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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  • 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.