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Castle Round Table: "Cops & Robbers"

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Castle Round Table!

Following a tense hostage negotiation, our panel of Jim Garner, Courtney Morrison, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are here to analyze happenings from "Cops & Robbers," dissecting memorable scenes and making bold predictions. Pull up a chair now and play along...

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What was your favorite scene?
Jim: Beckett threatening Trapper John that she would personally walk into the bank and put a bullet in him if he shot Castle. She may not be able to tell Castle how she feels, but she certainly has no trouble showing it to someone threatening him.

Courtney: Beckett stole the show for me. She was bad ass on the phone with Trapper John letting him know she will shoot him if he hurts Castle. But what I loved even more was her dressing as the paramedic and coming into the bank. Her speech to "Sal" that was really to Castle, plus the quick hand holding. Loved it!

Chandel: Those ten to fifteen seconds after Beckett finds Castle and the rest of the hostages after the explosion. That moment when she gently grabs the lapel of his suit jacket and just smiles at him like he's the only man in the world... and then Martha politely reminds Beckett that there are other hostages. I thought it was sweet, genuine, and of course, a little humorous there at the end.

Christine: There were so many, how do I choose? Loved that we got so much Martha in this episode and the Esposito and Ryan scenes were great (Castle Junior! ) but think Kate telling the guy she'd put a bullet in his skull if he hurt Castle was tops for me. Yeah, she's a hell cat alright.

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When Kate tells Alexis that Castle and Martha are going to be okay, Alexis says "They better."  Is Alexis angry with Kate?
Jim: I really saw it more of being angry that both were stuck in the situation. Kate was making a promise that she was not in control to keep. Thankfully, her promise was kept!

Courtney: I don't think she was angry, she was just worried about the situation. I mean, I'm pretty sure that is how all of us would act given the situation. Alexis knows she can count on Kate and that she will do anything to protect her father.

Chandel: I think she's mad at the situation that Castle and Martha have managed to get into. As she states, they're all she's got. So think she was more expressing distress at the thought of losing them both than really being angry with Kate. What could Kate have possibly done to prevent the situation from happening for which Alexis could rightly blame her? Absolutely nothing.

Christine: I don't necessarily think Beckett is Alexis' favorite person, especially since the shooting. As much as she likes her, and Kate had nothing to do with this, I think a part of her blames Kate for her Dad always being in harms way. Like she said, he and Martha are all she's got.

Why do you think Castle corrected the bank robber that Kate wasn't his girlfriend?
Jim: Plausible deniability. He wanted to be able to say "I corrected him, I don't know why he kept saying that." At least that's what I'm choosing to believe.

Courtney: He corrected the robber because its the truth, Beckett isn't his girlfriend as much as we all wish she was. Neither of them can deny the connection, but officially they are not together. It might have made the situation worse if Castle didn't correct the robber. This could have given the robber the idea he has more leverage, having the cops boyfriend as a hostage. Castle could have been just easing up the situation, making the robber think he doesn't have that big of a connection to the cops outside the building.

Chandel: One, it's a valid distinction to make, they are not officially together. Two, strategically it made him a worthless bargaining chip if there was no emotional stake that would force Beckett to act out of emotion as opposed to rationality, regardless of the reality. Castle only had to convince the robber of that not necessarily himself.

Christine: One of the things I love about the character is that he's generally very honest. It also made sense to want the bank robber to know they can't use that type of connection. But I also think Castle has to hold himself in check a bit. He loves her but she isn't his, yet.

What has been your favorite life saving moment between Castle or Beckett?
Jim: Last season's finale where he said he loved her! By far best save ever!

Courtney: Explosion in Beckett's kitchen as she hides in the bathtub. Castle was the first to figure it out and get to her. No doubt about it, hands down, best save ever!

Chandel: If last season's finale and "I love you, Kate" counts as a save, then I'm going to have to go with that one - hands down! Go, Castle, Go!

Christine: Again, so many wonderful scenes going all the way back to season one but for me it was Rick dragging Kate out of the airport hangar in last year's finale. He saved her life but left Montgomery to die in the process and it left them both devastated. It showed a raw emotion that we'd never seen before.

