Castle Review: Secret Santa

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The holiday season is upon us, Castle fans, as this ABC favorite kicked off the month of December with its Christmas-themed episode,"Secret Santa."

There were traditions being broken, new ones being started and a dead Santa crime to solve. Time to discuss...

Kate & Rick's First Christmas

Santa Fell From The Sky. The weekly case centered around the murder of a man who worked as a Santa during the holiday season. He had taken the job after giving up his Wall Street life because of his company’s actions. It had inflated mortgages, causing many families to lose their homes and Santa Edmund decided to take it upon himself to help one of those out.

Dressing up as Saint Nick is pretty much the perfect disguise. Working a holiday party, Edmund planned to get documents from his old company to prove the case for the families...  until he was shot... by his ex-wife. Talk about a holiday downer! 

You have to give credit to the man, changing his entire life around to make someone else’s better. This is definitely the kind of message you want to hear this season. Even if it is wrapped up in a murdered red and green bow.

First Christmas. The holiday marked a big occasion for the best detective couple on TV. Castle had invited Beckett to share their first Christmas, but she instead decided to work. At first, this was a bit annoying. The couple makes these forward movements and then pause because of pressure. Turns out Kate always works because the holidays remind her of her mother (totally acceptable). Time to change it up, though, girl. And change it up she did, by showing up at Castle’s door. Could they be any cuter? 

The writers have found a way to keep the relationship solid and enjoyable without making the entire show centered around. The two work as a couple and as partners and that even balance is what is still bringing so many viewers to their living rooms on Monday nights.

Side note: how awesome were Castle’s Christmas decorations?!? Any way I can get him to come decorate my house?

Moving Forward. The tradition of a six-pack and video games between the best bromance on TV was broken now that Ryan is married. First, let me say that this sounds like an awesome tradition and I know I am not alone in thinking so. Second, the conversation between the two about Jenny wanting to have kids and Javi telling Ryan he is ready was so genuine. These two characters really seem like the perfect best friends. Plus, Javi’s dance with Jenny’s gift was hysterical.

Espo continues to make his presence felt. The character has really evolved since being a background player, thanks to some great writing from Marlowe and company. The relationship between Lanie and him used to be something to root for. These days? Not so much. This character has earned himself a real relationship and screen time to back it. Showing up at the family’s door to return their clock was so sweet. I even found myself hoping for a holiday hookup between him and the mother. That was a long shot.

Overall, an enjoyable Christmas episode from Castle. It was as light hearted and fun as possible, considering it revolved around a dead Santa. “Secret Santa” had some great lines you can check out on the Castle Quotes page and, as always, don’t forget to return later in the week for our Castle Round Table.

Looks like no new episodes until after the holidays. While this may be a complete bummer to us Castle-rs, it gives us the entire month to predict what will take place in the second half of Castle Season 5. Until then, TV Fanatics.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (386 Votes)

Great review though I disagree about what you said for Lanie and Esposito. The morgue scene was totally adorable, and love is still between the two!! Look at the sparks in his eyes when she gave him a little hope. How can you not root for that? ;)


Great Christmas episode ! Love the ending with Javier.


Lurker - have you lost a loved one? Your comment is spot on :) - even when the loss is not as dramatic as Kate's. it sounds over the top, but is not. You never know when the 'blues' are going to hit you...a Christmas song, a familiar scent...Hopefully they will work it out for their characters have both suffered in different ways but are incomplete - so they complete each other: "I'm much more me when I am with you..." applies very aptly to CASKETT. I am happy to see Martha's character is a kind mother-in-law...unlike Sir. Gates...LOL What a 'pilot' she seems to be ;) You have much wisdom - this goes beyond a comment about Castle...I thank you for it goes straight to my soul...May you & your family have a blessed Christmas & Happy New Year....ALWAYS !!!!


I usually dread Christmas-themed episodes of any show. They are usually over the top, smarmy and sickly sweet. I have to say though that this episode came terribly close, but managed to shine through the gooey smarm, but only barely.
Please writers/producers, lets not do this again. Let Rudolph and Frosty bear the TV Christmas burden.


I know I growl and grouse about the writers a lot, but they got this one spot on! Thanks for a great Christmas episode with just the right balance of humor and drama.


I think there's always dram in relationships and that Castle-Beckett portrays this -- like the "don't get me a present" and at the end he says he didn't get her a present ... and her look revealed that the show used the ancient movie cliche (when she says she doesn't want anything, she wants the guy to ignore what she said and get her something). So, it doesn't surprise me she wouldn't come out and say something she (in her heart) wants him to somehow know (in his heart). I just think their relationship is mostly fantastic fun to watch (although I'm not a fan of wondering if he's a murderer ... or the previews have her saying he may not be the man she thought he was, etc.) -- but mostly great fun and we'll see how the next "drama" works out.


Wow. My Christmas wish for all you other posters and the tv fanatic writers, is that you can find an episode of TV that warms your hearts the way this one did mine. Kudo's to the Castle team, and Merry Christmas!


I absolutely love the friendship between Ryan and Esposito - Espo doesn't try to get between Ryan and his wife, and even encourages Ryan to go for having a kid! It's so wonderful to see such a relationship on television, one that isn't somehow parasitic.


she told a white lie because she didnt want to spoil his xmas thats all,but anyway in the end it turned out perfect.i liked the insite about castle talking about his childhood seems he didnt have it easy.would love to know more.



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Castle Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Whether there is a Santa or not, that is not why I love Christmas.


It's bad enough that Santa has been murdered!


Castle Season 5 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Ben rector let it snow Let it Snow Ben Rector iTunes
The reverend horton heat run rudolph run Run Rudolph Run The Reverend Horton Heat iTunes