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
Joy Jones
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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9 May 2011 (USA)  »

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Javier Esposito: Yo. Bobby Stark's blazer, courtesy of the costume lady at the pageant.
Kate Beckett: And the broken black sequin?
Javier Esposito: Perfect match.
Richard Castle: Bam said the costume lady.
Kevin Ryan: [approaching] Ooh, she's not the only lady saying "bam" when it comes to Bobby Stark.
Kate Beckett: Does he have a record?
Kevin Ryan: Uh, no criminal charges, but Mr. Stark has quite the repuation.
[Ryan holds up three folders]
Kevin Ryan: Three women filed restraining orders against Bobby Stark in the last year. All for "unwanted advances".
Richard Castle: How come I didn't hear about this on TMZ?
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Written by Robert Duncan
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