Season 5 Episode 5

Probable Cause

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A ritualistic murder puts Castle in the crosshairs as evidence mounts linking him to the killing. Surprises come to light leaving Beckett to question how well she really knows Castle.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • stupid detectives

    I can't believe they gave up on Castle so easily. Shame on Beckett. HELLO! computers can be hacked!!
  • Probable Cause

    Every cop show has to do this, the episode where the star gets framed for something he did not do, but despite Castle succumbing to a bit of cliches in this show tonight, they did manage to keep it entertaining so all in all I have to give the episode a solid score.
  • Great Stuff!

    Best episode of the season so far! Castle and Beckett have great chemistry and the ending was perfect! As soon as he didn't floot to the top I knew he was alive. We will be seeing him again!
  • Improbable Cause....

    It's always writers desperation when they resort to the clich framing of a lead character for a murder they didn't commit. If the shows producers want Castle to continue past the current season, they really need to get some writing talent on board for future episodes. Seriously guys, if Richard Castle wrote this sort of stuff he wouldn't be the successful writer that he is. The show and the cast deserve better. And why is it, that in every cop show that's ever been shown on TV, the bad guys can shoot the victims in the head but the cops can only shoot bad guys in the upper body, they NEVER get a head shot...moreless
  • In the Crosshairs

    It's always one of those things that we hope never happen but can happen to anybody, when the finger is pointed at you for a crime you didn't commit. The worst part isn't the threat of getting arrested but that no one will believe your telling the truth.

    Despite a good premise the episode misses the mark in a couple of places. One problem I had was Castle wasn't in the episode long enough, I also wished that they could've done more with Castle in the fugitive role. It would of been a lot of fun just seeing what Castle has to do to prove his innocence on the run from the cops, the fact this wasn't utilized was a lost opportunity. But my real problem is the 3XK killer himself, his character is made too powerful, I know that he's suspose to be really smart but the kind of smarts he's exibiting don't exist, cmon being able to hack into survailance cameras in a police precinct, sorry can't swallow that.

    This was a very good follow up to the 3XK villian. I knew that the whole thing was a set up because the way it was set up was just way too perfect, like finding a duffel bag with the murder instriments out in the open without being hidden. But what I like was seeing the motions both Kate and Castle were going though. We see Castle just struggling to keep cool as he is trying to make sense of what's happening to him and telling the truth all the way. I love the fact that Kate including his friends and family stand by Castle, they don't buy into the bullcrap and their all right.

    The 3XK killer is a good unlikable villian, he's both psychotic and a egotist. But I feel what makes him really menicing is he thinks like a Chess player, he's practically one or three moves ahead. That scene with both Castle and 3XK talking for the first time in a long time was suspenseful, what 3XK says about watching Castle at certain points of his life I'll admit made my skin crawl. However the worst part wasn't just hearing what he's going to do to Castle afterward but that he'll kill Kate, his daughter and everyone else in his life after he's dead, knowing 3XK I don't doubt he'll do it.

    And of course there is a decent final conflict with Castle, Kate and 3XK, it was cool seeing Castle save Kate's life by shooting a whole clip into the psycho. But of course predictably it's not the end of 3XK, he will be back. If he does come back again, I'd want it to be the last time just one final conflict, I don't like villians that reacure in TV shows too much, it makes them loose their flavor after a while. As for the sittuation 3XK puts Castle in, it could possibly be holding Alexis hostage while making Castle and Kate play some sort of game. I don't know this is just a theory, we'll have to wait and see, hopefully it won't disapoint. This was the end of round 2, round 3 is just around the corner.moreless
Alexa Havins

Alexa Havins

Elle Daniels

Guest Star

Romi Dias

Romi Dias

ADA Toni Gonzalez

Guest Star

Gerald Downey

Gerald Downey

Lloyd Kurtzman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Castle: Thank you.
      Beckett: For what?
      Castle: Believing in me. I mean, given my reputation, my history when you saw those e-mails, it would've been real easy not to.
      Beckett: Yeah, well, things have never been easy between you and me.
      Castle: Maybe that's what make's it all worthwhile.

    • Lanie: What did Castle say when you talked to him?
      Beckett: He said that the e-mails were faked. He said he never wrote that story, and that he was being framed. You should've seen him, Lanie. He looked like a little boy, he was so scared. (crying) I know him, Lanie. He is... an immature, egotistical, self-centered jackass sometimes, but he's not this.
      Lanie: Are you sure?

    • Castle: Jewelry. I never would've thought of that.
      Beckett: I guess I'll have to remind you when my birthday's coming up.
      Castle: Why, Detective Beckett, was that a hint you just dropped?
      Beckett: Why, Mr. Castle, I do believe it was.
      Castle: Shameless.

  • NOTES (1)


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