Need To Know: Canadian Review

If you haven't seen Need To Know yet, you might not want to read this.

Beckett is pitted against her old team, while Castle is caught in the middle in this week’s hilarious, thought-provoking new episode.

Castle concluded its epic two-part premiere last week with a stirring and emotional hour, effectively kicking off this highly anticipated sixth season with a pair of stellar and compelling episodes. With all of the drama and intensity that these first two episodes served up, Sunday’s instalment turned to more lighthearted fare instead, something theCastle team does so well as they seamlessly weave from drama to comedy from one episode to the next.

Penned by the incredible Elizabeth Beall and directed by the talented Larry Shaw, who was at the helm for last year’s fantastic milestone 100th episode, Sunday’s “Need To Know” began with an interesting case in New York. Ryan and Esposito were investigating the gruesome death of a former star of a ’90s teen show, a fantastic parody of Saved By The Bell. With a clever pop culture reference, an interesting crime scene, and a need to escape his now-crowded loft, Castle was immediately intrigued by the case and made an effort to worm his way into the investigation with Ryan and Esposito, much to Gates’ opposition. But when McCord and Beckett swept in, unannounced, and staked their claim on the case, it became an all-out competition between the feds and the NYPD. While Beckett found herself in an awkward situation, having become the unwanted federal agent that she loathed herself as a detective, Castle found himself caught in the middle of being happy to have his fiancée home and wanting to show loyalty towards Ryan and Esposito.
The premise of the episode lent itself to some truly hilarious and awkward moments, including a great number of sweet and funny Caskett moments that were remarkably swoon-worthy. It all beautifully highlighted the fact that the Castle team can handle comedic episodes, witty dialogue and romance just as well as they do gripping drama, intense action and stirring emotional moments. Yet amongst the plethora of witty pop culture references, hilarious scenes and sharp comedic dialogue, there was also a very thought-provoking heart to the episode, one that found Beckett truly becoming someone she never wanted to be, and one that would forever change the direction of this season.
At the end of last week’s episode, Beckett learned a harsh lesson that her new job would sometimes require her to help cover up government conspiracies, the kind not unlike the one that led to her mother’s murder, which she spent over a decade trying to solve. And it was clear that she had obvious reservations about this. But this week, more harsh lessons were added, including the revelation that she would have to investigate cases while being kept in the dark about why she was investigating them in the first place. For someone like Beckett, someone who puts so much value in uncovering the truth and finding justice, knowing that she would rarely be given the truth herself, even from those she worked for, seemed to be a tough pill to swallow.
It was starting to become clear to Beckett that working for the feds would always be a far cry from the job she had as a detective and certainly not a step in the right direction according to her keen moral compass. Her dedication to seeing justice served and uncovering the truth to bring others peace would need to be pushed aside for politics, and she would be forced to turn a blind eye to everything she had once dedicated her life to. And while she and McCord were proving a good team, it seemed as though their partnership would always lack the sense of true camaraderie and friendship that she had with Ryan, Esposito and even Gates. She began to miss them more and more throughout the episode, as she clearly felt guilty about the position she was now in while presiding over them on this case.
While Beckett grudgingly accepted to play by the rules in order to do her job, we quickly learned where her true loyalties lie and what lines she’s not willing to cross. First, when McCord instructed the NYPD team to abandon their case in order to not obstruct the larger investigation that was taking place, Beckett selflessly provided Castle with the classified information he, Ryan, and Esposito would need to crack their case and catch their killer. And when McCord came down on Gates for her team violating direct orders, Beckett stood up for them and convinced McCord to let them continue their investigation.
Later, when Beckett discovered that the CIA, who had ironically taken over their case after they had taken it over from the NYPD, had blackmailed one of their witnesses into risking her life to spy on her mobster family for them, she found herself unable to push aside her convictions and her morals any longer. Despite the potential fallout, Beckett leaked information about their witness to the media, describing her as a person of interest in their case rather than an informant. She knew this would not only protect the young woman from her family, but would also stop her from being desirable to the CIA.
Castle later told Beckett that her standing by her convictions and doing the right thing was something that made him fall even more in love with her. In a beautiful final scene to the hour, Castle explained to Beckett that it was obvious their long-distance relationship was not working out and that it was far too difficult for them to spend time together in their current situation. With that, he pulled out a shiny new key and revealed to a speechless Beckett that he had bought an apartment in D.C., a new home for them to live in together. But their celebration was short-lived as, in true Castle fashion, the moment was interrupted when McCord unexpectedly arrived at the loft and explained that the feds had discovered that Beckett was the one who leaked the information to the press. Despite McCord’s admiration for Beckett and her belief that she’s the best agent she has ever worked with, Beckett’s time as fed was over. Kate Beckett was fired.
It was a shocking conclusion to both this episode and also to the new storyline that had kicked off this sixth season. And while there will surely be a lasting impact to Beckett being fired from her job and having to find a way to get back into the NYPD after leaving her position for the second time in just two years, it was certainly an interesting way to bring Beckett back to New York. Although it appears as though Beckett never had to make the choice to stay in D.C. or return to New York on her own, she ultimately did make that choice the second she opted to follow her heart and her convictions rather than to play the game that the feds expected her to play. And she did this twice during the episode, showing her loyalty towards her old team and also to the innocent people who she had pledged her life towards protecting and finding justice for.
Thus, Beckett ultimately did make her choice. Now she can return home with no regrets. She can return to being a detective, a partner, a friend, and a fiancée, all while being able to look in the mirror and be content with the person she still is. And so can we.

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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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