Castle Review: The Billionaire's Kiss

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Well, let’s talk about that tension.

Castle aired "The Squab and the Quail" this week, an episode that centered on the attempted murder of a billionaire of whom Castle is jealous and who has quite the interest in a certain beautiful detective.

ABC made the right decision by rearranging “The Squab and the Quail” with “Still,” the installment originally intended to air this week. “Still” features an explosive situation, and in light of the recent tragic events in Boston, ABC flip-flopped the episodes. So there is a slight chance that background pieces between our favorite writer/detective duo could be out of order. We'll find out next Monday.

Ryan and Castle Scene

Watch What You Eat. The weekly murder mystery involved billionaire Eric Vaughn. There was an attempt to both poison and shoot him. Good thing the gorgeous Kate Beckett was on the scene to protect him.

This brought out the jealous side in Castle and I can’t say that I blame him. First, he hit on Kate, then he tried to kiss her. Boy better back up! I don’t really care about his accent or his stunning smile, he is no Richard Castle and Beckett knows that.

Although...there was a slight hesitation from Beckett when Vaughn questioned her relationship, as well as during the kiss. Beckett tried to ask the serious question to her man at the end of the hour. Where is this going? Doesn’t look like she got the answer she wanted. 

Where is this relationship going? Things are serious. They spend the night with each other all the time. Is marriage in the cards for Caskett? Should it be?

Another theme that went throughout this installment was the idea that Castle takes advantage of Beckett. Does he? Sure, the man likes his video games, but I still wouldn't make such a classification. I mean, really, didn’t Beckett take advantage of his feelings for quite some time before they got together? Just saying. 

Side Notes:

  • So did we know that Beckett is the youngest female detective in NYPD history? That’s what I’m talking about girl!
  • It’s always nice to see TV Veteran Ioan Gruffudd on our screen, especially since Ringer has gone off the air.
  • This episode was the first in a while where we saw all of the cast! What a welcome change!
  • How much fun are the boys when they are together?

Overall, a fun episode to lead us into the last few of the season. There were some great Castle quotes - especially from Espo. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Did you enjoy “The Squab and the Quail?"

Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to check back for the Castle Round Table later in the week.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (289 Votes)

HATED it from start to finish I've been waiting for the angst and other person arcs. Like they just can't let Caskett be happy?
Seemed like Kate liked making Rick a bit jealous and enjoyed rubbing it in a bit.
My world babe would be gone if she told me she kissed another guy, she only pushed him away after they kissed, reason being they were only together for a few days albeit professionally and already they kissed what would they be doing in a week or so>??
Rick doesn't take advantage of her and I don't see Rick kissing another lady after getting into a relationship with Kate. It's probably a wedding arc....


Okay - had to get that off my chest. Now to the episode: Kate and Rick are both so insecure that it's awkward. Kate thought that Castle didn't trust her, when really, Castle was terrified that a woman as awesome as Kate would realize that Vaughn was an upgrade. He said it himself, Vaughn was the kind of man people like Castle aspire to be. Kate, on the other hand, was feeling taken for granted and feeling unremarkable. WHAT a mess. Just painful to watch. Thank goodness for Ryan, Esposito and Lanie - they made this episode WAY less awkward. Ryan's quick exit when the kiss came to light made me laugh out loud.


This episode brings up so many things. First answer me this: Why is this relationship perceived as being so complicated? They love each other, work well together and know they want to be together ALWAYS. It should not be so difficult.


While this episode was a little fun, it irritated me for a few reasons. I HATE when TV shows write women who can't speak their minds but expect people to know what they want. I understand that she's insecure, but still. At this point Kate Beckett hasn't even told Castle that she loves him - how is the man supposed to know that he has the green light to move forward? The first time he told her he loved her she hid from it for a year! How's the man supposed to make a move when he has NO CLUE that she's ready? He's been working on her pace this entire time. It baffles me that Kate is still unsure of what Castle wants. Yes, Rick is a glorious man-child. But he waited YEARS to be with her. The day that he told her he loved her he almost took a bullet for her - the SECOND time he told her, he told her how remarkable she was. And she's unsure of where HE is? She can't even tell him she loves him! ARGH!!

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