Castle Round Table: "The Human Factor"

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Could a lone drone commit murder? Rick Castle certainly thought so as his "Rise of the Machines" theory ran amok in "The Human Factor."

In this edition of the Castle Round Table, panelists Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fans Mary Lou and Andy from The 12th Fan Forum as they debate whether "nothing" means nothing and why Beckett should consider the move to D.C.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Mary Lou: Beckett hiding under the covers, late at night, playing into Castle's "Rise of the Machines" theory made me laugh out loud. She totally got him and I loved hearing her laugh. It's great to see how comfortable and playful she is with Castle. And Castle with the bat, protecting her and eliminating the threat. Too funny!

Andy: I loved the scene with Kate playing the trick on Castle in the middle of the night with his "toys". It really shows how far Beckett has evolved in her relationship with Castle over the year.

Chandel: Probably Rick trying to rationalize the possibility they were encountering the rise of the machines. I hope he never grows up!

Christine: The North by Northwest scene with the drone firing on them. I love the little homages to Hitchcock with the added Castle twist. Between Castle grabbing Kate's back up gun off of her ankle, to his crowing over redeeming his manliness, it all had me smiling.

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Why do you think Beckett didn't tell Castle she was offered the job?

Mary Lou: I think she didn't tell him because she's unsure of what move she will make and she didn't want to say anything until she had had time to think about it. That said, I wish she would have said something like, "Don't freak out, but Stack told me about a job opening in DC at the AG's Office. I'd like some time to think and then we can talk."

Andy: I'm thinking she didn't tell him because she really didn't have that much time to think about it. Once she does, she will open up to him.

Chandel: Because she isn't sure if it's something she wants. I don't think she wants to drag him into it. Plus I think she realizes that it's going to cause a big problem in their relationship.

Christine:  I think when she said it was "nothing" she meant it because on the surface it wasn't something she was looking for but now the questions will start rattling around in her head. Where do I want to be in five years? Will an opportunity like this ever come around again? When those questions won't go away it will no longer be "nothing."

Should Beckett consider making the move to D.C.?

Mary Lou: She should sit down and make a list of all the reasons why she should take the job and all the reasons why she shouldn't. She should consider very carefully what she will lose if she accepts the job and what she will gain if she stays. I don't think she's really thought too far into the future and the idea intrigues her.

Andy: I think there is a lot for her to think about. It comes down to what she wants moving forward with her career, is her job more important to her now or a relationship.

Chandel: No, that doesn't make any sense. I just want to know where her sudden desire to consider it is even coming from. It's all rather sudden to me.

Christine: She'd be a fool not to. It's a huge opportunity. Remember, she was a 19 year old grieving kid when she decided to become a cop. Her mother's murder was all encompassing. Now she's in her 30s and wondering what comes next…both in her career and with Castle. I'm not saying she should do it but if she doesn't want to have regrets she needs to take it seriously.

Lanie, Gates, Martha and Alexis were all missing from this episode. Who did you miss the most?

Mary Lou: I missed Lanie the most. She would have been as annoyed and frustrated as Beckett and her team were at all the physical evidence being confiscated. When Lanie's that way, we get some really good sassy attitude, comments and looks from her. 

Andy: I missed Lanie the most. Love her character and I hope we get to see a lot more of her next year. I'd like to see a Lanie centric episode.

Chandel: I probably miss Alexis most. I really enjoy her popping back in every once in a while even though she's off at college.

Christine: I miss Martha. Other than Kate, she's the one person Castle really confides in and I love their dynamic. I'm certainly hoping we get a conversation between Castle and Martha in the finale.

What's your prediction? How will Castle react to Beckett's job offer in "Watershed," the Castle season 5 finale?

Mary Lou: Initially, I think he'll be shocked, like "How could you even consider it?"  Then he'll be mad and hurt.  He'll have a heart to heart with Martha which always seems to add perspective. Then we'll get a conversation between Castle and Beckett where he risks his heart again and makes a commitment or he lets her go because he doesn't want to stand in the way of what she wants. 

Andy: Predictions? Wow, I'm never good at those. I think Castle will feel hurt and betrayed, but once he thinks about it, the old saying "if you love someone set them free" will come into play.

Chandel:  Clearly he's going to be hurt. This whole thing is kind of out of the blue, so I expect it to strike Castle as sudden as well. It will sure be interesting.

Christine: It's going to play into all of his insecurities.  He'll be hurt that Kate's even considering it but I think he'll understand it too. He's always been her biggest cheerleader. But with two failed marriages behind him,  he may fear it's the beginning of the end. I expect plenty of angst but hopefully some open and honest conversation about what they both want from one another going forward. I've got my fingers crossed they leave us in a hopeful place going into the long summer hiatus.

