Season 3 Episode 12

Poof! You're Dead

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

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of the owner of a historic magic shop found dead in a Houdini's water torture tank. Meanwhile, Lanie and Esposito are trying to keep their relationship secret and Castle ends his relationship with Gina.

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  • Admissible in court?

    The pretty decent premise was squandered with comical and outlandish inconsistency with real life.

    Random street magician with access to a crap load of military grade high explosives?

    A small business jet being "rigged for remote control" without anyone knowing by a businessman, magician and a mechanical tinkerer?

    Use of psychological torture to extract a confession by a law enforcement officer? -yep, that is totally acceptable and would totally not have gotten Beckett fired and possible charged with assault or abuse of authority.

    Also it seems like the solution to having hack-y episodes is to reintroduce the good ol' "Castle pathetically pinning away for an unavailable Beckett" ploy. . .yay.moreless
  • Really!?

    Ok, could this episode have been more scooby doo!? The footprints leading into a dead end. If you wanted it to be secret, like it was made to be, why would you leave such ovious footprints? Also my grandma was in a wheelchair for 50 years, and they don't leave tracks unless you are booking it, like a skidmark when a car is stoped and then it goes again really fast.

    I love Castle, but come one you can do better then this! This is saturday morning cartoon style, not prime time crime show! Come on Castle, pick up your game!moreless
  • 312

    Castle has become one of my favorite shows recently as it just seems so fresh every week whereas a lot of my other shows feel like they're not even trying anymore.

    That being said, this episode was pretty mediocre in my eyes. Another original premise that I think the show could have done a lot with, but the execution was poor and the fact that we didn't even really get a good conclusion is not something that's going to sit well with me.

    The previews for next week's episode look good, but I was disappointed with this show, especially when I heard such good buzz around it.moreless
  • Great!!

    I LOVE Castle. It is what I think of as "murder lite", with mystery, romance and humor thrown in on most of the episodes. Every once in a while you get a real twist, like Javier and Lanie, and Kate actually showing Castle a little caring. I agree it's great that he broke up with Gina--too many angles--but I liked that Kate didn't rub it in and actually made a quiet exit when she heard him breaking up.

    The flowers at the end were a nice touch, too--something sweet and unexpected, as was her invite to the fast food wagon (or whatever they call it). It's funny, for all their bickering and bantering they DO have these moments of compassion, even tenderness--Castle not only saving Beckett in "Boom!" but showing her a quiet respect for her privacy,even though it was hardly the time: Beckett holding Castle's hand when he realizes that the triple x murderer has let him go just so that Castle can see him kill again and again and torment him: Castle gently pulling Beckett back from her frenzied attempts on lifesaving to find the person who put out a contract on her mother.

    This series is fun BECAUSE it has these diverse emotions and viewpoints.moreless
  • So so murder mystery, but two surprising twists and a magic theme made this episode not only great, but a great intermediary to the next set of episodes.

    As far as the murder mystery part of the episode goes, I have to say that this episode was a tad bit sub par. The three reasons I'm giving this episode a high score are one: Castle and Gina break up, once again returning the show towards the Beckett/Castle romantic chemistry. The two having separate relationships really took away from the show, and although it may have been a necessary break, I'm just glad things are once again progressing towards their romance. The second reason the introduction of Lanie and Esposito as a romance, which gave the show a twist and will add another layer of depth to future episodes. And thirdly the magic, I really liked seeing the entire cast get in on the whole magic theme, seeing Alexis and Beckett perform those tricks made the episode that much more fun.moreless
Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Christian Dahl

Guest Star

Gilles Marini

Gilles Marini

Magician Tobias Strange

Guest Star

Carrie Genzel

Carrie Genzel

Naomi Dahl

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lanie: It took you two long enough! Where were you, Europe?
      Beckett: Traffic.
      Lanie: Girl, you could've used the gumball.
      Castle: (to Lanie) Dressed to the nine's, in a big hurry. So, where are you going and who's the lucky victim?

    • Jerome Asponoff: (after Beckett informs him of Zalman Drake's murder) Justice is served! (slams his fist on the table)
      Castle: When he read your mind, did it take him very long?
      Jerome Asponoff: No.
      Castle: Didn't think so.

    • Beckett: We need to talk to you about Zalman Drake.
      Chuck Russell: (looks surprised) Abracadabra. (disappears from his box in a flash of light and puff of smoke)
      Beckett: (rolls her eyes, walks over to the box, and pulls Chuck Russell out of it) Alakazam, jack ass.

    • Castle: Wonder how Zalman did it. He must have lifted something from Jerome's pocket with a receipt from his weekend of sin.
      Beckett: Like this. (shows Castle his mobile phone)
      Castle: You had your hand in my pocket, and I didn't even feel it? (changing tone) Do it again.

    • Lanie: (about a piece of evidence) Well, maybe this will cheer you up.
      Castle: Old man hair.
      Lanie: White rabbit fur. It came from his teeth and throat.
      Castle: So, he was killed by a rabbit who did not want to be pulled out of a hat.

    • Castle: I can't believe you're letting him just walk out of here. If this was a movie...
      Beckett: It's not a movie, and what am I supposed to charge him with, being a twin?
      Castle: Being an evil twin in a magic murder.

    • Castle: (to Alexis and Martha) You are the picture of a civilized evening at home.
      Martha: And you are a caveman.

    • Castle: Are you kidding me? He has an identical twin who wears glasses! That's the worst disguise since Clark Kent and you believe him??
      Beckett: I have no reason not to – look at him! He's devastated.
      Castle: It's an act! Don't you ever go to movies?

    • Castle: I never pegged you as a magic fan; you know any good tricks?
      Beckett: I do this one thing – with ice cubes.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kouzla a čáry (Spells and Magic)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 10, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 1, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: May 20, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: May 25, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: June 30, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: April 4, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: November 21, 2012 on JOJ


    • Beckett: With any luck Professor X will turn out to be Zalman's mystery client.

      Professor Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero known as the leader and founder of the X-Men and is in a wheelchair.