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'm with Barbara- and what about the pic of Stana on the review page, (where she's standing w/ Castle) is her hair short??


I'd like to see a Castle Caption Contest. I would really enjoy seeing what people come up with


Might drop a tweet to Stana and see what she thinks of Caskett :) You all might try that and see if we can get a vote going on from the actors themselves (hint)
But frankly I don't care all the much. I'm just sticking to R/K.
This is the ep all us (this means me) shippers should hang onto because if they aren't going to put them together till next season then I imagine rocky roads ahead.
Again I'll reiterate that I'd love to see them bought slowly along with more looks, much more touching and intimacy without the angst or the triangles. Hollywood seems to be under the impression that angst sells I tend to disagree.


Amazing episode. Loved every minute of it.
Stana did an amazing job throughout this episode and quite frankly the rest of the series, how is it that they have won no awards for it yet? Also the shipper name should stay as Caskett. It flows nicely and everyone in the fandom knows it now; it's too late to change it. Beckle doesn't have that and it just doesn't sound right.


for all reasons posted this was an outstanding episode in a fantastic series. Love love love the characters,( although Castles daughter is on my nerves.) Love the Actors.
I didn't see the sal Marino twist coming but my hubby pegged him early as an insider.
BIG fear is that like so many other shows, the much anticipated Kiss, becomes the "KISS of Death" for the series.
OK one snag last night...a little melodramatic stupid was it to sent Kate in as the paramedic. You think the top robber who stood lamely watching the pick up wouldn't really have connected detective bedroom voice and the gorgeous paramedic ????? OKOKOK we really did need a romantic interlude.


Is kastle something? Just thinking out loud :) Also, The bom, it scared the shit outta me xd


Love the show. They are all great in their rolls but what's up w/Kate's hair? Why are they doing that? Maybe they rae trying to make her look as if she has to time to take care of herself?


Rake/Caskett is definitely the best....Beckle sounds like an English dessert!


Caskett-change it makes me think one or both will die eventually. Not a good nickname for a police show. You don't like to be reminded how dangerous the job really is. Try KICK~they do "kick" but every week!!!


Loved Kate's hoarse and pained voice when she entered the bank shouting "Castle?" Terrific job on Stana's part. Set dec ought to get fantastic shout-out's for the dust-ridden aftermath. Oh, that's just SOOOO Rob Bowman in the whole 'dust is still flying through the air as Kate enters shouting for Castle' shot. And, *loved* that not once did Kate deny the whole "your boyfriend" thing, though I'm half afraid she didn't deny just to keep the guy from saying, "Oh, okay, let me just shoot him." Fantastic ep overall. Thanks for the cool review.

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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.