Castle Season Finale Review: All I Want Is You

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Wow. That pretty much sums up the Season Four finale of Castle. Fans were promised a great hour, and the series absolutely delivered. Now that I have caught my breath, let’s discuss “Always."

There were tears, smiles and one very hot and heavy hookup.

Car Investigation

Time To Move On. Alexis graduated high school and delivered a truly beautiful Valedictorian speech. She provided some insight on how, although she is excited to move forward, she is scared to move on. Truer words were never said for how Castle was feeling at the moment. 

Twisted Ties. So a homicide that Beckett was assigned to gave her the lead she had been waiting on for a year. After the late Captain Montgomery’s house was broken into, things just didn’t seem right. Files were stolen on his cases and you had to know it was related to the Beckett girls. 

Castle pleaded with Beckett to back off of the case and finally admitted to her that he has had information about it and she needed to stay away... or she would be killed. This also led to one of the best Castle quotes of all time.

Every morning I bring you a cup of coffee, just so I can see a smile on your face. Because I think you are the most remarkable, maddening, challenging, frustrating, person I've ever met. And I love you Kate, and if that means anything to you, if you care about me at all, just don't do this. | permalink
Coffee Talking

Of course Beckett was pissed that Castle had kept this from her. How could she not be? Her driving force for years has been to find her mother’s killer. The past year she has been focused on finding her shooter. She goes to work every day putting herself in harm's way, wondering who tried to kill her. She was bound to be angry.

This led to Castle dropping out of the case. Kate and Javi decided to move forward, with Ryan unsure of why they are keeping Gates out of it. Up until this moment in the hour, I had been thinking to myself: what is the point of Gates? We were introduced to this tough Captain after we lost Roy. But her role is so minor. She hardly makes appearances, unlike Montgomery who played an active role in pretty much every episode. 

Information led Beckett and Espo to a hotel room where they were attacked by Cole Maddox, a link in their case. After an amazing fight scene, he was gone. That is, until he showed up at the infamous “Mr. Smith’s” place to demand the files so he can put “Kate Beckett in the ground for good.” Looks like we have someone new to focus on next season, as well as putting a face to the voice of Mr. Smith.

You have to love how hardcore Esposito is. He was having Beckett’s back, no matter the cost. And it cost him. Gates laid the smack down and put both detectives on leave. It doesn’t make too much of a difference to Beckett, who decided to resign instead. Javi is now pissed at Ryan for going to Gates. Could our favorite bromance be over?

The Moment Caskett Fans Have Been Waiting For. The episode could have been titled “Finally” for several reasons. We finally put a face to Mr. Smith, moved higher up the chain of who is after Beckett, Alexis graduated - and Beckett made her move towards Castle.

There were two moments early in the episode that made me excited:

  1. Kate held Castle’s hand and agreed to have a movie night with him. To me, that was enough because that was all I expected to get. Little did I know, things were about to finally move forward.
  2. After four seasons, Beckett gave into her feelings and went to Castle. Looking insanely hot and drenched from the rain, Beckett made her move. The knock on the door was enough to get the heart beating. What came next? Even more hot than Kate in her rain-soaked clothes. The two finally hooked up! 

So Castle fans, what did you think of the much anticipated event? Was it everything you wanted and more? The smiles on their faces said it all. It must be noted the great skills that were displayed tonight. Nathan Fillion, one who is known for being able to act with just a look, put out so much emotion. It was impressive. What else was impressive? Stana Katic’s fight scene on the roof. Seriously, kudos to both actors for bringing it in the finale.

A Priest on Castle

Things To Think About:

  • Who is Cole Maddox? How big of a role will he play next season?
  • Will Kate go back to the precinct or is her resignation for good?
  • Can Javi and Ryan make up?
  • Will Mr. Smith come forward to help Kate?
  • Alexis is heading to college, will we see more or less of her?
  • And the big question - what will happen next for Kate Beckett and Rick Castle? Is a relationship in their future?
  • Just a minute of Lanie once again.
  • How much do you miss Captain Montgomery?
Castle Season 4 Finale Scene
So TV Fanatics, Season Four of Castle has ended. It was a solid years, with a few ups and downs, but an enjoyable ride all the way through. We have all summer to think about the Caskett hook up and our new villain, Cole Maddox.

