Castle “The Blue Butterfly” Review

Castle The Blue Butterfly Season 4 Episode 14

Seems like my favorite shows are going 40’s recently. Dean Winchester rocked the suits and hats of the 40’s on Supernatural a few episodes back and I hate to say it, but I think that this episode of Castle, called “The Blue Butterfly,” may have done it one better. But only because it got ALL of the cast in the costumes and not only that, but playing characters from that time. Talk about tons of fun.

While on a case, the team finds a diary from an actual PI back in the 40’s, which leads them to a mystery about a necklace known as the Blue Blutterfly. Castle of course has a great time reading the diary and in his head, he casts everyone he knows into all of the roles. Lanie is a sultry singer, his mom is the PI’s secretary, his daughter plays the innocent girl (who turns out to be not-quite-so innocent) who hires the PI, and Ryan and Epsosito are a couple of goons working for a mob boss. This of course leaves the starring roles going to Castle and Beckett, playing the lovers trying to get away from her mob boss boyfriend.

I got such a kick out of the way that the current storyline wove in and out of the old one. Everyone played their roles so well in both times that I found myself getting caught up in the old time story as much as the current one. Plus, it was a great way for the writers to give us a taste of some Castle and Beckett love without messing up anything for real. I’m sort of hoping they do something like this again. Maybe next time Castle could find a diary or book from the late 50’s, early 60’s. Or maybe I’ve just been watching too much Pan Am.

My favorite bits..

Beautiful singing by Tamala.

“What ship?”
“Oh I don’t know, the Titanic by the look of things.”

Taking in everything in that first full scene. From Lanie on stage, to Castle in the suit and hat, Beckett in the furs, and Ryan and Esposito playing two “gorillas.”

OMG! It’s Satan..oh wait. Wrong show.

Squeeing a bit at Ryan getting to do an Irish accident.

Loving the awesome noir title card.

“Like a leprechaun.”
“Castle!” – oh crap, now I’m so gonna think of Ryan as a leprechaun from here on out. A very cute one though.

“Lanie” kissing “Castle.”

The childlike joy on Castle’s face when Ryan let him not only go along to get the old police file, but drive. That very large man is such a little boy most of the time.

Loving how Castle kept getting people hooked on the story as he told it to them.

Wait. When did this become a time travel episode?

“My granddad was a pillar of the community.”
“More like a killer for the community.” – The look Dempsey and Castle shared after that exchange was classic.

The suspect calling Ryan and Esposito “Cagney and Lacey.” Haha! That might be my favorite nickname for them yet.

“Beckett, I just realized something. ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.'” – OMG that was so beyond cruel. Not only to Beckett, but to all the Caskett shippers out there.

Castle’s reaction to seeing the Blue Butterfly. I love that he was still thinking that it might be a twist within a twist and the real necklace could be hidden somewhere.

“Let the bastard spend the rest of his life not knowing his prize possession is right under his nose.”

Joe and Vera telling Castle and Beckett all the real treasures they had and why they never needed a jeweled butterfly.

The old-fashioned “The End.”

What did you think of this episode of Castle? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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