First and foremost, I am so sorry I have been MIA these past few weeks. Life sometimes has an annoying tendency to mess with my writing and I have had a serious family emergency this past month that required my time and support to my sisters.
But now I am hopefully back for good and I have to say I absolutely loved last night’s “After Hours”. I admit I thought the argument at the beggining was a little silly and maybe even a little forced, but I loved the repercussions and everything it made our favorite dynamic duo sit back and think about their own relationship. I don’t know if I am alone in this, but I think a fight between our leads was way overdue and I am glad that they touched down on the issues they discussed in last night’s episode.
I called it from the beggining that Leo seemed to be a little shady, but I kept thinking to myself that the twist couldn’t be that obvious, but alas, Leo really was the real killer. But even with that less than original plot twist, I found myself completely amused and on the edge of my seat for most of it. The fact that they were bickering through basically half of the episode proved to be highly entertaining for me.
Even though there are still a lot of things Castle and Beckett need to talk about, I was really glad they discussed the fact that he is a celebrity and she is just a cop and that they come from completely different worlds. And I was beyond relieved that they managed to talk about it like the mature adults that they are, without holding anything back from each other once they realized what was really making them fight.
That scene when Leo shoots the hell out of that car and Kate thinks Castle is inside was great (and scared the crap out of me for a second there) and the reunion afterwards was just amazing. It is just so rewarding to watch them express their affection for each other freely now, especially when one (or both) of them is in danger.
I thoroughly enjoyed the subplot with Ryan and his fear of nuns and, as a former Catholic school student, I can confirm his apprehension is completely justified. Back at the precinct, there was a moment that I thought that their secret would come out when Papa Jim and Martha arrived together, but Gates either still doesn’t know or managed to play it cool.
Speaking of our dynamic duo’s parents, I was surprised to find out that Jim is still working as a lawyer. I had thought for sure that he was already retired. Now, after he and Martha patched things up and were entirely too friendly with each other, I have something to ask from TPTB. Please, for the love of everything good and holy in this world and on behalf of Kate and Castle, I beg you, do not – I repeat, do not – make them get together romantically. Don’t even think about it.
Anyway, I really enjoyed “After Hours” and I wish we didn’t have a mini hiatus until the Christmas episode.
PS: On a completely shallow note, did Nathan Fillion look really, really good last night or what? Whatever it is he is doing, it sure is working for him!