Credit: Richard Cartwright /ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Rick Castle in Front of the Christmas Tree in Castle Season 5, Episode 9: "Secret Santa"

Castle might be taking a short hiatus for the holidays, but we’re still cracking up over some choice moments in this week’s episode, “Secret Santa.” While Castle and Beckett were swept up by the pressures of the most wonderful time of year, the rest of the 12th precinct provided us with the funniest moments.

Check out our top laugh-out-loud picks from Castle Season 5, Episode 9: “Secret Santa.”  

3. Gates Has Mommy (In-Law) Issues
It’s a rare occasion when anyone, other than Castle, gets deep under the Captain’s iron skin. But even our lovable crime writer anoints sainthood status, compared to her overbearing mother-in-law. And she’s anything but shy about it, saying to Beckett, “If you happen to receive a report of a homicide tonight at my address, do me a favor and ignore it.”

2. Esposito vs. Santa Smackdown
When the team finds out head honcho Santa, aka David Dunne, lied about the night our vic was murdered, it’s up to Ryan and Esposito to bring him in from “Santa School.” But in a room full of Saint Nicks, Dunne’s not going down without a fight — which includes clobbering Espo with an oversized plastic candy cane. Talk about an unwanted Christmas gift!

1. “Bow Chicka Wow Wow!”
Esposito swipes the Christmas present Ryan bought for Jenny — a sheer piece of Santa-inspired lingerie — and holds it up, strutting his best Justin Timberlake-inspired “sexyback” moves. But it’s a mortified Ryan who has the last laugh when Gates pops up behind Javi, catching him in the act. This moment will forever be etched in our memories. Priceless!

What made you laugh out loud during Castle Season 5, Episode 9? Tell us below!


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