by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
In addition to minor spoilers, this episode involved a bomb scare, which some readers may find insensitive based on recent events.
I don’t recall an episode of Castle going from zero to “holy crap” as quickly as this one did. After arriving at the apartment of a bombing suspect, Detective Beckett steps on a pressure activated bomb. Beckett must stand on the bomb until the bomb squad can find a way to defuse it and get Beckett to safety. Castle stays with Beckett as the episode constantly shows flashbacks from previous episodes. It was nice to see some past moments between Castle and Beckett, which mainly featured comments taken out of context, humorous slapstick moments and a plethora of hairstyles from both Beckett and Castle.
While Beckett and Castle are working through their situation, a bomb squad arrives to basically say the situation is not looking good. Considering the episode was dealing with a bomb threat, I would have liked to see more emotion and development from the bomb squad. There isn’t much else to say about these characters, as their appearances were far, few and minor.
Back to Beckett and Castle, it was a lot of fun with the flashbacks, but I always have mixed feelings with these types of episodes. On one hand, I really enjoy the montage style of best moments, but then again the actual episode was really short considering the number of actual new scenes shown. It’s a mixed feeling but the end result was still entertaining.
Back at the precinct, Detectives Ryan and Esposito, as well as Captain Gates were doing everything that they could to gain the cooperation of the arrested bomber. Things get interesting when the bomber stabs himself with a pen, killing himself before revealing how to disarm the bomb. To add to the negative, the bomb has a timer that started when Beckett first activated the explosive.
To lighten the mood, Castle and Beckett spent their time arguing over who fell in love with whom first. The argument even gets Esposito and Ryan involved when Beckett calls them to ask for the truth. Neither really gives an answer, which leaves the question open. Emotions go from light to gut-wrenching as Beckett is given the ten-minute warning and Castle is asked to leave. It bothered me a bit seeing Beckett’s faced drenched in tears while Castle seemed not to care.
Although appearing emotionless, Castle returned to Beckett with coffees in hand, vowing to diffuse the bomb in some way. In typical ‘Caskett’ fashion, the couple find the answer they were looking for and save the day. Why they couldn’t figure it out when the bomb was first activated, well that wouldn’t make for good television now would it?
I think the biggest shocker of this episode came when Captain Gates nearly ordered Castle and Beckett to kiss each other. She claimed she knew all along the two were a couple but only “played dumb” for plausible deniability. She adds she will continue to look the other way as long as the two remain professional about their relationship; a feat we all know will be impossible for Richard Castle to accomplish.
Originally, this episode was supposed to air last week, but was swapped with “The Squab and the Quail” for sensitivity reasons. The dynamic between Castle and Beckett was a little off based on how the previous episode ended, but this was due to the episodes being aired out of order. With that being said, this episode wasn’t that bad, but was a bit of a rip-off considering half of my viewing time was spent watching old scenes. I thought the scenes between Beckett and Castle were fairly flat considering they were standing over a bomb and just really lacked any substance or content.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars