By Lynette Rice
Updated January 15, 2011 at 04:06 PM EST

Image Credit: Michael Desmond/ABCAs Stana Katic teased to EW in November, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Katic) are finally going to seal the deal this month. “They are going to get super close,” she told us. “Closer than they’ve ever gotten before.” Well, the moment has finally arrived, my friends: TVLine has a pretty hot snippet of the smooch that fans have been waiting for – though the way Beckett darts her eyes while laying a wet one on Castle suggests that maybe her heart (or her mind) isn’t fully invested in the moment. What’s going on, woman?

For her part, Katic keeps saying to anyone who will listen that these two belong together. “They are meant to be. I think they can be a couple and still be spicy and funny,” she told EW. “Everyone else is like, ‘Oh no we can’t do that. That will ruin it. That will kill the show.’ [A Moonlighting] curse has come up. But no way, man. Don’t believe in it at all.”

The episode airs Jan. 24. Meanwhile, Castle has already received a full season pickup for 2011-12.