Castle and Beckett's romantic weekend in the Hamptons turns sour when a dying man stumbles into Castle's pool.

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Castle and Beckett plan a romantic weekend away in the Hamptons, but their trip turns sour when a dying man stumbles into their swimming pool. Castle is intrigued by the case and Beckett follows his lead, knowing that they will not be able to enjoy their weekend until the crime is solved. The trail leads to a retired mobster, Vincent Cardono, a drug syndicate smuggling methamphetamine out of the Hamptons and a corrupt police deputy. Meanwhile, Ryan and Esposito try to find out who Beckett's boyfriend is. Ryan discovers Castle and Beckett's secret relationship while questioning a suspect, who lets slip that he was questioned by "the writer and his girlfriend". Ryan immediately catches on, and his suspicions are confirmed when the suspect tells Ryan that Castle's girlfriend's name was "Kate". Written by Anonymous

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The title to this episode is an homage to the Angela Lansbury TV series Murder, She Wrote (1984), which was also about a mystery writer solving a murder in a small New England town. See more »

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When Castle and Beckett arrive in the Hamptons, the sun is just starting to set. It takes about two hours to go from Manhattan to the Hamptons, so it would have been at least 7:00 pm before they got there. The sun sets in October there a little after 6:00 pm. See more »

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[first lines]
Martha Rodgers: Isn't this exciting?
Richard Castle: It's just a weekend, mother.
Alexis Castle: Dad, it's your first romantic weekend away with Beckett. It's a big deal.
Richard Castle: Okay, well, no pressure, and let's just hope it happens. It's 4:30 now. If she doesn't catch a murder by 5:00, we are in the clear.
Martha Rodgers: So, what do you have planned?
Richard Castle: I... what do you mean?
Alexis Castle: You don't have a plan?
Richard Castle: The plan is to do nothing. To relax.
Martha Rodgers: Richard!
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References Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »

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My least favorite episode of the young season
22 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my least favorite episode of the young season. I can appreciate that the writers want to shake things up by putting the leads into new locales. But as I've said at least once before, I really consider New York City to be one of the characters. So if you take the show out of the city, it loses something. That's why "Murder He Wrote" left me lukewarm.

Still, there were many good elements worth mentioning.

SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH Four standout scenes come to mind. The first was the gang's inquisition of Beckett as they sought her boyfriend's identity; you just knew Castle couldn't resist lobbing a beach ball like, "A boyfriend, Beckett? Really?" Also noteworthy was Castle's and Beckett's back-and-forth as they realized that Franklin was the meth king of the Hamptons. Another was Ryan's interrogation of Aaron Lerner, especially the way he ratcheted up the intensity as he drew closer to cracking, not the case, but the Castle-Beckett romance. (Nit-pick: why wasn't Esposito on the other side of the one-way glass providing a second set of eyes and ears? They ALWAYS do that.) Finally, there was the speaker phone conversation between Castle (with Beckett listening in) and Ryan, where the two of them came to the dreadful realization that Ryan knew.

I also love how Castle's Ferrari has become the currency for favors from the boys, as in "Headhunters" last season.

SPOILER HERE The ending, likewise, was a nice surprise. As was the case with the episodes "Til Death Do Us Part" and "A Deadly Game," the killer was someone who was not even on the radar, but popped up at the last minute.

My two favorite lines were:

Castle: "Call 911." Beckett: "Really?"

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"Suspects tend to hold back on stuff like that," said by Castle to Chief Brady, in reference to the affair between Franklin and Natalia Roosevelt.

There were very few "looks." The best was Esposito's quizzical eyebrow arch as Castle and Beckett went their separate ways after the "boyfriend" discussion.


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