ABC’s ‘Castle’ season 8, episode 4 review: ‘What Lies Beneath’ is somewhat scattered

CastleGoing into Monday night’s “Castle,” we thought that “What Lies Beneath” was going to be a story all about a beloved novelist who passed away thanks to some promotional material released a couple of weeks ago … but it really wasn’t about that at all for most of the hour. Instead, we had an hour stuffed full of conspiracy, twists, turns, and other wrinkles that you more than likely don’t see coming.

We’re really still trying to make sense of this episode. It was far more complicated than your standard “Castle” episode, but it was also moderately funny. To us, the best moment of the entire hour was Castle hiring Ryan to be a rat, as the guy is trying to come up with some new ways to pay the bills. Both he and Ryan were trying to figure out ways to move up in the force, and thanks to Beckett, they both got tickets to take the Sargeant’s exam!

Aside from the mystery, one other compelling little bit of story was getting a chance to see a fun moment between Castle and Beckett for a change! These are two characters who really have not had enough of an opportunity for that lately … but sadly, no solace for those of you hoping for a reconciliation this week. They’re still not back to where the once were. (Insert sigh here.)

In the end, this episode is probably not one we are going to remember too much when we come around to the end of the season. The big reveal was ultimately just that the wife did it, which is about as fundamental an answer as you are going to get with a murder mystery. Part of our ho-hum feeling right now may also be due to like “Castle” episodes that are even more outlandish at times in the investigation process. Grade: C+.

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