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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:

5×22 – Still

Logline: Beckett’s life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first.

Original air date: April 29, 2013

Written by: Rob Hanning

Directed by: Bill Roe

Guest cast:

Allan Louis as Captain Frank Mahoney
Adam Rose as Mike Boyer

What we liked about this episode | 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.

The case | The case takes a backseat to the entire episode. With Castle and Beckett preoccupied at the bad guy’s apartment, the boys work the case at the 12th. It starts with a guy blowing up an building in the Bowery because he wants to find the location of his son. They track the guy to his apartment and while Beckett clears the apartment with ESU, Esposito and Ryan are down below with other members of ESU. They capture the guy but not before he enters a code that triggers the bomb.

The set up | Beckett triggers a pressure plate bomb and is forced to stand still while the bomb team figures out a way to diffuse the bomb. Castle tries to diffuse Beckett’s fears with his normal infusion of comedy in a tense situation. At first Beckett’s annoyed but she eventually came to appreciate it.

The trip down memory lane | In technical terms, this is a clip episode. And it could almost be considered a “how Caskett became Caskett” episode as well because the clips start off from the “you annoy me” clips to final “the scariest one of them all” (when Martha comes home in “After the Storm”). The clips went from the relationship building aspects over the past seasons and culminated with where their relationship is at now.

Castle’s humor | If you’ve watched the show long enough then you already know that Castle, when faced a life or death situation, tries to make the most of it by throwing in humor. Sometimes it’s almost a jackass way of going about things. But for this episode, it worked. It worked settle Beckett’s nerves about the situation.

Best Caskett moment |  Beckett telling Rick “I love you” as she tells him to leave her to her fate. This was the first time that the audience had heard Kate say that to Castle. Though some have argued the character may have said it off screen to him.

Best Caskett moment 2 | When Castle returns after leaving Beckett to her fate. He doesn’t want to leave her side. He’s loyal to her to the end. And if even if she says “no” to the proposal, we suspect he’ll wait for her. He’ll keep asking her. He’ll never give up on her.

Hardest moment to watch | Beckett’s call to her dad. Can’t imagine him getting that message. She’d made peace with her situation. She accepted her fate.

Funniest moment 1 | It was a brief scene but during their trip down memory lane, Beckett and Castle started arguing about who fell for who first. They call Esposito to answer and he puts it on speaker to get Ryan’s opinion.

Funniest moment 2 | This came at the end of the episode when Gates tells Beckett to ahead and kiss the man, he deserves it. Turns out Gates has known for a while about them but had to maintain plausible deniability. It’s probably a relief of the couple’s shoulder.

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