Castle Cliff Notes: XY

Congrats Castle fans!  We made it through hiatus! For first time readers, this is  my knockoff version of "Cliff's Notes" (hence the spelling difference) where you get a little peak into the episode and its story line but I decided to spice it up a little bit and rank my favorite moments just for fun!  

 It was a crazy summer full of changes, excitement and drama (see my rant to the fandom…) but it was all worth it!  For this year’s season opener we were introduced to a new character and thrown right into an intense case that has Castle and the rest of the 12th gang in the dark.  This week we got Castle’s perspective on the case that left all of us wondering what the newly appointed Captain Beckett was up to that had her on the run.  Also, if you didn’t know it already… a friendly reminder that Castle loves Beckett “like a house on fire.”  We got Caskett, action, drama, Bracken and arachnids…so put your fear of spiders aside and let’s get the first Castle Cliff Notes of Season 8 started!

Also… if you enjoyed the opening song as much as I did here’s the link for the audio!

5. Moth to a Flame
After Alexis discovers that Beckett visited Bracken in prison, Castle goes to visit him.  Bracken walks into the room, sees Castle and says “oh no no no! Forget it! I’ve got nothing to say to you.”  Bracken agrees to talk and says “you come in here all on fire about your wife. You don’t even know who she is. 16 years Kate Beckett’s been obsessed with solving her mother’s murder and you really think she could turn off that kind of obsession.”  He continues with a dagger saying “she’s never going to be happy being just Mrs. Castle.”  Bracken then threatens Kate’s wellbeing saying that she is like a moth to a flame and we all know what happens to the moth in the end.  I have to give credit to Castle; he stayed relatively calm during the entire exchange while I was freaking out at my television.  I have such a love/hate relationship with Bracken because I love his character and Jack Coleman’s acting but obviously if Bracken is involved it is never good news!  Poor Castle though, between the this and the torture scene he has to have a small voice in his head questioning Beckett’s happiness and commitment with him (even though we all know this isn’t true!). Regardless I curious to see how Bracken’s involvement plays out in the next episode and I hope we see Beckett’s full exchange with him.
4. Trust
After being rescued, Castle questions Alexis on why Beckett doesn’t trust him.  She reinforces to him that Beckett does and tells Castle that he needs protecting.  She says “you’re a writer, Dad. And you and Beckett are magic together, but you don’t have her training or her skill set.”  Alexis then tells Castle that she thought he was dead for months after he went missing last year and that she was worried today when he went missing.  She tells him that if he loves Beckett he has to trust her.  Now I know there are A LOT of Alexis haters out there (personally I like her character) but you have to admit this is a good scene.  Regardless on if you agree with Alexis helping (hijacking?) the PI business (which Castle could use this exact same logic on her in that scenario) or like her character in general this was a touching moment between father and daughter.  I like that when Beckett isn’t around to comfort and talk logic into Castle, Alexis can fill the void. She also doesn’t let Castle dwell on the fact that Beckett has left him in the dark as a negative thing and promotes trust.  I look forward to seeing what the writers have in store for Alexis this season and hope they develop her beyond her PI involvement.

3. Hayley’s Kick Ass Intro
This episode brought the introduction of a new series regular to Castle and I for one was excited!  Toks Olagundoye made her first appearance as Hayley and I absolutely loved her first scene!  Ryan, Espo, and Castle are checking out a rented apartment when Hayley punches Castle as he reveals her hiding spot.  Castle tries to question her about Beckett’s whereabouts but she easily handles him until Ryan and Espo enter the room yelling at her to get on the floor.  And then we got Hayley’s first lines of dialogue: “Have you seen the floor? If it’s all the same to you buys let’s do this standing.”  I LOVED this!  I mean at this point I really had no idea what Hayley’s role in the story was going to be but the way she handled Ryan and Espo was fantastic.  Her snarky/sassiness in the interrogation room was also very entertaining!  She winks at Castle through the one way mirror and then insists Ryan and Espo call her Hayley because “I insist that anyone who’s frisk me use my given name.”   She also states she was in the apartment because she was looking for a Starbucks.  To quote Hayley “usually they’re so easy to find.”  Being a woman of sarcasm and sassiness myself I love having a character like Hayley on the show. She adds to the amazing group of women already on the show and she’s going to be a handful for our boys to deal with!  I don’t know about you guys but I am loving Hayley and what Toks brings to the show.  I can’t wait to see more from her in future episodes!