September will be here before we know it. See you back here, same time, same place, in the fall. 


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Really liked the episode last night. I was wondering if I imagined it or not (from his dialogue with the Jennifer Beals character), but isn't Rick's father going to be brought in as a character, perhaps as the elusive Mr. Smith?


AWESOME - This group is so unbelievable I went ahead and pre-ordered the 5th Season of Castle before watching the season finale based on trust. The actors - all of them - are amazing. Stana & Nathan...I could adopt you both; keep up the fabulous work you are doing. Everyone involved from a to z - thank you for giving us what at first sight seems to be light entertainment and yet is anything but. Again, THANK YOU and continued success ;)


I said it so many times last night, I will say it once more "gasp, no, what, YES" Such an intense episode I felt like I was on a roller coaster from the first moment.
I think Beckett's resignation will stand for now (maybe turning into a leave of absence) so she can do her own digging. Ryan did right, the "bad" cops started out going on their own to fix what they thought was wrong. We don't want our crew doing the same thing. Plus if he wasn't there, Kate would just be a mark on the sidewalk.
Next season will definitely start out strong


I think theyll keep there feelings swcrect get her job back with a new captain because the mayer is a friend of castles


I'm confused. You keep saying 'we finally put a face to Mr. Smith' like we didn't already know what he looked like. He's been in at least three episodes.


i loved it , last nights episode was great! Its about time they finally get together!


This episode was okay but it wasn't really anything that special. If you ask me it was all very predictable. Castle and Beckett hooking up was not a surprise at all either. I thought Shawn and Juliet's hookup on Psych with that big make out scene was a million times more exciting and fun than this. Castle and Beckett are great as individuals, but don't do anything for me as a couple and i very much doubt that they will be in a full-on relationship next season and if they do decide to try a relationship it probably won't last all that long, so all you Caskett fans out there, i would not get your hopes up if i was you. I'm just sayin'


All I could say at the end was WOW - same as the reviewer - I enjoy this show so much - I don't overthink the plots or the action - I just sit back and watch with happiness - the characters are great - but I do miss Montgomery - can't wait until September - will be watching the reruns if aired -


One of the best things was the way they had Castle be the one who was more upset, with him ignoring her calls, etc. I loved when he opened the door and said, "Beckett. What do you want?" And she said, "you" and kisses him. He was speechless for a sec.
> It was also great that he took her hand, to lead her to the bedroom - - none of that busting up the furniture, slamming around, doing the deed on the floor, etc. like Moonlighting did when they finally did it. No actual sex scene beyond that. Of course, all the romance of it also saved Nathan Fillion from having to take his shirt off. I am thinking that spare tire he has going on would not be a pretty sight. I noticed when he was on the Jimmy Fallon show last week that he kept tugging his jacket over his tummy. I so hope he gets his act together over the break and does something to get in shape. I hate to see such a handsome man go to pot (pun intended). No offense, Nathan - - I have loved you since you were a teenager on One Life to Live. However, for your fans and more importantly for yourself and your health; time to lose those love handles.


I guess I'm in the minority with the season 4 finale. I think after 4 seasons of Beckett's mother's murder mystery...that is one storyline that just needs to wrap up already. I've felt that the writers only bring this storyline up at the beginning/ending of a season and once or twice during sweeps months. As for the 'big moment' for Castle & Beckett at the end of the episode...again I'm in the minority because that sexual tension and want between them hasn't been present (in my humble opinion) since about season 2. To me they are just really close friends. But I find the characters entertaining-obviously or I wouldn't watch the series. What shocked the heck out of me was Ryan telling on Javier & Beckett. I found his attitude during the episode to be uncharacteristic; but then if he hadn't done what he did Beckett would/could have died. It will be very interesting to see if Ryan and Javier can recover from that to continue their partnership. For Season 5, I'd really like to see Ryan and Javier's characters considerably more developed and used. They're great characters and deserve much more air time. Lanie should be on-screen a lot more as well. And I agree with the posts, the new captain...she needs to go as she's not bringing much to the table. I want this thing with Beckett's mom's murder resolved once and for all and move the series forward.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 23 Quotes

I keep waiting for that other shoe to drop. What if this is that other shoe?


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