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It’s here, it’s finally here! We’ve been asking ourselves for forever (OK, since the start of Season 5 really) when the heck Beckett was going to have a true showdown with Senator Bracken, and we hope tonight’s the night. Someone needs to rough that guy up a little, and if Beckett somehow doesn’t do it, in the name of Johanna Beckett and a future baby Caskett (NOT a spoiler alert, people!), let us at ‘em.

We’re mere hours away from tonight’s episode of Castle and already that’s way too long. So to keep you somewhat calm, take a peek at our wish list for lucky Castle Season 5, Episode 13: “Recoil,” and be sure to add your own predictions below.

3. Bracken Gets Exactly What He Deserves

The question has consumed Beckett all of her adult life — who would want her mother dead and why? Now that she finally has some answers, will tonight be the night Kate Beckett makes Senator Bracken suffer just like her mother did in that back alley?

According to the promos, we already know that Bracken is connected to tonight’s victim.  But Beckett is put in the compromising position of protecting the senator. Talk about the irony. How do you protect that man who ordered a hit on your mom?

We’re not quite sure, but when Beckett puts her mind to something, you better believe it’s happening. And her mind is set on making Bracken pay. We just hope Beckett’s final words to him are, “game over.”

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2. Gates Gets Clued in About JB!

We know the fantastic four are privy to the Johanna Beckett case, but we suspect Captain Gates isn’t aware who she’s letting prance around her precinct. Promo pics spot Bracken walking freely through the 12th, and Gates, Beckett, and Castle questioning him in an un-Castle like manner (read: no one looks like they're about to slam the table.) Did Bracken get to the NYPD first and enlist Gates’s team specifically to help prove his innocence? 

Probably — we don’t put anything past that slimeball. But what we really hope is that Gates hops aboard the “Bracken is a Dirtbag” train tonight. Maybe secrets slowly start coming out, and she notices Castle acting weirder than usual. Castle takes her aside and fills her in on what’s really going on, and it’s Gates that pulls the “smoking gun” out of Bracken. That’s something he probably won’t be expecting. 

1. Beckett Opens Up!

Dr. Burke is back and Castle fans will be on the edge of their seats to hear the nuggets of emotion Beckett spills. Will Castle’s name come up? Will Burke offer genius insight to help Beckett cope with taking down a U.S. Senator? Will she finally be able to say, “I love you” to her beau? We want all three. And we want them now. 

Be sure to watch Castle Season 5, Episode 13: “Recoil” on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10p.m. on ABC.