Castle

Season 3 Episode 4

Punked

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 2010 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a young mathematician killed with a 200-year-old bullet, this makes Castle's imagination roll giving out some crazy ideas about a time-travel killer.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A Blast from the past

    9.0
    A theme episode, one which Castle is famous for. Without giving too much away, the fun begins with a 200 year old bullet. When a genious mathematician is killed by a gun and a 200 year old bullet the duo end up at a very unique place which puzzles them even more. Unfortunately that is all I can say because it's more fun to watch it than wirte about it. Nevertheless, I like how Castle tackles different themes each season and how imaginative the writing is. Here, there is a duel, an unexpected killer and a blast from the past (Back to the Future anyone?!). Javier's accidents are as funny as hell and Ryan's reactions to them is even funnier. Have fun and enjoy it.moreless
  • The Castle Rollercoater Continues!

    8.0
    The season three premiere was awesome, then the second episode was at best "ehh", they third episode was amazing, and then this was down again, so does this mean that the next episode is going to be the loopdy loop.



    Now, This episode was ok, but it was overly ridiculous. I love Castle, and it was still a good episode in, but it was just not realistic at all. The 1800's, the deal, the out-ladish coustumes, the shout out to Firefly. It seemed more like an episode of Scooby Doo. Other wise I love Castle! Here's hoping you get better next week! :)moreless
  • My first time watching this show.

    6.5
    I decided to check out Castle tonight for two people guest starring, Eden Riegel from The Young and the Restless and Ken Baumann from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Both were on screen for about a combined two minutes.



    But I actually liked the rest of the show. It is easy to draw comparisons between this show and The Mentalist, but I think Castle and Beckett's chemistry is just as strong as Jane and Lisbon's, if not stronger. The "time traveling killer" line had me in stitches, but then again I have always been a Nathan Fillion fan. So, I actually liked the show. It is fresh, it is different. I definitely may check it out again.moreless
  • Still great but in need of a little pick-up!

    7.0
    While Castle remains a fun and engaging show, the episode "Punked" was no where near the best. The episode, promoted as being about a steampunk society, featured very little of the actual steampunk characters. This felt like a bit of a waste--the characters in the costumed party could have been expanded on and used in more interesting ways. The team dynamics are still good and Castle and Beckett are full of their usual charm and wit, but something is beginning to lack. So far the season has been fairly dry. Every episode (except the premiere) has been strictly about the case. There hasn't been a lot of character exploration. I'd like to know more about the background characters, namely Espesito and Ryan. Also, I'd like more Castle/Beckett moments. I know the producers are playing a will-they-won't-they game, but they can't hang their audience completely out to dry. The audience needs little looks and moments to nibble at while they wait for the inevitable hook up. In a shorter summary, more action, more romance, more backstories!moreless
  • Not my favourite episode...

    8.5
    ...as far as the case itself goes, but the background character details were fun, as always.



    The whole sub culture, play dress-up from another time thing was a stretch for me to care about. Except the kid-who-would-be-culprit did do a fantastic job of setting up the almost perfect crime. I did like that twist, though you would have thought that if he could plan that, he could at least go to the park NOT in his own costume; knowing of course that most criminals do leave some evidence behind.



    Another treat: Muse Watson (aka 'Mike Franks' on NCIS) as the Yosemite Sam wannabe! However, on the comic relief side, the Esposito injuries were a hoot in good, old style slapstick kind of way, and once again Alexis keeps her dad on his toes. Though Beckett also managed to just throw a wrench into Castle's life once again...maybe. Or maybe not. Or maybe...moreless
Victor Webster

Victor Webster

Josh Davidson

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Eden Riegel

Eden Riegel

Rachel Goldstein

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Ramon De Ocampo

Ramon De Ocampo

Owen Peterson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Continuity error: When Beckett and Castle are talking to Ryan in the coffee room, Beckett's coffee cup handle keep changing directions.

    • Victor Webster (Josh Davidson) is the third "Charmed" star to guest star on Castle. Alyssa Milano appeared in the season 2 episode "A Rose for Everafter" and Brian Krause appeared in the episode previous to this one, "Under the Gun".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Castle: (to Beckett) So I wear boxers, what do you wear? Thong? Cheekies? I told you mine! Bloomers? Granny-panties? Commando?!

    • Beckett: Your real problem is that girls who adore their daddies usually end up marrying guys just like them.
      Castle: They do?

    • (Talking about Castle's "Smorelet")
      Castle: Aha. I knew you'd reconsider. It's kind of like David Hasselhoff. First you're repulsed, but then, strangely, you're drawn in.
      Alexis: No. Still repulsed.

    • Castle: How do you know when you're in love?
      Beckett: All the songs make sense.

    • Lanie: Based on the amount of it (referring to rust), I'd say that bullet is 200 years old.
      Castle: A 200-year-old bullet can only mean one thing. Time-traveling killer.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Subkultura (Subculture)

    • Featured Music:
      "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Nitzer Ebb
      "Me You And Watson" by Alec Ounsworth

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 11, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: February 27, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: March 18, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: March 30, 2011 on Alibi
      The Netherlands: May 5, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: February 8, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: September 26, 2012 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Castle: Well, do you think D'Andre the giant was telling the truth when he said he found the wallet in the grass??
      André René Roussimoff was a French born pro-wrestler turned actor nicknamed Andre the Giant.

    • The Steam-Punk Sleeve (Arm) Castle is wearing is near identical to the sleeve worn by Steam-Punk author G.D. Falksen.

    • Beckett: He does kinda look like Yosemite Sam.
      Yosemite Sam is an American animated cartoon character from the Looney Tunes. He is commonly depicted as an extremely grouchy gunslinging prospector or cowboy with a hair-trigger temper and an intense hatred of rabbits, particularly Bugs Bunny.

    • Esposito: Why did he go all Hulk Hogan on me?
      Hulk Hogan is the ring name of Terry Gene Bollea. He's one of the most popular American professional wrestlers.

    • Ryan: Photo on the license matches Captain Underpants here.
      Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey is a series of American children's books about two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, and the aptly-named superhero they accidentally create by hypnotizing their principal, Mr. Benny Krupp.

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