Michael Mosley and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Probably Cause" | ©2012 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Michael Mosley and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Probably Cause" | ©2012 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald
Writer:
Andrew W. Marlowe
Director:
 John Terlesky
Network:
 ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m.
Original Telecast:
 October 29, 2012

After watching last week’s tease, I was seriously afraid I was going to have to slap the CASTLE producers for “Probable Cause,” this week’s episode. After how many years of jerking us around with the relationship between Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett, I was so sure that when Castle got arrested for murder, they were going to have Beckett and him breaking up or something. Nope! Beckett had her doubts, but love conquered all and she never gave up on him. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

Though not specifically not a Halloween episode, writer Marlowe is clearly going after the creepy factor with this one. The stiff is hung from the ceiling of her apartment with barbed wire, no less, which is, like, really gross. Plus she has a symbol carved into her forehead. It’s pretty standard operating procedure for the first act, until they find Castle’s fingerprints on the door – collected before he and Beckett got to the scene.

The evidence just piles up after that – and they do have to follow it. Only Det. Ryan (Seamus Deaver), who found out about Beckett and Castle last week, finally has to let Esposito (Jon Huertas) in on what’s going on, because they’re looking at Castle’s phone records and you know who’s going to show up.

More to the point, however, is that even Lt. Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) is finding it hard to believe that Castle is behind the murder, and we all know how much she doesn’t love Castle. But when they search Castle’s place and find the barbed wire and other tools from the crime in his bag, plus his hard drive has been wiped clean, except for a couple chapters dealing with the exact same crime, they have to arrest him.

Oh, and then there are the emails between Castle and the victim – Esposito tells Beckett he thinks Castle was having an affair with her. Of course, Beckett’s upset and the next thing we know, she’s at home crying on Lanie’s (Tamala Jones) shoulder. The emails mean Castle had motive, but Beckett is having a hard time buying it, even though she is not immune to his faults. Immature, self-absorbed, pain-in-the-backside, sure. Psycho serial killer – really not his style. But, as Lanie points out, she doesn’t know that for sure.

We will in the next scene as Castle is brooding in the holding cell, he gets a visit from psycho serial killer Jerry Tyson (Michael Mosley, late of the gone and lamented PanAm – always a treat to see him working), good ‘ol 3XK. Did I not note in last year’s review of the “Kick the Ballistics” episode that it had set up more mayhem from Tyson? I know I did. I just looked it up while trying to find the original episode, 3XK, which aired in season 3, episode 6.

See, Tyson is pretty torqued that Castle and Beckett have made it pretty much impossible for him to do his serial killer thing, being onto him and looking for him and all. And his plan for Castle is pretty evil, indeed, with him being set up to be killed while being held for trial at The Tombs, leaving Beckett to wonder what really happened.

However, Beckett finds a way to talk to Castle before the transfer. Castle’s story sounds like a desperation plea – just as Tyson noted it would, but when Castle asks Beckett if she believes him, she answers, “I always did.” SCORE! Good answer. You got it right.

The problem now is proving it, but even Gates is fighting in Castle’s corner with ADA Toni Gonzalez (Romi Dias). They don’t really touch on it, but I’ve got a bad feeling about Gonzalez. She insists on booking Castle and holding him at The Tombs, never mind the threat to his life – which seems a little odd. Okay, they can’t prove there was a threat yet, but cops don’t fool around when there’s a threat made. Then there are those creepy follow shots as she stalks out of the squad room.

But the patrol cops show up to take Castle away and Beckett goes to hand cuff him. He references the first time she did that at the New York Public Library and reassures her that whatever happens, it’s going to be okay. So when the other cops show up to make the transfer and they’re obviously the real ones and Castle never arrived at Central Booking, there’s a heart attack in the making. Okay, we know he’s going to survive – I mean, there’s no show if he doesn’t.

Fortunately, we’re not teased, either. Beckett figures out what he meant by referencing the library (like we didn’t already), and she goes after him. Problem is, every cop in the city and then some are after him because the ADA is calling this an escape. Well, it is, but he’s saving his life.

Things move along pretty quickly after that. They find the look-alike that played Castle buying the incriminating jewelry, which leads them to the abandoned warehouse where all the planning materials are, and it’s pretty obvious that Castle was set up, so he’s off the hook. The find came too easily, which Castle is noting to Beckett as they sit in her car waiting for the drawbridge to close.

Perfect time for Tyson to slam his SUV into Beckett’s car and start firing, which they just barely escape. Beckett is really angry now, and that’s never a good thing, and she unloads into Tyson, only he’s wearing a bullet-proof vest and captures her, scattering her gun. He goes after Castle, not realizing that Castle has escaped the car. Castle pops up, unloading the gun again (not sure where all the ammo has come from – I think most automatics only fire 7 or 8 shots per clip), but this time knocking Tyson off the bridge.

