Castle Nails the Cliffhanger

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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Hard core Castle fans know it's not the first time Castle has called Beckett "Kate". In another great episode "Sucker Punch" he called her Kate for the first time. This show just keeps getting better. I've been hooked since the trailers for season one and have been a "Castle" junkie ever since, can't get enough of it. Dana Delaney is great, Martha won't take six months to move back in but in the meantime, oh my what a story :)
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But... he's mine. I've loved Nathan Fillion (and Ryan Reynolds) since Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place. I got dibs! =D
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KEEP SUSAN SULLIVAN ON CASTLE! SHE IS VERY

IMPORTANT TO CASTLE AND HIS DAUGHTER, AND TO US, THE VIEWERS.
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I loved the latest episode of Castle. This show just keeps getting better and better!
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Loved this last episode. I actually prefer Castle and Beckett not getting together. They have great chemistry. I also enjoy this fact about the Mentalist.
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First off, Bones is a great show! Secondly, Castle is basically a flipped version of Bones. While I think it is a great show, you don't want the characters to get together too quickly because it then usually causes the show to end because you loose the chemistry and the uniqueness of how the characters act around each other. Can't wait to see next weeks episode!
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This episode was amazing. Castle is the best show on TV but my worst fear is that it goes the way of Bones. Bones has waited so long that the relationship has gone stale. Castle and Beckett have such awesome chemistry that they would make a really entertaining couple. I'm willing to wait a bit and enjoy the ride but if they take too long it could kill a great show.
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one of my favourite shows. I too hope Susan Sullivan stays on the show. I like her - she seems so real, so believable. However, when there is as much chemistry between two people such as Castle and Beckett, in this day and age, it would not take so long for the connection to take place. Can't wait to see part 2. bring it on
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The only reason that it was predictable was that it was advertised as a 2 parter. If not for that, we might not have know that something was coming. Otherwise it was great.
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Indeed it was a fantastic episode with the right dose of everything.. Castle is picking up momentum... Watch out people! :)
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Amazing episode! So far the best this season.... I can't wait for next week. Very well written and with excellent performances. I don't think this will be turn in to Bones and if it does, I don't mine since I love Bones!!!!
I also want to have Martha around.
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This episode was amazing! Easily the best episode so far this season! I know the next episode will not disappoint, especially after that epic cliffhanger. :)
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Great episode, but I must say.. I saw that cliffhanger from a mile away. Too predictable.
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Best episode yet! I thought miss Delaney was great, and loved the cliff hanger. And I agree with us not wanting this to turn into Bones as well. I know that some people spend years hanging out with someone before finally taking the plunge, but most people in real life don't. If you're single and attracted to eachother, it doesn't take this long to do something about it. Even the back and forth of Ross and Rachel is more realistic than the endless tension!
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I really liked the episode.The cliffhanger was awesome. Also, I love Bones, so for me, Castle turning into Bones wouldn't be a bad thing at all. We all know Booth and Brennan will be together in the end so as long as Castle and Beckett do the same, I'm good.
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THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT STEFANIE!!!!!
WITH GRANNY LEAVING CASTLE'S APARTMENT THAT MEANS THAT BECKETT WILL MOVE IN WITH CASTLE TIL HER PLACE GETS FIXED OR SHE BUYS A NEW ONE WHATEVER... ANYWAY THEIR RELATIONSHIP WILL DEFINITELY BE CHANGING! and i agree with the castle not being bones.
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It was definitely an awesome episode. I really enjoy when the show plays against its own stereotypes - when Castle flexes his intellect and proves more than a buffoon, and when Beckett shows some vulnerability and less-than-superhuman detecting. A superb job, writers/actors/producers.
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i think that Martha moving out could prove to have really funny consequences. Also, best episode yet and if I were to guest star on Castle, I would DEMAND to be a love interest for Castle. Lol.
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It was a fantastic episode - excellent writing, excellent performances!

Beckett getting a bit jealous over Castle's reaction to Shaw was sweet and well played.

I really hope Martha doesn't move out. Minor character or not, she and Alex are important characters in the show - it would not be the same without either one of them.

I am really looking forward to next weeks episode!!
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What an awesome episode. As Patricia wrote, this was actually the second time Castle called Beckett, "Kate," but both times have had great dramatic punch. As for Martha moving out, I'm not worried: Susan Sullivan is an amazing asset to the show, and the writers know it. She's not going anywhere!
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It was funny how Shaw was a FBI version of Beckett. Great episode, best one so far!
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while is fair to say Castle SELDOM calls Beckett by her first name, this episode 'Tick Tick Tick...' is not the first time. In 'Sucker Punch', Beckett walks out of the precinct in distraught after finding out the current killer is her mother's killer. Castle tries to get her attention as she walks out by saying first "Beckett", then "Kate" since Beckett did not respond.
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I don't want Castle to turn into Bones...
And I wasn't particularily impressed by Delaney. I can understand why she's good in a show like Desperate Housewives, but I didn't think she was the best choice for Castle. But, hey, I've been wrong before, and her guest spot isn't over yet.
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I really loved this episode. I'm not a huge fan of Dana Dalaney (Thanks to DH for that one), but I loved her in this. Especially the "Mommy has to go arrest somebody now" and the shiny toys. I can't wait till next week!
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