Castle Cliff Notes: Child's Play

Castle + children= Greatness!  This week’s case involved a potential kid witness and had our crime solving team trying to crack the toughest witnesses of all… 2nd graders.  There were plenty of fun lighthearted moments with the children but also an intense case.  You got a great mix of fairy princess and illegal passport operations in this episode, what more could you possibly ask for?  In an episode full of cuteness overload, it was tough to pick moments but I just couldn’t keep these 2nd grade-centric moments off the list!

5. Watch Out for Flying Objects
                Meeting the second grade teacher. Mrs. Ruis, Beckett thanks her for allowing Castle to spend time in her classroom.  Clearly not happy with the arrangement Mrs. Ruiz expresses that she had no choice and asks how they think they are going to find their witness when the youth officer couldn’t.  Castle says “Yes, but being 90% kid myself I have an ability to get into the minds of children.  And I have the perfect plan.”  Mrs. Ruiz explains there is no perfect plan and questions his ability to handle 20 2nd graders.  Castle assures her he can handle anything “these little charmers” throw his way.  Upon walking into the classroom he immediately gets hit by a flying object and says “in this case it’s an eraser.”   This teacher’s attitude towards Castle reminded me so much of Gate’s and I love it!  She didn’t buy his confidence for one minute and let him work out the problems himself.  Also, I loved the timing of the eraser right after he displayed his confidence in his ability to handle the kids.  I loved the character of Mrs. Ruiz and how she softened up to Castle throughout the episode and watching Castle interact with the class was so fun!    I wish we had guests when I was in school like Richard Castle!

4. Man Child?
                Trying to figure out who their kid witness is, Beckett and Castle start talking to the principal at Kennedy Elementary.  Beckett continues talking while Castle starts to play with some sort of kid’s toy.  We learn that that none of the children are opening up to the youth officer but the officer mentions that children are often more likely to open up to someone who isn’t an authority figure such as a classmate. Beckett reiterates the youth officers point saying “so basically we are looking for someone who won’t intimidate them. An adult presence in the classroom that 8 year olds will view as a peer.  Someone that they can consider one of their own?”  The principal asks where they will find someone like that just as Castle finishes the maze and says “Got it. Easy.”  He may not have been paying attention to what was going on, but Castle may as well have put his hand up and shouted “ME! ME! ME!” with that answer. Who better to send in with children than one of the team’s biggest kids. I love that this episode highlighted Castle’s playful side and this scene started the whole thing off! 


3. If Peeing Your Pants is Cool…
                Castle has the children write short stories to see if any of them lead him to believe the kid witness their crime.  He tells the teacher that he thinks Jack’s story about a giant definitely was the correct story because the giant had a gun.  Castle decides to win over Jack’s trust by playing army men with him at recess and bringing up the giant in their play.  Jack reveals to him that the giant was actually from a movie that his older brother watched.  Castle realizes his mistake and stands up revealing wetness in an unfortunate spot on his pants.  Immediately Jason starts yelling “Mr. Castle wet his pants!” and Castle tries to defend himself saying that the ground was wet but it was too late as the kids were already laughing. I really couldn’t get enough of Castle’s interactions with the kids and seeing them run all over him was hilarious.  I loved that he tried to give them a rationale even though there is not point rationalizing with kids when potty humor is involved.  Poor Castle J

2.  Princess Tea Party
                Cutest tea party ever!  Trying to get Emily to open up to him, Castle has a tea party with her dressed up as fairy princesses.  He compliments her tea and when asked if he wants sugar Castle asks for “low calorie fairy dust” since he is trying to cut back on sweets.  The duo then builds an ice palace together with their magic wands and Emily makes sure it’s perfect.  Castle, in a sweet moment, helps Emily with her bullying problems and then agrees to do the dishes and finish their ice castle while she goes out to recess.  I couldn’t leave this moment out!  How cute was Emily?!?! And Castle was equally adorable in his princess attire. I could just picture him doing the same thing with little Alexis or maybe even a future Caskett baby!  Hey, I can dream can’t I?

1. Girlfriend Competition
                Castle and Beckett go back into the classroom to try to figure who drew the picture of the ice cream truck that was left in Castle’s pocket.  Emily sees them and walks up to Beckett with a less than impressed look on her face.  She introduces herself and asks who Beckett is.  Beckett responds saying “I’m Kate.  I’m Mr. Castle’s friend.”  Emily immediately asks if she likes to play princesses with him and Kate responds “sometimes.”  Emily quickly changes the direction of the conversation and asks “are you getting married?” to which Beckett and Castle respond at the same time saying “one day.”  This leaves a disappointed Emily to walk away.  First, I loved how well this interaction showed the direction a second grader would take a conversation.  Emily thought she had something special with Castle and wasn’t too thrilled to see another female in his life.  And then jumping straight to the marriage question?  I loved it!  I also loved our crime solving duos answer! Also, it was funny to see Kate have a little “competition” for Castle’s attention. Plus, Castle and Beckett are naturals with children! I always love watching Caskett work with children as it just adds to my Caskett family fantasy so this was an easy countdown favorite!

Did you love the kids as much as I did?  Did this episode have you dreaming of Caskett’s future? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct

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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