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After eight seasons and 173 episodes Castle comes to a close not with a bang but a whimper. “Crossfire” offers fans of the show the conclusion of the LOCKSAT storyline (the same storyline that’s derailed much of the show’s final two seasons). With Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) separated again for much of the episode, Castle is abducted by one of LOCKSAT’s minions (Michael Teh) while LOCKSAT himself (Gerald McRaney) attempts to lure Kate into a similar trap.

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With the threat of LOCKSAT once again looming in the background, Castle goes for goofy in the attempted murder of a safety inspector (Jonathan Silverman) who survives poisoning, electrocution, and being shot in the head. With Castle (Nathan Fillion) consumed by the man’s incredible survival, something the writer attributes to super-powers, Beckett (Stana Katic), Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) are more concerned with finding the would-be killer.

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The recent news that Stana Katic will be leaving the show at the end of the season means should Castle be renewed for another year it’s likely future episodes will look more like “Backstabber” in which Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) gets herself into a jam and relies on the help of Castle (Nathan Fillion), Alexis (Molly C. Quinn), and their friends at the NYPD. After being used by a former friend and colleague for a less-than-legal break-in, Hayley finds herself in the middle of a murder as her past as a spy catches up with her.

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Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are on the case when sonar operator and part-time tomb raider recently-returned from Turkey is found tortured and beheaded in a New York apartment. Learning that the victim had uncovered King Solomon’s tomb whose prizes included a lamp of legend sends Castle’s imagination into overdrive concerning genies and wishes while Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) try to focus on the more logical motives and suspects for the crime like both the victim’s partner and the unknown financier of the dig.

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Beckett (Stana Katic) heads back to the police academy when a cadet is found murdered. With the other cadets being the primary suspects, Beckett hangs around for a couple of days helping teach while doing a little not-as-subtle-as-she-thinks investigating. As last week’s episode gave us Castle-centric (Nathan Fillion) tale it’s not surprising to see most of the storyline is focused on Beckett this week. Even Castle’s appearances have more to do about her character, and her reaction to the truth about his lost memories, than the mystery writer’s own choices.

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Another Firefly cast member makes an appearance as Castle (Nathan Fillion) heads to Los Angeles. On the west coast along with Hayley (Toks Olagundoye) and Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) to investigate his missing time during his disappearance, Castle is recruited by a secret society of detectives to investigate the murder of one of its own members. A little digging into man’s death reveals he’s the latest victim of a pair of serial killers leaving victims in both New York and Los Angeles over the past few months. To earn his place within the society Castle will have to out snoop another detective (Summer Glau) also interested in the G.D.S.’s recent vacancy.

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In an episode that doesn’t feature Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle (Nathan Fillion) is approached by his “old friend” Detective Slaughter (Adam Baldwin) to look into the heist of a prototype microchip. When Slaughter’s informant turns up dead Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) turn their attention to Slaughter as the number one suspect, but Castle chooses instead to believe the detective’s innocence even going so far as to steal Ryan and Esposito’s car to prevent them from taking Slaughter in for questioning.

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Continuing the season’s theme of having Castle (Nathan Fillion) work outside the department and horn in on Beckett‘s (Stana Katic) cases in an attempt to win back the affections of his wife (which he hasn’t even lost), “The Nose” centers around a priceless stolen painting and a witness (Stephnie Weir) who can identify the killer not by sight but by smell. Caring just as much about how the woman’s extra-sensory perceptions can tell him about Beckett’s mood, Castle enlists the help of the reluctant witness to help track down the killer and find the painting.

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Under the season’s contrivance of keeping Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) apart while trying to artificially recapture the feel of the show’s earlier seasons, “PhDead” finds Castle using his private detective’s licence, along with his fame and money, to weasel in to Beckett’s latest case involving the death of a frat boy on a nearby campus. What the latest episode has going for it is Castle and Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) what it lacks are enough moments of husband and wife working together.

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Castle‘s two-part season premiere introduces some new faces as well as a new longterm obsession for the NYPD’s sexiest detective. When the newly-promoted Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) disappears on her very first day Castle (Nathan Fillion) becomes increasingly concerned, especially after he discovers she is tied to a shoot-out in an abandoned auditorium. While “XY” follows Castle and the NYPD attempting to find the elusive Beckett, who makes no effort to reach out to her husband or colleagues, “XX” gives us Kate’s version of the story filling in gaps from the first episode of the season and explaining her odd behavior which is all linked to her short stint at the Attorney General’s office and her old enemy William Bracken (Jack Coleman).

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