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Castle | Monday, 10-11 p.m., ABC The ''I love you'' uttered by Castle (Nathan Fillion) to Beckett (Stana Katic) ?as she lay injured from a gunshot in…
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Image Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC/AP ImagesTonight, Beckett and Castle lock lips on Castle (ABC, 10 p.m. ET). EW’s spoiler maven Sandra Gonzalez, who will post an exclusive interview with the episode’s writers after it airs over on our Inside TV blog, just explained to me what she meant when she recently teased that the kiss wasn’t even the best part of the episode. When she finished describing her two favorite moments from the hour, she was collapsed in her chair, physically spent after experiencing the kind of emotional afterglow that those of us who truly love TV know all too well. Because those same people know how will-they-or-won’t-they couples tend to work on TV– and because we can clearly see Beckett looking at someone out of the corner of her eye in the sneak peek of the kiss — we’re prepared for this NOT to be the start of a beautiful romance.

But it still needs to do two things to be satisfying to viewers: 1)Look hot, and 2) Reveal something new about a character or the depth of his or her feelings in a surprising way. When I think of eagerly-awaited first kisses, the first one that comes to my mind is Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) on Bones. They had to kiss under mistletoe at Christmas in season 3 so “puckish” Caroline would orchestrate Brennan’s Christmas with her incarcerated father. Who could forget the way she grabbed his lapel with both hands, and how he stumbled when it was over? (And this wasn’t even the supersteamy version, which has been viewed nearly 2 million times in a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube.) Totally satisfying. The second kiss I thought of: Will (Josh Charles) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) on season 1 of The Good Wife. Hot? Yes. And if you want to talk surprising: How about her breaking away and running to her car, then stopping before she got in, turning around, and coming back into the building? If you’re a fan of that show, your heart rate just increased reading that.

What prime-time kiss were you (or are you) most eagerly awaiting? And was it satisfying?

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