Castle Review: Depending on Dad

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What a great hour of television!

For a show that usually treats us to light-hearted laughter and absurd cases, Castle can do drama and it can do it well. The series aired the second half of the annual two-parter tonight and “Hunt” can easily be described as epic. Quite possibly, the best two-parter in the show’s history. So let’s get to it.

The hour picked up right where we had left off: Alexis is in Paris, the team is doing everything it can to find her and Rick is wasting no more time. he hops a plane to France to find his daughter himself. 

Castle and Dad

Shady Characters. Castle meets up with an administrative advisor who he had worked with on his Derek Storm novels. He hooks him up with man who tracks down where Alexis was when she made the phone call. A meet is set up and he turns on Castle. Luckily, another man is hiding in the woods and takes out the kidnappers, along with Castle’s “partner.” So, who was it?

Meet Jackson Hunt. Just like Castle, I wasn’t sure why this man cared so much, why there were pictures hanging up in his apartment. And then it clicked. Just as I was writing a note on what I was assuming, Jackson (or whatever his real name is) dropped the bomb: “I am your father."

James Brolin has taken on the role of Rick’s dad. In such a fitting way, he's is a spy. He lets his son know that he has been keeping an eye on his family for years and even met Rick once when he was 10, in a library. 

Brolin’s character sets up an operation that will get Castle and Alexis out from the kidnappers, to the embassy and sent home with a cover story that will not include him. I guess it’s true: like father, like son. The details, the imagination. Everything. Castle and Alexis make it home to Martha and Kate safe and sound.

Two things:

  1. This better not be the last time we see Castle’s father.
  2. I expected more when they got home. It was just Martha and Alexis. There was no mention of what the cover story was. These are just some small imperfections in an otherwise amazing episode.
Leading Castle Away

Perfect Performance. In the first hour of this two-parter, I praised Nathan Fillion on his outstanding performance. He portrays such a real man, and an even more real father. That continued through “Hunt” as well. In her few minutes on screen, the gorgeous Molly Quinn was excellent. But it is Stana Katic who must be acknowledged. She always puts on such a stellar performance and this installment was no exception. 

Her meeting with the murder victim’s girlfriend was intense and intimidating. Katic brought it in this episode big time.

Can we please just give Emmys to these two? Like, now?

After Thoughts

  • Of course Castle’s father is a spy. What other job in the world could he possibly have?
  • Never expected Alexis to be the target of the kidnapping. I’m guessing her and Sarah won’t be friends when they get back to school.
  • Will Alexis be comfortable going back to school or will she be sticking around home for a while?
  • Not much of Javi and Kev in this hour...although they did have an awesome Liam Neeson joke (Check the Castle quotes page for it).
  • If Rick and Kate can make it through the kidnapping of his daughter, they can pretty much make it through everything. 

Overall, a great episode from the writers of Castle. I wouldn’t want the show to do too many drama-filled episodes, they do the fun ones so well. But I wouldn’t mind having more that one or two intense installments throughout the season.

So what did you think of “Hunt?” Was the conclusion what you expected? Where does it rank compared to the previous two-parters? Are you excited to have James Brolin as Castle’s father? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you thought. Check out the Castle Round Table and the Castle Cast to marvel over the episode. Unfortunately, we have a break until the next new episode. But that will give us time to take it all in. Until next time, Castle Fanatics!


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (549 Votes)

Best episode EVER! I love how we got a peek at "Malcolm Reynolds" under the Castle exterior. Brolin displays his standard badassery! Kate was awesome as she "encouraged" the dead perps girlfriend to "share"! All in all, a good time had by all, except, well, the Russians! Cold war this mofos!


This was a good two parter but I think they could ave made it into a three parter. The ending was rushed and for someone who didn't know his father Rick was pretty calm about it. I like watching it in real time but the commercials do me in. The story builds. Then 5 min of commercials by then the buildup has lost its punch for me. Hopefully in the future dad will come back and meet up with Martha again.


I can say nothing more than this was a phenomenal two hours of television and I agree wholeheartedly with the review and that Nathan, Stana, and the writers/directors are deserving of (at the very least) award show noms if not wins. C'mon Globes, SAGS, and Emmys...let's get it together :)

Josie leeds

WOW! What a great 2-parter! Really gave Nathan a chance to display his acting chops for a change. Not thrilled with Brolin--one of H'woods' has-beens that married well--there must have been SOMEONE better suited for that role. Well done, writers--you had me going for awhile, although I did figure out WHO the target really was, just not the WHY. I was just as pole-axed as Castle when daddy dearest unveiled. Just tell me you are NOT draggin' Brolins' aging arse into an already tight and great ensemble group. Speaking of which, I kept waiting for the team in NY to jump in and still not sure why they didn't. Now I have to suffer through 3 weeks to get to a new episode. Grrrrr.


James Brolin NAILED IT as Castle's dad. The emotions of the reveal scene where Rick learns this is his father were beautiful and perfect. The scene where Castle realized that his Dad would leave again was heartbreaking. Getting Alexis out was awesome (Team Castle!!) and the ending, with the book and Castle calling Martha "Mom" and saying "there's sometime I want to tell you"--so very fricking amazing!!! I want to be watching the wonderful storytelling of Castle for at least 5 more years, maybe 7, along with millions of others!! Thank you AWM, CBS, cast, crew, everybody!!!


Best castle ever . I was at the end of my seat. Great writing of this episode. I too new he was his father but not until I saw the photos of Alexis on the wall.5stars and more. Hope to see his father in more episodes but not too many. I do like castle because its not so serious all the time but this episode was so well done. It was Amazing!


I absolutely loved the show last night! James Brolin is great as Rick's father...hopefully he will appear again in the future. Also loved the scene of Kate in the interrogation room with the girlfriend. What great actors both Rick and Kate are. Would have enjoyed seeing the whole team at Rick's apartment to welcome he and Alexis home. All in all, an excellent two-parter show!


As soon as I saw the pictures of Alexis as a child, I knew Hunt was her grandfather. I just couldn't figure out which one. LOL. Great episode. Well done. Love this show!


There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said numerous times: It's well past time the Emmy's (finally) recognize those involved with this show (actors, writers, creator, producer, etc.).
This episode could've easily been a 3-parter.
James Brolin was wonderfully cast as Castle's dad.
I don't know how, but I'd completely forgotten about Jennifer Beals' character being a Russian spy and how all of that nice fit with this episode.
I absolutely LOVE this show.
The Castle writers love their 2 part episodes involving some kidnapping that effects or involves the main cast, don't they? I wonder who will be kidnapped next year ...


James Brolin was well-cast and the walkie talkie bomb was a great ideas. The only bad point : Nathan Fillion wasn't really in Paris, and it show...

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Castle Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

Martha: What are you doing?
Castle: Getting my daughter back.

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