Serena Kane’s krazy kiya re may not be quite as flamboyant as Aishwarya Rai’s, but, it was enough to send Kate Beckett in a frenzy of jealousy! Read on:
This week’s episode of Castle was a breath of fresh air, especially after the highly emotional return of 3XK last week. Detective Ryan returned to his regular post as Esposito’s wise-cracking bro-kick, while Castle and Beckett took their rightful place center stage.
The relationship/non-relationship heat between Castle and Beckett is apparent to everyone — even to strangers. The tension has percolated to such a degree it’s a main theme and undertone in almost every scene in this week’s “Castle.”
An expensive piece of art called “The Fist of Capitalism” is stolen from a museum but that’s not the big crime of the week. Mr. Hays, the museum’s curator, was murdered during a gala and most likely during the heist. Hays likely got killed when he went to check on the Fist and caught the thief mid-theft.
As Castle and Beckett theorize about how the crimes played out and whether or not the thief gained access to the museum through the gala, Serena Kaye, the museum’s insurance investigator comes along to investigate the theft and tells Castle and Beckett their theory is wrong and instead offers her own. Serena gets a finders fee for recovering the stolen art so she tells Beckett and Castle that since they have common goals she could help them with their case. Beckett dismisses the idea, but Castle thinks it isn’t such a bad one. He also doesn’t mind that Serena is very attractive. But Beckett seems to.
Is Kristin Lehman’s insurance investigator just another artificial obstacle for the inevitability of a Castle/Beckett relationship? Perhaps she is an example for how the Castle writers’ room is getting this relationship right? Or, maybe she’s just a big homage to DC Comics’ Catwoman? You be the judge, but I’ll take the latter two.
You’ve got to admit, the similarities are there. Beyond the coincidental names, (in the DC Comics, Catwoman’s name is Selena Kyle!) Kaye used to be a cat burglar. Plus, she has that whole “bad, but not that bad” thing working for her. To my (admittedly uneducated) perspective, Catwoman/Kyle always walked the whole good vs. evil line. And, of course, there’s the whole flirting with the hero. That almost goes without saying.
But it doesn’t matter that Beckett doesn’t want Serena around because Captain Gates does.
Serena’s theory on the crime is looking to be on mark – that the thief left through the loading dock where the catering vans were all parked. Beckett and Serena are knocking heads at every turn, each disputing the other’s ideas and theories about the crime. But Castle is buying into Serena’s ideas and this frustrates Beckett.
Esposito figures out that the thief/killer used high-tech equipment to turn off the alarm and block a video feed of the crime scent. A few other details are revealed and Serena says she knows who the killer is: A famed thief named Falco. She has a big lead on him and wants to go meet with a source for details. Beckett gets up to go, but Serena says her people won’t talk to cops, but they’ll talk to her. Castle springs out of his seat and heads out with Serena for the meeting.
At the station, Beckett interviews a suspect. A wealthy couple, in the midst of the divorce, actually owns the Fist and might be using it to get back at each other. The wife, Joy, wants the fist to stay in the museum. Anton, the husband, wants it in his possession. But it turns out, he only wanted his wife to think he wanted it so she would fight for it and give up the house on Nantucket instead.But the husband is cleared of the crime when Beckett realizes that Hays might have met with the thief before he was murdered.
In the meantime, Castle’s mother wants to set her son up on a date. He isn’t interested. “Haven’t you learned you lesson after the last fiasco?”
“Fiasco? You married her,” she said. “Unless…you have some reason for not putting yourself out there.” Ahhh, but he does. And though he won’t agree to the blind meeting, Castle tells his mother about Serena and his pseudo attraction to her.
At the same time, Beckett tells her Klingon shrink (he used to be on Star Trek), “He’s supposed to be….my partner. On my team. Not all smitten.”
The best quote of episode?
“What are you really scared of? That he won’t wait for you or that he will?”
