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Season 3 Episode 2

He's Dead, She's Dead

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2010 on ABC
out of 10
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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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  • 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
  • Castle's belief in psychic ability runs counter to Beckett's grounding in reality as reflected in this week's multiple murders. As important is the Castle family dynamics when Martha has to decide whether to accept Chet's proposal of marriage.moreless

    In my humble opinion, this episode allows us a closer look into what makes the unique Castle Family tick, which is more important than discovering the murderer of the week, no matter how fun the set-up (this time, could a psychic have predicted her own death?). While we expect a dead body - or two, watching the interaction between the over-the-top Martha, the beautifully maturing Alexis, and the perennial-toddler Rick Castle concerning Martha's possible engagement (as she test drives the ring) is the highlight of this episode. For a contrast, Martha is deep in thought, Alexis is the hopeful romantic, and Rick is the supportive force for all concerned. (Could an actual psychic have predicted this? I must agree with Beckett: I think not.) While I will never tire of the hint-of-romantic and superb interaction between Beckett/Castle (although the parade of outside love interests is starting to take its toll on me, not to mention the spoilers that more of the same are on the horizon), seeing the love and mutual admiration between the family members is a delightful contrast to the parade of bloodied corpses on display each and every week. In addition to the always delightful comedic turns by Esposito/Ryan, the reveal of the given name of Richard Edgar Castle gives Beckett yet another grin-behind-his-back moment, thanks to yet another message from beyond, as this one looks like a message Kate will continue to think about. This particular episode left me wanting more of The Castle Family, not to mention what I like to refer to as "The Precinct Family", without the blood, without the usually-inaccurate GSW statistics, and without all of the excess trimmings. For me, the simple action of Rick hugging his mother in the living room of the loft set a new level for this series to continue to aspire to: And, I trust that they can do so, and will do so, week after week.moreless
  • I didn't figure the culprit this time.

    And for a Castle episode, that is unusual for me. Its generally pretty obvious. And after all is said and done, I personally have difficulty getting my head around someone killing because their partner was messing around. Can't commit? There's the exit. See ya! Period.

    Perhaps I was too taken in by the in-shop debate over the relative value of psychics. The too-esoteric concept for the detectives versus the open-mindedness of the writer? was all nonsense, but it was fun watching them have the debate AND deal with that ever so curious, what-if glitch at the end.

    More likely, I was taken in by the Martha storyline that I have been waiting to see. Not what I expected but that probably made it more effective. It was nice to see Susan Sullivan's character get some air time. But poor Chet. Not to seem indelicate, but perhaps he stroked when he go the bill for that ring!

    Castle is not rocket science. Instead, its the science of entertainment; of effective R & R for the masses. Like a good massage...moreless
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.