A subway worker is found dead after trying to stop the kidnapping of a twelve year old boy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Dean Donegal
Mirielle Lefcourt
Mario Rivera
Dr. Elliot Lefcourt
Byron H. Singer
Teresa De La Torre


While investigating the murder of a NYC subway worker found shot to death in Central Park, Castle and Beckett unexpectedly uncover the shocking and violent abduction of a young boy. Working against the clock, the team must unravel the motives behind the high stakes kidnapping, not just to bring a murderer to justice, but to save the innocent lives that hang in the balance. Written by ABC Publicity

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8 November 2010 (USA)  »

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When Beckett and Castle are looking at the pictures from Len's camera, Castle identifies two birds of prey in a photo as red-tailed hawks. They are actually ospreys. See more »


When Castle & Becket are looking through pictures, the pair of birds identified as Red-Tailed Hawks are in fact Peregrine Falcons. They look nothing like Red-Tailed Hawk in size or color. See more »


Richard Castle: [asking about the abduction of Dean's son] What do they want from you? Are they after ransom?
Dean Donegal: [laughs] You kidding? I'm 40 grand in debt after my divorce. I'm looking up at broke.
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References The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) See more »


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A good episode with one distracting omission
6 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't claim to be an expert in procedure or jurisdiction or anything like that, but I do pay attention to a show's continuity, and they established in a season 1 episode that kidnappings are FBI territory, causing Beckett to question why she's being called in on one. When this case turns into a kidnapping investigation, the FBI is never even mentioned. I kept expecting a liaison to come in, or at least a mention that they'd been called and were being kept up to speed, but no. No one even bothers to mention that the NYPD homicide division is working a kidnapping case.

Despite that, the episode is really good. I like most of the twists and clues they follow. I wouldn't have much to criticize if they'd at least bothered to mention the FBI.

Though there is a silly scene at the end where Castle sticks his phone under the crack in a door and gets a perfect picture of the room. Even on shows with magic forensic technology, that's stretching it. I don't know what a mass spectrometer can do, but I know exactly what an iPhone camera can do, and it really took me out of the story for a few seconds.

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