2.  Arachnophobia
Leaving the prison, Castle gets taken and tortured while the kidnappers try to get him to divulge where Kate is.  Castle tries to inject his humor by telling the kidnapper he is serious enough for the both of them but it doesn’t work when he is met with the ultimatum of telling them where Beckett is or they will kill him.  Castle says “I don’t know and even if I did know I wouldn’t tell you.” The hit men don’t believe him though and question “you expect us to believe your wife is keeping you in the dark?” They then begin “psychological torture” and place gross, hairy spiders on his face.  When Castle continues to keep quiet they place a plastic bag full of spiders around his head nearly suffocating him. They continue to question him about Beckett’s whereabouts even after ripping the bag open but Castle attacks them and runs away into the maze of boxes in the warehouse.  Right when Castle is about to get shot a somewhat hazy version of Beckett intervenes.  She runs to his aid and says she has to go.  Castle asks why she is shutting him out and all Kate says is “Castle, I love you” before running away.  This torture scene totally creeped me out (I really don’t like large spiders…) so it grossed me out to have to watch it again for this but it had to be in here!  No way was Castle ever going to rat on Beckett (even if he did know where she was) and Nathan’s acting was great.  The intensity that Castle took down the tortures was so perfect for someone fighting to find someone they love.  Also, I appreciated that they interjected some humor into the scene as Castle tends to cope with misplaced humor in serious situations (and I love it).  You had to feel for him as even the torturers rubbed it in his face that his own wife keeps him in the dark which was something he was insecure about already.  And then Beckett shows up.  They way it was set up it can be debated if Beckett was actually there or not (as she was a little hazy and dreamlike at her entry) but I enjoyed their quick exchange.  Based on Beckett’s tone and the fact she continued to keep the conversation vague with Castle you can tell something serious is going on.  Also, her quick I love you topped off a great scene.  Overall a great scene with great acting!  Can’t wait to see how Beckett’s side of the story plays into it!

1. Smokin’ Hot
Beckett is getting ready for her first morning as Captain when Castle approaches her with something smoking behind his back.  She eyes him and says “Babe, did you set your hair on fire again?”  Castle claims that only happened one time and then jokes “I am just so good looking I’m literally smoking hot.”  Castle reveals a giant cupcake from behind his back that has a cute little banner that reads “congratulations Captain Beckett.”  Beckett says she is too nervous to eat and Castle says “who said anything about eating. I said dig in.”  Beckett pulls out a jewelry box and Castle exclaims “whaaaaat? That was supposed to be a decoder ring.”  Instead it’s a beautiful bracelet engraved with “always.”  First, so happy to start off the season with such a sweet Caskett moment!  Also, Castle was cracking me up in this scene from learning that he has caught his hair on fire to missing the trash basketball and sneakily picking it back up.  Finally, I love that Castle is always showing is love for Beckett whether it be through words of encouragement or giant cupcakes filled with jewelry. That mix of comedic relief and love is exactly what Beckett (and myself ;-) ) would need to get through a nerve-wracking first day!  Such a cute Caskett scene was an easy add to my countdown.  You should know I couldn’t resist a Caskett scene as my first #1 of season 8 after a long hiatus.  Caskett is back! 

                So what did you think Castle fandom?  Did you enjoy Hayley and what she brings to the show?  What do you think we will uncover next week with Beckett’s perspective? Join the discussion in the comments section below, tweet me @DenialLove or tweet us at @TwelfthPrecinct

Xo Always ~DenialLove

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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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