Season 2 Episode 11

The Fifth Bullet

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 07, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Castle and Beckett investigate an art dealer who is shot in his gallery, but a bullet is inexplicably missing from the crime scene. Following the trail of the missing fifth bullet, the team discovers the only witness - who appears to be suffering from amnesia.

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  • Paintings and fakes

    So another ep where the killer was obvious miles off. But alas so wanted J to be the killer and you know it was heading that way, then again it wouldn't have been much of a mystery. Why the lines about Beckett being a romantic, from her character she isn't just some unfeeling detec, especially since we've seen this over and over in her personal life, as far as her mother is concerned. And the way she must break the sad news to Vic's families, okay that's not romantic but it requires some emotion and feeling from the heart. Not everyone's an "ice hole."

    As for Castle, if he wasn't a romantic, or had some romantic bone in his body, that wouldn't make him a very good mystery writer. Mysteries just aren't about "murder and mayhem" to quote Castle. There are also mysteries of the heart.moreless
  • When an art dealer is found murdered a fifth bullet seems to be missing from the scene until a man walks in with amnesia and the bullet is found in a copy of a Russian novel he is carrying. Eventually all signs point to him as the killer.moreless

    A fun episode with a lot of good feelings to go around. We get to see the warmer side of Beckett and Castle as well as Esposito and Ryan. Also we get to see some family time with Castle and his mother which is very touching. The ice cream bit was cute, but how many people keep eight different tubs of ice cream in their house? Marc Blucas of Buffy fame plays the amnesiac Jeremy Chadwick. What an interesting story and Jay as they called him seemed like such a nice fellow. As Castle said later in the episode when they thought Jay had shot the art dealer, to paraphrase "I could imagine going to jail for murder understanding what I did, but to go and have no idea why or what caused the altercation?"

    Great piece of detective work at the end to really come up with the killer. You'll have to see it to understand. It is interesting that the dog really broke the case in the end! A very entertaining and sappy episode of Castle that one doesn't care if it was sappy. Just good feelings and an enjoyable story. Well acted and written. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • It is a given that there are no "ice holes" on this cast or crew!

    Some of the best one liners ever, roll trippingly off the pens of some really entertaining writers on this series. "Ice holes" should have at least earned one of them a round or two after work THAT day! I'm still laughing.

    I'm glad "J" was not the bad man after all, though I was never really convinced he was. I mean, somebody had to be around to look after the puppy dog! And I'm with "Castle", in writing my own happy ending for Jeremy and his ex-wife...nice touch to give us viewers that liberty.

    Carlo Rota gets around! He's everywhere, between the good guy on "Little Mosque on the Prairie" to the sleezy if not exactly "bad" guy diplomat in this role, to 24...and he's so good wherever he goes.

    Now, my only question of this whole episode is this: would one of Castle's books have saved Jeremy??!! ;o}moreless
Marc Blucas

Marc Blucas

Jeremy Preswick

Guest Star

Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek

Emma Keane

Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Dr. Holloway

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Both Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Marc Blucas (Jeremy) are alumni of Joss Whedon shows. Blucas was a regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for several years while Fillion had a short, but evil, stint on Buffy's last season. He was also the lead in Firefly and played Captain Hammer in Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

    • Jeremy Presswick's apartment building is located in 106th Street, NY, NY 10272 as listed on the Witness Statement of his super.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Castle: Why, Detective Beckett. I had no idea you were a romantic.
      Beckett: I also sleep with a gun. I bet you didn't know that either.

    • Jeremy: An ex-wife that I can't remember.
      Castle: Hey! Some men would consider you lucky.

    • Beckett: He's got asthma. He's allergic to cats. He reads.
      Ryan: And he's good at math and he can't draw. Put it together. He's your average maths athlete with a lot of crap in his pockets.

    • Beckett: Good thing he reads.
      Ryan: Good thing he reads Russian Literature. If the guy was a Nicholas Sparks fan, he'd be dead.

    • Ryan: CSU's re-swept the scene, twice, no sign of our fifth bullet.
      Castle: I'm telling you, ice bullet.
      Esposito: Nah Bro, an ice bullet would still make a bullet-hole.
      Ryan: You mean ice-hole.
      Castle: What did you just call me?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pátá kulka (The Fifth Bullet)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: December 09.2009 on A Channel
      Australia: February 21, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: November 2, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: November 19, 2010 on Kabel Eins
      United Kingdom: December 1, 2010 on Alibi
      Finland: January 2, 2011 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 9, 2011 on Prima

    • Featured Music:
      "All We Need Is Love" by Jenni Alpert,
      "Chin Up" by Amy Stroup


    • Castle: Stephen King wrote stories about bloodthirsty cars and sold millions of copies. I figure, why be limited by logic?

      Castle is of course referring to King's 1983 horror novel Christine, which was made into a film the very same year.