UAfter the Storm is the first episode and the season premiere of the fifth season of Castle. After four seasons of “will they” or “won’t they”, Richard Castleand Kate Beckett finally gave in to their feelings for each other in the much anticipated Season 4 finale. Season 5 picks up on the proverbial morning after, with Castle and Beckett facing new questions—Was this a one-time fling, or are they now a couple? 

Castle later circles up with Beckett again, this time at her apartment. She’s furious that Castle is keeping their relationship a secret. He explains that this is all very new to him, and he wants to keep things between them at first at least for a little while. She’s eventually persuaded to let Castle make it up to her. Before he can deliver, however, they’re interrupted by a knock on the door from Ryan.

At this point, Beckett and therefore Castle know they must pursue the case even it it is off the books and has them going rogue. They try to piece together all the clues they have at their disposal.

They realize Smith is the key to finding her assassin and ultimately JoHanna’s killer but can they find him and if they do, can they save him? Does he even want to be saved and is he in any condition to do so?

86 Markwell Street is the location of a building that Smith owns. The two race off, hoping to beat Maddox. They find the building. It is in the process of being torn down. Ten floors, but the file could be anywhere. Where to start? Beckett hits on a torn-down mailbox, showing Smith’s old office was in room 523. Which turns out to be very useful for Cole Maddox. Maddox got the building address out of Smith, and the fact that it was in a floor safe, but not the room number. Thanks to Castle and Beckett, he explains as he ties them up and locks them in a room, his search will be much easier. Once he has the files safely in hand, he can kill Castle, Beckett, and Smith. 

Sadly all the evidence is now confetti! But Ryan has something for Beckett: the papers from the safe, carefully collected in an evidence bag. The team dumps out the bag on a table and tries to piece the shreds of paper together. Eventually, Castle and Beckett find what look like bank records, including a money order made out to cash. Esposito has found what looks like the bank account number to which it was deposited. 

But what about Smith? Last we saw he was on a gurney about to be loaded into an ambulance as he was severely tortured and beaten. Beckett acknowledges they really need is hard evidence; the scraps of paper aren’t enough. Could there be one possible source? Michael Smith has just regained consciousness. Or has he?

That night, as Castle sleeps, Beckett puts on her mother’s wedding ring and her father’s watch. She readies her gun, and takes one last look at a picture of her mother, and then at Castle. Then she goes. The next morning, Castle wakes up to find her gone. Esposito and Ryan arrive and they all realize that she’s evaded her protective detail. Castle knows where she’s going. She’s marked for death and has no evidence, so she’ll never get her arrest, but she just might get her revenge

We have reached a “de tante” and all is well for now. What will she do until then? Kate is sure she’ll “come up with something”. As the elevator door closes, it suddenly hits Castle what “something” she has in mind