Castle 6.13 Review: “Limelight”

Castle has really been sharing the love for it’s supporting characters since it returned from hiatus. First episode back, we got to hang with Ryan and Jenny, last week we re-met Papa Castle and spent some extra time with Martha, and this week we got a little time with Alexis, who we haven’t seen since Christmas. Here, the themes of the episode are about looking at your choices and the way they are both driven by and affect other people.

Our victim, Mandy Melody, former teen star a la Miley Cyrus, was caught during a binge night with her ex-boyfriend right before her comeback tour, and ended up dead. Well, her decoy ended up dead, and Mandy ended up trying to figure out how she got so, as Alexis put it so tactfully “messed up.” Turns out, it wasn’t quite her fault, it was Mommy Dearest (who seems to have more of a present hand in the adult life of her daughter than, say, Billy Ray does) who was controlling the strings. Momma Melody was looking to cash in as her daughter’s manager and actually wanted her daughter to continue the wild party girl phase for all the publicity it drummed up. So she staged a decoy with Mandy’s ex, broke them up, then killed the decoy Mandy when she was itching to tell the real Mandy how she was being manipulated. Thankfully, Mandy gets to go off with her boyfriend, hopefully to a more peaceful life, but not after taking a hard look at her past choices and deciding to make a choice to continue down that peaceful path. It would have been easy to go back into the limelight.



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