Castle 5×05 — “Probable Cause”: This was a great episode — the best I’ve seen in a long time! I didn’t care about the reappearance of the serial killer (since I don’t even remember him from the first time around), but I still enjoyed how the plot played out.
Obviously we knew from the beginning that Castle was innocent, so the problem was trying to figure out who was framing him and why. Sure, there were a bunch of things about the frame-up that required massive suspension of disbelief, but since other elements of the story were so good, I was willing do overlook the “Yeah, right” stuff.
I loved how Beckett stayed on an even keel throughout the episode. She didn’t go over the top to defend OR turn against Castle, which was refreshing to see. She kept cool and did what she had to. Yes, she cried with Lanie, but that was perfectly acceptable. That’s what best friends are for, and I’m glad they finally worked that type of scene in.
I also appreciated the fact that there wasn’t any angst regarding the possible affair. Beckett has had trust issues in the past and given Castle’s history with women, it would have been easy for her to assume the worst. I’m so happy that she’s in a place where she doesn’t automatically leap to the worst possible conclusion.
Five episodes into the season and the relationship is working so far. There hasn’t been a dramatic dip in quality, a la Moonlighting. In fact, the show has gotten much, much better overall.