Season 3 Episode 20

Slice of Death

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 2011 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When a reporter is found dead inside a restaurant's pizza oven, Beckett and Castle go to work on solving the case. They must figure out if his story "The Pizza Wars" is what got him killed or if there's something more to the story.

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  • Punch that bitch.

    It is a bit of a silly episode with all the different Pizzeria's but it did have a good story in the end I suppose.

    I felt for Alexis a bit in this one, I can understand how it feels to be humiliated like that and I had to tell my mum numerous times throughout school not to call because of a bully, that's even worse. What a pathetic friend though, dis-inviting someone just to get at her boyfriend? You think he'd like you for showing how bitchy you are. I loved Castle saying "bitch" and then covering his mouth. But she is a conniving bitch, and it was warranted.

    Beckett kind of annoys me when she dismisses the pizza shops.. like they have a history of wanting to destroy the other shop, but she refuses to look into it. But in the case like Castle's friend with the dead father, she would get major tunnel vision.. she can be a bit badly written sometimes I think.

    I liked them bringing up "Spolano" crime family, that was the family back in the episode with the plastic surgeon and FBI.

    Yeah you go Alexis! You punch that crazy bitch. Fighting and violence isn't the answer, but really this chick seems absolutely crazy! You sexually assaulted some guy who has a girlfriend, then post it online!

    I thought Monica's involvement was pretty good. The similarity with Dante and the prostitutes is quite high, but I don't care. It's still a different story and that's all that matter. I can't believe complain in 10 seasons of Criminal Minds that "Oh god they already had a bank robbery episode, so lazy" like I'm sure in 10 years they'll deal with it more than once! So this episode is legit enough for me that it's not lazy or copying.

    And hells yeah to it being Sal in the end. He was a dick.moreless
  • I Guess You Can get Anything on a Pizza Now-a-days!

    Ok first off I want to star by saying this episode showed me my favorite and least favorite parts of Castle! My favorite is Castle's outlandish theories of how the people are murdered, and the thing I've started to get annoyed with is how in like every episode Laney calls, Kate answers the phone and goes "Beckett" and then her and Castle are suddenly in the morgue.

    Now to the episode: I thought this was sort of ridiculous. Like really? A drug dealing pizza place, that's as bad as the episode of CSI: NY with the food truck that is really a pimp! But this was only an 8 by me, because it's Castle, and even though it's corny. It was well written.moreless
  • 4/4

    Another so so episode of Castle here. I guess two good episodes in a row left me a bit spoiled and we were overdue for another disappointing installment. Usually I don't like the Castle and Alexis scenes, but I have to say that they were probably the highlight of the episode here today. Seeing her struggles and his reactions turned out to be good TV. But the actual case this week was a letdown in my eyes. Just some stereotypical shots at NY area Italians and the "twist" of the female you don't expect being responsible for it all...yawn.

    Okay episode, nothing to rave about though.moreless
Gary Basaraba

Gary Basaraba

Ralph Carbone

Guest Star

Peter Onorati

Peter Onorati

Sal Malavolta

Guest Star

John Ciccolini

John Ciccolini

Vinnie Delfino

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: During the investigation where the victim's cellphone is recovered, it can be seen that the mobile phone is an iPhone. It can be seen that Det. Beckett is wearing black leather gloves when she is scrolling through the photos on the iPhone. The iPhone uses a capacitive touchscreen that responds to finger touch. Gloves such as leather ones don't work on the screen.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Castle: I should've gotten involved much earlier.
      Beckett: Why? Lauren would've still found a way to make Alexis' life miserable.
      Castle: Lauren isn't a criminal mastermind. She's just a teenager.
      Beckett: Ah, Castle, never underestimate the power of a woman on a mission.
      Castle: No, I don't. And I have the alimony checks to prove it.

    • Nick: All three of them, they're thieves. They live off our name, and they're not even real Nicks. I'm the only real Nick.
      Castle: And your real name is Ralph.
      Nick: Exactly.

    • Castle: It's just... every instinct in my body is telling me to protect her.
      Beckett: Yeah, but when it comes to teenagers, not even you can protect her. Alexis is gonna have to deal with backstabbers her whole life. But she's intelligent enough to rise above all of that.
      Castle: I don't know. She looked like she was ready to commit murder.

    • Beckett: You had lots of imaginary friends growing up, didn't you?
      Castle: Still do.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Smrtící pizza (Deadly Pizza)

    • Featured Music:
      "Burn It Off" by Blues Explosion
      "Anchor of Love" by Lindsey Ray

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 4, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom: July 13, 2011 on Alibi
      Australia: July 31, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: October 21, 2011 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: May 30, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: January 30, 2013 on JOJ


    • "Cavallo" appears to be an allusion to to Keyser Söze in the 1995 Bryan Singer-directed film The Usual Suspects (which, like this episode, has a noir influence). Both Cavallo and Keyser Söze are legendary, ruthless crime kingpins who no living person has ever seen and who some think to be an urban legend.