Season 2 Episode 16

The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 08, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A half-naked woman is found in a park hanging by bondage cuffs and covered in caramel sauce. It's off to the underground world of sexual domination for Castle and Beckett to look for the killer.

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  • This episode just goes to show you...

    ...that you never know about the person living next to you. That girl-next-door-engaged-to-a-doctor-PhD student, could be the multiple-lives-candy-coated lady they find hanging in your local park!

    Or, your in control, decisive, successful business executive neighbour could be hung up from day to day as to whether he wants to be on top or on the bottom; UNprofessionally speaking, of course!

    Or, your favourite mystery writer could have run out of words and ideas of his own so he starts quoting children's writers to make his point: "in a box with a Fox". HE wishes!

    Or, horror of all horrors: your sensible, insanely bright, wise beyond her years teenage daughter could decide that a walk on the wild side is manifest in pom-poms, silly ditties and moments of extreme vacuousness!

    Or worst yet: your closest colleague and one with whom you'd like to be closer still, is a bigger and better tease than you will EVER be! Go Beckett!

    I love this show...moreless
  • castle and beckett investigate a murder which leads them to an S&M ring.

    a good episode, not stand out but by no means filler. a body of a PHD fellowship candidate is found dead hanging from monkey bars in the park showing signs of bondage. some of the victims research leads castle and beckett to an S&M dungeon where they learn she wasn't just writing a paper on domination, she was living it. naturally castle acts like a schoolboy in a candy shop upon entering the dungeon, showing a keen interest in the kinky sex scene. watching castle squirm is highly amusing throughout the episode, especially whilst with Beckett. throughout the course of the case it becomes obvious beckett knows a lot more about the sex scene than she lets on, incessantly teasing castle. beckett handles the dominating female role well, stringing the men in this episode along with the you-can-never-have-me attitude. the killer is not revealed until the end, and despite there being several suspects and one who is forced to ask for a lawyer, the actual killer is someone you wouldn't have taken much notice of which is a nice touch on the writers part.moreless
  • When a PhD candidate is found in her lingerie suffocated, covered in caramel, and hanging by cuffs from the monkey bars in the park the team investigates the hang outs where she was supposedly doing her research only to uncover a destructive relationship.moreless

    A well written script that for once leaves you with the who dun'it until the very end of the story. You have all the pieces, but just not enough to put it all together.

    An interesting cast of characters starting with Mistress Irena played by the sultry Dina Meyer of Birds of Prey fame among other TV shows and movies. There is the first year intern doctor fiancee, the mistresses at the "dungeon" she worked at, her roommate, her customers, and her fellow PhD candidates that were all viable suspects.

    They gave some subtle hints from her research a little early in the episode that unless you were really paying attention it might have gone by too fast. A Destructive relationship she described which she was in that was very close.

    Castle spends a lot of time being mesmerized by not only Lady Irena, but some of the thoughts that started running through his head about Beckett. Also his daughter is trying out for the cheer leading squad which seems to be causing him pain no end.

    We finally get to meet Detective Ryan's girlfriend Danielle who has some very kind things to say about everyone and Esposito and Castle are a little jealous.

    A well written plot, a well acted episode, and another winner for Castle. Even though it has not officially been renewed I have to think that ABC can't pull a new show out that is going to out perform this one. We'll see how long it takes them to announce it. Maybe they are waiting for FlashForward or V to fail first which would seem much more likely. Thanks for reading...moreless
Amy Gumenick

Amy Gumenick


Guest Star

Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Lady Irena

Guest Star

Azita Ghanizada

Azita Ghanizada

Mistress Sapphire

Guest Star

Juliana Dever

Juliana Dever

Jenny Duffy-O'Malley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Castle and Beckett are going into the dungeon to interview Mistress Venom, Castle says, "My safe word is 'apples'". In Season 1 Episode 1 "Flowers For Your Grave", when Castle is being arrested he uses the same line "Ooh! Bondage. My safe word is "apples".

    • Detective Ryan's girlfriend Jenny is played by Juliana Dever, Seamus Dever wife in real life.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Castle: C'mon! Haven't you ever wanted to do something with your handcuffs other than arrest criminals?
      Beckett: No. But there is one hot, wild, kinky thing that I do like doing...(Castle looses his grip on the table he's leaning into) Putting killers behind bars!

    • Castle: Is that honey?
      Lanie: For the smell of it I would say is caramel sauce, but I'd be testing not tasting.

    • Castle: Maybe our killer has a sweet tooth.
      Beckett: Given the state of undress I would say it's more likely a sexual fetish.
      Lanie: I can do the chocolate. I will even do the whipped cream bikini, but caramel? I prefer slippery to sticky.
      Castle: (To Ryan) Does she know we can hear her?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Domina vždy plácne dvakrát (Dominatrix Always Slaps Twice)

    • Featured Music:
      "Patterns" by Band of Skulls
      "Standalone" by Ghost In The Machine
      "Save Me" by Carnaby
      "Super Conductor" by Beautiful Small Machines
      "Asphyxia" by Noirhaus
      "Red Lips & Fingertips" by The Come Ons
      "Picture Perfect" by Lindsey Ray

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 8, 2010 on 'A'
      Australia: April 11, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: December 7, 2010 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: January 19, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany: January 28, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      Finland: February 6, 2011 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: February 10, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: March 16, 2011 on Prima


    • This episode's title is a play on The Postman Always Rings Twice, a classic 1934 crime novel which was later adapted into several movies and other stage performances.