This week on “Castle,” Castle and Beckett must resolve their differences with Fallon and work together as a team to stop a city-wide catastrophe from happening.  Can the team find the bomb before it’s too late? Find out more in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Bill Roe
  • Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe
  • CastNathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Adrian Pasdar, Victor Webster, Bahar Soomekh, Lochlyn Munro

Episode Title: “Countdown”

Continuing where last week’s episode left off, Castle and Beckett each develop a case of hypothermia waiting for help that they both know may never arrive.  Alexis and Martha return home unexpectedly early, but to an empty house. Esposito and Ryan aid in Beckett and Castle’s rescue, and Beckett and Josh get a second chance for love.  The team unravels the case piece by piece, and eventually Castle saves the day. (And New York City.)

The Good:

  • “Fair Has Nothing to Do with It”: Alexis complains that it’s not fair that Castle will not allow her to tell Ashley that a major catastrophe could happen in the city, but Castle’s remark that “fair has nothing to do with it” is true on several levels.  On the surface, it’s unfair that Castle gets to ask his loved ones (Martha and Alexis) to leave but that Alexis doesn’t get to ask Ashley. it’s also unfair to the possible victims in this catastrophe that none of them are warned of what the authorities know ahead of time.  But in all fairness, the higher authorities cannot risk widespread panic if they hope to find the bomb, and they themselves do not cower away-even Castle and Beckett’s last moments are not spent running away, but holding hands and closing their eyes.
  • A Walk In Fallon’s Shoes: After Castle asks Martha and Alexis to leave the city, he feels guilty that he can’t allow her to tell her boyfriend Ashley that it’s no longer safe to be in the city.  Castle is honest about his emotions to Beckett, explaining that he feels “like a monster.” Better yet, he realizes that Fallon must feel the same way, being under the same circumstances constantly due to his job in homeland security.
  • Esposito and Ryan Save the Day: As the old saying goes, a team is only as strong as it’s weakest link, and although Esposito and Ryan aren’t always made the focus of the show (it is called ‘Castle’ not ’12 Precinct’), we get to see just how determined they are to make sure their friends are okay, exemplifying that they know them well enough to realize when something’s wrong, and having the initiative to find out what has happened to them and continue solving the case in their absence simultaneously.
  • Outside References: Fallon’s interrogation scenes remind us of Jack Bauer barking at suspects on 24, but more importantly, the freezer scene references the end of Titanic, beautifully paralleling Castle and Beckett’s relationship with Jack and Rose’s undying love for one another, and bringing Castle and Beckett closer (in the minds of the viewers, at least).

The So-So:

  • You May Hate Me: Fallon realizes that Castle and Beckett may not enjoy working with him, especially after he kicked them off the case last week, but he makes an excellent point that he seems overbearing and unfeeling to others because that is required of him in order to focus on his job.  His assumption that Castle and Beckett ‘hate’ him is a bit harsh, but he acknowledges that he understands if they do indeed feel hatred toward him. We’re just not sure why he is so worried about Castle and Beckett’s opinion of him–but maybe like Castle explained earlier, he gets tired of being perceived in this manner.

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “I’m sorry.” Beckett: “For what?” Castle: “For being me…”
  • Castle: “We were saving the world.” Fallon: “I’d be more impressed if you succeeded.”
  • Fallon: “Where is the bomb?!”(x3)
  • Esposito: “You guys don’t know how lucky you are.” Castle: “Actually…I do.”
  • Beckett: “Castle, I just wanted to say how much I l…”
  • Alexis: “That’s not fair…” Castle: “Fair has nothing to do with it.”

Overall:

This week’s “Castle” was full of suspense and the tearjerker of the season.  And we got to see the characters work through more than just their differences–they discussed the mentally-draining and emotion-wrought affect that working high-security jobs can have on others’ perceptions of your character, the ethics behind withholding necessary information from those whose lives are at risk, and the team relied on knowledge, experience, and their team members’ expertise to reach a happy ending.

Rating: 10/10

“Castle” airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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