Surprise, Surprise, We Still Love Castle

Monday's episode of Castle, "Den of Thieves," was excellent. Not that it's any surprise; the show's last three episodes have all been great. This week, a new love interest for Beckett came on the scene, and the team's latest case brought back a piece of Esposito's past. Here are the highlights:

1. Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Alexis (Molly Quinn) wore matching Texas Hold 'Em outfits
From their little red ties to their green plastic visors, the pair gave a whole new (and especially cute) meaning to the notion of "Like father, like daughter."

2. Beckett (Stana Katic) found a new love interest, Det. Tom Demming (Michael Trucco)
What's hotter than watching Castle and Beckett battle it out with witty wordplay? Watching Demming and Beckett battle it out. With their fists. On a mat.

3. Castle admitted that he doesn't like to lose
Especially not to a guy like Demming, who probably subscribes to The New Yorker but doesn't actually read it. Beckett's potential suitors have made Castle jealous before—like when her ex, FBI Agent Will Sorensen (Bailey Chase), came back into her life—but his behavior around this Demming dude seemed different. He didn't compete for Beckett's affection like I expected him to, which leads me to think that he really believes he might lose her to this guy. And that would explain why he's probably going to do something about it in the season finale.

4. Det. Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) got some major screen time
Castle himself played second fiddle to Esposito in this episode, which revealed a lot about Esposito's time as an officer in the 54th Precinct—and gave Huertas a chance to flaunt his serious acting chops. Esposito learned that his former partner, whom he presumed was dead, was actually alive and kicking—and in pretty deep with a dangerous dude. But Esposito's buddy-cop instinct kicked in at just the right time, and he was able to take down the bad guy and save them both.

5. Scott Cohen played the bad guy, Lt. Stan Holliwell
I've loved Cohen since he played Rory's dreamy English teacher Max Medina on Gilmore Girls, and I haven't seen enough of him since. Watching him put his hands up at the end was just as disorienting as seeing Fred Willard confess to a murder during last week's episode, but it doesn't change the fact that he was goooooood.

What did you think of last night's episode?


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Great episode. Loved seeing Michael Trucco, missed him since BSG ended. I like the exchanges between Beckett and Castle but I'm not wrapped up in them becoming an item so soon. It would be good to see Beckett and Demming hook up for a while, give Castle something to think about.

I'm glad this episode gave Esposito a chance to shine. Hopefully, Ryan will be next. Reminded me of an episode of the Mentalist where we got to see into Cho's gangland past.
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I thought it was good. I liked how we got to see more of Ryan and Esposito (mainly Esposito) since they are usually more in the background.
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I like the course it's taking early in it's (hopefully long) lifetime. Nice to see more character development for the other cast as well. Great series...
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love castle i hope i have time to watch it again :| to much school unfortunately
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I only recently started watching Castle, but it's already in my top 3 shows. I LOVE the interplay between Castle & Beckett!
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Castle is Awesome!!!
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The Den of thieves was awesome, and it was a very great episode,and it was also a perfect 10 episode, the show castle rocks and is awesome, my favorite actors are Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, and Molly - Quinn.
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It was a great episode, and I can't wait for the next stage of the developing "triangle".
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Castle is a great show. I'm glad how the show can bring in a love interest for one character without making a mockery out of the other. Bones comes to mind when they bring in a love interest for one character and make the other act like an idiot.
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I think it was pretty god!
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Castle is AWESOME!!!!
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Castle is getting better
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If you love Scott Cohen I recommend watching 2000's miniseries The 10th Kingdom. He's sooo funny.
Castle is awesome :)
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I thought this was a great character development episode, which is what Rene Echevarria does best. And for a show that has a very loose plot and is based mainly around the characters, I think this episode did a superb job of building up those characters, especially Esposito with the line "This is my other partner, Castle".
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Again the guest star is always the killer! We'll call that Mike's law.
But I felt really dumb i didnt catch that line by castle "i hate to lose." If it wasnt for my sister.
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