‘Castle’: Grace Under Fire

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Castle Season 6 Episode 11 Beckett Castle: Grace Under Fire

[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 11. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Happy New Year Castle fans! The winter solstice break is over, which means it’s time for Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) to head back to work with the rest of us. And the episode wastes no time setting the pace and keeping the tension high until right at the very end.

You know it’s gonna be a bumpy ride when the words “12 hours later” appear halfway through the opening scene right after a frantic and very pregnant Jenny (Juliana Dever) calls Kate to ask about her husband. The flaming building behind Kate is something of a bad omen, too.

‘Under Fire’ explores a few different things as the case unfolds. One of their most interesting choices is to veer away from the cliche. For a decent part of the episode, one hopes beyond hope that this is not yet another TV homage to Backdraft, with the victim’s partner serving as the token arsonist. She isn’t. Nor is the pervy Milo (Ethan Cohn) with his Pyrolicious website, or the equally creepy Adam Fergueson (Jamie Harris).

Instead, it’s the building inspector who briefly shows up in the beginning of the episode, a self-appointed Dr. Kevorkian to the down and out buildings in the greater metro area. Kudos to the writers for finding a unique motive.

The rest of the episode is something of a character piece on the two couples affected when Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) go missing inside a blazing inferno. In this episode alone, Laney (Tamala Jones) makes up for all the screen time she missed at the beginning of season 6. After delivering her requisite expository coroner dialogue in the beginning and then again near the middle, she gets some nice, meaty scenes near the end when she shows up at the fiery death trap.

Castle Season 6 Episode 11 Laney Castle: Grace Under Fire

Yes, it’s convenient to the plot to have a doctor on hand when Jenny goes into labor, but the two of them make good allies, staying brave in the face of their mutual potential loss. And the Esposito/Laney shippers get some extended hug scenes from the pair when they are reunited.

The main story, however, belongs to the Ryans and their baby. Expectant mothers aren’t known to be the calmest creatures, especially when their due date comes and goes with no baby. The first time daddy in this story is no better, constantly checking to make sure he hasn’t missed her call. It’s a caricature to be sure but one that any parent can smile on with fond remembrance. And all the natural nervousness only serves to ratchet up the tension when the bomb goes off.

Perhaps it helps that the couple is married in real life, but the obligatory farewell speech scene plays off as real versus schmaltzy, as does their reunion scene at the very end. The episode also has to set a record for the number of times Ryan’s first name is used, which is only slightly disorienting.

Still, a collective “Aw” permeates the reveal that Ryan has a baby girl, coupled with a sigh of relief that an Irish kid won’t be named Javier. All’s well that ends well and for the Ryans, this is a tale well told.

Next week promises to be an equally good character piece for Castle when James Brolin returns as his father, Jackson Hunt.

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Castle returns next Monday with “Deep Cover” @10pm on ABC.

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  1. A surprisingly intense episode. And while it surely did belong to the Ryans, there were some seriously good acting chops from Stana Katic too, trying not to break down when she feared the worst.

    Also, I did not realise that the ‘Ryans’ were married in real life. That is just ‘awww’ :)Similar to the ‘Watsons’ in BBC’s Sherlock now :D

  2. Very good episode & very well acted by all! Seamus & Jon did very well taking over the leads this week & Nathan & Stana, this time in more supporting roles; conveyed their anguish of losing their friends with just the looks on their faces were great as always.

  3. This show is amazing, and this episode just proves that! The acting was probably the best, the story was incredible, and the drama was intense like how you feel when watching Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead. This show is great!

  4. Castle is back! This was that fans fell in love with – great acting as always, but the script was a sound one and gave us the interaction between characters that we have come to expect from Castle. I was close to tears for Ryan and Jenny. Congrads Stana on the People’s Choice Award, and congrads to all the Castle team on their win as well! Eventually the TV Emmy’s are going to figure out that Stana Katic is more than just a pretty face, she is one of the industries best that the industry has to offer – real acting substance, maybe it will catch up with those of us in the real world soon.

    Cannot wait to see James Brolin and Castle interact again, Beckett is not going to be happy with a “jerk” as a father-in-law, and Castle may get over his daddy issues sooner than later – when he sees daddy trying to hit on his girl Kate. I also look forward to the surprise information that will bring an end to Senator – Bracken before the big event of Season 6 – “The Castle and Kate Wedding!” Will they be evidence discovered that Bracken committed murder – that wonderful childhood story thay he spon for Beckett, or will daddy Castle be part of bring Bracken to justice, as an apology for being such a jerk to his son and Beckett; either way its sure to be great TV-Cinema.

    Join us as we work to make “Castle” the most watched show on Monday Night ever! Meet the challenge and invite your friends!

  5. What a wonderful episode, moving, and funny! Nevertheless, we all know that if… Beckett was really in danger that Castle won’t leave Kate’s side or Ryan for that matter. Love the witty banter between Castle and Kate about the wedding date. Castle dad is back in the next episode 6 x 12 (James Brolin – spoiler) and I agree with someone else that Kate is not going to be happy to find out that this jerk is going to be her future father-in-law; and it just may mean Castle – will keep daddy at arms length until he can act like a human being, and less like a jerk – should be great fun to watch (down the road)!

    Could daddy (James Brolin) – make up for his bad behavior later, or will it be nice to know you, but I am glad you weren’t in my life? According to Marlowe the wedding is at hand, but not before we see closure for Kate, with the bring down of Senator Bracken. Will there be something from that story that Bracken told Kate that will help to bring him down, or will Castle’s dad fix his mess, by dropping a few key secrets that will bring Bracken down, after all he is now former C.I.A.

    Cannot wait! Great Job! Marlowe/ Terri and writing team; fantastic job to one of the best acting teams out there – congrats again!!! A big congrats to Stana Katic, knew you were going to be a “super star” and a great human being – a long, long, long time ago!

    Castleland 2014

  6. Well, Castle is back and I celebrate their People’s Choice wins! A Big Congrats!
    However, like many fans I am wonder what has happen to the “PDA” between Castle and Kate. One of the things that caused viewer to literally “fall in love with Castle,” has been the chemistry between the two lead characters, along with all the murders, crime solving and side stories. Marlowe and Terri pulled from the great couples of by gone era’s. Yet, recently things have been a little off key, may be even a few muted tones. The question is who has thrown the “monkey wrench” into a great show and why? Is it the writers (the new writing couple {look at there past body of work} – who personally – I do not see as fitting the style of the show, and/or is it the choice of directors, and/ or are Stana and Nathan off key for some other reason. All I have to say is… that I love this show, and I have made space on one of my library book shelves for at least 10 to 12 seasons.

    So, can I – “PLEASE HAVE MY CASKETT BACK!”