THURSDAY TOP TEN: TOP FEBRUARY EPISODES

Ok, we previously published what I call the “ also ran” episodes of Castle shown during the month of February. The rankings and ratings are curtesy of IMDb. So without further ado, here are the ‘Best In Show’ so to speak!

NUMBER 10:

LINCHPIN
S4E16 Rating 8.8

As Castle and Beckett work to find the linchpin which will start a series of events that is predicted to end in worldwide catastrophe, they find that the very people they thought were their enemies may be on their team, and the people they thought were on their team, may be their enemies.

NUMBER 9:

SETUP
S3E16 Rating 8.8

Castle and Beckett investigate the apparent robbery-homicide of a New York cab driver, only to discover that the victim was involved in a mysterious conspiracy with unimaginable consequences. As the stakes continue to rise, hard-charging federal agent Mark Fallon (guest star Adrian Pasdar) takes over the investigation. Together, Fallon, Beckett and Castle must race to unmask the truth about the victim before it’s too late.

NUMBER 8:

PANDORA
S4E15 Rating 8.9

Castle is doubly surprised when he finds out Alexis is interning with Lanie, and when his and Beckett’s latest murder case, much to Beckett’s chagrin, reunites him with CIA Agent and former muse, Sophia Turner. When the bodies keep piling up and the prime suspect becomes a dangerous rogue CIA agent who Sophia believes is plotting a catastrophic event, she enlists Castle’s and Beckett’s help. However, their decision to get involved may prove fatal for them both.

NUMBER 7:

REALITY STAR STRUCK
S5E14 Rating 9.0

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Castle and the team investigate the death of a reality TV show star and drop hints at what they got each other for the big day, while Esposito has everyone puzzled by his evasiveness about his plans, and Ryan must continually rush home whenever Jenny feels the time is right to try for a baby.

NUMBER 6:

THE BLUE BUTTERFLY
S4E14 Rating 9.0

A mysterious necklace called the Blue Butterfly connects a modern-day murder and the journal of a 1940s private investigator, which stirs Castle’s imagination. To solve the case, he envisions his family and friends at the 12th precinct as characters in the diary: Castle is Joe Flynn, a crusty private investigator; Martha is his secretary; Alexis is teenaged Sally Schofield; Beckett is Vera, the knockout girlfriend of vicious mobster Tom Dempsey; Lanie is lounge singer Betsy Sinclair; and Ryan and Esposito are two of Dempsey’s muscle. When Joe falls for Vera, who he believes is Sally’s sister, they plot to escape Dempsey’s clutches, but discover that someone else has it in for them.

NUMBER 5:

COUNTDOWN
S3E17 Rating 9.0

With a dirty bomb lost in the city and seconds ticking away, Castle, Beckett and their colleagues must put aside their differences with Homeland Security Agent Mark Fallon (guest star Adrian Pasdar) to prevent a citywide disaster. Will they succeed? And if they do, will they survive the attempt? The stakes have never been higher and Castle and Beckett have never stared death in the face so directly.

NUMBER 4:

RESURRECTION
S7E14 Rating 9.2

A young blonde woman with a criminal past, who is also a patient of Dr. Kelly Nieman, is murdered and the prime suspect is Michael Boudreau, a man who looks exactly like Beckett’s and Castle’s nemesis Jerry Tyson, also known as the serial killer 3XK. As the clock ticks, the team at the precinct races to match 3XK’s DNA with Boudreau’s and to prove that Nieman and Tyson are accomplices. But the search may cost one of the team their lives.

NUMBER 3:

TARGET
S5E15 Rating 9.3

In the first half of a two-part story arc, Castle and Beckett find themselves in a race against time when they unearth a plot to kidnap the daughter of a powerful foreign dignitary, but the stakes are raised when they find that Alexis was kidnapped too.

NUMBER 2:

RECKONING
S7E15 Rating 9.3

The team at the 12th precinct races to find Beckett before she becomes the next victim of Jerry Tyson, the serial killer known as 3XK, and his accomplice Dr. Kelly Nieman. Unfortunately, Castle finds himself playing Tyson’s game and realizes that to save Beckett before it’s too late, they have to take the game to Tyson.

NUMBER 1:

HUNT
S5E16 Rating 9.4

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 and gets help from an unexpected source.

And to catch up with the rest, here are the links needed to scope them out!

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