Popular Culture Review Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 2017 - Page 69

Castle and Beckett often finished each other’s sentences, ending with them simultaneously announcing the name of the killer. This sign of rapport was a source of good-natured ribbing from their colleagues. When Castle displayed this behavior with another woman, it was an occasion for jealousy. Castle avoided building theory this way and then commented on how out of sync they were in “The Limey” (4.20). Ryan and Esposito also displayed this trope. Running gags are staples of situation comedies since the days of early television when Jackie Gleason promised Alice that, “You’re going to the moon!” The phrase in which Castle declared, “I AM really ruggedly handsome” is featured throughout the life of the show and in promos. It is a tongue in cheek way to poke fun at his conceit. Marlowe promoted one of Castle’s novels in every episode, often in the hands of Detective Ryan. Sharp-eyed viewers noticed an ad for Castle’s book on the subway wall In “Murder Most Fowl” (3.8). The running joke, “Why did you kill off Derrick Storm? ” first appeared in “Flowers for Your Grave” (1.1). Prolific writer James Patterson told Castle he was glad Castle killed off Storm. It meant less competition. A chef at a restaurant jokingly told Castle, “I ought to punch you in the mouth for killing Derrick Storm like that” (“Food to Die for” 2.22). Alexis reminded Castle that he killed Derrick Storm because he was bored (“The Mistress Always Knocks Twice” 2.16). Castle’s novels pr fFVBV7&FfR6W&6Rb6Rf"FRw&FW'2`FR6r7VFfFBG2&Wv&G2W&6Fr67FPFVF6FVBf2FV7G&FVBV6֖2vW"FV"FW6&RFFVw&FR67FRFFV FǒƖfRFWW&66VBV&W"bFV26l:&W72ffW&VBF&rrvFFR&6R( 67FR&V6WGB66WGBv2( FR$27F&R6BfWvW'2W&6F6RV&VBvFFR6VFV6R( Ē'VvvVFǒG6R( $2ffW&VBFRV&Ɩ2R6&vFVBfV2F@f&VBFVw&BVVVBFR6sVBvfRVBVBVB&6W2g&VVBFVFǒVB&vrVB7F&g&BvB7F&BvVBFRfV2fVGW&VBfW'6bFREb6W&W2vF斶VBBW6&2FRGv6&7FW'2gFW FRGfVBbWr6V6$26VFVB6FW'2g&67F^( 2&2G2vV'6FR$06WF&VBF&VRT&3w&2fVV&Ɨ6VB''fV6֖72FFV&V7@ח7FW'vRBWfVG&Fr6&G2c@