Castle Review: "To Love and Die in L.A."

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There are a few things Castle knows how to do better than most shows on TV right now - cases filled with multiple twists and showcasing serious chemistry. 

"To Love and Die in L.A.” was no exception.

Beckett and Castle headed west to investigate the murder of Beckett’s former training officer, Mike Royce. This was awesome for several reasons, so let’s get into it.

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The murder of Royce made Kate go rogue. Rogue Beckett is equally, if not more fun that serious Beckett. Who knew our favorite detective could pick locks, jump off piers, and look amazing in a white t-shirt and jeans?

There were a few random things, starting with the quick guest appearance from Gene Simmons. As strange as it was, it totally served it’s purpose to find out both Castle and Beckett had once dressed up as him for Halloween.

The case itself was also a little random, starting with murder and leading to the theft of dissolvable bullets. It didn’t even matter because the hour offered up a chance for us shippers to completely swoon.

As much fun as “To Love and Die in L.A.” was, there was one scene that totally made it - the hotel room.

Castle and Beckett shared a sweet moment with Rick admitting that he is amazed by so much about her, including her hotness. Kate standing behind the door holding on to the handle had me shouting at the TV for her to run back into the room.

It wouldn’t have been classic Castle if he had still been waiting for her. The awkward tension where a kiss should have taken place was the perfect setup for the end of the season.

On another note, Stana Katic can work a bathing suit! Castle’s reaction to her coming out of the pool was priceless. The letter Royce wrote to Beckett was a nice touch. Maybe him telling her what she has with Castle is real will send this couple in the right direction.

Other thoughts...

  • How fun was the set visit for Castle’s book? The actors cast as Ryan & Esposito? Perfection.
  • It was great seeing Lanie & Esposito together again, even if it was super short.
  • Billy Riggins! Derek Phillips played the security guard and quickly reminded me of how said I am that Friday Night Lights is ending. 

Although the twists and turns of the case may have been a bit much, I was more than happy with “To Love and Die in L.A.” What did you think? Was the teasing just right or not enough?

Only a few episodes left until the end of the season. What do you think is in store for us Castle fanatics? Make it count and sound off below.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (145 Votes)

Just saw this episode in rerun on TNT. Can't believe no one has noticed this was a Beverly Hills Cop spoof right down to the hotel bathrobe gift at the end.


Could someone ban this Patty chick? She seems on a personal mission to try to covert everyone to Hawaii 5-0. She comments on every episode about how it is better. Um so how is it she keeps watching Castle? Enough already! They are two totally different shoes and your constant absurd comparisons are weak.


I loved this episode. I actually thought it would be more like the Nikki Heat novels where they have sex and then she shuts it off because she has to focus on the murder, leaving him completely confused as to where to go next. I thought it would be more like she continues through to his room, detemrined to face herself, then after a hot passionate night, he wakes to her gone from the room. He looks for her just as she arrives, all business. When he thinks he is ready to say time to talk, they are either interrupted or she says it shouldn't have happened and they step back. In typical Castle fashion, he gives her space, but isn't giving up. Sigh
Oh so much longer to wait.


Short, sweet, to the point, FREE—exactly as inoframtion should be!


Amazing show! Please - it's about time for Beckett to admit her admiration and attraction to Castle. I think adding a sexual relationship to the show will only make it better. Richard Castle is truly the "man" - and Beckett is certainly a "woman" - and after all this time, stop with the glances - get on with IT!


So much meta. The security guard's last words "Can I go now?" or something was hilarious.


WOW LOVED this show and soooo glad they did not have them kiss the looks and time with the close up in hotel room was hotter than a kiss!!! this show just gets better and better but missed Castles Mom and daughter but the story was a good one and enjoyed the Gene Simmons shotto find out both dressed as him for Halloween too good a line!


Wow! After that beautiful, sweet, cute... scene the guionist MUST make it happen... Let's go with the love story!!
She behind the door, holding the handle and he waiting for her and then leaving... AWESOME!!
btw LA-Ryan&Esposito... Creepy!! XD


If it could get through the sensors, I'd like to see Beckett and Castle have a friends with benefits relationship. Basically, she just goes at him one time, they have great sex, but realizes that she'd rather compartmentalize her life, so she says let's not talk about this. Then... it happens again. And again. As long as Castle stays otherwise single, and Beckett stays otherwise single, and they both show respect and care for each other as friends, they could have a really sweet non-relationship that's hot and funny. Sometimes a girl has to take it slow (romantically). The fact that Castle cares so much about her and is as romantic and LTR capable as he is, I think it'd be a really neat situation.


Oh my! Andrew Marlow is really teasing us with this To love and Die in LA episode. We know how Castle and Beckett care for each other,but forget it ,Marlowe won't let it happen this season! How I see it: The last episode,Castle's ex-wife, ex girlfried, Gina dies or is killed(Marlowe said someone will die) Castle falls apart maybe thinks its his fault. Beckett tries to comfort and help him(maybe romantically) But Castle refuses, and takes off again for the Hamptions for the summer to write his third book. So this is our cliff hanger,and we have to suffer all summer wondering if Beckett will go to the Hamptions to be with dispondent Castle! Just love Andrew Marlowe as a producer and writer. So whatever he decides is ok with me even if its not what I think.

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Castle Season 3 Episode 22 Quotes

Never... Ever... call me kitten.


Castle:When her blood sugar gets low she gets a little cranky.
Beckett:Zip it kitten.