Martha (to Castle) : “You have gotten through most of your life on witt and charm and no small amount of talent but that is the real world out there. And you can’t charm your way out of a bullet.”
Castle: “You think I should quit?”
Martha: “I think you should be honest with yourself about why you are doing this. You have written twenty-two novels before you met her and you didn’t need to spend every day at a police station in order to finish them.”
Castle: “It’s not about the books anymore.”
- The scene after the murder, when Castle says to Beckett “When I saw the blood on your shirt, I thought you had been shot”, foreshadows Beckett’s shooting in Knockout.
Beckett : “Thank you, for having my back in there.”
- The title foreshadows the season finale, Knockout. The theme song “Rise” (and the word on which the episode closes) foreshadows the fourth season premiere, Rise.
In Knockdown, Castle and Beckett get involved in a strenuous kiss as a way to distract a guard, but afterwards, it’s clearly seen by both their faces and Castle’s first comment that they felt something more. PASSION :
- He grabs her, and kisses her passionately. At first, it’s one-sided, but suddenly three years of sexual tension snaps like the Fonze starting a jukebox.
- She returns his kiss with the full force of her passion.
- The two make out like bandits. Literally and figuratively: the guard recognizes that the kiss is genuine and starts to walk away. The moment his back is turned, Beckett ends the kiss like every good her make-out session should end: with a roundhouse pistol-whip to a bad guy’s head. He’s down.
Later, during the final gun battle with Lockwood, he has Beckett targeted and is just waiting for her to show her face for a head shot. Castle becomes aware of it, sneaks up behind Lockwood and jumps him just as he’s about to shoot Beckett. Castle knocks him down, giving him 3 hard punches to his jaw, knocking him out. Beckett notes his bravery to save her and is there at the end to help gently bandage his hand.
But that was JUST the beginning because Beckett “will be back, week after week to ask you who hired you ‘til the miracle occurs.”
NB: this is Castle’s 47th episode. As you all know, ‘47’ is a recurring pattern in Castle. It previously appeared in 3XK as Jerry’s Tyson’s room was ‘47’.