Season 4 Episode 15


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 13, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
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  • Episode Summary

    An international conspiracy plays into the case of a killer being pursued by Castle and Beckett. A sexy CIA operative with ties to Castle joins in on the case. (Part 1 of 2)

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • It was ok...

      I have to agree with one of the comments earlier that there are quite a few loopholes in the storyline. If the former CIA is one of their best, why only send one person to apprehend him? But I have to say that the storyline about the linchpin is interesting. Hm... just one weak link.. who may it be?

      Beckett is funny when she gets insecure about Castle's former short-term partner/girlfriend of one year!!! haha, that was hilarious when Beckett asked how short was short!moreless
    • Pandora

      I like the abrupt ending with the car crash, that was smart as it leaves us counting the hours until Monday's show.

      This was a good first part, but it did not feel like the huge TV event ABC tried to pass it off as. It was good as I said, but a little over the top with the whole underground CIA thing. I liked it, I was on the edge of my seat, but let's keep things in perspective.moreless
    • What remains inside Pandora's Box? Hope?

      With the paired metaphors of a linchpin, which holds a structure together and without which the structure will fail catastrophically, and of the myth of Pandora's Box, out of which all of earth's evils escaped when it was opened, leaving only hope, the writers have structured an uncomfortably possible cliff-hanger: if not prevented, an economic disaster the like of which the world has never seen will bring the US down.

      Humanizing both the evil machine aimed at destroying the US and the defenders who struggle to prevent catastrophe involves a series of juxtapositions: day and night as times for action; ground level and deep basement settings as backdrops; a gloomy garage and a sunny park as arenas for confrontations; the seriousness and freshness of Alexis and the jaundiced selfishness of Gage; the starkness of a believable doomsday scenario and the humor of jealous co-workers sniping and snapping out their irritation at one another. In places, the plot seems structured like the layers of a Russian matryoshka nesting doll: events within events within events; reasons within reasons within reasons; facts within facts within facts. One is reminded of Ezekiel's "wheel within a wheel" as every event changes meanings with the addition of newly-discovered or newly-admitted data.

      Castle, in "Pandora," interacts directly with five different women: his mother, his daughter, the Captain, his old CIA source, and Beckett; most of his interaction with Lanie is at a remove: she shares some comments with Beckett, who tells Alexis, who tells Martha. . . who accidentally tells Castle. For once, Castle savors having been forbidden to discuss a case; it gives him a chance to score against Captain Gates. Reminiscing and flirting with his old CIA source gives him a similar chance to ruffle Beckett's feathers, gently, as she reacts negatively to watching him "partner" someone else until he proves that ONLY Beckett is really his partner. As often before, one of the women in Castle's life suggests a different point of view for a problem puzzling him; this time it is Martha who opines that the chess moves may have nothing to do with the game of chess. Castle's interactions with ALL of the women in this episode reinforce one of his strongest attributes: his respect for women as people. Despite his frequent flirtations and rather bawdy history, Castle is actually a feminist and Alexis and Martha have definitely assisted in his growth.

      Although the murder of Dr. Blakely was predictable, the discovery that he is actually one of the "good guys" was not. We are left with questions about the CIA as an organization, about the veracity of its workers, about who is manipulating whom, about whom to believe and whom to trust. Although not excruciating, the suspense is pleasurable most of us will be tuning in next week.

    • Boring, Predictable and Stupid

      Wow, not only did everybody behave stupidly, this episode was predictable at every turn.

      It starts with a mistake:

      CIA sends ONE guy to apprehend their best man? How is that supposed to work? Luck?

      And ends with sheer stupidity:

      Why didn't Castle and Becket call it in when they had the guy everybody was after, the one guy who could tell them whats going on...
    • Pandora: Castle & Kate vs. the CIA (spoilers for those on the W. Coast)

      Rating: 9: A darn good setup for next week!

      I always enjoy a good case of the Green-Eyed Monster, whether it's Kate's or Rick's.

