Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 19, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Beckett fights for her life, Castle attempts to find the person responsible for the shooting. Meanwhile back at the precinct, Ryan and Esposito try to adapt to the new captain in charge.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • An interesting one.

    I always do feel for Castle. People always praise Beckett for everything she does, but treat Castle like some annoying child. He helped solve a LOT of these cases, which Beckett may not have solved at all. And the ones she did solve, he really helped. Sure he's a civilian, but he was a pretty damn good contrary to everyone's apparent belief, even Alexis'.

    I thought Josh was well out of place with pushing Castle and blaming him.. he hardly had to push Kate hard. He found a lead, and sure maybe he shouldn't have been looking into it, but in the long run she would want an answer. And did Kate really tell Josh it was Castle's fault or something? I do get he was very sad though I suppose, but blame her other partners too.

  • 401

    After the heavy build-up for the show's return due to its most explosive finale yet, the episode we got turned out to be a little bit dull. It is good to have Castle and Beckett back on my TV, but let's be honest, we knew she was not going to die so what is the point? Longtime viewers waited patiently for one of them to admit their love for each other so the followup was disappointing in this premiere. Not bad, just disappointing.moreless
  • New Police Captain. Must know more after shooting.

    The Beckett traumatic experience.   Castle alters thinking.  The story picks up 3 months after the last season's shooting. We do see the more than friends relationship takes a big hit. Lots of clues for the whole 4th season theme. Interesting unknown character who Montgomery mailed file.- very mysterous.

  • Great opening to what hopefully will be a great season 4

    It was a great preview into what i believe will be a little more darker castle than what we have seen in the previous 3 seasons. The overall show was mainly about Beckett getting back into the game again after being shot and Castle being there no matter what.

    I'm actually quite glad that what we saw at first was that Beckett said she didn't remember what had happened when she was shot. Although I had an inkling there was more to what she said to Castle and I was elated to find out that she did actually lie and she does remember everything. I believe the writers have done the right thing here as there could be more done before Castle and Beckett get together.

    Thank god motorcycle boy is gone as he was really starting to annoy me. What I hope now is that the writers don't bring in any more BF/GF for either of them for a long while, doesn't need it.

    I think I'm looking forward to a more edgier Castle as we saw near the end. Bring on the next episode.

  • During the summer I hoped and feared for this season premiere. And I wasn't disappointed in both departments.

    The beginning of this episode made my worst fears come true. Beckett having amnesia and doesn't remember, then the writers did the same thing they did with Bones; too messed up emotionally to be romantically involved. It seemd to me that everything was back to square one. Beckett and Castle dancing around each other episode by episode.

    But things changed right at the end that made my hopes come back. Beckett DOES remember and that gives a new perspective on how she treated Castle during this episode.

    I still can hope, that the producers are willing to go towards a real relationship between Castle and Beckett somewhere in the future. Unfortunatly the track record for crime dramas in that department is not good. Too often it isn't done like in JAG, NCIS and Bones or it is done poorly like in Without a Trace.

    I will keep my fingers crossed and keep watching.moreless
Victor Webster

Victor Webster

Josh Davidson

Guest Star

Landon Ashworth

Landon Ashworth

Mitch Yancey

Guest Star

Valerie Azlynn

Valerie Azlynn


Guest Star

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Dr. Carter Burke

Recurring Role

Scott Paulin

Scott Paulin

Jim Beckett

Recurring Role

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Mystery Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Text on Castle's murder board:


      Johanna BECKETT: Was working on Pulgatti's appeal when she was murdered. Fatally stabbed by Dick Coonan. 3 colleagues also all murdered by Coonan. WHO HIRED COONAN?

      Joe PULGATTI: Mob source arrested by Raglan, who pinned Armen's murder on him

      Bob ARMEN: Undercover Fed inside Mafia, killed 19 years ago in failed kidnapping attempt.

      Hal LOCKWOOD: Hired assassin, killed Raglan + McCallister. Part of continuing mission. WHO HIRED HIM?

      3 Renegade Cops, All involved in Armen Homicide

      Roy MONTGOMERY: Killed Lockwood and killed by Lockwood. What did he know about who hired Coonan + Lockwood?

      Gary McCALLISTER: Shanked in prison by Lockwood (part of escape plan)

      John RAGLAN: Killed by hired sniper Lockwood. WHO ORDERED THE HIT? Lead investigator in Beckett homicide, dismissed case as random violence.

    • Goof: At the funeral, Becket, Esposito and Ryan are in uniform and are wearing the silver shields worn by Police Officers in the NYPD.. Later when back in plain clothes, Esposito and Ryan are displaying the proper gold and blue shields worn by Detectives in the NYPD.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Castle: You're right. I do need to grow up. And that's why I'm doing what I'm doing. Everything that's happened happened because of me. And I need to be there for her. I owe her that.
      Alexis: Does she make you happy?
      Castle: Yeah, she does.
      Alexis: Is it enough?
      Castle: It's enough for now.
      Alexis: Okay.
      Castle: Okay.
      Alexis: Dad. Don't grow up too much, okay?
      Castle: (smiles) Hey. It's me we're talking about.

    • Beckett: How am I supposed to get my bearings when someone out there wants me dead?
      Castle: By not letting them rob you of your life. I promise you, we will figure this out. We're gonna find them and we're gonna make them pay. Just not today.
      Beckett: Castle, if I don't do this, I don't know who I am.
      Castle: You're who you always were. You're the one who honors the victims.

    • Alexis: You act like this is all about her, but you were standing right next to her. You could've been shot. Hell, I could've been shot.
      Castle: That's why I have to do this, to make sure they stay away.
      Alexis: Yeah? You need to grow up, dad. You're a writer, not a cop. Stop pretending.

    • Beckett: Castle, wait!
      Castle: I did, three months. You never called.
      Beckett: Look, I know you're angry...
      Castle: Oh, you're damn right I'm angry. I watched you die in that ambulance. Did you know that? You know what that's like, watching the life drain out of someone you... (pauses) someone you care about?

    • Beckett: Ma'am.
      Capt. Gates: If my mother drops by, you can call her ma'am. Call me sir or captain.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Návrat (Return)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 19, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: February 5, 2012 on Channel 7
      Germany: March 2, 2012 on Kabel 1
      United Kingdom: March 8, 2012 on Alibi
      Czech Republic: September 5, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: March 6, 2013 on JOJ