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“I love you Kate, and if that means anything to you, if you care about me at all, just don’t do this.” Rick beseeches Kate, reveals his soul, hopes she will choose happiness, and love: choose him. Heart stripped bare, Rick confesses his reason for his secrets, his lies, and his subterfuge. He must save her life; save her from herself; protect her: “Because I love you.”
“If you don’t stop, they will kill you, Kate. You had to back off; that’s the reason you’re alive, Kate.” Unbeknownst to her he guarantees her life, for “someone had to make sure you weren’t pursuing it. I was just trying to keep you safe.”
Feeling betrayed Kate rails against Rick: “Why should I listen to you. How am I even supposed to trust anything you say?”
With her lack of trust and faith flung at him, Rick finally explodes and explains why: “Because of everything we’ve been through together.” How can she not see her need for him, the truth, his loyalty and love?
With saddened eyes shedding tears, Rick cries out: “I am more that your partner…Four years I have been right here; four years I’ve been waiting for you to open your eyes and see that I am right here.”
When Kate claims she welcomes this war of revenge, obsession and unholy retribution, Rick realizes he can do nothing to change her, to fix her broken wings, even with his love and constancy: “Well there’s just nothing I can say is there? It’s your life; you can throw it away if you want. I’m not going to stick around and watch you. It is over. I’m done.”
Kate’s anguished face once again, years later, still haunts the scene, the heart recognizes her pain despite her pride; reverberates with his pain, too: awareness seeps through, and reveals her identical, broken look evidenced in season four and now in season eight. Without his love there is no day. Rick leaves her. He is done here. They are over.
At last then and now and finally, the writer finds his voice at a devastating cost. With all the tears shed; we also cheer, for he counts, too and his words are long overdue.
“And so it is. Just like you said it would be. Life goes easy on me most of the time. And so it is; the shorter story, no love no glory, no hero in her sky. I can’t take my eyes off you; I can’t take my eyes off you; I can’t take my eyes off you. I can’t take my eyes.” Rick’s soul sings…”The Blower’s Daughter” by Snow Patrol and grieves. Both times he leaves her as he must.
From “Always” to “Mr. and Mrs. Castle,” the roles reversed now, the words and scenario uncannily familiar, echo, mirror each other, words so similar, pain paralyzing, paralleling, bleak, final, forlorn, hopeless.
Now mid season eight, Kate protects her husband Rick, keeps her secrets, pushes him away while he hopes against hope for their forever and always love. He lets her go to find “me time” or search for whatever more she needs He promises he will never give up on hope and tomorrow, until she tells him to, for hope’s been present since first they met, but even hope sometimes extinguishes, implodes, succumbs; crashes.
Rick sticks by Kate to a fault, beyond anything expected of a man, past pride, beyond belief, for Rick deeply loves and wants her; he shoulders the blame for something, he knows not what. Once again the sunny man, a hopeful believer in magic and love, cannot stick around and watch her self-destruct. She must let him in and she won’t; it is not her way.
Echoing season four, Rick finally risks all, lays bare his heart and confronts the love of his life, praying, he can save their marriage. Again, the writer finds his voice, no longer able to stand by idly. He tells Kate his truths…at last.
With tears and cheers aplenty, a profound, extended metaphor and symbol, the “Castle” winter 2015 finale begins, beautifully and joyously written by Christina Roum, and directed by Jeff Beckner, both “Castle” stalwarts. Martha provides a handkerchief for weeping and/or wine for celebrating. It is Rick’s choice, and the optimistic man chooses wine. Last night, their night of love, their anniversary celebration went well, but all is not well; Rick knows this and bluffs its perfection.
Still, a believer, he will work on that tiny inconsequential fact and insinuate himself further into police business, stationed at Kate’s side. “Have faith,” Martha advises her son in “Cool Boys.” The most hopeful and unlikely of all heroes continues with his faith and love for Kate.
In so many ways Kate has placed her life on hold, dangerously driven anew by another related obsession, once again willing to jeopardize love and her marriage for retribution. Ironically, she believes she protects Rick by pushing him away. And the truth will out at last…at last.
