Season 5 Episode 17

Scared to Death

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2013 on ABC
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    Castle "Scared to Death" Review: Ring Around the Hokey

    Beyond a few good laughs, "Scared to Death" might have been the worst episode of the season yet.

  • Episode Summary

    A "haunted" video seems to have scared a young woman to death and now Castle is convinced he's next after inadvertently watching the cursed video.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • Scared to Death

      The copy of The Ring, preceded by Taken copy weeks back, showed that Castle may be following the suit of Psych these days. Even though the premise was outrageous, the episode was still oddly entertaining in its own right.
    • Back to basics

      After the utter rubbish perpetrated in the name of entertainment that was "Hunt", a welcome return to what made Castle such a great show.

      A grisly corpse (sorry but her face had me chortling, every time I saw her), spooky videos and characters "sparking" off each other.

      The Caskett pairing is being kept on a low key basis, apart from the mention of some "saucy" bedroom pictures and IMHO, that's the way to go until the writers can pull something unexpected out of the hat.

      Although I missed Lanie in this I do love the verbal sparring between Castle and Perlmutter.

      Based pretty much on the "Ring" (BTW, the original Japanese version is waaaaay better than the remake), this was an entertaining 40 minutes of TV with Castle having a minor panic attack after watching the video and Ryan and Esposito acting like a pair of sissies when they wouldn't watch it.

      It was interesting to have Wes Craven on the show in a cameo and it's excellent that some big names are willing to appear on shows like this. I've kinda missed the poker nights, so this was a pleasant surprise.

      Unlike others, I don't usually try to second guess the outcome, so I was slightly surprised at the reveal but over all, I was thoroughly happy with episode.moreless
    • Ringer

      show always impresses me midway through movie, just when you think the show is kinda dull it picks up beautifully and holds you attention to the end, with an added twist to the plot.
    • Awesome show

      Love it
    • So cheesy but Castle always makes me laugh

      Castle is such a child and I love him for that. Aside of that, the sound of Beckett's heart rate up was so cool, it actually made me little. But seriously, I'm hoping for an improvement.
    Alison Trumbull

    Alison Trumbull

    Val Butler

    Guest Star

    Romy Rosemont

    Romy Rosemont

    Nurse Lockhart

    Guest Star

    Brad William Henke

    Brad William Henke

    Mark Heller

    Guest Star

    Arye Gross

    Arye Gross

    M.E. Sidney Perlmutter

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Castle: You remember that, uh, blue porcelain vase you had on your dining room table?
        Beckett: Yeah, the one that the wind blew over.
        Castle: Yeah, about that. I was playing Wii tennis in the living room--
        Beckett: You broke my vase?
        Castle: (pronounces differently) Vase. Vase is acceptable, too.
        Beckett: You know what? You can stop worrying about the spirits getting to you, because I just might kill you myself.
        Castle: Seriously, you want to spend our last day on earth fighting?

      • Wes Craven: (on the phone) Hello?
        Castle: Wes. Hey, it's Rick.
        Wes Craven: Jeez, Rick. It's after midnight.
        Castle: Yeah, sorry. I just, um, I need some advice.
        Wes Craven: Is Stephen King beating you at Texas hold 'em again?
        Castle: Yeah, right. No, but, um, this is actually about your movies. I mean, the name Wes Craven is synonymous with horror. You've made a fortune scaring the crap out of people. My Soul To Take, all the Nightmare On Elm Streets, terrifying.
        Wes Craven: So you called me up in the middle of the night to join my fan club, what?

      • Castle: Okay, does anyone have a better solution? Because we need one, if not for me, at least for Beckett.
        Beckett: Castle, that's so sweet. You want me to outlive you?
        Castle: Of course. Who else is gonna tell my tale of sacrifice and selflessness?

      • Perlmutter: (greets them as they enter the morgue) Ah, Detective Beckett and defective Castle.

      • Beckett: And, Ryan, why don't you take a look at this disc and see ...
        Ryan: Oh, I'm-I'm sorry, what?
        Esposito: Et tu, bro?
        Castle: What did you say about the story being a legend?
        Ryan: Um, well, uh, Jenny and I, we are trying to make a baby, so we're abiding by every superstition in the book.
        Beckett: Okay. Fine. Here, Espo.
        Esposito: Oh, nah. I c... I can't-I can't watch that. If I watch that, it's gonna make my partner out to be a wimp, and I can't have that.
        Ryan: Thanks, bro.
        Esposito: Yeah.
        Beckett: This is so pathetic.

      • Beckett: (while searching the victim's apartment) Did you find anything yet?
        Castle: Yes, a closet with more stilettos than yours. Didn't think it was possible.

      • Castle: Wow. She looks like she's been scared to death, literally.
        Perlmutter: Is that based on your vast medical experience, Mr. Castle?
        Castle: No, based on the fact she looks like an Edvard Munch painting. Really freaky.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Castle: No, based on the fact she looks like an Edvard Munch painting. Really freaky.

        Edvard Munch, born in Norway in 1863, was active as a painter from the 1880's until shortly before his death in 1944. His art was formed by the misery and conflicts of his time and by his own unhappy life. His most famous painting is The Scream which is autobiographical.