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"Castle" Headhunters (2012)

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Castle: Season 4: Episode 21 -- Castle takes Detective Ethan Slaughter as his partner.


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Andrew W. Marlowe (created by)
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16 April 2012 (Season 4, Episode 21)
Castle finally gets Beckett, who admits so only in therapy, she may have made him wait too long when... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Nathan Fillion ... Richard Castle

Stana Katic ... Kate Beckett

Susan Sullivan ... Martha Rodgers

Jon Huertas ... Javier Esposito

Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan

Tamala Jones ... Lanie Parish (credit only)

Molly C. Quinn ... Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)

Penny Johnson Jerald ... Captain Victoria Gates (credit only)

Adam Baldwin ... Det. Ethan Slaughter

Michael Dorn ... Dr. Carter Burke

Michael McGrady ... Brian Reilly

Reynaldo Gallegos ... Cesar Vales (as Rey Gallegos)

Anna Zielinski ... M.E. Laura Wilson

Christopher Rivera ... Det. Marc Gibson

Clifford McGhee ... Maxi

Mario Ardila Jr. ... Gilberto Mendoza

Stefan Niemczyk ... Shea

Ramona DuBarry ... Reporter
Jan M. Janssen ... Officer Jenkins
Carter Mitchell ... Homeless Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeremy Timmins ... Westie

Miles Tagtmeyer ... Glitch (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Terlesky 
Writing credits
Andrew W. Marlowe (created by)

Alexi Hawley (written by)

