I don't like it in shows when the bad guy gets off. Even less do I like any inference that murder is a positive way to carry out your fanatical ideology -- which, I'm sorry, but is how I took this. Bella and Holmes were fun, so this was otherwise a good episode, but the conclusion does and will bother me.
What you're saying is true and all (and exactly what they did), but Castle plays games and fantasy role-playing and, much like the end of Quigley Down Under, it would have been fun and not so far from the realm of possibility that Castle could have turned out to win a quick draw in the climax. Just for fun, not realism.
They've definitely changed the dynamic between Holmes and Watson. I wonder where it will lead. Holmes and Watson may not have equal talent, but each is capable of doing the job alone that they used to do together (sort of like a boss leaves a company, an assistant is promoted and does the job successfully for a year, the the boss decided to return and right off shows off his superior skills). What's the interaction going to be like? I'm not sure how it can be even friendly unless something changes/develops. I like both characters and will be watching to see what they'll do, but I admit I'm a little afraid the show will fade away.
FYI She was calling the company that makes gourmet gift baskets, probably from an 800 number on the tag on the gift basket she was complaining about. I think it was Harry & David, if I remember the names right.
I saw an old Tyrone Power-Betty Grable movie recently, "A Yank in the R.A.F." Grable couldn't resist Power & even ran to England to get away from what he did to her. He's a cad, a heel, runs into a buddy when he has a date with her & doesn't show until 4 AM. She meets a nice guy, Power's commanding officer, who wants to marry her and she's determined to ... but Power goes missing in a dogfight and it's all out the window. The nice guy says he was afraid he couldn't pry her away from him. She rushes to Power as he comes off a ship, bandaged, and is all over him -- and even then, at the end of the movie, a cute nurse comes running up saying "our" car is here and he brushes her off & she says but you're not going to forget about Thursday? He stutters out he'll remember to change the bandage Thursday; then takes Grable's arm and as they go off (with the nice guy following along), Power says, "I know, I'm a heel ..." and it makes no difference anymore. That's Lisbon and Jane, for all his faults, and Pike the nice guy who can't pry her away.
You touched on all the things I liked (especially the crime in the beginning, which was my favorite scene of the show, & everyone showing up/motel room scene)! I wasn't a shipper, but was, "A-w-w-w-w," at the chase and airplane scene and Lisbon coming in the next morning. To me it was done in a way that suited the characters, the tentative way they each ever exposed their feelings to anyone.
I expect that Penny moves in with Leonard and Sheldon doesn't go anywhere. Actually, the friendship dynamics are such that if Sheldon isn't living with Leonard, he would probably never see any of the others (except Amy). Also it was a big move forward for Raj, but they could easily not bother bringing back Emily next season for somebody different eventually (Emily is the least eccentric character maybe ever on the show).
I didn't care much for the beginning of this season, especially the FBI job -- and then haven't disliked a regular character on any show I can ever remember like I disliked the sudden inexplicable Alexis nastiness. I even didn't watch until the reviews and comments here let me know the Alexis hubris was faded out. My point is that the show since has just been a series of generally fun crime episodes and I like that fine and hope it continues!
A separate thought is that I'm sure Jane and Lisbon will be together next season, but I think the way they are setting it up, they haven't figured out where and how yet. I hope they've decided that Lisbon is being under used on the show and mean to fix it -- but I think the end of this season will be Lisbon going off with Pike to DC and Jane bidding them adieu ... and then they can figure out what they're going to do for next season: like Lisbon could change her mind and be back, or Jane could go to DC, maybe because Lisbon needs him on a case, and he stays on (thus disposing of Abbot and Fisher), or it could be Abbot goes to DC and takes Jane (and Fisher's then gone). Lots of possibilities with little explanation needed for any to be chosen.
Jane sort of owed getting Lisbon a job (and owed getting her out of her dead end small town sheriff position in a town that she wasn't invested in or wanted to be a contributing part of). Jane didn't bring down the CBI, Red John did through the corruption/etc. -- but whereas Cho went on, everyone else was collateral damage and Jane owed it to his good friend and partner Lisbon to set things on the right track for her. And he did.
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