After Hours: Castle Cliff Notes

What do you get when you combine Castle with a little dash of Meet the Parents? After Hours! In what was an hour full of drama and excitement, this episode definitely did not disappoint and choosing only 5 moments was a very difficult task this week.  With that being said, here goes my countdown and we definitely want to hear from you about your favorite moments so we can cover everything!

5.  Oh...“Partners”

            On the run with Leo, Caskett is trying to contact help while hiding from the mob's thugs.  Finding a box of tools and a CB radio Castle thinks he might be able to put it together and get help.  Unfortunately, he has no electrical experience but he assures us he has seen every episode of MacGyver.  This earns a smirk/glare from Beckett and begins a little argument between Castle and Beckett because Kate says she "didn't say anything" and Castle tells her she "didn't have to." Frustrated, Kate says “well at least I am offering real world solutions Castle, not TV ones.”  Confused by their arguing Leo, asks “what’s wrong with you two? There are people outside that want to kill us so what’s the problem?”  Initially they try to reassure him there is no problem, but Castle breaks and tells him they just had their first dinner with their parents together which only leads to more Caskett bickering about who’s parent is at fault for the disastrous dinner.  Picking up on what’s going on Leo comments on them not just being partners… but "partners” and suggests that their fight isn't about their parents, but actually the two of them.   I think what made me choose this scene was the fact that Beckett and Castle were having a mini argument of sorts.  We have been seeing them in the honeymoon phase of their relationship (which has been wonderful) but every relationship is going to have its ups and downs.  It’s actually kind of refreshing to see them argue a little…as long as they work it out in the end of course ;-). 

4. Martha vs. Jim

This episode didn't waste any time getting the drama started and what better way to bring the drama than with Martha.  Having their parents together for the first time Castle, Beckett, Jim and Martha sit down to have dessert (that is “to die for”) but the conversation quickly turns making the room very tense.  After Jim says that he watches baseball games for fun Martha blurts out “Oh lord baseball.  Isn’t that dreadfully dull?”  Trying to keep the conversation civil Kate responds with “I think what my dad responds to is the games nuance” and Castle trying to stick up for his mom says “yea, I think my mother means is it’s not action packed.” A little later Jim makes the mistake of saying that actors aren't the most serious people in the world which about sets Martha off, so Castle tries to redirect the dinner.  He suggests that they “dive into this dessert, because honestly that whole death thing is sounding pretty good right now.”  Beckett’s phone turns out to be the saving grace when she tells Castle that there has been a murder.  “Close enough.”  The dinner conversation doesn't stop here though as Castle tries to say that there have been worse dinners (the Alien example was all you've got?!?) and who didn’t love Esposito’s “oooook” after asking how the dinner went.  Dinner with the parents is never easy but this wasn’t exactly the smooth start Caskett was looking for, but then again nothing is easy for Caskett is it? 

3. Watching Each Other’s Backs

Even though at the beginning of the episode it appeared Jim and Martha would never be civil around each other, this Caskett moment actually involves the parents.  Arriving at the precinct after finding out their kids are missing, Martha expresses to Jim that she has no idea how he handles Kate being a cop every day.  She has been waiting since Castle started with Beckett for the worrying to stop but has not had any relief.  Jim tells her it never really stops but that Beckett “does say she always feels safest when your son’s watching her back.”  Martha lets him know that Castle “says the same thing about her” and reinforces that “at least wherever they are, they have each other to lean on.”  It was actually a very sweet Caskett moment that didn’t even has Castle or Beckett in the scene.  It was nice to get a little peak into what each character tells their parents and how much they trust each other.  Also, I think at this moment Martha and Jim realize that having dinner together was not for them but for Castle and Beckett and they need to put their children’s happiness over their own.  It was a really touching moment and even made me a little teary eyed (don’t worry Martha, you aren’t alone) which earns it a solid #3 finish on this week’s countdown.

2.  Different Worlds

Finally realizing that they were actually fighting about personal issues and not their parents, Kate brings up that Castle said their parents are from “different worlds" and that should just "expect" them to not get along. She continues by saying “and then I started thinking about us. You’re like this world famous bestselling author and I’m just this cop, and we’re in this relationship which makes absolutely no sense on paper and sometimes I just start wondering are we just kidding ourselves?  What if this bubble bursts? What are we then?” Castle responds with “Kate we’re not our parents” but is cut off from saying anything else because the CB kicks in and then Leo lets them know the coast is clear. Castle decides that he should make the run for the Chinese restaurant since Leo’s ankle is hurt and Kate should stay with the witness since she is the cop.  Sensing her uneasiness about the situation, Castle tells her not to worry, kisses her, and tells her “I’ll bring you back a doggy bag.”  I loved seeing a slightly vulnerable Beckett when she opened up and expressed her worry about their relationship and really wish we could have heard the rest of what Castle had to say. I would like to imagine Castle would have told Beckett that she isn't "just a cop" and then gone on to explain how amazing she is (like he does best), but that scene will have to take place in my head.  I guess his “Please don’t worry/ I hope I see you again” kiss will have to hold us over for now!

1.     Reunited

Now separated, Castle with Mickey and Beckett with Leo (who was actually the killer) have to figure out a way to get out safely without giving away too much information.  Beckett talks to Castle using one of Mickey’s Thug’s cell phones and makes a little joke about their parents and them going to a baseball game together. We hope Castle picks up on this being Beckett’s way of telling him something is wrong (because it is way too soon for her to be joking about their dinner) and as viewers we are left to hope that they will get out of this together.  When they meet at the designated spot, Mickey and Castle are not in their car, fooling Leo and causing him to waste all of his bullets.  Mickey decides not to shoot Leo for killing his friend but the NYPD arrives to arrest him for murder. Once safe, Beckett runs over to Castle (hands bound with duct tape) and gives him a modified hug saying “I thought I lost you,” but Castle assures her she will never lose him. *sigh*  My heart melted a little at this moment and it made me think back to all the times Castle and Beckett saved each other and how this is probably what they wanted to do every single time.  They quickly head back to the precinct and decide it doesn’t matter if their parents don’t get along because they aren’t their parents.  Also Castle tells Beckett it doesn’t matter if they don’t make sense on paper because they don’t live their lives on paper but their moment is cut short when they see their parents actually getting along.  As viewers we saw how Martha and Jim bonded over their children but as Castle said “let’s just go with it…”  The fact that we finally got what I’m going to call my “ fairy tale” ending for reuniting/life saving scenes (just think of the fun they could have had in that bank safe…) lands this at the top of this week’s countdown!

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Loved, loved, loved the episode this week and it had enough Caskett to get us through the break next week.  What did you love about Martha and Jim getting involved and do you think they helped Caskett get closer in anyway?  Did you love Leo’s quote about “living your life for now makes a lot more sense than worrying about the future?” Join the discussion in the comments section below or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct!  We would love to hear from you and it helps us all get through this extended wait for the next episode!

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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