Season 3 Episode 11

Nikki Heat

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 03, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Castle's novel "Heat Wave" is turned into a movie, actress Natalie Rhodes, shows up at Beckett's invitation to better understand the character she's going to play. Meanwhile, the threesome investigate the murder of a high-class matchmaker.

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  • Two Kate's

    This was a good idea having the real Kate and the fake Kate (ok not exactly a fake Kate but a fictional character based on Kate) in the same peramiter together and as we see it's a bad mix. It was really funny seeing Kate exersise Jeliousy from the amount of time Natalie spends with Castle; yeah Kate that no name boyfriend of her's but this Jeliously justifies more that she wants to be Castle's girl. There were even a couple of moments when she almost lost her cool.

    I do like the Natalie character whom is a method actor that might be doing her job a bit too well. Laura Prepon puts on a decent/good performace as the character, even though I felt she lacked a bit of gravitas, which is what held the episode back for a higher score. Eliza Dushchu I felt would of been a better choice, not just from the fact she's a Joss Wheldon alumni (which would make it even more funny since that's what Nathan is as well) but I could see her more as this character. But it was funny seeing how she was imitating the Kate persona, but also actually upstaging Kate which makes real Kate even madder.

    But my favorate moment was of course when Castle demonstrates a proposal to Kate and we see him do it toward her and say those immortal words. I'll admit I thought that moment was sweet because it felt real, in Kate's eyes for a moment she looked like she would consider it. Once again it justifies she loves Castle and wants him. There was even that moment in the end when Natalie explains to Kate that Castle said no to her, as well as some of her observation of the two, so yeah even fake Kate knows those two belong.

  • Castle said "No"!

    That alone rates a 9! And then Becket gets "method acted" all to death, in a manner that would make James Lipton proud. It was fun to see her go from being all excited about taunting Castle, to being totally creeped out by the process of character development. I look very much forward to the episode where the movie actually comes out! I have got to see if on-screen Nikki gets to "do" on-screen Castle (or whatever the book character's name is) and then precisely what Beckett's reaction to that will be!

    And last but not least our little Ryan gets himself engaged. Thankfully, he went with the moment and bended knee to pop the question, and not with the helicopter. Nope. Writers have too much imagination sometimes. I'm glad it was"intimate" as Beckett said. I bet all 40 station house on-lookers thought so too!moreless
  • 1/3

    New year, new Castle and this was definitely an enjoyable episode of the ABC series. When I saw that Laura Prepon was going to be guest starring I was disappointed as her stints on That 70's Show and October Road were terrible, to put it nicely, but she actually did a decent enough job here in shadowing Beckett as an over indulgent method actress. Beckett's reactions to this were quite amusing and had me laughing along the way as I tried to solve the murder with the detectives.

    Great episode here if you need a good drama to watch and one that will provide some harmless laughs along the way. Not the most original storyline, but they did a good job with it tonight anyway.moreless
  • Great episode..

    Laura Prepon was just awesome here. Her playing Beckett was dead on and hilarious.

    At first, I thought she was just gonna be annoying and make Castle feel ignored but as the episode flowed, her impersonation just upstaged the Kate and even the case for that matter.

    Don't forget the exchange between Kate and Natalie: "Is Castle gay haha.. funny and really laughable moment. Natalie was very cunning with her comments to a point where Kate didn't know what to say.

    Anyways, the case was secondary here. Laura Prepon as Natalie, the actress totally stole the spotlight and we hope Castle delivers more episodes like this one.

  • Castle poposes

    This was a great episode. Castle annoyed by the seemingly empty headed actress playing his favorite character was a nice twist to the story. Laura Prepon was great at going from empty headed to great impersonation to creepy imitation. It was funny to watch Castle being annoyed by her, then thinking she's absolutely awesome finally being really crept of by her.

    This was a very important milestone in the Castle/Beckett relationship since it made them both realize what they mean to each other. When Beckett was jealous of him being smitten by the "imitation" finally when she learned that he said "no". But the most important moment was when Castle demonstrated how to propose, and showed the ring to Beckett. After he said "Will you marry me" it rather looked like they both considered it for a couple of seconds. Which reminds me when they were reading the letters the prisoner wrote to his girlfriend, Castle reads "I love you", and it looked real. Well, it was real.

    The case itself how ever interesting with clever twists only played second fiddle to the character development story fro both Castle and Beckett, and it seems they seem finally to form those thoughts about each other, that were obvious for us, the viewers, for a long time now.moreless
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Melody Thomas Scott

Tonya Wellington

Guest Star

Thomas Calabro

Thomas Calabro

Scott Donner

Guest Star

Stephen Macht

Stephen Macht

Bill Wellington

Guest Star

Juliana Dever

Juliana Dever

Jenny Duffy-O'Malley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • GOOF: Right after Castle holds up the ring and asks Beckett "Will you marry me?" you see Ryan's hand reach in to take the ring back. Then, they switch to a side view and Ryan reaches for the ring again.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Esposito: (Beckett, Castle, and Ryan are spying on Natalie) What are you guys doing?
      Ryan: Hiding from creepy Beckett.

    • Castle: (Looking at Natalie dressed as Beckett) Just like I had dreamed it.
      (Looking at Beckett) Did I say that out loud?

    • Castle: (Talking about the divorce file) Do you have copies of that file?
      Ryan: I have copies of everything.

    • Natalie: Is Castle gay?
      Kate: (spit-take) I'm sorry? What? No. No.
      Natalie: Then you two are an item, but you're sworn to secrecy, right?
      Kate: No we are not an item. Why?
      Natalie: Last night, I invited him back to my place, and he said something to me that I have never heard from a man before.
      Kate: What?
      Natalie: (Seriously) No.
      Kate: (Surprised) No?

    • Ryan: We really should have a code word so we all know which Beckett to kill when her clone army attacks.
      Beckett: Unless we make a preemptive strike.

    • Beckett: (spying on Natalie) Do I really do that?
      Castle: Yes. And it's adorable.
      Beckett: If it's so adorable, why didn't you sleep with me? Her me, not "me" me.
      Castle: Oh. Well, a fictional character that I wrote, based on you, played by Natalie Rhodes? That's just... way too meta.

    • Beckett: (about Natalie) She took my coffee, Castle.
      Castle: It's just coffee.
      Beckett: (panicked) Then what's next, my soul? Everything I do, she does. Even when I'm thinking, I can feel her in my head, like some kind of a brain-eating parasite from one of her movies.
      Castle: (calmly)She's a dedicated actress. She just wants to do a good job.

    • Beckett: Are you doing... me?
      Natalie: I'm just working on your posture. You know, it changes depending whether you have a suspect or not.
      Beckett: Really?
      Natalie: Like I said, getting inside your head. When I'm done, I'll do you better than you.

    • Beckett: Well, you can't judge a book by its cover.
      Castle: Yes. Actually, yes, I can, when it's my book. And she's a civilian. I mean, aren't you afraid she's gonna get in the way and mess up the case?
      Beckett: You're kidding, right?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Ryan: We really should have a code word so we all know which Beckett to kill when her clone army attacks.

      A clone army appears in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where Boba Fett, the template of the clone army, is killed by Jedi Master Mace Windu during the Battle of Geonosis.

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