Season 5 Episode 9

Secret Santa

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 03, 2012 on ABC
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    Castle "Secret Santa" Review: It's Raining Fat, Bearded Men

    I don't even like Christmas, but after watching the Castle crew have such a merry old time this week, the icy patches around my heart have somehow begun to melt. Plus the case was pretty good!

  • Episode Summary

    Beckett and Castle investigate the death of a man dressed as Santa after he drops out of the sky in Central Park. Castle and Beckett get ready to spend their first Christmas together.

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    • Secret Santa

      The obligatory Christmas episode proved to not be over the top in the holiday spirit, but we still did get the expected cartoonish premise, with Castle repeatedly thinking it was Santa who the victim was.

      Solid, but pretty forgettable.
    • opening up

      the opening scene with the candy cane replacing the bloody pen was brilliant.

      Castle and Beckett opened up to each other and so did Javi and Ryan.

      and then Lanie told Javi 'no desperate Holiday Hookup 4 U'

      Beckett "I hate to break it to you, Castle, but

      there is no

      Castle: "Well, not

      Beckett: "And how is that less plausible than

      your sleigh?"

      Castle: "I think you mean less

      and I' really happy to see more of Capt Iron Gates

      "If you happen to receive a report of a homicide tonight

      at my address, do me a favor, ignore

      all-in-all, another great Castle episode


    • Nice and sweet

      It reminded all the viewers what makes Christmas one of the best holidays ever. The episode was a nice addition to the roster of Castle episodes. The last 5 minutes were really great!

      The focus on Esposito's character near the end was a welcome change. The speech he gave Ryan was so heartwarming and true. Lovely episode. Keep it up, Castle writers.

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Ryan: We're putting up the tree the other day, Jenny says to me, "It just doesn't feel like Christmas without kids." She wants to try. But I come to work, I watch the news every day, It seems like the world's falling apart. How am I supposed to bring a kid into that?
        Esposito: The world's always falling apart, bro, since the beginning of time. But having kids, making a family, that's what keeps it together. So go home. Make a baby. You're ready.

      • Beckett: Well, Castle. Looks like you might have been right. Maybe there is a Santa Claus after all.
        Castle: Whether there's a Santa Claus or not, that's not why I love Christmas. When I was a kid, no matter how bad things got, my mother always managed to make Christmas Eve magical. Every year she would put on "The Nutcracker Suite." And I thought, if she can do that in our tiny apartment when money was tight and we were alone. It gave me hope that things could get better. I love that feeling, that sense of hope. It's crazy, you know? On the shortest, darkest days of the year, people of all faiths celebrate the light. Plus, who doesn't love presents?

      • Ryan: Hey. So I heard from Air Traffic Control but you're not gonna like the news. They have no record of anyone flying over the park during the time our guy hit the ground.
        Beckett: How is that even possible?
        Castle: Santa had his sleigh in stealth mode.

      • Ryan: So I just talked with the family. They didn't see or hear any planes overhead.
        Beckett: That doesn't make any sense. He had to have fallen from somewhere.
        Castle: I'm sorry. (chuckles) Are we overlooking the obvious here? He hit some turbulence, slipped out of his sleigh, and fell to his doom.
        Ryan: Santa... lying there dead. You gotta ask yourself, what kind of world do we live in?
        Beckett: A world in which there is no Santa and people don't fall out of nowhere.

      • Castle: There are certain aspects to this that are time honored, the-the heart, the beating heart behind the Christmas holidays. (arriving at the crime scene where a dead man has been dressed like Santa) And now Santa is dead?! When will it end?
        Beckett: Hate to break it to you, Castle, but there is no Santa.
        Castle: Well, not anymore.

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