Rick Castle as a murder suspect? The return of 3XK?
It's safe to say "Probable Cause" gave our TV Fanatic Round Table team of staff writers Carla Day, Chandel Charles, Jim Garner and - along with Castle fan Denise from The 12th Fan Forum - PLENTY to discuss.
So let's get right to it, shall we? Pull up a virtual chair and jump in now!
What was your favorite scene?
Carla: When Beckett walked into the library and Castle was waiting there for her. Also, liked the bridge scene when Castle said it wasn't over.
Chandel: I think it had to be the scene where Castle dropped that hint to Kate about the library. I loved that she retrospectively caught that Castle was trying to lead her to him once he had gone underground.
Jim: I adored the scene where Rick explained Tyson was behind the mess and Kate said she believed him and that she had always believed him. I know she had doubts at one point but down deep she never stopped believing.
Denise: A tie between the scene at the precinct after Tyson’s visit when Kate tells Castle she never stopped believing in him, and when she meets him at the library. I loved that she reassured him of her faith in him, and I thought it was a really tender, sweet moment at the library. I adored Castle’s smile when he saw her coming toward him.
Did you ever think Kate would doubt Castle?
Carla: I think she did have her doubts, but that she didn't believe them. She's a police officer and with that much evidence against Castle, she had to consider that he did it. All the time though, she was looking for an alternative explanation.
Chandel: I think she's always going to want to believe Castle, and I also think after all this time she knows trusting him is always a safe bet.
Jim: Tyson did a good job planting the evidence to make her start to have doubts, but you could tell even as she spoke to Lanie that she still believed in him. It would have taken a lot more than deleted emails for her to truly doubt him.
Denise: No. Like she told Lanie, she knows him. She would never believe that he could do something like this, no matter what the evidence showed. She was trying to figure out what the real story was from the moment the first piece of evidence against him appeared.
We're you surprised that Lanie questioned Castle's innocence?
Carla: No, the evidence was there. She was doing her job.
Chandel: It was a little bit surprising, but given the evidence that so quickly mounted against Castle, it's hard to fault her for it.
Jim: Lanie has always been a woman of science. I wasn't surprised she was playing devil's advocate for Kate and coming from the angle that Rick was guilty. I'm not sure she personally believed it, but it's her job to presume the worst.
Denise: I didn’t really feel that Lanie was questioning Castle’s innocence as much as she was playing devil’s advocate for Kate. I think she was trying to make Kate really look at things and be certain of her conviction that he was being set up. Ultimately, I think that Kate’s belief in Castle’s innocence would be enough for Lanie to believe it as well.
Did you figure out it was 3XK before the big reveal?
Carla: To be honest, I'm not sure. I don't think I realized it was him in particular.
Chandel: I had an inkling for about 30 seconds during one of the commercial breaks where 3XK popped into my mind for reasons unknown to my subconscious. So, yes, I was surprised to see that I was right.
Jim: I had no idea. In fact, I had forgotten who 3XK was until he talked about leaving Castle alive in a hotel room. Thankfully that was a great memory jog!
Denise: There was a lot of speculation that 3XK was behind this in the weeks before the episode aired. I was somewhat skeptical that it involved him, as I thought that if 3XK was involved, then somehow Castle spoilers or something would have gotten out. When I saw Michael Mosley’s name in the opening credits, I knew then that it was him. Kudos to the cast and crew for keeping the lid on this one.
Is Castle right? Is Tyson still out there and will he be back?
Carla: Definitely. He is a smart man, I believe he could have and probably did plan for the outcome.
Chandel: I think Tyson is still out there. I think all good character arcs take place in sets of three. If true, he has at least one more episode. If not, props to Marlowe and company for presenting a psychological cliffhanger.
Jim: I think he is still out there. If he turns back up, it's specifically to torment Rick and Kate. Rick shot him in the chest where the vest was. Most TV/movie villains can survive a fall into water unless a body is found.
Denise: Yes, I do think Castle is right. Tyson is still out there, and at some point he will be back.
Which have been your favorite and least favorite episodes this season?
Jim: I have no "least." I have a tie for first: "Secret's Safe With Me" for Rick's heart to heart with Alexis; and "Murder He Wrote" for the nod to the original crime writer turned detective show Murder She Wrote.
Chandel: I think my least favorite was "Cloudy with a Chance of Murder." Something about that episode just didn't sit well with me. I'm going to have to put this episode at the top. It had all the elements of a great dramatic episode, which I think contributes to variety in the series as a whole.
Carla: I loved the premiere. It got Beckett and Castle together, but more importantly Beckett got to face off with the person responsible for her mother's death.
Denise: "Probable Cause" is definitely my favorite at this point. I can’t say that I have a least favorite; I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode so far. I am loving this season and the way their relationship is being portrayed.