The episode of “Castle” that aired Monday night, “The Squab and the Quail,” was supposed to air next week. But it was switched with the episode that was originally scheduled to air because its plot prominently featured a bomb. So it’s possible that the seemingly sudden, albeit minor and realistic, issues in Caskett’s relationship appear in the missing episode. We’ll find out when we watch it next week. In any case, this was a fun episode with a surprisingly bittersweet ending. Beckett (Stana Katic) finds herself guarding the younger, hotter version of The Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis commercials, and spending time with the one man on Earth who is more impressive than Castle makes her start analyzing and questioning their relationship in a way that every woman will understand and every man will find annoying.
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Here are the highlights:
Is the Magic Gone for Castle and Beckett?
Castle (Nathan Fillion) is having a great night with Beckett. At least he thinks so. He’s playing XBox Live with a kid in India. She is in the vicinity. Every man’s dream. But Beckett is feeling a little neglected. She does some sexy moves to let him know she’s in the mood for a little romance. He’s more interested in his game. Then, when his avatar gets killed, he tries to play it off like he did it on purpose so he could be with her. But she knows better. Setting aside that Beckett’s actual shooting skills would make her an excellent gamer, this is the perfect illustration of what happens when the honeymoon phase is over. The guy is happy with his amazing girlfriend, so he thinks he can relax because now they are an established couple. She’s gotten used to the way things were when he was wooing her and wonders why things changed. We can all learn from Caskett.
The Hot Guy From “Ringer” Wants Beckett
The victim of the week is an executive who drops dead after eating a poisoned meal at a fancy restaurant. Castle and Beckett bicker on their way to the crime scene. Castle tells her, “I was into the game. Like Gretsky.” “At least Gretsky knew how to score,” she retorts. Beckett points out that he used to be excited when she put on a sexy outfit. She feels like he is starting to take her for granted. But she soon forgets about their argument because the victim’s dinner companion is Eric Vaughn (Ioan Gruffudd of The CW’s “Ringer”). He is a billionaire inventor. Castle’s excited because Eric is one of Castle’s dream dinner guests, along with Joan of Arc, Lincoln and Sinatra. Beckett is excited because Eric is really, really hot.
After a little investigating, it becomes clear that the poisoned food was intended for Eric. Beckett advises him to hire security because the killer is likely to come after him again. He has a better idea. He uses his influence to get Beckett assigned to guard him. Castle, without a trace of irony, can’t believe that the police commissioner would allow a rich person to take Beckett away from her assigned job.
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Eric has researched Beckett and proclaims her remarkable. She meets his nerdy attorney who seems to be a likely suspect because he doesn’t seem to be introduced for any reason other than to establish his existence. The poison turns out to be a toxin that he developed the antidote for. Over the course of the episode, we learn that he also invented an artificial heart valve and runs a solar energy company. He also tips generously, is a great boss, and is generally the most perfect human being who ever lived. In fact, even though his lead researcher Cindy stalked him after he politely rejected her advances, he did not fire her, rationalizing that everybody makes mistakes.
When the person who was hired to place the poison on Eric’s food is murdered, Eric checks into the presidential suite at a fancy hotel under an assumed name. Beckett has to stay with him. Castle refers to the two of them “shacking up.” Beckett thinks Castle doesn’t trust her. In fact, the way Castle is acting is pretty much guaranteed to make Eric look better by comparison. Good job, Castle. Eric insists on ordering champagne. He accidentally hits himself in the eye with the cork and manages to be charming and self deprecating about it. He tells a story of how his sister’s death inspired his first invention. Castle shows up to inform them of the latest evidence and discovers they were drinking champagne together. Martha points out that since Castle hasn’t put a ring on it, Beckett is single.
Vaughn asks Beckett about her relationship with Castle. She says they are serious. He points out she hesitated before answering. She admits they haven’t talked about it. When you think about the timeline, between Beckett discovering who killed her mother, and Castle dealing with Alexis’s kidnapping and meeting his father, they have been a little busy. He thinks Castle is a fool. He kisses her. She pulls away, causing him to fall down as a bullet flies through the window.
When Castle, Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) show up to investigate, Castle tries to figure out why they were standing so close to each other when the gunshot was fired. Beckett admits Eric kissed her. But it meant nothing. Castle realized she saved him by pushing him away. It’s not comforting, especially since Eric’s going to like her even more now that she saved his life. When it turns out that Eric’s solar energy company in Mexico doesn’t really exist, Castle concludes that his whole empire is a house of cards. He set himself up to look like the target and he is the killer. Castle’s opinion is less than objective, but he’s pretty persuasive.
Beckett interrogates Eric. He is genuinely shocked that his solar energy business is just an empty building because he knows that he created it. Of course, his lawyer runs it. Once again, the bit player is guilty. He was trying to cover up some mistakes he made while running the company. Eventually everything got out of hand and he resorted to murder. Eric is indeed the best person in the world. Beckett tells him he is safe and that their time together is over. Castle and Eric end up on an elevator together. Eric tells him he has an extraordinary girlfriend. Castle says, “I know.” Eric wonders, “Do you?”
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Back at his place, Castle cuts his video game cord to show Beckett that their relationship comes first. He surprises her with a room full of candles. His intention is to give her a romantic massage. That is adorable, even though Castle doesn’t seem like the candles type. Beckett asks Castle were they are going, meaning that she wants to D.T.R. He, not understanding, says, “To the bedroom.” She looks at him wistfully. On the one hand, he is clueless. On the other hand, if she doesn’t tell him explicitly that she wants to talk about their future, it’s never going to occur to him that it’s a conversation that they should have.
“Castle” airs Mondays at 10/8c on ABC.