Season 4 Episode 12

Dial M for Mayor

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 16, 2012 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle's partnership with the police, courtesy of Castle's longtime friendship with the Mayor, is threatened when a murdered woman is found in a car from the Mayor's motor pool. The ensuing scandal could bring down Mayor Weldon's administration and with it Castle's partnership with Beckett.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Surprised and Intrigued

    The episode really didn't have much hype to it, but I personally like it better that way. That way, we don't come in with high expectations and concoct our own hopes and wishes for the episode... which is why this episode caught us off guard! We all knew the Castle/Beckett partnership at the precinct would be in danger if Mayor Wheldon was no longer mayor, but little did we know that the whole conspiracy tied to Beckett's mother's murder would be connected to this week's murder investigation. Castle is a perfectly placed pawn, possibly more powerful than the king?

    This mysterious man contacting Castle whenever necessary creates such a subtle, suspenseful feel to the show, thus creating a deeper story-line that we can't wait to see unfold. We need answers!

    Castle/Beckett relationship has blossomed in so many levels! And the way Castle was just looking at Beckett from afar holding their coffees, surely pondering the few worms loosened from the can, portrayed so much angst, fear, care and love... how stressful it must be for Castle. And Beckett doing as much as she can to avoid hurting Castle by publicizing the Mayor as a suspect must have been so difficult.

    A lot more can be said, but all in all, a solid (pleasantly surprising) episode!moreless
  • Beckett the hypocrite?

    Before I get to an explanation of my title comment, I'd like to say that I thought this was an excellent episode of Castle and agree wholeheartedly with the fanoff, Re. comic asides etc. Not often I say that!

    However, while I thought this was a great episode, I still feel the writers are treating their core audience like idiots, in that they should SURELY know that anyone that rviews episodes on a forum like this will ABSOLUTELY remember back episodes and story arcs!

    ***Spoiler alert***

    How can it be that Detective Beckett can accuse Castle of bias and an inability to be "objective" but not remember how she was, Re. her mother's case and how manic she was when she was taken off chasing a suspect connected with it? Touch of "Pot, Kettle & Black" comes to mind, methinks!

    On the plus side, however, is that she went along with Castle about not dropping the Mayor in the crap untill she had interviewed him, especially after being proved correct in a previous case about one of Castle's friends.

    What also didn't gel for me was that although Castle went with Beckett to see the Mayor, he tried nothing to really convince him to give up the evidence willingly. His comment about Beckett being the "best" should have been followed up by a more convincing argument from him, after the Mayor refused her request, to the effect that Beckett had backed him up by not getting an immediate warrant for the evidence. I felt that, as one of Castle's poker group, his opinion should have carried more weight with the Mayor.

    On the subject of warrants, Gates went up in my estimation again in her commendation of the Police force in general and her viewpoint that they should do their job, whether or not it causes controversy.

    Unfortunately, I still can't get my head round her NOT getting Castle's worth to Beckett in solving cases and seeing him as a valuable member of the team.

    I really do hope the writers start paying attention to the core fan base and how they would like to see the show progressing but somehow I doubt it.moreless
  • Dial M For Mayor

    This episode started off similar to your usual Castle, they had a murder, a crazy suspect at a phone sex line, but then it got too political with the potential of ruining the Mayor's career aspirations. It turned into a crossover between Castle and Law and Order: SVU, and the forced "disagreement" between Rick and Kate as to how to pursue him seemed oddly out of place.

    Tonight's Castle was well-written, with some nice side gags including the King Lear production at home, but not one of this season's best.moreless
Derek Webster

Derek Webster

Mayor Robert Weldon

Guest Star

Adam Kulbersh

Adam Kulbersh

Brian Shay

Guest Star

Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry

Jordan Norris

Guest Star

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Mystery Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Castle: I'd like to come with you. I think I can help.
      Beckett: I don't think you can.
      Castle: Look, I heard what you said. I did. And I think I can be a valuable asset. I play poker with the guy. I can tell when he's bluffing.
      Beckett: And what about if I have to force his hand, can you be an asset then?
      Castle: Look, I don't think he did it. But if he did, I want to know. That makes me objective.

    • Castle: "Officer and a Gentleman". That could be the name of our crime blog.
      Beckett: Crime blog? The way that you help me write police reports? Got a feeling I'll be writing that one on my own.

    • Capt. Gates: Are you sure about this?
      Beckett: Yes, sir, but the moment I file a warrant request for that coat, it becomes public record.
      Capt. Gates: So?
      Beckett: So then everyone will know that Mayor Weldon is a person of interest.
      Capt. Gates: Isn't he?
      Beckett: Yes, but... what if I'm wrong? It could ruin his career.
      Capt. Gates: We... are tasked by the city of New York to protect its people. Sometimes that task comes with a cost. I know what they call me, detective, Iron Gates. I hear the whispers. She's from IA. She must hate cops. Well, the truth is, I love cops. My daddy was a cop. My uncles were cops. But the sergeant who assaulted my patrol partner under the color or authority... who holds him accountable? We do. Go to the mayor, get him to voluntarily surrender his coat for fiber testing without a warrant. Tell him it's the only way to keep it out of the media. But if he refuses, you get that warrant and you do your job, whatever the cost.

    • Castle: Brown cashmere. So we can narrow our suspects down to rich men with impeccable taste.
      Beckett: (smiles) Are you saying, you're a suspect?
      Castle: Alexis is my alibi.

    • Castle: No cell phone and no credit cards? It's like she's from another century.
      Esposito: Amish theory's looking pretty good, bro.

    • Capt. Gates: Castle and the mayor are friends, right?
      Beckett: Sir?
      Capt. Gates: These investigations are like juggling wet dynamite. One misstep, and it'll all blow up in your face.
      Beckett: I can handle myself.
      Capt. Gates: Well, that's good, detective, because I won't be the only one watching.

    • Castle: He's right, you know? This thing gets out, and they're not ready with a response, that's front-page material for weeks.
      Beckett: It's front-page news either way. If his staff wants to minimize damage, they'll step back and let me do my job.
      Castle: Step back? These are politicians. They can't order at a restaurant without two compromises and an ultimatum.

    • Shay: Knock yourself out. But trust me, you're wasting your time.
      Beckett: It's my time to waste.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Spiknutí (Conspiracy)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 16, 2012 on CTV
      Australia: April 29, 2012 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: May 23, 2012 on Alibi
      Germany: May 25, 2012 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: November 21, 2012 on Prima family