Season 2 Episode 9

Love Me Dead

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of an Assistant District Attorney. Meanwhile, Alexis confides a secret to Beckett instead of her father.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • lock picker

    I love the guy in this episode who helps them figure out the killer and also teaches Castle how to pick locks. He is so funny I enjoy the episode just to watch him. The comment about "prison is not fun" and "I cried like a baby" and telling Beckett "you don't have to be mean" when he is in the squad car are all so amusing.
  • Love Me Dead

    Another good episode full of humor and great interaction between Castle and Beckett.
  • The case was interesting and had enough twists to keep the viewers one step behind it, the character interaction and the humor were as amazing as always and there were moments in it that were simply delightful. [ATTENTION: SPOILERS IN REVIEW]moreless

    This was definitely one of the best Castle epis this season!

    The team investigates the murder of a DA known for his intolerant stance against criminals, who turns out to be implicated in a prostitution ring with call girls. Financially wrecked after his divorce, he prosecutes the boss of the call girl ring and makes a deal with him, to exchange his client list and resources for a very reduced sentence. So the DA takes over the business and runs a parallel life, until he is thrown out of the roof of a building. i loved the plot twist with Scarlet and how she had Castle and everyone else fooled, playing the terrified, abused girl routine. Obviously her beauty had something to do with her dazzling Castle, but mostly she was a good judge of character, she knew Castle would want to help a damsel in distress. It's certainly part of his charm but sometimes, it's also part of his naiveté. I figured out Scarlet was lying a little after she and Castle had left for the hospital, the whole routine was very believable but the fact remained, the whole impression Castle and Beckett formed of the case was based on Scarlet's word. There was no solid proof that things were as she presented them to be. Look at them from a different angle, they might as well be completely different.

    I also loved the scenes with Jessup, especially in the car where Castle was wearing the handcuffs and Jessup was trying to teach him how to unlock them. When Beckett realized he was wearing them and went "I'm not even gonna ask", it was totally hilarious. Also, the scene with the DA's brother-in-law where he has to invite a call girl, and Castle says "tell her to wear something sexy. No reason not to enjoy the interview"... There were dozens of great lines in this epi, I'd need pages and pages to list them all, so I'm gonna stop here but you get the picture. Alexis is starting to see Beckett as a maternal figure, asking her for advice and so on. I've read that Alyssa Milano is going to guest the show as Beckett's competition for Castle, so that should be interesting to see. I wonder which side Alexis and Martha are going to take in the upcoming "battle".

    Another pleasant surprise in this epi was the fact that the investigation started off as the murder of an impeccable, exemplary law enforcement officer and it ended up presenting a totally different side of him, one of corruption, deceit and hypocrisy. There's two sides to every coin and sometimes what seems extremely perfect might be too perfect to be true.moreless
  • pre(yawn)dictable

    Sorry Castle fans, but i found this one really lacking. it was so obvious - once again, as is often the case in this series - who was the main villain. Sometimes the Castle/Beckett banter and/or the Castle home life makes up for a dull murder plot but this time, they were about on par interest-wise with the uninteresting plot. I suppose the most interesting thing for me was that Castle actually made an uncharacteristically big mistake getting snowed by Scarlett and doing something dumb in the process. hoping for better next time. When are we gonna get back to Beckett's mom's case file??moreless
  • An A.D.A. Buckley, who has a good reputation, is killed. In fact, Buckley has taken over an escort service and is killed by one of the girls (Scarlet Price) who takes over the escort service for herself.moreless

    This is my first time writing a review, so here it goes..... At first I found "Castle" to be a good, but not outstanding addition to the ABC lineup. However, through the season, the characters in this series have been allowed to develop in their own quirky, yet believable way, and I have grown to enjoy the regular actors in this as a result.

    More specifically tonight's episode, "Love me Dead", featured a guest actor named by J.B.Smoove. Mr. Smoove's characterization of the small-time criminal, Norman Jessup, was natural, entertaining, and engaging. In the short time he was on screen, he added an interesting and complex character to a series already rich in interesting and complex characters.

    In addition, Jessup had an immediate rapport with the principal character, Rick Castle. For example, note the scene in the back of the cruiser when Jessup removes his handcuffs and then tries to teach Castle how to do it. I believe that Norman Jessup could easily be written in as a recurring character on this series, playing the slightly shady counterpoint to Castle. I hope we see him again soon.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Paul Cho: I don't understand, I haven't seen Jack in months, not since he divorced my sister.
      Beckett: Really? Because I have an eye witness who saw the two of you arguing yesterday morning. So that means you're lying to me.
      Castle: (whispering) She hates being lied to.
      Paul Cho: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Kate: Great, let's go down to the precinct, I'll arrange a perp walk, and you can put on a show for the cameras.
      (Castle puts his hand on Paul Cho's shoulder)
      Castle: Love a good perp walk.

    • Beckett: You've got quite a record, Mr. Knox.
      Castle: Your parents must be proud.
      Knox: Yeah, they hang all my mug shots on the fridge.

    • Castle: So how do we find Danton?
      Beckett: We talk to one of the call girls. (to Cho) Call that number and tell him to bring one of his girls over.
      Castle: And tell her to wear something sexy.

    • Martha: I'm on the wrong side of forty for what Alexis is going through right now.
      Castle: Forty?
      Martha: Deflect all you want, kiddo, but I recognize the fear in your eyes. You're afraid Alexis has more Rick Castle in her than you thought.

    • Beckett: Why would a respected prosecutor become a pimp?
      Castle: The outfits.

    • (Alexis gives her father a tight hug)
      Castle: What was that for?
      Alexis: For being the best dad ever.
      Castle: It's true, you know. I have the novelty mug to prove it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Miluj mě k smrti (Love Me to Death)

    • Original International Airdate:
      Australia: February 7, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: October 19, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: November 5, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: November 17, 2010 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: December 16, 2010 on SBS 6
      Finland: December 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 26, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "Now We Can See" by The Thermals
      "Love Fire" by The Emeralds
      "Madly In Action" by The Shys
      "Winner" by Swingfly
      "Everyday" by Vetiver


    • Beckett: How does a prosecutor get into business with a criminal? Castle: Well, it's hard out there for a pimp.

      Castle's line alludes to the Oscar winning song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the 2005 motion picture Hustle & Flow.