Castle

Season 1 Episode 3

Hedge Fund Homeboys

17
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 2009 on ABC
8.2
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406 votes
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The son of a once wealthy family is found dead in Central Park. As Castle and Beckett are working on the investigation his friends are trying to stop them. Castle isn't sure he can trust Martha to be left alone while he chaperones Alexis' class on a field trip to Washington DC.

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  • *** Spoiler-free *** Good acting and charming protagonists but episodic neverending format, unoriginal Cluedo story and under used secondary characters

    4.0
    Something about the performers, Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, and their characters, Richard Castle and Kate Beckett, convinced me to give Castle an other chance. In fact even if the previous episode, Nanny McDead, was bad, because of its old babysitter story, the relationship between Castle and Beckett is charming enough. In my pilot review I mentionned how their chemistry could be compared to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully's one from The X-Files. However even if I've only seen its pilot I think comparing them to Bones protagonists one would be more appropriate. It's both a pro and con because apparently the love birds have been singing for seasons now and nothing really happened between them.



    It leads us to the shows episodic format and without a doubt my major complain about Castle. This time the character development was even cheaper than last time. It seems Beckett has a few secrets but nothing to intrigue enough the demanding viewer. As for the Cluedo story it was better than last time but even its numerous rebounds couldn't hide the fact that it wasn't original. A young man was killed and they investigate his friends, between two subliminal ads to YouTube and the iPhone. It requires more than good acting and funny lines to appeal the audience nowadays. I want to be puzzled. I need to be surprised by stunning and creative ideas. But Hedge Fund Homeboys didn't make it happen. Instead I thought the episodes could air one after an other without bringing anything knew to the TV world. It's watch and forget.



    However I read the season 1 summaries and it seems a few other episodes are better but the show would be far much more interesting if it focused on Castle's career and Beckett's background. It would be great if we saw Castle writing about her, his muse, at the end of the day for example. Instead we had to hear his crying baby daughter talking about how much she was a liar. She's perfect and doesn't have issues. How boring ! The mother has potential but it seems she's just here to fill the gaps between two takes. Lose the family if you don't have anything interesting to film about it. And what about teamwork ? It's like if Beckett had no real support and it seems the so-called experts surrounded her don't know much about their respective fields.moreless
  • Castle is winning Beckett over more and more, while he learns to deal with actual people, actual procedure and actual deaths in this episode.

    9.0
    The show is getting better, in this episode the dialogues were much less staged and more natural and convincing, Beckett's relationship with Castle is improving and is also starting to gain some depth, moving away from the initial verbal matches and pissing contests. Now both of them seem to have adjusted to working together and the dialogues they have are more essential, as well as useful to the case. They're starting to understand eachother's feelings and as time goes by and more revelations are made I'm sure their relationship will develop. The writers have much room to develop that angle. Castle's family is also a big plus, especially his mom who is amazingly funny and likeable.



    Case-wise this is the typical teenager drama, a bunch of teenagers are thrown together and in the chaos of their personal feelings, debaucheries and financial problems some of them take advantage of the situation, each to their own ends, while others get killed. Castle uses his psychological expertise to get the truth out of the killer and once again saves the case. It wasn't the most original case but it was well directed, well acted and it unraveled quickly enough to maintain the interest of the viewer. Let's see if in the next episodes the writers will try something more complicated, now that they have a firm grip on the characters. I'm beginning to really like this series!moreless
  • Gotta Love Castle

    8.5
    Of course a prep kid murdered brings lots of attention, but I actually liked how this episode played it out. I really appreciated the attention brought to how our current economic situation can hit rich kids. From what I've learned of Castle as a character so far, I knew this case would have an affect with this daughter. A parent's fear for their child, especially a teenager, was address but I'm just puzzled by Alexis' reaction to her jumping a turnstile incident. For a smart kid, she should know it's not a big deal and give n the situation it was justified. I was really excited to see Castle actually learning Beckett's job in regards to being able to build a solid case against a suspect then him learning how to interview and completing one successfully...moreless
  • Smart, twisty whodunit.

    9.5
    The third episode proves to be as strong as the previous two, if the initial premise for the series originally sounded like 'all style, no substance', I am very happy to admit it's not. Classy and fun.



    Castle is proving to be better and better at this, he'd make a pretty good cop. Good instincts though he's learning that actual police work is a lot more work than just writing it. Castle does his whole hypnotic 'what if?' and Brandon falls under his spell and admits it. Nice. Sad thing is he's a juvi and will never see jail time.



    Great scene between Castle and his daughter, suddenly wondering if she's doing drugs. Definitely a strong part of the series, a very believable relationship between them.



    Favorite quotes:

    - "Did you know in the original Greek, 'tragedy' literally means 'goat song'? I know, doesn't make any sense to me either, whatever that first story was, I can't help but think bad things must have happened to that goat…"

    - Love Castle's ringtone, "I hear dead people."



    I can honestly admit I didn't expect the series to get stronger by episode but I'm impressed. Very smart, nice twists Cry-Wolf style and again, fun watching.moreless
  • This was basically a character development episode of Castle. (Spoilers)

    9.0
    I'm really enjoying this show, and in my opinion this episode was great just like the last two were. It had good comedy moments with Castle and Beckett, and I think they have really good chemistry together. I like the father and daughter bond Castle has with his daughter, and I hope to see more of it in future episodes. I'm interested in Beckett as well, and I want to know more about her past and what she's like at home. Hopefully in future episodes they'll reveal some of that. Overall, I give this episode, Hedge Fund Homeboys, a 9 out of 10.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Castle: Do you do drugs?
      Alexis: No.
      Castle: Are you sure? Cause you can tell me.
      Alexis: Dad, am I lethargic and uncharacteristically irritable?
      Castle: No.
      Alexis: Are my eyes bloodshot for no apparent reason?
      Castle: No. Except when you're sick
      Alexis: That's an apparent reason.
      Castle: Right.

    • Castle: What's the class?
      Martha: Introduction to life coaching. It's always been my desire to make a difference, whether on stage or off. And I have had cards made.
      Castle: It says here I'm your client.
      Martha: Well of course you are, haven't I been telling you what to do your entire life?

    • Castle: Reading the paper? You are going to lose all of your wired teen hyper texting nano gizmo street cred.
      Alexis: I'm a rebel. I like it old school.

    • Beckett: So why the burial at sea?
      Castle: The vikings believed that if you wanted to reach Valhalla you needed a vessel.
      Beckett: Gun-toting viking? That's your theory?
      Castle: No no no, they also launched their dead with a sacrificial woman... and some booze... and a good horse.

    • Castle: Who was murdered and... was it gruesome?

    • Alexis: (about Martha) Dad c'mon, be a little more supportive, she's trying... to help people.
      Castle: Yeah, to my liquor cabinet.

    • Beckett: Whoever staged Max's suicide wanted us to believe that he killed himself out of guilt over shooting Donny, which makes me think Max didn't kill Donny after all.
      Castle: The other kids corroborated Romy's story that Max pulled the trigger.
      Beckett: I didn't say he didn't shoot him. I said he didn't kill him.
      Castle: Is that a Zen kōan one hand clapping thing?

    • Castle: Did you know in the original Greek, 'tragedy' literally means 'goat song'? I know, doesn't make any sense to me either, but whatever that first story was, I can't help but think, bad things must have happened to that goat…

    • Capt. Montgomery: You gotta be kidding me. I already told the brass that we got the guy.
      Castle: I can see how that would be a little awkward.
      Capt. Montgomery: The Mayor even called to thank me... he's in for the Knicks game by the way.
      Castle: Sweet!

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