Hints of the Heist in ‘Eye of the Beholder’

Posted on October 20, 2011


Castle gets to grips with insurance specialist Serena (Kristin Lehman) in 'Eye of the Beholder'

Castle gets to grips with insurance specialist Serena (Kristin Lehman) in 'Eye of the Beholder'

Castle & Beckett work a murder case around the theft of a valuable sculpture. Serena Kaye, a smart, sexy insurance investigator, joins Castle & Beckett in the investigation, but she also has her eyes set on Castle, all the while hiding a very important secret from the team. (Synopsis from IMDB)



Let’s be straight up and honest here. The only thing missing from this episode was a chess scene. For anyone reading who doesn’t know what I’m talking about, get hold of the original Thomas Crown Affair movie and watch it. Then watch the remake because it’s really quite brilliant too.


And in fact, tonight’s review is very much based on a makeshift template of those movies.


The writers tapped into a nice, inviting genre with this episode. While we’re usually watching movies that show the heist from the point-of-view of the heisting ragamuffins, this episode still managed to exude the kind of panache that we’ve come to expect from the genre.


To that end, I think Kristin Lehman (Fillion’s former Drive co-star) fit in great as Serena Kaye. Her character is the equivalent of the Rene Russo character in the remake TCH – a smart, sexy insurance agent who is ruthless and uses her not inconsiderable charms to get what she wants. But there’s a little bit of moral backbone there too, as we see from the end of the episode.


Her character surprised me, I expected to dislike her but instead I thought she worked really well. Her scene with Falco was excellent, brimming with a kind of sexual energy that symbolised how good Serena was at getting what she wanted. By the end of the episode, her turning-down of Castle is surprising but at the same time welcome because, given the talk with his mother, it seemed to me that Castle might have taken her up on the idea of a second date had she been willing.


The final outcome of the case was pretty standard and, again, reminiscent of the remake TCA in which the painting that is stolen is returned a week later with a watercolour painted over it. Seriously, if people haven’t seen that movie, watch it because it’s fantastic. That was nicely set up too with Castle peering into it earlier in the episode trying to figure out its purpose and message.


This episode saw the return of out buddy Michael Dorn the therapist who, correct me if I’m wrong, still doesn’t have a name? Anyway, we got a little more insight this week into what exactly she’s been discussing with him and it’s pretty obvious that it’s been a certain handsome writer. Dorn’s character gets one of the lines of the night, “What are you really scared of? That he won’t wait for you or that he will?”


Every week, Beckett seems to be getting closer to that point she was at toward the end of season 2 or even that in the hotel in last year’s LA based episode. This episode was full of great moments between the two. I particularly liked how Beckett was messing with his head when talking about posing nude for the art class. Castle all but put his fist in his mouth.


Then there’s that lovely moment toward the end where Beckett offers to buy Castle lunch/dinner after another of her wonderful facial expressions on seeing the bill he received. What I liked about this was Beckett’s initial reluctance. If you watch her face, it’s like she sees that opportunity but doesn’t know whether she should take it or not. She’s slowly putting out the feelers. It’s a very sweet way that this new leg of the relationship is developing.

Bromancing the Stone


Very little in the way of Ryan and Esposito tonight. Ryan gets his chance to follow on from last week in the interrogation room with Beckett – he seems to be operating with a renewed vigour. The better moment though was in Serena’s hotel room which Beckett is frantically searching. When Esposito suggests that she really wants to nail Esposito his extra remark, “it seems like it might be about more than that” shows that the guys have noticed what’s been going on between she and Castle too. So how long before the slagging starts again?

Caskett Watch


Final scene. Hands down. You can see Beckett trying to be blasé about Castle not going out with Serena but as we all know (and I reckon Castle did too) she’s secretly delighted. I’ve already mentioned how co she is about offering to buy him dinner and Castle’s pretending to thing about it is good. These two are back to their very, sweetest best.



Line of the Night

Nice and simple tonight.

Therapist: Why is it complicated?

Beckett: You know why it’s complicated.


Beckett has told the therapist more than we might have thought. Looking forward to seeing more of this guy.