Season 1 Episode 4

Hell Hath No Fury

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2009 on ABC
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The investigation behind a body found wrapped in a rug on the sidewalk leads Castle and Beckett deep inside the world of New York City politics. The partners discover a world of expensive escorts, arrogant tycoons, corrupt investigators, and the effects of betrayal.

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  • *** Spoiler-free *** Dead boring investigation, superficial novel release arc, skinny character development and stereotyped protagonists but charming performers, entertaining relationship and rainbow mum

    Even if the previous episode, Hedge Fund Homeboys, disappointed me it wasn't bad enough to make me give up on Castle. But what really convinced me to watch its fourth episode was a summary I read on Wikipedia. The investigation in the world of dirty politics sounded boring but I was definitely intrigued by Castle's novel release and his book reading where Beckett was supposed to throw him off his game. It could have be fun and interesting if it had lasted more than a few split minutes. But instead the writers decided to focus on a new murder case, new witnesses and new topic. The problem is that it wasn't new at all and dead boring, like the unknown man they found at the beginning. I couldn't care less about these characters who are not connected to the protagonists. It's character development at its worse.

    I better understand now why Castle is defined as a police procedural production. They designed one role episode and only change its parameters from time to time. The problem is that it doesn't work because the recipe is not creative enough and ice cold. Stana Katic is fantastic but Kate Beckett is just too predictable. She's always upset by Richard Castle the matter what he does. Everybody likes him but her. However like one of her co-worker said it he's a charming and smart man. In fact it's one improvement compared to the previous installments, the better use of the secondary characters. Their role was still anecdotic but they helped to better understand the relationship between the beautiful female detective and the writing beast. The other thing I enjoyed was Susan Sullivan performance as Martha Rodgers, Castle's mother. In the third episode I noticed she had potential and in this episode she was the only one interested by her son's career. So without her the subject would only have been covered at the very last minute. Moreover her character is refreshing, joyful and colors the scenes with her extravagant clothes. In fact she reminds me of crazy Magda from the hilarious film There's Something About Mary. Last but not least fashion design is good in most scenes and it makes them less boring even if a beautiful shell can't save a poor contents.

    However the few pros I mentionned and the tiny scenes I enjoyed couldn't hide the fact that Castle doesn't have much to offer. The patterns used by the writers are so obvious that I don't see the point of watching most season one episodes. I already know nothing will ever happen between the protagonists. I still enjoy their jokes and awkward face-offs but they're definitely not Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.moreless
  • Gotta love Politics.

    This episode had almost everything. It had a murder, sex, politics, infidility and blackmail. The only thing missing was the drug aspect, but it was still a great show. I love the fact of which you NEVER know what's going to come out of Castle's mouth or what he's going to do. Prime example was his comparision of a jack ass to a wise ass, he does tend to fit both but it's always amusing. We had some great twists and traps set in regards to solving the murder the greatest was the revealation that NYPD found the 250k in the wife house during her interrogation. I was extremely thrilled at Beckett's revenge against Castle at his book reading, maybe now he'll think twice as he observes Beckett's interviews with suspects. Nathan Fillon portrayal of Castle is wonderful to see on a weekly basis and hope that Castle earns a long run.moreless
  • I love this show, and this episode continues to show how great this series is. (Spoilers)

    This episode was a mixture of comedy, intelligence, and some action. Castle is still as funny as ever, and his relationship with Beckett is continuing to grow. I'm pretty sure they won't become a couple this season, but hopefully they do soon enough. I still want to learn more about Beckett. She seems like she has a very interesting back story, and I would love to see Castle and her bonding when she finally opens up to him. The audience should also get to see her home life, and maybe Castle can invite her over for dinner or something. Overall, I give this episode, Hell Hath No Fury, a 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Great episode! Castle is not only staying afloat but rising with each new episode.

    Just when I had started to wonder what will happen to this series, after having exhausted the initial character and plot inventions (Castle/Beckett chemistry, straight-line police story plot), the writers display initiative with this episode. They show us they totally know what they're doing, and what the show needs next now that we've all gotten to know and love the characters. The plotlines need to be played up and become more difficult to solve. And this is exactly what we get in this episode, where a politician is killed and everyone seems to be implicated. His best friend and campaign manager, his wife, the prostitute he was seeing, the detective who was blackmailing him with the pictures, a nightclub owner whose building plans he opposed. New clues are being revealed constantly and while it is rather easy after a point to guess who did it, still there are details that remain unsolved until the last minute. Exciting!

    Plus, we get more hilarious Castle/Beckett scenes, and a brave and breathtaking sample of the chemistry developments between them, that await us in the future. The scene where Beckett steps into the reading and Castle is left speechless... Wow, that one was fun! I really hope this show lasts for next season, because it's quickly becoming my favourite crime show.moreless
  • Good but not as good as the previous three.

    The relationship has certainly settled in, Beckett lets Castle ask as many questions as he wants, even letting him take the lead. Castle is getting better at it too, more sensitive and diplomatic.

    Does Horn's campaign office look just like Nathan Petrelli's campaign office from Heroes?! Same windows, same pillars. Or maybe I just watch Heroes too much.

    Why do Bollinger's campaign posters look like those cheap ones from a fascist third world country? Really, he should sue.

    Liked the thing with the coffee machine, they benefit but it's a truly selfish act, I'm sure Castle just didn't want to drink that coffee again.

    Good episode but not as great as the previous three, not even any really memorable quotes. Bit disappointing.moreless
Bruno Campos

Bruno Campos

Calvin Creason

Guest Star

Joshua LeBar

Joshua LeBar

Jason Bollinger

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Lisa Waltz

Lisa Waltz

Laurie Horn

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Beckett:: Oh my gosh, I get it. You're hiding, your book is coming out today and you're hiding.
      Castle:: No, hiding would be building a fortress out of my comforter and then downing a fifth of scotch. But apparently that's considered unhealthy.

    • Castle: (describing his character based on Beckett) She's going to be really smart, very savvy, haunting good looks, really good at her job and kinda slutty.

    • (Beckett learns Castle's new character is based upon her)
      Beckett: What kind of name is Nikki Heat?
      Castle: It's a cop name.
      Beckett: It's a stripper name.

    • (Castle is arranging a date with a prostitute who can help Beckett's case)
      Castle: Just out of curiosity, what are you wearing right now?

    • Beckett: Castle, what are you doing?
      Castle: Promise not to hate me?
      Beckett: I already hate you.
      Castle: Fair enough.

    • Castle: You okay?
      Beckett: Yeah. Why?
      Castle: Can't be easy breaking that kind of news.
      Beckett: Yeah. Well, thanks for not making it a joke.
      Castle: Yeah. I'm a wise-ass not a jack-ass.
      Beckett: I didn't know there was a difference.

    • Beckett: You were on the job?
      Kirby: Twenty years out of the 134. Of course back then, we had other cops as partners. (looks at Castle) Not second rate novelists.
      Beckett: Yeah, don't get me started.

    • Castle: Oh my god. This is quite possibly the worst coffee I've ever tasted. It's actually kind of fascinating. It tastes like a... (pauses to sip the coffee) it tastes like a monkey peed in battery acid. Try some?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Za vším hledej ženu (Look for a Woman behing Everything)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: January 20, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: February 27, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: April 28, 2010 on Alibi
      Finland: May 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: September 29, 2010 on Prima

    • Music:
      "You're Supposed to Be My Friend" by 1990s
      "If I Don't" (Radio Edit) by Amp Fiddler featuring Corinne Bailey Rae