Castle: Season 2, Episode 14

The Third Man (25 Jan. 2010)

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Mysteries abound when a family returns from vacation to discover a dead man in their daughter's bed. Thinking they're investigating the murder of a squatter, Castle and Beckett soon find ... See full summary »



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Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)


Mysteries abound when a family returns from vacation to discover a dead man in their daughter's bed. Thinking they're investigating the murder of a squatter, Castle and Beckett soon find themselves unraveling a multi-million dollar heist. Meanwhile, Castle tries to keep Beckett from finding out that they've been romantically linked when he's featured as one of New York's 10 most eligible bachelors. Written by ABC Publicity

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Castle is mentioned as one of New York's 10 most eligible bachelors list in the paper. A newspaper front is shown with Castle's photo and some of the show's writers/producers as the other bachelors including Andrew Marlowe (Andrew W. Marlowe), the show's creator, as #8 and David Grae as #2. When the female bachelorette counter-part list is briefly shown, #2 is Elizabeth Beall, a regular writer for the show. See more »


As a seasoned detective, there is no way Beckett would have blabbed all about an ongoing investigation to her date, a total stranger. See more »


Kevin Ryan: [listening to Castle and Beckett run a theory] Do they know they're finishing each other's sentences?
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Hit the Wall
23 January 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Castle is one fine series. But hey, it's been scientifically proved that Nathan Fillion improves *anything* he appears in by 17% (I like to believe in that clever statement, unlikely as the statement sounds). Too bad some idiot here has hidden the show in a midnight slot between Sunday and Monday. I miss most of the episodes. Ah, this must be a clever DVD box marketing scheme! First they get you hooked on a couple of episodes and then you *have to* buy the box...

But I digress. It appears the Castle - Beckett mutual-denial-attraction has progressed since the previous time I witnessed an episode. Fillion is obviously funnier than Katic, but together they form a pair not unlike Bones & Booth (B&B amongst friends and fans). The perfectly judged humor (no unintentional silliness like in CSI Miami), quality production values and just good old fashioned storytelling is also present in both. However, the series have such a distinct identity that one would never confuse one with the other. Time will tell which one resolves the main characters' romantic relationship better.

There are no earth-shaking revelations here. The blind dates are absolutely hilarious. The spider. The snakes. The mystery. All crafted with love and care. If only the CSIs, Criminal Mindses and whatevers were as impeccably *solid* from week to week as Castle (and Bones). Obviously both the CSI franchise and Criminal Minds (where is Criminal Minds: Europe or Some Other Country, by the way?) have a *huge* following, so it doesn't matter if the series are uneven. Try writing a review that highlights flaws in Criminal Minds and several fans unable to accept the truth mark your review as "Unuseful". Praise the odd gem and the same (probably) people mark your review as "Useful"... Castle, on the other hand, has mostly earned the high episode ratings based on what I've seen. Let's hope it survives for years in the merciless US TV jungle.

Oh yeah, this is a 8/10* thanks (in addition to all that is mentioned above) to nice twists you will be hard pressed to see coming (unlike in some of the less distinguished competition).

*) HOW THE RATING IS GIVEN: Since the average between the lowest rating (1) and highest rating (10) is 5.5, everything gets a starting rating of 6. After that, points are either added or subtracted depending on the actual content: Plot, script, acting, directing, music, production values and so on. Also, the content is weighted against previously rated works, which act as a guideline. Also, to get the lowest or highest possible rating, the work must approach the worst or best thing ever seen, respectively. And as the laws of probability state, both are *extremely* rare.

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