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Recap: Dreamworld

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The strong start to the season continues with the exciting conclusion to “Valkyrie.” The episode picks up immediately with Beckett telling Castle the bad news about being infected with the deadly toxin. And Castle and Beckett do get to work together on the case. But we can also see how the D.C. Arc will be resolved. Plus a little kickass and badass Beckett doesn’t hurt either. Mix that in with a little Beckett and Castle crime-solving, you got the makings of a great episode.

Recap: Valkyrie

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A series entering its sixth season has to pull out all the stops. And for Castle, it means not only an answer to an important question that will have a lasting effect on a relationship but also a possible change in scenery for one character.

Recap: Kill Shot

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious mental health condition that affects more than just soldiers and emergency services personnel. It can affect anyone who’s experienced a traumatic event. Detective Kate Beckett still has the physical scars from the shooting but she is also suffering from the psychological effects. Her symptoms don’t go unnoticed by those around her. The depiction of Beckett’s of PTSD is about as honest and real as they come.

Recap: After the Storm

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It’s been several seasons in the making but Beckett finally gets some closure to her mother’s murder. It may not have been the type of closure she wanted but she at least knows the man who ordered her mother killed along with those of her colleagues. It’s a small bit of justice for something that continues to haunt Beckett.

Recap: Recoil

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What would you do if you were faced with leading the investigation into the assassination attempt of the person who was responsible for the murder of loved one? Most people would stand by and let it happen. But Kate Beckett isn’t like most people. And that is what makes her an extraordinary person and a detective. She does the right thing, even when it hurts.

Recap: Watershed

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Not often you’ll see that—why I did not like this episode to start a recap off with but my problems with the episode lies more within the writing than the acting. The acting was great but the writing? Creating angst for the sake of angst is just lazy. Added to that the overuse of subtext (which, ahem, by the way, most viewers gloss over) just added to the misery of this episode. In fact, it seems like “The Squab and the Quail” (which I liked) and “The Human Factor” (which I also liked) were trying to set up the “relationship headed towards doom” angle but failed in its execution in the end.

Recap: The Human Factor

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Since a couple of us are “24” fans we’re going to have to go with the mini-“24” reunion with Carlos Bernard and Stana Katic. But that’s a minor point. One of things that we liked about this episode Castle freaking about the rise of the machines and Beckett playing on his insecurities.

Recap: Still

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It is almost impossible to begin with what we liked about this episode because there were so many good elements. For those who didn’t know, this episode was added late in the season in early February. The show’s staff had already planned out for the most where the series was going to end up. This episode is probably best viewed as a stand-alone episode and away from the season as a whole. They filmed the episode in three days and between other episodes.

Recap: The Squab and the Quail

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“The Squab and the Quail” gets a bad rap from fans because it seems so out of place and it has a relatively handsome guy with a killer British accent that kind of tempts Beckett to be unfaithful. And it also features a scene that has become a thorn in so many fans—Beckett nearly kissing the lovely Eric Vaughn. Figuring out what we liked about this episode was a little more difficult than we anticipated because we found it difficult to say that something didn’t work.

Recap: After Hours

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What we liked about this episode | This is one of those episodes where you like the crummy and hurtful parts because you know there’s an upside to it all at the end. It’s time for dinner with the parents—Jim and Kate with Martha and Castle. This is where the differences between two families start to emerge—they come from different words. One is very traditional middle class (Beckett’s) and one is more upper class (Castle’s). Aside from the two coming from vastly different worlds and the pot shots at one’s leisure activities, Jim and Martha coming together over a mutual concern over their children—with Mama Gates thrown into the mix—was heartwarming.

But above all, the best part of this episode is that this really the first time in which Castle and Beckett actually talk about their relationship. If only there were more moments like this, then perhaps the set up at the end of the season wouldn’t have been so awkward.

Dinner with the parents | This is a big step in any relationship. The moment when the couple invites their parents to dinner. Martha belittles Jim’s love of baseball (and by default, kind of putting Kate down since she loves baseball as well). He follows up with a pot shot at acting. Castle and Beckett are saved by the bell when there’s been a murder downtown.

We come such different worlds | If we map out when the big doubts about not living up to standards our friends and lovers establish for their significant others, then “After Hours” is clearly one of those episodes. From there Castle and Beckett’s conversations revolve around their parents but it’s really about them in the end.

First, they fight about their situation. They are jumped outside of Leo’s apartment—after being forced to turn over their phones and Beckett her gun, they’re forced to flee. Out on the streets with no means contacting the outside world Beckett sort of unloads on Castle. And him on her. They blame each other for their situation—which is true.

There’s a few more squabbles between the two until they take shelter in the basement of a store. Leo quickly comes to the conclusion that the fight isn’t about their parents but rather about the two of them. And he’s right.

They actually talk about their relationship, something that never really happened again the rest of the season.

Worried parents, all three of them | Gates is clearly worried about Beckett and Castle It’s a stark contrast to the previous season where she would have said “what did Castle get her into.” Now, she expresses motherly concern for both of them. Esposito calls Martha to find Beckett. Martha calls Jim who can’t reach his daughter. They end up at the precinct. Gates has to downplay the situation saying there’s no cause for alarm. However, only a mother and only Martha could talk to Gates the way she does. Neither refuse to leave the precinct until they know their kids are safe.

Jim and Martha quickly bury the hatchet—their concern over their kids and the recognition of their relationship supersedes any sort of issues that the parents have with each other. Because if they can’t get along, then that might affect the relationship between their kids. And neither one of them want that.

Funniest moment | There must have been an Ashton Kutcher fan in the writer’s room when this scene came. After Castle and Beckett track down Leo, their witness they have to escape from Dolan’s men. Well, they get into the alley and this happens:

Castle: Dude, where’s your car?

Beckett: Where’s my car?

Leo: Where’s my car?

Check out the hilariously stupid film DUDE WHERE’S MY CAR for more antics.

Castle, you should have given the phone to Beckett | Castle, the smartest thing to have done would have been to hand the phone to Beckett. All it would have taken for her to do would have been to give out her badge number. But then that would have gotten them out of their situation and the episode would have fallen flat… guess we can’t win them all.

Best quote |   In the basement, Castle and Beckett have a serious talk about their relationship. Rather, it’s all Beckett. Which is important because she normally dodges the tough relationship questions.  Beckett questions Castle about his comment about their parents coming from different worlds:

“You said they were from different words and that we should just expect it. And then I started thinking about us. You’re like this world famous best-selling author and I’m just a cop. And we’re in this relationship which makes absolutely no sense on paper. And sometimes, I just start wondering are we just kidding ourselves? What if this bubble bursts? What are we  then?”

How do this episode line up with season five | The conversation in the basement and the one later at the precinct highlights the fact that these two can talk when the problem isn’t about them on the surface. The biggest problem in this relationship is the fact that these two do not talk to each other when the problems are completely about them.  It is through outside forces that ultimately get them to talk.