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)

This was a great episode. Suspence, mystery, comedy (loved Montgomery asking who lies worse, Ryan or Esposito, and Esposito nodding at Ryan), and the Castle/Beckett interactions were just right. He's her back-up, someone who will stop her from killing the guy who killed Royce, and they are moving together at the right pace now. Just about as perfect an hour of escapist TV as I could ask for.


Let the romance happen........please!!!!


Amazing episode. Enough said :)


Truly love this show. This episode? Not so much. Quantity over Quality
Seemed like they rushed production and squeezed as much in as they could. Although could be intentional given the tight (was it 3 days?) time frame KB had to work with. Will they/Wont they
50 something episodes, 7 people telling KB what she already knows (does she really do things with other people's coaxing or with their approval?) -- and the light is still yellow. Castle
Where is the guy with the punchy one-liners we grew to love? The one who could easily self-profess to be half man/half amazing? I know people evolve and grow as experiences and circumstances change -- totally get that. Maybe just didn't get *that* guy last night. Still love the show -- not one of the best ep's ever.


OK, Patty. You left your 'one cent worth', now pick up your toys and go home. Castle rocks! TiVo H5O- I do.


Best episode this year ! Was fun to watch theses actors working on their own studio lot! What a fantastic ending...


One thing that struck me is that it does make sense for Castle to be honest without pushing, so he does leave the room. She really is a mystery to him. He isn't just 'in love' with Beckett, it's that she's amazing to him. He's used to being charming and playful - a match for any woman he's gone after, and that's brought him to the attention of a manipulative sort of woman in the past. Kate is different - she's someone who inspires him as a person, not as a writer. She is respects him too, and I think that also comes as a shock to him, that she of all people, takes him seriously. So he treads so lightly around this stuff - that's what he was going to tell her when he tried to call her back as she was leaving the room. It's that 'always' connection they have. Euuu now I really sound like a shipper! But that's what this show does, with its writing and its fine performances. It should be dopey, but it isn't.


I really enjoyed this episode and felt it was a great way to advance their relationship. They are taking it slow, but it is moving along which is nice. You can't have a storyline that will drag on forever. It gets old and boring. The Office/Friends shows are an example that ppl can get together on a show and still stay popular when the writing is well done. This show has already shown its not a one trick pony, lots of layers to develop. Like Castle, still lots of layers to her left. She may be a smart serious cop, but she *did* have a life before and seems very well balanced to have a quirkier side to her. Not sure how much Josh is going to be in picture, he's never around and there is alot more to her life that Castle is away of and Josh is not. NOT looking forward to the end of this season. Dreading the events to come.....


"Maybe him telling her what she has with Castle is real will send this couple in the right direction."
Yeah right. A definite series killer. Once the 2 main characters hook up, it's over. Then you vultures can move on to the next new series to kill. When will you ever learn.


I live for Monday nights at l0 pm. This show is one of the best that ABC has and far outranks Hawaii 5/o for mystery, intrigue and romance lightly presented. I hope it continues for seasons to come. Anyone who doesn't like it doesn't have to watch. Change the channel.

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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.