One of the things I’ve always loved about Castle, aside from the awesomeness that is Nathan Fillion, is the creative positions in which they often find dead bodies. I mean seriously. How often do you hear of a person being found in an industrial cake mixer. Call me morbid if you want, but I love it. But that wasn’t the only surprise in this episode. We got a chance to see a whole new side of Ryan that, quite frankly, was all manner of hot.
A few thoughts about “The Wild Rover”:
The case of the week kind of made me not want to eat any cake for a while. And by “a while” I mean probably never again. The team was called to the scene of a murder at a bakery. The baker had been shot and fallen face down in an industrial cake mixer. They also found a suitcase full of money in his office. During the course of the investigation, Beckett and Co. found out that the baker was in pretty deep with the Irish mob and in an effort to get away had turned informant for the FBI. Ryan’s old flame Shioban was also informing to the FBI, but after the baker’s death she knew that she was going to be next. So Ryan volunteered to go undercover again so he could retrieve a ledger that would send the mobsters away for life and Shioban could get into the witness protection program. Unfortunately, the mobsters found out that Shioban was a rat and they wanted Ryan to kill her to prove himself. He couldn’t do it, so they were going to kill both of them. Of course, thanks to Ryan’s quick thinking, the cavalry showed up just in the nick of time. All the mobsters went to prison and Shioban got her new start in witness protection. As it turned out though, the Irish boss had more to fear from his second in command’s wife than he did from anyone else. She’s the one who killed the baker and set the boss up to take the fall.
This was really Kevin Ryan’s show. We got to see a rather surprising side of him that I never would’ve expected him to have. I knew he was in narcotics before homicide, and that always seemed kind of funny to me because he just doesn’t seem the type. It’s not that he’s not a good cop. He is. It’s just that he lacks the kind of attitude you would generally expect from someone who worked narcotics. But then I suppose there are always aspects of our personalities that we tend to keep under wraps except for in certain situations. But it was even more surprising to find out that he worked undercover for over a year. He was seriously a totally different guy than the Ryan we all know and love. I know he was supposed to be someone different, but it was just pretty jarring to see Ryan talking and acting the way he was since he’s generally such a sweet guy. He also pulled out a few moves that I’ve never seen him do before. When Ryan decides to go tough guy, he really goes all in.
The team weren’t the only ones to see this new side of Ryan. Jenny also got the shock of her life when Shioban ran up and kissed Ryan in the middle of the police station. It’s awkward enough when you accidentally run into your husband’s ex in a restaurant or a department store. But when she locks lips with him so passionately in full view of everyone, that’s just weird and uncomfortable for everyone. I get that Jenny was shocked and I can understand her initial anger. But I don’t understand why she was still so upset after Ryan explained everything. It’s not like he was a monk before he met her. It’s not like he’d never been in love before he met her. And it’s not like he’s been cheating on her. Maybe it was just the hormones though. Ryan and Jenny found out that they’re pregnant. Looks like there’s gonna be a little Ryan running around sometime in the near future.
Beckett was also kind of needling Castle about a secret too. Apparently, he was saying the name Jordan in his sleep, and she wanted to know who Jordan was. Castle didn’t want to get into it, but Beckett just wouldn’t let it go. Ultimately, Castle shared with her a little about his past and what motivates him to write. On the one hand, I’m glad we got to know that little tidbit about Castle. It helps to round him out a little more and adds some layers. But on the other hand, I didn’t like the way Beckett basically insisted that he explain about Jordan. Especially after the way she acted about her mother’s death. I know it’s going back a little ways, but it’s the same principle. There’s a person and/or event that Castle would like to leave in the past. That person and/or event shaped Castle into the person he is today, but it’s something that is painful or shameful for him to think about. Instead of Beckett just letting it go, she pushed and pushed until Castle finally opened up about that. But what if, like Beckett with her mother, that wasn’t a place that he was really ready to go back to? She forced the issue and I didn’t really like that at all. It seemed kind of hypocritical on her part.
All in all, pretty solid hour. Although I didn’t like the way that Kate got Castle to open up to her, I think it’s important that he did. He hasn’t exactly been doing a lot of emotional sharing in their relationship, and that makes it difficult to have a healthy relationship. Maybe she (and we) can learn more about the man that has literally charmed his way into her heart. I just gotta say, Castle’s reaction when Ryan called him out at the dock was pretty priceless. Nathan Fillion always knows how to bring the funny. So what did y’all think of this week’s Castle?
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