Season 2 Episode 24

A Deadly Game

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 17, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate what appears to be the assassination of an intelligence operative. Meanwhile, Beckett continues her romance with Demming, jeopardizing her relationship with Castle, which forces them to finally face down their feelings for each other.

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  • An alright one.

    Beckett doesn't want things to be awkward so she has Demming at her desk every morning and they're all over each other? lol yeah ok.

    A good finale though I guess, I liked the whole spy game and the old dude at the start. Didn't feel very finale-ish to me but oh well. Was still interesting.

    I found Alexis' jokes got old but that's just me. You want your dad to trust you but you bring a boy home that you're all over and flirting with and are a bit upset you aren't alone.. And continue flirting and making jokes.. I suppose I'm just on Castle's side so it was a bit annoying, I'd be reassuring my dad nothing would happen so he doesn't cancel the trip and rightfully so lolmoreless
  • Excellent

    Coolest case yet. Coolest love story ever.
  • 224

    "A Deadly Game" was not exactly a riveting episode of Castle, but I guess that it was fun enough. They introduced an interesting premise with the idea of a "spy fantasy camp" that turned horribly wrong when it got too real. It was a good idea, but then it turned very wrong with too many unnecessary twists and making the wrong guy out to be the killer. Some good banter between Castle and Beckett ended up getting lost in the shuffle of this interesting storyline. Just because you have a good premise does not mean anything though, it has to be sustained for the full hour and this was not.moreless
  • this was a really good episode. *some spoilers*

    i loved this episode very much it kept me guessing who the killer was and it had alot of twist and turns and it was very entertaining i actually thought that that a real spy was murdered but as it turns out it was just a spy game. this wasnt a huge huge episode but i would recommend that you watch it because it was very intersing i enjoyed it alot that is intill up to the very end where castle left to go to the hamptons with gina and kate breaks up with demming so she can be with castle but castle was going to the hamptons with his ex wife i really wanted to jump through the screen and yell at castle and gina.moreless
  • you don't fully appreciate what you have till it's gone...

    And off to a beach house for the summer with a beautiful ex-wife. sorry beckett you had your chance! all the same, even though castle and beckett didnt get their moment, it still feels like they're making progress.

    the case was interesting, while a proper espionage case would have been good (done in countless other shows), a company selling the experience felt better (more original) and more in-keeping with the style of the show.

    however the case is overshadowed by the looming departure of castle. we've all known the reason why he's stuck around for so long, but with demming in the picture castle feels like he's missed his opportunity.

    beckett finally ditched demming, and realised that while he's not what she's looking for right now. castle is. the whole will they won't they scenario is up in the air throughout the episode (though for a moment when beckett is about to confess her feelings to castle it looks like they will), but inevitably it looks like they wont get a summer getaway together as the ex-wife/publisher comes back into the mix and the two leave beckett standing in the hallway of the precinct. a little harsh, but good entertainment nonetheless.

    great way to finish a season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The "spy" Richard Castle pretends to be is named "Steven Caldwell". Richard Castle tells this to Hans Brauer.
      Mitch Pileggi (Hans Brauer) played the recurring role of Colonel Steven Caldwell in Stargate Atlantis.

    • The Euros found in the trunk of the victims car are easily recognisable as fakes, since their proportions are completely wrong. They are far too high compared to the real Euros. About at least 1/3 higher than the real 50€ bills.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Castle: Uhm, well, with my book due, I was thinking it'd be a good time for us to take a break.
      Beckett: A break?
      Castle: Yeah. Well, God knows, you gotta be tired of me following you around all the time, and I really do need to get some work done. With everyone gone, I figure, why not just stay up in the Hamptons, you know? Get away from the city for a while.
      Beckett: Well, for how long?
      Castle: The summer at least. I thought this would be our last case.

    • Esposito: So... Castle's last case, huh?
      Beckett: Mm-hmm.
      Esposito: Ryan and I thought we'd do a little going away party.
      Beckett: Yeah. Well, it's not like he's leaving forever.
      Esposito: You sure about that? Why do you think he's been following you around all this time? What, research? The guy has done enough research to write 50 books. Look... whatever the reason is, I'm pretty sure it doesn't include watching you be with another guy.

    • Castle: According to this, half the kids in your building will be 16 and 17 year old boys.
      Alexis: Relax, dad. Each floor has a resident advisor who's 21.
      Castle: Oh, so the one person in charge is conveniently old enough to buy alcohol?

    • Castle: Oh! Look who's off duty!
      Beckett: Yeah, well Castle, I'm not all work.
      Lanie: Don't go into a drinking contest with her. She can take you.
      Castle: Thank You.
      Beckett: Oh, I don't need to drink to take him.
      Lanie: Ooh! What's got into you?

    • (Hans finds out Castle is not the person he was supposed to meet and grabs his shirt)
      Beckett: NYPD! Hands up! (Castle puts his hands up) Not you Castle!
      Castle: Right..

    • Castle: It's kinda like a tradition you know; bonfires, roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, sleeping late... We've done it since she was five.
      Beckett: Sounds nice. Kind of magical actually.
      Castle: Yeah, you know what? You should come. Oh! It's right on the ocean, there's a secluded pool, you could lay out, work on your tan.
      Beckett: Wow Castle. You're working really hard to see me in a swimsuit.
      Castle: If you are not comfortable in a swimming suit you can just skinny dip. (Beckett smiles to herself)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Michael Trucco (Det. Tom Denning) and Rick Worthy (Jason Fenn) previously co-starred together in Battlestar Galactica, playing Samuel T. Anders and Simon/Number Four respectively.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Smrtelná hra (Deadly Game)

    • Featured Music:
      "Into The Blue" by Sara Jackson-Holman

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 17, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: June 6, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: February 8, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: February 25, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: March 2, 2011 on Alibi
      Finland: April 3, 2011 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: April 7, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: May 11, 2011 on Prima

    • Season Finale


    • When Castle is told James Patterson is going to be late for the poker game he says "probably gives him time to write another book". Alluding to the fact that Patterson puts out a book about every other month. Then at the poker game guest star Patterson says: "Only one book a year, Rick?"

    • The film Castle is watching at the beginning of the episode is "His Girl Friday" (1940) with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The quote they choose to use "We've got something between us nothing can change" is probably intended to describe the relationship between Beckett and Castle.