Season 2 Episode 1

Deep in Death

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2009 on ABC
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Castle has a lot going on. He's trying to finish his new novel Heat Wave and trying to figure out how to fix things with Beckett. They find themselves working together to solve the murder of a man found tangled in tree limbs.

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  • Very strong beginning to the season, the resolution of the conflict between Castle and Beckett is very well handled.

    Now this episode is a perfect example of why I love this series. Love the new intro, very snazzy.

    The photo shoot is hysterical… and, I suppose, predictable – it was inevitable that Castle would exploit his position for publicity and it does make for great photos!

    I wondered how they'd handle Castle's revelations and the damage to the partnership and I am impressed that they didn't do the obvious and just pick up where they left off. It's far more interesting to see some time later and witness the aftermath and Castle wheedling his way back into Beckett's good graces. The cherry on top is to see the alliances for and against Castle and the reactions when Castle and Beckett start arguing. Particularly when people stand around in groups and watch, snickering!

    The lengths Castle will go to to get back in with Beckett are very informative – if there was any doubt about how much Castle cares about her, they're gone now. Not every guy will volunteer to go undercover in a mob or triad-run poker game! Now, *that's* love!

    Though sending Castle into the poker game at first seems suicidal, it's actually genius – all he has to tell is the truth and he's famous enough that they might be fans.

    Loved how they resolved the conflict with Beckett – understated and eloquent. Love Castle's interactions with his daughter and here she makes him realise that Beckett practically said she wanted an apology.

    The dialogue in this episode is superb and it is hysterical. Add to that a fascinating story and this is playing to all of the series' strengths - a fantastic start to season 2.moreless
  • Season 2 Premiere

    This show is really incredible. I normally don't watch crime dramas even though they are interesting, but I like seralized shows where the storys go on and there isnt just a new case every episode. Castle is a crime drama that is also serialized a little bit. The chemistry betweene Castle and Beckett is amazing. And the writing is amazing. Every murder is great.

    So, in the second season premiere Castle releases a new book based on Beckett. And a guy is murdered thrown off a roof and stuck in a tree. The body is then stolen and operated on, and has drugs taken out of the body. Great premiere.moreless
  • Castle is back to work with Beckett on a case of a murder victim who turns up tangled in tree limbs. The case gets even more interesting when the body is stolen. But unfortunately, that's not Castle's biggest problem...moreless

    Castle's research about the murder of Beckett's mother has damaged his and Beckett's relationship. For Beckett, the new case is going to be their last, for Castle it's his last chance to reconnect with Beckett.

    The season opener's case is more of a piece of cake, but Castle's attempts to reconcile fail. For once, it doesn't work to be his charming self, and in the end he accepts defeat. But it's his daughter Alexis who finally gets him back on track: Alexis's boyfriend troubles open his eyes and he realizes that justifying his past actions won't work, and he returns to Beckett to simply say he's sorry.

    A photo shoot at the police station, a Russian mobster, poker... No doubt, Castle is back. Their new case is not one of the biggest mysteries, though it's a nice surprise when the body is stolen by armed and hooded criminals. As it turns out, the victim worked as a drug mule and died before he delivered the drugs, so the drug dealers have to take the body as soon as the victim is no longer hanging in the tree (Understandable, right?). Unfortunately, he was murdered by the Russian mobster he owed. He would have been able to pay when he had delivered the drugs. Well, that's life I guess. Or bad luck. However, Beckett and Castle catch the culprits.

    And they do it their way. The tension between the main characters is well delivered, there is just enough to flesh out the problem that Castle's curiosity caused, but it's still enjoyable to watch. And lucky for them and for us, Castle figures out how to repair their relationship.

    This was a highly enjoyable episode.moreless
  • This is a highly enjoyable show and I think we're up for a great season!

    Castle is starting again and I'm very glad for that! The season premiere proves the actors are feeling very comfortable in their characters, the chemistry between them has evolved and some of them are given more screen time - for instance Lanie, who is great and should be a more steady member of the team. After all in modern day police shows forensics are just as important to solving the case as field work. Also, Beckett's two partners participated in almost all of the investigations in this epi, which is a plus.

    The Beckett - Castle chemistry has been done much good by the absence, and by the danger of them not speaking to eachother again. Castle needed the help of his daughter to realize not everything is about figuring the other person out, sometimes it's just about respecting their feelings. The final scene where he apologizes to Kate and she calls him back at the last minute was genuinely moving. Though I believe his effort to impress her by entering into the Russian mob's lair earlier certainly played a part in her leniency. Both Fillion and Katic have great style and presence on screen, and with this episode they prove they are the perfect choices for their parts.

    All in all nothing was missing, it was humorous, adventurous and exciting, with not even a second of boredom or indifference. This is a highly enjoyable show and I think we're up for a great season!moreless
  • What's Castle without...

    What's Castle without a headline photo-shoot, a couple of cop models at station center, a drug related body snatching, a meeting with a Russian mobster and a fall out with Kate Beckett.

    Halfway through Castle's snarly comments, Kate's edgy comebacks, 'The Mentalist's' Patrick Jane and Teressa Lisbon came to mind. They have that 'annoying partner that gives good insight' thing going on. The only difference between them, is that Beckett still has a problem accepting Castle as part of the team. More so now he has dreaded up a personal element of her past.

