Season 4 Episode 14

The Blue Butterfly

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 06, 2012 on ABC
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  • Episode Summary

    In order to solve the current murder of a treasure hunter, Castle and Beckett must first solve a 1947 homicide that involved a hard-boiled private detective.

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • 40s jazz club

      This was the most creative episode ever. Nice job writers!
    • Pretty good but with some problems.

      Overall, a very good episode with some neat twists and turns that I didn't see coming.

      However, as I've said in other reviews, the writers are getting lazy. They simply expect viewers to "fill in the blanks" and don't bother to get it right.

      ***Spoiler alert***

      The "Good"!

      Everything in the 1947 setting was done very well (with one exception below), with lavish sets in the Pennybaker club and costumery spot on.

      Alexis was great as the elfin faced Moll out for revenge.

      Castle trying to get Ryan to say "boyo" was hilarious.

      Lanie has a pretty good singing voice (not that good, so don't let her release an album on the strength of it. Sorry!).

      Excellent storyline with fine twists and turns. I certainly didn't see the old couple being the older versions of the 1947 characters, although it DID fit well.

      The "Bad"!

      If Ryan's life depended on an Irish accent, he'd be extremely dead. That accent was laughable and I did. Laugh that is.

      The "Ugly"!

      American "Political Correctness" gone mad!!!

      In an era when ABSOLUTELY everyone smoked, what was the point of Vera's character being a cigarette girl, as no one and I do mean NO ONE in the club was smoking? That club, in the time, should have been a veritable fog of cigarette and cigar smoke. Dear God, there weren't even any ashtrays on the bar or tables.

      C'mon people, if you're going to do it, at least do it right.

      Oh, and as a final aside, to give the diasgree squad something to go for, I've finally found out where Stana Katic's lost weight has gone!

      It seems to have tranported to Nathan Fillians chest and chin.

      That's a fair old pair of manboobs Fillian is developing and I'm sure there's an extra chin or two appearing, as well.

      For God's sake, surely he can afford a Stairmaster and I'm pretty sure somebody could take Ms. Katic out and force feed her five or six thousand calories a day.

      In evidence I present these two photos from the episode gallery on this website;

      From "Home is where the heart is" a couple of years ago;

      From this episode;
    • So good I had to watch it twice.

      Nothing says how good an episode is than to hear that it was so good it had to be watched more than once. This has to be the best episode of the past 2 seasons. I loved how they would flash from past to present & the dialog was fit for an Emmy.
    • nice one

      one of the best episode in the show
    • Flashback

      This is one I've been waiting a long to happen and my wait has paid off in full, this is another of my favorate episodes of the show. I'm a fan of the noir genere it was one of the first generes I ran into when I was a kid so this episode was a treat for me. It does the same thing as the "Flashback" episode "Magnum P.I." once did where they take all the key characters from the show and transition them into the 1940's decade where the Noir/Mystery genere was born, and it fit like a glove for "Castle".

      It was just great seeing the setting, the common cleches like in one scene Castle states that the couple fell in love in just five days, I find that funny because it's true the couples in most Noir stories always do. But it was just a joy seeing both Kate and Castle in the contemporary roles of the genere, I like how there were different but slightly the same at the same time.

      Castle playing the hard boiled detective doing the narration as things happen down to his charisma. And Kate playing the femme fatale, a beauty that you can't help but fall in love with, mysterious, seems to be a good girl just mixed in with danger. The chemestry with the alternate versions of Castle and Kate is great and strangely found myself carring because it just simply feels right you want both of them to make it. I also can't help but feel that it's also kinda a forshadowing as to where the relationship of both Castle and Kate will head in the future once we find out what happened with the alternate versions.

      Sometimes the future can be found in the past.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Castle: (talking about what he read in the journal about the secret safe) It happened backstage, right upstairs. They were stealing a moment together, which was dangerous because she was Dempsey's girl. As they stared into each other's eyes, Kate's heart quickened...
        Kate: Did you just say Kate? Are you picturing the PI as you and me as a gangster's moll?
        Castle: What?! No! And I didn't say Kate, I said fate. Fate's heart quickened. I was being poetic. God. Anyway...

      • Beckett: And?
        Castle: And...that's it. That was the last entry in the diary.
        Beckett: What do you mean, that's it? What happened to Joe? What happened to Vera?
        Castle: I don't know.
        Beckett: Well, why would you tell a story when you don't know the ending?
        Castle: If you wanted a beginning and a middle and an end, I have 27 novels you can choose from.
        Beckett: Ugh!

      • Castle: Um, Beckett? Can I take this home for the night? I mean, it might be the key to what Stan was looking for.
        Beckett: You just want to read it because you think it's cool.
        Castle: Yeah, well, that, too.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Featured Music:
        "Comes Love - Unreleased" by Tamala Jones - Arranged by Robert Duncan (Betsy Sinclair (Lanie) belts out this version in the Pennybaker Club via a 1947 flashback, Joe (Castle) watches Betsy sing, backstage at the club as Joe & Vera talk while Betsy & band are heard in background)
        "I Can't Give You Anything But Love " by Louis Armstrong (victrola plays this song in Jerry's apartment, in the club with Louis Armstrong performing, back to apartment)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: February 6, 2012 on CTV 2
        Australia: May 6, 2012 on Channel 7
        United Kingdom: June 6, 2012 on Alibi
        Germany: September 28, 2012 on Kabel 1
        Czech Republic: December 5, 2012 on Prima family
        Serbia: January 5, 2013 on FOX

      • International Episode Titles:
        Czech Republic: Pípad lovce poklad (Case of the Treasure Hunter)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)