Season 5 Episode 13


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2013 on ABC
out of 10
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    Castle "Recoil" Review: The Devil You Know

    I've made no secret of my general disdain for Castle's more serious episodes, so color me utterly flabbergasted that I found "Recoil" to be such an enjoyable diversion.

  • Episode Summary

    Complications ensue when Castle and Beckett finally try to take Senator Bracken down after finding evidence connecting him to a young woman's murder.

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    • Where is the love?

      It seems that for some unfathomable reason the writers have been listening to that nit-picking pseudo-critic Alex Navarro. Ever since "Significant Others" there has been hardly any displays of affection between Castle and Beckett. We might as well be back in Season 2 as far as their relationship is concerned. I don't want every episode to be nothing but moon-eyes and sighs between the two but it would be nice if they could show the two of themcould show they had something more than a nodding acquaintance. "Recoil" was a great episode that could have been better (in my opinion a 10) if there had been some romantic empathy shown by Castle and reciprocated by Beckett. The best episode of the season so far, emphasizing all that is good about the series in addtion to romantic by-play between the two leads, was "Murder, He Wrote". Let's hope the writers can get back to that real soon.moreless
    • Recoil

      While not as good as it could have been, from an intensity standpoint, or simply writing, it was still a strong edition of the show, as is usually the case when they delve into Beckett's past.

      Not a lot can be said, and it really didn't advance much, but still a little bit of a break from the normal formula this show follows and because of that it succeeded in keeping me entertained.moreless
    • Gray Areas

      This was indeed uncomfortable to watch, but in a good way - suspenseful and challenging. I found Esposito especially disturbing. He has a streak of assassin in him. Interesting that Ryan has become something of a moral compass for this show.

      I thought the performances were nuanced and perfect... and while Castle himself didn't have enough screen time, what he did have was fascinating. Bracken's insinuation that Castle had enough money to take him out... whew. Rick's expression made me wonder wonder if Castle had considered just that. I'm really looking forward to the next few episodes. Nathan Fillion is incredibly talented and Rick's veneer sometimes wears on me. We get hints of depth, and then he hides it away again. So maybe he's a mystery Beckett will never solve. Wouldn't that turn the tables?

      Stana Katic has REALLY won me over - and I found Beckett's character pretty repellant when the series started up. I don't usually talk back to my TV, but I was alone and at one point found myself whispering "You've got this, Katie, don't blow With tears. Seriously.

      I love that Gates walked in on the interrogation - although it would have been recorded anyway, so there's likelihood she'd review it if things went much deeper. I think this means Kate is coming to trust her more, and I believe that trust will pay off. Gates is a strong character and I wish they'd run with her. I'm guessing that she's figured out C&B are together, and she doesn't care as long as it gets the job done. When it comes out publicly, Castle will have to earn a badge. And that is a good thing.

      Senator Bracken's comment about the murdered girl - a "sweet kid" - seemed quite genuine. But that's pretty typical for a psychopath... as long as someone's on their side, everything's fine. I like complex characters and Bracken qualifies. He's very good at not seeming evil. I think a lot of public figures work hard to hone that skill.

      As for the closing scene of this episode, they really should have been cuddling while they watched TV. That was a wasted snorgling opportunity and could still have held dramatic tension while showing emotional support and closeness.moreless
    • Good episode!

      Great episode! Really good storyline with Brackett and Beckett. Would have wished to see Alexis or Martha, or a little Caskett time, but this was still one of the best episodes.

      (by the way - a part of me wishes that she would have held back for just a minute and let Bracken become toast. That would have made for a happy ending, but alas - it would have made for an ending, and we don't want that ;) )moreless
    • Getting back on track again

      This is the kind of episode I've been waiting for. We finally see Bracken show up his face in order to enrage Beckett and spice up the season. Fantastic plot. WTG writers! Keep it up.
    Brett Rickaby

    Brett Rickaby

    Robert McManus

    Guest Star

    Erin Krakow

    Erin Krakow

    Julie Rogers

    Guest Star

    Matt Kaminsky

    Matt Kaminsky

    Chief of Staff Evan Howard

    Guest Star

    Jack Coleman

    Jack Coleman

    Senator William H. Bracken

    Recurring Role

    Michael Dorn

    Michael Dorn

    Dr. Carter Burke

    Recurring Role

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    • QUOTES (6)

      • Senator Bracken: You saved my life.
        Beckett: Yeah, well, you can't win 'em all, can you?
        Senator Bracken: I suppose this means I'm in your debt.
        Beckett: Nothing's changed between us, Senator.
        Senator Bracken: Even so, it's a dangerous world out there, detective. You never know when you might need a friend.

      • Beckett: I'm working on this case where I need to find a suspect, and I came across a piece of evidence. It's a letter that he wrote. And there's no address, there's no name, just a postmark from New Jersey. And I know in my gut that this is our big break. One way or another, it's gonna lead us straight to him.
        Burke: Yet, here you are talking to me.
        Beckett: If we find this suspect, then someone worse, much worse, is going to escape justice.
        Burke: I take it no one else knows about the letter.
        Beckett: No, not yet.
        Burke: Well, as a police officer, you must have faced similar dilemmas.
        Beckett: Yeah.
        Burke: Why is this time different?
        Beckett: Because this time, it feels like there's no right choice.
        Burke: Maybe the right choice is the one you can live with.

      • Castle: (while reading the threatening letters) Considering what he's capable of, you would think Bracken would have more formidable enemies.
        Beckett: Oh, obviously, you never saw the letter that I sent him.
        Castle: No, I did, actually. I liked the way you, uh, dotted the "i" on "kill" with a little heart. It was a nice touch.
        Beckett: Well, I was trying to give it a personal feel.
        Castle: Well done.

      • Esposito: I'll tell you something, if I'm her (referring to Beckett), I sit in there shuffling papers till whoever it is puts a bullet in Bracken's head.
        Ryan: No, you wouldn't, 'cause that would make you no better than he is.
        Esposito: The guy murdered Beckett's mother, Captain Montgomery, who knows who else. Bracken's got it coming to him, so I say, let it come.

      • Beckett: You know, Senator, I'm not the one that you should be worried about right now.
        Senator Bracken: It's just us here, detective. A shooter on the loose, me in the crosshairs must be a dream come true for you.
        Beckett: In my dreams, I'm the one that gets to pull the trigger. But you know what? If you're not comfortable with me leading this investigation, you're welcome to step outside and tell everyone why. Well, then I guess we're stuck with each other. So then let me make one thing clear. This man killed Melanie Rogers, and when someone commits murder, whoever he is, Senator, I will bring him to justice, no matter how long it takes.

      • Beckett: So what makes you so sure that Alexis isn't serious about this guy?
        Castle: Well, I haven't met him or approved of him yet so it can't be serious. All suitors must be met and intimidated by me personally before they can be considered for official boyfriend status.

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