Castle: Season 4, Episode 15

Pandora (13 Feb. 2012)

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The team's reputation is dented when Thomas Gage, a ruthless murderer whose identity proves totally faked, not only acts smug when arrested, but manages, as cryptically predicted, to escape... 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)
Timothy Carhart ...
Dr. Nelson Blakely
Tina Massey
Donald Sparks


The team's reputation is dented when Thomas Gage, a ruthless murderer whose identity proves totally faked, not only acts smug when arrested, but manages, as cryptically predicted, to escape and steal all evidence plus sensitive data from the NYPD computer. He's not only ahead of Castle and Becket to commit another murder, they are both abducted to a secret, deep CIA HQ, where Castle reconnects with Sophia Turner and their classified espionage past. The three team up and discover it's all about brilliant mathematical scientist Nelson Blakely, whose death was staged years ago. Written by KGF Vissers

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Despite being first aired in 2012 this episode feature a library shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the New York waterfalls project, which ran 4 years earlier (June 26, 2008. They ran from 7am to 10pm, until October 13, 2008). See more »


Richard Castle: Do you realize what this means? We're spies. This is like being in a Jason Bourne movie, only he's the bad guy and the CIA are the good guys.
Kate Beckett: That remains to be seen.
Richard Castle: Ooh, wait. I've got to see those direct dial icons they put on our phones.
[Takes out his and Becket's phone, Beckett has a CIA logo, Castle has a large red circle that says "Panic!"]
Richard Castle: Hey! Why's mine a panic button?
Kate Beckett: I guess she really does know you well.
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References The Bourne Identity (2002) See more »


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Good old fashioned Castle
24 March 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Nice episode, I really loved it!! It is fast paced, it has twists, a nice mysterious plot, surprises, Caskett has it all. Very recommendable for this season, one of the best.

**Spoiler alert**

It starts with a man being pushed from the 4th floor. Turns out the body was also shot, stabbed and wounded with a pen in his neck. The first surprise is that Alexis took an internship as Lanie's assistant! A fact that doesn't make Castle too happy because she is "stepping on his turf". And well, she kind of is...

They take the body and a suspect, called Gage, to the station but the body cannot be identified and suddenly disappears. Gage mocks Beckett and manages to flee exiting the front door with a police uniform stolen from the lockers. This terribly annoys the chief and by now we know this killer is a challenge!

They find a connection with a scientist but when Castle and Beckett get to her house she is already dead. While they are there some unseen person aims a gun at them and puts black hoods over their heads. Next thing they know is they are in a highly secret CIA office underground, pretty scared, but when an agent called Sophia comes to question them...what do you know?

She is an old "inspiration" of Castle's!! Played nicely by Jennifer Beals, she and Castle have a little "long time no see" reunion, with smiles and all. About 12 years before, Rick had followed her around in the same way he now tags Beckett. The character Clara Strike from the Derrick Storm saga was based on her. This obviously gets on Kate's nerves!!

This Sophia issue plus all the CIA secrets she has to keep from her colleagues at the station put some strain on Beckett and there are a lot of tense moments with Castle, including getting locked up in a trunk and the finale when, after meeting with a second scientists who apparently has the key to the extinction of the USA as we know it, they get thrown into a river while still inside a car.

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