Season 6 Episode 5

Time Will Tell

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2013 on ABC
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Castle and Beckett must sort out the truth when investigating a murder suspect who claims he's from the future.

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  • One of the best.

    I'm usually not into the whole 'using ambiguity to lend credence to otherwise ridiculous possibles' like all that psychic and supernaturalism BS but this plot was put together quite well and enjoyed it apart from the Beckett being the one to make the stain on the letter -which was way too 'on the noes', would been better if some remake that the picture showed a stain that the original didn't have.

    What I really didn't enjoy was another dose 'side story Alexis' -you know the ones where she does (or wants to do) something naive/dumb, Castle is like "oh noes!"; Alexis says she is >18 YO and that she is "smart", then everyone else puts in their anecdotal BS 2 cents in, Castle apologizes and she gets her way.

    I mean seriously? what she is now is quite different from the early episodes which depicted her as witty, responsible beyond her age and actually intelligent rather than being called "smart" because of her good grades and everyone for some reason assuming that being good at memorizing text translates to all areas of life.moreless
  • Time Will Tell

    This episode had its moments, but I also think they tried a bit too hard and the character from "the future" became too ridiculous. Solid, but forgettable.
  • Interesting Sci-Fi Twist

    As most know the synopsis, I'd like to know what happened to "Simon Doyle's" time traveling foil? Last I saw he was in interrogation when Simon disappeared into thin air as Castle was trying to return his Then, for whatever reason, we cut to the Castle/Alexis scene. Okay, so why didn't Castle tell Beckett that Simon just vanished, and furthermore, after Beckett spills coffee on a letter she then notices a future version of [with the same spill], why is there not a "to be continued" somewhere????moreless
  • The Terminator

    A time traveller arrives from the future to stop another, tough and seemingly unstoppable, time traveller from killing a scientist who will, in the future, invent something that will help the good guys win the war, if he is killed they will lose the war in the future, and millions will be killed. AWESOME episode, Castle completely ripped the Terminator and it was the best episode of Castle I have ever watched! Great to see Morgan from Chuck too, he played the part perfectly, Shame they couldn't land Arnie.moreless
  • Time Soilders

    This was a pretty bizzare episode for the show which all the more makes it great for me because it dives into one of my favorate sub genres in sci-fi which is Time Travel.

    What I like about the episode is despite a sci-fi premise it still grounded itself in reality thoughout the episode at least until the end which I'll get to; it's sort of like with the movie "Safety Not Guanteed" which was about a young reporter trying to prove or disprove the man investigated is a time traveler.

    I really like the time traveler character, what was interesting is that I actually found myself believing this guy, there was just so much conviction to his claim, let alone some of the details on energy wars when you think about it more don't seem that implassable. And it's funny seeing how much Castle is invested in his belief toward the guy and Kate as usual exercises sceptism. But certain things that happen in the episode and how accurate the statements the time traveler makes you can't help but wonder.

    One of my favorate moments was when the time traveler reveals a little of Castle and Kate future, where both do get married, have three kids, and Castle becomes a literary writer; it was just funny seeing how both Castle and Kate react to the news, Castle acts with glee and interest while Kate is supprised and has a slight nerviousness. This future better happen because it sounds cool and hopefully this isn't some ruse set up by the writters, I hate that because it's an insult to intelegence.

    The end of the case I'll admit was kinda funny but also kinda errie. When Castle is about to give the Time Traveler his gaget back he is instantly gone, which I'll admit was supprising because that was a long hallway the Time Traveler was leaving at and the door showed no sign of exit. Then also Kate accidently spilled coffee on the recent letter, only to find the recent stain matches the stain on what seemed to be the older version of the letter, I know what your thinking couencidence but chances of something like that happening are zero. From those two occurances whether you believe in time travel or not you have to wonder.

    It would be cool to see both Castle and Kate both travel to the future since the character said he might be back. But that's a pipe dream since Castle isn't a sci-fi, only way we'll see this is if a fanfic story is made.

    This episode is worth the trip.moreless
Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Simon Doyle

Guest Star

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Dr. Malcolm Wickfield

Guest Star

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Beryl Wickfield

Guest Star

Myko Olivier

Myko Olivier


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Simon: I'm a temporal anthropologist. What we do is we travel back in time and we study culturally significant eras. Ancient Egypt, Middle Ages. Man, I've been to Nazi Germany.
      Castle: Aren't you worried about the butterfly effect. Accidentally changing something in the past, thus altering the future?
      Simon: No. We're careful. The time stream is mostly self-correcting, okay? Any small change is like a little ripple in a fast-moving river, right? (snaps fingers) It's gone in a second. It doesn't matter. But, if someone was to do something big, if someone was to do something massive, then yes, of course. Damn right you could change the future, and by the way, that's exactly what just happened.

    • Castle: Hey, did you guys find out what this device was Doyle had on him?
      Ryan: Yeah. Tech said it's just a bunch of junk thrown together.
      Esposito: (sarcastically) What were you expecting, Castle? Time travel device? Doctor Who's sonic screwdriver?
      Castle: You watch Doctor Who?

    • Simon: You have to let me go. If you don't, a billion people will die.
      Esposito: Yeah? How they gonna die?
      Simon: I don't know. I only know that they do.
      Esposito: Yeah? How's that?
      Simon: Because... I'm from the future.
      Castle: This just became my favorite case.

    • Beckett: (at the crime scene) What happened?
      Lanie: A lot of weirdos out there with too much imagination is what happened. And, yes, I'm looking at you, Castle.
      Castle: Yeah, except I only commit my murders on paper. Don't actually do them. A lot more lucrative, a lot less prison.

    • Castle: You don't honestly think I'm gonna let you do this, do you?
      Alexis: Let me? Dad, I'm 19.
      Castle: Exactly my point. Far too young to be moving in with someone.
      Alexis: Really? Because I was old enough to sign the lease.

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