Season 3 Episode 2

He's Dead, She's Dead

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Beckett and Castle look for the killer of a famous psychic while debating whether extrasensory abilities are real or not. When a letter arrives from the victim predicting her death they must determine who actually wrote the letter – the victim or the killer.

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  • An alright one.

    More of a reason for why Martha is stupid... "Love is not work, love is Love is only work! It's passion at the start, the passion comes from the lust for your partner, the love comes from the respect and the trust that you WORK at.

    Personally i'm not a fan of psychic episodes. They can be quite fun sometimes, but episodes that genuinely want us to believe they're real and always have that one person that strongly believes in it, is annoying. They did it in Criminal Minds, and the psychic ended up being right in the end and it's just stupid. Stop making it ambiguous and like there's magic in the world. You're a fantasy show or you're not.

    BUT it all aside, it was still an enjoyable enough episode.

    Thought Chet's death would've been sadder if we got to meet him at all, not have Martha keep toying with him by never actually being there for meals or anything etc, but I liked her guilt over the idea she was planning on leaving etc.moreless
  • eh. . .

    The ep was okay but I would have actually enjoyed it if I didn't know that billions of people actually believe in this type of psychic/spiritual crap and that the mainstream media's overly ambiguous depictions and false characterizations of said crap is a main reason why otherwise intelligent people are so susceptible to these charlatans.
  • Failed

    Though the map was indeed smart, it has been twice that they brought an old unknown cop aquaintance, which, if not irrelevant to the story, was also the bad guy. It had become too predictable and should not be done again. the second wife was also non-existent bringing the question, if she is still with Castle or if she will be brought up only until necessary.
  • Funny Castle theme episode

    Castle's third season began stronger than ever and this episode is no exception. Nathan Fillion is funny as hell and so is Stana Katic (and so beautiful). The story revolves around the murder of a famous medium who might have predicted her own murder before she was killed. Also, Martha is faced with some bad news which devastate her. The jokes center on Castle's belief in the supernatural once again and Beckett's disbelief in anything out of this world. Once again we get to see the grounded character of Kate believing in things that she can see and touch in contrast with Castle's character who has a wild imagination. Also, Martha's story is really emotional and Nathan shows off his acting skills once again. Regardless of who the murderer is, which was a little bit surprising here are some fun and continuity facts:

    - Victim: Vivian Marchand a famous psychic who helped, as she claimed, the police in solving murders. She has a daughter who was the one who found her. She was killed with an ice pick. She was stuffed in a sofa while she was still alive. She died from blood loss and asphyxiation.

    - The intro is still being shown and it will last until episode 10 of this season

    -We discover Castle's given name which Richard Alexander Rogers as opposed to his professional name Richard Edgar Castle

    - According to Penny's dream Castle is going to save Beckett in the future

    -First mention of Castle's official website:

    -8 years prior to this episode Castle paid a visit to Vivien Marchand and told him his mother would be moving in with him.

    - Beckett does not believe in the supernatural (psychics, fairies, rainbows even Santa Claus which she stopped believing at the age of 3). Esposito also does not believe in psychics while Ryan's belief is not clear (he did believe in things like the power of equanox). Castle is a believer.moreless
  • Fates and Psychics and Santa Clause!

    I normaly would never rate an episode of Castle lower then an 8.5, but this wasn't as good as it could be.

    First of all, a dead psychic who's killed for Knowing to much about someones death has been done on every crime show since The begining of Primetime, and she predicted her own murder, (or not we never found that out) has also been a key player in most crime shows.

    Secondly, I felt this show had to many elements, there was a producer, an unrightfully charge criminal, a man in black, a jelous husband, the prediction of her own murder, her suddenly psychic daughter, the dead womens clents, and so on. All of this didn't add up to the kind of mystery were come to know and look forward to every week, but it still was watchablemoreless
Rachel Boston

Rachel Boston

Penny Marchand

Guest Star

Paige Rowland

Paige Rowland

Loreen Carter

Guest Star

David Gianopoulos

David Gianopoulos

Albert Moreno

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode we learn that Castle changed his name to "Richard Edgar Castle", but that his given name is "Richard Alexander Rogers". Given his Mother's love of theater it make sense that she would name her son after the prolific American musical composer, Richard Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Beckett: Castle, why is it so important to you that I believe all this stuff about fates and psychics and Santa Claus?
      Castle: Because if you don't believe in even the possibility of magic, you'll never ever find it.

    • Martha: Richard, whatever mistakes I've made in my life, I raised a good man.

    • Castle: (to Martha) And let me tell you something else; Chet was nobody's fool. He knew you, all of you. And he loved you. And I'm sure wherever he is now, he still does.

    • Castle: Oh, let me guess, you don't believe in fate. Soulmates?
      Beckett: No.
      Castle: Unicorn, fairies, double rainbows? Didn't you ever think your dolls used to get up at night and play with your toys?
      Beckett: Sorry.
      Castle: Mmm... Let me guess. You were one of those annoying 6 year olds who stopped believing in Santa Claus because you figured out he couldn't travel faster than the speed of light.
      Beckett: I was 3, and we didn't have a chimney.

    • Castle: Surrounded by skeptics.
      Esposito: It's called being a cop, bro.

    • Castle: I'm not saying I can speak with the dead. I'm just willing to admit that there are people in this world who are more sensitive than me.
      Beckett: Now that's not hard to believe.
      Castle: Walked right into that one.

    • Beckett: My gut says it's not him. But we still have to look into his alibi.
      Castle: Oh, so you don't believe in fate, yet your gut has magical properties. That's cool, Scully.

    • Ryan: Mediums are the ones that can see ghosts, right, Castle?
      Castle: Yes, psychics can tell the future. Mediums can tell the future and talk to the dead.
      Beckett: That's like saying that psychics are con artists, and mediums are con artists and charlatans. I mean, in the end, they're all just fakes.

    • Castle: (about the psychic medium) She got everything right. You know what? Come to think of it, she told me that a beautiful woman would one day move into my loft and stay with me forever. She neglected to mention it was my mother.

    • Castle: Oh, before I forget... What did Penny say about 'Alexander'?
      Beckett: Oh, nothing. Just some silly stuff that didn't really make any sense... why?
      Castle: Because my middle name is Alexander.
      Beckett: I thought your middle name was Edgar?
      Castle: Been persuing the personal section of the Richard Castle website again, have we? (pause) No, I changed my middle name to Edgar for Edgar Allan Poe back when I changed my last name to Castle. My given name is Richard Alexander Rodgers. (Beckett looks surprised) What a coincidence, huh?
      (Castle walks away as Beckett smiles)

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: On mrtvý, ona mrtvá (He Is Dead, She Is Dead)

    • Featured Music:
      "The Librarian" by Laura Jane Scott

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 27, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: February 13, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: March 4, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: March 16, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: April 21, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: January 25, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: September 12, 2012 on JOJ


    • Castle: I changed my middle name to Edgar for Edgar Allan Poe back when I changed my last name to Castle.
      Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) was an american writer, poet, editor and literary critic and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. He is also considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre - the type of books Richard Castle writes.

    • Castle: That's cool, Scully.
      Dana Scully is a fictional character and Special Agent of FBI, partnered with Special Agent Fox Mulder on the Fox television series The X-Files. In contrast to Mulder's credulous believer character, Scully is the skeptic one, choosing to base her beliefs on what science can prove.