Season 3 | Episode 317 | Aired 02/28/2011
Two of Hayes’ old unit buddies are his accomplices. The search is on, but the clock is still ticking. Castle wants to ask for help from his Syrian secret police contact, Fariq Yusef. Fallon doesn’t like it, but the meeting pays off. The team storms the hideout where Hayes’ cohorts were holding Nazihah’s baby hostage to do force her to do their bidding. The van is gone. Nazihah is already on her way to the target location: Times Square.
All units roll in search of a black van, but it’s Beckett and Castle who get to Nazihah first. The bomb squad is en route. ETA: three minutes. That’s not gonna work. There are less than two minutes left on the bomb’s timer. Beckett sends a photo of the bomb to Fallon, but he can’t see it well enough to tell them how to diffuse it. 15 seconds until detonation. 14…13…12…
The only thing Castle and Beckett can do is hold each other’s hand. That means Castle still has one hand free. As the timer closes in on zero, Castle rips a handful of wires from the bomb. The timer stops and everyone is still there. The lesson: Never send the bomb squad to do the job of a mystery writer. [quote-right]
Back at the precinct, Castle and Beckett say their goodbyes to Special Agent Fallon with respect and the hope that they never have to work together again. Moments later, Castle struggles to say something to Beckett. Eventually he opts to just head home. We’re guessing he never finished his thought because he saw Josh coming down the hallway. So, whatever it is Castle wanted to say to Beckett remains a mystery.