Castle Round Table: "Headhunters"

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When Firefly alum Adam Baldwin hit the scene in "Headhunters" on this week's Castle, did Beckett have competition for Castle's attention at the 12th? 

Our Round Table team of Courtney Morrison, Jim Garner, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando discuss what Beckett really wants and whether she's still the biggest bad ass on the NYPD.


What was your favorite scene?
Courtney: Castle's reaction to Slaughter throwing the gang member in the garbage truck. Like Rick, I kept wanting to look away but finding myself not being able to.

Jim: The opening where Castle was playing with the action figures. It had to be a nod to Wash playing with them on the bridge of Serenity in the opening of the movie.

Chandel: Probably when Beckett confronted Slaughter in the alley despite the fact he threatened to report her for moving in on his case. She's so intimidating when you make her mad.

Christine: There were so many it's hard to choose. Loved it when Castle hit Slaughter when he brought up Alexis. Also loved Castle's reaction when he realized Beckett was putting her job on the line but having his back.

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So how do you think Beckett answered Dr. Burke's question about what she wants to do next?
Courtney: That it is time to tell Castle she heard his "I love you" and that she has feelings for him too!

Jim: That she wants to remind Rick why they are partners and show him what he means to her.

Chandel: I don't think she answered. I think she probably changed the subject to some extent. I think her behavior made it pretty clear what she wanted/needs to do.

Christine: Kate's freak out in the therapist's office was hysterical and touching. I think she wants to tell Castle how she feels but she's still struggling with finding the courage to do it, especially since she fears he might not still feel the same way.

What was the best Slaughter/Castle moment?
Courtney: There were a lot of really great ones. I'm going with the scene after Slaughter met with his "informant" who Castle thought he killed and then he showed up at the precinct. Watching the three of them laugh was awesome.

Jim: When Castle suggest his theory on the Jamaicans and Westies were being turned on each other and Slaughter jumped in with him. 

Chandel: Probably when Slaughter left Castle to beat that one guy up. Seriously, it was pretty ridiculous to watch Castle try and pummel the guy while Slaughter watched.

Christine: Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin had amazing chemistry. There was something about Slaughter asking if Castle had a skirt that said writer too that just cracked me up.

Who got the better bribe: Ryan or Esposito?
Courtney: Espo. Floor tickets are hard to come by.

Jim: Ryan, gets to set Castle up and use the car for the w e e k e n d. Hands down better than a couple of hours court-side.

Chandel: Ryan. Not only did he get to set Castle up against his will, but he also got access to Castle's prized Ferrari. Those are some legit negotiating skills on Ryan's part. Plus, you really got to see how badly Castle wanted to look cool to Slaughter to agree to something like that.

Christine: Because I'm a car person and not a basketball fan I've got to go with Ryan. Plus he set him up with his wife's cousin. Very funny.

Would you like to see Detective Slaughter return to Castle?

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I almost laughed tears. This was by far the funniest Castle episode I've seen! I really cracked up whenever seeing Nathan's face after witnessing another crazy action from our Mr Charming here. Every scene in where Castle was involved in either hitting someone or getting hid was also a lot of fun but my highlight was Slaughter appearing on that windowpane when C. wanted to complain about him to Espo. I actually screamed in surprise while laughing hysterically. Really 'd love to see that guy again once in a while.


Fillion and Baldwin felt like they've been working together for years, not just a half a season on a show that aired a decade ago. Slaughter was a lot of fun but I'd have to go with a little goes a long way. Would love another guest spot in the future though.


I loved Adam Baldwin. A little goes a long way... I'd hate to see him as regular cast, but that's because he's not written as regular cast. Having him show up about 2-3 times a season, like Perlmutter or Burke, would be fantastic. That's about as often as the Westies and Spolanos and other gangs are featured. For me, the best part was when Castle punched Slaughter out. Even Slaughter didn't mind. And it wasn't over Beckett, as everyone assumed from the spoilers, but over Alexis, which was for the win. I don't think Beckett said anything when Burke asked what she wanted to do. Beckett has always acted only when Castle's already given up and is halfway out the door. When he regains hope, she's back to playfully pushing him away. I think she's afraid of a real relationship, but also she likes being pursued so much she doesn't want to be caught. She wants to change, but there's a big difference between wanting to change and actually changing.


My favorite scene: Beckett imitating Castle at the therapist, saying "oh everything is fine"Her impersonation of Castle was hysterical! I disagree with Moxie Girls comment about Slaughter reminding her of Ranger from Stephanie plum novels. Ranger may be strange but he is sexy and smart. Slaughter is a self-centerd jerk!


Has anyone heard any spoilers about Rick being in a hospital? Fillion's tweet about hospital beds made me think we'd be seeing Castle hurt (seriously enough to be in a HOSPITAL). This could then lead to Beckett finally coming clean with Castle and they could finally realize how they truly feel about each other...


1. Favourite scene was the exchange of the brown coat. (There's no place I can be, since I found Serenity...) 2. I bet she didn't answer because she has no idea what she wants to do. 3. Umm...all of them? :-) 4. Definitely Ryan. He got a car AND he set Castle up. Floor seats will come and go. Ryan will be able to flaunt that to Castle for the rest of his life LOL. Watching this episode just reminded me of how good an actor Nathan Fillion is. Seeing him and Baldwin together...I couldn't help but think of Firefly, and of how different Richard Castle is from Malcolm Reynolds. Kudos to Fillion for being able to portray such radically different people.


1. Christine's answer
3. Courtney's answer

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Just a correction. Wash didn't play with the dinosaur figures in the opening of the movie, Serenity. He played with them in the first episode of Firefly (an episode called "Serenity"), and it wasn't at the beginning, but after the opening scenes in which we see Reynolds' troops decimated in the iconic battle at the Valley of Serenity.


I loved Slaughter's rules: Don't say awesome, you're a full grown man, don't get in my way, if you're with me you're packing, no girlie coffee ... and there was one more!!!!! My favorite was the comment about "Awesome" 'Slaughter' is a perfect name for this character. He reminds me of 'Ranger' in the Stephanie Plumb novels!!!! Sexy in a rakish way. I LOVED that he really didn't kill anyone and let Castle think he had. Castle was dropping a load in his drawers before he figured it all out!


What was your favorite scene? Beckett with her therapist.
So how do you think Beckett answered Dr. Burke's question about what she wants to do next? She probably didn't answer. But, I think the look she gave him when she handed the traffic cam photo spoke volumes.
What was the best Slaughter/Castle moment? They were all priceless, but I'd go with Slaughter's "I'd go all caveman" discussion, ending with Castle defending his daughter.
Who got the better bribe: Ryan or Esposito? Ryan...although I think it's fairly cruel to make him date someone KNOWING that both Castle and Beckett are digging on each other.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 21 Quotes

Forget severed heads, I want to meet that guy!


Martha: Playing with dolls, are we?
Castle: They are action figures.