      I like that Alexis is interning with Lanie. As usual, Alexis' choice doesn't sit well with Dad.

      I loved it when "Sir,"Esposito and Ryan got their noses out of joint because K&C couldn't tell them what's going on.

      K&C sharing the trunk was a nice touch.

      The one negative for me was that Blakely's murder was no surprise at all. Throwing in a surprise twist would have made for a more effective cliffhanger. It's not as like we're going to skip watching next week.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Goof: The former CIA analyst was Dr. Nelson Blakely but on the New York State Police Department Accident Report for his car accident reporting his death, the name reads Dr. Michael Blakely.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Beckett: Is it in?
        Castle: To the left.
        Beckett: Ok.
        Castle: Push.
        Beckett: Scoot down.
        (fiddles with latch) Yes.
        Castle: Nice.

      • Beckett: What are you doing here?
        Castle: I found something. It's about Blakely.
        Beckett: Well, shouldn't you tell Sophia about it?
        Castle: She isn't my partner. You are.

      • Ryan: So...seriously, what's going on?
        Beckett: Guys, I'm sorry. We really can't talk about it.
        Esposito: Come on. This is us.
        Castle: No. Hey, sorry, boys. Classified. Top secret. Our eyes only. Defcon 1. And if I did tell you, well, then I'd have to kill you.
        Esposito: Yeah? Good luck with that.
        Castle: Yeah, realistically, that's not...
        Esposito: I'm gonna go on record and say that this sucks.
        Ryan: It sucks.
        Beckett: And noted.

      • Beckett: Sooner or later, we're gonna run out of air. We gotta get out of here.
        Castle: Well, maybe somebody will find us.
        Beckett: Castle, we are locked in the trunk of a car in long-term parking. It's gonna be hours before anyone realizes that we're missing. Who do you think is gonna find us?
        Castle: I just feel, in situations like this, it's important to have faith.
        Beckett: You pressed the panic button, didn't you?
        Castle: Well, if there was ever a time to panic, I think this was it.
        Beckett: I am...
        Castle: You should be thanking me.
        Beckett: No. I am not gonna be rescued by your girlfriend.

      • Capt. Gates: Detective Beckett, Mr. Castle, good of you to drop by. So tell me about this special assignment of yours.
        Beckett: I'm afraid I can't, sir.
        Capt. Gates: Excuse me?
        Castle: Yes, it's on a need-to-know basis.
        Capt. Gates: And I need to know.
        Beckett: Sir, I think that the chief of detectives would back me up on this one.
        Capt. Gates: Well... we'll see about that. (walks away)
        Castle: Did you see how mad she was? God, that was so good.

      • Alexis: Where is everybody?
        Lanie: We usually beat the uniforms to the scenes. It's not like they want to hurry and stand around.
        Alexis: Just so you know, I'm not letting this victim out of my sight.
        Lanie: Crazy.
        Alexis: What is?
        Lanie: The fact that Richard Castle, a man unburdened by regret and guilt, has a child that carries the weight of the world. It is not on you that a dead man came up missing.
        Alexis: Well, how often does something like that happen anyway?
        Lanie: It never happens, honey. So relax. It was a freak thing. Bodies just don't disappear.

      • Castle: (after seeing Alexis at the crime scene as an intership of medical examiner's office) My worlds are colliding.
        Beckett: You mean Alexis?
        Castle: You knew about this?
        Beckett: Come on, Castle. You're the one who said you wanted to find a way of spending more time with her.
        Castle: Not like this. This is my thing. This is our thing. It's a violation of church and state. This would be like me just showing up at her school and teaching.
        Beckett: I really think that you're overreacting.

      • Lanie: No ID, but lots of causes of death.
        Castle: You mean other than gravity?
        Lanie: Oh, yeah. See that bullet wound?
        Beckett: So he was shot before he fell?
        Lanie: And stabbed.
        Beckett: Shot and stabbed?
        Lanie: And choked, and has a pencil jammed in the side of his neck.
        Castle: Ah. Gives new meaning to the term overkill.

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