Castle: Season 2, Episode 18

Boom! (29 Mar. 2010)

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The serial killer remains at large and is taunting Castle, Beckett and Jordan Shaw to catch him.



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Episode cast overview:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Erin Murphy
Team Leader


Castle worked out that Ben Conrad was a scape-goat, shot by the real serial killer. He was too late to prevent Becket's place being bombed, but she survived, having being in the bath at the time. Shaw's profile and databases lead to a likely suspect, Doherty, actually deceased: the new fake identity. The team stakes his place, but the killer expected them. He gets away, but is identified. Becket is barricaded in castle's home, but the killer captures Shaw. Only Castle manages to think like him and prevent a big bang finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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After shooting the suspect at the end of the episode, Beckett says "Good shot" to which Castle replies "I was aiming for his head." This is a direct quote from an episode of Firefly - 'Shindig' - which Fillion also starred in. See more »


The infamous tropes Enhance Button, Facial Recognition Software and Magical Database all appear in this episode. First, the surveillance camera footage where the criminal appears, gets all three tropes applied: The FBI Enhance Button zooms in on his face and brings out more detail, whereas in real world only pixel-lated mush would appear, because you can't create information out of nothing. Then the Facial Recognition Software calculates what his face would look like from a different angle, again creating information out of nothing. Then, The Magical Database finds a 100% reliable match in about 10 seconds. Later, there is some vague mush seen on the background of the FBI agent's kidnap video, and Enhance Button again creates information out of nothing, enlarging the blots to what can clearly be identified as a landmark bridge. See more »


Richard Castle: [Finding Kate in the burning apartment] Kate! You're alive!
[Rushes into the bathroom, then sees her in the tub]
Richard Castle: Oh... and you're naked!
Kate Beckett: [Mortified, but glad to see him] Castle, turn around!
Richard Castle: [Turns around quickly without looking at her] You know, your apartment is on fire.
[Kate glares at his back]
Richard Castle: Now might not be the best time for modesty.
Kate Beckett: [Exasperated] Castle, hand me a towel.
Richard Castle: [Glances toward the towels, they're burning] The towels are on fire.
Kate Beckett: Well, what about the bathrobe?
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References Batman: The Movie (1966) See more »


Castle Theme
Written by 'Robert Duncan (VII)' (qv)
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Kate Beckett is no match for Nikki Heat or Jordan Shaw.
3 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Richard Castle solves the puzzle posed at the end of the first part of this two-part show and effectively saves the life of Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective. However it is too much to expect her to be grateful and remember this fact.

Special Agent Jordan Shaw continues her very impressive role, whilst Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, is her usual selfish, everything must be done her way, self.

The serial killer plot is predictable and conveniently the computer technology makes the task of finding him considerably easier than might ordinarily be the case.

The serial killer continues to interact with Nikki Heat, not Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective. Jordan Shaw is taken hostage by the serial killer and Kate Beckett has to work with Richard Castle to save the day. Richard Castle saves the life of Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, again and this time she is almost grateful. Kate Beckett quickly forgets these life-saving incidents and promptly returns to ridiculing Richard Castle.

Special Agent Jordan Shaw offers some sage advice to Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, about Richard Castle, but Kate Beckett is not interested. She offers the extremely clichéd "It's complicated" in reply.

What is not complicated is that Jordan Shaw is the real deal and Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, is merely a pretender in her company.

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