Poof! You're Dead

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 1/10/11
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  • Episode Description
  • Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of the owner of a historic magic shop found dead in a Houdini's water torture tank. Meanwhile, Lanie and Esposito are trying to keep their relationship secret and Castle ends his relationship with Gina.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nathan Fillion

    Richard Castle

  • Stana Katic

    Det. Kate Beckett

  • Molly Quinn

    Alexis Castle

  • Susan Sullivan

    Martha Rodgers

  • Ruben Santiago-Hudson

    Captain Roy Montgomery

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Admissible in court?

    By LENZ5369, May 18, 2015

  • Really!?

    By pretty_sure, Jun 11, 2011

  • 312

    By thefanof, Jan 11, 2011

  • Great!!

    By yarnqueen, Jan 11, 2011

  • So so murder mystery, but two surprising twists and a magic theme made this episode not only great, but a great intermediary to the next set of episodes.

    By DaioLamers, Jan 11, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Lanie: It took you two long enough! Where were you, Europe?
      Beckett: Traffic.
      Lanie: Girl, you could've used the gumball.
      Castle: (to Lanie) Dressed to the nine's, in a big hurry. So, where are you going and who's the lucky victim?

    • Jerome Asponoff: (after Beckett informs him of Zalman Drake's murder) Justice is served! (slams his fist on the table)
      Castle: When he read your mind, did it take him very long?
      Jerome Asponoff: No.
      Castle: Didn't think so.

    • Beckett: We need to talk to you about Zalman Drake.
      Chuck Russell: (looks surprised) Abracadabra. (disappears from his box in a flash of light and puff of smoke)
      Beckett: (rolls her eyes, walks over to the box, and pulls Chuck Russell out of it) Alakazam, jack ass.

    • Castle: Wonder how Zalman did it. He must have lifted something from Jerome's pocket with a receipt from his weekend of sin.
      Beckett: Like this. (shows Castle his mobile phone)
      Castle: You had your hand in my pocket, and I didn't even feel it? (changing tone) Do it again.

    • Lanie: (about a piece of evidence) Well, maybe this will cheer you up. Castle: Old man hair. Lanie: White rabbit fur. It came from his teeth and throat. Castle: So, he was killed by a rabbit who did not want to be pulled out of a hat.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kouzla a č├íry (Spells and Magic)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 10, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 1, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: May 20, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 25, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: June 30, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: April 4, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: November 21, 2012 on JOJ

    Allusions (1)

    • Beckett: With any luck Professor X will turn out to be Zalman's mystery client. Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero known as the leader and founder of the X-Men and is in a wheelchair.

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