Season 3 Episode 14

Lucky Stiff

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2011 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a lottery winner, leaving them with plenty of suspects to look into. Meanwhile, Martha inherits money she feels she doesn't deserve.

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  • A fun, light one.

    I thought Beckett was actually pretty crappy driving his car. If someone just said "they're driving my car" and took my keys, I'd be saying "hell no" espsecially a ferrari! And yeah the undercover scene at the club was pathetic ha. She was very obvious, I mean you're well above the age of most girls in there, this guy who's good at hiding from cops would definitely notice her trying desperately to get his attention.

    Fun episode though, bit light hearted, loved the Butler jokes. I dislike episodes where the guilty person finds the body and act all surprised. No he'd find it, not react but call the cops still.. not like he looked all that upset when they did show up.

    I did kind of like the Butler, him packing up the belongings with the apron and suit and gloves..

    There's still actually no proof that Hixton stole the ticket.. ok the numbers match the neighbour + sons birthday.. but as Ryan said, he'd choose Javi's numbers not his own. So by that logic if something happened to Ryan he MUST have stolen the ticket because the numbers don't suit him? Especially if Hixton is the one that actually purchased the ticket. You see people in vegas, someone else blows on the dice, if I bought one, I may ask my mum "ok give me some numbers", I still bought it, I still played it, someone else helped picked numbers. Hixton (if alive) could just claim he asked his neighbour for some lucky numbers.. there is NO proof it was stolen.

    And I'm sorry Martha should really move out. I know the show won't for the show, but still she is such a mooch! She moves in free of charge, makes little effort to get a job, inherits a million dollars and instead of moving out, she opens a school.. and still doesn't move out!

    I thought the ending was quite sweet though.moreless
  • Murder mystery Castle grade awesome. Character development...heartwarming sweetness.

    Yet another classic Castle episode, so for this reason I won't dedicate this review to the murder mystery aspect of the episode. I will instead focus on the question that Castle badgered Beckett with until it culminated in that heartwarming and squeal worthy last scene.

    The entire episode Castle asked of Beckett what she would do if she won the lottery, and for the entire episode she dodged the question with a coy smile. Yet at the very end Castle gets it, which showed how much he's come to know her. And after a tense answer after the scholarship proposal, we see her open up to him.

    Now I don't know about the rest of the audience but in the past, their relationship's glacial progress was almost painful. Yet with every serious episode they jumped in levels of comfort and intimacy, and with the most recent serious episode it seems that the writer are really pushing towards the two of them finally...going somewhere with their feelings.

    can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • I thought Beckett was going to hand castle his head there..

    8.0 the end. For just a moment, and then in true Beckett form, she smiled an accepted her own personal lottery winnings, in the form of Castle himself! As for Castle: our little boy IS growing up! And nicely too, don't you think?!

    I'm glad the butler didn't do it. That would have been just way too cliche, even for Castle. But didn't "junior", the real bad guy, go from harmless loser-stoner to serious sociopath-stoner by episode's end? **shudder**

    And it was also heart-warming to see Martha go not-too-altruistic on us with her own lottery Nice to see her do something useful with the dough, but nice that a good portion of the diva remained!

    And so, what would I do if I won $117 million dollars? To start, I'd hire someone to type these blurbs on for me...moreless
  • 2/7

    I started watching Castle earlier in the season after being hesitant toward picking it up, but some of the episodes are just average in my eyes, and this was one of them. A very loosely-thrown together plot here (a rich guy shows up dead, various suspects emerge) and the butler jokes got tiring after awhile. I felt as if Castle was trying to be too Tony DiNozzo in this episode, for those that get that reference. I did not like Beckett going under cover at the club either. Way, way too cliched in my mind to pull that.

    Still, the ending did catch me a bit off guard here tonight, and overall it wasn't bad. Just not one of the better episodes of the season.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    After 'Knockdown' I thought that the writers would have to pull something right out of their a***s. This was a great and very consistent episode, it was full of most of the things that we love about this show. Castle and Beckett's chemistry is getting better than it already was at the beginning of the show, Esposito thinking that nobody knew about his fling with Lana. It also had one of the things that I like the most about Castle: his relationship with his mother and daughter, this week particularly with his mother. The case in it of itself was very good, although we've seen better on the show. And how sweet was the ending with Castle going to Beckett's apartment telling her what he would do to honor her mother's name. Again, it was a very good episode indeed.moreless
Ned Bellamy

Ned Bellamy

Logan Meech

Guest Star

Wilmer Calderon

Wilmer Calderon

Marvin "Oz" Osminkowski

Guest Star

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Noreen Hixton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: The key to the Ferrari changes shape. At the apartment Castle holds a key with a flat fob. Later when Beckett tosses Castle the key after parking the car, the key has a thick heart/scuderia shield shaped fob.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Castle: Whoa!
      Looks like you made a serious dent in your surprise inheritance. Is it safe to say there is not an animal print left in any store in New York City?
      Martha: Very funny.
      (after looking at her coat and saying seriously) Probably true.

    • Page Brother: Got out the joint for good behavior. Dude called us up, said he needed a savior.
      Castle: Stop rapping. I'll buy the album.

    • Esposito: Oz, aka Marvin Osminkowski...
      Castle: No wonder he changed his name.

    • Castle: I know it's a long shot, but if we can figure out what these numbers signify, we might be able to find the ticket's real owner.
      Captain Montgomery: I play my kids' birthdays.
      Esposito: I play my firsts... sex and combat.
      Ryan: I play his firsts, too. What? That way, we both win, and it's not awkward.

    • Castle: Money doesn't change who you are. It just magnifies your personality.

    • Esposito: A winery, huh?
      Ryan: Jenny and I visited one on our first vacation together.
      Esposito: $100 mil, and you're gonna become a farmer? The fiancée really has done some damage on you, bro.

    • Esposito: He also bought a house for the clerk that sold him the winning ticket, a mausoleum for his dead neighbor, and 3 acres on the moon.
      Castle: Get outta town. He's right down the crater from me.
      Beckett: Why doesn't it surprise me that you have property on the moon?
      Castle: You know what? Laugh it up. When the earth is a desiccated husk, you will be begging to come live with me in the nectaris basin.

    • Castle: Three cops and a writer, that makes four. You're under arrest so get on the floor.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Smolné štěstí (Unlucky Fortune)

    • Featured Music:
      "Money ($$$)" by Tim Myers
      "Loose" by Benny Blanco & Spank Rock
      "Shake that A$$ (Get On The Floor)" by Jeff Russo

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 7, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 15, 2011 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: June 8, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: July 15, 2011 on SBS 6
      Germany: September 9, 2011 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: April 18, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: December 5, 2012 on JOJ


    • Castle: Either that guy really likes "Avatar"...
      Beckett: Or he's our killer.
      Avatar is James Cameron's Oscar winning 2009 film about a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora, which is populated by a race of blue skinned people, the "Na'vi".