So… Castle and Beckett finally made it to the Hamptons. It is a known fact that the fans had been eagerly awaiting this storyline since the end of season 2, when Castle first asked the detective to go to his beach house for the weekend. The expectation around this episode was sky high because, well… we had been waiting for this for the past two years.
And maybe that was why it didn’t quite work for me.
I know this is most likely an unpopular opinion and I’m in the minority here. A romantic weekend in the Hamptons is probably every Caskett shipper dreams come true – and I did like the nod to the shippers in that scene – but there was something about it that didn’t feel right to me. Maybe it was the editing – most of the episode felt really choppy, like the scenes weren’t put together all that well – or the writing too, because those interruptions were getting downright annoying, but “Murder, He Wrote” just didn’t flow right like other episodes. Whatever it was, it made the episode that I had been so looking forward to fall a little flat to me.
I didn’t really care for the case, but that is not something I usually focus on when watching this show. This time, however, the case was interfering directly in the characters’ lives to the point that I was rolling my eyes when they introduced yet another suspect that just got in the way of their weekend.
Also, back in New York, I still can’t get over the fact that Ryan and Esposito really did not have a clue that Castle was Beckett’s mysterious boyfriend. Do they really want us to believe that those two didn’t notice anything going on between them and would be so insensitive as to mention Beckett’s “new boyfriend” in front of Castle after our dynamic duo spent a good portion of season 4 practically attached at the hip and making goo goo eyes at each other? It just doesn’t make any sense.
However, not all was bad in “Murder, He Wrote”. There were a few moments that were really great, like that scene when she asks about the other women he had taken to his beach house. I love that she feels comfortable enough with him now to ask those kinds of questions and be vulnerable around him. His answer was awesome and I wanted to pat him in the back in congratulations. I also really liked that first precinct scene and how Kate is counting down the seconds to get out of there to start her weekend with him and I absolutely adored the last scene.
I loved that Ryan was the first to find out about them at the precinct and that he chose to keep it to himself. I also think Lanie is onto something and she definitely suspects that there is stuff going on between Castle and Beckett, which was why she was so dodgy when the boys were harassing her for information on Beckett’s secret boyfriend.
Bottom line is there were some cute moments that probably made the shippers very happy, but that’s all they were, really. The episode as a whole was lacking that spark that is so characteristic of a classic Castle episode.
“Murder, He Wrote” had the potential to be amazing, but it didn’t live up to it. It was just okay.