REVIEW: Castle “To Live and Die in LA” S3 E22

03 May

I know what we all want to talk about.  I have been thinking about it all day!  But before we get to the juicy and hot Castle and Beckett breakdown, let’s get through a quick rundown of the episode itself shall we?   Before we get started, I must say, WOW there were a lot of guest stars in the episode….D.B. Sweeney, Jason George, the dude from Prison Break, and Mr Kiss Frontman…Gene Simmons!!!   So many bad guys to pick from!!!

This episode was slightly different from most Castle episodes (and I’m not talking about the fact that it was in L.A.)  In the opening sequence, we know who the bad guy is (the guy from Prison Break) because we see the murder.  For the audience, it’s not a matter of who done it, but how is Beckett going to catch him.  Unfortunately, the case is going to be a tough one for her because the victim had a very close, personal connection with Beckett.  It was Mike Royce her mentor and superior officer that at one point, she was in love with.   Remember Mike Royce?  He was from this season’s 3rd episode “Under the Gun” in which we learn that Beckett’s old partner is now a bounty hunter mixed up in some criminal activity and Beckett finally has to arrest him.   Needless to say in that episode, they didn’t end on good terms.  But it still hit Beckett like a ton of bricks when she saw her former mentor lying the street dead.

The case leads them to a suspect in L.A.   ROAD TRIP!!!!  Of course Captain Montgomery wants to give this case to someone else because Beckett is too close to it.  Are you starting to sense a recurring theme here?  Beckett being too close to a case?  Between her mother’s case, when one of her girlfriend’s was being accused of murder, and now this.  Can’t it one time be someone Esposito or Montgomery who are too close to the case?   Why does it always have to be Beckett?  Anyhoo, Montgomery boots her off and she decides to take some vacation time.   Guess where she is headed?  Vegas baby!!!!  No I’m just messing with you.  She goes to L.A.  I love how you could see in Montgomery’s face, when Kate tells him she is taking some vacation days, that he knew exactly what she was going to do….and he didn’t stop her.   When Castle wants to go after her, she tells him that she needs some alone time.  Yeah, like that’s going to fly.  She jumps on a plane and she is on her own.  Or is she?  She is summoned up to First Class where waiting for her with champagne, is none other than Lanie.  Again…kidding!  It’s Castle.  He once again shows that no matter what, he will always have her back and be there to support her.  Whether his actions could get him in trouble or worse, killed, it doesn’t matter.  Where Beckett goes, so does Castle.

I have to say, it was nice to see them out of the 12th and in, dare I say, a pseudo vacation mode.  It was a different side of Beckett than we have seen before.  Don’t get me wrong, she was still all business and there to do a job.  But she seemed, more relaxed and even, at times, very funny.  And of course, there is her entrance where she meets Ganz (Prison Break dude) for the first time…hello hotel pool!!!!  I liked seeing this side of Beckett.  What I loved most (other than her scenes with Castle) was how free she was.  She broke into someone’s house to get evidence in her case (that really isn’t her case.)  She lied and kept evidence from D.B. Sweeney (with a really bad bleach job) so she and Castle could stay ahead of them.  She also had some great back and forth banter with Castle at the pool after she exposed herself to Ganz and after Castle almost was caught by Ganz going through his cabana.  She meets him behind some bushes and when he wants to know what happened she punches him!  “I was trying to keep him from seeing you and he saw right through me.  He called me green Castle what the hell were you thinking?”  I love how she hit him again when she said green.  You could tell that was the comment that really pissed her off!  But he gets Ganz’s phone numbers off his cell phone which ends up being huge for them.  “Please don’t poke me again” he said.  “Poke you, I want to kiss you.”  Yeah she does!!!  We have always seen such a by-the-book Beckett that it was great to see her outside of her comfort zone.  Actually I should say, the comfort zone of the audience in how we are used to seeing Beckett.  Could you imagine how she would react back in NYC if the shoe was on the other foot and Sweeney was the guy in her town screwing with her investigation?   It was refreshing to watch!

The case is moving along and I think this is as good a time as any to talk about Beckett, Ryan and Esposito.  These colleagues have shown numerous times how they have each other’s back.  But I think it’s more than doing anything for your partner or your boss.  These people truly care about one another and will do anything for each other…even risk getting in trouble with the ultimate boss, Montgomery, to cover for each other.  I’ve always loved Ryan and Esposito’s partnership and friendship but it’s their relationship with Beckett that I am starting to notice more and more.  I know they would also look out for Castle because he has earned his stripes, but it’s still not in the same way, the would watch out for Kate.  Even though she is their boss, I think they are very protective of her.  And even though they know she could kick all of their asses, they still like to make sure she is always protected.  And I think Beckett, though she would never admit it, loves that about them and likes knowing that whatever she needs, they will be there.

Eventually, C&B start working with the LAPD and together, along with the boys help, they are able to find out that Ganz is the one that killed Royce.   They track him down through his partner and while witnessing the sale of the magic bullets, they arrest his other partner but Ganz seems to have slipped through the cracks.  Castle realizes, so has Beckett.  She finds Ganz and chases him through the Santa Monica pier area that has been famous in so many movies, and while he tries to get away, he shoots him in the leg.  As she has a gun aimed at his head, looking like she is ready to pull the trigger, Castle and the cops coming running towards her and it snaps her out of her dream world of killing Ganz for Royce and she reads him his rights.   Later Castle asks her how close she came to pulling the trigger.  She never answers and says that she just wants to go home.

