Season 3 Episode 5

Anatomy of a Murder

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When pallbearers lose control of a casket at a funeral, the deceased and a second unknown woman tumble out of the casket. The victim turns out to be a doctor at County Hospital. Now it's up to Beckett and Castle to determine if the world of bed-hopping physicians created murderous jealousy or if the doctor's work outside of the hospital got her killed. Gina attempt to bond with Alexis puts a strain on her relationship with Castle.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A good one.

    I see where both Castle and Gina are coming from... Castle is so used to being the mother and the father and being the best dad, that for someone else to be the favourite even for a minute, would be hard. AND to me, if someone is going to get a present like that, they should ask the rich well connected father to make sure he also isn't going to get tickets. But Gina had good intentions, so I think both were right. Gina should've checked with Castle, but Castle could've had a nicer reaction.

    I kind of feel for Castle sometimes, Kate tends to criticise absolutely every idea he has, the Burger place was kind of a smart idea, even she agrees. But make him feel bad for it originally? I'd get to a point where I'd want to stop having ideas.

    I like Greg and the whole Galaxy of Greg thing. He actually had a really smart plan. I also don't get how Kate can think he has an accomplice, it makes no sense and there's NO evidence of one.

    I don't get why the killer pointed the cops to the agent. You pretty much set yourself up in the end, you didn't know about the hospital so to me that just makes it seem more like it was him.

    I liked the ending, wish we got to see what happened to Amy. Probably found innocent.moreless
  • anatomy of a murder

    I watched Castle for the first time last week. It was solid, but I decided to give it another shot. The result? Solid again. I think that the show did copy The Mentalist's formula of having a quirky non-cop with a hard-nosed female cop solving crimes together, but the material is still fresh on this show three seasons in whereas it is a little bit played out on that show.

    The plot is also a little easier to follow, as evidenced by tonight's episode, on this ABC show.

    I don't know if you can call me a Castle fan just yet, but I see why people have been fighting to keep this show on the air.moreless
  • Greg's Anatomy!

    Castle has returned to it's former gloary! I loved this episode like a fat kid loves cake! It was a very interesting murder, with hoop, unexpected twists, and some humor.

    Now, while the case was good it's not the reason I love this episode much, it was just that last part at the end that threw this good episode to the top! First Castle's mom, Martha tells him the breaking someone out of jail is true love, and then Beckett says she would break him out, and then they had a little moment, it was beautiful!

    Castle and Beckett are the first TV couple worth fighting for since Ross and Rachael! They belong together, and they make me smile with every moment they're together! They better end up together, other wise Imma be soooo pissed! ;)moreless
  • Ahhhh. Beckett would get him out!

    That comment, however unknowingly uttered by Beckett, makes up for her rather uncharacteristic dig at the beginning of the episode, wherein she implied that Castle's work was not as important as her CV surgeon boyfriend's work is.

    Not true. Takes all kinds of jobs to make us a well rounded species. However, I do agree with Beckett that most doctors (and other health care professionals) would rather sleep with someone outside the profession! FINALLY! Someone's writers got that one right!

    But it was a well written tale of misdirection. First it was nurse Greg. Then it was the mystery man who turned out to be with the AG's office. Then it was Nurse Greg again. Then it was the reformed Drug Lord. And then it turned out to be said Drug Lord's jumpy brother...

    The Nurse Greg and his maybe not-so-guilty-girlfriend angle was touching if somewhat of a reach. And nice that their hopefully not last meal together was from "Burgeropolis"...because while it would have been in keeping with the general theme of the show's discourse, to have used "In 'N Out Burger" would have been sooooo inappropriate! ;o}moreless
  • "Don't worry, I'll get you out"

    Awwww! That was by far the sweetest ending to an episode of Castle I have ever seen! It was a great overall episode, with the complicated prison break and the crime of passion done by someone I never expected. This was the first episode where I really had no idea who the murderer was until the final reveal and story. But what made the episode was the love story at the end between McClintock and Amy, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and the end when Castle and Beckett got them a new case and the burger, brilliant. There was a great murder, and great development, and definitely some forshadowing, just think of what Castle's mother said at the end.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: When Beckett and Castle are waiting outside the diner and talking, Beckett's bangs blow across her forehead. The next shot, the bangs are not there, and then on the third shot of her, they are across her forehead again.

    • GOOF: Calderon says Spanish for Nikki Heat is Nikki Fuego. But fuego in Spanish is fire. Nikki Heat would be Nikki Calor in Spanish.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Beckett: Where were you last night between 7:00 and 9:00?
      Greg McClintock
      : Are you asking for my alibi? Seriously?
      Beckett: Seriously.
      Greg McClintock
      : Seriously?
      : Seriously.
      Greg McClintock
      : (at Castle) Seriously?
      : (sternly) Seriously.

    • Castle: I just thought that after everything Greg did for her, they deserved a chance. Besides if it were you and I in Amy's shoes, we'd still be rotting in prison.
      Esposito: Huh, speak for yourself bro. I'd escape.
      Castle: What, you'd just leave me in there?
      Esposito: It's the law of the jungle, I gotta look out for numero uno.
      Castle: Wow. Nothing like a hypothetical prison term to let you know who your friends really are.
      Beckett: Don't worry Castle, I'd get you out.

    • Martha: Very considerate of Gina.
      Castle: Yeah, it was, wasn't it.
      Martha: Uh hmm.
      Castle: You're starting to like her, aren't you?
      Martha: I stopped being emotionally invested in your girlfriends after you dumped that darling Lizzy in Eleventh grade. She was very nice, she was a little over the top but you know...if you're happy, I'm happy.
      (Castle smiles)
      Martha: But, the question is this, when you come right down to it...would you be willing to break her out of prison? Because that my boy is true love.

    • Beckett: So two lovers reunite after 3 years...where would you go?
      Castle: A motel.
      Beckett: Really? That's what you call special?
      Castle: Well I'm assuming they're on a budget.

    • Beckett: Are you getting mail here now?
      Castle: Only when I don't want my daughter to see it. (opens the envelope to show 2 tickets for Taylor Swift concert) Laa...
      Beckett: You're a Taylor Swift fan?
      Castle: They are for Alexis. Cost me an arm and a leg, but Alexis will be thrilled. Apparently she and Ash have a song.
      Beckett: Yeah, well we have a song as well.
      Castle: We do?
      Beckett: Uhuh. "You talk too much" by Clarence Carter.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Anatomie jedné vraždy (Anatomy of a Murder)

    • Featured Music:
      "You Know It's True" by Jules Larson

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 18, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: March 6, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: March 25, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: April 6, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: May 12, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: October 3, 2012 on JOJ


    • Castle makes several references to Greg being McDreamy and McSteamy, two characters on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
      They also use the word "seriously" as question and answer repeatedly - as Meredith Grey often does.

    • Castle:Very Pulp Fiction.
      Is a reference to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction movie (1994), especially to the scene where Vincent Vega (portrayed by John Travolta) injects Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) with Adrenaline to the heart in order to snap her out of the overdose she was experiencing.

    • Castle: It's like an Alfred Hitchcock movie...
      Alfred Hitchcock was a filmmaker and producer who became famous for his expert and largely unrivaled control of pace and suspense, and his films draw heavily on both fear and fantasy.

    • Castle: Greg pulled a prison break.
      Prison Break is an American serial drama television series that revolves around two brothers; one has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison.