Castle Round Table: "Under Fire"

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Murder, arson, explosion  and even a baby.

There wasn't much more they could have thrown into Castle Season 6 Episode 11 as Esposito and Ryan found themselves literally "Under Fire."

Our TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Robin Harry, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are joined by Lisa from the Castle Fan Forum the 12th to see who cried and what took them completely by surprise.

And don't forget, you can always watch Castle online right here at TV Fanatic.


Were you hoping for a little Javier or a little Sarah Grace?

Jim: Sarah Grace. Ryan needed a "daddy's girl" and I'm betting she will be!

Robin: Like Jim, I was hoping for Sarah Grace. Ryan would just totally fawn over a baby girl!

Chandel:  Definitely a little girl because I love the name they chose, but also because I can see Kevin having a little girl he dotes on.

Lisa: Honestly, I didn't really have a preference before this episode but I can't help but feel as though Ryan having a baby girl just as Castle did is a really nice way to give these two something more and something deeper to really bond over.  They are already such great friends and Ryan clearly looks up to Castle as well, so this is something that may really heighten that even more.

Christine: I actually thought a little Javier would be really cute and I would have loved to have seen Esposito's reaction to his name sake.  But it's hard to complain about Sarah Grace and I agree with Lisa. It will be great to watch Rick and Kevin bond over their girls. 

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Did the episode make you cry?

Jim: Good God yes! Between the touching moments and the haunting music, how could you not! 

Robin:, my cheeks just needed watering, that's all...(side-glance).  Honestly - I watched the episode twice, and cried both times during Ryan and Jenny's goodbye. 

Chandel:  No, it did not. But I was emotionally moved with what took plan nonetheless.

Lisa: Let me tell you, I'm not an emotional person at all but I was absolutely bawling from Ryan's phone call to Kate and then to Jenny all the way through the end of the episode and well past the credits.  I laughed at myself for being so emotional but I couldn't help it as the writing and the performances (and the music!) were just so perfect that I felt it was impossible not to feel everything the characters were feeling.

Christine:  Several tissues were sacrificed during Ryan and Jenny's phone call. I think I even saw one in my husband's hand. (Don't tell him I told you.)

What was your favorite bromance moment of the night?

Jim: Loved the interaction after Ryan told Jenny to name a boy Javier. Even in the face of death, they kept the bromance steady.

Robin: Ryan tells Esposito to go, Espo answers with, "Shut up, I'm trying to save your life." Ryan just laughs in response, but also in affirmation. They just understand each other so well. 

Chandel: Clearly Espo telling Ryan, "Shut up, I am trying to save your life." In the midst of all the life or death drama, they kept the characters true to themselves.

Lisa: I loved Ryan asking Jenny to name their potential baby boy after Javier and the guys joking around about it afterward and I loved Esposito refusing to give up on rescuing Ryan from the debris before looking for a way out but my absolute favorite moment was actually when Esposito passed out and Ryan was begging him to stay awake with him.  That was a really heartbreaking but incredibly moving moment.

Christine:  I agree with all of the above but my favorite was Ryan wanting to name his son Javier and Espo's great Castle quote, "You're going to name a white, Irish kid Javier?"  It brought me from tears to laughter in the span of a moment. 

What was the scariest moment of the hour?

Jim: The firefighters coming in and finding them laying on the floor unconscious. Having had basic first aid training I know that Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be lethal even if you get help before you stop breathing.  

Robin: That minute when they found the bomb and Ryan yelled to run - and then that incredible, terrifying explosion. 

Chandel: What part of it wasn't scary in some form? The whole episode could have seen our characters going a lot of very difficult ways. It was less scary than it was compelling.

Lisa: Just before the rescue, we saw Ryan and Esposito both passed out on the basement floor as the camera panned out far above them with the flames raging throughout the building.  For me, this was the scariest moment of the hour because it kind of felt like they were ending it that way and we'd have to wait a whole week to find out what happened next!  Lol.

Christine: For me it was Jenny's phone call to Kate. That moment when Beckett had to figure out what to tell Ryan's very pregnant wife felt terrifying in its own way. 

Was there anything in the episode that took you completely by surprise?

Jim: Not so much surprised as impressed. Captain Gates coming down on the website owner in the interrogation room was pretty impressive.

Robin: The bomb. I knew there was going to be a fire, but I didn't see that coming. 

Chandel: Nothing except how emotional it got and how well it was played. You sometimes forget how much range this cast has once it gets into a comedic groove, so it's always nice to be surprised by seeing it on screen.

Lisa: With Andrew Marlowe and David Amann writing this script together, I wasn't surprised at all that it was the powerful and emotional episode that it was and I certainly wasn't surprised that the cast really delivered their A-game with this kind of material, but I was actually really pleasantly surprised at how Gates truly took charge and came through to rally the troops to save her team, even spinning theory with Castle to try to solve the case despite her supposed indifference towards him and his abilities.

Christine:  I was surprised how much I enjoyed Castle and Gates spinning theory together over the phone. It was a compelling scene, even over the phone line and great to see how far the relationship between these two characters has progressed. 

What was your favorite scene?

Jim: That 42 minute part right after the opening credits.

Robin: That scene that Seamus Dever was in. Man, when he's given heavy lifting to do, he just owns that screen. He was brilliant. 

Chandel: When Kevin saw his little girl for the first time. That was a really sweet moment.

Lisa: That's a really tough question because there were so many incredible scenes, but I really do have to go with the phone call scene between Ryan and Jenny.  It was such a powerful scene and so full of emotion and while it was painful to watch them say their goodbyes, it was truly a beautiful and moving scene and it was definitely one of the biggest highlights of the episode for me. Plus, Seamus and Juliana were just so incredible in this scene and it was great to see them have that opportunity to really steal the show together.

Christine: The very last scene with Kevin, Jenny and their baby, Lanie with Javier, and then Rick and Kate holding one another. It's the way every Castle episode should end.

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

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Castle Season 6 Episode 11 Quotes

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.

Castle: A crime scene at a fire. I've never done one of these before.
Ryan: After this you might not want to.