Season 5 Episode 18

The Wild Rover

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 25, 2013 on ABC
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    Castle "The Wild Rover" Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin Ryan

    Kudos to Seamus Dever for taking an episode so barely conceived and running with it. He made Kevin Ryan a more interesting character, even if the writers failed to do the same.

  • Episode Summary

    Castle and Beckett investigate the discovery of a man found dead in an industrial cake mixer and a link to an Irish Staten Island gang and bar owner, Siobhan O'Doul. Surprising everyone is that Ryan has a history with Siobhan from when he worked undercover in narcotics. With no leads and the case threatening to go cold, Ryan goes back undercover to help find the killer.


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    • The Wild Rover

      Hate the Kevin character, but this episode was a break from the norm, and actually made him come off as not just a complete tool. A bit of an anticlimactic ending, but sometimes Castle does fall into this trap.

      Definitely an episode to check out.
    • Calling out his chums

      I loved when he called out his team at the end and introduced them one by one, especially Castle's response. This was an excellent episode.
    • Good use of cast members

      It was good to see Seamus D's character expanded. We need to see more of the story lines of the whole cast. It is also good to see Castle share some of the ghosts in his closet. I feel it brings Caskett closer together as a couple.

      So far I feel the writers are keeping the Caskett relationship at an even keel.
    • The Ryan Game

      early scene: cut from Ryan and Jenny to Caskett & Javi at the new Murder Board, and Castle says "So, the Master Baker",,,,,,, LMAO. Anngel421 is right - Seamus showed us his chops; when he stood outside the bar and took a breath and set his collar and walked in like he Owned the Joynt - BOOM. I knew this one was gonna be fun.

      I'll bet they have four different Javi episodes the writers are pimping around the set - we know he's a Certified Badass, and he's gonna go all medieval on someone's ass; they're just working on the setupmoreless
    • awwww :)

      Kevin ryan has always been one of my favorite characters of the show. He's always kind of looked as this nerdy kid brother type and that's the staple and Seamus D is very good at playing the nice guy opposite Jon Huertes' playboy Espesito cop. But occasionally he's shown the NYPD cop grit and that's what makes him awesome and one of the reasons ive kept with the show. Anyway this episode.. .man I've always known Seamus D can act but this one was tense, it was funny and sweet. Although if there was one flaw... I didn't quite get the big reveal of Castle's secret. Maybe I need to watch it again but the "aww" moment of beckett and castle just didn't hit me the right way because of it. Still stellar episode.moreless
    Cara Buono

    Cara Buono

    Siobhan O'Doul

    Guest Star

    Brian Letscher

    Brian Letscher

    Liam Finch

    Guest Star

    Christina Cox (I)

    Christina Cox (I)

    Maggie Finch

    Guest Star

    Juliana Dever

    Juliana Dever

    Jenny Ryan

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Esposito: Deep cover? I can't believe he didn't tell me.
        Beckett: Espo, he didn't even tell Jenny.
        Esposito: Yeah, but I'm his best friend. She's just the wife.
        Beckett: Thus proving why there is no Mrs. Esposito.
        Esposito: Hey, it's hard to find a woman for this much man.

      • Beckett: (about a name from Castle's sleep talking) Come on, Castle. Who is Jordan?
        Castle: I got nothing to hide. There's just nothing to tell.
        Beckett: Then why are you being so defensive?
        Castle: I'm not.
        Beckett: Okay, fine. I'll just wait until you're asleep. And then I'll ask you.
        Castle: You can't do that.
        Beckett: Come on, Castle. You just said that you had nothing to hide.
        Castle: Yeah, but interrogating me in my sleep? Would you stoop that low?
        Beckett: Who says I haven't already?

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