Castle Review: A Hostage Situation

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Wow. There is one thing I am sure of: When Castle does a heavy episode, it delivers. Following in the footsteps of previous installment such as those with 3XK - the series gave us "Cops & Robbers” this week, proving this is no longer a game for kids.

Going into an hour like this, you know that your lead character has to make it out alive. From the beginning to almost the end, I was a little worried Martha wouldn’t make it, though. But she did, and we were also treated to some moments that us Castle/Beckett fans will hold on to for weeks to come. So let’s waste no more time and get in to it...

Dean Norris on Castle

The Case. This episode still would have been great with the bank robbery being the only story; the background with the hostage/ring leaders family was just icing on the entertaining cake. Most of the time you can figure out what is going on, but “Sal Martino” was one thing that I did not see coming. 

Beckett killed it as the hostage negotiator, taking on Dean Norris’ guest starring job. Guess the guy likes playing a cop. The situation provided the absolute best quote of the night, with Kate telling the robber that she will “personally come through those doors and put a bullet in his skull.” Amazing.

Who else was on the edge of their seat when the C4 went off? Stana Katic displayed some serious acting skills in her reaction. Who knew that Castle had so many hidden talents, such as Morse code? Pretty convenient, huh? Thankfully Martha was wearing that obnoxious bracelet.

Caskett Beckle Moments! After reviewing the comments on prior episodes, we have officially changed the shipper name from Caskett to Beckle. Let us know if you have any other ideas! 

There were several moments between the two main characters that made any shipper’s heart skip a beat. Let’s discuss.

  1. The robber telling Kate he was going to kill her boyfriend. No argument on their status at that time.
  2. Beckett admitting that he is her partner and will kill for him.
  3. The small hand-holding scene when she came in as a paramedic. 
  4. The two knowing each other well enough to know that Kate is sure of the clues Castle is sending her way.
  5. The rescue. Beckett yelled for Castle, got to him and smiled. Martha said it best in letting her know that there were other people there!
  6. Dinner at Castle’s screamed family time. Loved it!
There were enough smiles and longing glances to last a few episodes, don’t you think?

Side Notes:
  • How creepy was the body of the dead wife? In the words of the infamous Summer Roberts: EWWW.
  • Alexis finally kicked Ashley to the curb. Good for you girl. Time to find you a man who is around and has the time to return your phone calls.
  • Martha served a serious purpose tonight and it was excellent. 
  • Some mentions of episodes past...Castle rescuing Beckett from the explosion in her kitchen, The Old Haunt. Awesome.
  • The robbers used TV doctors as their names...Trapper John, Dr. Huxtable, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Doogie Howser. Which one is your favorite??
"Cops & Robbers” turned out to be a pretty solid episode, delivering the anxiety and suspense just the way us viewers like it. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Did this latest hour measure up or was it not enough explosion for you (Sorry! Couldn’t resist!!)? Sound off below and check back later for the Castle Round Table. Until next week...


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (455 Votes)

I want to know how many life threatening situations this couple has to go through before they just kiss already! I so wanted to see Kate just kiss Castle when she got to him.


no Beckle thnx
on Greys Anatomy last night, they made references to Castle... lol .. Kate, Nathan and something else i cant remember right now. Seems like other shows are doing their best to help promote our program....


"it's the principle"
"'s the interest"
"well..i lost mine"
one word....two percepts...great writing


I don't think that those were pictures of the "dead" wife. The bodies were never found, and those pictures were focused on right after someone said "domestic abuse." So guys, that lady was alive. Double ew? Or more sympathy now?


i enjoyed this episode, but ever since castles weight gain has been mentioned it is ALL I notice. Sitting cross legged in his suit? I don't want to be mean but it is very distracting.


Watched this on iTunes here in the UK and loved it. Hope that they start showing series 4 on TV in the UK soon. Love, love this programme and this episode was fabulous.


Best episode yet. Everything was perfect about it. And can we stay with Caskett please. I love this name and it does fit the macabre as Castle is all about. Everyone knows this shipper name and even the cast and crew of Castle uses Caskett. So no changing it to Beckle, I cannot stand it and it doesn't make me think about, well, Caskett at all.


C'mon doods, change it back to Caskett. It's WAY better than 'Beckle'.....


Best Episode since the pilot!!!! AND Caskett is way better than any other shipping name!!! I agree with all you said, plus Stana Katic was terrific in this episode showing so many side of the Beckett Onion at the mane time. And kudos to Jon Huertas because Espo bing the funniest moment "Help police" and his face when Kate asked how many possibilities the ostages had, showing once over again how talented our favorite cast is. They can move from Drama to funny in a blink.


I agree so much, that was a great episode! I loved the part when beckett finds castle and the rest of the hostages in the safe. The moment when beckett was stroking her hand on his collar was so cute! So wanted them to hug then and there. And caskett is the best nickname. Keep it that way. :)

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Castle Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

Castle: Tell me you need me.
Beckett: Excuse me?

You are nothing but a well dressed loan shark.