ABC’s ‘Castle’ season 8, episode 5 review: ‘The Nose’ knows

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A stolen painting. Violent crimes. A person with a super-powered nose. These were the themes of Monday night’s “Castle.”

This episode was completely silly but also a whole lot of fun, played up mostly by the performance from Stephnie Weir as a woman who specializes in all things olfactory. She was needed in order to help solve the case, and was someone Captain Beckett was not altogether willing to take seriously at first. We understand why, but she was a fun component to this story given that she was demanding, at times irrational, and by and large funny. One of the best moments was her completely not caring at all about Castle’s achievements, but praising Martha extensively for what she has done.

Of course, the case was resolved without too much of a problem. This episode wasn’t about that. It was instead more about Castle helping a woman with a gift come out of her shell, while convincing him in the process that Beckett does still love him. We had visual proof of that at the end of the hour as well … hard as it may be to deal with the separation right now (which we do feel is somewhat without meaning).

Also tonight, there was tension between Ryan and Esposito as the two continue to struggle with their future (the “shoot me in the a** scene” was priceless, and Hayley also returned to help Beckett with her case. Sure, Hayley’s return was somewhat convenient, but we’re not going to argue that she and Beckett made a good team in this story. Of course, we do wish that Castle and Beckett were spending more time together in the episodes themselves.

In the end, “The Nose” doesn’t make up for some of our recent frustrations, but at least it did bring us some good stuff for Nathan Fillion, some great Ryan / Espo conflict, and at least a case that challenged us. As far as early-season one-shot stories go, this one was at least solid. Grade: B-.

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