Season 3 Episode 17


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 28, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Castle and Beckett must work together with Agent Fallon to prevent a momentous tragic event that could affect the entire city.

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  • Another good one.

    I am kind of wondering why the hell Josh is there? He's a cardiac surgeon, he should be in hospital or not working on them at all. This is a paramedics job. And ok Javi called Josh to ask where Beckett is, but why is he at the scene, so quickly too? Oh well, this is me just not liking him over Castle.

    I actually like this episode. While I get where people are saying it's stupid that pulling all the cords at once could turn the bomb off, at the same time it's not. You have NO idea what to do, you're about to die probably, and want to save the city/country... why not just do something? I'd probably do the same thing if I had no idea. And people wire these so intricately sometimes that the idea someone would pull ALL the cords out at the same time might not occur to them.. Not entirely silly.

    And I loved how torn Castle was about telling his family, and telling Little Castle not to tell Ashley. I liked how serious he was and his speech about how it's not fair.

    And seriously people saying there was no emotion between Castle and Kate in the freezer? Like it was all emotion, Kate is dating Josh, she is torn between being loyal and telling her feelings, also not knowing if they'd be reciprocated and why would you want your last thought to be "oh he didn't feel for me". And I bet 99% she was about to say she loved him, or at least something along those lines. Nice moment.

    One thing slightly surprises me is that Fallon isn't THAT good at his job... And why do the government not employ Castle by this point.. He has solved probably more than Kate and whatever she has solved he helped her with, he pretty much solved this terrorist case single handedly, everyone else just helped with the leg work. If I worked in an agency I'd be trying to hire him. Kate isn't all that amazing without Castle...

    I thought Fallon's acting was quite good, him saying "I'm sorry" I felt like he was saying it to not just them, but to me, to us, to his wife..

    I know we knew they'd survive.. and people that complain about near death situations being lame because we know they'll survive.. it's not about that, it's about knowing HOW they get out and what happens after. Such as Kate getting shot, we know she'll survive, but what happens after... we didn't know if Castle would pull the cords, if Fallon would solve it, or if it'd just fail to go off. I thought Javi kind of killed the mood with "no really, you have no idea how lucky you are". Yeah they know that, but let them have their moment! I think they deserve their medals.moreless
  • Amazing Episode!

    Guys, come on. Be a little more lenient. The acting from the cast was fantastic! The chemistry from all the characters working together was great. Although the Caskett duo despised Agent Fallon at first, they find out that he has to be this way in order to prevent any more disasters. We find out that Agent Fallon's wife was killed in the 9-11 incident and when he threatened to put a bullet through the suspect's head, the bullets were already removed. Caskett once again defies death 2 times this episode. From when they almost freeze to death and when the nuclear bomb almost goes off. Also the part when they cuddle in the freezer and hold hands moments just before the bomb is set to explode really enhances Castle and Beckett's relationship. Not only that but at the end of the day when Beckett and her boyfriend are hugging, you can see that Beckett looks at Castle until he leaves. Clearly, there is something going on here ;) Great episode and keep it up!moreless
  • 2/28

    I am glad that I am not the only one who was upset with this episode. I get that some two parters often have the first hour be better than the second, but the first half was mediocre and this was just a disaster. Meaningless and contrived action scenes out of nowhere, Castle coming off like a complete moron out there, and then teasing Castle and Beckett dying. Fine, but how they avoided death, by him ripping every wire out, that really irked me.

    Weak episode from the script alone, and I just never got invested in the storyline. Sorry Castle, but the truth hurts.moreless
  • This episode was one of the worst written ones so far...

    Spoilers ahead.

    This is my first time writing a review on this site, but I just found it so necessary after watching this episode. There were so many things wrong about this episode (and the previous one leading up to this) but Im gonna focus on one main thing.

    The Castle/Beckett relationship. Two times in this episode the pair were going to die, yet we never saw any signs of love/even like for each other. These 2 have been dodging their attraction for 3 years now (tv time), though when it comes to facing certain death, neither has any affection for the other to show, even if it may be their last ever. Theres never a look of 'I've always loved you', a kiss or even a hug. The kiss from one of the previous issues was a huge step forward, but for it to be like theres nothing between the 2 when the couple is facing death, after everything that has happened in this shows existance is extremely irritating and poorly written. As much as I love this show, I was so frustrated that I was considering giving up on it. I really hope this wasnt the season finale.

    The relationship aside, there were many other plot holes too. At the end of the first of this 2 parter, they find the bomb and start getting shot at. Castle is doing nothing, wouldnt a first instinct/necessary move to be to call 911 and tell that that you have found the nuke that is threatening to destroy manhatten? Obviously they were getting shot at, but they skipped a majorly important step. Also, what moron runs into a shipping container? Yes, getting shot at makes you want/need to run, but that is pure stupidity and Beckett is smarter than that. Who doesnt know that they can be locked and barricaded?

