Season 5 Episode 19

The Lives of Others

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2013 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.