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.

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    • Outstanding episode, but the ending missed and left an opening for . . .

      Like all the other reviews, I must agree about this being one of the best episodes. In fact, it got me to visit and get one of the seven Nikki Heat by Richard Castle books. Just something about how Richard Castle writes (verses the TV series), which reminds me of this episode.

      As for the ending, the writers missed it, and SHOULD / MUST revisit this before the series end.

      SPOILER, but given how long ago, I feel safe talking about it now.

      The episode ends with Beckett and Castle walking off agreeing the Blue Butterfly was paste, but what if there were two of them. There are two reasons for two of them:

      1) Many people have copies made to protect the original. Given how much protection the owner gave it, well, would he do the same for paste?

      2) After the original went missing, maybe the owner had the fake made because he couldn't bear to have people know it wasn't there. Yet, the strain of worrying about the original is what took his life (heart attack). People didn't put two plus two together, because they thought . . .

      Remember: Stan came up from the office with the Blue Butterfly. He didn't come from the alleyway with it (from behind the brick). Also the Blue Butterfly the police tested came from the murderer's home, which is the one Stan found in the office.

      As for Joe and Vera, they (most likely) thought the owner (Tom D) found it in the alleyway, but in reality he had the copy made. As they were hiding, they wouldn't know about the copy.

      So what about the future? Well, there are many ways to lead the viewers back to this story, such as a body . one of the guys who guarded Vera OR another treasurer hunter who felt Beckett and Castle got it wrong). Hmmm, his death and her involvement however slight MIGHT make her running for office difficult, thus they (Beckett and Castle) become involved. I put it this way, as how knows where the series is going with her maybe going into politics (AT THIS TIME). I do believe she will given the time travel episode with the coffee stain.

      Anyway, this discussion is yet additional proof about the greatness of this episode. As one sign of a great story is when the reader keeps taking, thinking, and imagining / exploring its past and/or future.

      Only one last thing to add to this review. A big and public thank you to the writers, producers, and actors for an enjoyable hour (well 40 minutes or so) of television! THANK YOU!! :-)

    • 40s jazz club

      This was the most creative episode ever. Nice job writers!
    • 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
    • Great, good fun!

      Everyone involved in preparing this feast for the lovers of nostalgia positively outdid him- or herself. Writers, actors, musicians, producers, photographers, and editors of all facets obviously operated at the top of their form, and probably had a rollicking good time doing so.

      Lanie the sensuous nightclub singer, Ryan the plucky Irish mobster, Esposito the silken Cuban tough guy marvelous. Alexis the brightly malevolent avenging Fury with the southern accent, Martha the bossy, almost-motherly secretary with the New York twang superb (and obviously savoring every second of breaking their previous molds in such a witty and delightful fashion). As the series has progressed, we have seen each actor portray an impressive range of emotions; we already knew that they excelled at bringing their characters to life but we've seldom seen them having so much fun in the process!

      Beckett and Castle, fluid as their characters can be, threw themselves into their 1940s roles with readily noticeable zest hard-boiled detective is PERFECT as a doppelganger for Castle the novelist, his multiplex awareness already established: even in the midst of action, Castle is watching himself AND writing, mentally, the narration of that action. The lovely, magnetic woman of mysterious depths, with a touch of tragedy, blooms naturally from the woman whom Beckett already is, and blends well with the woman she is becoming as she gradually lets down her many barriers and allows herself care for Castle.

      Although the plot itself contained several "guessable" twists, the overall conception and the manifest talents of the ensemble cast made this episode among the most thoroughly delightful of the series to date. Encore!


    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)