[RECAP] CASTLE – AFTER HOURS
When Castle and Beckett finally got together at the end of last season, I held my breath all summer waiting to see where the show would take them. As an avid viewer of Bones, you can understand my trepidation. The Moonlighting Curse is real, guys. So far, however, it seems as though Castle has outwitted said curse for the time being. Hopefully they’ll be able to keep it up!
This week’s episode opened on Castle and Beckett having dinner with Castle’s mom and Beckett’s dad – two people who couldn’t be more opposite. Each passive aggressively insults the other, and you could definitely feel the tension building. Dinner was fortunately (?) interrupted by the murder of a priest.
The tension at dinner carried through the remainder of the episode, with both Castle and Beckett blaming each other’s parent for their parents not getting along. Kate even starts to question her relationship with Castle, asking, “Are we just kidding ourselves?” Prompting me to scream, “Stop that, don’t even think that!” at the television. CLEARLY they are meant to be together and will be forever. Castle seemed to share my sentiment on that fact, as he never faltered in reassuring her. I mean I know he’s a writer and all, but man does he have a way with words. If someone spoke to me the way he does to her…there’s no telling what might happen. Also, him being Nathan Fillion doesn’t hurt the situation.
Anyways, to make a long story short plotwise, in the course of the investigation, Castle and Beckett find themselves in the Bronx in the middle of the night, sans phone and gun, plus one terrified witness (or is he?) with a price on his head. He is the supposed witness to the mob hit on the priest, which the police believe was carried out by Mickey Dolan, an enforcer for the O’Reilly crime family. I probably would have gone along with this storyline if the witness, Leo, hadn’t sprained his ankle running from the two mob guys chasing them. He wouldn’t shut up about it, and I just kept thinking, “OK, they get it, you hurt your ankle and now you’re all even more stuck in this horrible situation.” They made it a little obvious this time around. Still, even though I figured it out, I was on edge the whole episode because I still had no idea how everything was going to play out. In this case, a clever phone message from Beckett tipped of Castle. She made a joke about their parents getting along, which was definitely “too soon,” and he picked up on immediately. Personally, I was reminded of Friends and knew exactly what Ross would have said to Rachel if they were in a hostage situation. (source)
Per usual, Castle and Beckett finagle their way out of the situation, and Ryan and Esposito show up right on cue. Again, the whole time you know everything is going to work out, but it’s still so great when it does. Giving major props to Andrew W. Marlowe.
Back at the precinct, Castle’s mom and Beckett’s dad have bonded over their missing children and are now the happiest of clams.
The writers of this show are, in my opinion, brilliant. There is so much amazing dialogue that often goes unnoticed and therefore unappreciated. I’ll admit I even missed some of these great lines, so I want to make sure they get the love they deserve. (source)
12. Castle: Someone had a priest assassinated? It’s like a Vatican conspiracy.
11. Castle: Dude, where’s your car?
10. Ryan: Surveillance cam footage outside the church backs Sister Mary’s story. Not that I’d ever doubt a nun.
9. Beckett: So, you’re the boy with the dragon tattoo now?
8. Martha: It’s to die for, literally. I call it “death by chocolate.”
Castle: Now, given your baking experience, is that a prediction?
7. Beckett: Honestly, a creature bursting out of my dad’s chest might have lightened the mood.
6. Ryan: We’re interviewing a nun?
Esposito: Yeah, and I’m gonna be the good cop. You’re gonna be the bad cop so…
5. Leo: We’re gonna end up floating in the river with cement shoes on.
Castle: Yes, well, technically, if you have cement shoes, you’re not gonna be floating.
4. Ryan: Catholic school is like combat. Unless you’ve been there, you don’t know.
Esposito: Uh, I have been there — in combat.
3. Martha (to Captain Gates): Oh, please stop. You are a terrible actress.
2. Castle: But look at the lock screen.
Beckett: The password’s the cat’s name.
Leo: Great, so what’s the cat’s name?
Beckett: He doesn’t know.
1. Leo: Great. You have an engineering degree or electronics experience?
Castle: No, but I’ve seen every episode of MacGyver.
My favorite line, however, jumps back to my obsession with Nathan Fillion. Kate is worried because their relationship doesn’t make any sense on paper, so Castle, without missing a beat, tells her, “So what if we don’t make sense on paper, we don’t live our lives on paper.” The sheer confidence with which he says these words is swoonworthy. He’s actually perfect.
Check back next week for my recap/review of “Secret Santa,” and I’ll try to get control of this crush I didn’t know was so severe until writing this out….