Castle and Beckett handcuffed together, in a dungeon-like basement with creepy medical instruments and chains, working together to try to escape? This one’s got to be one of the more stranger things in Castle…or, maybe not. Castle did always have a thing for wanting to be cuffed to Beckett.
The episode kicks off with Beckett snuggled up with Castle (awww) in what appears to be a bed. And yet, after some quirky and hilarious banter between the two, we find our detective and writer duo handcuffed together in what appears to be a basement, with no noticeable means of escape. Alone in the dark, the two are stumped as to how they even got in this situation in the first place. They finally find the lights to see a refrigerator, and once Castle uses his impeccable lock-breaking skills, they open the fridge to chains and bloody knives.
Back on the 12th precinct home-front, Ryan and Esposito start to get worried about Beckett (and Castle, of course), with them having been gone for hours. They put in a call to dispatch to find Beckett’s unit ditched, and immediately begin to look for clues.
Our trusty detective follow the breadcrumbs that Castle and Beckett had inadvertently left on their own sleuthing, and eventually, after a strange twist in the dungeon/basement, Kate and Richard and home safe, and no one had to cut their own hand off.
This episode was a bit on the lighter side, especially with the roaring twist at the end, but overall it still stuck to the general theme of this season’s darker undertone, which I love. No real issues were tackled, but Ryan and Espo rocked it, and Captain Gates showed more genuine concern for her people – of course that would account for Castle as well! Right…? Umm…yes, right!
The numerous innuendos thrown into this episode almost threw me off, and yet, I loved it. I guess you really have to milk it all out when you have your two star characters, who really should be together but can’t for the sake of the series, handcuffed and within each others’ space for however long. Castle’s reactions to everything Beckett asked of him was spot on perfect, and the chemistry between the two characters has never waned. Katic and Fillion do an awesome job at portraying these two characters, and how they feel toward one another – one would think they feel the same in real life! And let’s not short change Dever, Huertas, and Tamala Jones; the 12th precinct would be nothing without our lovable bromance of Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito, and our sexy-smart M.E. Lanie Parish.
I’m pretty sure this was the filler before the mid-season break, unless it was the midseason break, which would be really dumb. In any case, this is definitely a sign that some crazy stuff is going to happen in the future episodes, whether it be Beckett battling with her demons, or Castle battling some of his own. Season 4 has been great so far, and I think that the writers have a clear direction of where they want to go with this show for the remainder of the season, and at this current pace, the audience will not be disappointed. Just don’t go hitching Castle and Beckett any time soon. Cuffing is fine; we all know that Castle has a thing for the kinky, and let’s be honest, I’m sure Beckett wouldn’t be against using handcuffs for things other than arresting criminals, if you catch my drift. That being said, leave the relationship-that-isn’t just as it is. The buildup is great, but as I’ve said before, Castle and Beckett cannot get together until the very last episode at the earliest. If anything, make it an ambiguous ending, when the series finale finally does roll along. (Okay, I’m almost positive that Castle and Beckett will be together eventually; I personally would have fun with the audience though, if I were the writers. But I also like a sappy ending, so sue me.) In any case, what Castle and Beckett have got going for the right now is perfect. That undeniable sexual tension drives the show like no other; it’s faaaantastic.