Castle Season 4 Premiere Spoilers Episode Recap: 4.1 “Rise” Beckett’s Secret, She Remembers Everything

‘Castle,’ Season 4, Episode 1, Season Premiere: TV Recap

Source: WSJ, 9-19-11


We ended the last season of “Castle” with a classic cliffhanger: Beckett was shot by a sniper at Captain Montgomery’s funeral. Castle had tried to knock her out of the way when he saw what was happening, but he wasn’t successful. As Beckett lay bleeding, Castle confessed his love for her.

The season premiere picked up exactly where it left off. Beckett is being frantically rushed into surgery. She is slipping away. We are taken back and forth between the operating room and the hallway where everyone has gathered.

In surgery, Beckett’s boyfriend Josh has to start the surgery to save her life despite protests from around the table. “You can’t operate on her, she’s your girlfriend.” To which Josh responds, “She’s dying.” And then he cuts in to stop her bleeding.

Outside in the hallway, Beckett’s father, Castle’s daughter wait. Josh, relieved by another surgeon, comes out of surgery and slams Castle into the wall, blaming him for forcing Beckett to investigate her mother’s death. Back in the room Beckett flat lines.

Castle admits, “I put her on the crosshairs.”

Meanwhile, an envelope is pulled out of a mailbox with the name Smith on it. Montgomery sent it before he was shot. Castle’s pictures, a news article about Beckett’s shooting and some other paperwork are inside and once Smith read’s it all, he places a call to someone who is high up in government.

Beckett doesn’t really flat line. She pulls through. Castle visits Beckett in the hospital while she’s recovering. He says, “I just never thought I’d see again.” Followed by “I heard you were opening a flower shop so I thought I’d pitch in.”

Jokes aside, he quickly realizes Beckett doesn’t remember anything about the day she was shot, including his confession of love. She says, “There are some things better not being remembered.” Not that it matters because Beckett tells Castle to leave. She tells him she’ll call him. But she doesn’t.

Then, with the magic of TV, it is three months later, Beckett returns to work, still not having contacted Castle. She learns Castle had worked tirelessly to figure out who shot her and that the new captain, Captain Victoria Gates (who prefers to be call sir) kicked Castle to the curb anyway. Castle has taken the files home so he can continue working on finding Beckett’s shooter.

Beckett gets into it with the new captain because her case has been closed and because she has to retrain to get her gun back even though she did okay on her psych examine. With no leads on her shooter the captain said it was a waste of time to keep pursuing.

Beckett finally decides to connect with Castle so she catches up with him at a book signing. He is furious she had let three months go by without a call, explaining that it was painful to watch her die on the ambulance, and then recover. He is angry, but softens when Beckett said she needed to work through some things.

“Did Josh help you with that?”

“We broke up.”

After some small talk, Beckett reveals she built up a wall inside after her mother’s death. She tells Castle she needs to put the murder to rest in order to have the kind of relationship she wants. Castle tells her he’s still mad, but says they will figure it out. He softly changes the subject and tells her he’s been working on the money trail to find her killer, but has no leads. He promises to get reinstated by Gates.

He goes around Gates to get back into the squad, having called his pal the mayor to pull strings. Gates is not happy. She threatens to bury Beckett if she ever lets Castle embarrass her again.

The team is in the middle of connecting some dots on a warehouse fire deemed accidental that might lead to some clues on Beckett’s mother murder, when Gates sends them all out on another lead. Becket is back in the saddle, but clearly isn’t ready. After a chase she hesitates to raise her weapon when faced with one pointing at her. Her hand is shaking and Esposito and Ryan come in and take down the bad guy before anything happens.

Back at the station, Castle confronts her on freezing and the shaky hand. She says it won’t happen again. The two of them go and talk to the fire investigator about the warehouse fire that might lead to her shooter. He insists the report is accurate. Beckett flips out and accuses the investigator of lying, and being pressured to falsify a report. He throws them both out of the fire station.

