Castle 4×17 — “Once Upon a Crime”: This was one of the better episodes of the season, IMO. The case was at least somewhat interesting, and I thought the interaction between Castle and Beckett was much better. This time around, instead of giving viewers just one tiny moment at the very end (a la Bones), we were treated to a bit of banter during the investigation. That element has been missing recently, so it was nice to get it back.
Speaking of a moment at the end, I thought the hand-holding was nice. Sure, it’s practically nothing for where they should be in their relationship by this point, but I thought it was significant in a few ways. First, Beckett initiated, which doesn’t happen often. Second, this occurred at Castle’s apartment in front of his family, which shows that Kate is very comfortable being part of Castle’s home life. And third, the moment was organic to the scene and didn’t feel forced or awkward (unlike that hand-stroking at Beckett’s apartment during the dog episode). So… it was minute progress, to be sure, but progress nonetheless. Hallelujah!