Alexis is acting like his mother not his daughter. Not normal. If anyone should make sure Castle eats it should be Beckett his future wife.
Why can’t Alexis do that too? She’s his daughter, his family. She can do that too. Last I checked family means taking care of each other.
I make my parents lunch all the time… there’s nothing weird about it. It’s called being nice and as mentioned above, taking care of your family.
Beckett is Castle’s primary caretaker now and she practically lives with him so why couldn’t Beckett make Castle’s lunch and make sure that he eats? I just think that is something Beckett would do for Castle and not Alexis.
Because Castle disappeared. And this is Alexis’ way of taking care of him, trying to make sure he’s okay.
You see, she was pretty much like this before Castle met Beckett. Always mom-ing him. Not to the extent she did in this episode, but still. And Castle was fine with it then. Then Beckett showed up and she took over that role. And Alexis stepped aside.
But then he got kidnapped and this is Alexis’ way of dealing with it. Beckett has Castle for most of the day. They work together all day, then they come home and they’re together. This is what she can do in the moments in between.
She’s always been the worried mom. Then she was the worried mom who let go of her baby into capable Beckett-hands. Now she’s the worried mom who almost lost her baby so she’s back to phase one. It fits the character that is Alexis in my opinion. She’s still working through her dad’s disappearance and she’s not one to just sit around. She has to do something. This is it.
Of course Kate isn’t okay with her mom-ing Castle, because now that’s her job. Has been for years. And if you haven’t noticed Beckett isn’t much of a share-r, not to the extent Alexis wants her to. Which is fine. They’d have no life if she was okay with it. Beckett’s fine with sharing Castle with his daughter, if said daughter sticks to that. Alexis will just have to trust again that Castle is in good hands.
Personally, I think it’s wrong to characterize Beckett as Castle’s caretaker. He’s not a child or infirm. They’re partners; that’s the whole premise of the show. She has no obligation to make him food.
Alexis making food for Castle is not a problem, and is quite sweet. It reminded me of Castle packing her lunch when she interned at the precinct in Season 2. The problem, as Beckett points out and Castle acknowledges, is the underlying motivation behind the food prep. Alexis isn’t making him lunch and dinner out of a sense of, “gee I love you, Dad, and I’m so grateful for all the support over the past 19 years, so I’d love to return the favor.” It’s a reaction to his kidnapping, a “don’t you dare leave me again, I’m so scared it’s going to happen.” And as Castle pointed out to Alexis, that’s not a way we can live.
I don’t think it’s a matter of Alexis not trusting Castle with Beckett; it’s her not trusting him with the world, not trusting that he’ll come home at the end of the day. And it’s not a matter of Beckett being jealous of “sharing” Castle. It’s a realization that Alexis has heretofore been an independent young woman and that this recent behavior is aberrant and indicative that something is wrong with Alexis. She encourages Castle to look into it for Alexis’ sake. And that is a beautiful family moment, for me.
This last comment is exactly what I was thinking. The Castle/Alexis storyline was the best done part of the episode, I thought. (Emily was next.)