Produced by
David Amann .... executive producer
Elizabeth Beall .... co-producer (as Elizabeth Davis)
Armyan Bernstein .... executive producer
Rob Bowman .... executive producer
Christine Boylan .... co-producer
David Grae .... co-executive producer
D. Howard Grigsby .... producer (as Howard Grigsby)
Rob Hanning .... consulting producer
Alexi Hawley .... producer
Marc A. Kahn .... producer (as Marc Kahn)
Moira Kirland .... co-executive producer
Andrew W. Marlowe .... executive producer
Lisa Schomas .... associate producer
Joan Van Horn .... co-producer
Terence Paul Winter .... co-producer
Laurie Zaks .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Duncan 
Cinematography by
Daryn Okada 
Film Editing by
David Latham 
Casting by
Kendra Castleberry 
Donna Rosenstein 
Production Design by
Alfred Sole 
Art Direction by
Chris Hansen 
Set Decoration by
Claire Kaufman 
Costume Design by
Luke Reichle 
Makeup Department
June Brickman .... department head makeup artist
Fiona Distefano .... key makeup artist
Edward Morrison .... department head hair stylist
Lillie S. Frierson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ashley Glazier .... post-production supervisor (as Ashley Stephenson)
Nancy Sprow .... production supervisor
Art Department
Brendon Cowsill .... set dresser
Tiffany Cowsill .... set dressing gang boss
Vincent DeSantis .... construction coordinator
Brian Ferguson .... assistant on-set dresser
Kate Fettis .... set decoration buyer
Jessica Harmon-Bergeron .... art department assistant
Damon Hight .... propmaker foreman
Robert Scott Kyker .... property master (as Robert Kyker)
Glenn H. Roberts .... on-set dresser
Patrick Russo .... assistant property master
Tim Scheu .... leadman
Lee Thomson .... set dresser
Lynette Wich .... art department coordinator
Tim Swope .... graphics artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Ronald G. Cogswell .... production sound mixer (as Ron Cogswell)
Jeremy J. Gordon .... supervising sound editor
Max Medenwald .... adr recordist
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Judah Getz .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jason Krane .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Calvert .... special effects coordinator (as Bob Calvert)
Visual Effects by
Mark Dennison .... visual effects artist
Jon Howard .... visual effects producer
Francesco Panzieri .... digital compositor: Encore Hollywood
Lesley Robson-Foster .... visual effects supervisor
Nick Sinnott .... tracking artist
Carrie L. Smith .... visual effects artist
Allen Tracy .... visual effects editor: Encore Hollywood
Dennis Madalone .... stunt coordinator
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Gary Price .... stunt performer
Paul Anthony Scott .... stunt double: Nathan Fillion
Josh Tessier .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Ash .... lighting technician
James Banfield .... best boy electrician
Andrew Bikichky .... camera operator
Joe Chouchanian .... key grip
Graeme Dickson .... grip
Dave Egerstrom .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jay Galbo .... lighting technician
Chris Garcia .... b cam first ac
Jeff Ginyard .... lighting technician
Ron P. Jaffe .... still photographer
Jono Kouzouyan .... chief lighting technician
Mark La Bonge .... camera operator (as Mark LaBonge)
Timothy McCrary .... lighting technician
Lance Oyabu .... best boy electric
William Pavlu .... rigger
Kevin Perry .... lighting technician
Andrey Prikazchikov .... grip
Joseph T. Terranova .... lighting technician
Anthony Huljev .... rigging electrian (uncredited)
Casting Department
Annie Muñoz .... extras casting
Lauren Shaw .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Abate .... costumer
Artemio Carpio .... set costumer
Johnny Foam .... costume supervisor
Nancy Malone .... costumer
Nancy Malone .... set costumer
Stanley Moore .... key costumer
Erich A. Muller .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Dennison .... on-line editor
Tayah Geist .... post-production assistant
Will Lawrence .... colorist
Ann M. Parish .... assistant editor
Location Management
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Alfonso F. Ruiz .... key assistant location manager
George Shockley .... location manager
Music Department
Robert Duncan .... composer: theme music
Amber Funk .... music editor
Tricia Halloran .... music supervisor
Layla Minoui .... composer: additional music
Kim Planert .... composer: additional music
Tom Porter .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Andy Spilkoman .... picture car coordinator (picture cars)
Jon Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Sophie Addie .... production staff
Chris Corrado .... production staff
Katelin Cusack .... production staff
Saray Deiseil .... production staff
Robert Dierx .... production assistant
Shalisha Francis .... story editor
Chris Gutierrez .... production medic
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Deb Lancello .... production accountant
Cooper McMains .... production staff
Zack Neuman .... production assistant
Nicole Rodgers .... production staff
Tricia Ronten .... script supervisor
Justin Scutieri .... production assistant
Warren Upson .... production assistant
Shawn Waugh .... assistant to executive producer
Shawn Waugh .... production staff
Andrew Yeager .... production assistant
Christiana Hug .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Nancy A. Terriberry .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew W. Marlowe  created by

Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aurora Warfield .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Shane Ingersoll .... art department production assistant
Don O'Reilly .... props
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert K. Feldmann .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Mike Indursky .... assistant camera
Patrick Johnson .... rigging grip
Elizabeth Singer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shana Goldberger .... costume intern
Lara Greene .... tailor
Susan Wachsler .... costumer
Location Management
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Michael Hartel .... location manager
Stephanie Madonna .... location coordinator
Kellie Morrison .... location manager
Justin Rosini .... assistant location manager
Tom Sexton .... location assistant
Other crew
Hal Fuchsman .... staff set production assistant
Elizabeth Martins .... assistant production coordinator (as Liz Kugle)
Carlos Ramos Jr. .... production staff
David Shupp Jr. .... construction office production assistant
Lora Sorrentino .... staff production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

UK:45 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The line that Detective Slaughter says in answer to Castle asking if he will be crushing anyone today "I like to keep my options open" is the same line Adam Baldwin's character Jayne uses in the movie Serenity when Nathan Fillion's character Mal asks why he's bringing grenades along - which makes another Firefly reference in this episode.See more »
Detective Ethan Slaughter:[denying Castle's request for a ride-along] I need a writer hanging around like I need a case of the crabs.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Jake and the Fatman" (1987)See more »
Castle ThemeSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Great Performance By Adam Baldwin Leads To A Great Episode, 23 April 2012
Author: Michael Seese from United States

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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