When Castle and Beckett wake up in bed, handcuffed together, in a locked room with no memory of how they got there, they must piece together the mystery of where they are and why, all while trying to escape. But as the two of them adjust to being shackled together, what's the biggest threat they face...the people who abducted them or each other? Meanwhile, Ryan, Esposito and Gates are left to investigate their disappearance in a case where all is not what it seems.
It's The Hangover meets Saw in this week's Castle, as the show returns after a week off with a strong episode. Read on after the jump to see why I liked this episode.
Like that opening? I was shooting for a real minimalist style with this review. Mostly because I'm too tired to do anything else. Let's see if I can keep it up.
- Tiger! They are endangered and majestic. Or so I've heard. I have to give kudos to the show, I did not see the tiger coming. When I first saw it, I thought it would just be a gimmick, but I was surprised at how much screentime they actually gave to the tiger. That was some good stuff right there, and Castle and Kate's reactions to the tiger were awesome.
- Esposito messing with Ryan's mind. I mean, Esposito is always messing with Ryan's mind, but it was especially funny here as Esposito educated Ryan on the pitfalls of the road trip with a significant other. It's a wonder Esposito and Lanie didn't work out with his huge breadth of relationship knowledge.
- Competent police work by Ryan and Esposito. I always love seeing that R&E can hold their own even without Castle and Beckett.
- Oh right, Castle and Kate. I guess I have to mention them too. They were funny and the chemistry was really working as they tried to figure out how to get out of their cell. This is when Castle as a show really excels, when Kate and Castle are allowed to flanter (flirty banter) and play off each other. Also, the totally not subtle grunting and moaning and interesting positions they got into were hilarious. Not a whole lot of forward progress made in the relationship, but at least it was entertaining.
- Gates. Always with the negative waves, Moriarty. I thought she was doing so well until she started randomly blaming Castle for everything that went wrong. Her shtick is getting old.
- The bad guys. The old woman was decent enough, but they were totally cliche. I expect better.
- Exotic animal trafficking. Really, show? I guess it might have worked a little better for me if Hawaii 5-0 hadn't just done a recent episode about exotic animal trafficking. Is this a new thing for procedurals now? Can I expect NCIS to do an upcoming episode on white rhinos? I'm not saying it was bad, after all, it did give us the great stuff with the tiger (who was a hell of an actor!), but not exactly the most thrilling of cases of the week.
I think this was probably one of the best episodes this season. It was just damn entertaining. When they let Castle and Kate play off each other like they did here, the show really shines. Missed Alexis and Martha, but you can't have it all. That's two really strong episodes in a row. Let's hope they can keep up the momentum after they return.
Oh, and best part? Kate's wardrobe didn't suck. It's a Christmas miracle!
What did y'all think?