'Castle' Season 5 Finale Recap: Will Beckett Say Yes to D.C. or Castle?
It all came down to love vs. career on the Season 5 "Castle" finale, "Watershed," as Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) deceived her beau and crime-solving partner Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). She wove a pretty tangled web, but we're not too mad at her. Sometimes it's hard to navigate life's crossroads, and she is at a doozy. After sneaking off to a life-changing job interview with Deputy Det. Anthony Freedman (Kyle Secor) in Washington and getting caught red-handed by Castle, their entire relationship is called into question. Will she or won't she go? Will it spell doom for Caskett? And, oh my goodness… will she say yes?!
It's obvious to Det. Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Det. Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) that Beckett's distracted. She keeps her job prospect hush-hush, but she should have known that keeping a secret from NYPD Captain Victoria Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) is near impossible. An all-business Gates calls Beckett into her office to inform the detective that the FBI has reached out to her. As a nervous Beckett gulps, Gates says, "I just want to tell you that I gave you my highest recommendation. This is an incredible opportunity." Gates also shares the inside scoop that Beckett is on a short list of applicants being considered.
THIS CAN'T BE HER LAST CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GATES WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!!??? #CasteSeasonFinale— Stana Del Grant Rey (@stanatic_castle) May 14, 2013
So what's gonna happen to the 12th precinct and Espo and Ryan and Gates?! :O #castle— Christina (@_christyna_) May 14, 2013
Gates isn't the only one who uncovers Beckett's secret; Castle finds her used D.C. boarding pass and is heartbroken to learn that she's been lying to him. His trust in her has clearly been broken, and he believes that her following this opportunity will spell the end of their relationship. "Castle, this isn't about you. This is about me. This is about my life," she says, but Castle is not ready to see it that way and walks out.
he couldn't make a big gesture! He was mad! but that didn't mean he didn't want them together. He needs them together! it's #Caskett !— Mariana Pedreira (@Apples_Castle) May 14, 2013
Blood is thicker than water
The Castle and Beckett drama absorbed most of our focus, but there was a case on the docket, and it was a puzzler. It also compounded how much we'd miss Beckett if she left the NYPD and Castle for D.C. (tear!) because of how gracefully and effectively they worked together to solve this week's murder: a Harvard honor student, Erika Albrook, who disguised herself as a prostitute to uncover the truth behind her best friend's death.
I sometimes forget Castle & Beckett have a case to solve #Castle— Amy. (@AspirareASogno) May 14, 2013
When Albrook's body is found in a water tank on the roof of a seedy hotel (the showers were raining blood!), it seems like a run-of-the-mill murdered-prostitute case -- but the truth is anything but. Results from some DNA evidence reveal that she was actually a gifted student and the daughter of a well-off family. Her parents thought she was backpacking through Europe with friends and have no idea how she ended up at the flophouse. "Our daughter would never stay in a place like that. Detective, this isn't her," her mom says.