Castle and Beckett Discover Puppy Love: J on Castle 4×13 “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

“An Embarrassment of Bitches” was pretty much as light and fluffy as TV episodes come, and that’s saying something coming from a show that doesn’t take itself terribly seriously to begin with. What with celebrity dogs and reality TV stars, this episode of Castle was frothy and cute but not really plot-advancing. Still we had fun watching it, laughing at the one-liners (which ranged from lame to quite funny) and “awww”ing over the puppies, Castle, and Beckett.

Like Beckett, I don’t follow reality TV or its stars, so the parallels to certain real-life celebs were kind of lost on me. But my viewing of Castle is far more focused on the relationships than the cases anyway so I wasn’t too fazed. However a few eyebrows were raised upon hearing that Beckett objects to reality TV because she doesn’t like fiction masquerading as truth. Oh, Kate, if only you could hear yourself! Faithful viewers know that Beckett has been concealing the knowledge that Castle confessed his love for her, so her dislike of omissions, concealment, or downright lying (depending on how harshly you want to judge Beckett) is a bit rich.

Perhaps it’s this imbalance of knowledge that makes Beckett retreat from a moment of romantic potential in her apartment. Castle brings Royal, the dog whose custody they are sharing, to her home and takes the opportunity to demonstrate a particularly pleasing doggy rub on Beckett’s hand. (That sounded dirtier than I meant it!) The salient point is that he holds her hand and the demonstration quickly becomes a genuine show of affection. She is aware of this and looks up at him, expecting him to stop, but he simply looks into her eyes and keeps a hold on her hand. This is a significant acknowledgement of their feelings for each other, especially because it doesn’t take place during a crisis or a moment of impending doom (see: hostage situation [4×07], ticking bomb about to explode [3×17], near-fatal gunshot wound [3×24]). They seem about to face each other honestly, and possibly divulge some secrets, but Beckett shatters the moment by saying Castle’s name. He lets go of her hand in a hurry and rushes out of the apartment, leaving Beckett unable to meet his eyes. Castle tells the dog not to miss him too much, but feels the need to clarify that he wasn’t talking to Beckett, who looks disappointed in both her reaction and his. Sigh. Come on, people, it’s not that hard to confess your undying love for each other, is it?

At least Beckett then has the cuddly Royal for company, and the sight of her laughing with the dog on her couch is almost too adorable. Actually, it seemed to me that Beckett was laughing and smiling a lot in this episode: at Esposito, at the dog, at Castle. It’s so unusual to see her laughing or eating, and she’s done both in the last couple of episodes! I think as the series progresses, Stana Katic puts a little more of herself into Kate Beckett, and we see that whenever the character laughs or has a good time. A perfect example is when Beckett and Espo are running away from some ferocious-looking German shepherds. While Beckett is usually composed and agile while running in crazily high heels, this time it was hilarious to see her running elbows to knees after Esposito.

But it wasn’t Beckett who had all the comedy this episode. Jon Huertas obviously had some fun playing with Esposito’s crush on Kay Capuccio. And Nathan Fillion was given license to goof around a little as Castle. Possibly my favourite joke was when photographers stop to snap some pics of Richard Castle, only to stalk off disappointed when they realize he isn’t Jason Bateman. Fans of Fillion know that he himself has been mistaken for Mr. Bateman on more than one occasion, so the moment can be added to the list of self-referential jokes that they seem to love on Castle. (Check out Nathan telling one of his mistaken identity stories here.)

Another example of Castle’s humour comes when both he and Beckett are vying for Royal the dog’s love, to determine where he will live permanently. While Beckett tries to tempt Royal by calling him “babe” and offering him a comfy couch, Castle’s lines (some of which were probably ad-libbed by Nathan Fillion) were even better. He tells the dog he knows it’s a big decision but feels confident that Royal will make the right choice, then resorts to reminding him that dogs are man’s best friend, emphasis on MAN’S! This chance to ham it up must have been fun for all the actors involved.

We at The Viewing Party didn’t really see the problem when it came to Royal. If Castle and Beckett didn’t want him changing houses, the simple solution would be to get married and move in together, no fuss no muss! I guess the writers don’t agree, at least for now.

Other things:

  • Castle, seeing Royal and Kay’s dog sniffing and nuzzling, says at least they seem to enjoy each other. Beckett looks over at him like she wouldn’t mind sniffing and nuzzling him either!
  • Esposito and Lanie had some great glances that made us think maybe their relationship is not so rocky any more.

What did you think of “An Embarrassment of Bitches”? And who else is super excited for the film noir episode coming in two weeks?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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