Castle: Season 3, Episode 17

Countdown (28 Feb. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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With time running out, Castle and Beckett must put aside their differences with Agent Fallon to avert a city-wide catastrophe.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Lanie Parish (credit only)
Fariq Yusef (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Charlene McCann


Clever Castle's ideas get him and Becket to find the dirty bomb, but locked in a refrigeration car incommunicado. Luckily Ryan and Esposito ignore priority orders to have them found, and hence the bomb's trail. Agent Mark Fallon lifts their official ban from the case and follows Castle's next ideas about identity, widows and an Afghan-military connection. Add Fallon's interrogation zeal and they're just in time to discover the dark motive and find the bomb, but armed and about to explode and wipe out Manhattan. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Castle and Beckett are looking for a cell phone signal in the freezer, Castle holds his iPhone from the top by the tips of his fingers. That particular model of the iPhone was notorious for dropped calls if you held it in the wrong place. See more »


After finding the bomb Detective Beckett calls out on her walkie talkie police radio for the bomb squad. In order for her to transmit she would need to push the PTT (push to talk) button. You can clearly see her fingers are nowhere near the PTT (push to talk) button at any time. See more »


Richard Castle: [after talking with Fallon] Man, does that guy take jackhole lessons or was he born that way?
Kevin Ryan: Neither. I asked my buddy at DHS about him. Turns out his wife was killed on 9/11. She rode the second tower down; they were on the phone together when it happened.
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Crazy Credits

Due to previous episode's cliffhanger and this episode's prologue, the title card appears with the whole 'Castle' logo displayed in icy blue, not the usual white with some red. See more »


Referenced in Castle: Knockout (2011) See more »


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Written by Robert Duncan
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Not As Good As I Thought It Would Be
1 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought being written from Andrew Marlowe, that "Countdown" would be an amazing hour for me but although I was hooked to the episode, I thought more could've been done. The ending seemed pretty bland from where I stand - Castle defusing the bomb by yanking out the cables - I found the scene humorous, yet not a very compelling way to end the episode.

The previous episode, "Setup" was a FANTASTIC episode of Castle in my opinion, I am very disappointed that "Countdown" did not live up to my expectations - I have repeated the episode 3 times, and I have to say, I am still not feeling the hype.

In comparison to last years "Tick, Tick, Tick..." and "Boom" - this did not live up to those standards, it was intelligent, frantic, and Dana Delany's character made the episodes, I do have to commend "Adrian Pasdar" though, for his well-played performance as Fallon.

This years 2-part CASTLE event, although brilliant - it did not live up to last years intelligent episodes and storyline.

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