On CastleCaskett brings their parents together in “After Hours.” Following a string of bad luck, they’re forced to take a witness on the run. Will they be driven away from each other or will the incident bring them closer?

The Players:

  • Director: David M. Barrett
  • Writer: Shalisha Francis
  • CastStana KaticNathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Penny Johnson Gerald, Tamala Jones, Susan Sullivan, Patrick Fischler

Episode Title: “After Hours”

The murder of a Catholic priest interrupts Castle and Beckett’s dinner with their parents (who aren’t getting along). Developments in a case lead the couple to a witness of the Father’s murder. When they’re ambushed in the process, they take the witness on the road. Meanwhile, the precinct works to find them, while their parents worry.

The Good:

  • Romantic Conflict: The road bump in their relationship is good. The conflict they work through is normal, healthy, and realistic because everyone runs into problems in relationships. They either work through them or let them build until they’re irreparable. We’re glad Beckett and Castle learn to work it out.
  • Holy Smokes: As usual, our minor characters keep everything interesting. Esposito and Ryan comparing Catholic nuns to combat is light-hearted and real. Also, Castle’s mother and father keep things interesting with their antics.
  • Says Who?: We’re not sure how we feel about Beckett and Castle getting advice from the criminal witness. Does it matter what source your inspiration comes from as long as it’s useful and good? Or should we reconsider our sources? We’re glad the show included this because it’s an age-old debate.

The So-So:

  • The Usual Kidnapping: This is the first time Beckett and Castle are caught in one of their kidnapping/life-threatening situations away from any help as a couple. We’re having trouble believing the fact that NO ONE helps them in the Bronx. But it’s refreshing to see them interact now that they’re open about their feelings.
  • Details, Details: They say “God is in the details.” In other words, the details make the story. We love details like the witness pretending to limp. First we say “Aw, he’s faking.” Then, later, we realize the character is faking–not just the actor. Genius. But in order for it to pack a punch, the others have to make sense as well. And they would have at least questioned Beckett and Castle before sending them on their way (they’re main informants on this case). We’re hoping for more consistency.

The Bad:

  • Poker Face: Gangsters don’t make threats; they make promises. *SPOILER ALERT* Dolan basically makes an idle threat by inferring that he’s going to kill Castle when, we learn, he never intends to harm him. It gives us a false sense of endangerment, which works for the show. But we would have liked it better if we didn’t call his bluff.

Overall:

“After Hours” was a solid episode that informed the Caskett relationship in new ways. But in the story, we’re looking for more consistency.

Rating: 8/10

Castle airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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