Season 1 Episode 5

A Chill Goes Through Her Veins

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a woman found frozen and tangled in steel bars at a construction site. The case leads them to looking into an old case and also has Beckett thinking about some memories from her past.

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  • A far more sober episode intended to reveal Beckett's past.

    A departure from the usual charming detective comedy and though not brilliant, still touching.

    Got to admire Sam's inventiveness in getting Melanie's body out of his apartment, a fake delivery of a fridge, get it upstairs, move the body, take it out again with apologies for the error. Keeping the body refrigerated is very cold, no pun intended. Displays a depth of thought and planning that is disturbing. Very clever, no body means she stays a missing person and no evidence turns up to ruin things. It could have gone on indefinitely if not for Sam's murder. Who can blame the best friend for stopping the payments, five years of living with that horror on your conscience, this was a chance to make things right and accept the consequences of a choice to help a murderer, even if he is your best friend. Of course, there was the downside of waiting until the body is finally found, waiting for the shoe to drop.

    Beckett is faced with the unenviable choice – do nothing and Sam's murderer goes free or do her duty and expose the truth. Horrible as the choice is, there is no choice – Beckett is a good cop and could never have done that. She couldn't have lived with it. Being a police officer is more than a job, it's a calling. If you don't believe in justice, how could you do the job? Even if the courts mess up and he walks, she's done her job and done it well. It's a matter of faith.

    Castle finally finds out the mystery tragedy which made Beckett a cop and her little ritual with the watch and the ring is quite touching, the idea surprisingly deep. Very subtly acted. I like that Castle has come to care for her enough to take an interest, even though digging into her mother's murder will bring him into conflict with her when she finds out.

    A very different episode than the previous ones and while it was less enjoyable, it was well done.moreless
  • Castle and Beckett work on a missing person's case which involves a frozen body.

    This episode was great. We have an actual unique case. Before this episode we have had typical murders, and typical scenarios found in other cop type movies. This last one however had an emotional tie in with Beckett and Castle has his usual wisecracks. My favorite part of the episode is the scene where Castle is playing laser tag with his daughter. This episode further fleshes out Beckett's backstory, and deepens the interactions between Beckett and Castle. This show is great, and pray to whatever God you believe in because this cannot end like Firefly. This show is just too witty and funny to be canceled.moreless
  • Castle, great new show

    So after many shows were cancelled (Damn, Im still pissed off Kyle XY got axed without a proper ending..) , I thought I should check Castle out.

    And It wasn't a mistake.. the show is great, Nathan Fillion is priceless. That smart-ass character of his is fun and intriguing.

    Her sidekick is pretty and has a story of her own. I would put this kind of partnership in the same league as Booth x Brennan (Bones) and Dr. Hood and Rachel (Eleventh Hour). Well, Bones is on its 5th season, I think so it had plenty of time to developt its characters. Eleventh hour on the other hand, brings the genious Dr. Hood and the FBI woman just as plain muscle with one relevant thing or two to say.

    Castle, even tho still on its first season, shows a lot of promise and makes us wanna watch more of it.

    Great cast, interesting cases and awesome episodes.

    Doing good so far

  • The show just elevated itself!

    After seeing that the show "Castle" had been renewed for another season, I thought I'd check it out, since most scripted shows were being canceled.

    In general, the show has a light feel, and is "old school" in its character interactions and story lines (no excessive violence, no flashiness, no csi stuff). In a way, this is refreshing.

    But after 4 episodes, it was starting to feel a little bit trite. I'm glad I kept going, because this episode (#5) has been the best one so far.

    The tone is more serious. The murder mystery is interesting, having taken place years ago, and to watch them try to fit the missing pieces together since they already know the endpoint.

    There is a poignant character backstory that is fleshed out towards the end, and this also hints at a larger story arc, or that thing "in the background" that will be a thread throughout the show (though probably only now and then) and which hints at a greater resolution of a fundamental mystery.

    This episode felt less trite, more interesting, more warm and human, than the previous episodes, with the promise of future depth. I hope this continues!moreless
  • A very good episode with character development for Beckett. (Spoilers)

    I really enjoyed this episode of Castle. It had a good mystery, and plenty of Comedy. I really enjoyed the scene where Castle was at home playing laser tag with his daughter. And I especially loved when Beckett knocked on his door, and he, his daughter, and his mom were all standing there talking to her. They all had good reactions to what was going on. I'm most excited about Beckett opening up to Castle, and how he is really starting to care about her. I hope that Castle can manage to solve Beckett's mother's murder case. Overall, I give this episode, A Chill Goes Through Her Veins, a 9.5 out of 10.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Castle: Sometimes when I'm trying to figure out how a character of mine does something I will walk the crime scene. This one time I was trying to figure out how to throw someone off the empire state building and that movie Sleepless in Seattle had just come out, so many lonely women approached me thinking I was their Tom Hanks, I got laid...
      Beckett: Castle!

    • Beckett: That's the difference between a novel and the real world, Castle. A cop doesn't get to decide how the story ends.

    • Beckett: I guess your Nikki Heat has a back story now, Castle.
      Castle: I don't know. I did kinda liked the hooker by day, cop by night thing. But, I guess a heavy emotional angle could work too.
      Beckett: Well, don't bewilder your audience with substance on my account, Castle.

    • Castle: People don't disappear off the face of the earth.
      Ryan: Sure they do. Quantum physics, alien abductions, Schrödinger's cat. One minute you're getting a hot dog in the park, the next you're fighting off Sleestaks on the far side of a dimensional rift.

    • Beckett: She's melting.
      Castle: Maybe we should be looking for ruby slippers.
      Beckett: Yeah, while you're at it, why don't you should look for some flying monkeys, maybe they left her here.

    • (after Alexis helps him figure out a problem with the case)
      Castle: It's family moments like these I will never forget.
      Alexis: With a good therapist, hopefully I will!

    • Castle: Alright, so you and I are married.
      Beckett: We are not married.
      Castle: Relax, it's just pretend.
      Beckett: I don't want to pretend.
      Castle: Scared you'll like it?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ledová královna (Ice Queen)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: January 27, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: March 6, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 5, 2010 on Alibi
      Finland: May 26, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: October 6, 2010 on Prima

    • Music:
      "Beggar's Prayer" by Emilíana Torrini
      "No Envy No Fear" by Joshua Radin
      "This Old Farmhouse" by Scott MacLeod


    • Beckett: (about the victim) She's melting.
      : Maybe we should be looking for ruby slippers.
      : Yeah, while you're at it, why don't you look for flying monkeys. Maybe they left her here.
      This is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz adapted from the book by the same name written by L. Frank Baum. The screenplay was written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allen Woolf and the film was directed by Victor Fleming.

    • Ryan: Sure they do. Quantum physics, alien abductions, Schrödinger's cat. One minute you're getting a hot dog in the park, the next you're fighting off Sleestaks on the far side of a dimensional rift.

      Schrödinger's cat is a paradox devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. Schrödinger theorized that a cat in a box with a can of poison gas activated by the decay of a radioactive atom would, at any one instant, be both dead and alive at the same time. The superposition of two states collapses to one state or the other only when the box is opened and the cat observed. Schrodinger created the thought experiment to show the conflict between quantum level behavior and macroscopic behavior.

      Sleestaks are large, scary, green humanoids with both reptilian and insectoid features from the 70's TV series Land of the Lost.

    • Det. Becket: How'd you know?
      Castle: Spidey-sense.

      "Spidey-sense" (more commonly called "spider-sense") is a precognitive power possessed by the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man.