Castle (2009–2016)
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Beckett fights for her life after her shooting while the 12th precinct gets a new tough captain, Victoria Gates.

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Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
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Castle is grieved when Becket, once regaining health, tells him to leave her time without calling for months. Yet when she returns to work after therapy, Ryan and Esposito tell Castle help them keep the case of her mothers killers going, behind ex-IA by-the-book-Captain Victoria Gates's back. They work out the only remaining angle are bank files lost in a fire, according to decorated officer Rod Halstead definitely no arson. Becket grudgingly passes her gun exam, but can't perform in real danger anymore in their assigned case, the ingeniously staged murder of a rock band member's girlfriend. The boys find Becket is the next, last logical target, and are surprisingly offered safety for all if the case is laid to rest, but things turn out differently. Written by KGF Vissers

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19 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Text on Castle's murder board: Kate BECKETT: WHO HIRED THE SNIPER? Johanna BECKETT: Was working on Pulgatti's appeal when she was murdered. Fatally stabbed by Dick Coonan. 3 colleagues also murdered by Coonan. WHO HIRED COONAN? Joe PULGATTI: Mob source arrested by Raglan, who pinned Armen's murder on him Bob ARMEN: Undercover Fed inside Mafia, killed 19 years ago in failed kidnapping attempt Hal LOCKWOOD: Hired assassin, killed Raglan + McCallister. Part of continuing mission. WHO HIRED HIM? 3 Renegade Cops, All involved in Armen Homicide Roy MONTGOMERY: Killed Lockwood and killed by Lockwood. What did he know about who hired Coonan + Lockwood? Gary McCALLISTER: Shanked in prison by Lockwood (part of escape plan) John RAGLAN: Killed by hired sniper Lockwood. WHO ORDERED THE HIT? Lead investigator in Beckett homicide, dismissed case as random violence See more »

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The envelope to Mr. Smith gives Montgomery's address as 299 First Avenue, which is between 17th and 18th Street. Earlier, Montgomery was shown to be living in a private home with a lawn, which does not exist in the area of the given address. See more »

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Richard Castle: [offering Beckett flowers in a hospital room full of flowers] I heard you were opening a flower store, so I thought I'd pitch in.
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Castle Theme
Written by Robert Duncan
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Not bad, but something did not quite convince me...
8 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Well, the last episode was so good that I expected more of this one. This show always manages to keep it as real as possible and that was one of the great things about it. Tropes are usually well used or well averted. No magical enhancement of photos, no databases of everything ever invented, no impossibly smart serial killers, great relationships with the characters... Yet this episode falls into some common places, clichés and predictable situations.

In the first scenes after the shooting they rush Beckett to the ER. The paramedics run a marathon to get there down what appears to be the longest corridor in the history of architecture, while Beckett of course bleeds to death. The doctor who takes her is...Josh! I mean, really?? Wasn't he a cardiac surgeon, why is he in the ER? It's a bullet, not a programmed bypass. And then all the blood, come on, she is like 100 pounds, if she really lost that much blood she'd be dead... After a 3 month break (good call) she gets back. Ryan and Esposito just say "Hi". She doesn't even see Lanie. I mean let's recall: shooting, near death experience, long time no see, Montgomery dead, new awful boss, and everyone just acts cool? No hugs, no cheers, no nothing? And Castle, well. He is supposed to be so mad that he kind of ignores her and then says "I'm angry". Come on, any man in his place would get really pi++ed off, at least get into some heated argument over why she disappeared like that while recovering from a bullet in the chest... Then there is a scene when a man aims at Beckett and she freezes. Again, good one. But then there is a second scene exactly like this for her to face her fear (was it really necessary in this same episode?) with Castle behind her whispering "You are OK, you can do it"... There is one scene though that came out great when Beckett breaks down because everyone involved in the case is dead and she realizes she has no more leads to follow.

I always considered this show to be really smart and original, with actors that make it worth watching. Amusing whodunit full of twists were mixed among episodes that follow the mother's case, which are generally darker and more "adrenalinic", except for this one. Let's hope the writers can steer the show to better seas and not fall into cheesy stuff or drag everything so much that it ends up tiring the audience.


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