Season 3 Episode 16


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate what it seems to be a robbery-homicide, but while investigating the case they find out that the victim was involved in a mysterious conspiracy.

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  • A good one.

    I've always enjoyed this 2-part episode. But the ONLY thing I dislike was Fallon not even listening to Castle and Beckett's theory. I mean I understood the pressure, so I understood his need of trust in his team and his interrogation of the wife (who I wasn't very convinced of, I'd be crying more than her!), but when they come back you don't even let them explain their theory or assign someone to look into it.

    I'd rather have 2 people look into it and 2 people look into something else, opposed to ignore one possibility and boot 2 people off the task force. You talk about the pressure you're under but you throw people off the task force opposed to give them desk jobs or something.moreless
  • Radioactive, Part 1

    Wow, this is episode was amazing. Castle does another amazing 2 part episode. It wasn't as good as "Tick, Tick, Tick..." and "Boom" but it was still such a good episode. I can't wait for part two of this episode.

    I loved Castle and Beckett locked in the quarintine, becuase they get really personal, which is always a key player in what makes castle amazing. The case was genius, the investagator who was brought in was a total jerk, and the cliff hanger left me in a frozen state, mouth wipe open, and a little drool.

    Overall I think this episode was the bomb! (Ha, get it? Bomb?)moreless
  • Better and better

    Castle just keeps getting better IMHO. This ep kept me glued to the screen through out. Last seasons two parter was epic and I feel that this one will be too. I mean it doesnt give you a hint really in the little guide we get beforehand just how good an ep is going to be. Yes that agent from HLS is a complete idiot and really annoyed me but it brought Castle and Becket a little closer which is always good in my book and that little scene in the tent was magic, I so thought Castle was going to confess all. He looked really mad when he wasn't able to. The whole ep was very serious and its nice to get that once in a while, it was all very dramatic right to the ending, I just can't believe I have to wait a whole week before the next show. Besides, Josh is so gone now, from what Beckett says in this she isnt happy so byebye Joshy!moreless
  • Here it is, this season's two episode long serious case. XD

    Who can forget Tick, Tick and Boom? Well this time we have Setup and Countdown. A nuclear bomb, Beckett's relationship on the rocks, our two heroes trapped in a cold storage compartment, and a two hour time limit. All in all this episode was awesome for one singular reason: growth. We saw a glimpse of Castle (albeit uncomfortably) as a detective when Ryan told him what he usually tells Becket. As I mentioned earlier Beckett's relationship is on the rocks, but adding to that was Castle almost...confessing? And another clandestine work session between Castle and Beckett, and this time it just skipped right to it, no arguments had.

    This episode is a Setup in every way possible. Can't wait to see how this concludes. X) This is more of recap than a review, but really? What needs to be said? The writers outdid themselves on this one.moreless
  • 316

    The first part of what I assume will be a two parter is a bit of a mess. Castle had hit its stride earlier in the season, but lately they have been nothing more than mediocre plots after mediocre plots. This lame attempt at creating real drama could have been seen from a mile away. How about creating a situation where the ending is not so obvious? Do we really believe Castle and Beckett will be trapped in this locker, or whatever it is, for an extended period of time? I doubt it. More filler from Castle, the show that is quickly becoming the Monarch of mediocrity.moreless
Victor Webster

Victor Webster

Josh Davidson

Guest Star

Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

DHS Agent Mark Fallon

Guest Star

Bahar Soomekh

Bahar Soomekh

Nazihah Alhabi

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Lochlyn Munro is the fourth actor from Charmed to guest star on Castle, following Alyssa Milano (season 2's "A Rose for Everafter"), Brian Krause (season 3's Under the Gun) and Victor Webster (season 3 recurring episodes)

    • When Beckett and Castle are placed in quarantine, they retain all of their own clothes and belongings. If they had really been through the decontamination process, they would have showered and their clothes would have been burned.

    • Beckett's badge number has changed from last season. It used to be 41319. Now it is 0334.

    • When Castle and Beckett are questioning the guy from Techno Pro about the surveillance cameras that were installed in the taxi, the song playing in the background is "Move that Ass" by The Page Brothers.
      The same song is heard in episode 3x14 "Luckystiff", when Castle and Beckett go to question The Page Brothers at a recording studio about the murder of a recent lottery winner.

    • The plain white & brown coffee cups usually seen in the opening credits or at the arrival to a murder scene are actually plastic/ceramic thermals not paper cups. The brown heat sleeves are also a fixed part of the cup not a separate cardboard piece. These cups have been used on Castle in multiple episodes, they are a consumer product that saves the prop department the hassle of sourcing new coffee cups and having to fill them because the thermals have a natural weight to them and the actors dont have to try and simulate the weight of coffee; or they can add a weight inside them without having to worry about it deteriorating the cup had it been paper.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Agent Fallon: Mr. Castle. I'd like to thank you for your fine work on this case. However, I can't have civilians on the front lines.
      Castle: It's as though I'm getting a raise and getting fired at the same time.

    • Lanie: He was killed at 11:15.
      Castle: So specific. I'm impressed.
      Lanie: His watch broke when he fell.
      Castle: Ah, you shouldn't have told me. Less impressed.

    • Beckett: Why is it that the thing that attracts you to a person always ends up being that thing that just drives you crazy? I just wish that... I wish that I had someone who would be there for me, and I could be there for him, and we could just dive into it together.

    • Esposito: Everything points to him being popped for cash and car parts.
      Lanie: Not everything, baby.
      Beckett: (whispers) Did you just call him baby.
      Lanie: Ooh, did I?
      Castle: (mouths) you did.

    • Martha: (to Castle) You haven´t heard of the Serenity?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bomba (Bomb)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sympathique" by Pink Martini (Castle meets up with a Syrian diplomat in a Euro-coffee bar)
      "Shake that A$$ (Get On The Floor)" by Jeff Russo (background music when Beckett and Castle interview Craig at Techno-Pro Systems about the video cameras)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 21, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 8, 2011 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: June 22, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany: September 23, 2011 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: May 2, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: December 19, 2012 on JOJ


    • Martha: ( to Castle) You haven't heard of the Serenity?"
      Referencing the starship Serenity from FireFly, a show Nathan Fillon starred in.