Season 2 Episode 19

Wrapped Up in Death

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 2010 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Kate Beckett refers to the fallen object at the beginning as a gargoyle. In architecture, strictly speaking, a gargoyle is a decorative carved stone grotesque that acts as a functional waterspout to drain water from a parapet gutter and dates back to the 18th century. A grotesque figure is a sculpture that does not work as a waterspout and serves only an ornamental or artistic function. There are many New York City buildings with gargoyles and grotesques and it's hard to determine which is the case in this episode. In layman's terms, whether part of the gutter system or just ornamentation, they are referred to as gargoyles - as did Beckett. The field of architecture preserves the distinction.

  • Quotes

    • Castle: You don't think he could've orchestrated this whole thing just to generate interest in the exhibit, do you?
      Beckett: Murdered Medina just to boost ticket sales? No. That would make this Scooby-Doo, and I'm not Velma.
      Castle: Velma? Are you kidding? You're Daphne. You're hot, smart, not aggressively brainy, but long legs, short skirt...
      Beckett: Stop.
      Castle: Fine.
      Beckett: Now.
      Castle: Got it.

    • Castle: (Elevator stops) No reason to panic. (Lights in elevator go off) Small reason to panic.

    • Castle: (after cutting himself) What's the difference between cursed and clumsy?
      Alexis: I'll get a band aid.
      Castle: Get two.

    • Castle: If something were to happen to me I want you to watch out for Alexis. She looks up to you, and if her boyfriends get frisky you can shoot them.
      Beckett: Nothing is gonna happen to you.
      Castle: But if it does...?
      Beckett: Ok.
      Castle: And would you also go into my closet and get rid of my porn collection before she finds it?
      Esposito: Don't worry, Bro. I got you covered on that.

    • Beckett: Either you are being a good cop or you just wanna go to the museum?
      Castle: They have dinosaurs there.

    • Captain Roy Montgomery : (talking to Dets. Ryan and Esposito) There's no upside in screwing with things you can't explain.

    • Castle: Do you believe people get what they deserve?
      Beckett: Well, if they do then I must have done something terrible to be punished with you.
      Castle: Funny.

    • Beckett: (referring to Castle's story about the numerous times he took Alexis to the museum) You know Castle, sometimes I forget that you have such a capacity for pure innocence in your life.

      Castle: Yeah, plus it was a great place to pick up chicks.
      Beckett: Then you open your mouth and you ruin it.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Prastará kletba (An Ancient Curse)

    • Featured Music:
      "Love Is Endless" by Mozella

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 5, 2010 on 'A'
      Australia: May 2, 2010 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: January 11, 2011 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: January 26, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany: February 11, 2011 on Kabel Eins
      Finland: February 27, 2011 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: March 3, 2011 on SBS 6
      Czech Republic: April 6, 2011 on Prima

  • Allusions

    • Castle: Little Girls Gone Wild jealousy turned deadly?
      This refers to the television reality, exhibitionist entertainment series, Girls Gone Wild, created by Joe Francis in 1997.

    • Beckett: That would make this Scooby-Doo, and I'm not Velma.
      This refers to the animated cartoon franchise produced from 1969 to present day. Joe Ruby and Ken Spears created the original Saturday morning cartoon series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, for Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1969. Velma Dinkley along with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Fred Jones and Daphne Blake are all members of Mystery Incorporated in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Velma is the brains of the group.

    • Kevin Ryan: This place is gigantic. They have over 30 million specimens down here. We got a K-9 unit coming in to help, but finding this mummy might be like finding the lost ark.
      This refers to the final scene in Steven Spielberg's 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark where in the final shot we see the Ark being pushed by a workman into a giant warehouse which is shown to stretch as far as the eye can see.

    • Castle: Can we call you Mr. T?
      This refers to the one of the characters from NBC's action-adventure television series The A Team that ran from 1983 to 1987 about a fictitious special forces unit on the lam from the government for a crime they didn't commit. It was created by Steven J. Cannell and Frank Lupo.

    • Castle: This is the part where you say: "and I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids".
      Beckett: (panting)
      These are both direct references to the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in which both these dialogues are used very often.

    • Captain Roy Montgomery: My partner drops dead heart attack ...The man ate bacon with every meal.

      A reference to a line in the movie City Slickers, when at Curly's funeral, Phil Berquist (Daniel Stern) explains Curly's death: The man ate bacon at every meal... you... you can't do that!

    • In the scene in which Castle peeks into the Maya king's sarcophagus, he's wearing a fedora of the style worn by Indiana Jones. Castle's motions as he opens the sarcophagus are also very reminiscent of Indy's in the opening scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark".