Castle Review: Meet The Parents

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Castle returned this week with "After Hours," an episode that took Castle and Beckett on the run with a witness and spent some quality time between two parents. Let’s discuss the latest hour of our favorite detective show, shall we?

The weekly case centered around the witness to a murder of a priest, who was involved with a mob family and informants. 

Castle Hiding Out

The case jumped all over the place, from having Castle and Beckett hiding with the witness... to Castle getting picked up by a mob boss... to Kate being taken hostage. Although this installment made for some great one-liners, the hour felt a little less than par when it came to Castle standards. 

The eighth episode of Castle Season 5 brought out a few TV veteran guest stars that are always welcome on my screen. Tony Denison and Patrick Fischler were perfect in their roles as the mob boss and creepy killer, respectively. Fischler just looks the part, right?

Castle and Beckett attempted to have dinner with Martha and Jim, Kate’s father. You would think this would go well. Not so much. It was a little awkward to begin with, but as expected, the parents were quite friendly by the end of the hour.

Kudos to the writing staff for continuing this relationship in an adult way. The couple has been together for some time now and meeting the family is normal. That is one of the best parts about this series. Although it is quite absurd at times, there are always realistic moments drilled into each episode.

After Thoughts:

  • Ryan and Esposito have such a great bromance. Both characters were on fire in “After Hours,” providing some of the best Castle quotes of the episode.
  • Gates is definitely softening up on Castle.
  • Are Rick and Kate’s backgrounds too different to move forward?

Overall, an entertaining episode. It jumped around just a bit too much, but the real Castle feel was back. This was very welcome considering the previous episode’s documentary style filming

What did you think, TV Fanatics? Did you enjoy “After Hours” or was it a bit of a let down? The series has been on a roll the majority of Season 5. Was this hour up to par or did it fall short?

Later this week, make sure to check out the Castle Round Table while we patiently wait TWO weeks until the next new Castle episode. Until then!


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (388 Votes)

As usual loved this show and this episode. I knew from the getgo that Mother Castle and Father Beckett would end up hugging and squeezing, as Mommy Castle is such a flirt and pants chaser.


I guess I don't agree much with you because I loved the episode.


loved this episode it was one of the best


Love this show, it's now my favorite. It's for grown-ups, which is rare on TV, and even when it's not as good as it could be, it's great. This episode was all over the place - in a good way. The twists and turns, including those on a personal level, kept me wondering just what would happen next. Not often does a show do that. And yes, Becket and Castle certainly do work as a couple. This could go on for a long time and if they keep up with the great writing we'll never get bored. Every character is interesting and always changing, just as we do in real life.


Another awesome Castle episode! How amazing did Stana look? Loved the scene with Ryan, Espo & the nun. :) To the people complaining about commercials - the way I avoid them is to record the ep on my DVR, then watch it later (maybe start at 9:30 or 10:00), that way I can fast forward through the ads & get back to the awesomeness even faster.


I feel for Castle the way I feel about doughnuts and pizza. It's always good, even when it's bad. That being said, I have enjoyed season 5 thus far. Is every episode great? No, but every episode is good. I actually really enjoyed last nights episode. (folks NEED to relax with that cell phone snafu though!) I enjoy watching the relationship unfold in a pretty realistic way. I love the chemistry between Beckett and Castle (while I'm at it, the whole cast had great chemistry). I liked the story and the twist at the end. Kudos to the cast and crew for keeping me entertained every Monday night.


This episode was a miss for me. "The Father"?! Catholics don't refer to their priest as "The Father" - Father would have been fine-and the mean nun schtick is hackneyed as well. Priests don't run around with rosaries in their hands either. If you are going to have stereotypes that is fine, just do your homework first. What I am loving is Esposito-his character is blossoming and I like him a lot. Overall-found the entire episode to be tedious. How many times are Becket and Castle going to be locked up together in a basement/shipping container etc. etc.


Castle is my favorite show. And I love reading the Richard Castle suspense novels also. As for any letdowns, they would have to be the many commercials.
I could watch this suggestive romantic crime show every night of the week!


Loved the kiss, loved the hug, loved Jim and Martha scenes. Most of all I loved that we finally got to see some physicality between Castle and Beckett.


I loved the episode! This season hasn't been a let down for me at all either. The only thing that really bugged me about this episode was the locked cell phone. I have a password on my phone but you don't need to know it to make an emergency call.

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Castle Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Ryan: Catholic school is like combat. If you haven't been there, then you don't know.
Esposito: I have been combat.

Ryan: We're interviewing a nun?
Esposito: Yeah. And I'm going to be the good cop and you're going to be the bad cop...