Castle “47 Seconds” Review – Secrets Lead to Anger

Castle 47 Seconds Season 4 Episode 19

In this episode of Castle, called “47 Seconds” the team has a window only that big to find the person who planted a bomb at a protest and killed 5 people. Due to the nature of the crime, Beckett and the rest of the department are delegated to interviewing witnesses, since the FBI is taking point on the investigation. Despite seeming like schlep work, those interviews are crucial. But, as Castle says, interviewing that many people to find one suspect is also like trying to “find Waldo in a sea of Waldo’s.”

With so many people to interview, there are also a lot of red herrings to chase. One witness after another sends the team in the wrong direction, even to the point of having the FBI arrest a man they are sure is the bomber. The team keeps looking though and finally comes across a witness who points them in a surprising direction – to one of the victims. From there, they get to the actual person who detonated the bomb; the reporter that just so happened to conveniently catch the whole thing on camera.

As can be predicted after such a horrible disaster, the bombing also gets people thinking about their own lives and the things they’ve never done. With a little nudging from his mother, Castle decides that it’s time to tell Beckett how he really feels, but of course never gets the chance. First he is interrupted by a lead on the case, and then gets the shock of his life when he sees Beckett interrogating a witness and she admits to the man that she remembers every second of getting shot. Convinced that Beckett has rejected him, but just never knew how to tell him, Castle decides to go back to work. Even though he knows it will hurt to see her every day, he’d rather keep doing good by catching criminals, rather than give up and quit.

And with that, we have yet another obstacle on the way towards Castle and Beckett being together. I’m one of those people who is okay with the dance though, so I find this barrier pretty interesting. I see this leading to a lot of angst for both of them – Castle because he thinks that Beckett doesn’t like him the way he likes her, and Beckett because she is bound to get confused by his sudden cold shoulder. Is it bad to say that a part of me is rather looking forward to it all? I do love me some angst.

My favorite bits..

“That’s normal procedure in the case of a bomb.”
“There’s nothing normal about this.”

They very haunting music they used while Castle and Beckett walked through the carnage.

The reaction everyone had when they found out that one of the victims was just a tourist.

Beckett pointing out to Castle that the situation they were in made them realize the things they don’t want to keep putting off.

“Westside are you on medications of any kind?”
“I don’t see how that’s relevant.”

Castle spotting that his daughter needed him. Such a great dad. I also loved how Beckett smiled when she saw him leading Alexis away.

Martha turning Castle’s words back on himself when she said that no one’s tomorrow was guaranteed, so he should tell Beckett how he really feels about her.

“What if she isn’t ready?”
“Then she never will be.”

Wanting to throw a shoe at my TV when Ryan interrupted Castle before he could talk to Beckett.

The captain (almost) paying Castle a compliment when she asked to utilize his speed reading abilities.

“I think she’s finally starting to like me.”
“No, I’m not.”

Alexis serving her dad the Emergency Cheering Up Pancakes. Aw.

The look on Castle’s face when Beckett told Bobby that she remembered every second of getting shot.

Castle taking his mother to a bomb memorial because it represented the relationship he could never have with Beckett. Oh, poor Castle. Ouch.

Castle walking into the elevator with Beckett staring after him.

What did you think of this episode of Castle? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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