"Castle" season 6 premiered Monday, Sept. 23, with "Valkyrie," and after the season finale last May left us wondering what was in Beckett's future—professionally and personally—we got those answers pretty quickly.
Did Beckett say yes to Castle's proposal? If you thought Castle was going to break up with Beckett in the "Castle" season 5 finale, you weren't the only one. She did too, as she told him right after he proposed. "You seemed so serious," she explained. "Of course I'm serious," he told her. "This is the most serious thing I've ever done." She kissed him, but that wasn't automatically a yes. First, they had to talk about that job, but that didn't stop him from saying the right thing: "Kate, I'm not proposing to you to keep you here or because I'm afraid I'm going to lose you, I'm proposing because I can't imagine my life without you. If that means when things get difficult, we have to figure them out, then I'm willing to figure them out, assuming you're willing to figure them out with me." After that, how could she say anything but yes?
Did Beckett take the D.C. job? Moments after Beckett said yes to Castle, we learned she also said yes to the job in D.C., as two months later, a chase ended with her shot in an alley. Beckett's training wasn't going so well, and McCord told her to trust her instincts, not the intel, advise that would come in handy later. Unfortunately, a high profile case meant Beckett couldn't fly back to New York, seemingly cancelling her plans with Castle for the weekend. They were long-distance, but their relationship seemed to be solid. He surprised her in her apartment when she got home ("Can you at least finish taking that off before you shoot me?" he requested as she unbuttoned her shirt, not realizing she wasn't alone, and she promptly made him feel welcome), and the next morning, he was a bit too eager to get things back to how they used to be, helping her on cases. But with her work now classified, that wasn't going to happen. Unless she accidentally left a photo on the floor and he enlisted Ryan and Esposito's help in figuring out the case.
Pi and steak Castle was surprised when Alexis returned from Costa Rica with Pi, who felt that "the whole spelling thing just stifles creativity." Right… Castle made sure they knew he was sleeping on the couch. "I want him to be comfortable. And visible," he told his daughter, stressing that he wouldn't be staying in her room. Later, when he returned home from D.C., he found him cooking dinner for the family. That would be helpful, only Pi was cooking "the juiciest steak there is": papaya steaks. Castle wasn't exactly enamored with the menu.
Only four months to go… With a baby on the way, Ryan was getting ready, and that meant taking care of a doll. In his desk drawer. "It's going to be a long four months," Esposito commented, and this wasn't anything new as Castle knew he was swaddling the doll when he called them. But apparently the promise of Knicks floor seats means more than taking care of the doll, since Ryan threw the doll at his partner to write down that serial number.
Beckett, time to get to work Her weekend plans down the drain, Beckett and McCord were put on the case when a transformer was blown up. The blackout shut down the Cybertech building security system for five minutes, enough time for someone to get out with a highly classified hardware security module. Thanks to an old case in NY with Castle, Beckett realized the person escaped via underground tunnels leading to a nearby golf course. But Castle had as well, after he used NYPD's resources to do some digging. "This isn't New York," Beckett reminded him after she and McCord spotted him on a golf cart and his "getting a round in" with his invisible clubs excuse didn't fly. ("Next time I see you, it better be in a book jacket," McCord warned him.) He couldn't just force his way into a case in D.C. like he used to do in New York. After he told Beckett that someone had been watching the course in a sedan, he was sent off on his way, but someone had already spotted him.
Beckett was lucky that McCord had had her own mistake in her early days on the job—she took a guy home and talked in her sleep—so their boss didn’t know about Castle (yet). But this wasn't like New York, and these two weren't going to have any type of girl talk. The focus returned to the case, and moments later, they had IDed the guy watching the course: Jack Bronson, recently retired from the Marines and with black ops training. His apartment was empty, but it screamed "recently broke into a secure building" as they found everything the thief needed in a backpack. The module wasn't there, however, and neither was Jack. So where was the black ops spy? Castle was the unfortunate soul to get that answer, as the guy abducted him at gunpoint right after he got off the phone with Beckett about the dinner he'd make her to make up for getting her in trouble, complete with the wine that made her all tingly. The writer's bad luck continued as Jack asked him if the Feds knew anything about Valkyrie, began slurring his words, mentioned "Dreamworld," and then dropped dead. All while driving. Uh-oh.
Upon seeing Castle at the scene of the crash, McCord had him arrested, and the poor guy had to face Carl, Beckett's new boss, in interrogation after that entire ordeal. After Castle told him everything, he left him to sweat a bit. There was nothing about Valkyrie in their databases, and all they could do was begin the search for Jack's girlfriend, Jeanette. Beckett was tasked with sending Castle home, and then she was the one to realize that, once they found Jeanette, she was heading for Union Station.
Trust those instincts, Beckett McCord's earlier advice came in to play. McCord wanted to grab Jeanette as soon as they saw her, but Beckett was right to insist on waiting because they followed her right to a locker—and the module. However, Jeanette insisted that Jack was set up. Someone had called him to meet at the golf course, but the person never showed up. He had called her about going on the run, and it fell on the agents to deliver the bad news. McCord wasn't exactly sold on her story, but Beckett was and easily convinced her with her explanation. Someone with Jack's training wouldn't have been so messy. It was all a diversion to get to the classified eighth floor.
Ready for those dreaded words, TV fans? Meanwhile, back in New York, Esposito provided a major clue after Castle updated him and Ryan about his abduction. "Dreamworld" was a military ghost base, and as Castle began his research, claiming no one would ever know, the Feds knocked on his door. It was back to an interrogation room in D.C. for Castle, but this time, he was in a different kind of trouble. The real target had been a chemical agent the military had been working on that was deemed too dangerous to use. The amount stolen was enough to kill thousands of people, and that chemical agent had been aerosolized and in the ventilation system of Jack's car. That was what killed him, and that was what was killing Castle. Yes, Castle. Based on the amount in his bloodstream, he had less than a day to live. To be continued…
"Castle" season 6 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of episode 1, "Valkyrie"?