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Castle Round Table: "Recoil"

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On Castle this week, the Dragon returned in a strange twist, as the man who ordered the murder of Kate Beckett's mother suddenly needed the detective to save his life. 

As Jack Coleman told us in his earlier interview, Senator Bracken pulled Beckett into the darkness in "Recoil" and. Could Castle help her resist?

Below, our Castle Round Table team of TV Fanatic writers Jim Garner, Chandel Charles, and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fan Erin from the 12th Castle fan boards as they debate whether Beckett's conscience is clear and which of us would stand back and watch with Castle.

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What was your favorite scene?

Jim: I really liked Kate's discussion with her therapist. Beyond the fact that Michael Dorn has such an amazingly soothing voice, it was awesome to see her struggling to hold on to being "the good guy."

Chandel: Probably that little bit at the beginning where Castle was explaining how any serious boyfriend of Alexis' needed to be thoroughly intimidated before approval.

Erin: There are two scenes that I found equally powerful. Both the scene with Castle and Beckett finding out that Bracken is involved with the case and also the scene with Beckett and Dr. Burke. Both scenes give a little insight into the struggle that Beckett is facing: first with realizing that she has to face Bracken again and then the internal debate that Beckett is having with herself over whether to destroy the one piece of evidence that might tell them who they are looking for.

Christine: The scene where Kate comes clean with Rick about the letter and why she didn't shoot McManus. She's so torn up over it. Rick is the person she shares her fears and guilt with and he's completely nonjudgemental and has her back. It really highlighted how strong their bond has become.

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Should Beckett have taken herself off the case?

Jim: I'm surprised Gates didn't have this very question for her after hearing her talk about her mom's death to McManus. Prior to that it would have really opened a dangerous can of worms to recuse herself.

Chandel: Given that very few people know what transpired between Beckett and the Senator - including Gates - it would have seemed a little suspicious if she had recused herself. It would have forced her to perhaps voice her suspicions, etc. Too much trouble!

Erin: Given Beckett's past with Bracken she should have stepped aside. At the same time it would have proven pointless because given who was involved Beckett would have kept working the case.

Christine: It certainly would have made her life easier but Gates would have asked so many questions I'm not sure it would have been possible without completely coming clean with her.

Why do you think Beckett didn't shoot McManus?

Jim: She said it herself, she saw her own pain in his face. As it turned out, McManus was innocent anyway so it was a good thing she didn't shoot him.

Chandel: I'm still struggling with that one. She said she saw the pain in his eyes, but I couldn't help but get the feeling she was off her game and one step lagging behind throughout the course of the case in a lot of ways. It could be a combination of both!

Erin: I think Beckett was in conflict at this point in the episode. What she longed to do herself was reflected in McManus and Beckett was probably willing to let him go so that her longing would be fulfilled.

Chrisitne: Stana Katic did a fantastic job of portraying the complexities of Beckett's struggle. I do believe she felt a connection to McManus' pain but earlier we saw her almost burn that letter.  She has a dark side too. I don't think she's entirely certain why she didn't shoot him.

Would you have chosen Beckett's route (saving the Senator from the bomb) or Castle's (watch him get blown to bits)?

Jim: For better or worse, my nature is like Beckett. I'm pretty sure I would do the right thing and save the Senator if it came down to the situation where I'm running on instinct. Though I did love Rick's digs at the Senator afterwards.

Chandel: I was constantly rooting for Kate to do the right thing this episode, and I believe that perhaps saving Bracken's life will pay her in dividends at a later time, so for that reason I think that doing the right thing is generally the right policy because you never know what they might yield.

Erin: Knowing what Bracken has done would certainly sway my option towards Castle's line of thinking. However, and I might be in the minority, but I'd still take the risk to save Bracken from the bomb.

Christine: I'd like to think I'd choose the light and be a Beckett but I'm afraid I've got a fair amount of Castle's dark side. I probably would have stood and watched.

Do you believe Beckett will ever take down the Dragon?

Jim: I don't know, I would like to believe so, but the chase is so much of who she is. I don't know if she would know what to do with herself afterwards.

Chandel: Certainly it will have to happen eventually. But I am more than willing to wait!

Erin: I do believe that Beckett will take down the Dragon. Also it is only fair that Beckett be given the right to take him down because Bracken has caused too much personal pain in Beckett's life.

Christine: I envision Kate and Rick taking him down in the last season and then the two of them living happily every after.

What should Rick and Kate get one another for Valentine's Day?

Jim: His and Hers matching bullet-proof vest with hearts on them. Oksy, maybe that's too much. How about His and Hers fuzzy handcuffs?

Chandel: This is a toughie because I don't even know what I'm getting my sweetheart yet. I am highly unqualified to suggest gifts for others at this point!

Erin: It would be touching if each got the other a small memento with the word "Always" engraved into it. This would be something that symbolizes what Rick and Kate and, at the same time, Castle and Beckett mean to each other. (Work relationship and personal relationship combined)

Christine: I hate to be so traditional but Kate did hint about jewelry for her birthday (which we never saw) I think he needs to get her something simple but beautiful. For Him… perhaps Kate could show him the book he signed for her and tell him the story of how she became a fan. I think knowing that he'd been helping her deal with her mother's death even before they met would mean more to him than any material present.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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1 - My favorite scene was with Castle and Bracken behind the glass of the interrogation room because it kind of took me by surprise. I expected Kate to deliver words that cut like a knife but I didn't see it coming from Castle. The manner in which Nathan spoke to Bracken absolutely wreaked of hatred but he smiled at the guy!
2 - In Gates' world of by-the-book, yes, Kate should have taken herself off the case, but I'm glad she didn't because she needs to stay close to this snake and be aware of his every move.
3 - I believe her warring emotions did really freeze her at that moment and she couldn't make the split second decision to shoot.
4 - I'm afraid that I would have been more likely to stand and watch as Castle said.
5 - I have no doubt that by the end of the series, Kate will have found closure on this case.
6 - Jewelry for Kate and a special pen for Castle.

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1. My favourite scene was between Castle and Bracken, where Castle tells him that he would have watched him burn. I thought that was a great moment, well acted. 2. Maybe so, but how would she explain it? 3. She froze. I've never understood cop shows with that - it didn't need to be life/death. Wouldn't shooting him in the knee-caps have been a viable option? 4. I definitely would have tried to save his life. How hard is another story. 5. Eventually. Before he runs for president. 6. Poor Castle - with the way they're writing him these days, whatever he gets is probably gonna be wrong LOL

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I love what Christine suggested for Beckett to give to Castle. :)

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I question why Beckett even fired at McManus. I don't recall seeing a weapon, so what would her justification have been. Similarly, if she didn't want to shoot, she could have started to chase him but not catch up.

Castle Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

You know, I was really hoping the next time I saw this guy it would be down the barrel of my gun.

Esposito

This is it, Castle. This is my chance to finally make him pay.

Beckett
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