Castle fans were well rewarded for their patience over the summer following last season’s finale where Castle and Beckett finally hooked up. The season four finale, in short, led Beckett into another life-and-death situation which nearly ended in the latter before Ryan rescued her. The moments before her rescue, while dangling from a tall building, gave Beckett some time to think, and she realized what she wanted most was to be with Castle. What else is there to do after such a realization than to show up at his door, soaked with rain and start making out? Which is exactly how the season finale ended.
In the season five premiere Castle and Beckett awake the next morning in their blissful bubble and establish that neither feels that night was a mistake, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief. However, neither is quite ready to tell the world of the change in their relationship status, so hijinks immediately ensue as Beckett tries to sneak out past Castle’s mother and daughter. Presumably, similar hijinks will continue throughout the season as Castle and Beckett attempt to keep their relationship under wraps.
If the fear of being caught together didn’t burst the bubble, then the information Ryan brings to them shortly after did. He has information on leading to Beckett’s attempted murderer who is going to go after the one man who is keeping Beckett safe by holding a file with evidence on the person behind Beckett’s mother’s murder, who is also the person who hired Beckett’s would-be murderer to cover it all up. Castle and Beckett realize that, even though Beckett gave up her pursuit for her mother’s killer in order to be with Castle, they have to find the man protected her so they in turn can save him from the hit man. They him tortured with the file burning in the fire. As he is wheeled out on a stretcher he tries to tell Castle where the file is, but can only get out “86.” Castle and Beckett use this clue to track down an address where another copy of the file is hidden, but the hit man arrived first and locks them in a bathroom.
Esposito, suspended along with Beckett (who then resigned from the force) for their actions in the season finale, has also been doing his own investigation to track down the hit man. He arrives at the same address and finds and frees Castle and Beckett. The three of them find the hit man, who has just opened the vault with the file. In taking the file he triggers an explosive that goes off seconds later, giving Esposito, Castle, and Beckett time to get out of the way, but not the hit man. Unfortunately, the file was torn into a thousand pieces. Ryan manages to recover the file from evidence and bring it to them to literally piece together for clues. They find enough pieces of a money order to deduce that a senator is behind it all. With no hard evidence, though, they can’t touch him.
The next morning Beckett slips away as Castle is still asleep and we see her stow a gun in her pocket. She is heading to a speech the senator is giving and manages to get in without going through security. When Castle realizes she’s gone he calls Esposito and Ryan and they realize where she must be and what she must be up to.
Becket, in the meantime, has managed to get the senator on his own and interrogates him while aiming a gun at him. She is trying to get him to admit to the murders, but he won’t. He gives some political side-talk about how much good he has done in office and that if some people had to go in order for him to do that, it’s all for the greater good. He tells her it’s not about who has the gun, it’s about who has the power, and since she has no evidence, she has no power. He begins to walk away and Beckett calls after him “I have the file.” Although this isn’t the whole truth, she only has the file in pieces, this gets him to stop and turn around. Beckett brokers a deal with him to get the same deal her protector had, basically that she won’t go after him if he doesn’t go after her.
Then Esposito, Ryan, and Castle come bursting in to stop a non-existent assassination attempt and Beckett lets them know it’s all good… for now. Since she is still not a murderer, Beckett un-resigns but still has to serve out her suspension before returning to duty. Castle asks her what she will do during her suspension and Beckett, with a sly smile spreading across her face, playfully replies “I’ll think of something.”
Briefly, this is where it all leaves us: So for now Beckett’s life is in no more danger than any other cop, she and Castle are decisively yet secretly together, and fans can look forward to the same amusing Castle-Beckett work interactions while enjoying a side of them wriggling out of tight spots without revealing their couple-dom. For example, the ad for next week’s episode shows Beckett bursting in on Castle with another woman sitting on top of him, supposedly a person of interest in a case they are working on. Beckett’s face reveals shock and jealousy, the second of which she will have to hide from the rest of the team.
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