by Michael Seese
I enjoyed "And Justice For All." I thought this episode strung together a lot of fun individual scenes, and wove them in nicely with the murder investigation. My favorites:
- Castle's "speed dating" with the ESL students, especially when Aida began speaking real French at him.
- Hayley's serving as an interpreter, translating Alistair's "English" to English.
- Castle's classmates throwing up roadblocks as the FBI began tailing Judge Caldwell.
- Castle's "death" at the hands of Hayley.
- NOT among my favorites was Martha's schmaltzy speech at the end about what makes America great.
I thought it was VERY cool the way they touched on, in passing, Castle's missing six months by mentioning the letters he had received in response to his plea for information, and then bringing it to the forefront by having him flashback after tasting the Korean food.
And as always, Dr. Perlmutter provided a breath of fresh (or would that be stale??) air. Even before "the break-up," he detested Castle. But now that Beckett (in theory) hates Castle, Perlmutter is free to speak his mind.
"It's because of nitwit pretty boys like you that good men, like my brother Edgar..."
"There's a scalpel and a rib spreader if you need them."
And to back up a moment, when he told Beckett he had a twin, I loved her delivery of the line, "Uh, there's two of you?"
So while we're on the lines...
Castle: "I have a little writer's block, that's all."
Beckett: "So you're taking it out on the laptop?"
Castle: "Not the laptop. The cursor. Just look at it. Taunting me. It's just blinking on off on off. Like it's so easy to write a bestselling novel. Because I'd like to see you try it, Mr. Cursor."
Castle: "While I do love kissing you Beckett, it's just a little creepy when you do it in front of a dead body. It's inappropriate."
Beckett: "Sounds like our mild-mannered zoo keeper rattled a few cages."
Vikram: "Who is the sexiest digital investigator alive?"
Esposito: "No way I'm saying you, bro."
Castle: "In your position, I would have done the same thing."
Esposito: "No you wouldn't have."
Castle: "No I wouldn't have. I have a soul."
Picky aside: I can appreciate that the new arrivals might not know Richard Castle, author. (Though they could have; last time I checked, they do have books in England, Korea, Senegal.) But the teacher, John Emerson, should have recognized the amazing resemblance between the famous mystery writer and Jean-Luc de la Croix.
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