Season 4 Episode 2

Heroes and Villains

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2011 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett are after a murder suspect who's roaming the city in a Superhero costume. They think he's behind the killing of an ex-con, but it's a race to identify and catch him before he kills again.

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  • An alright one.

    I thought it was a bit of a twisted plot, but Hasting's was cool, to have a cop semi-behind it. But to me, she knew this guy would take a girl to that alley and possibly rape her.. and said nothing herself.

    Fun episode though. Alexis telling Castle off because him being a father and telling her not to just take all of Ashley's classes was a bit annoying. She's supposedly 17, perhaps closer to 18.. she acts really stupid for that age, especially being so smart. An episode ago she broke up with him so he'd chase his dreams, and now she's chasing his dreams too and telling Castle off for knowing it.. Sometimes she needs to just shut up. Castle lets her walk all over him.moreless
  • 402

    The second episode of Castle has a clever premise with the possibility of a killer super hero, but then 15 minutes in it turned into a generic procedural. I like the show going back to basics after last week's drama-heavy episode, but this turned out to be one of the most boring cases on the show in awhile. I did not even care when the actual murderer was revealed, and that's never a good sign. Sorry Castle fans, but I didn't like this one.moreless
  • Perfect Castle & Beckett Chemistry!

    I did not think it possible for Nathan Fillion to become any cuter, then I viewed this episode. Perfectly adorable (sigh).

    This episode continues to build on the chemistry between Castle and Beckett, and with the theme that they share so much in common but Beckett persists with the slow reveal. The scene in which her pre-order of the Derek Storm comic was revealed was classic Beckett. Her closet interest and knowledge of comic books paired with Castle's usual exuberance kept the action moving fluidly with their signature cheeky banter.moreless
  • superb!

    one of the best castle episodes this season so far. it was funny, and interesting. plus being a comic book fan it appealed to me lot more. castle was his usual quippy self and his one liners were quite the laugh out loud moments. At the same time the story line was interesting enough to keep you hooked. a big thumbs up for the episode.

  • Some Comic Relief

    So after the seriousness of last weeks premiere it was refreshing to have some comic relief in this episode (pun intended).

    The whole episode had a feel good vibe to it and it makes you smile when you watch it. There wasn't any hint of what Castle is continuing to do without Beckett knowing which was nice. At the end it gets a bit more serious between Beckett and Hastings having similar pasts but to find out that the other cop was in love with her writer just makes you wanna 'awwww'.

    Castle trying to deal with Alexis as well throughout and its great to watch as he always gets Becketts advice. It will be interesting to watch if Alexis does go off to college in this season. The interregation of the mild mannered Lone Vengence was so funny. Also GAtes might grow on me the far far future.

    All in all a great episode.moreless
Eric Tiede

Eric Tiede

Mike Hoover

Guest Star

Valerie Azlynn

Valerie Azlynn

Ann Hastings

Guest Star

Jamie McShane

Jamie McShane

Tony "The Butcher" Valtini

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Castle: You know...even when you were a little girl, you were a serious person. I think I've just... gotten used to you being... sensible and mature, even more than me sometimes.
      Alexis: Sometimes?
      Castle: Point taken.

    • Castle: Paul is the writer. Lone Vengeance is the subject. That's their relationship. It's you and me all over again, but I'm Paul, and you're Lone Vengeance.
      Beckett: Really, Castle, is that how you see me, like a sword-wielding killer?
      Castle: Depends. Will you be scantily clad?
      Beckett: In your dreams.

    • Castle: I'm just trying to stop you from making irrational choices.
      Alexis: Why does everything I do have to make sense? Why can't I just do what I want every once in a while? That's all you ever do.

    • Ryan: I mean, haven't you ever wanted to be a superhero? Going out there, prowling the city, knocking some heads?
      Esposito: I do that now.

    • Castle: (to Mike, about his comic book) Tell me, what's your favorite part?
      Beckett: You don't have to answer that question. His ego does not need any more feeding.

    • Castle: If you could be any comic book character in the world, who would you be?
      Beckett: Elektra.
      Castle: Ah, a ruthless assassin who hides from her emotions.
      Beckett: No, maybe it's because she's got badass ninja skills. What about you? Iron Man? Spider-Man? No, wait. I know. Annoying man.
      Castle: Try billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. the Dark Knight. He's brooding, he's handsome, and he has all the coolest toys.
      Beckett: Wow. Digging deep on that one.

    • Castle: (excited) Our killer is a superhero!!

    • Ryan: Larceny, assault, name it, Tyler Faris has done it. Still, nobody deserves ending up like... that.
      Esposito: He got what was coming to him.
      Ryan: Dude, that's for the criminal justice system to decide.
      Esposito: Well, maybe a sword is a justice system.
      Ryan: Yeah, if you're Quentin Tarantino, maybe.

    • Castle: (about the murder weapon) A sword. That is so Game of Thrones.

    • Beckett: (about the body) Uh, so he was...
      Lanie: ...split right down the middle, from the top of his head all the way down to his... (Castle interrupts) Please. The guy was sliced in two. I'd say his unit is the least of his problems.
      Castle: Then you do not understand the sacred bond between a man and his unit.

    • Castle: (about Alexis) I mean, she's gonna be gone in a few months. My little girl.
      Beckett: Yeah, but she's growing up, Castle, and she's going to a great school. That's what you want, isn't it?
      Castle: Yes, I'm just not ready.
      Beckett: Okay, well, she is, so you two are just not on the same page.
      Castle: So what do I do?
      Beckett: Let her go. Trust me, if you hold on too tight, you'll just drive her away.

    • Martha: (after Alexis tells him she's going to college in January) Richard, are you crying?
      Castle: No! It's the onions!

    • Martha: I'm making costumes for my Shakespeare class. (Martha spins around) So, what do you think?
      Castle: I seemed to remember asking you to make me an E.T. Halloween costume and you told me you didn't know how to sew.
      Martha: Details! Besides... you were 32 at the time.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hrdinové a zloinci (Heroes and Criminals)

    • Featured Music:
      "Devil Is A Lady" by Chain Gang Of 1974
      "Finish Line" by Jen Hirsh

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 26, 2011 on CTV
      Germany: March 9, 2012 on Kabel 1
      United Kingdom: March 15, 2012 on Alibi
      Czech Republic: September 12, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: March 13, 2013 on JOJ


    • Castle: "Single edge blade. some kind of saber. Sword. That is so 'Game of Thrones'"

      Referencing Game of Thrones, HBO's successful adaptation of the fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.

    • Frank Miller: Beckett makes two references to Frank Miller in this episode. She said the superhero she compares herself to is Elektra. A character created by Frank Miller. The comic book she first bought was Sin City A Dame To Kill For. Also Created by Frank Miller. This a obvious nod to Stana Katic who starred in the movie The Spirit. Written and directed by Frank Miller.