Castle Nails the Cliffhanger

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Last night's episode of Castle would have made a great novel, right? What with the feisty new FBI agent, Castle's (Nathan Fillion) late-night visit to Beckett, and Beckett's (Stana Katic) steamy shower scene—not to mention that cliffhanger!

Speaking of the the cliffhanger, it was scary and all, but I'm not too worried about Beckett—if only because Stana Katic has been tweeting up a storm since the episode was filmed. It's obvious the show's producers didn't fire Katic and intentionally keep it a secret, so Beckett is going to be fine. But "Tick, Tick, Tick..." was still a really great episode, and I applaud the writers for coming up with a case that lasts longer than 42 minutes. Procedural shows often benefit from taking a break from the case-of-the-week formula, and Castle's backstory definitely has the legs to switch things up once in a while. In this case, the arc won't last too long—next week's episode will finish the story with the "Boom!" to last night's "Tick, Tick, Tick..."—so even though this could have been a scintillating season finale, it was merely a nice opportunity for the writers to get creative.

Let's start with Dana Delany. Way to work overtime, lady. You are kicking ass as newly-outed lesbian Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives, and your stint as FBI Agent Jordan Shaw was surprisingly believable. I'm really glad Castle's writers didn't make Jordan a love interest for Castle, and there are three reasons why: 1) He's mine, 2) Delany and Fillion have already shared romantic screen time, on the aforementioned ABC drama, and 3) not every female guest star has to be a love interest for Castle. "Tick, Tick, Tick..." was about exploring the relationship between Castle and Beckett, and Castle getting involved with an FBI agent would've been an unnecessary complication. It was clear he respected Jordan, and that he was fascinated by her career, but Castle's focus was on Beckett. At the end of the episode, when Castle yelled "Kate!" as he (presumably) watched her apartment building explode, I think it was the first time he's ever called her by her first name. Castle has always been interested in Beckett, and in an adrenaline-filled moment of terror and concern, his feelings took over and trounced the last-name-basis she established early on. Maybe now things will start moving between the two of them. (And I think they should. If the writers wait too long, Castle could turn into Bones.)

And what's up with Martha (Susan Sullivan) moving out? I hope this doesn't mean Susan Sullivan's character is going to be written out of the show. Sullivan is hilarious, not to mention talented, and it seems like a weird move to make with a minor character like Martha. Since we don't know much about her, I'm curious to see what they'll do with her story if Sullivan remains on the show. Will Martha simply hang around all the time? Will she change her mind and immediately move back in with Castle and Alexis? Either way, Castle needs two women around him at all times, so Beckett better make her move while there's an open spot in his bachelor pad.

What did you think of the episode?


Follow TV.com writer Stefanie Lee on Twitter: @StefAtTVDotCom If they move too fast, we could end up with another Moonlighting. Friends kept breaking up Ross and Rachel and putting them back together. Why can't a crime drama do that, too?

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