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I don't see Castle saving Beckett when she's shot. If he's been in time he's have taken the bullet. She's shot, then he gets to her and keeps her from maybe getting shot again.

In my opinion, the best save so far is a close call between yanking all the wires out of the bomb and when Castle jumps unarmed onto a trained assassin, Lockwood, just as he's about to shoot Beckett.
I tend to go with taking down Lockwood as the best because it was a considered act of courage and selflessness. Hee put himself on the line to save Kate. Jumping a trained assassin the outcome is far from certain.
Disarming the bomb was more of an act of reflex than anything else - pretty much pure luck that saved them both and a piece of NYC.
I noted that Kate never denied Castle was her boyfriend.
The best lines, hands down, "I don't look, I hunt. Trust me, you don't want that." And the line that included "I will personally put a bullet through your skull".
I thought Stana gave a performance of unparalled magnificance. She and Fillion have a superb on-screen chemistry, and they are both incredibly gifted, but her performance in this episode was the best to date by far. This acress is way overdue for an Emmy or something.
The rest of the cast were outstanding, even brilliant at times, but Stana had a chance to really show what she can do, and she did it.

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Favorite scene- TELL ME YOU NEED ME! Stana Katic did a wonderful job with her facial expressions during this scene, especially the ever so slight shifts between "Ah, sorry. There’s no dead bodies, just a lot of paperwork," "But you’re welcome to come and do your share," and "for once." Played perfectly.

Alexis rage- Alexis still has a certain amount of resentment towards Beckett because of what happened at the funeral. She is very protective of her father, and whenever Castle is in danger, she associates the danger with Beckett. Her line, "They better," is also her way of saying "After all the danger my father has put himself through for you, and all the times he saved your life, it's time you come through and save him and his mother."

She's not my girlfriend...yet- Part of the reason Castle tells Trapper John that Beckett is not his girlfriend is so that he can't be used as a bargaining chip against Beckett. However, if Castle actually was with Beckett, there is no way he says this, even for the psychological advantage it gives him. This leads me to the conclusion that the other reason Castle does this is because of his frustration that, despite all appearances, he and Beckett are not actually together.

Save me, Castle!- I don't think that Castle actually saved Beckett in either instance in last season's finale, so I have to say...either Beckett shooting Dick Coonan or Castle pulling ALL the wires off the dirty bomb.

Fortyseven

1.Esposito/Ryan-Castle Junior
2.She was angry
3. It was the truth and he was distancing himself.

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-Esposito calling Ryan "Castle Junior" was my favorite but it was such a great episode I could write a long list.

-It felt like Alexis was angry at Kate, not that any of this was her fault. Maybe she was just angry at the situation, and Ashley, and months of worry and Kate was there to take it out on.

-I couldn't really tell what Castle was thinking but he usually falls back on the truth and like it or not, she's not his girlfriend.

-I still love the very first time he saved her life when he pulled her down behind the counter as the bad guy fired on him in season one. That was the one where he made her promise never to call her kitten. Sometimes I really miss that flirty banter. It's still there sometimes but its more serious. Back then it was just fun. Of course serious would be great as long as it leads to something more.

Joyeful

Yay - Round Table Time!!

1. My favourite scene had to be Kate telling Trapper John she would put a bullet through his skull. That's the Beckett I've been missing since this season started - the confident, badass Beckett. I really hope she's back for good. Every honourable mention goes to Martha - she was great in this episode.

2. When Alexis said that I yelled at my TV: "Or else WHAT, Alexis?!" I'm sure some of it was just the stress of the situation. But I do agree that she's partly angry at Beckett because her dad's always in danger because of Kate (or that's how she might see it). I gotta say - I miss the old, mature, discerning, even-tempered Alexis. She was so refreshing. I hope the writers address this.

3. I agree that he was just being smart old Castle; he knew he'd be less valuable as leverage that way. Plus - he's seen Die Hard. No good if the bad guys know there's an emotional connection. In any case, Castle has always been a realist.

4. I'm with Christine - that scene in the hangar was sooo raw and emotional. From the time he picked her up to when they were outside and Castle was trying to get her to be quiet while saying how sorry he was...WOW. That's my favourite, hands down.

Sue-ann

I've never seen anyone comment upon it anywhere, but I do think that Castle leaping and shoving Beckett at the funeral saved her life, because that bullet hit her in the right side of her chest, and it would have hit her in the heart, had he not been shoving her to the side at the time that it reached her. I watched that part seven times, and that's the way it appears to me.

I do think that Alexis resents Beckett, as much as her rational side would want her father to be happy, and the snarling at Beckett seemed to me to be directed at Beckett, not at the situation.

I think the best save is a toss-up between (1) figuring out that Beckett's attacker was still after her (apartment-blowing-up episode), hence calling in time to warn her so that she got in the cast iron tub which saved her life, and (2) when he carried her out of that airport. That was heart-breaking, and it is still hard to watch, as many times as I have viewed that episode on the DVD.

I agree with Courtney that Castle was both telling the absolute truth, that Beckett is not his girl friend, and that he was devaluing himself in the eyes of the hostage-takers.

I did not see Beckett telling Trapper John that she would kill him if he hurt Castle so much as a declaration of love for Castle, as I saw it as a taking-charge play to make the robbers know that she would not tolerate ANY of the hostages being hurt. I particularly appreciated her line that she does not "look", she "hunts". That is scary.

So far this season, I'd say this has been the best episode.




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