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Castle 6×14 “Dressed to Kill” Early Review


With the Castle episode “Dressed to Kill” moved from its original January 27, 2014 air date to February 3, to benefit the February sweeps, reviewers got an early look at this episode.

What could have been a straightforward murder in the fashion world turned more heartfelt and moving. This was all courtesy of Stana Katic’s portrayal of Kate Beckett as she comes to terms with the absence of her mother during the life changing event in her life – her wedding.

Castle writer Elizabeth Beall has had some ups and downs as a writer for the show with a major low being the abysmal season four episode “Heartbreak Hotel.” She hit pay dirt with this episode as she painted a great portrait of Richard Castle and Kate Beckett as a couple. There were heartfelt conversations, sharing and kisses by the love-struck pair – something that has been severely lacking in previous episodes.

The closing scene was like reading a fan fiction story. I had to remind myself it was not made up by fans, that what Kate Beckett said to Castle was canon.

There was so much heart and longing. And though there was a stretch, in the middle of the episode, where Castle and Beckett were not in scenes together, the balance in the rest of the episode made the absence less noticeable.

Balance, that is the word I would use for this episode. Many of the other Castle writers should take note on how Beall wrote Castle and Beckett. I felt a real connection between the two, and we also got some amazing scenes with Martha – both with Castle and Beckett and with Castle and herself.

Another note on the balance, Ryan and Esposito were used the way they are supposed to be used, as supporting characters. And the episode flowed so much better when the writers didn’t have to try and shoehorn Alexis in an episode. Oh, wait, you mean she wasn’t instantly interested in fashion and happened to show up interning at the magazine? Thank goodness she wasn’t.

What To Look For

  • Beckett in a wedding dress
  • Wedding venue talk
  • Beckett back at her apartment
  • The heartbreaking look on Beckett’s face when she misses her mom
  • Understanding Castle
  • The end scene – pure shipper gold
  • Scolfield47

    Could anyone comment this??? Please??

  • Scolfield47

    What’s going on with beckett and her scar?? Beckett back at her appartment? What’s going on folks

  • Yes, Beckett still has her apartment. And the dress covers her in the front in a perfect way, hiding her scar.

    Our no-nonsense Kate Beckett lost herself in the dress, she tries on in the episode, and the realization that it is leading her into the future – as a married woman to Richard Castle,

    I know most have to wait until Feb. 3 now to watch the episode. But it is so worth the wait. Just a solid episode with some heart-melting Castle and Beckett scenes.

    And finally some talk about Johanna Beckett from Beckett to Castle that doesn’t revolve around her mother’s murder.

  • I have the evolution of Katherine Houghton Beckett viewed in so many ways, but it’s never deemed less than worthy. From being this workaholic who just wants to avenge her mother, she’s become a whole woman who has finally found her place and purpose in life, and I just wish her all the best. I think you’ve done a really nice job glorifying Castle and Beckett’s relationship and their journey towards a married couple.

  • Teri

    After reading this, my heart is skipping a beat. Oh, my shipper heart. Just the kind of episode we need to spur on Caskett. It has been awhile since there has been this much hype.

  • CarlaUK

    This episode is obviously not one to miss.

    Must comment on Beckett’s scar though. It has been missing in several episodes, where she has been wearing a low cut gown, most notably in ‘The Limey’ and also when she was trying on different blouses in ‘cloudy with a chance of murder ‘ S5 Ep 2. We always have to suspend disbelief. Like why does she not wear her engagement ring when she is not at work? I have only seen her wear it the once in this series Ep4 ‘number one Fan ‘

    We forgive the powers that be because we love the show. Can’t wait for the. 3rd Feb

  • I still feel she should wear the ring I mean come on really suspend disbelief in one thing but come on already I also hope she finally moves into Castle home I mean she there all the time anyway so that makes no sense either .This was a great episode and the ending was pure magic but still there are things that I would have changed .