What a send-off before the winter break for Castle fans.
The tenth episode of the season, “The Good, the Bad and the Baby,” was written by Terri Miller, wife of Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe. It’s episodes like this that make me fall in love with the show all over again.
However, it is also episodes like this that frustrate me because these episodes show just the right balance of Castle and Beckett as a couple and the supporting characters doing what they are supposed to do – support the leads. I even enjoyed the appearance of Alexis, who I think has been a scene sucker for most of the episodes of season six, as her interaction with Castle and Beckett were filled with wit and wisdom.
The episode opened with a man staggering into a church and depositing an infant in the arms of a priest before expiring.
Meanwhile, on the Castle and Beckett home front, the engaged couple are preparing for Thanksgiving. It was very domestic of them to be shopping for the holiday together, doling out duties and who would cook and bring what. Adding to the Castle traditions, he informs Beckett that they normally dress up for Thanksgiving – he will be John Rolfe and that means Beckett should be Pocahontas. This sets up the closing minutes of the episode, which are an instant classic.
Castle is entranced by the baby that was abandoned at the scene, immediately taking the baby out of Lanie Parish’s arms. While Beckett is in full detective mode, Castle volunteers to take a uniform officer with him and secure some baby formula and various baby paraphernalia for the little guy.
The appearance of the baby and how it ties to the man’s murder spearheads a gold mind of future talk for Castle and Beckett: from Castle proclaiming he is RHD (Ruggedly Handsome Dad) Certified to calling himself “The Baby Whisperer” because the baby seems calm and collected around him.
Impending fatherhood looks gloomy for poor Kevin Ryan, as every time he attempts to hold the baby, the baby cries.
Castle begins calling the baby Cosmo, stating that is what he would have named Alexis had she been a boy. It was interesting how Beckett just followed suit calling the baby Cosmo on separate occasions.
It comes as no surprise that Kate Beckett is a bit leery around baby Cosmo. She is a woman driven by her career, not to mention she was an only child, so she hasn’t had much time to spend around babies. She doesn’t jump right in to hold the baby, which shocks Castle. She isn’t a baby person, but I like that she threw in that she may be unsure of herself around a baby but it would be different with their baby.
The case has its typical twists and turns and of course the baby can’t be placed in foster care because none are available so close to Thanksgiving. Castle shocks Beckett when he suggests they take the baby, to the child protective services lady, and though you see Beckett is speechless she still goes along with it.
Of course, just like babies do, once Castle and Beckett get baby Cosmo to the loft, he isn’t the docile and happy baby he was at the precinct. He is crying, unhappy and Beckett and Castle are frazzled. After he spits up on Castle’s shirt and Castle displays some impressive diaper changing maneuvers, Beckett ends up holding the baby and it doesn’t take long for her to look like a natural.
The scene in the morning, with Castle and Beckett lounged on the couch, dead tired from taking care of the baby, and Martha cooing to him and feeding him a bottle, looked like a tableau into the future. And it brings about a great scene with Alexis as she comes home to see Castle and Beckett barely able to keep their eyes open, Martha playing the role of grandmother and Alexis questioning, “How long have I been gone?”
Why was Castle so insistent on taking care of baby Cosmo? He got scared when Beckett admitted she wasn’t much of a baby person. You could tell he wanted a baby with Beckett in the future, but what if she was like his ex-wife Meredith – leaving him to raise the child alone? Beckett had one of the best lines of the night – solidifying her commitment to Castle, their future, their family and her intentions. “When the time comes, there is no way I’m gonna let you take care of OUR baby on your own.”
OUR BABY – it gets me every time.
The murder victim turns out to be unwillingly involved in a scam to fix the lottery and the baby belongs to the lady in charge of picking out the briefcase with the lottery balls. The killers had replaced the lottery balls with ones they knew would reveal the numbers they wanted and had kidnapped the woman’s baby and husband to ensure her help in doing the job.
When the woman is reunited with her husband and baby it was revealed the murdered man was trying to help them escape after he learned they were going to kill them after the lottery job was completed.
Back in the Castle loft, everyone is getting set for Thanksgiving. Castle and Martha are laying out the food and Alexis states Beckett’s dad Jim and Pi are on their way. When they wonder where Beckett is, she comes out of the bedroom dressed in her Pocahontas costume.Castle began to smirk that he was only kidding about dressing up, there is a moment of hesitation, before Beckett volley’s back to Castle. “I figured if this isn’t a Castle family tradition, then maybe it should be.”
She then hands Castle his pilgrim costume.
Okay, let’s talk progression. In the Christmas episode in season five, Castle went on and on about his Castle family Christmas traditions and Beckett just seemed to follow. A year later, it isn’t about just following along, Beckett is enacting Castle traditions of her own – because she is about to become a Castle.
One pet peeve – in the opening scene when Castle and Beckett come home from shopping, and at the end when they are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, Beckett is not wearing her engagement ring. That is unacceptable to me and, if I was Castle, I would be a bit upset.