Castle: Season 2, Episode 5

When the Bough Breaks (19 Oct. 2009)

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Illegal Czech immigrant Eliska Sokel's corpse is found hidden in a sewer, two days after her death. Her also-illegal ex, Teodor Hajek, explains she left him after their son died from a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Lanie Parish (credit only)
Dr. Cameron Talbot
Melissa Talbot
Teodor Hajek
Talbot's Nurse


Illegal Czech immigrant Eliska Sokel's corpse is found hidden in a sewer, two days after her death. Her also-illegal ex, Teodor Hajek, explains she left him after their son died from a congenital disease. She had worked on the concierge staff of a luxury residence but was fired after Dr. Cameron Talbot's wife questioned the appropriateness of her treating their son Zane to a lollipop. Castle wonders how Beckett will take his dedication of a book starring her alter-ego, and his agent Haas's offer of a contract to write 3 British spy novels. They still solve the case after unearthing an old, tragic secret. Written by KGF Vissers

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A good episode, but the ending ruins it.
6 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode is pretty good. The banter between the characters is great, and the twists are mostly interesting. It's slightly annoying the way they keep referring to the "certain British secret agent," especially since later episodes come out and say James Bond, but I'm sure there was a legal reason involved.

What really bothers me is the ending. First off, they don't give any reason Eliska suspected her son was switched at birth. It makes her come off as really conceited ("I could not possibly give birth to a sick child. MY real son would be perfect.") while the episode is trying to frame her as some sort of saint for pursuing this conviction. Throw me a bone here. A throw-away line about his eyes being an improbable color, or her having medical knowledge to know the odds of having a child born with the disease. Not just "This isn't my son. I want a new, healthy, living son."

Second off, that they don't return Zane to his rightful father. Yes, I know his- let's say "adopted"- mother wasn't aware of the situation, but he was KIDNAPPED. There was nothing legal about the proceedings, so she has no right to keep him. Especially since his biological father is implied to be part of his life. If he were being deported (as he is in the country on an expired visa), that would be one thing, but the show implies he isn't. And I know there's an argument to be made about not disrupting him at a delicate age, but the man he believed was his father is going to jail for murdering his biological mother. He's already being disrupted.

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