Ep: 2×24 “A Deadly Game”
Reviewed by: csiAngel
Ship rating: 9/10 (but it’s angsty!!)
Beckett and Castle are working the case of a man who appears at first to be a spy. It later turns out he was involved in a game that allows you to experience life as a spy. At the same time, Castle is preparing to go to his house in the Hamptons for memorial weekend. When Alexis informs him she’s been accepted on a summer programme at Princeton, and his mother has other plans, Castle invites Beckett to join him. She declines, saying she has to work, but he later finds out that she might be going away for the weekend with Tom Demming. When she apologises for not telling him, and says she didn’t want things to be awkward, he announces that he was thinking of staying in the Hamptons for the summer – that he was thinking that they need a break. They both look so absolutely devastated at the idea, but, being that they’re stubbornly hiding their true feelings, neither tells the other that!
They continue working the case, a slight air of awkwardness surrounding them at all times – it’s just not the same now.
The others – being the hardcore Castle/Beckett shippers that they all are – can see what’s going on and try to offer their advice – even Captain Montgomery. Ultimately it works and Beckett ends her relationship with Demming, telling him it’s just not what she wants right now. When he asks her “What do you want, Kate?” we all know the answer that is screaming in her head, though is not given a voice, is “CASTLE!!”
Case closed, Esposito and Ryan throw a surprise (but he knows all about it) leaving party for Castle. Beckett asks to speak to him outside and shipper hearts skip as it’s obvious she’s going to say she will go with him to the Hamptons. She’s just getting to that point when Castle’s ex-wife, Gina, appears and it is revealed that she will be going with Castle to the Hamptons.
Beckett is completely thrown, and Stana Katic does a fantastic job of showing how hurt she is and covering it up so that Castle and Gina won’t see it. Excellent acting. You can see the tears glistening in her eyes. Such an angsty shippy scene and end to the season. Bring on season 3 – quickly!!!
Castle is telling Beckett about his house in the Hamptons.
Castle: It’s kind of like a tradition. Bonfires, roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, sleeping late. We’ve done it since she was five.
Beckett: Sounds nice. Kinda magical actually.
Castle: You know what, you should come. Oh it’s right on the ocean, there’s a secluded pool. You could lay out, work on your tan.
Beckett: Wow, Castle, you are working really hard to see me in a swimsuit.
Castle: If you are not comfortable in a swimsuit, just skinny dip.
(Both smile to themselves.)
While working their case:
Castle: Speaking of off the grid, I was serious about this weekend.
Beckett: You’re seriously asking me to your place in the Hamptons?
Castle: I promise, no funny stuff. Just a friendly getaway. It’ll be fun.
Beckett: Yeah…No! You know, some of us have to work for a living.
Castle: On memorial day?
Beckett: Yes. I spent all of my vacation days looking for a new place to live.
Castle’s ex-wife (and publisher) has called Beckett as Castle is avoiding her calls:
Beckett: Your ex-wife called. She said you’re avoiding her because you’re late delivering your manuscript of … Naked Heat. That’s a catchy title. When were you gonna tell me?
Castle: (looking scared) Well I was waiting for the perfect time. It just never happened.
Beckett: She’s naked on the cover again, isn’t she?
Castle: Kinda, yeah.
Beckett: That’s great. No one’s gonna make fun of me.
Castle: (with relief) Oh, good.
Castle watches Beckett talk to Demming about going away together at the weekend.
Castle: Beach house? I thought you were working this weekend.
Beckett: Yeah, I’m sorry, Castle, I should have just told you. I just didn’t want things to be awkward between us now that Tom and I are together.
Castle: No, I get it, yeah. You want your private life to be private.
Beckett: Yeah I just don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable.
Castle: No, course not, no, I mean, actually that makes what I was going to say a little easier… Erm, what with my book due, I was thinking it’d be a good time for us to take a break.
Beckett: A break?
Castle: Yeah, God knows you’ve gotta be tired of my following you around all the time and I really do need to get some work done. With everyone gone I figure why not just stay up in the Hamptons. Get away from the city for a while.
Beckett: Well for how long?
Castle: The summer. At least. I thought this would be our last case.
Ryan interrupts: Hey so, er we…
(Castle and Beckett turn away from each other)
Esposito: Everything okay?
Beckett: Yeah, fine.
(Scene continues, both Castle and Beckett look hurt and disappointed)
Beckett and Castle have been discussing the case. Nothing particularly shippy happens. Then Castle leaves and Esposito approaches Beckett.
Esposito: So, Castle’s last case, huh?
Esposito: Ryan and I thought we’d do a little going away party.
Beckett: Yeah, well it’s not like he’s leaving forever.
Esposito: You sure about that?
(She looks at him, surprised by his question)
Esposito: Why do you think he’s been following you around all this time? What, research? The guy’s done enough research to write fifty books… Look, whatever the reason is, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include watching you be with another guy.
When their case is closed:
Montgomery: … It’s sad a man had to die because all the people involved were too scared to say what they really felt.
Beckett: Yes it is sad.
(Montgomery leaves. Beckett looks at where Castle is on the phone. Castle walks over to her)
Castle: Hey I gotta go, I gotta drive Alexis to Princeton, but I’ll be back in time for that little surprise party the boys are throwing for me…. What?
(Beckett is smiling mysteriously)
Castle: Okay… I’ll see you.
(Castle walks away. Beckett watches him, still smiling. Castle’s path crosses with Demming’s and Beckett’s smile falls.)
The angsty shippy scene:
Beckett and Castle step outside the room where the ‘party’ is.
Beckett: Look I know I’m not the easiest person to get to know and I don’t always let on what’s on my mind, but, this past year working with you… I’ve had a really good time.
Castle: Yeah, me too.
Beckett: So, I’m just gonna say this and —
Gina: Richard? You ready? (She walks up to them)
Castle: Hey, Gina. Erm, Beckett, you remember Gina. My ex-wife.
Gina: And publisher.
(Beckett and Gina shake hands and we see the others are watching through the glass in the door)
Beckett: Yeah we spoke the other day. Looks like you finally tracked him down.
Gina: Oh, yeah, he’s such a little boy sometimes. I mean, I don’t know why it’s not like I bite… Much. Well we’d better get going, we’re gonna be stuck in traffic all night.
Castle: To the Hamptons.
Beckett: For the weekend?
Gina: No, for the summer actually. So I can stay on top of him while he finishes his book.
Beckett: (takes a second to find her voice.) I’m sorry, I didn’t think the two of you got along.
Castle: We didn’t. But then last night on the phone, we started talking…
Gina: We ended up talking for hours.
Gina: Just like old times.
Castle: Yeah. (Looks from Gina to Beckett) I’m sorry, you were telling me something.
Beckett: Yeah I wanted to say have a great summer.
Castle: (nods) You too. And like you said, it’s been really, really great.
Beckett: Yeah, it has.
(They shake hands. He waves to the others who are still watching through the door, but all look sad now)
(Castle and Gina walk away. Beckett watches them for a second then calls after him)
Beckett: See you in the fall?
Castle: (turns back) See you in the fall.
(We see the others through the window again, and they’re all looking so sad – they’re such shippers! Then we see Beckett looking sad. *sniffle*)