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TV Review: Castle – “The Mistress Always Spanks Twice”

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A woman is found dead, and she's covered in caramel sauce. Why is that not surprising for New York? It's up to Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) to figure out the details. One of them is obvious, a keen interest in the kinky sex scene. A small bit of evidence exists, but it proves helpful.

Watching Fillion squirm at various points throughout the episode is highly amusing. This is not because he is uncomfortable talking about sex. After all, he has been married twice before. The first marriage produced his daughter, Alexis (Molly C. Quinn). The reason is Beckett. Does she know more about the sex scene than she lets on? Katic handles the dominating female role well, stringing the men in this episode along with the you-can-never-have-me attitude.

What occurs next is a show for mature audiences only. The victim has a link to the bondage game, and exactly how is a bit of a shocker. Or maybe not, depending on how closely one is paying attention. I won't spoil the episode by divulging the precise relationship, but the suspect pool is opened even wider with the revelation.

Alexis tries out for cheerleading! This is a shock to her dad, since Alexis has never been interested in the ways of popularity before. In the end, though, Castle agrees to be supportive no matter what. Martha (Susan Sullivan), Castle's mom, reminds him he tried new things from time to time as well. Seeing Alexis try on a new identity ties into the case, albeit in a minor way.

Speaking of Martha, anyone invited to Casa Castle for a home cooked meal should probably take extreme caution. However, the lady is adept at providing the clue to solving the puzzle. The killer is someone the audience is probably not expecting, which is a good touch for the writers to make.

One question in the minds of fans is answered this week. Det. Ryan introduces the gang to his girlfriend Jenny, played by the real life wife of Dever. With more episodes in the season remaining, a few other candidates for future reveal are still in question.

Who, for example, is the father of Castle? This just might be answered in the next season, should there be one. ABC has not made anything official just yet, which is not necessarily cause for alarm.

Esposito (Jon Huertas) surely has a family of some sort. The bigger question, though, is why he became a cop in the first place. I can think of a few reasons: 1) to help those who need defending, 2) family lineage in law enforcement. or 3) something happened a while back which gave him a nudge for catching the bad guys.

Next up in terms of a new episode is a two-parter storyline beginning March 22, rather than the Sunday and Monday timeline as previously advertised. It takes place over two weeks in the regular Castle time slot.

A well-known guest star shows up — Dana Delany, who once shared screen time with Fillion on Desperate Housewives. Delaney is an FBI agent sent to help Beckett and her team catch a serial killer. Part one airs March 22 and part two on March 29.

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