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The 'Castle' wedding: At long last, Richard and Kate make it official

Season 7 | Episode 6 | “Time of Our Lives” | Aired Nov 10, 2014

“I promise to love you, to be your friend, and to be your partner in crime and in life.” 

The last time we heard any talk about the Caskett wedding, it was way back in the second episode of this season, “Montreal.” Castle and Beckett vowed to postpone their wedding for a month following Castle’s mysterious disappearance. Since then, not only have we not heard anything about The Mystery of Richard Castle, we haven’t had any forward momentum with the wedding. But finally—FINALLY—all that has changed.

The wedding—seven seasons, six years, hundreds of crimes, thousands of cups of coffee, and countless stolen glances in the making—has finally come.

But not before one tricky little alternate universe gets in the way.

Castle and Beckett begin investigating a crime like any other: a call at an inconvenient time, a body covered in blood—you know, the usual. But when a bit of evidence left on the body leads Castle and Beckett to a power plant to search for more clues, things start to get interesting.

Castle gets his hands on an important-looking artifact currently sitting in a blood-splattered briefcase. When he picks it up, it sets off a series of small explosions, culminating in a gas bomb detonating. This sends Castle flying through a door, and and he lands with a big thud. But when he hops up to get back in the action, he emerges to find no Beckett, no briefcase, and no evidence of the events that (seemingly) just transpired.

Castle makes his way back to the station in search of Beckett and the others, but he’s only met with blank stares. Ryan, Esposito, and the now Captain (!!!) Beckett claim to have no idea who he is: no recollection of ever meeting him, working with him, nothing.

In his efforts to try to convince them otherwise, Castle begins recalling their supposed friendship and examples of working together on cases. Namely, he reveals information on the case he was just working, which Beckett and Co. are also working (so that part of this alternate universe is the same).

The team becomes suspicious when Castle shares such intimate knowledge of the crime scene they’re working, and they bring him into interrogation for more answers.

It’s there that Castle desperately tries to prove to Beckett how and when they met, regaling her of the past life in which they fell in love. But alas, it does no good.

Castle returns home after being dismissed from the precinct, only to find his entire home life is also in alternate-reality shambles. Trying to get to the bottom of his parallel-universe nightmare, he dives deep into the Internet. Finally, he discovers a forum about the ancient artifact he found in the briefcase at the original crime scene.

Armed with this knowledge, Castle heads back to the precinct, hellbent on convincing them to let him help with the case. His smarts prove his worth quickly (just like in his very first case six years ago), and he’s back on the team in no time.

Castle accompanies Ryan and Esposito on the next leg of the investigation, where they arrest Maria Sanchez, a notorious stolen-artifact smuggler. After the detectives realize the artifact they just found in Sanchez’s possession is a fake, she’s taken downtown and interrogated, where she clues the team in on other members of the master plan. Castle, being Castle, defies Beckett’s direct orders and listens in on the interrogation—which lands him in lockup. Some things never change.

But Beckett finds it in her heart to let him out, admitting they had actually met a long time ago—when she stood in line to have him sign her copy of a Derrick Storm novel. So he makes a move and asks her to drinks. (Sure, he’s also continuing the investigation, but Beckett will find that out soon enough.)

At the bar, she realizes Castle asked her there because he’s still working the case. She tries to act indignant, but when she manages to arrest the main suspect, she can’t help but admit he had the right idea.

Back at the precinct, since the murder weapons and murderers are all accounted for, the case is closed. But Castle can’t let this go; after all, he’s still stuck in this hellish world where he and Beckett aren’t together. He pleads with Beckett to follow up on the real artifact, as it was never recovered during the investigation. But she shuts him down, and Castle leaves with his head hung low and his heart heavy.

But Castle is no quitter, and in his last attempt to prove he and Beckett are meant to be together—parallel universe or not—he does what any version of Castle would do: He gets Beckett coffee! (Swoon.) But before he can take his token of love to her, he’s taken at knifepoint to a secret meeting of super-scary villains who are in possession of the briefcase with the real artifact. And just when the standoff is about to get good and bloody, Beckett rushes in to save the day. (Obviously, she couldn’t just let the whole thing go either. I mean, it’s Beckett, after all.) Gunfire rings out, and in the blink of an eye Castle has jumped in front of Beckett, taking a bullet for her.

As Castle lies dying, Beckett asks, “You saved my life. Why?” To which Castle responds weakly, “Because I love you, Kate.”

And PRESTO! Castle is awakened back in the real world by Beckett—his Beckett—as if nothing whatsoever had happened.

After Castle has told Beckett of the whole nightmarish debacle, and they’re standing in the dusty sunlit room of the precinct, he ruminates on how they can get past their missed wedding date. How can they get back? How can they move forward if they just … don’t?

So, right then and there, he proposes to Beckett all over again:

Castle: Will you marry me?
Beckett: I already said yes.
Castle: Will you marry me right now?

And with that (and the most FABULOUS bridal pantsuit of all time), our beloved Richard and Kate tie the knot. The ceremony is small, it’s at sunset, and it’s rich with a deep, deep love between two people who took an awfully long time to find each other. Their vows are sweet and personal, charming and unique, just like the two of them. It’s perfect*. Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Castle!


Oh, and by the way:

  • *When I say it was perfect, I mean it was perfect except for that HEINOUS green-screen situation. I mean, why? Why?
  • Castle’s mug shot. That is all.
  • Castle’s rap sheet. That is all.
  • Castle saying “Because I love you, Kate.” as he lay dying brought back a flood of memories from the season 4 finale—when he declared his love for her as she lay dying. Ugh, the feels.
  • Alternate-universe discrepancies: Beckett is captain; Martha is famous and currently performing on Broadway; Lanie is pregnant; Castle is not a super-wealthy and popular novelist (post-Derrick Storm, his latest clunker was called inite Laughter“); Alexis is a brunette and lives with her mother in L.A.; Ryan is not married to Jenny; Beckett never solved her mother’s murder (sob!).
  • I said it once but I’ll say it again: Beckett’s pantsuit was magnificent.
  • Beckett: The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. I want to live in the warmth of your smile.
    Castle: The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. The mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring.

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 Castle airs Mondays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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