Season 2 Episode 13

Sucker Punch

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate the death of an Irish mobster, but while on the case they uncover what may be an international drug smuggling operation, as well as the killer may be involved in the murder of Beckett's mother.

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  • Recently got into Castle. All episodes are good but this blew my mind. So unexpected as well as it was in the middle of a season. FANTASTIC though, spoilers inside...

    This was an outsanding episode. From the moment Laney said that the case might be connected to Beckett's murder I was engulfed into the episode. I love how they have used this subtle story in the background and brought it to the forefront of a random case in a random episode.

    So many twists as well, in this. I was feeling really tense when they got to the parking lot as arranged thinking the killer would be unveiled finally, but to have Richard as the hitman? PERFECT twist, and something I really did not pick up on; him saying "her killer".

    Great episode that had me in tears by the end, of sadness and frustration to the fact that Kate was so close but lost him.

    Genuis writing, really is.moreless
  • riveting. finally some info. and major progress on Beckett's mom's killer.

    ... and in the climax, there's certainly another strong hint of how Beckett feels about Castle.

    Loved the fact you got to meet Kate's father... and clearly Castle will do anything to help Kate.

    We also really got to see a more emotional side of Beckett and how well Stana's acting abilities are.

    Not gonna say anymore... but one of the top 5 episodes of Castle so far in my opinion. This one of course had a very dramatic and serious tone to it.

    There wasn't a whole lot on the romantic front... but this is expected, we're only in January, we still have February and May ratings sweeps. :>

    Last but not least, did anyone catch the who in real life inspired Johnny Vuong? Go to YouTube and search for 'Tom Vu'... and be prepared to laugh at how silly yet effective this guy was at taking people's money...moreless
  • While investigating the death of an Irish mob enforcer, Castle and Beckett discover the killer is the same person who killed Beckett's mother ten years earlier. With Castle and the force behind her, Beckett tries to solve this case and her own mothers.moreless

    A very strong episode with a great storyline as we learn a little more about what happened to Beckett's mother. The only negative comment I could make is that the epsiode just seemed a little rushed at the end. We receive a certain amount of satisfaction, but not completely.

    Some very interesting characters are invovled this week and no one seems to ever be what they seem. They meet a Irish Mob Boss that wants to rid his neighborhood of drugs. A real estate entrepeneur who turns out not to be anything like the character he portrays. A philathrapist who builds schools in Afganistan and has a very different past and present.

    Tamala Jones as the ME does an excellent job again as the concerned friend who wants to find out the truth for Beckett. I have enjoyed the episodes where we have seen more of her character. Also I think the rest of the cast is great and it is a joy to watch them all.

    Castle and Beckett have some moments and you can see the relationship growing. I have to say I really enjoy these two together. The reason I think it works is they are truly equals so there is no rush for anything to happen. We are just playing the game right now. Maybe in the fourth or fifth season something serious will happen between them.

    Another solid episode in this strong sophomore season of Castle. The ratings have been stellar for the show the last two weeks since it's back from the winter break. I think we'll be seeing this show on the air for some time. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • This episode continues the most realistic portrayal of a relationship on television, in my eyes, and the we get some ending to Beckett's mothers killer.

    The one thing about this show that I love is the mature way of handling the evolving relationship between Castle and Beckett. It isn't one of the many and thousands of will they/won't they every week, it's more of a can they, over time, finally move into a relationship. This episode did an amazing job, especially with the reveal that Beckett's mother's killer was within grasps.

    The story was pretty interesting, introducing us to some organized crime families that can always bring about interesting tales of loyalty and federal government involvement.

    The ending was very surprising and I could understand Castle's feelings for what he did, but when Beckett cleared it up with her little secret, all was OK. And that was where the relationship aspect really shinned.

    But really, this professional, ruthless killer comes up with such an cockeyed plan as that? In the end, it didn't really matter as much.moreless
  • Amazing episode with crucial series development and outstanding acting. Left me in tears by the end!

    Wow. . . What an episode. I really don't know where to start. In terms of the show, I think this is one of the best episodes yet. Which is saying something because this show is regularly excellent anyway. This episode has some really crucial character development, mainly for Beckett (Played by Stana Katic who is outstanding in this episode!) The relationship between Castle and Beckett is also developed, with a really nice scene between them at the end of the episode, which I found the most emotional of the episode. I must admit it left me in tears, which is truly saying something!moreless
James Cosmo

James Cosmo

Finn Rourke

Guest Star

Jay R. Ferguson

Jay R. Ferguson

Dick Coonan

Guest Star

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Dr. Clark Murray

Guest Star

Scott Paulin

Scott Paulin

Jim Beckett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • GOOF: The SIM card of Jack Coonan is damaged so they are missing the last to digits of the last number he called. Rick Castle then says: "Well, that's 99 possibilities." This is incorrect, because you have 100 possibilities: the digits 00 to 99.

    • Johnny Vong appears to have been inspired by the real life 80's infomercials by Tom Vu.

    • The address of the New York FBI Office is listed on the call list as 2700 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10037, but the New York FBI Office is actually located in 26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
      New York, NY 10278-0004.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Castle: Do you know why I choose you as my inspiration for Nikki Heat?
      Beckett: No. Why?
      Castle: Because you are tall. (Beckett smiles) Now go in there and do your job.

    • Beckett: Castle, these Westies can be pretty rough, so you sure you don't want to stay in the car?
      Castle: No way!
      Beckett: Okay. Keep your mouth shut...and try to butch up a little.

    • Beckett: This guy was armed and ready. Whoever got him was very, very good.
      Castle: Ninja assassin!
      Ryan: Ninja assassin? Isn't that kinda redundant?
      Esposito: Aren't all ninjas, by definition, assassins?

    • Castle: I overstepped. I came down here to say that I was sorry and that I'm through.I can't shadow you anymore. If it wasn't for me...
      Beckett: If it wasn't for you, I would've never found my mom's killer. And someday soon, I'm gonna find the sons of b*tches who had Coonan kill her. And I'd like you around when I do. And if you tell anyone what I'm about to say, there's gonna be another shooting, but I've gotten used to you pulling my pigtails. I have a hard job, Castle, and having you around makes it a little more fun.
      Castle: Your secret's safe with me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rána pod pás (Hit Below the Belt)

    • Original International Airdate:
      Canada: January 18,2010 on A Channel
      Australia: March 7, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: November 16, 2010 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: December 15, 2010 on Alibi
      Germany: January 7, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      Finland: January 16, 2011 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: January 20, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: February 23, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "The End" by Pearl Jam


    • Officer Clayton Lee: We who are about to die, salute you.

      De Vita Caesarum, commonly known as The Twelve Caesars, records a mock battle in which the contestants turned to Emperor Claudius and said "Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant" which means "Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you." Variant wording records it in the singular, "We who are about to die, salute you."

    • Beckett: Don't honk Deep Throat, you'll spook her.
      Deep Throat refers to the pseudonym given to the Watergate informant, which in itself was an allusion to a controversial porn film at the time.

    • Johnny Vong may be an allusion to a similar character named Le Xuan Duc (aka "Lenny Duke") on an episode of The Pretender titled "Collateral Damage." Both characters use fake southeast Asian accents on infomercials selling videos about getting rich quick. They also both use lines in their infomercials about coming to America in a boat and now being wealthy enough to own a boat.