Castle Season Premiere Review: "A Deadly Affair"

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You know that comfortable feeling you get when you slip into a soft bed and snuggle down? Well, this week’s season three premiere of Castle reminded me of that.

This episode picked up where one would expect it to, as Castle was away all summer to finish his book. When he returns, several of the people Castle has been working with are more hurt that he didn’t call or catch up when he got back than they are over the fact he may have killed someone.

A Suspect

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Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for Beckett and Castle to be back on familiar terms, having them make a wager that would land Castle back on the team if he could figure out the connection between the victims before she could.

The debate that went on in my house was over whether or not Beckett had figured out the answer and “threw the bet,” so Castle could come back; or if Castle really did figure it out before her. If Esposito was to be believed, Beckett didn't play fair. However, in rewatching Castle reveal the fake bills to her, I'm not convinced she knew.

Of all the shows I enjoy, Castle has some of the best writing on the air. The mirroring between Castle and Becket and that of Alexis and her young boyfriend was so well done. Castle dropping into defense mode due to Alexis’ situation was both subtle and apparent at the same time. You can’t help but feel his pain.

I think the biggest surprise for me in this episode was the lack of showing his ex-wife/publisher. If he really is in three-plus month relationship with her, why would he go three days without seeing, calling her, or even getting a call from her?

If he had not made mention to Beckett he was in a relationship, I would not have believed it, as neither Alexis nor his mother even mentioned her.

Still, it was a great episode and I feel like I am back home. I am now ready for the leaves to change color, the weather to get colder and for Christmas commercials to start airing any day now, as fall is here and we have up to many more episodes of Castle to enjoy.


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Castle is punished yet it was Beckett who was at fault. of course Beckett knew, look at her as he get the fake notes.


It was good and I agree with the comments. Castle's expressions were priceless as he displayed his affection for Beckett but it is getting old. If this season is same old, same old without any physical contact the next murder will be deleting Castle from TiVo.


Such a brilliant episode! Some have been hit and miss, but this one was just all around amazing. It was a real indepth plotline of the murder, and with so many "whodunit" TV shows out there, having some new and fresh must be difficult to do. The way that Castle & Beckett bantered back and forth was very interesting to watch too, they have real chemistry together that shows through when they play off each other like this. A lot like the end of the last season, when he rescued her. I'm not sure if Castle is billed as a drama or comedy, but in the first 10 minutes I couldn't stop grinning or laughing at the double entendres, gags, and just how they were all acting with each other. So far has been my favourite show to come back after a dreary summer.


So much to talk about since the S3 premiere...first, to our site host who I believe is the one who said: "If he had not made mention to Beckett he was in a relationship, I would not have believed it, as neither Alexis nor his mother even mentioned her.", I'm pretty sure Rick did NOT mean his ex - he was telling Kate that he's in a relationship with _her_ (Kate)...and that she "knows it"; anyway, go back and watch that scene again and see if you don't agree; next, to the lovely commentor Luciana - I can tell you're a beautiful spirit, and I just wanted you to know that!; next, did you know that last night's (9-21-10) episode was written by the same talented fellow who wrote Harrison Ford's megahit "Airforce One"? No wonder it was so much fun!; lastly, I live in Hawaii, but I didn't even want to DVR "5-0", to be sure the ratings for Castle weren't diluted in the new buzz-category among ratings analysts, the "7-Day" numbers somehow taking things that are taped via DVR's into consideration - and the biggest local (Honolulu) morning radio show over here COMPLETELY dished 5-0, saying it looked like CSI-Honolulu, and one of them even admitting to changing channels before it was over...presumably to catch Castle, of course! From my Big Blue Chair, I'm M.F. Ferguson, Honolulu - who like the rest of you, just can't wait for S3, ep. 2!!


Exactly. Writers and show honchos seem convinced that no good show can survive past a couple getting together and I think that just shows they don't trust their writing or the actors. I can think of so many situations that would cause problems, irritations, etc and also be sweet and passionate if they actually didn't jump through so many hoops to keep a couple apart.
For example...Bones. If they don't get together this year, I'm quitting watching. It's reaching a painful point, all the fake reasons they aren't together, them dating other people etc. I hope Castle doesn't make the same mistake.
I also thought it odd that the ex wife didn't show up at all however it sounds like she will be an issue in later episodes.
I thought this episode was dark. Not dark as in violence etc but filmed darkly and the sound was off. I lost sentences that I know were well written but they got so quiet I couldnt hear them and that was a shame.


For me the best part of this show is that it feels like a big family (especially the precinct, with Montgomery as the wise and loving father and Ryan and Esposito as the annoying but loyal little brothers), and watching last night's episode felt like a family reunion. I loved how mad Ryan and Esposito were at Castle, both for their own sakes and for Beckett's; I loved Montgomery offering to keep Castle locked up for Beckett; I loved Lanie knowing exactly what Beckett was thinking but unwilling to say. But most of all I loved Castle and Beckett, who are close enough now that they have the ability to genuinely wound each other, but who have such a deep connection that even when they're estranged and fighting, they still finish each other's sentences, and even when things go sour between them, they still keep coming back to each other.


My thoughts exactly. I was grinning like an idiot when the episode ended. Through the entire episode I was grinning like an idiot. Because they were back and I had no idea I'd missed them so much up until the episode started. It was all so familiar, like seeing friends you hadn't seen in a very long time and they're standing right in front of you ready for a hug. The episode was great, classic Castle. Castle's "You don't want to let the universe down, do you?" was hilarious and I was basically chuckling to myself the entire time. Loved the simmetry with Alexis' relationship with her new boyfriend and Beckett and Castle's relationship. The interrogation room scene was exactly what I had thought it would be and more. Stana and Nathan did a great job at delivering every single like in that scene ambiguously. All in all, amazing return and I can't wait to see the rest of the season.


It really was a very good episode. And although I'd love to see Castle and Beckett together I also really love this cat and mouse game they've got going on. Just hope they do get together before people stop caring.

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Castle Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

He really is ruggedly handsome.

Ryan (looking at cutout of Castle)

Ryan: (drops egg off desk)
Beckett: Are you guys reenacting the "Humpty Dumpty crime scene?"