Confess it. You would be disappointed if Rick did not climb the scaffolding of the cruise ship and cry out: “I’m the King of the world,” so Rick like, ala Leonardo in “The Titanic.” Of course, the very name Titanic stirs some misgivings and we hope no foreshadowing intended.
Seriously, Kate would be disappointed, too if a joyous Rick did not avail himself of such a display. “This can’t be happening.” Oh no, she must whisper to herself; just what she needs; Rick around. Well, that is true, too. She knows she needs him. Rick is all aglow with the memory of their celebration and they suggestively banter away. As the crime scene ship pulls away, off to international waters, Rick and Kate must “divide and conquer, “work together and solve in sixty minutes, the crime, Lara Maddens’ murder.
Before boarding the crime scene Kate visits the Medical Examiner, Dr. Perlmutter in the morgue and learns that the victim has ingested a kilo of uncut heroin worth 30,000 dollars on the street. We welcome Arye Gross’s Perlmutter, but his brand is somewhat insignificant in that Rick is not there to bear the slings and arrows or exchange “pleasantries” with the good doc, the curmudgeon. There is nothing like the Rick and Perlmutter zombie scenes or the monkey in the middle, around the body chases, or Perlmutter’s sarcasm and sardonic muttering, disparagingly aimed at the cheery Rick who ignores it like water off a duck’s back.
Meanwhile, as per Rick’s instructions, Hayley investigates the source of the mystery text Kate receives which pulls her away from their anniversary celebration. Then, the scene shifting, Kate meets Vikram in their new office, well hidden from observation: a defunct strip club. How cozy. We learn that Vikram deliberately pulls Kate away and thus begins our suspicion of him and his motives. Kate claims she is just “trying not to lose my marriage.” Vikram is something else we suspect.
Dividing and conquering, hopefully not a permanent sign, Rick investigates Lara and participates in the chorus line. And Kate hobnobs with some shufflboarding seniors, the gossip club, and red- headed senior Elaine leaks that she buys her weed from the bartender, so that could be a Madden murder clue. Named Isaac, his name conjures up another Isaac, a bartender also, on “The Love Boat,” a ship- board, television show, a corny confection and saccharin romance/drama/comedy from the late seventies and early eighties.
The conquering hero insinuates himself in the theater, shakes his booty with the best of them as he investigates Lara’s last hours, Lara the dance hall girl appearing in the chorus line of “Speak Easy the Musical.” On stage, the chorus line struts this way and Rick shuffles that way, he, feigning the rich man they are expecting who wants to participate in chorus line, dance practice, especially when he pays a hundred bucks under the table.
The scene is too funny in a cheesy way, all golden tones with Rick’s Jazz hands swirling and dance miscues galore. No wonder old man Rick pulls up lame, claiming just a little too much “cardio.” But he learns from Lara’s’ roommate that Lara was up to something and spent a lot of time below deck in engineering.
Meanwhile, ensconced in Rick’s office, Hayley investigates the source of Kate’s surreptitious, celebration- interrupting, mood- breaking text. And Vikram learns that the heroin found in Lara’s body is a match for the heroin in their Loksat investigation of Vulcan Simmons’ illegal manipulations, infamous corruption ties and murder.
Meeting on deck, Rick and Kate unite and locate the crime scene and Lara’s camcorder stashed beneath life preservers. Lara’s been snooping and recording a man named Acosta stacking bags of heroin in the trash. After an incongruous chase, Kate apprehends Acosta.
Back at the precinct Rick receives a call from Hayley and arouses Kate’s suspicion or perhaps jealousy as he abruptly departs seemingly indifferent, without a care. Longingly and tellingly, Kate calls after him: “Rick, thanks for today.”
“It’s my pleasure.” Off handed, Rick leaves, replaced by Vikram. Vikram has news to report. While making a documentary of illegal trash dumping in the seas, Lara stumbles upon the heroin trafficking. And is murdered. Enter another nefarious character, one Caleb Brown, a public defender who strikes a deal for Acosta.
In Rick’s office Hayley reports that the mystery text on Kate’s phone came from Vikram, and was deeply hidden, encrypted on state of the art spy craft. Offering her unsolicited Martha-ism to her son, Martha warns: “I told you; if you can’t tell your mother what you’re doing, you should not be doing it.”