    I don't blame her, it was personal and she trusted Castle to keep it that way. Castle needed to learn boundaries, which was pretty difficult for him being a writer. He did have guts going to Beckett with that information, it could have blown up in his face, he barely got away with just a bruise. It only took his well grown daughter to teach him how to earn forgiveness. That just goes to show that Castle would have another day to partner up with Beckett, probably even pull the rest of her hair out personally.

    Castle also had guts gambling with a Russian mobster. That was careless of the crew to send him in there, couldn't they have gotten someone trained, suppose Beckett wasn't quick enough to pull that switcheroo 'PS I can also be a Russian Showgirl' trick. Castle was well within inches from being killed, maybe it was Beckett's plan all along.

    For the season premiere, it was satisfactory. We still have many doubts about Beckett's closure towards her mother's case and sometimes Castle dives in over his head. He sure has dodged a load some of bullets in his lifetime and that apology seemed sincere enough, but I doubt he would back off on the case Beckett said was closed. It's like saying 'Don't go there' and you still go, the interest is still there and he has a good enough lead.

    I'm sure another photo-shoot would be out of the question for Castle, especially in the station. The most intriguing scene for this episode was when the moving van suddenly got hauled over by a party of body snatching crooks who just wanted their fix harvested in organs. The dead body being transported by the cops didn't even stop them, but that is what that profession does for you, clouds your judgment.

    Lexa Reviews


    Four out of Five Stars

    Grade B+


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the discussion of the absence of originality in Hollywood, Castle jokingly tells his mother that they just optioned the rights to Asteroids, the video game. He continues to say that Ryan Reynolds is going to play the shooting triangle. Nathan Fillion co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (They find a victim whose internal organs have been removed.)
      Castle: Somebody hated his guts.

    • Martha: So, has she forgiven you?
      Castle: Ah, not exactly, mother, but I'm working on it. She has agreed to let me help on the case.
      Martha: Well, that's a start, I suppose.
      Castle: It is more than a start. It is an opportunity. She may have built a wall between us, but I am going to build a door in that wall, or put up a ladder, or dig a hole.
      Martha: You have a strategy.
      Castle: Be my usual charming self.
      Martha: Aha. What about plan B?

    • Castle: Thanks for saving my life.
      Beckett: Ah, I was just trying to avoid paperwork.

    • Beckett: (in accent) Sometime when I am bored I go to cafe in little Odesa and pretend to be Moskevite.
      Esposito: That's kinda hot.

    • Castle: Dad where are you? Dad are you all right? Dad call us right away. Dad can I go see Fame with Owen on Friday? Your concern is touching.

    • Alexis: So was it awful? Were you scared?
      Castle: Me? Scared? No way, come on. Now excuse while I change my shorts.

    • Esposito: Who would steal a dead body?
      Castle: Oh plenty of people. Organ harvesters, cadaverless med students, satanists, mad scientists looking to create their own monster.

    • Captain: Well?
      Lanie: He'll live.
      Ryan: What no brain damage?
      Lanie: If he has some, it happened way before tonight and was probably self inflicted.
      Castle: Ahh, good times.

    • Esposito: Hey Beckett, how come you don't wear a uniform like that?
      Beckett: Because I don't want to get paid in singles.

    • Beckett: Not only does he have the bachelor party cop twins out there using him as a stripper pole while I make nicy nice with the press, but you know what he said?
      Captain: No..
      Beckett: He said he has been instrumental in helping us solve crimes.
      Captain: Well hasn't he?
      Beckett: That's not the point.

    • Reporter: Given all his bestsellers, it's obvious Mr. Castle has tremendous insight into the criminal mind. I'm told in many occasions his participation was essential to solving you toughest cases.
      Beckett: Really? You were told that? By who?
      Reporter: By Castle.

    • Castle: There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people. Psychopaths and mystery writers. I'm the kind that pays better.

    • Castle: We make a pretty good team, you know. Like Starsky and Hutch, Tango and Cash...Turner and Hooch.
      Beckett: You know, now that you mention it, you do remind me a little of Hooch.

    • (Lanie is dusting for fingerprints)
      Castle: You want me to put on some music? Whenever they do this sorta thing on CSI, they always do it to music in poorly lit rooms...kinda reminds me of porn.
      Beckett: Zip it, Castle.

    • Castle: Hey! Can we talk about this, please?
      Beckett: There's nothing to talk about.
      Castle: Well, at least let me know what I can do to make it up to you.
      Beckett: You can leave me alone.
      Castle: Yes, I tried that and it didn't work. Hey! I can buy you a pony!

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bílý kůň (White Horse)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: April 17, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      Slovakia: August 31, 2010 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: September 22, 2010 on Alibi
      Finland: October 24, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 17, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Can I Get Get Get" by Junior Senior
      "Highschool Hoodlums" by The Datsuns
      "River To Your Soul" by DJ Dimi
      "50-96" by Charles Fearing
      "My Fault, Your Mistake" by Lex Land


    • Castle: It's Raining Man
      It's an allusion of the song "It's Raining Men", which was written by Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer in 1979 and sang by The Weather Girls in 1982.

    • Captain: How is Lois Lane?
      This is a reference to a famous fictional reporter from the Superman franchise.