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To Sandy and Anna, I think it was implied that the inside man (who pretended to be the hostage with epilepsy) rigged the C4 to go off early and kill his accomplices. That's why they were blown up. I loved all of the extra Martha moments in this one but I especially loved the look on Castle's face when his mother interrupted him and Kate in the vault. Priceless.

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Alexis is not happy with Beckett at all. I think she will tell Beckett about the information her dad is keeping from Beckett about the conspiracy! What better way to get Beckett mad at Castle and break them up.

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I agree with Sandy. How the f if the robbers were so well trained they blew themselves?

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Pero, que excelente serie vengan más capitulos de CASTLE!!!!

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Am I the only one who thought last night's episode was FABULOUS, however the tidy little ending where all the robbers( doctors ) accidentally blew themselves up was way too ridiculous for a show of this caliber. Love the show, never miss it (DVR) but really dissapointed with the writing yesterday. Comments anyone?

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1 - My favorite scene has to be the rescue in the vault but a very close second is the family dinner at the loft. It truly felt like a celebration of life, as Martha declared it, and Kate seemed both happy to be included and very comfortable. For me, that scene spoke volumes.
2 - I saw it as Alexis taking her panic and frustration out on Kate. She wasn't thinking rationally at the time.
3 - I think Castle denied Kate being his girlfriend both because she isn't and also because he was smart enough to know he didn't want the robber to have an emotional advantage.
4 - My favorite life saving moment was undoubtedly the scene at the airport when Castle carried Kate to safety.

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This was one of the best episodes yet! And I think Alexis's character is great, I'm so tired of a teenage character being rude,with attitude and and "I hate my parents thing" she is a beautiful young women who loves her dad and grandmother, and realizes she has a great life and they love her, what is wrong with seeing that! nothing at all, thank you to the writers and creators of the show.

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Mmmm never really liked the Alexis character much, always a bit of a princess but in this case being her age and level of immaturity that's the statement I would expect from her particularly with BF problems.
If she had a level of maturity about her and was thinking clearly then she'd realize that Kate would do whatever it took to get Rick out of there alive.
Typical teenage stuff.
I winced about the whole BF thing, that's so season 2, typically the smart thing to do and how I mentally rewrote it was for Rick not to give any response at all. neither confirm or deny anyhting.
The fact that he did make the she's not my GF statement just didn't sit well with me.
Also telling the head merc that he basically knew the whole plan, C$, safety deposit box, etc was just plain dumb. If anything is going to get you a bullet in the head it's saying: Hey dude I know your whole plan and then proving you know the whole plan by outlining it to the baddies. Dumb..Most hostage situations you just shut your mouth, something Rick needs to learn.
This was the second best episode, the best was with Dana Delany and I always thought he should have carried Kate out of that building and not helped her :)
Fav scene was in the vault room just after the explosion and Kate was tidying Ricks collar and I STILL thought they should have kissed..

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yeah, i'm pretty sure Alexis is mad at beckett in general, some for getting her dad in danger, but i'm thinking, what with her problems with her boyfriend, she thinks beckett's kind of jerking castle around

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1. Favorite scene: All of it! Seriously this episode was w/o flaw to me. How do you choose. I was fond of Badass Beckett threatening Trapper John. My favorite quote...there were many, but one of my faves was "I don't look. I hunt." She gave me chills when she said that. 2.I think Alexis overall was just distraught over the entire situation and that would have been the customary response regardless of whether or not she knew Kate. Kate made a promise that she very well wouldn't have been able to keep and Alexis responded the way anyone would in that situation. I do think that as much as Alexis respects Kate she hates the fact that she sees her father's love for this woman who is incapable of returning it at the moment in a way that is more traditional at least, and she hates the fact that her father is constantly putting his life in jeopardy because of his infatuation with Kate and policework. 3.All of the above. Plausible deniability, because he's a genuinely honest guy and it was the right thing to do, and because stragically his odds and everyone in the building's odds were better if he weren't used as leverage. 4.Too many to choose. Castle dragging Kate out of the hanger was one of the most intense ones that ripped me inside out though. Can I also add a Ryan and Esposito save of both....because watching Kate and Castle huddled up together trying to keep each other awake and warm in that freezer was intense too.