Holy moly, did you SEE Castle last night? One of the best episodes I've seen. As soon as Esposito found Castle's fingerprints at the crime scene, my stomach sank. He seemed so suspicious and I was thinking, "don't you know him better than that by now?" Of course, they were just doing their jobs yet it was tough to watch. But Espo's reaction was nothing compared to Kate's. The look on her face when they find that evidence in Castle's loft was absolutely amazing. Stana Katic has such an expressive face and she uses it well. Her breakdown with Lanie after the emails came to light about Castle's supposed "affair" with the murder victim was award-worthy. Really well done and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on.
Nathan Fillion was no slouch either. The look on his face when the 3XK killer comes into the holding area was pretty much mirroring the shock and surprise in my own. I wondered a few seasons ago if 3XK would ever come back and the writers brought him back with a bang. The creepiness factor was so high when he was telling Castle what was going to happen to him in the tombs. It gives me shivers just thinking about it even this morning.
But the writers didn't stop there. Kate is doing everything she can to figure this out and I felt as frustrated as she did when she was coming up with nothing. It was seriously one of the best mysteries these guys have ever done. I couldn't anticipate or predict anything and I've seen/written/read a lot of mysteries in my time. When those "guards" left with Castle and then the real guards showed up? I thought for sure Castle was in deep, deep trouble. It was so great.
I think the highlight for me was the little moments between Castle and Kate. I wondered if this would come between them since it didn't appear that she believed in his innocence with such overwhelming evidence and Castle values loyalty. I worried that Kate would believe the video and those emails and start to question everything she knows about Castle. And I worried about how Esposito would take the news of Kate and Castle being together. But with those questions came the sweet scenes of fingers held through a holding cell, reminiscing about their relationship and how, no matter what happens, it's okay, and Esposito's little, "I love him, too." Honestly, those little moments were made so much sweeter by how much trouble they were in and the emotion behind them was palpable. The ensemble work in this show never ceases to impress me and the acting is fantastic.
But it couldn't be done without the writers, so, Castle writers, two thumbs way up to you. I loved every bit of this episode. You totally rocked it!