'Castle' season finale recap: Decisions, decisions
Image Credit: Michael Desmond/ABCBefore we get into Beckett’s decision, let me just say that I’m kinda sorry that the “pretend-you’re-a-spy-vacation” victim was folded into an episode with the resolution of the Beckett-Castle-Demming love triangle. That was a fun case that I believe Castle could have had even more fun with if given those extra minutes to play. I guess we were supposed to see the parallel between the case and Beckett’s dilemma: people get hurt when others don’t have the nerve to say what they truly feel (a married man was gunned down by his mistresses’ husband during the spy game). But I feel like that’s a cool enough case that you devote an entire hour to it in Season 3. (I mean, I Googled to see if companies like “Spy Ventures” exist. I came up empty-handed. Anyone find anything?)
I also thought they short-changed us on Beckett’s relationship with Demming. I can see how the final moments make a good cliffhanger, but we needed more episodes with Demming to become attached and actually care when Beckett dumped him. She’s gonna need to be in a relationship at some point, this one could have lasted half a season.
So Castle was going to be alone in the Hamptons with his illegal fireworks because Alexis got into a summer program at Princeton, and Martha will be performing out-of-town through August. He invited Beckett to come with him for Memorial Day weekend. She said no, because she’s been using every vacation day to find a new place to live since her apartment was blown up earlier this season. But when Demming let it slip that they had plans together in front of Castle, she had to come clean: She said she didn’t tell him she was going away with Demming because she didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable now that they’re together. Cut to Castle deciding that he really should be working on the first draft of Naked Heat, which was already overdue. Perhaps he should plan on staying in the Hamptons for the summer to finish it. This could be his last case with Beckett.
Beckett was visibly distracted after Castle said that, but a later conversation with Esposito brought things into focus: He told her that Castle had more than enough inspiration for his Nikki Heat series — whatever reason he was following her around now didn’t involve watching her date another man. While Castle told his poker buddy James Patterson that he was right, Beckett was more of a distraction than a muse at this point — “I think I’ve gotten everything I can out of that relationship anyway” — Beckett looked at Castle’s empty chair and thought about what she’d be missing. (Did you notice her notice that he didn’t bring her a cup of coffee the next morning?) They got their chemistry back when they had the same hunch about the case — the one we all had, that it wasn’t a fellow player in the spy game that killed the victim, but someone using the game to cover his tracks. (How badass was Beckett saying “he already knows,” when the mistress asked her not to tell her husband about her affair? Answer: Very.)
After the captain unknowingly made Beckett realize that she was killing Castle by not telling him she had feelings for him, she broke up with Demming. (Another great scene for Stana Katic, whose smile at watching Castle leave the station to drive Alexis to Princeton before returning for his goodbye party faded as she saw Demming.) Kate told Demming he was great and she really likes him, but “this” wasn’t what she was looking for right now. At Castle’s intimate pizza-and-beer goodbye, she took him aside and said she knew she wasn’t easy to get to know because she doesn’t always let on what’s on her mind, but she’s had a really good time working with him the past year. “So I’m just gonna say this…” she said, and was interrupted by Castle’s ex-wife/current publisher Gina (Monet Mazur). It turns out they’re headed to the Hamptons together — for the summer. Gina plans to “stay on top of him” so he finishes the book. Beckett, visibly shaken, said she didn’t think they even got along. Castle said they didn’t, but he’d finally taken her call the previous night, and they ended up talking for hours like old times. With tears in her eyes, Beckett told Castle what she’d wanted to say was for him to have a great summer. They shook hands, he waved to the rest of Beckett’s team (watching through a clear door), and left with his arm around Gina. “See you in the fall?” Kate said. “See you in the fall,” Castle answered. Sad faces all around the police station.
There was no way Beckett and Castle were going to get together at the end of Season 2 — we all knew this — so we have to put aside our frustration. What do you think Beckett was going to say to Castle? I think she was going to allude to that conversation they’d had a couple of weeks ago when the chef was murdered. She was going to tell him that he made her feel alive, and he was worth the risk. She’d been playing it safe with Demming, but that was over and her heart wanted something more. Of course, what’s brilliant is that even though he didn’t necessarily know he was hurting Kate, he did: She was afraid of opening herself up to a man who was a notorious playboy, and here he was, pining away for her — or so she thought — one minute, and off in the Hamptons with another woman the next. It’s sort of like hitting the reset button on the sexual tension. She values him enough in the field that they’ll definitely be working together in the fall (if they didn’t, ABC would have no show). But it’s gonna take Beckett a long time to get over this and trust his (and her) feelings again.
Your turn. Do you want to see Gina stick around, or do you prefer she and Castle don’t make it past Labor Day? Are you sad we didn’t get to explore Demming more? What was your favorite Fillion moment of the night? (I’m gonna go with Alexis’ “It looks like I’m not the only one who’s getting lucky this summer.” Spit-take!) And seriously, how badly do you want to go on a spy adventure now, even if there’s no way people could go around New York City carrying concealed fake weapons? (We’ll need to find a ghost town and turn it into Spy Town.)