Season 5 Episode 21

The Squab and the Quail

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2013 on ABC
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    Castle "The Squab and the Quail" Review: The Foxy Mr. Fantastic

    There was no way that this relationship wasn't going to hit troubled waters eventually; I suppose I just wish the reason was something more interesting than "Castle isn't very open, and also he's kind of an inconsiderate doof on occasion."

  • Episode Summary


    Castle's jealousy surfaces when Beckett is assigned as private protection for charming billionaire Erik Vaughn.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • lolz

      If it had been Castle in a hotel room, drinking champagne and locking lips with some chick -I think the episode would have had a different tone.

      Remember when Beckett and Castle just got together, and then that Entertainment presenter lady started kissing Castle while she was under the impression that he was single -Beckett lost her shit and even refused to kiss him for the rest of the episode, even after he tried to make amends.

      Beckett gets her freak on with some random famous billionaire that she just met after being with Castle for almost a year now. . .because he has stopped defining his life by her whims and is not subservient like a pathetic puppy anymore?

      Thanks TV people for showing us what healthy romantic relationships are supposed to be like. . .full of double standards and the justifiable un-trusting individual making amends for being. . .well right.moreless
    • I'm confused

      Yes, I am confused. About the whole episode. Today I had the luck to watch the episode that was meant to air before this one. "Still" is a great episode and it has it's moments (romantic, funny and suprising) and it makes no sense at all that after "Still" they come up with such a story. Let's be honest: Castle fought 4 years to win Beckett's heart. He told her he loved her several times. He does so much for her - and yeah, let's face it: that he ignored her for playing games was wrong, but it's nothing for Kate to worry about or to feel as she would be taking for granted by him. At least it's nothing that would justify to let that billionaire dude kiss her. Even worse: to let him kiss her after Castle admitted that he was jealous! Kate was sooo pissed at him, that Castle wouldn't trust her at all?! And then she "babysits" and let the dude kiss her? Then why should Castle not be jealous. Why should he trust her, if she runs off with any rich and handsome guy who asks her?

      Don't get me wrong: I liked the ep. It had a twist, that I didn't see coming (and I usually "know" who the killer is before the end), and it had it's moments. But the fact that I've seen the ep before (and I keep myself quiet about it, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone here) makes me wonder why the writers came up with it. I only hope that it makes some kind of sense afterwards. Of course it is meant to create a little gulge between the two of them, so the season finale can come up with a big cliffhanger like the old "will they, won't they"-game that they have been playing for four years - but this better be a really good one, otherwise I can't see the sense in it.moreless
    • Ohh, doubts

      She's having second thoughts! Who wouldn't? It's obvious that Beckett needs to know where that relationship is going but they work together and can't be open about it. And if Castle can't be honest with her and stop taking her for granted, they will be doomed,

      The episode was fun and the plot perfect. But I'd have wanted Beckett to hold on to that kiss a little bit longer so that she would feel guilty about it and make Castle realize what he could lose if he continues playing video games (not necessarily literally). I think the writers are trying to make us believe that they're going to break up (eventually).moreless
    • The Squab and the Quail

      This episode was lacking something, it is hard to put my finger on it, but the plot was just missing something.

      Still, a fairly strong hour of TV. Richard had some good comedy moments, and I thought they had a good twist as I was convinced Erik did it from the beginning.
    • Nothing stays the same

      This was a fun one!
    Ioan Gruffudd

    Ioan Gruffudd

    Eric Vaughn

    Guest Star

    Russ Bain

    Russ Bain

    Bruno Toft

    Guest Star

    Andy Wagner

    Andy Wagner

    Lucas Shaw

    Guest Star

    Maya Stojan

    Maya Stojan

    Tory Ellis

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Vaughn: You know, that's an extraordinary woman you have there.
        Castle: I know.
        Vaughn: Do you?

      • Vaughn: Are you and Castle...?
        Beckett: (pauses) Yes.
        Vaughn: Is it serious?
        Beckett: Yes. Yeah, you could say it's serious.
        Vaughn: But the truth is, you don't really know. Otherwise, you wouldn't have hesitated.
        Beckett: No, it's just, uh... We've never really talked about it. That's all.
        Vaughn: Why not?
        Beckett: We just haven't.
        Vaughn: Then he's a fool.
        Beckett: No, it's, uh... It's just, it's-it's complicated.
        Vaughn: Kate, there's nothing complicated about meeting a woman like you and knowing what to do.

      • Vaughn: Detective Beckett, David Anderson, my attorney. The detective is looking after me, so make sure she has everything she needs.
        Anderson: If he gives you any trouble, we can put him on investor conference calls all day.
        Beckett: I might take you up on that.

      • Esposito: Beckett's hanging with Vaughn? Oh, hell, yeah, you should be worried. His hit list includes half of Maxim's hot 100. Oh, and unlike you, his helicopter doesn't need a remote control.
        Ryan: Don't listen to him, Castle. Beckett's loyal to you. She's not gonna be seduced by his charms.
        Esposito: Really? So you'd let Jenny hang with him then?
        Ryan: Hell, no. I wouldn't let Jenny near that guy.
        Castle: Thanks. Okay, but... I'm not worried. I'm not. Okay? I just, I can't believe that the department is forcing her to hang out with some womanizing rich guy against her will.
        Ryan: Yeah. Unbelievable.
        Esposito: Yeah, she's never done that.

      • Castle: Is that Eric Vaughn?
        Ryan: Uh, yeah. He was part of the victim's dinner party. He's that billionaire inventor, right?
        Castle: Yeah. Inventor, innovator, and number eight on my LSL.
        Ryan: LSL?
        Castle: Last Supper List. You and a table of 12, anyone from history. What is mine, you ask? I'm glad you did. In order, it is Lincoln, Einstein, Ian Fleming, John Lennon, Joan Of Arc, Sinatra... (Beckett stares at him) And you, of course.
        Beckett: Too late, Castle.

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