don't say another word." (And then capped with Ryan's understated, "Nice dress.")
Quick aside #3: No "lividity" this week. I suppose with a 40-year-old corpse, it would have been pretty hard to say.
Two picky asides, which came to me this morning:
1. So we're to believe that Russo's wife (who did not look like a Russian shot-putter) killed Vinnie (without a trace of blood anywhere), loaded his body into a car (without a trace of blood anywhere), drove to a construction site, dumped his body in, fired up the cement mixer, and covered him in concrete.
2. Maybe it's just me, but I can't imagine the precinct wanting to party at a club 24 hours after arresting the (mob-connected) owner's wife.
Let's hope the fun continues next week.
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