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You’d think that after two seasons, the URST between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) would start to get old—five seasons of it hasn’t done Bones any favors—but the fire on Castle is still burning bright, and Monday’s Season 3 premiere was just as hot as ever.

Because this has to be the season, doesn’t it? You know, when it happens. When Castle and Beckett get down to business. Do the deed. I mean, come on! I didn’t think an episode of Castle could have any more sexual tension. (Don’t believe me? Watch Castle interrogate Beckett again.)

But l suppose we should discuss the particulars: The banter between Castle and Beckett in “A Deadly Affair” was a little more complex than it has been in previous seasons—because this time, it was charged with a bit of anger and frustration. Beckett was mad at Castle for not calling, and Castle was mad at Beckett for not giving him a chance to explain himself. Throw in Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan’s (Seamus Dever) overprotective brothers act, and Richard Castle became a veritable pincushion for sharp insults.

Of course, by the end of the episode, Castle had escaped that pesky caught-at-the-crime-scene situation and moved to the other side of the interrogation table, Beckett had admitted (silently) to Esposito that she needs Castle around to solve murders, and the pair had saved each other in a really cool double shootout. But that doesn’t mean we’re back to square one—the show is definitely moving forward. Castle is in a serious (baggage-filled) relationship with his ex-wife and publisher, Gina, and from what I’ve been reading, Beckett is going to get her own love interest at some point this season. As will Alexis (Molly Quinn). Watching Castle deal with that—and decide which woman in his life to ask for advice—will be very intriguing.

A few miscellaneous notes:
… I don’t know what was better, Lainie (Tamala Jones) saying that the corpse did a “Greg Louganis out of the window,” or Castle referring to Ryan as Annie Oakley.
… Evan, the chump boyfriend, was played by Michael Rady—you may know him as swoon-worthy Kostas from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
… Who caught the Scooby-Doo reference? It was tiny, but it was there!


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