Castle: Season 3, Episode 22

To Love and Die in L.A. (2 May 2011)

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When Beckett's old training officer is killed, she takes off on a solo mission to find the killer. On the plane she runs into Castle who is flying out to the Heat Wave movie set. She lets him help her catch the killer.

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Mike Royce, Becket's former police mentor, who lost his bounty-hunter license when she arrested him, is murdered while visiting New York, possibly by a fellow passenger from L.A. The captain takes her off the case but she uses extant leave. Castle comes along, having to visit his book's movie set anyway. Informally backed up by Ryan and Esposito, they soon find Royce must have been after the manufacturer of the dissolving type of bullet he was killed with. The trail of arms-dealings and new crimes leads back to New York, fortunately as LAPD detective Kyle Seeger, who follows, wants them out as much as Montgomery ordered Becket back. Written by KGF Vissers

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The character name of Donald Mannis (who was a Ganz associate) is a variation on Donald Manes, the scandal-plagued Borough President of Queens in NYC, who infamously committed suicide via a knife to his own heart in 1986. See more »

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The closeup shot of Beckett picking a lock shows a lock pick and tension tool inserted into a lock, and after being gently shaken the door pops open with ease. When picking a lock you still need to rotate the cylinder (usually at least 90°) the same as you would when using a key, picks don't make doors just magically open. See more »

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Richard Castle: Wow, somebody's up early.
Kate Beckett: Hey.
Richard Castle: What, did you pack a murder board?
Kate Beckett: Concierge. Called down and then ten minutes later, voila.
Richard Castle: Maurice is amazing, isn't he? I bet if I ordered the Ark of the Covenant, he'd come through.
Kate Beckett: Um... wouldn't you be afraid to open it?
Richard Castle: No, it only melts Nazis.
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Fun change-of-pace romp
3 May 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Since "Castle" is shot in L.A., it was logical to actually set an episode on the Left Coast, and under the skillful direction of former B-movie actor John Terlesky this segment was a winner.

Not really the fish-out-of-water formula that helped make Eddie Murphy a movie star, this transplanting of Beckett and sidekick Castle to unauthorized police work in Hollywood was a breezy affair, propelled with some serious back-story of her dedication to tracking down the killer of her cop mentor.

I enjoyed the balance between romance (plenty of innuendo advancing towards the fans' long-awaited Beckett/Castle hookup in the sack, especially as they share a hotel suite), in-jokes (fairly hilarious Hollywood casting of types for their fellow cops Esposito & Ryan in the upcoming Nikki Heat movie, plus fun mocking of "cheesy dialog" associated with La La Land), and action.

Inspired casting of former "Prison Break" icon Dominick Purcell as the hissable villain was a real treat -haven't seen him on screen lately but he's poised to make a splash appearing in two high-profile pictures, remake of Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS and original THE KILLER ELITE, coincidentally the name of another unrelated Peckinpah pic.

Hardly controversial, but it was interesting to see the half arousing/half satirical slo-mo scene of Beckett emerging from a pool in a revealing bathing suit, to impress Purcell (and the fans). It showed literally a different side of Stana Katic, and I'm looking forward to seeing how she does on the big screen in the upcoming thriller THE DOUBLE.

This was an excellent example of how week-in, week-out series television can keep things fresh, even though we know that formula is the name of the game. For example, the coming attraction for next week's "Pretty Dead" episode instantly reminded me how these shows would have certain bases to touch: like a memorable Charlie's Angels plot of them going undercover at a beauty pageant. It will be interesting to see how the "Castle" team handles that trope.


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