Welcome to the latest edition of the Castle Round Table!
Following a tense hostage negotiation, our panel of Jim Garner, Courtney Morrison, Chandel Charles and Christine Orlando are here to analyze happenings from "Cops & Robbers," dissecting memorable scenes and making bold predictions. Pull up a chair now and play along...
What was your favorite scene?
Jim: Beckett threatening Trapper John that she would personally walk into the bank and put a bullet in him if he shot Castle. She may not be able to tell Castle how she feels, but she certainly has no trouble showing it to someone threatening him.
Courtney: Beckett stole the show for me. She was bad ass on the phone with Trapper John letting him know she will shoot him if he hurts Castle. But what I loved even more was her dressing as the paramedic and coming into the bank. Her speech to "Sal" that was really to Castle, plus the quick hand holding. Loved it!
Chandel: Those ten to fifteen seconds after Beckett finds Castle and the rest of the hostages after the explosion. That moment when she gently grabs the lapel of his suit jacket and just smiles at him like he's the only man in the world... and then Martha politely reminds Beckett that there are other hostages. I thought it was sweet, genuine, and of course, a little humorous there at the end.
Christine: There were so many, how do I choose? Loved that we got so much Martha in this episode and the Esposito and Ryan scenes were great (Castle Junior! ) but think Kate telling the guy she'd put a bullet in his skull if he hurt Castle was tops for me. Yeah, she's a hell cat alright.
When Kate tells Alexis that Castle and Martha are going to be okay, Alexis says "They better." Is Alexis angry with Kate?
Jim: I really saw it more of being angry that both were stuck in the situation. Kate was making a promise that she was not in control to keep. Thankfully, her promise was kept!
Courtney: I don't think she was angry, she was just worried about the situation. I mean, I'm pretty sure that is how all of us would act given the situation. Alexis knows she can count on Kate and that she will do anything to protect her father.
Chandel: I think she's mad at the situation that Castle and Martha have managed to get into. As she states, they're all she's got. So think she was more expressing distress at the thought of losing them both than really being angry with Kate. What could Kate have possibly done to prevent the situation from happening for which Alexis could rightly blame her? Absolutely nothing.
Christine: I don't necessarily think Beckett is Alexis' favorite person, especially since the shooting. As much as she likes her, and Kate had nothing to do with this, I think a part of her blames Kate for her Dad always being in harms way. Like she said, he and Martha are all she's got.
Why do you think Castle corrected the bank robber that Kate wasn't his girlfriend?
Jim: Plausible deniability. He wanted to be able to say "I corrected him, I don't know why he kept saying that." At least that's what I'm choosing to believe.
Courtney: He corrected the robber because its the truth, Beckett isn't his girlfriend as much as we all wish she was. Neither of them can deny the connection, but officially they are not together. It might have made the situation worse if Castle didn't correct the robber. This could have given the robber the idea he has more leverage, having the cops boyfriend as a hostage. Castle could have been just easing up the situation, making the robber think he doesn't have that big of a connection to the cops outside the building.
Chandel: One, it's a valid distinction to make, they are not officially together. Two, strategically it made him a worthless bargaining chip if there was no emotional stake that would force Beckett to act out of emotion as opposed to rationality, regardless of the reality. Castle only had to convince the robber of that not necessarily himself.
Christine: One of the things I love about the character is that he's generally very honest. It also made sense to want the bank robber to know they can't use that type of connection. But I also think Castle has to hold himself in check a bit. He loves her but she isn't his, yet.
What has been your favorite life saving moment between Castle or Beckett?
Jim: Last season's finale where he said he loved her! By far best save ever!
Courtney: Explosion in Beckett's kitchen as she hides in the bathtub. Castle was the first to figure it out and get to her. No doubt about it, hands down, best save ever!
Chandel: If last season's finale and "I love you, Kate" counts as a save, then I'm going to have to go with that one - hands down! Go, Castle, Go!
Christine: Again, so many wonderful scenes going all the way back to season one but for me it was Rick dragging Kate out of the airport hangar in last year's finale. He saved her life but left Montgomery to die in the process and it left them both devastated. It showed a raw emotion that we'd never seen before.