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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lanie Parish (credit only)
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Captain Victoria Gates (credit only)
Brian Reilly
Cesar Vales (as Rey Gallegos)
M.E. Laura Wilson
Det. Marc Gibson


Castle finally gets Beckett, who admits so only in therapy, she may have made him wait too long when he teams up for an investigation with her colorful colleague detective inspector Ethan Slaughter, a cowboy style bulldog, who was assigned multiple decapitated Jamaican corpses from the Irish Westies gang member Brian Reilly's maverick son. Although uncomfortable with the ruffian style, gentleman sleuth Castle proves his value while they discard a simple gang war and focus on newcomer Cesar Vales's Mexican gang. Castle not only repeatedly appeals to his former team, but actually turns to them when he disagrees with Slaughter's theory as well as his bully blackmail method. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin are reunited in this episode. They previously worked together on Firefly, 10 years earlier. There have been many references to Firefly throughout the series. In the episode, Baldwin's character wears a brown coat given to him by Fillion's - Fillion played a 'browncoat' in Firefly. See more »


Richard Castle: [Playing with a Godzilla and a Barbie. As Godzilla] You are very, uh, beautiful, Nikki Heat. It is, uh, too bad that I have to kill you now.
[as Nikki Heat]
Richard Castle: Uglier men than you have tried, Trago.
[the Barbie doll slaps Godzilla. As Godzilla]
Richard Castle: You have slapped me. I will not let...
Martha Rodgers: Playing with dolls, are we?
Richard Castle: These are action figures.
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References Jake and the Fatman (1987) See more »


The Devil's Got My Soul
Written by Claude Le Henaff and Tony Merando
Performed by The Crossroads Band
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A Great Performance By Adam Baldwin Leads To A Great Episode
23 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an amazing episode of "Castle." (I was going to say, "awesome," but I'm a grown man.) The writers really worked a tightrope, teetering between dark and light. You had Slaughter's rough-housing of suspects and informants, balanced by Esposito and Ryan seeking favors from Castle in exchange for their help. The final scene, with Castle and Alexis racing for the ice cream, let us end on an up beat.

First of all, give a ton of credit to Adam Baldwin for his portrayal of Detective Ethan Slaughter. He was intense. (Though at the end, when she confronted Vales, Beckett showed that she could be intense, too.) As over-the-top as Slaughter was, the character easily could have been a caricature. Credit Baldwin for not letting that happen.

They gave him so many juicy lines:

  • The aforementioned disparaging of "awesome."

  • "I'm guessing 32s?" (Complemented by the camera panning up from the

bullets to the medical examiner's...)

  • "You got a skirt that says 'writer' on it, too?"

  • "Real man land."

Two scenes stand out in my mind as being particularly engrossing and entertaining. First, Beckett's scene with "Counselor Worf" was great. Have you noticed that in her early therapy sessions, she sat and hugged herself, and now she paces and gestures? But the best was the entire scene in McCrawley's Bar when Castle:

1. Yells "NPYD" (yes, that's what he said) and then nearly get trampled.

2. Has his fight with Shea, all the while Slaughter is calmly holding Brian Reilly (the victim's father) at gunpoint and cracking peanuts.

3. Knocks out Shea with a beer bottle and, rather than make some sort of macho gesture, faints.

4. And (though it was not quite the same scene) struts into the precinct like he was a member of the Magnificent Seven.

Which leads us to "the looks." - Beckett's disbelieving stare at Castle's triumphant entrance.

  • The medical examiner's panicked "no" nod when Castle asked to ride

along with Slaughter.

  • Slaughter's glare when Castle offered him a cappuccino.

Though Slaughter would be too much as a regular, I certainly hope they bring him back for at least one curtain call.

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