Castle Season 5 Review “Secret Santa” – All I Want For Christmas

Castle Season 5 Episode 9 Secret Santa (4)
Because I am a stickler for tradition myself, this week’s episode of Castle, “Secret Santa,” struck a particular cord. More often than I probably should, I really identify with Castle. He’s a lot like me except he’s male and ridiculously rich. Neither one of us like it when people don’t take tradition, especially Christmas traditions, as seriously as we do.

Poor Castle saw his perfect Christmas Eve plans with his mom, daughter and girlfriend almost ruined when they decided to deviate from the norm, or in Beckett’s case, shy away from the new. Even knowing Castle pretty well, Beckett couldn’t shake her bad memories of Christmas, as it was the season in which her mother was murdered. While I did love her reasoning for always working on Christmas Eve…she wanted to protect families on such a special night…I am glad she was able to get over it and find her way to Castle’s place. He would have come to her, but she’s the one who needs the most growth.

As for the rest of the episode, it was standard crime drama holiday fare. A Santa fell out of the sky and permanently scarred a couple of children. Of course, he was just a mall-Santa who used to be one of the 1%, but gave it all up to bring joy instead. He ended up getting involved in righting the wrongs that had been done to a nice family who lived next door, but through the complicated helicopter heist he set up, he ran afoul of his ex-wife who didn’t want to lose his alimony checks.

This episode was more about the main characters than the crime. Ryan found himself at a cross-roads. His wife is ready for children. He wasn’t sure if he was until his bro, Esposito, gave him a pep talk. Because Ryan will be a fantastic dad, second only to Castle himself. Meanwhile, Esposito was trying to get into the holiday spirit even knowing that he’d lost his buddy; he ended up having dinner with the same family their victim had tried to help. Do you think we’ll see them again or will Esposito take Lanie up on her offer to see if the spark could still be there between them after the holiday haze passes?

The only thing that could have made that moment at the end of the episode with Castle and Beckett kissing in front of a tree any more magical would have been the addition of an engagement ring. I get it, though. Too soon. Maybe next year?

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