She and Castle go to her home to review the files and they disagree on the fire investigators guilt and the cause of the fire. Beckett can’t accept this because it would mean she has no leads in her mother’s murder.

After they part, Castle gets a call from someone claiming to be a friend of Montgomery’s. Presumably the high-placed official silenced by Montgomery’s mail. He’s got the envelope’s contents spread out in front of him.

“We need to talk.”

Here’s the crux of that call: the contents of that envelope are so damaging to people in high places that they ensure the safety of Montgomery’s family. Beckett was shot at the funeral because that envelope arrived late. She’s safe now and won’t be targeted again, as long as Beckett doesn’t pursue the case any further.

Castle decides to not mention the call to Beckett and instead decides to work to steer her away from the case. He convinces her to take a break until she feels better.

Beckett focuses on the killing of a debutant instead, that they thought had already been solved. She figures out who the killer is, which is not the guy in custody. This time, when they chase the suspect down Beckett doesn’t hesitate and she faces the second gun barrel of the show. This time she prevails and cuffs the suspect.

“We’ll figure it out. That wall inside won’t be there forever,” says Castle as they part.

And just when you think its over, the last few minutes of the show set up the season to come. Castle has, for the time being convinced Beckett to stop pursuing the case, but he is clearly still looking into finding her sniper. And Beckett, in an appointment with her shrink, acknowledges she actually remembers everything from the day she was shot.

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Castle Seaon 4 Spoilers: Season Premiere Spoilers — Beckett’s Secret from Castle — Remembers “I Love You”

Castle Boss: Castle and Beckett’s New Secrets Are a “Ticking Bomb”

Source: TV Guide, 9-19-11

Stana Katic, Castle

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 4 premiere of ABC’s Castle. Read at your own risk.]

“I remember everything.”

With those words, spoken by Detective Kate Beckett in the closing moments of Castle‘s Season 4 premiere, the show kicked off what is sure to be a rollercoaster season of secrets.

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After narrowly surviving the gunshot she suffered in the Season 3 finale, Beckett (Stana Katic) tells Castle (Nathan Fillion) that she doesn’t remember anything from the day she was shot — including the fact that Castle told Beckett he loved her. But in the premiere’s final moments, Beckett confesses to her police-mandated shrink (Michael Dorn) that she she’s been lying about her faulty memory.

But why? “She’s scared to admit that she heard him because she’s scared that the relationship is going to go to the next level and it could potentially ruin their friendship,” creator and executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe tells “She wants it but she’s not ready for it.”

However, Beckett, who is clearly still a bit shaken up from her brush with death, is able to admit that she wants to work toward a relationship with Castle — after she finally closes her mother’s murder investigation, which set this whole deadly chain of events in motion.

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“Beckett is struggling with some internal things that she really needs to put to rest,” Marlowe says. “She intimates that she wants Castle, but she wants it to be a real relationship. She knows she’s not as open and available as she wants to be in life, but she knows it’s for a particular reason. So, if they can resolve Beckett’s mother’s case, that [removes] one of their biggest obstacles.”

That’s where things get really sticky. Although Castle wants nothing more than to help Beckett crack the case, he’s got one problem: A mystery man (Geoff Pierson) with knowledge of Beckett’s investigation warns Castle that if she continues digging, she will certainly end up dead.

“Castle is in this terribly conflicted position,” Marlowe says. “It ends up being a huge sacrifice for Castle to ask Beckett to back off, because he’s actually asking her to back off of the relationship.”

Adds Fillion: “If she solves the investigation, she’s saying she can be emotionally ready for a relationship with Castle. But if she delves into this investigation, she will be killed. That’s very real. If you balance that with, ‘Well, I might have a chance at dating her,’ it doesn’t really weigh out. He can’t take that chance.”

