Love this. The top right gif was a really interesting choice. There’s a really interesting undercurrent of sadness to Beckett in the original conversation.
There is, isn’t there? I was really tempted to make the Castle version a sad moment too…It’s interesting, but as much as Beckett’s storyline has focused on her falling down the rabbit hole of her mom’s case and then climbing back out, I easily forget that she did this once already. I’m rather curious what was the catalyst for her realizing it would destroy her last time. Who were her support people? It sounds in Deep in Death like she and Lanie go back this far. Were her dad or Royce or Montgomery involved?
Given Jim’s concern for Kate when he goes to Castle’s loft to talk to him about it, I’d say he at least witnessed what it did to her before and I’d assume he was among the people that helped her out of it. That is, if he was in a state to do so… we don’t know the timeline for his recovery from alcoholism.
We know Jim was sober 5 years from season 1, but I’m not sure how that squares with Kate’s first years on the force.
I’d say Montgomry probably definitely had a hand in it. With Royce it’s hard to tell, because she says something about him being the only one who didn’t tell her to back down. So I’m not necessarily sure how to play that in context.Do we know how long Beckett and Royce worked together? It was after her first three years on the force that she quit searching and went into therapy. That may be after she got her first promotion and Royce retired.
We don’t. But I would think 3 years would be a long time to be with a training officer. Anyone out there with real world knowledge who could narrow that down?
From the background research I did for one of my fanfics, I read that after graduating from the police Academy, the training period is 3-6 months (depending on which law enforcement agency is in question) with an additional 1-2 year probational period. Royce theoretically could have been there for her first 3 years on the force if he was both the training officer and the officer she reported to during her probational period.
That said, I have never believed that Royce did anything to help her out of the rabbit hole. If anything, I actually think he was an enabler and made it worse.
In 3.03 “Under the Gun,” Beckett says, “You were the only one who understood the obsession that drove me, who didn’t tell me that I would get over my mother’s murder and that she wouldn’t want me to do this.”
That sounds to me like Royce didn’t do anything to discourage her from obsessing over her mother’s murder. He made it seem okay for her to lose herself in it. And maybe that worked out fine while he was around to look out for her, but when he retired and left (I get the sense it happened while she was still a uniform), I think that enabling made it worse.
In “A Death in the Family,” she mentions the one year of therapy that made her realize she would destroy herself if she didn’t stop, and in the depths of her obsession, I’m not sure she would’ve recognized her need for help without some sort of external force making her go. My personal pet theory is that she got to the point where her superior officer (whether it be Montgomery or someone else, though of course I’m partial to it being Montgomery) noticed that her spiraling was out of control and issued an ultimatum: either get help or lose the badge. She went, and while she probably wasn’t happy about having to do it initially, she knows that it helped and probably saved her from burning out.
I could see a situation in which it was Jim pointed out her obsession for what it was, but at the end of her first 3 years on the force, he would’ve been only 1-2 years sober, and while she respects Jim, I don’t know if she would’ve changed anything at his urging. However, I’m confident that he was with her every step of the way through her own therapy and the aftermath. Otherwise, I don’t think I could see Beckett going to Jim to talk through her major life decisions throughout the series if he didn’t somehow prove to be a steady presence. However Kate might have saved Jim, I’m sure the reverse holds true as well.