Castle: Significant Others


by Stephen Janes

Warning: Potential spoilers for this episode. You have been warned.

With the birth of a new year, millions across the nation are pledging to find themselves in better health and in better loving hands. The return of Castle featured a prominent theme of divorce, starting with Richard Castle’s ex-wife returning to the scene and causing a wedge between Castle and Beckett. In addition, a divorce lawyer for the rich and famous who only defends women was found murdered in her car. You would think that a busy street in New York at night would feature at least one witness, but I digress.

The wedge between Castle and Beckett starts when Meredith invites herself to stay with Castle and Alexis due to the latter being sick. Castle puts up absolutely no resistance and is constantly beleaguered by Beckett about the decision. I can’t really remember the last time we saw Beckett genuinely upset at Castle. The dynamic gets even more awkward when Beckett makes coffee for Castle, but is intercepted by Meredith wearing nothing but short-shorts and a tank top. If I were in Castle’s shoes, I’d probably run as fast as I could to the nearest exit.

This wedge goes from painful to weird when Beckett receives a phone call from Meredith inviting her to dinner. Beckett accepts because in Castle’s own words, “Refusing would be just insensitive,” much to the hilarity of Esposito and Ryan. Castle thinks this will work for the best until he’s reminded of the impending ‘boom’ that is likely to occur. I have to wonder if Jon Huertas (Esposito) and Seamus Dever (Ryan) just ad-lib when they’re together, because the pair is always a highlight of the episode.

The trailers for this episode made it seem as though Castle was making the wrong decision and really messing up his relationship with Beckett, but it’s all just clever editing. The dinner between Meredith and Beckett concluded with the two of them having a laugh at Castle’s expense. Beckett seemed to enjoy Meredith’s company and the get-together seemed to wash away Castle’s faux pas from earlier. I would have preferred if the actual dinner were shown during the episode just to see the tension ease between the two, however. Meredith even gives Beckett her blessing before the end of the episode, but provides the true reason as to why her and Castle didn’t have a lasting marriage, which gives Beckett something to think about.

With the “Caskett” era of episodes, the drama and relationship has been more interesting than the actual murder case itself. This episode actually featured a pretty interesting concept with a murdered divorce lawyer and her (seemingly) limitless suspects. I do have to say, the last few reviews I wrote for Castle I was disappointed in the overly predictable nature of each episode. This episode, “Significant Others,” concluded with a pretty big twist that was not foreseen, but was one of those, “Now I cannot unsee” moments. I thought it was well done and concluded what was an already involving and entertaining episode.

After a couple of episodes that fell flat, “Significant Others” really reset the bar this season. It had an easily established conflict and the aftermath, an interesting and evolving plot line and a great conclusion. I loved this episode, and despite the difficult nature, would really like to see the rest of this season carry the same level of intensity. Great way to kick-off the New Year.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5


  1. ChasJanuary 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Anyone else notice the World’s colliding Seinfeld reference?

  2. Tatiana TorresJanuary 8th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I agree. so far the only other 2 stellar epis this season were the 3xk epi and the scificon epi. Do you have reviews for those 2?

  3. AmyJanuary 8th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I loved this episode! I saw the twist in the case coming but I still loved watching it play out.

    I am so glad that they didn’t turn the situation with Beckett and Meredith into a cat fight. It definitely had the potential to go that way. I was happy that they went the direction that they did. I also liked that Meredith made Beckett realize she doesn’t know all that much about Castle. There has been so much focus on Beckett, especially last season, that it will be nice to see her focus on getting to know Castle better.

    One of my favorite things about Castle is the stellar support cast. They really shined this week- I loved Ryan and Espo being funny and being badass cops as they took down Noah. Sassy Lanie is my favorite! Tamala doesn’t get much screen time but she owns it when she does. I also enjoyed Martha’s comment about freeloaders- Susan Sullivan is brilliant!!

  4. SeanJanuary 8th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Billy (Billie) Piper character with no Dr. Who references. Someone dropped the ball.

  5. Stephen JanesJanuary 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Chas – No I did not. What are you referring to?

    Tatiana – The Nerd Machine has reviews for every episode of Castle this season. Do a quick search at the top of the page for Castle and look for yourself 🙂

    Amy – Epso and Ryan are great together. I’d love to listen to them have a conversation together that is not on set; I’m certain it would be amazing.

  6. MeghanJanuary 8th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    My favorite part? The writers FINALLY referring to Castle’s father.

  7. Stephen JanesJanuary 9th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Meghan – Holy schnikes you’re right! I completely forgot about that subtle mention.

  8. Chuck and Firefly FanJanuary 10th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Espo and Ryan need a few more of these “messing with Castle” moments. They work brilliantly together and it would be awesome to have an episode based on them. On another note, i hope they dont take too long getting to Castle’s father. It will make for one hell of a storyline whichever way they go with it. Still think 3XK episode was best of season and my favorite was the Scificon episode for the firefly references. Good show. Need to make the murders less predictable since it is a murder mistery show

  9. Stephen JanesJanuary 10th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I have a feeling that a Castle’s father storyline will be some multi-episode arc with some conspiracy. It shouldn’t nor will it be as deep or convoluted as Beckett’s mother’s cover up, but it’ll be something weird just to make it interesting, I feel.

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