Season 3 Episode 22

To Love and Die in L.A.

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 02, 2011 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Beckett travels to L.A. against orders, with Castle, to solve the murder of her ex-partner, Castle questions her motives. Meanwhile, they get to meet the actors who will be portraying Esposito and Ryan in the film adaptation of Castle's first novel 'Heat Wave'.

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  • Fun mix

    This one made me laugh out loud a few times. Entertaining but brief Hollywood versions of Ryan and Esposito. The interrogation scene in "the police station" totally cracked me up. Great scene with the omniscient concierge at the boutique hotel.

    Intriguing mystery surrounding the death of Kate's former partner, Royce, and the theft of some innovative untraceable bullets.

    One scene just seethed with chemistry between Kate and Rick, but nothing comes of it, of course. I've grown to expect these teaser scenes. I find them annoying now, and utterly predictable.

    The letter from Royce to Kate didn't right true, especially the advice to follow her heart with Castle.

    Still, I really enjoyed this one.moreless
  • An Unsatisfactory Trip

    I was really looking forward to this episode after a few weeks' break and am sorry to say that I think this was the most disappointing episode this season.

    The biggest beef I had with the last night's episode was the rushed hotel room scene. The thing Castle said about Beckett's strength, heart and hotness, came out of nowhere, it didn't sound like a natural thing to say in the circumstance, she was reminiscing her relationship with Royce who just died and out of nowhere comes this? I was waiting for it to evolve into something that in anyway related to what was said earlier but that just led to the cliched door scene, which felt forced. Huge disappointment as I mainly watch this for the Castle and Beckett moments and they are always so exquisitely executed, but not so here. Which reminds me the final scene of the episode: the Royce letter. In all seriousness? A letter from a dead friend? Who has barely seen the two of them together a year before? And in his apology letter to Beckett he just so happens to mention that they should be together? Cheesy, unrealistic and meh. Again, not something you'd expect from the usually awesome Castle writers.

    Minor issues:

    - the fake Ryan and Esposito meeting? a lost chance for hilarity to occur

    - the Lanie Esposito make out scene where Esposito tells Lanie why he came down to the lab and she giggles?

    - the fact that Castle overused Beckett's name, which they always made a big deal of avoiding (and if this was supposed to be a delicate way of approaching her in a time of personal crisis then the crisis sure as hell wasn't channeled right in this episode)

    - the story? very little in the way of excitement, intrigue or last second heroics; having such a huge guy like Purcell and letting him go down just like that was just plain wasteful; and so the whole episode felt incredibly by the numbers, stale and unsatisfying; - what the hell was that thing with the robe?

    All together, the episode lacked flare and wit I came to appreciate the show for. Instead it was a dish of wasted opportunities and cliched scenes. However, Beckett in that white t-shirt – heart-melted.moreless
  • 5/2

    Very enjoyable episode of Castle here as the titular character and Beckett hit the West Coast. A little bit of the writing came off as weak (the final scene with Kate holding the gun and some other moments came off badly) but as a whole this was a strong episode of the show.

    A nice story here, and although I did not buy into the whole emotional reason for it, I enjoyed what I saw. It had a Burn Notice feeling to it, and I guess part of my enjoyment for this episode was how much I have been missing that USA series.

    Castle needs more episodes like this. Nice action with some comedy thrown in, not generic CBS-like plots.moreless
Justice Gamble

Justice Gamble

Ochoa (Esposito in the movie)

Guest Star

D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

Det. Kyle Seeger

Guest Star

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell

Russell Ganz

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Montgomery: Hey, you heard from Beckett?
      Esposito: No, sir.
      Ryan : Yeah, me neither.
      Montgomery: She's not answering her cell?
      Esposito: Maybe she's airborne
      Ryan : Uh-huh. Yeah, that would explain her phone being turned off.
      Montgomery: (to Esposito) You know I am trying to decide who is the worse liar, (nods at Ryan) him or you.
      (Esposito nods at Ryan as in "him")
      Montgomery: (to both of them) Go find Violet Young. Help Beckett put this thing to bed, all right?

    • Royce: (on the letter) And now for the hard part, kid. It's clear that you and Castle have something real, and you're fighting it. But trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake. Risking our hearts is why we're alive. The last thing you want is to look back on your life and wonder, if only...

    • Beckett: My name is detective Kate Beckett, NYPD. Michael Royce was my friend. You shot him and you left him in an alley like a piece of garbage. Consider this poetic justice.
      Ganz: He said something about hell raining down on me. I never imagined hell looked like you.

    • Beckett: (talking about Castle's car) Is this what you call under the radar?
      Castle: In L.A. this baby fits right in. So what's our first stop?
      Beckett: My hotel, is on Ventura Boulevard.
      Castle: That's all the way in the valley. How are we supposed to work together if you are an hour away?
      Beckett: Castle we weren't suppose to work together at all.
      Castle: Okay look, the studio comped me a two-bedroom, four star suite. You just stay with me.
      Beckett: Ha, yeah right.
      Castle: What? You'll have your own room.
      Beckett: Uh no, I'm not staying with you.
      Castle: Ahh, worried you can't control yourself when we're alone?
      Beckett: Actually it's not me that I'm worried about.
      Castle: I assure you, my intentions are pure.

    • Captain Montgomery: What you can do is get your ass on the next plane out.
      Castle: Uh, we have a dinner reservation at Spago. Is the morning okay?
      Captain Montgomery: Oh, this is all a big joke to you, isn't it, Castle? But when Beckett is working mall security, I guess following her around isn't gonna have quite the same allure.

    • Castle: Would you like to choose your room?
      Beckett: No, I'd like to start the investigation.
      Castle: We haven't even ordered room service yet.
      Beckett: Castle, I'm not here for room service. I'm here for justice.
      Castle: Wow. In L.A. for all of a minute, and already she's spouting cheesy movie dialogue. Must be something in the air.

    • Beckett: You cannot be a part of what I'm gonna do out there.
      Castle: I thought you were on vacation.
      Beckett: Castle... It is one thing for you to follow me when we're in New York, but I am not a cop in L.A. I don't have any authority or backup.
      Castle: I'll be your backup. Besides, going rogue is kind of my specialty.
      Beckett: Yeah, but subtlety isn't. I'm not gonna get rid of you, am I?

    • Esposito: (on the phone with Beckett) What's up girl? How's the weather in your world?
      Beckett: Sunny with a chance of ass kicking.

    • Castle: You know what I thought when I first met you? That you were a mystery that I was never gonna solve. Even now, after spending all this time with you, I'm still amazed by the depths of your strength, your heart and your hotness.
      Beckett: You're not so bad yourself Castle.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The episode title is a take on the 1985 movie To Live and Die in L.A. which is about a bold Secret Service agent who will stop at nothing to hunt down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

    • At the Zenith Studios in L.A. while Beckett is talking to Castle along with the actors that are playing Ryan and Esposito, a couple of scenes display other actors in the immediate background. You can see a pirate looking very much like Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a couple of nuns with assault rifles (AK-47's) looking like the costumes from the movie "The Town".