Surprise, surprise, they can’t find the body – which isn’t all that odd. Beckett is convinced he’s dead, but Castle knows that Tyson is alive. He set up his own very public death so that he can start killing again.

It’s a dark, rather scary episode, but it was good for relationship-building. Plus, it’s slowly coming out about Beckett and Castle and it hasn’t blown up yet, which is going to be fun. But hang on. It’s time for the November ratings sweeps, so you know there are going to be more intense episodes. And with Tyson still out there and the killing of Beckett’s mother mostly resolved, we are now once again set up with an extended story arc that should yield all kinds of fun mayhem.

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  1. Okay – I agree with much of what you’ve said, however, the senator is only on – a brief hiatus. Let’s not forget that the dear senator is a sociopath, and there is a very strong likelihood that he murdered his childhood friend, his friend’s mother and sister [there is no statue of limitation on murder]. This could lead to the introduction of Castle’s father as they get close to placing the final nail in the good senators coffin!

    There… I think will be some interesting things happen as Castle gets close to that 100th episode [something special – I imagine between Kate and Castle]… after all she did request jewelry for her birthday and if Kate is requesting jewelry this soon after hooking up with Castle (we for get they have been with each other five years already) – this just seals what Castle told his mother (“I thought we could go all the way” -paraphrased) when he found out that Kate had remembered everything in “47 seconds.”

    Marlowe, crew, and fantastic acting – have all added to the growing viewership of Castle. They have done an outstanding job at mirroring the glorious 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s of great cinematic TV and movies. I love the Sherlock Holmes reference at the end of the “Probable Cause” episode – we know that Moriaty is 3XK, which means that there is a real show down coming, between 3XK and Castle. 3XK could come back and do something such as… kidnap Beckett or Castle’s mother Martha, or even Alexis.

    Castanati
  2. I would give this episode an F. I have every episode of Castle and I just deleted this one from my collection. Too many impossible feats in this one to even resemble reality. Espisito learns of Beckett’s realationship with Castle, unable to give his reflections. Beckett’s best friend learns of it by God only knows because the audience doesn’t know. As I said, a sorry show, not worth watching, much less keeping. If Marlowe can’t do any better he needs to retire

    Ralph
  3. Sorry, to hear about your disapoinments with this episode. The episode has only 42-43 minutes or so… it made since if you understand the relationship between the characters. It made sense to see a scene with Lanie and Beckett, we know Beckett called her, it is what BGF’s do – we didn’t have to see the call made. Nor, did we have to see Javier in some deep discussion with Kate about Castle, his reflection and feelings were made clear when he said, “I know how you feel about him… I love him too.” With that statement, from Javier – there was nothing else to be said.

    Marlowe is a gifted writer and he has a great team of writers who write, and direct, and support him as well. It is just the beginning of the season, this is a future plot set-up for something later maybe even a end of the season cliff hanger. The acting on Castle is out standing, and not every episode is going to make everyone happy, nevertheless, it is one of the best shows on TV and I will be loyal until the last episode is done, hopefully five years from now it has the talent to go all the way if no one jumps ship. It will be one of those series that film students will study for years to come – heck! They’re already studying it at Columbia College-one of the best fine art schools in the nation!

    Castanati
    • Not saying that in general the writing is outstanding. If it weren’t I wouldn’t watch or pay to obtain the series.

      Stories with a theme like those in the 3XK stories are better shown on the many other crime shows that deal with extreme high drama. I can guarantee Castle didn’t get where it is by having the central characters constantly buffeted by characters that you would find in super-hero comics.

      Ralph
  4. Sorry, to hear about your disapoinments with this episode. The episode has only 42-43 minutes or so… it made since if you understand the relationship between the characters. It made sense to see a scene with Lanie and Beckett, we know Beckett called her, it is what BGF’s do – we didn’t have to see the call made. Nor, did we have to see Javier in some deep discussion with Kate about Castle, his reflections on their relationship, and feelings were made clear when he said, “I know how you feel about him… I love him too.” With that statement, from Javier – there was nothing else to be said.

    Marlowe is a gifted writer and he has a great team of writers who write, and direct, and support him as well. It is just the beginning of the season, this is a future plot set-up for something later maybe even a end of the season cliff hanger. The acting on Castle is out standing, and not every episode is going to make everyone happy, nevertheless, it is one of the best shows on TV and I will be loyal until the last episode is done, hopefully five years from now it has the talent to go all the way if no one jumps ship. It will be one of those series that film students will study for years to come – heck! They’re already studying it at Columbia College-one of the best fine art schools in the nation!

    Castanati
  5. I actually really liked this episode. I watched it this morning on my Hopper from DISH, which was set to auto-record it and the other big four prime time network shows using Primetime Anytime, so I was able to watch the show on my own time. And you’re right; the possible repercussions with Castle and Beckett were huge. A friend I work with at DISH was really worried about their relationship, and we were both glad that it ended up working out for them. Thanks for the recap!

    Phylis

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