Castle: Season 4, Episode 4

Kick the Ballistics (10 Oct. 2011)

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Student Jane Herzfeld was fatally shot with the Glock service pistol stolen from Det Ryan by serial killer 3XK. Her only, dodgy, ex, Finn McQueen, has an alibi. Phone records show she was ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Captain Victoria Gates (as Penny Johnson Jerald)
Detective Seth Carver
Ben Lee
Finn McQueen
Clifford Lee (as Francois Chau)
Philip Lee
Philip Lee's Attorney
Charlotte Rosenberg


Student Jane Herzfeld was fatally shot with the Glock service pistol stolen from Det Ryan by serial killer 3XK. Her only, dodgy, ex, Finn McQueen, has an alibi. Phone records show she was in contact with undercover narcotics detective Seth Carver. He had forced her to inform on Chinese mob boss Clifford Lee by acting as his as tutor to his son, Ben. Castle ingeniously finds some missing links through prison records. Written by KGF Vissers

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Kevin Ryan: When I started in Narcotics, I was so green. I-I didn't know how things got done. One day, there's this major bust - street gang cooking meth. They're stacking up guys in the bullpen, taking their statements one by one. Place is a zoo. I'm answering phones in the squad. Girl on the line, name of Alisha, asking for my lieutenant. So I call out across the bullpen "Hey lou, Alisha's on the phone for you."
[Beckett laughs]
Kevin Ryan: It was her tip that got these guys nailed, and all of them just heard me call...
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The opening credit has a different colour and under the pen the pool of blood is bigger. See more »


References Beverly Hills Cop (1984) See more »


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Written by 'Robert Duncan (VII)' (qv)
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10 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed Castle from the beginning, mainly for the interactions between the characters. Tonight's episode, Kick the Ballistics, raised that by at least one order of magnitude.

At first viewing, it was flawless, flowing from point to point with seamless logic, each point expanding its scope until reaching the point that brother was willing to kill brother in defense of the clan, the Patriarchy, echoing not only the fundament of Chinese culture but of any clan-based, tribal culture that places the Patriarchy above the welfare of any member of the clan itself, except, of course, the specific Patriarch himself.

Don't know if this is a spoiler but not taking any chances and, while the ideological point might sound like I'm imposing my personal bias on the show, I'm not. That point develops from the finding of the body to scene of final confrontation organically, revealing a script that is masterful, tight and manages to retain those character interactions, actually raising them, like the plot, to a new level.

In other words: WOW!

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