Castle: Season 3, Episode 13

Knockdown (24 Jan. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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The detective on Beckett's mother's homicide case is killed after telling her he has information.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
John Raglan
Joe Pulgatti
Chad Rodrick (as Brian Norris)
Kathy Moore


Beckett is contacted by John Raglan, the investigating detective on the homicide of her mother, who is dying and, tormented by his conscience, has information about the original failed investigation. But before he can pass it on, Raglan is murdered by a sniper in front of Castle and Beckett; determined to uncover what Raglan knew, Beckett begins to investigate old leads in her mother's murder, but is soon suspended from the case after her integrity is challenged by her emotional investment. As Ryan and Esposito continue the investigation, Castle and Beckett launch their own unofficial inquiries -- and both teams soon find themselves up against a mysterious individual with power and influence who is willing to kill to ensure his secrets remain safe. Written by Scotty

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Castle and Beckett kiss for the first time in this episode. Although it's just for cover as part of a covert surveillance, they can tell there's a spark between them; despite the attraction, they're reluctant to admit and act on their feelings. See more »


When Raglan is shot and his cup shatters, he slumps off of his seat. As the camera used changes, he is seen sat straight up before slumping out of his seat again. See more »


Kate Beckett: Vulcan Simmons had nothing to do with this. But as a former cop, you knew that he fit the part, and so you used him to throw us off, when the truth is that you and Raglan were up to your necks in murder and kidnappings.
Gary McCallister: Listen, it's easy to for you to sit in judgment now, but you weren't there. We did what we thought we had to do.
Kate Beckett: Then you did plenty.
Richard Castle: Kidnapping, cover-ups.
Kate Beckett: You killed a fed and then you pinned it on Pulgatti.
Gary McCallister: Want me to tell you about Joe Pulgatti? About the people he put in ...
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »


Castle Theme
Written by Robert Duncan
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Breath taken
24 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

First of all, read the above, some are well written.

I just saw it and I couldn't help it, I had to write a comment into awesome episode. (I had to create an account first)

This episode finally make a move on one of the series plot lines. Bring some characters to a whole new level. Lots of surprise, I held my breath (figure of speech) since the very first minutes until the final showdown. Some character's crisis too but some very good stuff between some.

I don't even dare to tell more about it since it's a "must be seen" episode in this "must be seen" series.

For me, this stuff is way above "Lost" (that's just my opinion, don't troll)

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