Season 2 Episode 18


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 29, 2010 on ABC
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The second part of the story begun in "Tick, Tick, Tick…," after Beckett's apartment is blown up it confirms that the serial killer is still alive. He taunts Castle, Beckett and Agent Shaw to catch him.

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  • Meatier than your average "Castle"...

    ...but still Castle. A well done duo to solidify this entertaining series as beyond a contender; it's truly a bonafide winner. Without question. This case was meatier, gutsier and the performances from everyone stepped up to a new high. I can't say enough good things about it. I mean, I knew I was watching Castle but it was like Castle on roids! If this particular two-parter had to pee in a bottle it would have tested off the scale! On TV anyway, that's a good thing!

    Castle was still funny, but...deeper. More was at stake and Nathan Fillion proved he can bring it home when he's called upon to do so.

    Beckett's frustration was tangible, and her struggle to keep it in focus was experienced by the viewer too. Everyone was in top form and my kudos to the writers as well as the performers on this one, because, best of all, it took the Castle-Beckett relationship to the next level without having to take it to the next step. There is a distinction, and its a tough one to make. This one did it perfectly. Hope there is a bonus in it for everyone involved because we viewers certainly got ours!moreless
  • A fitting end to a fantastic two-parter.

    That was exactly what I expected, and not in a predictable way. It had all the twists and turns of a classic Castle episode, but it did a fantastic job of showing the value of Beckett and Castle as a team. The serial killer did everything that he intended to do, but he had one weakness, thinking like a writer. This episode wasn't funny as some are, but that didn't matter because it had enough action and suspense to keep me entertained and watching. It was a very well put together episode, one of the best episodes of the season by far.moreless
  • Beckett survives the bombing and now the killer is seriously mad. It turns out he has been blending in at all the scenes and now the team is zeroing in on the fact this isn't his first string of kills. Then Shaw disappears and Heat's got to bring it!moreless

    Some nice scenes with Beckett and Castle in this episode as they get a little domestic at times. Castle gets to play the hero and really show his stripes as a capable partner including using a real gun!!!

    We can all relax as Castle has been renewed now for another season. The two parter really brought the ratings up and this final part is the all time highest rated episode of Castle so far. I think this show might have some staying power long term.

    It was nice to see the home life for Castle stay pretty steady. Mom's not disappearing from the scene and Beckett even stays the night after the big bang that was her apartment.

    The killer turns out to be a really smart guy except he can't keep away from the limelight. In the end it took all of Nikki Heat to take him down. Nikki Heat being the combined talents of Beckett the character and Castle the writer. They do an excellent job of really looking at the story line as if it is being written as well as lived. A nice touch.

    Overall a good follow up to the first part. A little anti-climactic after the explosion ending that half, but pretty well done despite that fact. I'm looking forward to the completion of this season and the next season of Castle. It's a great show! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Great!!!!

    I loved this episode, it was great. It was sad to see becketts house blow up, but its great that she ended up ok. It was nice of castle to let beckett stay at his house, the food that she was cooking for breakfast looked yummy, i wish i could have some.

    Beckett and Castle kinda has the same types of relationship of booth and bones on bones, i think they are great togeather.It was funny how beckett shut the door on castle when she qwent to go after scott., it looked like it got him right in the nose.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Castle escorts Beckett out of her bathroom after the explosion, her forehead appears to be clear of any injury. Moments later, when she is sitting in the ambulance, you can see a gash on her forehead just below the hairline above her left eye.

    • After Castle shoots the gun from Scott Dunn's hand, he says he was aiming for the head. This comment must have been in jest, even though his facial expressions are hard to read, since in Home Is Where the Heart Stops (season 1, episode 7) Castle demonstrated himself to be an excellent marksman, able to fire three consecutive shots into the middle of a practice target.

    • Despite what Captain Montgomery and Agent Shaw assert, the FBI does not have jurisdiction over serial killer cases unless they cross state lines or the local police invite the FBI to take over. Since none of the victims were killed in other states and Beckett clearly did not invite Shaw and her team to take over, the FBI has no jurisdiction in this case. The FBI doesn't have jurisdiction until the evidence found suggests there are murders across state lines (Seattle, Washington).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Castle: Wow, that's funny... every Sunday my mom would have me make her an ice pack and a bloody mary.
      Martha: Don't listen to him. That only happened twice... tops.

    • Shaw: Castle, what part of un-ass don't you understand?
      Castle: All of it.
      Shaw: For future reference, it means get the hell out and don't take anything.

    • Agent Shaw: Castle. Thank you for your help. You are a valuable asset to Detective Beckett's team.
      Castle: Well, it would be great if you would call her and remind her of that from time to time.

    • Agent Shaw: He cares about you, Kate. You may not see it. You may not be ready to, but he does.
      Beckett: Yeah, well, the situation with Castle is ... complicated.

    • Agent Shaw: Honestly, the thing that impressed me most is that you came in with Castle.
      Beckett: You know, some people would call that foolish.
      Agent Shaw:You made a tough decision on your feet, used the resources at hand. I'd say that's heroic and somewhat poetic. In the end, Dunn did actually face Nikki Heat. She is after all, part you, part Castle.

    • Castle: Are you in any pain?
      Beckett: Well, not nearly as much as you. It's killing you, isn't it?
      Castle: What?
      Beckett: Having to wait this long to tell me how you banged down the door.
      Castle: You want me to start from the beginning?

  • NOTES (4)


    • Allusions to Nathan Fillion's old show Firefly from the episode "The Train Job", in which Captain Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) says, "Nice shot," to which Jayne Cobb replies, "I was aiming for his head..." (after he had shot the enemy in the leg).