The crime- fi ghters on Cas­tle are quicker with their wits than their trig­ger fi ngers. Guy Davis in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther with the help of co- star Stana Katic.

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Many of us are suck­ers for it. Af­ter all, with the help of some clever writ­ers th­ese char­ac­ters get to say the things, both in­sult­ing and in­gra­ti­at­ing, we wish we could say to the ones we love or loathe.

Now, a lot of TV shows th­ese days have their share of ban­ter. And some do a pretty good job with it. But when it’s pulled off re­ally well by a cou­ple of peo­ple who have crack tim­ing and who share gen­uine chem­istry, well, it can help set a pro­gram apart. That’s the case with Cas­tle.

Cas­tle, air­ing Sun­day nights on Seven, could be de­scribed as a “ com­fort” show. You’re not go­ing to be giv­ing your brain a work­out as you try to jump through its hoops, as is the case with some­thing like Lost. It’s not go­ing to sucker-punch you or en­lighten you about the hu­man con­di­tion.

But if you’re in the mood for a well-made po­lice pro­ce­dural with a cast of tal­ented, good-looking peo­ple play­ing sharp, in­tel­li­gent char­ac­ters, you could do far worse than Cas­tle. The cor­ner­stone of the show is the love-hate re­la­tion­ship be­tween its leads, crime nov­el­ist Richard Cas­tle ( Nathan Fil­lion) and po­lice de­tec­tive Kate Beck­ett ( Stana Katic).

The fi rst sea­son of the show had Beck­ett act­ing as a re­luc­tant chap­er­one to the wealthy and well-con­nected Cas­tle, who started de­vel­op­ing a new se­ries of books fea­tur­ing po­lice­woman “ Nikki Heat” so he could ( a) get out of the creative rut he’d found him­self in, ( b) use his de­duc­tive skills to help the NYPD crack cases and ( c) keep hang­ing around with Beck­ett, the in­spi­ra­tion for his new heroine.

De­spite Beck­ett fi nd­ing Cas­tle a bit of a nui­sance, his raffi sh charm and out­side-th­esquare abil­ity to help solve crimes aside, the two formed an eff ec­tive if un­con­ven­tional part­ner­ship. How­ever, their re­la­tion­ship hit a rough patch when Cas­tle broke a prom­ise to Beck­ett.

The rea­son Beck­ett be­came a cop in the fi rst place was in re­sponse to her mother’s mur­der, and Beck­ett made it clear to her new part­ner that he was never to in­ves­ti­gate the crime. When he un­cov­ered ev­i­dence that the killing of Beck­ett’s mother wasn’t the ran­dom act of vi­o­lence it had been la­belled, it led to a rift be­tween the two.

“ One of the things that Beck­ett said clearly was ‘ Do not cross this line’, and the line was to not re­search her mother’s mur­der” said Katic. “ So of course Cas­tle does, and when she fi nds out it was kind of like ‘ OK, we’re done’.”

But, hey, Cas­tle had been suc­cess­ful enough to earn a sec­ond sea­son on the air, so there was no way of keep­ing th­ese two apart for too long. And with the pub­li­ca­tion of the fi rst Nikki Heat book, the writer and the cop are back in each other’s lives.

“ Be­cause of the pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the book, Beck­ett is kind of forced to talk about Cas­tle,” said Katic. “ Through that, they pretty much make amends quickly and get back to the fun of solv­ing crimes to­gether.”

In any great TV love-hate re­la­tion­ship, one per­son tends to be a bit more ma­ture and level-headed, while the other tends to be a lit­tle more care­free ( you could per­haps say im­ma­ture if you’re that way in­clined). And it’s usu­ally the man in the lat­ter role.

That tends to be the case with Beck­ett and Cas­tle, al­though Katic de­scribes the pair­ing as “ kind of like a great wine, one where you can take your time en­joy­ing all the fl avours and nu­ances”.

Set­ting the scene: Nathan Fil­lion

and Stana Katic ( right) in

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