Castle

Season 3 Episode 21

The Dead Pool

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 11, 2011 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett must solve the murder of a champion swimmer who had a shot at the Olympics. They need to sort through all the secrets they uncover to find what led to his death. Meanwhile, Castle's poker buddies offer their views on the case.

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  • Magnificent Mystery Writing!!

    9.0
    As a writer, I absolutely LOVED all the alliteration in this episode - they were searching for an Eastern European with a strange accent and Castle kept making guesses about an Elusive Estonian, a Mysterious Moldavian, a Suspicious Serbian and several other Baltic states !! So much fun!! And the poker scene where they honor their "fallen" colleague - hysterical :)
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    6.0
    "The Dead Pool" is yet another disappointing episode of Castle. They resorted to the tired old cliche of issues with an athlete possibly juicing and someone wanting to hold him down. Just got a huge feeling of "been there, done that" while watching this episode. The way things turned out felt as old and hackneyed as the plot itself and there was another really boring "moment" between Castle and Beckett to close things out. They have achieved that "tension" between those two they were seeking awhile ago, but with each of these scenes they seem to make me want to see something between those two less and less.



    Castle is continuing its downward spiral into becoming a generic procedural. Maybe the early renewal hurt the show creatively.moreless
Justin Bruening

Justin Bruening

"Rocket" Rob Tredwyck

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Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Coach Rome

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Brendan Hines

Brendan Hines

Alex Conrad

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Beckett: Because you didn't want him to spend time with me.
      Castle: That is completely...
      Beckett: True?
      Castle: Yes. Fine. It's true. I'm jealous. There. I said it. I-I want you all to myself, and to have you spending time with another writer, that upsets me. And if... if that makes me petty, so be it. Guilty as charged.
      Beckett: Actually, I kinda think it's sweet.
      Castle: You do?
      Beckett: I do. And that's why you don't have to worry about me hanging around with Conrad anymore. From now on, I am a one-writer girl.

    • Castle: (About Alex) After everything I've done for him, he goes and tries to steal my muse.
      Alexis: Muse thievery. What's the punishment for that, five to ten in mythology jail?

    • Castle: What kind of accent? Spanish? Asian? Russian?
      Bridget: Do I look like I work at the U.N.?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Univerzitní šampion (University Champion)

    • Featured Music:
      "Baby Baby Baby" by Make The Girl Dance
      "Liquor Store" by Uncle Lucius

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 11,2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom: July 20, 2011 on Alibi
      Australia: August 15th, 2011 on Channel 7
      Germany: October 28, 2011 on Kabel 1
      Czech Republic: June 6, 2012 on Prima family
      Slovakia: February 6, 2013 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The episode title The Dead Pool is a reference to the 1988 thriller of the same name starring Clint Eastwood as tough detective Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.

    • Richard Castle: I was half expecting moose and squirrel. (responding to Jimmy Lennon at his chop shop)

      This is a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle from the 1950's television show, The Frostbite Falls Review created by Jay Ward and Bill Scott. The two characters soon got their own show Rocky and His Friends on ABC (1959-1961) and then The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show on NBC (1961 to 1973). The scheming villain Boris Badenov always referred to Rocky and Bullwinkle as "moose and squirrel".

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