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Castle Round Table: "Still"

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When Beckett stepped on a bomb in "Stil," was it any surprise who stepped up to be her bomb buddy?

Below, our Castle Round Table team of Jim Garner, Chandel Charles, and Christine Orlando are joined by Bobbie from The 12th Fan Forum to share their favorite flashback moments and wdiscuss hich Caskett kiss ranks number-one...

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What was your favorite current time scene?

Bobbie:  I have to go with a tie for my favorite scene. How can I NOT choose the ILY exchange, but I was also very moved when Castle said, "She's off." Their emotional embrace and the reaction at the precinct had me sobbing!

Jim: I loved Rick walking in with coffee and the remote, armed with the confidence that they would figure out how to save Kate.

Chandel: Probably when Kate told Castle that the best is yet to come. You don't hear her say things like that very often. Though her telling Rick "I Love You" is definitely up there as well.

Christine: It was all so wonderful, I'm still on a high from it all but I'm going with the moment Castle deactivated the bomb and she practically fell into his arms.  Castle saying "She's off. She's off" with such relief and everyone's reactions were my favorite.

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What was your favorite flashback moment?

Bobbie:  Again, I have to go with 2 favorites. I've always loved the physical comedy that the show delivers so I loved the flashbacks to all of the nose grabs and ear twists, etc. What a hoot that Castle interpreted that as her not being able to keep her hands off of him. :) But I was also totally swept away with the montage of all of their kisses, as their theme song built to a climax in the background.  

Jim: It's a tie between the hair montage and Rick's "having so much fun" montage. Both had me rolling.

Chandel: Probably all the ones where Kate is remembering all the times Castle got on her nerves. That was really cute. I got to remember with her and I enjoyed that.

Christine: Again, there were just too many to count but I loved the flashback from Castle Season 1 when Castle says he shot too soon. Kate's response, "We could always just cuddle, Castle," and his joy at her joke has always been a favorite moment for me.

Were you surprised that Captain Gates already knew about Caskett?

Bobbie: I was not surprised that Gates knew about them. She's perceptive and watchful of all that goes on in Homicide so the longer it went, the more apparent it became that she had to know.

Jim: Not at all. As she said, she's not stupid.

Chandel: No. I knew she knew. I knew way back when she caught Castle caressing Beckett's cheek a few episodes ago. I knew she was trying to hide it.

Christine: Goodness no. The woman used to work in Internal Affairs. She'd have had to been blind not to read what was going on between these two.

In light of Castle's "I was momentarily distracted by your dizzying array of hairstyles over the years," choose the best and worst Kate Beckett hairstyles.

Bobbie: First, let me just say that this was probably the cleverest bit in the episode! To have Castle pause and comment about the hair styles left no doubt in my mind that the writers are reading the message boards. :) I did a spit-take over that one. Worst hair style for me was in the very beginning as it had little shape or form and gave Kate a cold, hard feel. Best is right now with the soft, long hair that can be styled so many different ways and softens her face.

Jim:  Uh… that one where she wore it with the thing and that other thing... oh, forget it, let;s just go with the "guy" answer that I didn't like short and like the longer hair now. That's about as deep as I can go given my overall hair envy.

Chandel: I was not a fan of her hair in season 1. Loved the length and wavy styles in season three best, I think. Thought I won't lie, I did get my haircut specifically in the style of Kate's a la the season two finale just last year. I even took in a screenshot of her from that episode to my stylist!

Christine: The first half of Castle Season 2 was the worst. It was almost mullet-like. I love her hair now. It's absolutely beautiful.

Did ABC swapping the airing of "Still" and "The Squab and the Quail" (due to the Boston Marathon bombing) make any difference to your enjoyment of the episode?

Bobbie: Thank goodness they swapped the episodes! I'd have been going ballistic if Still had been followed by Squab and Quail because there's no way Kate could question Castle's commitment after Still.

Jim: They did? I didn't even know they were swapped, but I agree with it. I would have had major problems with the trust issue after them being close this week. Also, Capt. Gates was playing "in the dark" still, so it really worked in this order.

Chandel: No, but it would have really made a big difference in terms of the plot. Had Kate stepped on a bomb this week and questioned her relationship with Castle in "The Squab and the Quail" the next, I would have been a pretty unhappy fan. It would have been completely unbelievable.

Christine: I'm OK with it either way. I'm assuming the timeline between "Still" and "The Squab and the Quail" would have been some weeks apart. I can almost see Castle feeling confident in the relationship after "Still" and getting a bit complacent, leaving Kate feeling more vulnerable. I don't think she's questioning his love but she's wondering if they've got the same ideas about their future.

What was Castle and Beckett's best kiss?

Bobbie: I guess I'd have to go with the kiss - or sequence of kisses - in Always. I loved the passion we saw from both of them and the music really enhanced that. Also, despite the lousy lighting, that very last silhouette with their noses brushing was stunning!

Jim: I'm a huge fan of the season finale where Kate was all wet and kissed Castle when he opened the door. HAWT!

Chandel:  I still maintain that it was that finale kiss in season 4. Though the ones we've gotten piecemeal throughout this season are great too.

Christine: I agree with the team. The kiss from "Always" ranks at the top but I'm also a big fan of the undercover kiss. There's that unexpected passion that sparks between them that neither one knows how to handle. I've always loved that scene.

