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Undead Again in one (run-on) sentence: Castle works his “last case” with Beckett when a currency-trader is murdered by someone who appears to be a zombie but who turns out to be living “Zombie-walker” who had been drugged by the fiancé of the woman who the victim was having an affair with and when Beckett reveals that she's been in therapy and that her wall is coming down Castle agrees to continue shadowing her while back at home Alexis is trying to decide between Stanford and Oxford and Castle tries to hang onto her youth through their decade-long laser tag game, which will continue due to the fact that Alexis chooses the more local Columbia for college.
This was a fun one from the word go. But then again, combining Castle and zombies from the get-go just seemed like a no-brainer for awesomeness (pun intended). The idea of using the “zombie drug” to get a zombie enthusiast to do your killing for you was pretty great. Even better was the way they played with the zombie genre, giving us a heart-stopping moment like the morgue scene but with the Castle flair of asking if there was a “police code for zombie on the loose.”
The side characters were particularly entertaining. Charlie the eccentric co-worker who chained himself in his apartment and begged Beckett to shoot him was all sorts of hilarious. As was the high zombie interview.
Ryan and Esposito were once again excellent as the counterpoints for the Beckett-Castle debate over zombies. Props to Seamus Dever for his befuddled expression throughout. He's too adorable.
I know some people don't like Perlmutter, but he tickles me like no one else. As much as we'd all love to see more Lanie, this was the perfect episode for the more surly Perlmutter to get some screen time.
One other little touch that I loved – for all her insistence that zombies absolutely aren't real, Beckett seemed to be the most freaked out by what was going on. Well played by Stana Katic, who's facial expressions still tell a story in and of themselves. (Though I will say I think she overplayed her hand in some places.)
Is there anything cuter than that picture of Alexis and Castle? Seriously. I loved all their little moments. They were so genuine. Castle's depression over no more laser tag was heartbreaking, especially in the face of Alexis' comments about growing up. It's been a consistent dilemma for Castle and for many – how do you balance the necessary maturity while still holding onto the joys of youth? And even though they played it off as Alexis baiting him, it was still a conversation they had to have. Kudos to Nathan Fillion and Molly Quinn. Their chemistry is undeniable.
But really, it all came down to that picture. It summed everything up. Father and daughter, happy and adorable.
I can't go any further without mentioning Susan Sullivan's Martha in this episode. She's more and more become the voice of the fans, urging Castle to communicate in much the same way Lanie has become that voice for Beckett. And Susan was just wonderful doing it.
Where to begin....I got to rewatch the episode with my parents, who have been married 30 years, and sometime early in the episode my mom threw up her hands and said: “Why don't they just talk to each other!” I laughed, because I think that's what a lot of fans have been saying for awhile now. Personally, I've enjoyed the drama that their insecurity and lack of communication has created, it raises the stakes and I like that - because we all know these two people are perfect for each other, so that one fatal flaw is interesting to me. Having said that, I loved that we finally got some clear conversation between these two.
Beckett got a chance to explain her silence and Castle got a chance to understand why she chose to lie (and no it's not because she doesn't love you Mr.). All because they communicated. It was still vague and round about. But it was communication nonetheless.
Even better was the promise of “tomorrow.”
“But who will play with me?” – Nathan broke my heart with this line delivery.
“Our killer's a zombie.” Random high five – So random, so funny.
“No. You know what I do believe in? Driving Beckett crazy. ” – As we knew all along.
“Is there police code for zombie on the loose?” – More Nathan, more awesome line delivery.