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Castle – S04E13 – “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

24 Jan

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Castle – S04E13 – “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

Dogs are big business and when a famous dog trainer is killed the suspect pool includes everything from dog owners to drug dealers to a reality TV star. Moving back to the wit and charm of first and second season Castle, “An Embarrassment of Bitches” is no slight on the show. An adorable golden retriever steals the show and Esposito tries desperately to get over Laney.

Score: 3 ½ of 5

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Castle – S04E13 – “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

Castle and Beckett share a moment.

Again we are treated to a rather plain murder with only a small twist, victim was strangled with a dog collar at a dog show. Still not up to par but at least this was a more enjoyable episode getting back to the fun of the first two seasons. The main suspect turns out to be Kim Kardashian and is it sad that I could spell that without looking it up? Yes, yes it is. But actually, it’s an analogue for Kim named Kay Cappuccio played by someone who actually has talent, actress Hilarie Burton.

Esposito is smitten for Kay while the rest wander around trying to figure out how Kay can be so popular without seemingly having a single talent. The episode gets a bit on the nose and that drags it down, especially when they go the ‘popular girl is actually miserable’ shtick route.

Thankfully it rises again with the inclusion of Royal, a golden retriever who is just so darn cute. So cute that both Castle and Beckett want to take him home and so they decide on a split custody arrangement. Casket’s are going to fawning over this episode for weeks as the romance angle between them are sweetly played, just the right level of tension and awkwardness. It was also good to see Beckett loosen up and smile, the drama angle simply doesn’t work for her.

Castle – S04E13 – “An Embarrassment of Bitches”

Beckett loosens up around Royal.

Btw… who is designing her hair and wardrobe? At least the clothes are better than the atrocities she wore last season but seriously people? If this is your take on a ‘battle scarred Beckett’ then you’ve only succeeded in making her look like my grandmother… would she still be alive god rest her.

Nathan, thankfully, looks yummy as always.

Lastly, I want to point out the wonderfully hilarious cameo from DS9 alum Nana Visitor as a dog therapist. This is the second DS9 actor to be on the show as a therapist, one more and it’s officially a running gag. I’m voting for Armin Shimerman as a sex therapist… what? It would be hilarious!

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