Castle Season 5 Review “Probable Cause” – Handcuffs Aren’t Always Fun

Castle Season 5 Episode 5 Probable Cause (3)
Not at all like the hurricane that pounded the northeast yesterday, the events of last night’s episode of Castle, “Probable Cause,” threatened Beckett and Castle’s relationship, but did no permanent damage. For once, I am absolutely okay with that. I didn’t want them to be shaken or cracked or even bruised. I wanted them to come out unscathed and it seems like they did.

At least in terms of each other. Castle was definitely humbled a bit when the 3XK killer returned and nearly successfully framed him for murder. And he probably will be hurt if he ever finds out that despite never exactly giving up on discovering the truth, Beckett did shed a few tears over a glass of wine with Lanie as she was forced to wonder if the man she loved hadn’t just cheated on her, but had killed to keep it a secret.

I was okay with Beckett asking herself those questions. Some people might say she should have blindly believed him, but that is not her character, nor should it be, given her background and profession. One piece of evidence she was able to write off without blinking. But when things started piling up, she would have been stupid not to wonder. The thing is that she did her wondering with her best friend, in the privacy of her apartment. The rest of the time she just did her job. Hopefully, if Castle ever finds out about that conversation with Lanie, he will see that, too.

The 3XK killer is a master of manipulation (arguably, preternaturally so), but I kind of wish this had been the end of his story. I wanted either Castle or Beckett to put a bullet between his eyes. I realize it’s probably a hard shot, but if you’ve already seen someone get up after taking five slugs to the torso, stop aiming for their chest and go for the head!

Ryan got backed into a bit of a corner this week as he had to disclose his knowledge of Castle and Beckett’s relationship to Esposito over the course of the investigation. Esposito took it really well, and was surprisingly discreet for a man who spent the last episode prying into Beckett’s love life. So, now the boys know, and Beckett knows they know, and of course Lanie knows. Really it’s just the chief out of the loop now, and she probably needs a little more time to warm up to Castle, especially now that he did commit an actual crime when he escaped custody in order to save his own life.

So, it was a good episode with a lot of drama, but the threat of the 3XK is still hanging over them, and now they know just how far he will go to get his revenge, even if Castle does think he really did all of it just to disappear again and keep on killing. I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen him of him. Next time, though, it’s time for him to go.

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  • Lynn

    you are so right..I don’t know why people think Kate is going to all of a sudden become a wimp and start spouting I love you all over the place. she loves the guy that is obvious and will I am sure say so in due course!! But It is not her nature to be warm and fuzzy…Some people find it very hard to say their feeling  and some find it too easy!! It was good to see her and Lanie talk it out. Actually more like what would happen with your best friend!!  Very good episode

  • Yougogirl28

    This was a very good episode.  The reactions and emotions displayed by all the actors were great.  The story line was simply amazing – Espisito finding out about Castle and Beckette, 3XK framing Castle – using Castle’s book writing skills to set him up – him having an affair, Castle’s escape. Beckette without a doubt did not believe Castle to be a killer – she told him she will get him out of jail no matter what it takes, 3XK almost killing Castle and Beckette, and even though both shot at him we knew he is still alive – as Castle say it was a setup to prove to the world 3XK was dead which will lead him to kill again.  Andrew Marlow and his team has out done himself again. 

  • ptjackson

    This was an awesome episode, and I agree with your points.

    Was anyone else worried for Martha and Alexis, though? I was. The killer creeped me out when he mentioned Castle’s family.

    And, poor Castle – the lost little boy look on his face made my heart ache.

  • Artful3000

    Why kill of 3XK now? If he had been shot at the end of that episode it would have been a total throw-away. Better to keep him alive and in the game…gives they show a real villain to look out for…