Season 3 Episode 10

Last Call

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 2010 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a dockworker turned bar owner whose body is found floating in the East River. In the process of the investigation they uncover a secret buried since the days of Prohibition.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Is it just me or has Castle lost it's charisma and inventiveness this season?

    I don't know if it's just me, but Castle feels all wrong this season. I've loved this show since it started, but recently the witty banter has faded and the way the murders are being solved is getting more and more implausible. I'm quite happy to suspend my disbelief and go along with unrealistic plot tools, but it feels like the writers are just taking the audience for granted now.

    And Rick Castle's just not funny any more. The repartee between him and Beckett is getting dumber and dumber i.e this week the - take another button out joke followed by Castle making a "funny" face was cringeworthy, the kind of humour you'd see in a cartoon.

    I really hope the writing improves as this used to be one of my favourite show.moreless
  • 12/6

    The cast singing "Piano Man" to close out the show.....with most programs, especially dramas, it would fail, but it worked here somehow; just goes to show how Castle is a unique drama.

    The episode was interesting, and while certainly a bit dull at times, any episode that makes references to alligators in the sewers of New York will not get lower than a 6.5 from me. This is a show that a lot of people do not know about and I think it is one of the best kept secrets on TV. This was not an excellent episode, but good enough to have me hooked from start to close.moreless
  • So, I wonder if The Haunt will be a real bar, like Cheers...

    9.5 THAT would be some serious merchandising, which, along with the "Richard Castle Novels" on store shelves would put the revenues for this show over the top.

    However, to the episode at hand: This show always provides a few good giggles on a Monday; otherwise known as the worst day of the week. First there was "Glam Gran and...HIM..." (I love Susan Sullivan and her delivery) and then there was the snot-nosed little Internet hoser who didn't have a clue about how special his acquisitions were. Castle was positively apoplectic at the thought of 135 year old Scotch and Root Beer, though I have to say I have been known to feel the same about just plain old Root Beer. **shudder**

    And again there is the Castle-run-through of every possible suspect in a story, none of whom seem to pan out, but it always comes back to one of them. I don't know if I had an off night, or if it was really well disguised this time out, but my thoughts never even went back to the auctioneer.

    Perhaps a wee dram of that fine 135 year old Scotch at The Haunt, or Rick's Cafe Americain, or whatever, will help restore my insights. I'd give it a shot...pardon the pun...moreless
Sam Page

Sam Page

Brian Elliott

Guest Star

Jillian Clare

Jillian Clare


Guest Star

Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Wilbur Pittorino

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The placard that Castle holds up at the auction at the end had his bidding number as 187. Section 187 of the California Penal Code defines the crime of murder.

    • The made up Scotch used in the show, St. Miriam, they made a spelling mistake, since Whisky in Scotland is spelled without the e, rather than "Scotch Whiskey" like it said in the bottle. In Ireland it is spelled whiskey.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Beckett: So, how well do you know this bar, Castle?
      Castle: Oh I haven't been here in years. Not since Alexis. But I wrote most of my first novel in one of these booths.
      Beckett: Oh, okay. Well, that explains a lot.
      Castle: (defensively) It sold over three million copies.
      Beckett: No, I mean why you're so excited.

    • Beckett: Lanie just swabbed the shard of glass and found trace amounts of alcohol.
      : A container of alcoholic beverage, a resentful bartender...
      : And given the location of the Old Haunt, a potential crime scene just two blocks away from the river.
      : Convenient for all your body dumping needs.
      : So, Castle... Can I buy you a drink?
      Castle: Why, detective Beckett, I thought you'd never ask.

    • Castle: (about the river) This is the most celebrated body depository this side of the Jersey wetlands.

    • Beckett: This must be a part of the old sewer system.
      Castle: Probably used these as access tunnels during prohibition. It's incredible, isn't it?
      Beckett: Yeah, aside from the fact that it's...damp, cramped, dark, and we are almost certainly walking in rat poop. Awesome.
      Castle: Don't forget the C.H.U.D.S
      Beckett: C.H.U.D.s?
      Castle: Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. These sewers are crawling with them.
      Beckett: You know, I kind of figured you more for an "alligator in the sewer" type of guy.
      Castle: There's alligators down here?

    • Castle: Well, the Old Haunt just reminded me of how vital tavern culture is in this town. I thought, why not open up a little tavern of my own?
      Beckett: So instead of buying a drink, you're gonna buy a whole bar?
      Castle: My way of giving back.
      Beckett: Yeah, to your ego.

    • Alexis: Can you believe my old grade school shirt still fits?
      Martha: Oh, like a glove, yes. A shirt, no.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sister Kate" by The Ditty Bops
      "Piano man" by Billy Joel (Cast of Castle, as the gang leaves the precinct late)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 6, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: April 10, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: May 6, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 11, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: June 16, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: March 21, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: November 7, 2012 on JOJ

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Poslední láhev (Last Bottle)


    • Lanie: This was no boating accident.
      Castle: Then we better close the beaches. (puzzled looks from Lanie and Beckett)
      Castle:"No boating accident"? Chief Brody? Hooper? Seriously?

      Castle is quoting - and mentioning characters from the 1975 Steven Spielberg directed film Jaws.