Wrote this super fast, so hopefully it makes sense lol
I think this was a decent ep overall; unconventional case, sweet & believable subplot, some cute Caskett moments. I can’t complain :)
-I loved the family scenes this ep; all of them eating dinner together, Beckett kissing Castle goodbye in the morning, really sweet stuff. The Alexis subplot was great, very realistic, and I’m glad they actually compared Castle’s disappearance (albeit briefly) to Alexis’s abduction. I would love to see the two of them discuss this more in the future.
-The case itself was a little weak, but all of the classroom stuff was great. Lots of funny, genuine moments, and I loved the kind of mini journey Castle went on with Ms. Ruiz. Teaching man; it’s not for the faint of heart!
-Not a ton of noteworthy Caskett stuff this ep, but after last week, I can hardly complain. I did miss their case-related banter, but I’m sure it’ll be back with a vengeance next week. Castle feeding Beckett was cute, and I loved the scenes where Beckett went to the school. Emily’s little jealous bit was adorable, as was the two of them handing out cupcakes at the end. And for one tiny moment, I imagined it was the two of them bringing snack into their future child’s classroom. Can you blame me?
-One note on this season so far, and kind of last season as well: I feel like the case writing of late has been really lackluster. Lots of predictable killers, plot devices that are reminiscent of things we’ve already seen on the show, evidence that doesn’t quite make sense, etc. I’ve heard others express the same, so I don’t think it’s just me. Regardless, it’s kind of a bummer. I know we’re seven seasons in, but all those years have shown that the writers are capable of crafting really smart, interesting cases. I’d just like to see them do it a bit more often. But who knows, maybe next episode they’ll start doing exactly that. Fingers crossed!