Samantha Highfill
January 08, 2015 AT 04:00 PM EST

Castle and Beckett know what it means to be partners, but how will they handle a little healthy competition? We’re about to find out—because now that Castle is no longer allowed to work with the NYPD, he has taken matters into his own hands.

In an exclusive sneak peek at the show’s return, Castle shows up at a crime scene to surprise Beckett with his latest achievement: A private investigator’s license. The good news? He’s back in the game. The bad news? He’s technically no longer part of the team. And therefore, well, it’s complicated.

Castle returns Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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