Season 3 Episode 9

Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle's latest theory is alien abduction after an astrophysicist's death is found to be from explosive decompression. A well known alien abduction expert gets involved in the case. To complicate things more, a government agent wants to shut down their investigation.

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  • Out of This World!


    This is seriously the best, most fantasic episode of Castle I have ever seen, ever! While this episode so a bit out there, it was still amazing! Every second was intence and fasinating, and every commerical break felt like some sort of mini cliff hanger.

    I was beginning to lose a little faith in this show, after a few less then perfect episodes, but I haven't been this hooked to an episode of Castle since "Tick, Tick, Tick..." and "Boom"

    So way to go to the writers and actors for making an episode that's still fasinating even after your 7th time watching!moreless
  • I thought I had already written and submitted this review, and then, poof...

    ...I saw this blinding light and had a sharp pin prick to my neck and review was gone! I don't remember anything after that...

    But like Beckett, I'm persistent, so:

    So what's tonight's lesson boys and girls? Well, the gospel according to Beckett, at least MOST of the episode, is that there are no little green men surreptitiously invading our existence, unless you want to count those green with techno envy and greed.

    As tends to happen, Castle's writer's imagination provides back door entry to the real bad guys, though the arrogance of the "MIB" is pretty bad too, in its own uncomfortable way.

    It was fun to watch the team all go back and forth as those pesky Castle "what-ifs" kept popping up, and Ryan and Espo seemed poised to believe whatever Beckett told them to believe.

    Now that's a woman with extraterrestrial powers...moreless
  • For us, Philes!

    LOVED IT! Okay, I am one of those X Files fans that are absolutelly crazy about the show and I think that this episode was just one big and very sweet homenage to this incredible syfy piece.

    Everything about the episode remembered those that used to watch The X Files about all the amazing aspects of the show. The dialogs inside the car, the cloak and dagger routine throughout the entire episode and if that wasn't enough, we still get to hear Castle whitsling away the theme and a very interesting scene that had every bit of it taken out of the scene from the X Files pilot.

    Incredible job of the writers, Nathan and Stana were more in sinc than ever. Everything just went right for this one, proving that there's still hope for this season that started off with a good kick but started going downhill from the second episode on. Well, just to quote the best show in history: 'maybe there's hope'.moreless
  • LOVED IT!!! All kinda of META-tastic goodness.

    All I can say is... Way to go Captain Tight Pants!! Every time Castle does a call back, fan wank loving nod to Firefly, my heart goes all pitter pat.

    I love this show. The episode was so META. Lance Henriksen, Lyle Lovett, X-Files references galore. It was like a sweet sweet love letter to all genre TV fans.

    I love that Castle courts and woos all us sci-fi geeks. I do not normally like cop shows, but Castle takes this genre to a whole new level of geek lovin' sweetness.

    Nathan will always be my Captain. Stana is welcome aboard the ship any time.moreless
  • A mystery for a space cowboy!

    I love when Fillion tries to slip Firefly memories in there wherever he can. Mandarin's my first language and his accent's actually understandable. Kudos! He's still got it.

    I want to know what they injected into their necks! Don't they want to know if it was a microchip? That's the first thing I would have checked when I got back to the station.

    I feel like this episode wrapped up kind of quickly with an out of the way villain. I prefer the story lines where it was someone we could have figured out along the way like a good mystery novel after all.moreless
Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett

Agent Westfield

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Lance Henrickson

Lance Henrickson

Benny Stryker

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Jeanette Brox

Jeanette Brox

Ayyana Holder

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Castle: Not to be negative, but the odds of catching this guy are not great.
      : Unless we enlist the help of a certain government agent who wants him just as bad as we do.
      Govt. Agent: (after scene change) I may want to put you guys on my friends and family plan.

    • Ryan: Hey... those hickeys?
      Esposito: Yes
      Beckett: NO!
      Castle: (mumbles) I wish.

    • Esposito: Castle. Just prove that E.T. did this, bro, please. I hunt people, not machines.
      Castle: I'm working on it.
      Esposito: Thank you.

    • Castle: And I just want to win 'em over, get them on my side. But what if they don't take to me?
      Beckett: Oh, come on, Castle. They'll take to you.
      Castle: Really?
      Beckett: Yeah.
      Castle: Thanks.
      Beckett: So long as you don't act like yourself.
      Castle: Oh, nice one.

    • Castle: We'll have them over for dinner. We'll schmooze and impress them.
      Martha: Would you like me to cook something?
      Castle: No, we want to impress them.

    • Martha: Doing the crossword in pen? Feeling cocky today, are we?
      Castle: What is life without challenges?

    • Esposito: Hmm.. abducted by government agents huh?! Common.. What were you two really doing?
      Beckett: It's not a hickey Esposito.
      Esposito: You both have one.
      Castle: I wish it was a hickey. It's from the injectors.
      Esposito: Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

    • Castle: (speaking chinese) My partner is crazy and may start shooting at any moment.
      (Chinese men both thumb jerk behind them. Beckett tells them to go, looks at Castle)
      Beckett: Semester abroad?
      Castle: No. TV show I used to love.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Blízká setkání vražedného druhu (Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind)

    • Featured Tune:
      The X-Files Theme by Mark Snow (whistled by Castle)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 15, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: April 3, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: April 29, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 4, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: June 9, 2011 on SBS 6
      France: October 31, 2011 on France 2
      Czech Republic: March 14, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: October 31, 2012 on JOJ


    • Castle: I'm not asking you to dye your hair red and call me Mulder.

      A reference to the American television series The X-Files, in which FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigated the paranormal. The series, created by Chris Carter, ran from 1993 to 2002 on FOX.

    • Castle: Oh wait, he's the cigarette smoking man. (referring to Ung Kyu, the Chinese spy)
      Alluding reference to the X-Files where the group known as the Syndicate, in contact with extraterrestrial colonists, had a high ranking member known as The Cigarette Smoking Man, later identified in the series as C.G.B. Spender and played by actor William B. Davis.

    • Beckett: Castle, the truth...the real truth... is out there.
      The truth is out there is a slogan for an American science fiction television series called The X-Files. The show and its characters became popular culture touchstones in the 1990s.

    • (After Castle speaks Chinese)
      Beckett: Semester abroad?
      Castle: No, TV show I used to love.

      Referencing the TV series Firefly, where Nathan Fillion's character Malcolm Reynolds regularly spoke Mandarin.