Castle Review: Dirty Politics

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Following a somewhat disappointing 2012 premiere, Castle returned this week with "Dial M for Mayor," an installment that investigated the death of an author involved with Mayor Weldon.

Before we discuss the forward-moving episode, let’s give a quick shout out and congratulations to Nathan Fillion and the cast of Castle for their big wins at the People’s Choice Awards. Fillion won for Favorite TV Drama Actor and the show won for Favorite TV Crime Drama. Take that CSI!

Castle, Beckett and the Mayor

After last week’s wedding pick-up artist episode, hopes were high that the show would rebound with one of its kooky and entertaining hours. Although it wasn’t the most intense outing we’ve encountered, it set the tone for the rest of the season and laid the stepping stones for important information.

To wit:

  • Alexis is bored and is looking for something else to do, possibly an internship. 
  • The Mayor is needed in office to keep Castle in place to prevent Beckett from snooping. 
  • There are people who control the city. Who are they?
  • Gates is on the detectives’ sides.
  • This was a welcome guest stint from Derek Webster aka Mayor Weldon. I wouldn’t mind having him pop in more often.
The Mysterious Man Is Back. Castle received a call from the man who had previously helped him out with Beckett’s murder investigation of her mother. At first I was thrown by the call. There hasn’t been any mention of the prior situation and it pretty much popped back out of nowhere. The spooky voice met Castle in an even spookier parking lot to let him know he's a pawn. The Mayor has to stay in office to keep Castle at the station to keep Beckett from looking into her mother’s case. I couldn’t help thinking about the old Michael Douglas movie, The Game.
This is an unexpected twist in a series long mystery. We don’t need the Beckett files constantly, but it is nice to be reminded of one of the underlying issues. Who is behind all of this? Hopefully it won’t take too much longer to figure it all out.

The Goddess. The weekly case took us into the world of a woman author who had been working as a sex line operator for her latest book project. Information she heard over the phone led her to investigate undercover at the Mayor’s office where a scandal was going down. Not surprisingly, the investigation led the detectives to one of the Mayor’s assistants. This was definitely predictable, but him not being the killer wasn’t. Who did he call that performed the murder? Any guesses?
After Thoughts:
  • There was absolutely no mention of Ryan’s wedding. He was just back at work, guess he didn’t take a honeymoon. No talk of how fun it was or anything. Kind of a let down considering we only saw a few minutes of it in the first place.
  • Castle totally used Siri on his iPhone 4s. Pure awesomeness. 
  • Nathan Fillion got a shout out on the last episode of The Big Bang Theory. Both shows = total fun.
Even though this wasn’t a stellar episode, it moved the story forward. Now if we could only get some headway with Caskett, things would be great.
There have been a few really great episodes this season, and some not so much. Here is hoping that one of the upcoming are going to rock our worlds before we get in a Castle slump. I am looking forward to either a tension filled, serious crime hour (a la "Countdown" and "Setup") or an extremely kooky fun and unpredictable episode.
What do you think, TV Fanatics.? Is Castle giving us episodes that don’t live up to their potential? Or are our expectations too high for the series and we have come to expect awesomeness every week? Either way, sound off and let us know what you thought of "Dial M for Mayor” and check back for the Castle Round Table later this week. 


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I like Nathan Fillion. I like CASTLE. But, conspiracy and intrigue are not its strong points. The writers clearly have NO clue why Kate's mom was killed and they're spinning their wheels faster, digging a deeper hole, in trying to delay the "Big Reveal." Ultimately, whatever the real story, it won't be able to match up to the cloak-and-dagger, Deep Throat inspired, 3-decade old coverup prequel that got Kate's mom, Kate's mentor, Kate's boss, and countless others murdered, AND the mayor of NYC sidelined politically. CASTLE is setting itself up so high that the ONLY result will be a huge letdown. That said, I thought the Commissioner this week was AWESOME!


Well, in "Rise", Mr. Smith put a call through to Congress after he got Montgomery's mail and realized the hit had to be called off Beckett. So I'm assuming the "dragon" is a Congressman/woman. Personally, I'm looking forward to the mega fight that Castle and Beckett are going to have when Castle finds out Beckett knew he loved her the whole time, and when Beckett finds out Castle's been keeping stuff from him. That is going to be a fight of epic proportions. No round table this week?


I don't think the Governor is the Dragon; but bet there is a higher political figure holding the strings. I do have a gut feeling that Castle or his family are in danger with the ultimatum placed upon Castle to keep Kate from digging in too deep or accidently into the past over her mother Johanna Beckett's murder.
I also wonder if the end of this season KB admits to Rick she heard what he said to her when she got shot.


Could the Governor be the Dragon? Maybe that is why the conspirators were trying to pin Laura's murder on him. It looks like they did not want the Mayor to try to beat out the Governor in the up coming race. I dont understand why Beckett and Castle did not continue to solve the murder of Laura. Did I miss something? The only murders not solved by the gang was the triple killers


My only complaint about this episode was that I instantly knew who the killer was.....I recognised Wendall from Bones (the killer in this ep) and since he was just there for the first 3/4 of the ep but didn;t talk it was clear it was him. Other then that a really good ep and I enjoyed that the Beckett files came out of nowhere it just showed how far reaching the influence of these people is


Ok, this episode was awesome. I totally did not see that ending coming. Not everything in this show has to be about Caskett and I think it's time that the writers showed that. I'm excited for next week and I'm even more excited for the Blue Butterfly (MARK PELLEGRINO). I just wish people would stop being so negative and have a little faith in the freaking writers. They know what they are doing!


@joyeful - I too think that the Caskett relationship is going to happen before mid-season six. For one, Marlowe was critical of Bones for not having the characters together before six, so I'd be surprised if he followed that path. Two, as you said, the story path seems to be going to something earlier - say mid-season five. However, I actually wouldn't mind if the mystery of Beckett's mom's murder continued to be unsolved. I like the idea of them being able to get together without everything being "perfect." Having a common enemy and mystery to solve tends to create a strong romantic intimacy - that would help to keep the Caskett relationship exciting. Maybe it would even tie into the mystery of Castle's father... I think keeping some kind of mythology arc while letting the Caskett relationship flourish would bode well for a long and
interesting run.


yep I'm a shipper at heart as well but it's not all about the ship IMO I do like addressing technical details like when you yank a HDD out of the case it just doesn't leave the power connectors hanging out of the case there are SATA connectors as well which weren't there :)
Agree Joy mid season 6 is way too long away given the progression Caskette is having now.. There are several speculative ideas I could entertain , like Rick getting a new GF etc but won't.
I don't know if I believe S6 is their hookup time.


I'm with Eridapo on this one. Again I say, I like the fact that they keep the show greater than the sum of its two main characters. The shipper stuff CAN'T be central all the time. If the show gets reduced to just their relationship, when they finally do hook up, there's not going to be much to look forward to each week. Frankly, I don't believe the writers when they say the two characters won't be in a relationship till season 6. That doesn't follow the logical progression of the stories right now, but I think they're just saying that to not spoil it for the viewers. I, for one, like the suspense. I really enjoyed this episode - we've seen how Castle has grown since his childhood friend's case, and we see how much more Beckett takes his opinion and feelings to heart. I do hope that they wrap up her shooting and her mom's shooting by the end of the season.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

An officer and a gentleman. That could be the name of our crime log.


She's the best.

Castle (about Beckett)