Season 4 Episode 7

Cops & Robbers

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A crew of bank robbers disguised as classic television doctors take hostages which include Castle and Martha. But things are complicated by the fact that Beckett's on the outside having her every move scrutinized by a hostage negotiator and Castle's on the inside with information that the hostages are just a distraction for a more ominous plan.


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  • Cops and Robbers

    It is difficult to still find originality in bank holdup episodes of primetime dramas these days, but give Castle credit, this is a show that has brought new life to the cop drama and they found a way to do it again with this tired and cliched concept.

    It was a very entertaining show, with a great twist, but both the sudden end to the holdup and the attacker immediately getting caught in Ithaca, both endings were too abrupt for my liking.

    Still, I would be lying if I said I was not on the edge of my seat all show long. Great show.moreless
  • Nice!!!

    I so agree with all below reviews. after a while one of the "original" Castle epizodes. it was so refreshing
  • Castle Original - book your tickets now!

    It's great when a show can go back to its roots AND also draw on the abilities of the shows ensamble at the same time... and movethe plot forward... so... Castle, Bekket and Martha and Alexis all shine...

    The fact that Stana Katic carries her character SO WELL make it beliveable that Castle sees qualities in her that he values and were not presnt in his other relationships. Frankly, Gold Star for an Emmy Awarding performance...

    Could have been a 10 but sometimes those dang writers can't drop the bone on a bad character arc... don't want to hear about Alexis mush when its irrelevant... yes we know Castle is/tries to be an understanding Dad... but the plot device is trite; could have/should have been exercised at the opportunity.

  • Finally, Castle is back!

    Thank god my favourite show is back! I hope for more than one week. This was by far the best episode for weeks if not since the premiere. Great banter between Beckett and the Robber and the Castle and Beckett moments were back to their best. Stana Katic again blowing everyone else away with the best acting on TV at the moment, how is this woman not a major film star yet I don't know. Great to see more work from the mother too, she is fab and Alexis having more to do other than moan about school or her love life, although that came into it at the end...! Really hope they keep to this sort of writing, whether it be the comic timing of Castle which I think has been missing or the Beckett bad ass dialogue that Stana plays so well. This is what I have been missing, hope I am still as excited in a few weeks after the next few eps and then a dreaded hiatus... Just as it improves. Typical!moreless
  • I have to say it was exactly what I was expecting from this episode... There were lots of tense moments between the main characters... especially Castle & Beckett!

    Martha and Alexis were great... not much as we used to see them, so it was refreshing to see a new side of their personalities...

    And those amazing moments between Castle & Beckett starting with the phone call and the playful banter... then we got to see a worried Beckett trying to save her "boyfriend", even risking the whole operation when she showed up as a doctor in order to see Castle and make sure he and his mother (as well as the rest of the group) were OK...

    The script was brilliant and those stares when she finally found Castle and forgot to untie Martha were great!

    It was, without a doubt, one of the best episodes of the season, and that's not simple... this season has been great!


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Kate is shown talking on the phone to Ryan and Esposito while in the van her paramedic uniform is buttoned to the top, but when she steps outside of the van the uniform is half open.

    • Goof: When Kate comes into the bank as a paramedic, she is not wearing gloves. Then when she takes the message from Castle, she is wearing on her right hand a glove, and when she gets out of the bank and gives the patient to the other 2 paramedics, she is wearing gloves on both hands.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Beckett: Listen to me, jackass. I do not control traffic, so you're gonna have to give me 20 minutes.
      Trapper John: Now you got one minute, Kate.
      Beckett: No. I've got 20. Do you hear me? 20. Because if you pull that trigger, I will walk through those doors and personally put a bullet through your skull.
      Trapper John: Okay, Kate. You got 20 more minutes.
      Peterson: Well, that's one way to negotiate.

    • Esposito: I don't get it this is a little old retired librarian. What could possibly be in her safe deposit box that would be worth doing all this.
      Ryan: Nazi gold, cold fusion, map to Atlantis.
      Esposito: Hey, Castle Jr., could you maybe start thinking like a cop, please?

    • Beckett: Sir, what do you want me to do?
      Peterson: Nothing.
      Beckett: I'm sorry?
      Peterson: It's not a homicide, detective. Not about moving forward or digging for the next clue. Here sometimes, no move is the best move.

    • Castle: (to Martha) Mother, I am no longer satisfied with the Customer Service of this establishment. I think we should take our business elsewhere.

    • Beckett: Listen to me, so far nobody has been hurt and nothing has been stolen. So, if you just leave, the same way that you came in, you can just disappear.
      Trapper John: You got to promise not to come and look for me.
      Beckett: I don't look, I hunt. And trust me, you don't want that. So leave now, and this will just be a quirky little article in the metro section.
      Trapper John: Sorry sweetheart, I'd rather make the front page.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The robbers used the names Dr.Quinn (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Dr.Howser (Doogie Howser, M.D.), Dr.Huxtable (The Cosby Show), and Trapper John (Trapper John, M.D. from M*A*S*H). These are all names of doctors from TV shows.