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The Lives of Others 

Castle is home, mostly alone, in a wheelchair after a skiing accident, bored out of his wits just before his birthday. After a while, he actually picks up a pair of binoculars Alexis gave ... See full summary »

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Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
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Gavin DeWinter
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Dan Renner
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John Dessens
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Castle is home, mostly alone, in a wheelchair after a skiing accident, bored out of his wits just before his birthday. After a while, he actually picks up a pair of binoculars Alexis gave him to play Rear Window. Indeed, right across the street a foxy resident betrays her studly husband with a younger hottie. Shortly after, the cheated husband finds his rival's hat, wields a knife and seems to dispose of the corpse while she isn't seen again. Yet his NYPD team mates only reluctantly investigate and can't find any proof. Castle becomes obsessed with the possibility that he witnessed a murder, while Beckett grows increasingly upset with his mania and sets out to find out the truth one way or the other. That's when things take a surprising and shocking turn... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

This episode pays homage to another Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rebecca. In that movie there is a character named Mrs. DeWinter. See more »

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Beckett refers to a situation where an IRS auditor is paid to act as someone's tax consultant as a "legitimate arrangement". While not illegal, it's not legitimate, either. Employees of the IRS are prohibited from receiving money or anything of material value for tax advice or preparation. It's a violation of professional ethics. See more »

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Richard Castle: [believing he's witnessed a murder] I'm not crazy.
Kate Beckett: No, but you do have a vivid imagination, and you've been stuck inside for two weeks. What were you doing looking out the window anyway?
Richard Castle: I was...
Kate Beckett: Bored? So you saw what you wanted to see? When'd you take your last painkiller?
Richard Castle: I was not hallucinating.
Kate Beckett: Come on, Castle. You're here with a broken leg, binoculars, seeing a "Rear Window" scenario play out across the way. I mean, what are the odds?
Richard Castle: [crestfallen] Astronomical.
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Crazy Credits

During the title sequence, when the letters appear with flashes of light, a large number '100' appears and disappears with the flashes, three times, every time in different size and at a different place around the letters. Finally, the blood spatter from the pen in the title logo forms the number '100'. See more »

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References America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) See more »

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Castle Theme
Written by Robert Duncan
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Rear Window
4 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Is not a favorite of mine - few of Hitchcock's post-war films are. Just "to Catch a Thief" and "North by Northwest" and even those suffer from what I consider toxic audience manipulation and mannerism.

So, as I suffered through this episode just to see how faithful it was to "Rear Window", which it was, with Beckett and Alexis sharing Grace Kelly's role while Castle himself did a good job with Jimmy Stewart's, I was constantly reminded of why I dislike Hitchcock's version so much. Kept having to keep reminding myself I was watching voluntarily, they did such a good job with their source.

And then Wham! Kate with a knife to her neck, the lights going out and Castle hobbling to the rescue. Identical to Hitchcock's manipulation of his audience and Wham! The ending.

Giving a ten partially for its Homage to "Rear Window", including the outrageous audience manipulation, but mainly for the Wham! and will spoil that by warning: if you have a heart condition have your nitroglycerin handy.


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