Castle (2009–2016)
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To Love and Die in L.A. 

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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Martha Rodgers (credit only)
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Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn) (credit only)
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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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2 May 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Apart from the usual formula of the show,this episode reveals the killer to viewers in the very beginning. See more »

Goofs

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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Mike Royce: [Voiceover as Beckett reads letter] Now for the hard part kid. Its clear that you and Castle have something real and you're fighting it. But trust me, putting the job ahead of your heart is a mistake. Risking our hearts is why we're alive. The last thing you want is to look back on your life and wonder "if only."
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References Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »

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The Other Side
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Performed by Sloan
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Fun change-of-pace romp
3 May 2011 | by 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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