Castle 5.05 ‘Probable Cause’ Review

Castle 5.05 ‘Probable Cause’ ReviewAfter a two-week long hiatus (did it feel like a lot longer to you guys too?), Castle returned with an all new episode last night, and what an amazing episode that was. Titled “Probable Cause”, the fifth episode of this rocking new season of Castle brought back a completely unexpected villain and has restored my faith in my beloved show again.

Last night, we witnessed the unbelievable when Castle is accused of murder with more than enough evidence to send him to jail for life. Not only that, but they had unwavering evidence that he was also cheating on Detective Beckett, which was probably what hurt the most for our dear Kate. In an episode that was so tense that had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath for the entire hour, ABC’s drama revisited the 3XK storyline that had first aired two years ago, in season 3’s “3XK”. Jerry Tyson (aka 3XK) had been the only murderer — and a serial killer to boot — to ever slip through our dynamic duo’s fingers.

The last time we saw him was when he knocked Detective Ryan out and left Castle tied to chair in a hotel room while he escaped into the night. Then last season we visited this storyline briefly when Ryan’s gun — previously stolen by the 3XK — was the murder weapon in one of their cases, but that was all we heard of Tyson for a long time. Now imagine my surprise when he suddenly popped out of the shadows last night, calmly telling Castle that he was basically screwed and was going to die very soon. I don’t know about you guys, but my jaw hit the floor when he showed up in that scene.

Castle 5.05 ‘Probable Cause’ ReviewI admit I was cautiously excited about this episode (if there is even such a thing), but “Probable Cause” surpassed even my wildest expectations. I really wish I had time to watch it again before writing about it, but as of right now, it has bumped “Knockout” right off of the best episode ever position for me. I loved everything about it. The suspense, how they handled the secret’s reveal to Espo and Lanie and, especially, how they handled Kate’s feelings through it all.

From the first moment that Castle becomes a suspect, it was obvious that her faith in him was strong. Even when everything pointed to him as the murderer and especially when Esposito told her he was having an affair, we could see that her resolve was starting to crack, but not even then she gave up on him.

Once again, Stana Katic knocked it out of the park with a beautiful, heartbreaking performance. She really is one of the most underrated actresses of this generation and it is a shame that her work isn’t as recognized as it should be. That scene with Lanie was probably one of the most heartbreaking moments of the series thus far and I just wanted to give her a hug. How even then, when everything seemed lost, she still believed in him.

The reveal of the big secret was great as well. I was a little bummed that they had to find out at such awful circumstances, but I really liked how they handled it. Although I am sad that we never got to see Lanie squealing like a fangirl and that Esposito really did not have any clue about what was going on right under his nose. But I loved that they all supported them and I absolutely loved that they showed Beckett willing to break Castle out of prison. If that’s not a big, fat demonstration of love, I don’t know what is. Even Espo acknowledged it out loud.

I also have to comment on the fact that their first names were used like crazy last night. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Beckett calling Esposito Javi quite so much as she did last night and I think it was the very first time we saw her calling Ryan by his first name and, even better, by a nickname, “Kev”. I thought that this little touch showed so much about their friendship and camaraderie and how they really have each other’s backs no matter what.

About Castle and Beckett, what can I say? I loved everything about them and I am so thrilled about the way TPTB are handling their relationship this season. It’s like Kate said, this thing between them is so easy and effortless. It feels like they’ve been together for a long time, not only a couple of months.

Regarding the 3XK supposed escape, I am not sure how I feel about it, but you know what? It’s all good. Sure, the guy took several bullets and fell off god knows what height, but he still managed to escape. But whatever, I’ll let it slide. Suspension of disbelief and all that.

But yeah, “Probable Cause” rocked my world and has definitely gotten the seal of approval and the top spot of best episode ever for me.

A+, Mr. Marlowe. With honors.

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