THURSDAY TOP TEN: BEST OF ROB BOWMAN

This week our TOP TEN focuses on Executive Producer and Director extraordinary, Rob Bowman. During his time in CASTLE as a founding member, Rob found time to direct 29 episodes. Tonight let’s count down his top 10 episodes that he directed.

NUMBER 10-Tie:

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

Beckett is recruited to assist on a Narcotics investigation, but a routine mission turns deadly when an undercover operation goes array. To survive, Beckett must engage in a battle of wits against some of the most dangerous men in the New York underworld – including a powerful enemy from her past.

NUMBER 10-Tie:

SETUP

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a New York taxi driver who was shot and stripped of his car parts. However, as they search for his killer, they are led to a storage unit with trace amounts of nuclear substances and evidence that a bomb and terrorism is at play. Castle on the other hand senses that they have been set up and searches for the truth and ends up getting Beckett, and himself, caught in a very icy situation

NUMBER 9:

MURDER HE WROTE

Castle and Beckett’s plans for a romantic weekend in the Hamptons are interrupted when a dying man stumbles into Castle’s backyard, collapsing into his pool. Unable to escape the lure of the investigation they join up with the small town’s well-intentioned, but inexperienced sheriff to find the killer.

NUMBER 8:

TIME WILL TELL

A grisly murder investigation leads Castle and Beckett to a suspect (Joshua Gomez, “Chuck,” guest stars as Simon Doyle) who claims he’s traveled back in time to stop terrible events from unfolding, events that will change the course of human history. Is he simply a deluded killer, or is it possible that he’s telling the truth.

NUMBER 7:

AFTER THE STORM

Afterr four seasons of “will they” or “won’t they,” Richard Castle and 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? But before they find the answers, they must take on the forces responsible for Beckett’s mother’s murder that now threaten Kate Beckett’s life. Also in the episode, Jack Coleman (“Heroes”) guest stars as a well-liked U.S. Senator who finds himself in conflict with Beckett.

NUMBER 6:

DISCIPLE

Castle and Beckett arrive at a crime scene to discover that the female victim bears a shocking resemblance to Medical Examiner Lanie Parish. As the team tries to make sense of this mystery, they realize the killer may be targeting detectives of the 12th Precinct.

NUMBER 5:

RECKONING

In the second installment of the Castle two-parter, stakes rise as the 12th Precinct matches wits with serial killers Jerry Tyson (3XK) and Dr. Kelly Nieman. With the clock ticking, Castle and the team must crack the case before the killers claim their next victim.

NUMBER 4:

VERITAS

A secret investigation conducted by Beckett related to her mother’s murder goes awry when a man she has been surveilling is killed. When evidence links Beckett to the victim, she and Castle become the targets of a manhunt that puts both of them in grave danger.

NUMBER 3:

HUNT

In the powerful conclusion of a two-episode story arc, when the FBI fails to get his daughter back, Castle takes matters into his own hands, reaching out to a shadowy fixer to help him recover Alexis. But Castle soon learns that his daughter’s kidnapping may be part of an even more sinister agenda. Emmy and Golden Globe-winner James Brolin (“The West Wing,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.”) guest stars in the episode as Castle’s dad.

NUMBER 2:

KNOCKOUT

Kate Beckett’s investigation into her mother’s death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood – a professional hit man with knowledge of Beckett’s mother’s murder – stages a spectacular escape during a court hearing. As police launch a manhunt for Lockwood, Castle and the team uncover evidence of a deeper conspiracy involving a mysterious figure with law enforcement connections who is linked to both Lockwood’s escape and the killing of Johanna Beckett. The search for Lockwood and the quest to identify his co-conspirator leads to a shocking and deadly conclusion

NUMBER 1:

ALWAYS

When the murder of an Army veteran puts Beckett on the trail of the man who shot her, Castle must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to keep her safe. As secrets are revealed and feelings are put on the table, the lives of the detectives at the 12th Precinct may never be the same.

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