Now for the part you have been waiting for…..Lanie and Esposito analysis!!!!   Sorry I can’t help myself…..Castle and Beckett analysis!!!!!

There were so many comments made and looks generated that really moved C&B to a new level.  It also highlighted just how much these two people are really in love with each other without admitting it to the other or themselves.   Castle, as we all know, has known for some time that he loves Kate.  But out of respect for her relationship with Josh and their working relationship, he has stayed professional.  Kate knows Castle has feelings for her.  It was evident in her comment to him when she first came to Royce’s crime scene and Castle didn’t want her to go and see his body.  “Castle if it was me, would you walk away?”  So she knows.  And this episode was about Kate finally admitting to herself that she has reciprocal feelings.  Let’s look at the hotel room scene.   They are discussing Royce and Beckett is opening up to Castle about her relationship with Royce.  She also mentions how she can’t believe she will never see him again.  As a result, Castle opens up to Kate:

“You know what I thought when I first met you?  That you were a mystery I was never going to solve.  Even now, after spending all this time with you, I’m still amazed at depths of your strength, your heart, and your hotness.”

LOL!!!  It was such a serious and poignant moment that I was not expecting the hotness remark.  It was vintage Castle!!!  Kate’s response: “you’re not so bad yourself Castle.”  Then they stared at each other for what seemed like 5 minutes and I swear I thought he was going to lean in for a kiss!!!  Maybe that was also my wishful thinking.  But then I remembered that Castle is a gentleman and knows she is with someone else so he would never do that to her and put her in that position.  She decides she should head to bed and bids him good night.  As she goes to enter her room, he calls out her name “Kate” and she turns and simply says “Good night Castle” and confoundingly shuts her door.  Castle stares at her door.  Meanwhile she is behind it rubbing her head realizing what we have known all along, she loves him.   Her debate, should she go back out to tell him?  You see a shot of her door handle and her hand reach for it and then hesitate.  Back to Castle outside and he stands as he watches her door, hoping that she changes her mind and comes back out.  His wish has been granted!!!!  She decides to open the door and go see him but alas, he isn’t there and all Kate sees is Castle’s door slowly closing.  AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!  It was a perfectly shot scene.  The best part in my household was my husband hitting my arm saying, she’s going to go see him, she’s going to go see him!!!   I didn’t realize he was THAT much of a C&B fan!!  Even though they didn’t profess their love for each other that night, it was still a HUGE step forward with Kate finally admitting to herself what we have all known for quite some time….she loves Rick.   Now we just need to get rid of motorcycle man and have her tell Rick how she feels!!!!  Maybe this next part will help her get the courage she needs.

After they decide to leave L.A. (and give D.B. Sweeney a parting gift of a plush robe as a thank you for his help) they jump back on a plane and head for NY.  Kate is reading Royce’s letter and we are included on one particular section:

“And now for the hard part kid.  It’s clear you and Castle have something real.  And you’re fighting it.  But trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake.  Risking our hearts is why we’re alive.  The last thing you want is to look back on your life and wonder…if only.”

Kate then looks over at a sleeping Castle and one can’t help but wonder what was going through her head at that point.

It’s 100% clear that it isn’t a matter of IF C&B get together but when.  I would have to think, Marlowe wouldn’t put these moments in place if it wasn’t happening soon.  Maybe not in the next episode.  Maybe not even by the season finale.  But I would think at some point during season 4, Castle and Beckett will be a legit couple.   You heard it here first friends!!!!   I just don’t know how you keep them apart at this point.  After everything that happened last night, how can you possibly not put them together soon?   Castle knows he loves her and she knows she loves him.  Her mentor and friend basically told her to shit or get off the pot.  So what is stopping them?  At this point either one of two things have to happen….they get together in the immediate future or something monumental happens to drive them apart.  Dear God it better not be the later!!!   I don’t think it will be.  Marlowe would be more hated than Hart Hanson if he did something that drove C&B apart after all these lovely moves to draw them so close together.

What do you think Castle fans?   Were you happy about the C&B progress?  Do you think they get together by seasons end or will it be next year?  Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!!!


Posted by on May 3, 2011 in ABC, Recaps and Reviews


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3 responses to “REVIEW: Castle “To Live and Die in LA” S3 E22

  1. Allie

    May 4, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    One of the most awesome episodes yet. The finale is supposed to be just as good if not better. There’s a recent interview with Andrew Marlowe who says that there’s going to be a big C&B moment in the finale that’s the cliffhanger. I’m excited!

    • fortheloveoftv

      May 5, 2011 at 12:10 am

      Me too! I love the direction C&B are headed in. I just hope we aren’t Alicia Florricked and punched in the gut with a twist that won’t be good for our favorite duo!!! I don’t think it will happen but you never know.

      I am trying to stay spoiler free but did the interview give any indication of whether or not the big moment is a good moment or a bad moment? Or is it just a big moment that we will have to decide for ourselves? Oh I can’t wait!!!

      • Allie

        May 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        I think its a plantonic caring sort of moment. It sort of implied that it wasn’t romantic, but we’ll see.


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