Season 5 Episode 16


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2013 on ABC
out of 10
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    Castle "Hunt" Review: I Met Him in Paris

    The "Target"/"Hunt" story arc was never anything but entertaining.

  • Episode Summary


    When Castle takes matters into his own hands, after the FBI fail to get Alexis back, he discovers that the kidnapping may be part of something more ominous.

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    • Sharp and tense

      I truly loved who they picked to play Castle's Father! He's still so good looking after all these years.. but I digress.. the characteristics, the banter all played well. Excellent episode!
    • Castle's Father!

      Castle really stepped up his game this episode. He refrained from being the silly Castle because his daughter's life was on the line and even Beckett understood what he was going through. All people in this episode wanted to help Castle by working their hardest including Gates.

      In this episode, we get to meet Castle's father who works for the CIA. I'm sure that he'll reappear and play a semi-major role later on. I still can't imagine how smart Castle's father is. He predicted what the kidnapper would try to do and counteracted it. Overall, very good episode and I'm not sugercoating it just because I love Castle. This episode was very good and deserved a 10.moreless
    • Hunt - Castle

      The second part of the two parter was solid yet again, but I think there is so much more they could have done. I noted the Taken similarities (or near identical premise) but it is still an entertaining episode.

      Dramatic and fun at the same time.
    • The Guardian

      They say the best way to win is to take matters into your own hands. This is a follow up that to me didn't disapoint. The show was giving the espionage arena another shot and this time they actually hit (at least I thought so). Not a whole lot I can say, I really like the fact that Castle was taking matters into his own hands just doing what any good father should do save their kid, yeah I'd do the same if my girlfriend in some sort of trouble.

      But anyway like the use of the Paris locale, there was a good use of darkness giving the episode an almost noir feel. The pacing is good, we see Castle just racing the clock one thing just leading to another.

      And the suspense was great, I liked that little ransom drop sittuation which had one twist that came out of left field. We discover that they guy helping Castle in the first half of the episode sold out, and at this point Castle was surrounded by guys with guns so you know Castle's in deep crap, and I remember wondering how the heck Castle was going to get out of this or if he even had a plan to counterattack this. Then of course we hear gun shots and see all of the scumbags are dead, but the biggest supprise is who saved him which is his father whom is a spy.

      Castle's father has been a mystery for some time but now it's been solved and I'll admit the character doesn't disapoint. James Brolin I thought did a great job as Castle father, I thought he was both cool and sympathtic. I like the back and forth going on between both Castle and him, I like that Castle is a little mixed on his feelings but is forgiving. You really do feel for James Brolin's character (forgot the name sorry) it was strangely touching when we see in a way he's always been with his family

      as we see the photos of Alexis and some of Castle at different ages, some facts about their past he knows, but also he tells of this one moment in Castle's childhood when Castle was ten and was in the library looking for the book "Casino Royale", he was the one that helped him find the book. Castle's father really wanted to be involved with his family more but couldn't because in his occupation he has many enimies which ment he had to stay to protect both his country and his family from the scum of the world. I also like how there are certain cominalities between the two, like dry wit but also both are very smart and think outside the box.

      I defenantly like the final act which almost reminded me of "Mission Impossible" as we see Castle and his dad take action. We see Castle getting captured in the tunnels and it looks like trouble for both of them and Alexis, but if you ever saw the TV show I mentioned one thing I've learned from that show is to always have a plan within a plan. I liked the fact they actually had gagets to use, one Castle's dad uses is a walkie tackie explosive but my favorate was what Castle uses which is the watch that is some sort of mini cutting touch time bomb, I think I don't know but cool all the same.

      The end was sweet relief, Castle and his dad suceed in getting Alexis out and come back to the country but most importantly Alexis also knows about her grandfather. Kate was glad Castle made it back alive I thought that little scene with both of them was touching. But the best thing about the ending to me was the package Castle gets from his father which was the "Casino Royale" book, just seeing that I get the feeling it won't be the last time we'll see Castle's father. Even though they can't see him, he'll always be there.moreless
    • Ma vue est le contraire...

      Unlike a lot of people, I absolutely loved this episode. Normally I see things coming, and though the whole spy thing is a little unbelievable (in terms of a one-night thing inspiring a well trained spy to keep close tabs on the woman and his the childhood photos of Alexis on the wall weren't logical given that that place wouldn't have been his long term living arrangements, and all that was necessary was the picture of her with proof of life, and maybe the kidnappers surveillance photos) we should remember that this IS fiction, and hey, spies do exist, and who says they can't have hearts? If we suspend disbelief there, it was an enjoyable episode. I got really into it, and am really pleased. I think it'll be a while, though, before they bring this heritage up again. It would make for some interesting story lines, as long as they are reeeeally careful with it. Hopefully they go back to the normal writer/cop story lines for a good long while after this before attempting to resurrect the father thing. Summary: I loved this, and will gladly watch it again.moreless
    James Brolin

    James Brolin

    Jackson Hunt

    Guest Star

    Dylan Walsh

    Dylan Walsh

    FBI Agent Harris

    Guest Star

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Christopher Heyerdahl

    Jacque Henri

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The address label seen on the package containing the Casino Royale book sent by Jackson Hunt reads "Richard Castle, 595 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013, USA" .

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Hunt: (To Castle) What do you say, kid? You been playing cop for years. You ready to play spy?

      • Castle: At least tell me your name.
        Hunt: Hunt. Jackson Hunt.
        Castle: That sounds made up.
        Hunt: (smirks) It is.

      • Ms. DeGarmo: Listen, bitch, I don't talk to cops. Now go get me my lawyer and then go to hell!
        Beckett: (kicks her chair) Do you have any idea what this is all about?! You think I'm some beat cop busting you on possession charges? My partner's daughter is missing, and you are in my way. Now you don't talk to cops? I'm not a cop today, honey.

      • Esposito: Paris? What the hell is he doing in Paris?
        Beckett: He thinks that he can find her.
        Ryan: What, so he's Liam Neeson now?
        Esposito: Liam Neeson? The dude's barely Ashley Judd.

      • Castle: She sounded so scared. I could hear it in her voice, just like when she was a little girl. And there was nothing I could do.
        Beckett: She wasn't hurt, Castle. That's what matters. That's what we hold on to.
        Castle: I just want her home.
        Beckett: We're not giving up yet.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Hunt: Hunt. Jackson Hunt.

        This is an allusion to the most famous line in James Bond movies and novels, "Bond. James Bond."

      • Esposito: Liam Neeson? The dude's barely Ashley Judd.

        Liam Neeson is a leading actor of the 2008 movie Taken (written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Pierre Morel), as a retired CIA agent attempting to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
        Ashley Judd is one of the main actors of the 2012 ABC television series Missing (created by Gregory Poirier), a show about a mother looking for her missing son.