Season 2 Episode 23


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 10, 2010 on ABC
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A robbery-homicide prompts Beckett to invite Detective Demming to assist on the case. The investigation becomes a competition for Beckett's attention as both men race to solve the case.

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  • An alright one.

    disclaimer: my reviews aren't about the episode, you can get that from someone else, mine are just about little things I liked/annoyed me and wanted to rant about.

    I loved how happy Castle looked when Little Castle said "this new detective comes off a bit like doofus, lose him"

    I do agree with Castle though, Kate was being a bit ridiculous about totally disregarding the message to only focus on the books. And inviting Demming in for no reason because they don't do it in the past or the future, so she just did it to have him around.. And he really is a bit of a douche. Keeps making Castle look stupid or something.

    It'd be interesting to see how this turned out in the end, after a trial and see what kind of sentence these guys would get.. who actually killed the victim.moreless
  • Excellent

    Good case. Funny tauntings and man-upping one another. Funny script.
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  • The ongoing tension between Castle, Beckett and Deming escalates tonight, with playful rivalry becoming fierce competition and some heartbreaking moments as Castle senses that this may be one story he can't write the end to.moreless

    The ongoing tension between Castle, Beckett and Deming escalates tonight with playful rivalry becoming fierce competition and some heartbreaking moments as Castle senses that this may be one story he can't write the end to.

    The episode begins with a cleaner discovering the word 'Murdere' (not my typo) written in rather gelatinous looking blood on a mirror and on further exploration, the body of a man who has been bludgeoned to death. We soon find out that the blood is in fact fake and I was actually a little concerned on how obvious that fact was to me (maybe it's time to watch fewer Zombie flicks). The murder victim is the owner of a line of Male cosmetics and the fake blood points to the first of our mandatory pile of suspects. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it's important to introduce the far more prominent source of intrigue; Castle's jealousy towards Demming. This is set up nicely, with an interaction between Castle and his daughter. Alexis has just finished reading the draft of her Father's next book and although her review is glowing, she does have one suggestion that may need addressing. This turns out to be Castle's inclusion of a character called 'Sleming' who we learn, appears out of nowhere and behaves like 'a bit of a doofus'. The writer aggressively scribles out his name and we get our first taste of the not so underlying tension between the writer and the detective.

    Beckett invites Deming to join the investigation, due to the possible significance of some books stolen from the murdered man's room. She seems to thrive on the rivalry between the two men, as they compete to win her affections by scrambling together clues to the case. This leads to some great moments, as Castle gets caught out several times making childish comments under his breath, such as "well he's your boyfriend" and that his lead is "much better than some stolen books". Several pointed looks are exchanged between the men and it's clear that both are aware of the other's agenda.

    This theme continues throughout the episode and swings from harmless teasing, to real moments of poignancy, as Castle realises that his mother's insight that "in life not everything's gonna go your way", may be painfully accurate. Martha's rivalry with a fellow actress acts to mirror Castle's own frustration and he projects some of his anger onto her situation, proclaiming that you should not thank a rival but crush them. This was an excellent way of highlighting his real feelings, which often get lost under his layers of charm and charisma.

    It may be apparent that I have not given much attention to the actual crime, the reason being, that it is totally overshadowed by the developments between the lead characters. Arguably one of the less interesting mysteries, the key suspects are somewhat neglected in the first half of the episode and I found it quite difficult to keep track of who's who. It follows the same formula of the whodunit, where everyone is a possible suspect, but unfortunately it fell into the trap that so many crime shows do, of placing one highly recognisable actor into the mix, one you know will play a more prominent role than at first seems apparent. Fortunately, the case turns out to be a little more involved than 'he/she did it', but I still guessed the killer the first time they appeared on screen.

    The first twenty minutes did feel a little confused and it was difficult to feel invested in the crime mystery, due to that fact that most of the interviews and questioning drew focus towards Castle's facial expressions and glances at Beckett and Deming. I admit that my mind did wander in some of the earlier scenes as the slew of suspects were still being introduced. However, the developments in the case and a greater concentration on some of the characters involved in the murder, lead to far more intrigue and even though the unveiling of the killer was somewhat of an unbelievable scenario, the build up was exciting.


