Castle Cliff Notes: That '70s Show


Good news Castle fans!  The mini hiatus is finally over and back with a bang in this week’s 70’s themed episode!  We got enough disco, polyester clothing, and 70’s slang references to last us for years and I was loving the whole thing.  No, this wasn’t finally and instance of Castle’s conspiracy theories being right and our crime solving duo using a time machine but it was equally as fun.  So get your funky threads on and lets head to the disco for this week’s Castle Cliff Notes Countdown!

5. Privacy Please
Walking out of Castle’s bedroom, Castle and Beckett are stopped by Martha who says “I am going to make your day!  I have the most exciting news I just wanted to wait until you were finished doing…you know, whatever you were doing in there.” Castle quickly says “sleeping” and Beckett clearly not liking the direction of the conversation asks “what news?”  Turns out Martha has some extravagant flower arrangement ideas that aren’t quite what Caskett were looking for, and this leads to Martha feeling a little left out of the wedding planning.  The reason this scene made the countdown?  I loved Martha’s “whatever you were doing in there” comment and Castle and Beckett clearly trying to change the topic of discussion.  The dynamic between Martha and Castle is always entertaining and I love Beckett fitting perfectly into their little household.  It was a short moment, but definitely a memorable one this episode.  And don’t worry, this isn’t the last you’ll see of Martha in this countdown!


4. Hot Mama
Castle and Beckett go to see Harold for the first time and they get a quick introduction into his condition of pathological grieving and how he believes it is currently the 1970’s.  He sees Kate and calls her a “hot mama” saying she could be his guest all night long.  Beckett quickly goes into work mode introducing herself as Detective Beckett and introducing Castle.  Harold automatically assumes Castle is the Captain as he is the male and assumes he is the one training Beckett. Harold then circles Beckett and says “Have you ever seen a cop with an ass that fine? If this is women’s lib I’m all for it!”  Castle tries to justify what Harold said by saying “to be fair, you do have a very fine… never mind.” I loved this first glimpse into the 70’s theme of the episode and Harold’s comment to Beckett and his automatic reversal of her and Castle’s roles was funny (not to mention refreshing to see the progress women in the workplace have made).  Castle trying to justify Harold’s ass comment was exactly what everyone was thinking but watching himself dig his own grave with Beckett was funny.  He caught himself just in time though but not before proclaiming his love for Beckett’s behind.  Loved this scene!


3. That 70’s Precinct
Needing to turn the clock in the precinct back to the 70’s, Castle enlists Martha’s help to make it happen (and to make her feel better about them not using her wedding ideas).  Turns out Martha brought in actors and wrote scripts for the whole thing. First glance of the elevator, Martha did an amazing job and Harold is clearly buying the whole thing. Worried, Beckett tells Castle that if the plan doesn’t work she’s going to kill him. Ryan and Esposito even get in on the fun dressing up as Snookie and Ray from the old crime fighting videos.  Harold says he wants to talk to Snookie and Ray only (since he “loves those guys”) and Beckett tells Espo and Ryan to take him to interrogation.  Still amazed that a women is in a leading role, Harold says “I can’t believe you let this chick boss you around.”  To add to the fun that was already happening, Alexis turns up wearing a way too little clothing for Castle’s liking, Ryan gets really into character, and we got to watch Castle and Beckett flub their way through their “scripts.”  Overall, it was a hilarious blast from the past and a lot of fun packed into one scene.  You dig?


2.  Foxy
Beckett and Castle are heading to the morgue dressed in their 70’s attire worried that Lanie isn’t going to hold up her end of the bargain.  They have nothing to worry about though, because when they enter the morgue with Harold she is dressed in full on 70’s attire.  Harold is impressed with how she looks, and frankly so was I!  Castle, amused asks what she’s wearing and Beckett tells him that the only 70’s outfit she had was her Foxy Brown Halloween costume.  Harold is trying to convince her to spend a night with him and Lanie with all her sass says “I’d rather be dead than end up in your bed jive turkey.”  Super hats off to Tamala on this scene!  She sold the part so well and looked amazing in her Foxy Brown outfit! Damn girl! Super sassy Lanie lands this scene high on this week’s countdown! Dy-no-mite!


1. Last Dance
After solving the case, Harold, Beckett, Castle, his family, and the rest of the 12th family head to Glitterotti to have some fun and say goodbye to Vince.  At the club, Castle and Beckett (in a fabulous dress) are showing off their moves on the dance floor.  Castle tells Beckett that he didn’t know she could disco dance.  Beckett responds saying “Oh Castle, I’m a woman of many hidden talents.”  Castle responds with “I look forward to discovering every single one.”  We then see Alexis and Martha, who also look fabulous and Castle expresses his excitement that Alexis has more clothes on then she did in the precinct (um, embarrassing dad…). Ryan and Espo, still in their Snookie and Ray attire are also dancing and of course Espo is checking out Lanie who looks great again!  And Ryan doing the splits?  Fantastic!  The real surprise though was Captain Gates making her way around the dance floor. Castle sees her and asks if her attendance means “all is forgiven” but Gates assures him that it just means she likes to dance.  Regardless, it was great to see the team having fun outside of work!  Also, I’m definitely looking forward to discovering more of Beckett’s hidden talents along with Castle.  Any ideas of what other hidden talents she could have?  Maybe some BMX riding based on next week’s promo? Haha!  Overall, I can’t deny a full team moment the number one spot this week so this moment tops our countdown! 


Were you digging the 70’s themed episode or was it not your one of you favorites?  Do you want to see any more blast from the past episodes in the future? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct!  Follow me, I’ll follow you and we’ll have Castle fun! J


Xo Always ~DenialLove

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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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