Summer: Cops & Robbers

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Every Monday from now until the season premiere in September, we’ll be feature a random episode of the week. There’s no method to our madness other than we won’t select an episode twice and it won’t be a recently aired episode on ABC (in the last four weeks). So without further delay, this week’s episode is:

Cops & Robbers

When Castle and Martha are taken hostage by a crew of bank robbers dressed in hospital scrubs and using classic television doctor names, Beckett finds herself on the outside, desperately trying to rescue them — which proves to be even more difficult with a by-the-book hostage negotiator watching her every move. Castle becomes the de facto leader of the hostages, which includes Barry Livingston, and discovers that the robbery is actually a skillfully orchestrated distraction for an even more sinister plan. But with Castle stuck on the inside and Beckett on the outside, will either be able to foil the bank robbers’ plans before it is too late?

Original Airdate – October 31, 2011

Writer –  Terrence Paul Winter
Director – Bryan Spicer

Guest Cast

Dean Norris as Captain Peterson
Barry Livingston as Abe
Darren Pettie as Trapper John
Jonah Wharton as Dr. Howser
Noa Dori as Dr. Quinn
Ty Upshaw as Dr. Huxtable
Ian Kahn as Sal Martino/Ron Brandt
Jack Laufer as Bank Manager
Dawn-Leyn Gardner as Simone Jenkins
Aimee Parker as Grace
Frank Birney as Father McCaskey
Matt Medrano as Officer Monfriez
Tatum Banks as Officer Billups
Holly Daniels as Tanya Brandt
Quinn Friedman as Connor Brandt

What we like about the episode | This was a classic CASTLE episode. It had a good story, great dialogue, some funny moments and just had that previous season feel to it. Our favorite moment is Beckett rushing the bank thinking the absolute worst and then the relief that comes when she finds Castle is okay.

The case | Castle is at the bank with Martha trying to help her get a loan to make repairs to her acting studio. He’s bored and calls Beckett looking for a way out only to find himself a hostage in a bank robbery. Beckett tries to talk to the robbers to get everyone out but Castle starts to think this is not just any ordinary bank robbery. He starts to figure out a plan to find out the real motive while the team outside tries to solve the case and learn what the robbers are really after.

It turns out, one of the hostages had orchestrated the entire thing to get information on his ex-wife and their son. He killed his former mother-in-law after learning about the safety deposit box. The last ten minutes or so involves the team trying to find the whereabouts of the ex-wife and kid before the husband does. The case ends with the Ithaca police arriving just as the ex-husband is leaving with the kid.

Best moments | We’re going to go with the scene when the bank explodes. Beckett rushes in to find Castle and the others hiding in one of the bank vaults. It’s a true Caskett moment. It’s moments like that makes the relationship believable and makes you wish Beckett would just admit she loves Castle, or at least kiss the guy. He deserves it.

Honorable best moments | Alexis showing up at the scene and Beckett being straight with her about the situation. Beckett doesn’t make promises she can’t keep and she promises to that everything will be okay.

Beckett going undercover as a paramedic to get valuable information about the robbers.

And Castle seeing Alexis and the family hugging with Beckett watching.

And last, Castle taking Beckett home for a good old family dinner. At the end, they discuss the number of times they saved each other’s lives.

 

Best dialogue | There are lots of moments of great dialogue.

Beckett: Listen to me jackass, I do not control traffic. So you’re going to have to give me twenty minutes. No, I’ve got twenty, do you hear me? Twenty. Because if you if pull that trigger, I will walk through those doors and personally put a bullet through your skull.

Honorable dialogue mentions |

Castle: Even as a hostage, I help you solve cases. Beckett I think you have the perfect partner.

What could we have done without | The Alexis and Ashley drama. The episode needed a B story and we assume that this was it.

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