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Secret's Safe with Me 

Wendy Dupree, murdered in a cheap motel, wrote a clue in her blood. When Castle realizes it's no word but a number, it leads, in combination with her phone records, to a storage compartment... See full summary »

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Wendy Dupree, murdered in a cheap motel, wrote a clue in her blood. When Castle realizes it's no word but a number, it leads, in combination with her phone records, to a storage compartment, about to be auctioned, rented by her brother Wendell, an ex-con, who died in a suspicious accident a few months earlier. He was employed as driver by socialite Anjelica Henley, who recently reported a super-valuable diamond, stolen in a robbery, focus of further criminal intrigues. The earlier past provides the crucial clues, while Castle and his mother worry about Alexis's impending moving out to a dorm, albeit in New York. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Beckett arrests the killer, she comments that, in addition to the murder charges in New York, the "State of Pennsylvania" will want to file manslaughter charges. While it's commonly called a state, it's not called the State of Pennsylvania; its name is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. See more »

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Alexis Castle: Okay, one last box and I'm ready for college.
Richard Castle: Sweetheart, this is a lot of stuff. You do realize you don't have to take all of this stuff with you to your dorm room. Like this, what is this?
Alexis Castle: Remember? I wanted to ride my bike without training wheels, like the big kids. And I did, so you got me my very own gold medal.
Richard Castle: Oh. Well, honey, that is... that's a very sweet memory, but your dorm room is only so big. You're gonna have to leave some of this stuff behind.
Martha Rodgers: [entering] Don't listen...
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Good episode, but based around a weak cliché.
5 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may seem nit-picky, but they brought it upon themselves.

I've never seen a case where a victim leaving some sort of clue to their murderer made sense. How did they know? What if they're wrong? Why didn't the killer wait until they were dead to leave? How do you know that's even supposed to be a clue? They really had the presence of mind to do that? How much blood has this person lost already? Etc.

So as I'm watching the episode, all I can think about are better clues she could have left. Why "317"? Why not "locker" or "doll" or her brother's name?

And why write it so big? You're BLEEDING TO DEATH! Ration that stuff! She had to crawl, repeatedly, to write out the most cryptic clue she could find in huge letters. Wouldn't it make more sense to stay in one spot and write a longer clue in smaller lettering. If she hadn't wasted so much time and blood, she could have written something that actually made sense. "Locker 317." "Gemini doll." "My brother tracked down the man who killed our parents, so if you look inside the Gemini doll inside storage locker 317 you'll be able to solve four murders."

Who the heck is she writing to anyway? At least when a victim leaves a clue to the murder's identity, it's clear they're leaving it for the police. She really expected writing "317" to help the police? Why would she possibly think they'd have any idea what that meant? Again, at least write "locker 317" so they have some idea where to look. Yeah, maybe they'll waste some time looking at a train station or gym or something, but that still narrows it down much more than just a three-digit number does.

And the most infuriating part is that it didn't have to be a cryptic message written in blood. It could have been a note in her pocket, or jotted down on her arm if they wanted to go for something a little weirder. And in that case, it makes more sense, because it would mean it's a note she wrote to herself. It doesn't have to be specific or useful to the investigation. It just needs to be helpful to her.

The rest of the episode is great, but it's based around one of my least favorite crime tropes, and that spoils the whole thing for me.


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