“I have to help her I have to protect her,” Rick claims, much the same as he does in other conversations regarding Kate, especially in “Rise” when he plots to work with Smith to keep Kate safe.
“You have to trust her,” Martha declares. “Are you sure you want to do this because if she finds out that you are spying, you may just have crossed the line you cannot uncross?” Rick was so sure in “Rise” that he could make her listen to him as he steered her away from investigating her mother’s murder.
“She may just get herself killed; she’s left me no other choice.” But Martha and Rick know: “there is always another choice.” Rick makes his choice based on his love and deep concern. He has to know “no matter the consequences.”
Finally we have the best scene, another of their infamous phone scenes and seriously funny, phone foreplay, sexy talk, chess match and subterfuge. Just what we all love, or is that murder and mayhem? But it is thoroughly exciting. Rick calls Kate so that Hayley can track the origin of the mystery text or call. And Kate answers, against Vikram’s wishes, yeah, but not the best move.
They joke spicy talk. “Thinking about our naked times?” Rick asks. With all of this sharing, Hayley rolls her eyes. “Round two tonight at my place?”
Rick stalls; Hayley tracks; Walls, firewalls are ready to break down. Kate cannot make it tonight. “Other plans. Captain plans.”
“Then good luck with your Captain’s stuff.” Hacking success is imminent and Rick beats a hasty hang up retreat. After all the sexy talk, Kate is shocked with his sudden departure.
Looking slightly ill with his deception and spying, Rick tells Hayley that he has “second, third and fourth thoughts.”
Hacking breach alert! Vikram spots someone messing into their deeply encrypted system and their work is threatened.
The hacker wars are on.
Haley is good, but Vikram is more skilled. Trying to slow down exposure, Hayley sends a video of meowing, howling: cats. Too funny.
Vikram tracks and finds the source of the hacking: Rick’s office.
Yikes. Then Kate calls Rick to buy Vikram time to counter the breach. She calls him on his proposition. They can meet right now. “Feel like steaming up your office?” Rick gulps…now now?
“That sounds great; but I’m sort of in the middle of something right now.”
“I’m right downstairs.” Kate checks.
“Down stairs, downstairs?”
“She knows it is us attacking her.” Rick tells Hayley.
Rick responds: “I’m just taking my pants off. Are you coming up?”
“He knows I’m lying,” Kate tells Vikram. “Rain check?”
Rick answers with a little attitude: “Sure, you know where to find me.”
Now Vikram plans to nuke Rick’s system and Kate gives the order. “I just hope I didn’t nuke my marriage.”
What a clever chess match. And is any one up for a little Castling.
Kate wants to see Rick to explain, but is deterred by a determined Vikram who tracks down the trash collector Sam and ultimately the team locates Leo Longarzo, Lara’s murderer. Unfortunately they are forced to kill him when he turns on them, and with his death, Kate loses an important lead. As it turns out Caleb Brown, the Public Defender is perhaps the leader with the perfect cover, access into prisons and communication with drug lords. They must keep a watch eye on him and track him.
Finally Rick comes to the precinct and informs Kate that they need to talk; he draws the blinds to give them some privacy. Rick is hurt that it has come to this where as a private eye he expects to follow and track clients’ wives not track his own wife.
So opposite of “Always,” Kate asks him why he cannot trust her.” But he does. For weeks on end he believes in her and does not pressure her. Trying to win her back, believing in her, he gives her space, thinking that he is somehow at fault. Now she informs him that she is trying to protect him, and her words sound lame even to her. “If he finds out I am still pursuing him, he will kill me.” The words are polar opposite to those spoken in “Always,” and yet the same, for they are in essence Rick’s words then to Kate.
Tension builds. With pain etched in his face, Rick speaks his heart regarding his love and dedication to her. “The fact that you think that breaks my heart. I’d walk into a tornado for you, Kate.” Kate is overwhelmed with his words.
“I would die if I lost you.”