Castle isn’t hiding his interest in Serena and even asks Beckett if he should ask Serena out…though he’s clearly hoping Beckett tells him not to go. Becket doesn’t answer, but in Serena’s presence she is eye-rollingly jealous.
The team narrow in on Falco, who it turns out knew Hays. And Falco…appears to be…Serena…making Serena…the thief.
Gates is furious she was played and demands they catch Serena by the end of the day. Beckett, though jealous, tells Castle to continue to be played by Serena and go on a date with her so she and Esposito can search her room.
He does, and even though he texts Beckett to get out of the room when he gets dragged up there by Serena, Beckett doesn’t get out in time. In an effort to distract Serena and let Beckett and Esposito escape, Castle kisses Serena.
But Beckett, clearly furious, interrupts to break it to Serena that she is being arrested for theft and murder. Castle defends himself to a fuming Beckett, saying he was only doing what was asked. She doesn’t buy it and thinks he’s fallen for Serena. He also defends Serena, feeling fairly certain she’s not the thief/murderer.
Serena knows Beckett thinks she is innocent, but picks up on the vibe that Beckett wants her to be guilty. Everybody feels the heat between Castle and Beckett, including Serena. Serena tells Beckett to put her “personal agenda” aside and let her continue on the case.
Still jealous, Beckett agrees because Serena knows who Falco is and has video to prove it. They track him to a hotel room, storm it, and face their thief. But Falco claims to be a Brit named Holt. Beckett points out that Holt was in every town every time a major art heist happened in the past 15 years. He denies it all.
Falco might be the thief, but he’s not the murderer. He won’t admit it because he doesn’t want to out himself, but he knows who the murderer is. Serena takes a crack, revealing that she was once a thief herself and compares trade secrets. He spills.
Falco was only hired to test the alarm, not steal the Fist. The real thief must have hired him to disable the alarm so he or she could steal it. Hays simply got in the way and was murdered as a result. But what the team can’t figure out is how the thief got the Fist out of the museum. They return to the scene of the crime to try and Castle does. He realizes the thief never did take remove the Fist, that they hid it, feet away from where it was taken, to be retrieved later.
It seems as though the thief was a young artist who was showing at the gallery and who’s art offered the perfect hiding place for the Fist in one of her works. But it turns out she sold that work and it’s the woman from the divorce battle (who already owns the Fist.) She bought the piece of art from the young artist and hid the Fist inside of it in so it would be delivered later. She did this in order to get the Fist out of the clutches of her husband who as we know didn’t even want it. They trace the hiring of Falco to her as well. (OK, fine, we may be just a tad biased after watching Jessica Tuck’s head explode as the villainous Nan Flanagan on True Blood.)
In an act of selflessness or self-destruction, Beckett tries to mend things between Serena and Castle.
“He believed in you even when I didn’t.”
But Serena takes a pass at a date with Castle because she knows Beckett and Castle have a thing, even if they don’t act on it.
“It’s like I said…I don’t steal things that belong to someone else.”
Instead of going out with Serena, Castle goes for a burger with Beckett.
Addict Verdict: ”Eye of the Beholder” is far less complicated than previous episodes and didn’t have as much dialogue explaining what’s going on. Or least the stuff on the side–the Drive reunion of Nathan Fillion and Kristen Lehman–was entertaining enough to push the dialogue away. The episode keeps a fast pace, as Beckett scowls in disapproval and Castle leers continuously.
Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: It’s always fun when Beckett isn’t super serious. Loved that she casually dropped the fact to Castle that she modeled nude for an art class. These two make the best faces. Period.
What do you think, Castle fans? Did Season 4, Episode 5: “Eye of the Beholder” manage to steal your heart? What did you think? Were you as pissed as Beckett at the appearance of Serena Kaye or is this someone you wouldn’t mind seeing again? Will they drag this Castle-Beckett thing out all season or will they get together sooner? Not a whole lot of screen time for Ryan and Esposito – what’s up with that?
Castle airs its fourth season Wednesdays on STAR World @ 10!
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