    Next thing: Trying to get out of said shipping container/freezer. There were clearly refridgeration pipes on the wall, kicking them would either result in a kink, or breakage, which would leak or stop fluid running, therefore slowing down the cooling process. Thats not rocket science. And there were was clearly a fan unit on the back wall, they never even tried to kick that out, which would have resulted in freedom. They avoided these 2 obvious options and decided to sit in the cold, ready to die and not tell the other how much they really care, which is an obvious lie from everything we've ever seen.

    To put in some nice words, the first ep of this 2 parter was good for the most part. The change of feel, music and vibe was a welcome change, but its the last 10 minutes or so that got to me. This episode itself, so many things were just wrong and poorly written that have caused a major drop of respect from me.moreless
  • Unlike many others,I feel this is a good episode. The first one is ok,but I feel this part is better.

    Unlike many others,I feel this is a good episode. The first one is ok,but I feel this part is better.

    I think the writers are trying to get the different view point of American Homeland security. Like 70's FBI and CIA, now day the Homeland Security has the "bad" reputation. This is a episode about them as much is about people's fears(and the action come after that fear, like racial profiling). How easy it's for us as people to generalization an whole race. At the same time,the plotline point out how hard it's to protect others when you need to be paranoid about everyone, and that many people hate/dislike you for it. People also have habit to forget those that give their life to save and protect others, when they are not in distress. Personally I find this episode did bring out both side quite nicely. The whole plot is quite "normal" in Castle. A fine plot with twist. Because this one is without the normal "hei,look, a arabic man, must be the terrorist" flavor, I give this a plus 8.5. Spoilers:

    The dying by freezing was quite ok, but not as good as it could have been. But I did like the fact before Castle fall in to unconsciousness, Beckett was trying to say "I love you". And he wake up with "Biker boy" ogle at him XD. I find it quite funny.moreless
Victor Webster

Victor Webster

Josh Davidson

Guest Star

Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

Agent Mark Fallon

Guest Star

Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro

Kevin McCann

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Beckett tries to get a signal inside the storage container, we see "no service" at the bottom of the phone screen. Like all phones, the signal strength on a Palm Pre is a small series of bars on the status bar at the top of the screen. The only way to have the screen display what was seen is if No Service was in the contact list.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Beckett: I always thought, being a cop, I'd take a bullet. I never thought I'd freeze to death.
      Castle: Hey, we're not dead yet.
      Beckett: I just wish this was one of your books and you could rewrite the ending.

    • Agent Fallon: Listen, um... what I do is not who I am. It's just how I have to be. I hope you both understand that.
      Beckett: Why don't we just say it was a pleasure and that we hope that we don't have to do it again?
      Agent Fallon: Fair enough.
      Castle: I-if it does happen again, though, maybe you could just text me, have a code word. "Run."

    • Agent Fallon: I just want you two to know the U.S. attorneys office is gonna be charging them with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit terror. And thanks to you two, we won't have to add the murder of innocent New Yorkers to that allegation.
      Beckett: Well, we were just doing our job. Actually, I was doing my job. I don't know what the hell he was doing.
      Castle: Hey! But that's true.

    • Agent Fallon: You two. Are you always this stubborn and insubordinate?
      Castle: Only when we're trying to save the world.

    • Ryan: We thought you must be out there doing something incredibly stupid against orders, so we sent patrol units everywhere we figured you'd be moronic enough to go. Found Beckett's car, searched the area till we found the light from the storage container.
      Castle: Well, I'm glad my stupidity is predictable.

    • Castle: How cold do you think it is in here?
      Beckett: Um, judging by the way that it feels, I'd say it's well below freezing.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Odpočítávání (Countdown)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 28, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 8, 2011 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: June 22, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany: September 30, 2011 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: May 9, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: January 9, 2013 on JOJ


    • Castle: Well, we're not dead yet. This could be in reference to Monty Python's Spamalot in which there is a musical number called "He is Not Dead Yet".

    • Esposito: I was able to locate all, but two... Evan Bauer and Jack Cochran.
      If you take the last name and first name respectively of both terrorists you get "Jack Bauer" Fox's 24 lead character played by Kiefer Sutherland.
      In an earlier scene, when Agent Fallon goes into the interview room to question the fake Kevin McCann, Esposito hopes that Agent Fallon "goes (all) Jack Bauer on him", a reference to Jack Bauer's propensity to torture suspects during interrogation in "24".