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


Whenever I watch an episode like the last one during which Castle is treated poorly by Beckett odd behavior, I always reflect back to season 2, ep.12 'A Rose for Everafter' where Castle reconnects with his college girlfriend on her wedding day. What a great episode to see how things could have been for Castle with a woman who truly loved him. Castle deserves better than what he is being asked to endure with Beckett for the sake of a lasting relationship.


yeah I've seen the sneak peeks and won't get into it but all I can say is in this case if I was Rick I would not be as forgiving as in the past when she lied to him.
In fact kick her to the kerb comes to mind.
Anyway we'll see how it plays out.
Agree with you Vince if this is the model of true love..
Spare me ..


Elliot. Agree with your comments about the last quarter of this season. Very disappointing. Such poor character development by the writers after such a great start of season5 using the momentum from the season4 finale 'Always'. Beckett deceitful behavior has really spoiled the whole season5 for me. So unrealistic for a couple in a true love relationship. The writers must think that the viewers have no memories from past episodes or storylines.


Agree Christy. My sentiments exactly as far as the DC job offer. Hard to believe she would even consider it without first talking to Castle. Season3, Ep.22 ‘To Love and Die in L.A.’. Kate needs to follow the advice in a letter from her first training officer, Michael Royce, “But trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake�. The job offer presents for me as a Marlowe smoke screen for a possible Castle proposal. IMHO.
For the finale, I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst scenario.

Sue ann

1) The North By Northwest scene with the drone.
2) I think she said "Nothing" because she was tired, and did not feel like starting a big discussion just then, before she had time to think.
3) She should of course consider it. However, one point which occurs to me, and which I've not seen mentioned, is the potential for bringing Senator William Bracken to justice for the murder of Johanna Beckett. That should be considered, and also, whether having a job with no backup would make it easier or harder for Bracken to kill Kate Beckett.
4) I miss Martha. I am a huge Susan Sullivan fan, since the days of It's A Living. Her Martha is brilliant, and the relationship between Castle and Martha is wonderful to witness. He will be needing her wise counsel.
5) He will be hurt and worried. I hope this does not leave a permanent burr under the saddle of their relationship. There really has been enough drama.


I thought that it wasn't a job OFFER, just an interview. She could interview but not even get the job. While I am totally nervous about this finale, I completely trust the writers and know that regardless of how it ends, next season will be amazing. After going through clips from seasons 1-4, I came across the end scene in 3.22 where she reads the letter from Royce, and he says "It's clear that you and Castle have something real. And you're fighting it. But trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake. Risking our hearts is why we're alive. The last thing you want is to look back on your life and wonder if only."
I guess I just hope that she remembers this and follows it. 3 days and 4 hours til the finale...(for me at least)


Well it's no secret that Kate took the interview and still didn't tell Rick about the job offer goes to denial or deceit so expect a seriously angst finale. So yes he will be blindsided.
Toy scene was good.
Lanie. She seems to be Kate's adviser also I just like her being practical. No BS.
Sorry I'm of the old fashioned crew if your in a relationship with someone you truly love you don't dump them for a new career.
It's incredibly selfish.
Although I was expecting it I'm so over the whole will they, won't they thing. Honestly I thought they'd moved beyond that.
If they follow patterns of Castle finale's she'll probably take the job then get em back together next season.


Marlowe and Miller need to remember the lessons from the "Moonlighting Curse" theory... that if the writers aren't committed to the relationship, the fans won't be committed to the show. Are M and M tired of writing Castle? This last quarter of the season has been quite disappointing. I am one of the original shippers here, but even I think the B story of their romance should have stayed more B story and let the cases stay more in the front, and more believable. The swings from dopey (bigfoot? rise of the machines?) to heartbreak feel sloppy. This season has not shown near the finesse of the first two seasons--Montgomery's death, for example, was head and shoulders above anything this year. Trading thrills and suspense of that kind for "will she cheat? Will she leave?" is just not as interesting.


1 - I loved Kate getting Castle's goat in bed with the remote controlled toys. It was just darling the way she bent over laughing at his reaction. 2 - I think Kate held back on mentioning the job offer because she really hasn't considered it yet. The idea is going to need to incubate for a bit before she even takes it seriously herself. 3 - I think she definitely should consider it and I like Mary Lou's idea of writing down the pros and cons, but I hope she is realistic about what a huge change the job would mean. She would have to travel and probably wouldn't have a team to back her up, making it a pretty lonely life. 4 - I miss Lanie. I'd be happy to see her interacting with Alexis again or out in the open with Javi, and I always love the girlfriend moments with Kate. 5 - I have to believe that Castle will be blindsided and his first reaction will be fear and resentment. However, he's always had the utmost admiration for Kate's skill as a detective and I think he'll come around to telling her that he could support her decision to take the other job if she wants to. It'll take some honest communication to get to that point though. I like what Andy said about letting someone you love be free and I'm sure that Kate will choose to remain anchored to Castle.

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