Santa is supposed to bring people together in late December, but somehow, we don’t think he ever intended for that to occur over an investigation of his death! Castle pokes some cheeky fun at the big guy in the red suit’s expense in their holiday episode this year, but it’s all in the name of doing what they do best.
There may be no bigger kid on television right now than Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), and what do all kids love most but the holidays!? Unfortunately for Castle, though, what should be his best Christmas ever– since it’s his first with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as a couple– quickly becomes one designed to test him and his loyalty to traditions.
It all starts in “Secret Santa” with Castle at home, eagerly decking his apartment halls with tinsel and lights and a tree. He just can’t wait to get to Christmas Eve when his family bakes an old family recipe, carols, and opens their presents. And he’s filled with even more joy at the idea of sharing such sentiments with Beckett.
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But things start to go awry when Castle and Beckett catch the case of a dead Santa. Seriously, this guy looks exactly like the real deal and even has flecks of red paint (like from a sleigh) on his clothes. Who would ever dream of hurting Santa!? Castle and Beckett start investigating, but what they dig up about the guy’s past life is anything but cheery.
The distraction of getting justice for Santa is not enough to keep Castle’s personal Christmas spirit high, though, when he learns that not only does Beckett have to cover a shift at the precinct on Christmas Eve but Alexis (Molly Quinn) wants to spend the evening with a friend instead of her dear old dad. Maybe he should team up with Esposito (Jon Huertas) for a little bro-bonding of the single guy style instead?
Castle takes an age old mystery about Santa and adapts it for a much more modern, real world scenario. While it is darker than most holiday tales, there are enough elements of a mature magic to make it fill the audience with joy. One Santa going after Esposito with a giant candy cane is good for some more genre-typical laughs– as is a less-guarded Captain (Penny Johnson Jerald). Of course there are heart-warming talks for Castle and Beckett, as well as Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito, and in the end, Castle even learns a lesson about what really makes Christmas special.
Plus, who doesn’t love presents, right?
* “Secret Santa” is an official LA TV Insider Examiner 30 Days of Christmas selection *
Castle airs on ABC on Monday nights at 10 p.m. “Secret Santa” airs on December 3rd 2012.
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