Usually when I watch a show I review, I take a lot of notes during the hour.
But something happened during Castle Season 6 Episode 11. I stopped writing about half way through because I couldn't take my eyes from the screen.
"Under Fire" became just that intense as Esposito and Ryan fought for their lives, trapped in a secret sub-basement of a warehouse being engulfed in flames.
The explosive that started the inferno was massive. For a show that has done its share of explosions, this was the most impressive one yet.
The search for the serial arsonist had me on the edge of my seat, particularly the conversation with Adam Ferguson. Somehow the word creepy just didn't cut it.
As Adam described the arsonist as an artist who listened to the music of the fire, the roar of the flames and the moans of the buildings finally giving in…I couldn't help but shiver. He may not have been our bad guy but as he spoke there was no doubt this was one twisted man.
I was also impressed with Captain Gates. I never doubted how much she cared for her team but she was quick to take control of the bullpen and keep everyone on track as emotions threatened the group. They had a killer to catch, one that may have taken down two of their own. As everyone worried about Javi and Kevin, she made certain they stayed on task.
And wasn't it great to watch Gates and Castle build theory together to figure out how to save the boys? These two characters have both come a long way and watching them bounce that conversation back and forth was riveting.
Speaking of Ryan and Esposito, we already knew how solid their partnership was so it was no surprise that Espo didn't even begin to look for an escape route until he got the concrete beam off of Ryan.
I'll admit, I had tears in my eyes as Kevin and Jenny shared what they thought could be their last conversation just as their child was about to enter the world. It was heartbreaking hearing Jenny insist that they had to pick the baby's name together. And then the line went dead and there was nothing anyone could do but look on.
I loved that Javier was the first name Kevin picked for his future son. And just as I was reaching for the tissues, Esposito was good enough to make me laugh with this Castle quote…
Javier? You're going to name a white, Irish kid Javier.Esposito
If I had one disappointment for this hour, it was that we never actually had the pleasure of a little Javier Ryan but it's really hard to complain when Sarah Grace was darn cute.
Castle and Beckett had lots of smaller moments in this episode. First, they shared one of my favorite interactions before any of the drama got started.
Ryan: Rather than pick a name for my kid you should pick a date for your wedding.
Castle: Pick a date for my wedding? I was planning on bringing her.
Beckett: Really. When is that? I might have plans.
I do hope we get a wedding date out of these two soon. And I'm still lobbying for a Hamptons wedding (fingers crossed.)
Did anyone else notice that Beckett casually called Castle babe while at the precinct? I don't believe that's ever happened before.
And it was wonderful to see Lanie run into Javier's arms and Kevin and Jenny admire their baby girl as Rick and Kate held on to one another. Just the way things should be in the world of Castle.
Now I'm off to watch it again.
But tell me Castle fans, were you rooting to see a little baby Javi or are you perfectly happy with Sarah Grace?
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.