Castle: Season 3, Episode 17

Countdown (28 Feb. 2011)

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With time running out, Castle and Beckett must put aside their differences with Agent Fallon to avert a city-wide catastrophe.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Lanie Parish (credit only)
Fariq Yusef (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Charlene McCann


Clever Castle's ideas get him and Becket to find the dirty bomb, but locked in a refrigeration car incommunicado. Luckily Ryan and Esposito ignore priority orders to have them found, and hence the bomb's trail. Agent Mark Fallon lifts their official ban from the case and follows Castle's next ideas about identity, widows and an Afghan-military connection. Add Fallon's interrogation zeal and they're just in time to discover the dark motive and find the bomb, but armed and about to explode and wipe out Manhattan. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


When Castle and Beckett are looking for a cell phone signal in the freezer, Castle holds his iPhone from the top by the tips of his fingers. That particular model of the iPhone was notorious for dropped calls if you held it in the wrong place. See more »


After finding the bomb Detective Beckett calls out on her walkie talkie police radio for the bomb squad. In order for her to transmit she would need to push the PTT (push to talk) button. You can clearly see her fingers are nowhere near the PTT (push to talk) button at any time. See more »


Richard Castle: You ever wonder about Fallon? I mean, what this must be like for him, living this every day. I told Alexis and my mother to get out of town. I didn't tell them why, but they knew. And they wanted to tell their friends and I told them they couldn't. I felt like such a monster. I mean, that must be some kind of hell feeling that, all the time.
Kate Beckett: Kind of makes you wonder how many times this has happened since 9/11, and we were the ones who didn't know.
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Due to previous episode's cliffhanger and this episode's prologue, the title card appears with the whole 'Castle' logo displayed in icy blue, not the usual white with some red. See more »


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Great Fiction When You Suspend Your Disbelief
1 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know, Castle fans, I did not give this a ten out of ten, and for that, I ask forgiveness. But if I was going to grade this based on all Castle episodes, I would say at the very least, Knockdown was better, but I didn't hate it. In fact, far from it. This was a great episode.

That said, we start this episode where the last one left off, with Beckett and Castle facing certain death in a freezer. But seeing as this isn't the end of the season, much less the end of the series, we're pretty sure they're gonna make it. And they do, but not without some shivery confessions of how sorry they are that they got each other in such a fix and one potential confession of love (but we'll never know for sure because Beckett passes out around "lo-"). After the grand rescue, they do some digging, figure out who the Bad Guy is, and run all over town after him.

And, oh yeah, Beckett's Honey Bunches of Lovin' Josh decides that his girlfriend is more important than Haiti and shows up just in time to use his medical expertise on the hypothermic pair. Damn Josh and his wild romantic notions! Doesn't he know that being there for his girlfriend only gets in the way of Castle being there for her?! Anyway, after the Bad Guy gets caught, we face a dilemma that very few Cop shows face these days, and that is that the suspect isn't talking. I know what you're thinking, and that is, "Wait, you mean when they sat him down and told him they knew he was guilty, he didn't just deflate and say, 'Oh, damn, you got me...'?" I'm totally thinking the same thing, but this guy even withstands a gun to his face, so we know he's not playing around. Because most suspects see the gun and go, "J/K. J/K!" So, back to square one, our group does some fancy out-of-the box thinking and they figure it out and get to the bomb just in time to see.... that they're about thirty seconds from dying. Seriously, the fact that Caskett got to it in time is a miracle on its own because Castle used some psychologicalness to figure out what route the bomber would use, and there's no bomb squad people with them.

So, Crap. What do you do when you're very certainly going to die in the next few seconds? They can't run, and I think the best part of the whole episode is what they did next: Much like the end of Toy Story 3, they grabbed hands and held on. No words, because let's face it, if you're in that kind of situation with no time to think, it's hard enough to breathe, much less talk. And then, in truly Castley fashion, our hero reaches out and grabs the fistful of wires and pulls. And we're stuck thinking "UM!....."


And then laughter. Because it totally worked.

The thing is, Caskett nearly died holding onto one another not once, but twice in a single day. I don't know about you, but I'd totally need a drink or seven, but they're cool with just laughing over it at the precinct. And even though this episode was a lot of fun, the writers had to stretch the truth quite a bit. But in the end, we'll overlook the ridiculously fast hypothermia recovery absent of frostbite, the sheer stamina and lack of Post-Traumatic breakdowns of our heroes, and all the science and reality behind industrial freezers and dirty bombs, and we'll focus on the most important thing:

Josh sucks.

Oh, and P.S. One way the writers could go, if they wanted to be especially daring, would be at the end of the series to flash back to the freezer or the bomb and have us realize that it was all just a dream or a flash of what could have been between Beckett and Castle as they died.

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