Castle Review: Depending on Dad

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What a great hour of television!

For a show that usually treats us to light-hearted laughter and absurd cases, Castle can do drama and it can do it well. The series aired the second half of the annual two-parter tonight and “Hunt” can easily be described as epic. Quite possibly, the best two-parter in the show’s history. So let’s get to it.

The hour picked up right where we had left off: Alexis is in Paris, the team is doing everything it can to find her and Rick is wasting no more time. he hops a plane to France to find his daughter himself. 

Castle and Dad

Shady Characters. Castle meets up with an administrative advisor who he had worked with on his Derek Storm novels. He hooks him up with man who tracks down where Alexis was when she made the phone call. A meet is set up and he turns on Castle. Luckily, another man is hiding in the woods and takes out the kidnappers, along with Castle’s “partner.” So, who was it?

Meet Jackson Hunt. Just like Castle, I wasn’t sure why this man cared so much, why there were pictures hanging up in his apartment. And then it clicked. Just as I was writing a note on what I was assuming, Jackson (or whatever his real name is) dropped the bomb: “I am your father."

James Brolin has taken on the role of Rick’s dad. In such a fitting way, he's is a spy. He lets his son know that he has been keeping an eye on his family for years and even met Rick once when he was 10, in a library. 

Brolin’s character sets up an operation that will get Castle and Alexis out from the kidnappers, to the embassy and sent home with a cover story that will not include him. I guess it’s true: like father, like son. The details, the imagination. Everything. Castle and Alexis make it home to Martha and Kate safe and sound.

Two things:

  1. This better not be the last time we see Castle’s father.
  2. I expected more when they got home. It was just Martha and Alexis. There was no mention of what the cover story was. These are just some small imperfections in an otherwise amazing episode.
Leading Castle Away

Perfect Performance. In the first hour of this two-parter, I praised Nathan Fillion on his outstanding performance. He portrays such a real man, and an even more real father. That continued through “Hunt” as well. In her few minutes on screen, the gorgeous Molly Quinn was excellent. But it is Stana Katic who must be acknowledged. She always puts on such a stellar performance and this installment was no exception. 

Her meeting with the murder victim’s girlfriend was intense and intimidating. Katic brought it in this episode big time.

Can we please just give Emmys to these two? Like, now?

After Thoughts

  • Of course Castle’s father is a spy. What other job in the world could he possibly have?
  • Never expected Alexis to be the target of the kidnapping. I’m guessing her and Sarah won’t be friends when they get back to school.
  • Will Alexis be comfortable going back to school or will she be sticking around home for a while?
  • Not much of Javi and Kev in this hour...although they did have an awesome Liam Neeson joke (Check the Castle quotes page for it).
  • If Rick and Kate can make it through the kidnapping of his daughter, they can pretty much make it through everything. 

Overall, a great episode from the writers of Castle. I wouldn’t want the show to do too many drama-filled episodes, they do the fun ones so well. But I wouldn’t mind having more that one or two intense installments throughout the season.

So what did you think of “Hunt?” Was the conclusion what you expected? Where does it rank compared to the previous two-parters? Are you excited to have James Brolin as Castle’s father? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you thought. Check out the Castle Round Table and the Castle Cast to marvel over the episode. Unfortunately, we have a break until the next new episode. But that will give us time to take it all in. Until next time, Castle Fanatics!


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (549 Votes)

Loved, loved this ep and last weeks. AM is such a masterful storyteller. I was in tears last week with Castle over Alexis and the scene in this episode with his Dad brought tears to my eyes. Great casting with James Brolin. NF has just blown me away. I never watched him before Castle and did not have any idea as to his depth as an actor. Just so talented and I just love him more now. Stana was great in the scene with the girlfriend too. I just love this show and all of the characters.


Fergot to mention Stana and Nathan you two did awesome job


What fantastic episode bravo team writers. Scene. Between Castle and His Dad saying good by make me wort waiting for aasalmost five year to see Castle dad. I'm looking for next with more caskets time.


Amazing episode. I heard castles father was going to be in it so I knew who he was the minute I saw him. I watched the clip from the episode that said Alexis was the really targe so that wasnt shocking but why she was the target was shocking. I really hope to see castles father again. When his father asked if he was ready to play spy I though of course he is he's been waiting like his whole life for someone to ask him that. Beckett with the girlfriend in the integration room was great it was funny see her kick her chair over from under the desk. I hope Alexis stays home for awhile I would like to see alot more of her she's one of my favorite characters. Can't wait till the next episode people getting scared to death after watching a video seems very interesting and very castle can't wait for it.


Loved it, except for NOT getting to hear him tell Beckett and his mom that his dad was James Bond who got them out! Really wanted to see their reactions. Fabulous touch with the DVD in the mail. LOVED Brolin as his dad - he was very dashing and it made sense. Beckett was super badass when she ripped into that gal who was being snarky. Don't mess with Beckett! Overall, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Castle Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

Martha: What are you doing?
Castle: Getting my daughter back.

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