Her truth speaks loudly. We know Kate’s greatest fear is loss of loved ones. She clings to him whenever she holds him; strokes his face and holds him near; she cannot lose him. Rick promises he will never leave her. He strives to allay her fears, support her and be there for her. He makes her life extraordinary with his tender care, joy and love. He teaches her to believe in tomorrow and in hope, something she lost when so young. She knows him and loves all he is; her hope, her love. He is the wind beneath her wings, even broken wings. And he is leaving her.
Rick explains that they can face this together, create a ruse and save each other? “That thought never occurred to you,” he tells her. Being alone for so long in her formative years, it is not in Kate’s nature to share the burdens. “Deep down inside you like being broken, and you need this obsession, and no matter what I do, I can’t change that, only you can.” These words startle Kate and hurt. They are true. He cannot help her; he has tried. He cannot fix her, though truth to tell he has tried; It is up to her to turn her life around, renew love and live fully again.
Once before In ”Knockout,” Rick accuses of her crawling deep into the rabbit hole, afraid to face life and love, shielding herself from pain and hurt with men she does not love. He tells her then she is afraid to risk her heart and live life. Royce sees this, Montgomery sees this; Lanie does, and so, too, Javi; they all recognize that Castle is the man she loves, the man she is afraid to trust and love for fear he will leave her. Doctor Burke knows she is afraid Rick will not wait for her or afraid he will wait for her. She doesn’t seem to know what to do with a forever love.
In parting, Rick tells her and Javi: “I was just leaving. You have a job to do. And there’s no one better.” His look is self-deprecating, his words hurtful, sarcastic, veiled in subtext. Yes, he now believes, work is something she does best, and values more than his love or loving him. Kate is devastated, her face crestfallen, destroyed.
“And so it is. Just like you said it should be. We’ll both forget the breeze most of the time. And so it’s the colder water, the blower’s daughter, the pupil in denial. I can’t take my eyes off you. I can’t take my eyes off you. I can’t take my eyes off you. I can’t take my eyes off you. I can’t take my eyes. “
As he does in “Always,” Rick returns home, the camera tracking him through the open book shelves then and now. He sits alone, for Alexis is not there now. In his loft, Rick, the epitome of loneliness talks to his sympathetic home manager, a machine. In “Always” it’s another machine, as then he deletes Kate’s name from his smart board and computer. She is gone to him.
Now Rick drinks alone, Lucy like a child questions him and her understanding of lying: “She thought she was protecting me.” Rick explains. Lucy is confused with the double standard and nuanced thinking or excuses. “I’m in love,” Rick claims and allows for Lucy’s confusion uttering “Touché” as he so often does with Alexis who is now gone, grown up.
Someone knocks at the door and Rick swoops across the threshold to open it to Kate. They have met so often this way in good times and in heartbreaking moments. Kate strides right in proclaiming “You were right. Everything you said, you were absolutely right.”
Rick needs specifics and more from her. She wants him to take her back. Speaking through his pain, Rick protects himself: “It’s not that easy…to take you back in spite of what you put me through.” Rick needs more from her this time. He loves her but is afraid of loss.
“Did I say that I loathe you? Did I say that I want to Leave you leave it all behind? I can’t take my mind off you. I can’t take my mind off you. I can’t take my mind off you. I can’t take my mind off you. I can’t take my mind. ‘Till I find somebody new.”
“I’m sorry,” Kate reassures him as she has before. In “Always,” through her profuse apologies she says that she just wants him. “I hate that I hurt you.” What hurts the most now for Rick is that she lost faith in him. She could not trust him.
At last Kate acknowledges that she needs Rick, not only wants him but needs him. And she can’t bear being without him. “She cannot do this without him.” We hope she means life without him is unbearable and not she just wants him to help her solve her latest obsession. Rick thinks about it; He loves her so much and we hope he is not being hasty.
The stage is set for them to work together when their love story resumes. Obstacles still remain as they reconcile and renew their love and their relationship. Rick moves in to kiss her and hold her. She lovingly holds on to him. As they do in “Always” they walk off together holding hands. Jokingly he tells her he must punish her and they agree that it will be naked and in their bedroom. Lucy loses her position as home manager and as Rick’s conscience and confidant. “Ah you guys,” Lucy sweetly proclaims and we hope so, too.
Through tears and cheers and hope for tomorrow and always, Rick and Kate’s trust, love and hope remain, uplifting them and us.