Castle

Season 4 Episode 21

Headhunters

14
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2012 on ABC
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His relationship with Beckett strained, Castle teams up with Detective Ethan Slaughter from the city's gang unit. But Slaughter's kind of police work could put Castle in real danger.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pilot?

    8.0
    I always had the feeling that this was an inline pilot for a show for Baldwin, but I can't find anything that mentions it as such.
  • fun with Jayne

    9.5
    I love this episode if only for Jayne :)
  • Funniest episode

    10
    Adam Baldwin made this the funniest episode!



    Adam... best guest star in the series.
  • What a mess!

    6.0
    Can an episode reaquainting Fillion and Baldwin be bad? Er yes, it can. Baldwin has been peddling his mad-eyed psycho character for years now on FIREFLY and CHUCK so he can sleepwalk through stuff as flimsy as this.



    The McGuffin of the episode ("heads in a bag on a dead guy") was ignored after a while in favour of a standard turf war motivation and Ryan & Esposito only got into the episode by acting entirely out of character. Speaking of that, in what way can they be friends with Castle now having NOT covered his back and acted instead like a pair of high-school girls punishing the bad boyfriend of their bff?



    What we got instead of an episode following an NYPD dinosaur on his last legs -which might have been interesting- was one that celebrated a thug.



    For a similar character look to the great creation of Philip Glenister's detective "Gene Hunt" in the original BBC series LIFE ON MARS and ASHES TO ASHES. (Forget Harvey Keitel's somnolent take on the character in the US remake). Gene Hunt was a similar dinosaur but it was appropriate because the entire series was supposed to be happening in the 1970's!



    A detective like Ethan Slaughter (he even has a silly name) wouldn't survive one day in the modern NYPD. He's a monster out of his natural time, one that involves French Connections and Popeye Doyle!



    In the end it seemed like a rather desperate assortment of outakes cobbled into a 42 minute episode without any regard for logic or story structure.



    Sadly I hear the Chimes at Midnight and they're tolling the end of a great series in a whelter of bankrupt ideas, warmed-over leftover plot devices and comedy schtick.moreless
  • Best Episode in a long time

    10
    When I heard Adam Baldwin is guest starring in this episode I knew that the chemistry between those two is going to be in the air, but I didn't expect it would be that funny.

    I have never laughed that much on any Castle episode. I mean, when Castle held the gun and shouted in the bar NPYD (Instead on NYPD) and he tried to catch the bad guy and held his legs and hit him with the bottle. Man this was hilarious.

    Adam is a cop with twisted ways and I really love his ways of torture, it makes the episode more exciting.

    I hope he comes more often.

    Beckett's jealousy and the way she talked to her shrink was interesting.



    I loved this episode and it deserves 10.moreless
Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Detective Ethan Slaughter

Guest Star

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Brian Reilly

Guest Star

Stefan Niemczyk

Stefan Niemczyk

Shea

Guest Star

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Dr. Carter Burke

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Slaughter: Detective, you ever want to go on a date that ends in hot sex after a drunken fistfight, you know where to find me.
      Beckett: Uh, yeah, in never-gonna-happen land.

    • Beckett: Counselor. Can I speak with your client for a second?
      Vales: She probably wants my autograph.
      Beckett: You feel cocky. I get it. You just dodged a murder rap. Probably gonna go out tonight and celebrate with your boys, and you should paint the town. But then in the morning, I want you to get the hell out of my city.
      Vales: But I like it here.
      Beckett: You might like it right now. But starting tomorrow, you're gonna see just how hard a city New York can be when the full force of the NYPD comes crashing down on you with 30,000 cops making it their daily duty to make your life a living hell. Counselor, you can take him away now.
      Slaughter: Oh, that is sexy.

    • Dr. Burke: What do you think he's telling you with his behavior?
      Beckett: That maybe he's not there anymore? That maybe he's not ready? What if I waited too long?
      Dr. Burke: You weren't waiting, Kate. You were healing.
      Beckett: Yeah, but then in the meantime, he's moved on.
      Dr. Burke: Or he's protecting himself by not taking more emotional risks.
      Beckett: So then what do I do?
      Dr. Burke: What do you want to do?

    • Castle: Oh, you should have seen it. Slaughter got the drop on the one guy, but the other guy tried to make a break for it. I had to take his ass down.
      Beckett: You what? Are you kidding me? You're a writer, Castle. Not a cop.
      Castle: Hey, I can take care of myself. You just never give me a chance.
      Beckett: Yeah, because I'm not trying to get you killed. And what is he doing using our box?
      Castle: Well, I invited him to.
      Beckett: Castle, that's not your place.
      Castle: I didn't think you'd mind. Besides, guys like Slaughter, they just float from precinct to precinct, you know? They're like nomads, wandering the streets of New York City, kicking ass and taking names, which isn't the most original turn of phrase, but the character is so great. It's really gonna help me shake up this next Nikki Heat book.
      Beckett: Yeah, sure, if you live long enough to actually write about it.

    • Slaughter: Speaking of partners, I've seen pictures of yours. She's smokin' hot. You're tappin' that, right?
      Castle: What? No.
      Slaughter: No? What's wrong with you?
      Castle: Nothing's-nothing's wrong with me. We're just friends.
      Slaughter: Man needs a friend, he gets a dog. Woman like that, you storm the beaches or die trying.

    • Castle: You said I could ride along if I gave you my coat.
      Slaughter: I never said that.
      Castle: It was implied.
      Slaughter: Look, I work alone. Nothing you say is gonna change that.
      Castle: I'm friends with the mayor.
      Slaughter: Yeah?
      Castle: And seeing as how I'm asking you for a favor here, that would mean I would owe you one in return.
      Slaughter: Well, any friend of the mayor is a friend of mine.

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