Castle: Season 3, Episode 23

Pretty Dead (9 May 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Mysterious murder occurs during a beauty pageant and the suspects are plentiful.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Lanie Parish (credit only)
Victor Baron
Bobby Stark
Justin Hankel
Candace Ford


At New York luxury hotel tycoon Victor Baron's famous national beauty pageant, Illinois contestant Amber Middleberry was strangled and hoisted up on scene. Amateur Castle and Becket, who hates that scene, investigate. A black sequin found on the corpse matches no competitor, but host Bobby Stark, Castle's favorite soap TV model father, who in fact has a stalking history without convictions. Meanwhile, Alexis lovingly dumps Ashley just to stop him studying in New York so as to remain close to her. Written by KGF Vissers

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Kate Beckett: What was your relationship with Amber Middleberry?
Bobby Stark: Oh, c'mon. I didn't kill her. If anything I was trying to recruit her.
Kate Beckett: Recruit her? For what?
Bobby Stark: For my, uh, goddess train.
Richard Castle: The goddess train?
Bobby Stark: Yeah, it's my own little private pageant.
Kate Beckett: And how did Amber respond to this oh so enticing offer?
Bobby Stark: You know what? She hadn't seen the light yet. She was coming around. I could always tell the innocent act when I see it. Besides, who wouldn't want to ride the Bobby Rocket?
Richard Castle: Everyone, from what we hear.
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References Taxi Driver (1978) See more »


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