THURSDAY TOP TEN: IMDB’S SEPTEMBER BEST

Alas, we have come to the last day of September, so let’s revel in those 12 episodes that aired in this fun month. So, let’s count down the best episodes according to IMDB and see how they rate against your personal choices!

NOT REALLY CONSIDERED:

XX 7.4

In part two of last week’s Season 8 premiere, Beckett’s side of her abrupt disappearance is revealed. After receiving a mysterious tip from her past, Beckett is launched into a fight for her life, with a team of mercenaries hot on her trail. While Castle investigates why his wife is on the run, Beckett must figure out who wants her dead, before they can finish the job.

HONORABLE MENTION:

HE’S DEAD SHE’S DEAD 8.0

A famous medium is found dead, stuffed in a sofa-bed, by her daughterCastleseems convinced that the medium predicted her own murder, but Beckett thinks she’s a fake and a charlatan. Who’s right? Meanwhile, Castle’s mother is dealing with traumatic events in her own life.

NUMBER 10:

DRIVEN 8.2

In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle’s car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode picks up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career.

NUMBER 9:

DREAMWORLD 8.2

Continuing from the season premiere episode, Beckett races against time to find a stolen toxin capable of killing tens of thousands of people. To make matters worse, Castle was exposed, leaving him with less than 24 hours to live.

NUMBER 8:

DEEP IN DEATH 8.2

Beckett is still plenty peeved at Castle for looking into her mother’s murder against her wishes, yet Captain Montgomery forces her to chat with a reporter who is jazzed to write about her crime-solving partnership with Castle. But when a murder victim is found hanging in a tree, Beckett reluctantly teams with Castle once again. Their investigation takes a strange turn when armed men kidnap the body en route to the coroner, leaving Castle and Beckett to delve into the world of drug smuggling, the Russian mob and high stakes poker in Chinatown.

NUMBER 7:

XY 8.4

After passing the Captain’s exam in the Season 7 finale, Beckett was surprised with an offer to run for State Senate. In the action-packed season premiere, Castle and Beckett are adjusting to Beckett’s career change, when a call from a mysterious stranger sets off an explosive chain of events. There are two sides to every story, and this unique two-parter will explore the same story from each of their perspectives, first from Castle’s side as he searches for Beckett in the exciting Season 8 premiere.

NUMBER 6:

THE DOUBLE DOWN 8.5

When Castle and Beckett are handed the murder of Ashley Cosway, a couples therapist, and Ryan and Esposito are assigned to investigate the death of Frank Anderson, a dead man found shot in a park, Castle makes a bet on which pair can solve their murder first. But when both investigations hit dead ends and the victims are found to be strongly connected, the two teams work together to solve the peculiar puzzle.

NUMBER 5:

A DEADLY AFFAIR 8.6


Beckett and her team burst into an apartment on a murderer’s trail, only to be surprised when they find Castle, whom they hadn’t seen or heard from in months, standing over the dead woman’ body holding a gun. Beckett has no choice but to arrest Castle until he can prove his innocence

NUMBER 4:

HEROES AND VILLAINS 8.6

NUMBER 3:

VALKYRIE 8.6

Last season ended with Beckett wrestling over whether to take a high-profile job in DC — a dilemma made more complicated when Castle proposed to her. In the Season 6 Premiere of “Castle,” Castle and Beckett will deal with the consequences of their decisions against the backdrop of a high-stakes investigation.

NUMBER 2:

RISE 8.7

As Beckett fights for her life, Castle attempts to find the person responsible for the shooting. Meanwhile back at the precinct, Ryan and Esposito try to adapt to the new captain in charge. When Castle asks her at the hospital, Beckett says that she doesn’t remember anything about the time of the gunshot. Castle is shocked, but Beckett later admits to a psychiatrist that she remembers everything, and that she lied to Castle.

NUMBER 1:

AFTER THE STORM 9.2

After four seasons of “will they” or “won’t they”, Richard Castle and Kate Beckettfinally 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.

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