TV REVIEW: Castle – Season 5, Episode 3 “Secret’s Safe With Me”

castle_season_5_188u0ue-188u0ujI would never normally do this but I’m going to preempt this whole review by saying that this episode of Castle has the most romantic 30 seconds I have ever seen on TV.

Yes, there’s also a murder but I was still thinking about this one moment hours later. Female fans of the show may want to have their remote controls at the ready to pause and rewind as I did several times (much to the annoyance of my husband!) But it would be a very short review if I focused on 30 secs of screen time so let’s talk about the other 42 minutes shall we?

This weeks case revolves around the death of a young Philadelphia woman found in a New York hotel room.  As the team dig deeper into her life and what brought her to New York, the trail leads us to a storage locker being auctioned off to the highest bidder. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the concept, this involves storage companies selling off the contents of unpaid units to the highest bidder.  The only problem is, you aren’t allowed to see what you are actually buying until you have the winning bid.

This ‘Storage Wars’ homage leads us to the most bizarre moment of the show, where we finally find out a bit  more about what makes Captain ‘Iron’ Gates tick.  This is my only bugbear as the usually ball-busting Iron Lady is turned into a gooey pile of mush over a doll.  A doll!  I’m all for giving the supporting characters some back story but this just feels a bit too contrived.  I have to say though, this is my only complaint an otherwise excellent episode.

It’s also a big week for Alexis as not only does she find out about her Dad and Beckett but she also moves out to go to college.  There are some touching moments as Castle leaves his daughter to start her new life at college which are nicely played and without too much schmaltz.

The theme this week definitely seems to be people leaving things behind and moving on.  As they evolve and move on, it’s nice that we get to share the journey with the characters we have grown to love.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Geek Adventure

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One comment

  1. Dude, you clearly do NOT understand the bond between a woman and her dolls!!! (ok, not ALL women obviously). Many years ago when my younger brother and I were preschool age, he *accidently* decapitated my doll and, were it not for the timely intervention of some adults, almost was himself decapitated! (for the record, the doll had a plastic neck and head and the head was easily reattached by one of the adults)

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