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Marlowe says that Castle will continue to try to solve Beckett’s mother’s murder on his own in order to protect Beckett. Meanwhile, look for Beckett’s shrink to return at least a couple more times to offer a peek into Beckett’s head (and heart).

The bright side, Marlowe says, is that even though they’re not technically an item, their relationship is stronger than ever. “For all the people who keep saying, ‘When are they going to get in a relationship?’ they kind of already are,” he says. “It just comes with baggage and complications. [These] are two people who we deep down know love each other but there’s some significant secrets and significant obstacles that make it not the right time for them at this moment.”

And if those secrets are revealed? “[It’s] a powder keg,” Marlowe says. “Either of those things can be a real ticking bomb in their relationship. So, there’s a little bit of a delicate dance for the characters.”

Castle airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.

What did you think of the premiere? Are you interested in the new dynamic between Castle and Beckett?

Castle Season 4: What Happens After “I Love You”?

Source: TV Guide, 9-19-11

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic

As the saying goes, you can’t unring a bell. So, can you unspeak the words “I love you”?

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That’s the question looming over Castle, as the Season 4 premiere (Monday, 10/c, ABC) focuses heavily on how Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) will react to a profession of love from her mystery-writer/partner, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), in last season’s finale. Of course, Castle’s “I love you” didn’t come over a candlelight dinner, but in the aftermath of Beckett being gunned down by a sniper. So, there are plenty of easy outs, right?

“My goals were to honor everything that we had done in the season finale and not sweep anything under the carpet,” creator and executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe tells “My intent was to confront all the issues that we brought up and deal with them in a way that … was going to be both satisfying to fans and also a little bit frustrating for the ones who want Castle and Beckett to get back right away. We’ve taken their relationship to the next level of complexity. … [There’s] a lot more meaning in the Beckett and Castle relationship.”

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Adds executive producer Laurie Zaks: “Once the genie is let out of the bottle, it can’t be put back in. Even if it’s not acknowledged verbally, psychologically there’s going to be a difference.”

It’s in those psychological and emotional corners of the story that things get a bit tricky. For example: Will Castle even be able to see past his own complicity in Beckett’s shooting — and by extension, the sacrificial death of former Capt. Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) — to move forward in a relationship with her?

“It was a very sobering event for Castle. Certainly he carries a measure of guilt,” Fillion says. “Here’s a guy who’s not very keen to grow up anytime soon. But he’s really been spear-heading this investigation. He’s been kicking this hornet’s nest around, thinking that solving it will get him closer to Beckett. But now he’s losing friends, literally. It’s going to force him to grow up a little.”

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Also standing in the way of Castle and Beckett’s possible love connection is a decrease in face time, now that new Victoria “Iron” Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) has assumed command of the 12th Precinct and promptly kicked Castle out.

“He’s not used to women being around him that aren’t disarmed by him immediately,” Fillion says. “Women love him, and when they don’t, he takes it really hard. … She won’t give him half a chance. Even when he deserves credit, she will not give it to him. That really bothers him, and it’s going to be a continuing battle.”

But the true obstacle preventing a Castle-Beckett hookup is secrecy, as both Beckett and Castle will be forced to hide significant information from each other at the beginning of the season.

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“Everybody’s got secrets this year,” Katic says. “The first episode kind of explains how this next season will be directed. It explains in a really subtle way how the two characters feel about each other and what obstacles they might have to tackle in order to finally get to each other. I think it’s really sweet.”

Sweet, if not immediately satisfying to the show’s ravenous fans. Katic can only promise that Beckett, who will also share some her feelings with a police-mandated shrink (Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Michael Dorn) this season, is acting in the interest of her long-term happiness.

“She’s making an adult decision not to dive into something because she doesn’t want to screw it up,” Katic says. ” She has real, adult reasons for making the choices she makes. … She cares for him so much. She’s in love with him. She’s dated other guys, but he’s the only guy she’s been in love with.”

Castle premieres Monday at 10/9c on ABC.

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