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March 27, 2012 at 04:27 AM EDT

Forty minutes into this week’s episode of Castle, I was dying. Not literally, of course. But the anticipation was killing me — and not just because this week’s case was a nail-bitter.

You see, at the end of last week’s wildly fun Dancing With the Stars-themed episode, viewers were treated to a teaser for an episode that appeared to finally address the “I love you” Castle (Nathan Fillion) whispered to injured Kate (Stana Katic) at the end of last season. “I was shot in the chest and I remember every second of it,” she told a man during an interrogation as Castle looked on from the other side of the glass, shocked. And hurt.

Finally, I thought! A reward for my dwindling patience was on the way!

Not that I’m against a slow-burn relationship, but we’ve gone almost the entire season without the pair bringing this out into the open. After last season’s amazing finale, I was hoping for them to hit the ground running this year — take Castle and Beckett to places unknown. But instead it’s like they’ve been playing hide-and-go-seek all season. One person steps out, the other hides. The other comes out, the other hides. I’m ready for a step (or ten!) toward a little mutual openness. I really thought this week was going to be it — but that’s not exactly what we got. If anything, tonight’s episode, which found Castle and Beckett investigating a fatal bombing at an Occupy-like protest, was a step back.

As we saw in the preview last week (and more than 40 minutes into this week’s episode!!), Beckett finally came clean about the fact that she remembered everything that happened after she was shot — only she revealed this a man during an interrogation and not to Castle himself. Instead, Castle overheard the statement and immediately mistook her secretiveness as mockery. It was as if his feelings were “all a big joke” to Beckett, he claimed. “I feel like a fool,” Castle told his mother.

Oh, Richard. You should know better than that!

Castle knows that Beckett is not a cruel person and would never intentionally hurt him. So why, I wonder, would he rush to such a conclusion? He loves this woman. Wouldn’t he give her the benefit of the doubt — or at least confront her about the presumed betrayal? (Also, Martha, I know you’re a mom, but don’t encourage him to quit!)

By the looks of the preview for next week, Castle is still relatively passive aggressive about the whole thing. He’s flaunting a woman in front of Beckett and acting “fine.” I can’t shake the feeling, however, that his entire reaction tonight (and to come…) seems uncharacteristic. But maybe that’s also the true reaction of a man with a broken heart. Irrationality.

There are so many ways to see this situation, readers, and I’m eager to hear your thoughts on how it all played out. Is this “I love you” confession playing out slower than you anticipated? Did Castle’s reaction to the revelation strike you as strange? Did you like the case of the week? (I found it to be one of my favorites of the season!) Are you as unhappy as I am about how Castle seemingly deals with his pain in the next episode? Or is Castle acting like a true man with a broken heart? I invite your thoughts!


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