I have been waiting for the Castle premiere for what seems like forever. I put the kids to bed early, made sure everyone knew not to call, I was set.
It starts off where we left off, with Kate in her wedding dress looking at the burning wreckage of Castle's car. The devastation and desperation on her face is gut-wrenching. There were so many great shots of the water putting out the fire, getting on Kate's face like they were tears, it was amazing.
Kate goes to change and the boys start investigating immediately. There was also a helpful Hampton cop who was there right along with Espo and Ryan, putting the clues together. Taillight on the road. Drag marks going away from the car. Castle was obviously kidnapped. They interview a fruit stand guy who saw a black Escalade hurrying away. The hunt is on.
Ryan thinks to ask the FBI to reactivate Castle's phone and that leads them to a junkyard, just as the black Escalade is being crushed. Kate and the boys chase the crusher guy down and Kate does this AWESOME tackle to get him on the ground. Love her. She gets him in interrogation and she means business. She tangles him in the handcuff chain and nearly breaks his fingers. She is close to crossing the line when Espo and Gates try to back her down a bit. One of the saddest points of the whole show is when Kate is at her desk, staring at Castle's chair, and Espo gets her some coffee and hands it to her over her shoulder. For just two seconds you can see the hope on her face as she turns around that Castle is back. But he isn't. Sigh.
Gates brings in the FBI and they follow some promising leads. Until the money trail leads them to Vinny Cardano, the mobster from Murder, She Wrote, that was one of Castle's sort of friends. Vinny admits that he got rid of the car and got paid $10,000 to do it. They go to the money drop off point and who does surveillance show dropped off the money? Castle himself.
Dun, dun, dun.
The FBI agent wastes no time in pointing out to Beckett that maybe Castle has faked his own disappearance and maybe he was overwhelmed or had a secret life. He does mention that Castle knew Vinny, knew that he could make the car disappear, and the money that was withdrawn from Castle's account for his honeymoon, actually matched the bills Vinny was given for the car disappearance. It is not looking good for Castle. Beckett just looks so lost and confused, I tell you, if there was an Emmy for Best Acting With Facial Expressions alone, Stana Katic would win hands down. So incredibly emotional.
The show fast forwards two months with Kate running down every lead, every maybe lead, pinning newspaper articles to her board, everything she can think of to keep going, to find him. And then, one day, the Coast Guard finds Castle floating in a dinghy in the middle of the ocean. Kate rushes to his side, but he's unconscious and very sunburned, poor guy. She listens to the doctor talk to Martha and Alexis, but wants Lanie to look him over, too, just to see if they can find any clues as to where he's been.
Lanie finds some very interesting tidbits from Castle's clothing that create more questions. He has a key with a 38 on it sewn into his pants. He's been exposed to Denghe fever. And he has a gunshot wound that is healing from being grazed probably a few weeks back. Hmmm...very interesting.
At the hospital, Ryan and Espo are talking about where Castle could have been and Espo expresses his anger at Castle for pulling off his own disappearance and leaving them all hanging like that. Ryan says, hey, after all the time we've spent with this guy, let's give him the benefit of the doubt. I was nodding my head through that whole scene, go Ryan! We don't know what happened yet. But the evidence is mounting.
The boys investigate the sky blue dinghy Castle was found in and trace it to a private beachfront property. They go question the owner, scaring the daylights out of him while he's taking out his trash. He claims he saw a camper down by the beach, but since it's public land, he didn't think too much about it. He also identifies Castle as the camper. Espo and Beckett go check it out and find a tent with Castle's shoes, watch, and wedding tuxedo, along with food and supplies. There's also newspaper clipping about his disappearance and it's confirmed that Castle's fingerprints and DNA are all over the tent. After that, even Ryan gives in and says he believes Castle was involved in his own disappearance somehow. So sad and kind of disappointing, but the evidence was pretty overwhelming and cops deal in evidence.
Castle wakes up at this point and has no memory of what happened. For him, it's like he was in the crash, then woke up in the hospital, that's it. Kate needs answers and he doesn't have any to give. He tells her he wouldn't just leave and I agree, he wouldn't just leave not only Kate, but also his daughter. The strain between them was palpable as Castle insisted she take him to his supposed campsite. Once he looks it over, he tells her it's just not possible that he camped there because he wouldn't set up so close to the water since he has a fear of tsunamis. (After he did research for a book. I can relate to research scaring an author! haha)
Kate isn't sure what to believe so they go to talk to the owner again who ID'd Castle the day before and when the owner comes to the door, he's a different guy! Castle has been framed. I have to say, Kate does looked relieved at that, in a way.
Back at home, Castle is talking about untangling the conspiracy around his disappearance before he drinks to homecomings and the people he loves. Awww. As Kate and Castle get ready for bed, Castle says he knows they just can't pick up where they left off, so he asks her how she didn't give up hope for two months. She confesses that she stared at his picture on the murder board and felt like if she did that long enough, it would keep him alive. He puts his arm around her and says he knows one thing, that he missed her terribly. Because there's no way he wouldn't have. *sniff*
I loved the kickoff to the season. (It sort of reminded me of Season 3 of Alias when Sydney comes back with no memory and spends a large chunk of the season figuring out what happened to her.) But will Castle's amnesia and whatever he went through make him different somehow? Who was behind it all? How will this affect him and Kate? And do the boys feel bad about doubting one of their best friends? I cannot wait for next week.
Did you watch? What did you think?