Castle Review: Here's to 100 More!

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What a celebration! 

"The Lives of Others” marked two events: Castle’s birthday and, even more importantly, the 100th episode of our favorite Monday night series. Let’s waste no more time and let's talk Castle, shall we?

A Bored Castle

Rear Window Castle is stuck in his apartment after messing up his knee skiing with Beckett. Strapped with boredom, he resorts to using binoculars and peeking in on his neighbors. After swearing that he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the alley, Castle goes on to drive everyone crazy. Alexis, Beckett, Ryan and Espo are all dragged into Castle’s antics.

Little did we know that Beckett had planned the most elaborate and best birthday ever for her man. Seriously, that was pretty much amazing. With the help of Martha and her acting students, Alexis and the binoculars, Ryan and Espo checking in on the case, even Gates working her way in...everything was perfect. Richard Castle is one lucky man. 

An Affair To Kill On the real murder case the gang was working, an IRS agent is found dead after being reviewed on security footage. A wife was killed by her husband but he had it staged to cover up the affair he was having. Thanks to Castle’s vivid imagination, he even helped solve the case from his wheelchair.

Side Notes

  • How gorgeous did Kate look in that black dress? Seriously, stunning.
  • Castle wanting to be Charlie and the boys be his angels was hilarious. Especially after Ryan and Espo struck a pose. Priceless.
  • Welcome back, Alexis! It’s good to see you normal and functioning after your kidnapping adventure.
  • Where was Lanie at this fabulous party?

Deep into Season 5, Castle is still super entertaining and just as much fun, if not more, than it was in the beginning. This is not an easy task. Over the past one hundred episodes, we have witnessed shakeups in the office, relationships and breakups, death, kidnappings and the central couple coming together.

Most would think that this would be a recipe for disaster. But it hasn’t been at all. Bringing Castle and Beckett together has brought the series in a new direction. Although there have been ups and downs throughout the seasons, the series has hit a high mark, just in time to celebrate it’s 100th episode.

So now that we have hit the impressive 100 episode milestone, what do you think? Was “The Lives of Others” everything you expected for such a landmark hour? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

Also, take a look back at previous episodes and watch the build up to where we are now. Check out some pretty awesome Castle quotes from the hour and don’t forget to check back in a couple days for the weekly Castle Round Table. Until April 15, TV Fanatics...


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (362 Votes)

Greg Eckes: I didn't see the surprise coming, and it would have absolutely devastated me, and I agree that in some ways it was really insensitive considering all he's been through, and all he's nearly lost. But I disagree that he had a non-reaction.
Fillion's reaction actually took quite a while and it was very complex. At first I thought he was utterly going to lose it. First the realization that she was safe, then that it was a joke and everyone was in on it, then anger at being manipulated, and then understanding that this woman really, really gets him and everyone in the room really cares about him but knows he's tough enough to handle it. This may be mitigated somewhat by cutting away to the conspirators' reactions to his distress, but it's all there, and it's brilliant.


I was just adding my comment when I realized: it was APRIL FOOLS DAY!! That is so great. Got me.


I've seen Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart (and the remake with Chris Reeve) several times, so I thought I knew what was coming. WRONG!! God, what a great ending for the episode. And Beckett: "You didn't actually have to kick down the door, you know."


Epic Episode. One of the best ever! This is one of the few shows I actually look forward to watching. I hope there is 100 more!


I loved it!! I loved that the writer's allowed Kat to show her love for Castle by pampering him!! They both looked amazing Kate in that off the shoulder black number and castle looked great even in the wheel chair.. One of my all time favorite episodes.. It had all the things that makes me loved this show..


This was a great episode and like all Castle adventures shouldn't be analyzed too closely. After all, it's part comedy and that is what makes is so special.
@Jason: Since everyone including Martha was in on the plot, it wouldn't be too difficult to have someone watching Castle's apt. just like Castle was watching the "murder". Once alerted that Castle was at the window with his binoculars she could say "Action" and the story would begin.


I knew it was all a setup when Beckett said she was going to go to the supposed killers apartment, knock on the door, gain entrance and simply look in his fridge.


Beckett waiting on Castle hand and foot was quite sickening. However, men are babies and women do like to take care of their men until that bit gets old. The quote that really caused me to make a guttural noise was when Ryan and Espo went to Castle's to pick up Beckett and Beckett said she asked them to come over because she wanted to cook Castle breakfast. Anyway, I'm guessing all the pampering will be over soon enough and most of it was probably part of the act for his big birthday surprise.


Beckett looked beautiful in that dress.


I think Ryan and Espo striking an Angels pose was the funniest of the epi. I had to watch that repeatedly.

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Castle Season 5 Episode 19 Quotes

Staring at the phone won't make it ring. I learned that in junior high.


Is it hard to balance on crutches when you've just had your ass chewed off?