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ABC’s crime dramedy ‘Castle’ premiered its fourth episode of season five, “Murder He Wrote,” Monday, October 15, 2012 at 10PM EST. Like its previous episodes, ‘Castle’ has been conquering the ratings and this week was no different. Fans have been clamoring to see “Murder He Wrote” ever since it was revealed that the titular Richard Castle and his lovely detective/girlfriend Kate Beckett would be traveling to the Hamptons for a romantic getaway.
Mild spoilers ahead.
Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) have planned a secret trip to his home in the Hamptons to spend some quality time together. He drops in on her at the 12th precinct to pick her up, but then her fellow detectives Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) intercept them. The detectives do not know that Castle and Beckett are dating, but they have caught on to the fact that Beckett has a new boyfriend. After they leave, Ryan and Esposito decide to use their time off to find out who the new beau is.
Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett make it to the Hamptons and just as things start to heat up, a man with a fatal gunshot wound stumbles up from the beach and falls into the pool. The duo calls the local Hampton police and are met with the inexperienced Chief Brady (David Burke). He identifies the victim as Randall Franklin, a Manhattan resident who is also on vacation in the Hamptons. He was last seen arguing with a woman in a white dress on the beach before he stumbled up into Castle’s backyard. The Hampton police find a meth-addict named McMurray with Franklin’s wallet and assume he is the murderer. However, Castle points out that they didn’t hear a gunshot before he appeared and there is no sign of blood splatter on the alleged shooter. Naturally, he is too distracted by the new case to focus on Beckett so she reluctantly agrees to help him solve the mystery.
“Murder He Wrote” is by far one of the funniest yet romantic episodes of the season. It is truly delightful to see Castle taking the lead in the case and while his insight is often accurate, his lack of subtlety gets the pair deep into trouble. Beckett’s clear exasperation with her excitable boyfriend is hilarious and becomes all the more amusing when she eventually gets caught up in the case as well. For years, Castle and Beckett have gotten interrupted by their coworkers, family members, or criminals whenever they are having a romantic moment, but this time they actually interrupt themselves so it is twice as funny.
It is also endearing to see Castle and Beckett in a domestic environment. The show has always revolved around dead bodies and the city of New York, but out in the Hamptons, we see a different side of these characters. For instance, Beckett expresses a bit of insecurity when they first arrive because she knows that Castle has quite a long list of romantic partners. However, Castle assures her that none of his past girlfriends can compare to her and it is by far the most heartwarming moment of the episode. Fillion and Katic have an undeniable amount of chemistry that makes the love between Castle and Beckett all the more engrossing.
Last but not least, the most interesting development thus far is Det. Ryan’s discovery of Castle and Beckett’s clandestine relationship thanks to a talkative suspect. So far, he is the first person in Beckett’s circle to find out that the two are dating. With a whole season ahead of them, it is only a matter of time before his best friend Esposito and Beckett’s best friend Lanie (Tamala Jones) find out as well.
‘Castle’ is taking a break in the upcoming week, but it will return October 29, 2012 with a harrowing episode that implies that Castle will be suspected of murder. Make sure to tune in at 10PM EST on ABC.