The Lives Of Others: Recap

The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains spoilers from the 100th episode of ABC’s Castle.
This week’s Castle, to mark the ABC drama’s milestone episode, depositedbirthday boy Rick in a wheelchair in his apartment, thus depriving him and lady love Kate of a Bora Bora getaway.
Instead, Castle was left to tough out his last weeks of recuperation from a broken kneecap, while Beckett & Co. delved into the sketchy caught-on-camera murder of an IRS investigator. Equipped with binoculars gifted to him by daughter Alexis — and reeled in by a none-too-subtle cue from Esposito — Castle soon becomes fixated on the goings-on of a couple in a neighboring apartment building, where the guy (seemingly) caught wind of his gal’s infidelity and (seemingly) knifed her to death in the bedroom.

Coming up well shy of any smoking gun/Ginsu to support his theory, Castle has a tough time getting Kate on board — especially after Ryan and Esposito (seemingly) question the guy in the apartment. Plus, the detectives claim to have spoken on the phone with the murder victim, who merely had gone off to her mother’s. Castle nonetheless smells something fishy, later witnessing his subject don a gas mask and lug bleach into the (unseen) bedroom, and carry away a rolled-up carpet.
Enlisting Alexis for his endeavor, Castle hobbles next door and sneaks into the neighbor’s apartment to retrieve the shredded contents of the “dead” girlfriend’s purse. Instead, all Rick comes away with is a receipt for a storage locker — in which he and a “reluctantly” dragged-along Kate find… nothing. Nothing but a subsequent talking-to from Captain Gates, after they got pinched by a security guard.
Even so, Rick is resolved to drawing out this cold-blooded killer, after deducing that the chopped-up ex was stashed in the fridge. Desperate to put the issue to rest — if only so that they might get on with Rick’s birthday dinner! — Kate pays the guy a visit. Rick watches as Kate receives a less-than-warm welcome once she makes tracks for the refrigerator. Seeing a melee ensue, Rick calls in the troops and they all storm the apartment… where a surprise party awaits the birthday boy.
Yep, Kate — appreciating how cooped-up and bored and hapless Rick felt — had arranged for this elaborateRear Window-themed bit of entertainment, with help from some of Martha’s acting students. (Having been slightly spoiled for the episode, it was easy to figure out Martha’s involvement.) Rick’s reaction to being roped in by the ruse: “This is… without a doubt… the greatest birthday gift of my life!”
Later, after the invalid unwittingly helps Kate crack her real case, Rick expresses again how touched he was by the gesture. “What you did for me…. Nobody’s ever done that for me before. That was… epic.” He then warns, “But you do know I will now have to get you back.”
“Oh, you think you can top that?”
“Just you wait and see,” he teases, as he carries her — via wheelchair — into the bedroom.
A few other Episode 100 quotables and observations:castle100-marlowe
* Series creator Andrew W. Marlowe making a Hitchcock-like cameo, with wife Terri Edda Miller, as the writers Rick first trains his binoculars on
* The Castle title card strobing the number 100, and the pen’s spilled red ink spelling out “100.”
* When Kate hugs Rick after sharing her painkillers theory, she lets slip a knowing smile that he can’t see.
* Beckett’s Caller ID photo for Castle was Nathan Fillion’s Season 1 portrait
* “How many murders do you think we’ve solved since we met?” “Maybe 100 or so…?” “Here’s to 100 more” — Nielsens allowing.
* Kinda obvious the real case’s security camera footage was a set-up; as Beckett noted, the vic conspicuously never revealed any tell-tale features
* At first I thought Rick was a bit mean by responding to Gate’s absence from the party with “Good,” but then I realized they needed to (albeit illogically) keep her out of the scene so that Caskett could embrace and such. But really, what bill of goods was the captain sold to account for this elaborate charade/gift? Let’s all assume she absolutely knows what’s up by now, ‘K?
* RySposito striking 2/3 of the Charlie’s Angels pose in the doorway
* “I caught him red-handed! Literally red-handed!”
* “Look at me. He’s gonna let me in.” — Dolled-up Kate, when Rick questions if the “killer” will invite her inside. Indeed.
What did you think of Episode 100? At what point did you suspect that Castle was being played? And did you spy any other “Easter eggs” in the episode?

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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