Pay Attention: Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion

This week, Castle is all about trust with “The Squab and The Quail.” Self-made billionaire Erik Vaughn is the target of a killer, and Beckett’s the only one who can protect him. Meanwhile, Castle kicks up the romance, when he notices the other man spending time with her.

The Players:

  • Director: Paul Holohan
  • Writer: Jason Wilborn and Adam Frost
  • Cast:  Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan, Molly C. Quinn, Tamala Jones, Ioan Gruffudd

Episode Title: “The Squab and The Quail”

When Erik Vaughn narrowly escapes death, he hires Beckett as his personal bodyguard following the murder of his business partner. Castle is concerned about Beckett working with Vaughn, and puts all of his energy into solving the case as quickly as possible. Vaughn attempts to woo Beckett while the rest of the team look for whoever wants him killed. Beckett’s refusal of Vaughn’s advances saves his life. Beckett confronts her feelings about her relationship with Castle after the case is closed.

The Good:

  • What Really Matters: While the continuity may be disrupted by airing “The Squab and The Quail” before “Still,” we’re glad ABC chose to postpone any bomb-themed episodes. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Boston.
  • Foiled Plots: Erik Vaughn can be the man we love to hate for his attempts to woo Beckett or he can be our key to understanding the future of this show. Like Castle, he’s rich, handsome and pulls strings where he must to work with Beckett. But unlike Castle, he has a knack for bad timing. His simple conclusions, such as “We’re all misled by our hearts sometimes. It shouldn’t end a career” made us believe the prolonging of Caskett’s relationship from Captain Gates will be a big deal in the future.
  • They Have a Past: All the subtext between Castle and Beckett’s history was fun for fans to catch. It’s preparing us for next week’s extensive look at their past. But are we really ready to reflect right now? It sounds more like a tribute rather than a narrative arc.

The So-So:

  • She Loves Him, She Loves Him Not: Again with the drama for drama’s sake. We have more obstacles for them to work through. Castle and Beckett are not on the same page right now, and they’ve been overcoming one hurdle after another all season. It’s tiring!
  • Get Out the Caution Tape: Why is Castle so jealous? Sure, seeing him be insecure is funny. Watching Castle and Beckett work through a relationship issue together is nice–charming even. But there are times when Castle crosses the line. His constant accusations that Beckett is enjoying time with Vaughn and his implications that Beckett has been ‘played’ by Vaughn in this investigation are simply uncalled for. At least now we have some reasons to understand why Beckett would have second thoughts about Castle.

The Quotes:

  • Beckett: “Would you rather play with a kid in an imaginary world or me in a real world?”
  • Castle: “You know how I get when I’m gaming. I’m like Gretzky.” Beckett: “Well, at least Gretzky knew how to score.”
  • Beckett: “The things you notice when you’re paying attention.”
  • Vaughn: “We’re all misled by our hearts sometimes. It shouldn’t end a career.”
  • Vaughn: “Are you and Castle?” Beckett: “Yes” Castle: “Is it serious?” Beckett: “…yes.”
  • Beckett: ”His helicopter doesn’t need a remote control…”
  • Castle: “He played us. Well, mostly you.”
  • Martha: “There isn’t a ring on her finger, is there? Technically she’s not really committed at all.”
  • Beckett: ”Castle, where are we going?” Castle: “To the bedroom.”


“The Squab and The Quail” fell short of our expectations in that there was phony drama and Castle acted unfavorably out of character. 

Rating: 7/10

Castle airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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