Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Castle, Ryan, and Esposito in Season 4, Episode 8: “Heartbreak Hotel”

Castle and Beckett spent the entirety of “Heartbreak Hotel” doing what they do best — but sadly, they did so far, far away from each other. (OK, so it was only across one state line, but it sure felt like more!)

While Castle, Esposito, and Ryan slipped their way into a swanky Atlantic City casino dressed like Elvis, Beckett cracked down on the case’s murky details with their icy boss-lady. Unfortunately, this meant there was not a lot of room for Caskett moments. What can we say? We’ve been spoiled lately!

But just because Castle and Beckett weren’t being cute together doesn’t mean they weren’t being cute at all. In fact, we think Nathan Fillion (Castle) pretty much rocked it out in America’s Playground this week — and made us blush in the process.

Let’s explore Castle’s most adorkable moments from Season 4, Episode 8: “Heartbreak Hotel.”

1. Like Father, Like Daughter

“Heartbreak Hotel” ended with a totally adorable father/daughter moment. Despite the fact that Alexis threw a total rager the night before, Castle returned from Atlantic City to a spic-and-span apartment. Alexis spent the morning cleaning and was clearly exhausted from the festivities, although we all know she didn’t take a sip of alcohol.

Castle, on the other hand, showed up hungover, sporting some sunnies and barely able to stand. Looks like someone had a little too much fun on the boardwalk! Both Castles asked the other what was up, but neither felt like answering and they both slumped onto the couch, frazzled.

2. “Dad, the '80s called. It wants its plan back.”

Did anybody else almost die when Castle made the outlandish, yet ridiculously adorable suggestion to Alexis to smuggle chili-cheese dogs into a double feature with him to cure her breakup blues? Too cute!

Also adorkable: Castle’s second idea to heal her broken heart is a classic girls’ night at the Castle loft, complete with a John Hughes marathon and a plethora of Cosmo quizzes. Aww. His outdated, totally clueless suggestion is almost laughable. Actually, Alexis does turn it into a joke and quips back: “Dad, the '80’s called. It wants its plan back.” Perhaps we should cut the guy some slack since he is pushing the senior citizen discount. In the meantime, we’ll just smile at his unabashed nerdiness.

His outdated, totally clueless suggestion is almost laughable. Actually, Alexis does turn it into a joke and quips back: “Dad, the '80’s called. It wants its plan back.” Perhaps we should cut the guy some slack since he is pushing the senior citizen discount. In the meantime, we’ll just smile at his unabashed nerdiness.

3. Meet Elvis, Elvis and … Elvis

Nathan and the boys were at their finest dressed up in Elvis garb. That hair! Those unbuttoned shirts! Those huge bell bottoms!  How anybody took them seriously when they were interrogating them is beyond us. And Castle’s terrified face as he’s being dragged down the hallway and into Turner’s office? OMG. Adorb.

4. Castle references The Godfather. Naturally.

We knew an entire episode about casinos and mobsters couldn’t go by without Castle slipping in at least one reference to the greatest crime film of all-time, The Godfather. “You don’t come to be a casino owner without making enemies. Look at Moe Greene in The Godfather,” he said. Guess we know Castle’s movie knowledge goes back even further than the '80s!

5. Something in the Way He Moves

When Gates and the team discussed the case, Castle — never one to think before he acts — started to put in his two cents. Not so fast, Mr. Know It All! Boss-lady Gates shot him one look and his excitement quickly dwindled, as his story trailed off into a quiet mumble. Aww!

Why’s she always gotta be so mean? However, she kind of made up for it moments later when she ordered him to go to Atlantic City with “the boys.” Castle looked at Beckett and was very obviously trying to hold back a smile until he couldn’t hold it anymore and tiptoed out of the precinct with a grin cheesier than a block of mozzarella.

6. Impromptu Bachelor Party While On Case

On the way to Atlantic City, Castle couldn’t stop eagerly jabbering about all the fun things the trio could do once they hit the Boardwalk Empire. The wheels in that cute little head were turning at a million miles a minute, thinking of ways to work the craps tables, and the slot machines, and the show girls into their investigation.

Finally, Castle came up with something that was sort of feasible: an impromptu bachelor party for Ryan … while on case. Hey, stranger things have happened!


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