This week’s episode of “Castle,” “Murder Is Forever,” was all about the values that people assign to objects. Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) decided that a lithograph of a lion was a referendum on their relationship, while the victim of the week died because she wanted to get her hands on a priceless diamond.
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Linus the Lion
Beckett asked Castle to move the picture of Linus the Lion that has hung on his bedroom wall throughout the series. She felt like Linus was staring at her. Castle felt like she was asking him to give up a vital part of his identity. Linus is his totem. This resistance to any change whatsoever may be why these two still aren’t living together. Although, in Castle’s defense, Linus is pretty awesome.
Castle attempted to point out to Beckett that she was every bit as attached to her belongings as he was by telling her that he hated the elephant figurines that were on her desk. She cheerfully offered to get rid of them because she wanted him to feel comfortable.
At the end of the episode, he replaced Linus with a collage of seashells from his trip to the Hamptons with Beckett, symbolizing that they are now planning a life together. Awww!
Alice in the Ground Without Diamonds
The case of the week involved the murder of a relationship expert, Alice, who wrote a book applying animal behavior to human romances. This nicely paralleled Castle and Beckett’s dilemma and even allowed Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) to speculate about how they had the masculine energy in their relationship. The world of relationship advice seems like it would be as rich an area for satire as the show’s episode that went behind the scenes of a reality show, but unfortunately the mystery had little to do with Alice’s line of work.
It turned out that Alice was killed because she possessed a gigantic diamond that many other people wanted. The convoluted case led to the Ray Donovan of New York, who ransacked her car and office in search of the diamond but did not kill her.
In an action sequence that was both exciting and creepy, a group of men dressed like clowns had a shoot out with Ryan and Esposito to get their hands on it. They turned out to be affiliated with an African diamond cartel. This diamond was not only valuable because of its size, but also because it was man made. One of Alice’s clients had coincidentally invented a way to create flawless man-made diamonds. Alice and her boyfriend stole the diamond in the hopes of using the technology to end diamond mining and its violence. Of course, that wouldn’t really happen because the man-made diamonds would be perceived as fake and therefore less desirable. But the guy who created the diamonds had already sold the technology to the cartel, who wanted to suppress it. For reasons that didn’t make much sense, the wife of the genius diamond manufacturer shot Alice while she was attempting to get the diamond back from her. If this were “CSI: Miami,” David Caruso might take off his sunglasses and say that it truly was a conflict diamond.
“Castle” airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.
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