Castle Boss: Rick's Behavior 'Weirds Beckett Out,' in Stepping Stone to 'Very Emotional' Finale

Castle fans should be prepared to thank “The Limey” – and Lanie – for giving Beckett the kick in the well-tailored slacks she needs in tonight’s episode (ABC, 10/9c), possibly nudging the lady cop into ‘fessing her feelings for the newly disenfranchised Rick.

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Whereas past Castle episodes injecting a preternaturally attractive interloper have served to rouse jealousy on one side or the other of this Will They/Won’t They couple, here the presence of a handsome Scotland Yard detective (played by Neighbours‘ Brett Tucker) — and how he doesn’t ruffle Rick’s feathers — convinces Kate something is amiss.

“We handle [this third party] significantly differently,” series creator Andrew W. Marlowe tells TVLine. “It’s not designed to be a love triangle, as we’ve seen in some of the other episodes. Instead, he comes in as an outside influence, and forces Beckett to come to terms with some of Castle’s behavior.”

Namely, how the usually irkable author doesn’t launch into protective mode. “Whereas normally Castle would be jealous and competitive, [this time] he’s not – and that weirds Beckett out,” says Marlowe.

Especially since Kate is already curious about her partner in crimesolving’s demeanor coming out of last week’s episode, in which – unbeknownst to her – he learned that she does in fact recall everything about her shooting, including his profession of love.

Marlowe maintains that despite the few clues afforded her last week, Beckett has not pieced together Castle’s discovery. Instead, “At the beginning of this episode she’s trying to figure out why the change in his behavior.” To that end, she has a(n overdue!) conversation with gal pal Lanie, “Who’s like, ‘This guy cares about you and you keep him at arm’s length,'” Marlowe previews. “It really forces Beckett to confront what she wants and whether she needs to declare her [own feelings].”

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As one might surmise, “The Limey” portends to be an important episode, “a stepping stone along the way to the finale,” says Marlowe. And how is the show boss characterizing the Season 4 capper (airing May 7)?

“It’s a very emotional finale, one where we put a lot of our cards on the table,” he promises. “Our characters have been talking around stuff and not dealing with some things for quite a while, and this is a finale in which circumstances really force them to confront it directly.”

Hmm, sounds to us like “Caskett” fans might finally get at least a portion of what they’ve been waiting for….? Marlowe declined to take that bait, only teasing: “We’ll see!”

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  1. dark angel says:

    guys…things are definitely going to blow up in the season finale…the truth will come out on both sides…with all that between them…rick and kate mite end up in bed…but they hav a lot to sort out b4 they decide to be in a relationship…i expect that will take the whole of the next season….the creators themselves have indicated that “its not the right time for them to be together”…so u can wait for the finale to sort things out now…bout castle’s love confession and beckett’s mother’s death…these truth will definitely come out…and even though caskett are forced to deal with each other’s feeleings…but they wont be getting together not yet….pretty sure this is what that might happen by the season finale…hoping the network maks the season 5 renewal official soon

  2. Sue F says:

    I love the show – but even I am getting tired of the continual tease….and no progress forward. The Bones analogy is a good one – I finally stopped watching that show…hoping I don’t bored with this relationship seesaw too.

  3. Andy says:

    Holy crap that’s a lot of comments.

  4. molly says:

    I miss Will Beall who wrote the best castle episodes…knockout and knockdown. I wish he was still on the team and could write intriguing dark episodes.

    • martin says:

      Will Beal is a very accomplished writer, and I am eagerly awaiting the new film based on a script of his, but it is very misleading and unfair to say he wrote the best episodes.
      He was simply given the most beckett heavy because of his knowledge of police work, to ensure they were strictly more truthful, and her backstory is intense by necessity: being a basket case is the only thing that stops the couple so far.
      I don’t find that a single writer has consistently written the best episodes but for me Charles Murray did a very subtle one in season one, and David Grae knocked it out of the park with a fantastic romp that kind of remade the whole universe. I am discarding season finales and openers because by sheer need of moving the overall arch these have the most ‘meat’.

  5. martin says:

    guys, girls (mostly girls, after all, this is not a man’s show) – they are not going to get married nor are they going to start dating. take that out of the equation.
    what will happen is they will be more aware than ever that there are issues standing in the way.
    the key – how they can move forward short of being a couple? (have no illusions)
    my take?
    more misdirection: she finds out about his knowledge, his unseen guardian angel, etc.
    she is angry about the secret but he reveals what he knows she hid.
    so he will have one on her.
    therefore, she will declare herself openly.
    he will not believe it. but will accede to try to solve this mystery together, because deep down he wants to believe her.
    see? we switch, from her being the obstacle to him being the obstacle.
    so now the tension will shift to her a little bit.
    plus the whole issue of him pairing with a more dangerous type of detective is not coincidental.
    it has to mirror what we have always known.
    this thing is going the Thin Man route, in the end.
    that is, once they are a couple, she retires and then, if the series goes on, continues as a reversal Thin Man, she being the one contacted by police to help solve crimes, and him tagging along because that is fun.

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