    But the real star of this episode was Castle's jealousy and his realisation that he is losing the battle for Beckett. A slightly more sombre atmosphere, with fewer laughs than usual. These quieter moments are handled perfectly however, with simple glances instead of unnecessary monologues. The case itself is a little too involved for its own good and it was slightly contrived in the end. We all love twists, but this one felt a little forced and unusual (I mean the odds of that scenario actually taking place are incalculable).

    I do like the direction they have taken with Beckett and Castle and respect the writer's hesitation in simply continuing a persistent state of flirting like other shows do, but I am wary that the programme begins to take itself a little too seriously at the expense of its humour and charm. Hopefully, they will continue the slew of one-liners. They were still there tonight, with several digs at Castle's metro-sexuality and it's here that the show and it's characters shine.

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  • Noooooo! Get your grubby paws off our detective, detective!

    I can't bear it! Here's this wonderful, sweet platonic relationship with lots of UST that's been gradually developing and deepening - and in wanders this handsome male version of Kate and apparently sweeps her off her feet!

    I REFUSE to give up on Becket and Castle - they're my OTP in this show, and while the good detective may have charm, skill, a good heart and blah, blah, blah, he's just not going to cut it compared to Castle.

    While I enjoyed the guys grudgingly growing to respect each other, the pain on Castle's face when confronted with The Kiss was just heartbreaking. I don't care how good a match Mr. Staunch Upholder of Law and Order is for our favourite fiery detective - he's just not her ruggedly handsome overgrown man-boy with a heart of gold.

    So there.

    Now drop a piano on Detective Demming.moreless
Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Det.Tom Demming

Guest Star

William R. Moses

William R. Moses

Blake Wilder

Guest Star

Julie Blum

Julie Blum

Lisa Jenkins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • William R. Moses (who played Blake in this episode) and Susan Sullivan (who plays Castle's mother, Martha) were both regulars in Falcon Crest. Their characters on that show were mother and son.

    • When Beckett and Castle are speaking with Natasha Piper, Piper's right arm keeps changing position between shots, from being held up by the chair to down by her side.

    • The motel which the victim, Damian Wilder frequented which was located in New Jersey in the episode is actually the Santa Monica Motel in 2102 Lincoln Blvd.
      Santa Monica, CA 90405.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Castle: Wilder? Damian Wilder?
      Esposito: Yeah, you know him?
      Castle: I know of him. This is a photo from one of his ad campaigns. He, he runs a line of boutique men's skincare products.
      Ryan: You mean, like, bathroom stuff?
      Castle: He has got a toner, totally alcohol-free, fantastic. He's got a shaving cream that is ridiculous.
      Esposito: I'm good with the drug store stuff, man.
      Castle: No, no, no, no, no. Hang on. This stuff will change your life.
      Esposito: It's hot.
      Castle: It's hot.
      Ryan: It's hot?
      Castle: It's hot.
      Ryan: It's hot! How do they do that?
      Castle: Magic of modern chemistry. It's like getting a shave from a barber. Matter of fact, that's the tagline: "Barber in a can".
      Esposito: Huh.
      Ryan: So it's probably expensive, huh?
      Castle: Its 50 bucks a pop, but it's so worth it.
      Esposito: Absolutely.
      Ryan: Totally. Yeah.
      Beckett: Guys... a man has been murdered here.
      Castle: And we are... honoring his legacy.
      Lanie: Huh… It's like, "Sex and the City," only with boys.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jedna vražda nestačí (One Murder Is not Enough)

    • Featured Music:
      "Workin Man's Blues" by Aceyalone
      "Crash & Burn" by Lifehouse
      "You And Me Belong" by Jes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 10, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: May 30, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: February 8, 2011 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: February 23, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany: February 25, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      Finland: March 27, 2011 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: March 31, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: May 4, 2011 on Prima


    • Lanie Parrish: (to Det. Kate Beckett at the crime scene as they watch Castle, Esposito and Ryan talk about a shaving cream product) It's like Sex and the City only with boys.

      References the HBO TV series Sex and the City (June 1998 to February 2004) created by Darren Star with characters from the book by Candace Bushnell.