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Castle Review: What Did You Think of Season 5, Episode 9: “Secret Santa”?

Tonight's episode of Castle answered all of our Christmas wishes. Not only did Castle and Beckett spend their first holiday together, but we also got to witness a few yuletide sparks fly between ex-lovers, Detective Esposito and Lanie Parish. All is calm, all is bright …

Well, not if you're James Edmond Smith. The professional Santa met his untimely death after being shot in the back and plummeting to the ground from a cherry-red chopper. Turns out, he died trying to right an old wrong, and when a former colleague discovered his plan, it was lights out on Kris Kringle's holly jolly heist.

But it wasn't the business associate who pulled the trigger. In a surprising twist, it was his ex-wife, who was poised to lose everything if Edmond came clean about his past mistake.

It's just like Kate Beckett said — there's an explanation for absolutely everything, including her initial hesitation to spend Christmas Eve with her mystery writer boyfriend. Ever since her mother's death in 1999, Beckett has spent the holiday keeping watch over the city while others celebrated with their loved ones. But not this year.

Castle and Beckett decided it was time for a new Christmas tradition — one that includes each other. And who needs presents when you've got Rick Castle in your arms?

Bah! Humbug!

All my Christmas wishes were answered!

Lindsay Dreyer is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayNYC.

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12.4.2012 / 09:42 AM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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