Season 5 Episode 19

The Lives of Others

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2013 on ABC
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    Castle "The Lives of Others" Review: All the World's a Stage

    Castle's 100th episode was a simple, sweet celebration of the character and the series. It was also an excuse for the show to go full Hitchcock in a cheeky, goofy tribute to the late, great master of suspense.

  • Episode Summary

    Castle's stuck in the loft with a broken leg as Beckett investigates an IRS agent's death. Bored and unhappy, Castle spends his time looking out the window where he thinks he's seen a young woman murdered.

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    • Rear Window

      Definitely one of the best of the series. The interaction between Castle and Beckett is great. Great storyline, great acting and mazing ending. I can't watch it enough!!
    • Clever!

      Hot damn.. I had been missing all my castle dose lately, and wow. I just watched this episode and I'm blown away. This is by far my first review to my most favorite show on TV, and I have to say that this is the best I've ever seen yet on Castle. How I wish Castle episodes would be like this every week, but I know that would be asking too much on Castle's writers. Kudos to all the writers!! You've done a great job. Ya'll deserve to open a bottle of champagne :) And oh, I love Castle and Beckett's character build up. I know that Caskett have both not been showing too much affection lately in a very romantic way like we saw on the first episodes of this season, and there were some held back expressions, body languages, and what-not. However, in this episode, it's like a flash of lightning bolt just occurred and this is truly one of the episodes that I've been wanting to watch and truly been missing lately on Castle. Again Kudos to all the cast! :)moreless
    • WOW!!!

      There were just one little tiny point I was mad about... I didnt expect the end :D

      One of the best episodes ever!!! Defenetly the best of this season (second place: ryan undercover

      Go on like that!
    • Amazing Episode!

      The ending of the episode was amazing...... I wouldn't have ever thought that they tricked Castle! The part when Beckett sits on Castle's lap and he rolls into the bedroom was so cute! You can just tell that Castle and Beckett were made for each other. Despite their silly arguments, they both care for each other very much. I really like how everyone chimed in for this one including Gates. This was a great 100th episode and I really hope for 100 more.moreless
    • Great Castle

      This is why I enjoy the comedy-drama. I only regularly watch two or three network shows during the week. Being and older viewer I enjoyed the Grace Kelly look that Beckett pull off for the birthday party. And Castle's imagination going wild was great. To the cast and writers keep it light and funny and you will have a 100 more shows.
    John Griffin

    John Griffin

    Gavin DeWinter

    Guest Star

    Raquel Alessi

    Raquel Alessi

    Selena Rigas

    Guest Star

    Eric Nenninger

    Eric Nenninger

    John Dessens

    Guest Star

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Castle: Where are you going?
        Beckett: Castle, I made plans for you, I dressed up for you, and I'm not gonna let you ruin this night.
        Castle: So what are you gonna do?
        Beckett: I am going to go over there and open that bloody fridge, and then you and I are going to dinner and never talking about this again.
        Castle: No, don't do it. It's too dangerous.
        Beckett: Not as dangerous as me if you blow up my plans.

      • Beckett: You're talking about an illegal search.
        Castle: When you do it, it's an illegal search. When I do it, it's just illegal.

      • Beckett: Do you realize what you're doing? You're obsessing over this because you have nothing else to obsess about. Why don't you just come with me to the precinct, focus on a real murder instead of wasting your time on an imaginary one.
        Castle: Well, actually, I was thinking about just, uh, trying to do some writing today.
        Beckett: Okay, as long as by writing, you don't mean staring out the window and ogling at your neighbors.
        Castle: No. That would be immoral and intrusive.
        Beckett: Yeah, like you've never done that before.

      • Beckett: Why are men such babies when they get sick or injured?
        Esposito: It's an evolutionary thing. Men who can get women to take care of 'em, well, they have a greater chance of survival.
        Beckett: Really, Espo? Where'd you read that, You're making it up magazine?

      • Martha: Well, I am off. Now the retreat is out of cell phone range, so if I don't call you on your birthday, it is not because I have forgotten.
        Castle: I won't think it's because you've forgotten. I'll think it's because you made other plans.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Title: The Lives of Others is a 2006 German film (original title Das Leben der Anderen) which won a 2007 Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. The film centered around an East Berlin secret policeman who conducts surveillance on a couple and becomes absorbed by their lives. But the actual episode plot, along with many explicit verbal references, is about Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 movie Rear Window in which a wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

      • Castle: Hey! What if I consult by phone? We can pretend I'm Charlie and you're my angels!

        This alludes to the American crime drama television series Charlie's Angels (1976-1981) created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. The show was about three crime fighting women lead by a man named Charlie, who is never seen full face, only via speaker phone.