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Loved when Ryan ran to hug Castle
Loved when Castle said, Who is going to be your bomb buddy?"
Loved when Beckett said, "you get off by putting things in my mouth."
Favorite kisses are all the ones ones in ALWAYS with Knockdown a close second(still waiting for Season 5 good Kiss)
I liked Beckett's short hair alot..she was adorable, but Season 3 was the best.

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I believe the DC job offer was put in next episode to add intrigue to the relationship, but knowing these writers, I could be wrong. The success of the show hinges on the four core characters interacting together in the workplace. IMHO. Recall from Season3, Ep.22 ‘To Love and Die in L.A.’. On the plane ride back to New York, Kate reads from a letter from her first training officer, Michael Royce, “Trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake�. It is hard to imagine how the writers can avoid much longer a Castle proposal to Kate after he risked his own life to save her in such a dramatic way.

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Favorite Scene: When Beckett and Castle call Esposito and Ryan to settle "who was into who first." Best beat of that scene was when the fellas continued discussing the case while Castle and Beckett continued floating examples! These writers are exceptional; I am seriously in awe of their collective talents!
Favorite Flashback: The "I know who the killer is" montages. Folks, these are the literary equivalents of sex scenes...
Gates KNOWS! Of course she knows (sensed that in last week's episode, when she had to tell Beckett she was babysitting Vaughn!). Maybe that's part of the reason she hates Castle!
Favorite Hairstyle: Unlike most people, I didn't hate Beckett's hair is Season 1, but I agree it was too short. I also think her hair now is too long (for a model, no; for a cop, yes). Therefore, I'm going with Seasons 2-3...somewhere in the middle.

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Part 3
Episode Swap Effect: From a narrative perspective, it makes sense that Beckett questions the direction of the relationship last week (I still say she was talking to HERSELF, not to Castle), then gets affirmation this week...prompting her to say the words my wife and every female fan has been waiting to hear her utter. NOW is the time to explore the relationship's direction. However, it would have worked out switching the episodes the other way too; from what I can tell, the last two episodes will interject a stumbling block or two in Castle and Beckett's path. I just hope they don't "break up" for the summer!
Best Kiss: Season 3, "Knockout." Nothing beats the first time. Even though Castle instigated it as a ploy, and Beckett ultimately caught on, there was an instant where these actors cleverly portrayed two people giving in to their longing. Stana Katic's face when she pulled away was spot-on, and Nathan Fillion remaining stunned-in-the-moment as Beckett roundhouse-kicks the guard could not have been played any better. As for the passionate "Always" kiss, I can't be a hater for those who chose that; however, the question is best kiss, not best make-out session...

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Still should have been the last one. Just a happy ending for the summer. No questions or relationship problems for the viewers just a happy time for everyone

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1. the phone call to esposito
2. when they speak in synchronicity, "do you two practice this when we're not around ?"
3. no, she is not stupid
4. ?/?
5. nope
6. knockdown

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1. Favorite moment, The ILY of course, but I really loved the morning scene when he's staring at her asleep,then she wakes up, sees him staring says "Hey" with a sleepy smile. He's now allowed to stare as much as he wants to. It was just really sweet. Favorite flashback: All the inappropriate things Kate has said to him. I'd forgotten the one when they're looking at porn wondering how the girl do a certain position. When she looks at it and says, "Oh, it's doable." Priceless! No. Not in the least. My favorite hairstyle season is probably season three. Loved the long curls! No, not really. I agree with Christine. For me it made TSatQ make more sense. Prior to "Still" Kate wasn't worried about the future or where things were going. I can see why she's there, while Castle is relaxed because hey, he's her hero and she loves him. So, he's done his job. Now it's "Call of Duty" time. Martha's comment made him realize there might be more to do - and it totally freaked him out. He hadn't made that leap yet, while Kate has. Best kiss is ALWAYS, but I agree (again) with Christine, the undercover one is darn close.

Joyeful

1. Favourite scene: Gates - "Oh for goodness sake, Detective, kiss him already!" 2. Favourite flashback - all the ones of Castle playing cop. I loved season 1 and 2 Rick Castle. He was so playful. That's what hooked me - it was the fun of the show. 3. No - it's been obvious for a long time that Gates knew and was choosing not to deal with it. 4. Loved the short cut in Season 1, it really made her gorgeous facial features more striking. The beginning of Season 2 was mullet-ish, but I loved the layered look she had by the end of the season. Season 3 was the perfect length. Also, I liked the colour of her hair in the first three seasons.
I think the long hair in season 4 & 5 - and the highlights - doesn't flatter her face or figure as much as a shorter cut does. But she's gorgeous anyway.

Joyeful

5. Yes and No. I enjoyed this episode just as much as I would have, but I did keep in mind the switch. What did happen, though, was I ended up hating last week's episode even more. I already thought it was crazy, and then knowing that it would have been followed THIS made it even more ridiculous to me. 6. My favourite will always be the first - the "distractor" kiss in the parking lot. There was something about the unexpected, unbridled longing in that which just made it for me.

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Favorite current time scene: The "Rick, I love you." "I love you, too."
Favorite flashback moment: The kisses montage
Gates knowing about Caskett: I was NOT surprised that she knew. She's not dumb.
Best/Worst hairstyles: Didn't like season 1. Love it longer like it is now.
Swapping of Still and S&Q: Did not make any difference in my enjoyment of the episodes, though I liked the way it aired.
Castle and Beckett's best kiss: The kiss in Always - soooo passionate and real!

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