When Castle's idol, a famously reclusive author, turns up dead, Castle is determined to solve his hero's murder. But as he and Beckett dig deeper, they discover that truth is stranger than fiction.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Shipton (credit only)
Father Arguello
Stephen Reed
Billy O'Rourke
Wendy Johnson (as Lise Simms)
Eric Logan
Milton Cicero
Dave Johnson


Blind Catholic priest Arguello identifies the regular prayer murdered in his church as Castle's famously reclusive idol, a one-hit great American novel author. Becket reluctantly admits she needs Castle's author skills and city hall access to investigate the case, as the author's multiple pseudonyms 'for long participatory research purposes' including a mob hit-man lead to infidelity and city funds fraud, triggering new crimes. Meanwhile Ryan and Esposito each hope to supplement their meager family budgets via the NYPD sergeant detective exam. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


When Martha shows up at the precinct to talk to Beckett about the separation, Beckett firmly declares that she and Castle aren't getting divorced. During their investigation in "Castle: A Chill Goes Through Her Veins (2009)", when Beckett still considered Castle an annoying nuisance, they roleplay being a married couple, in the course of which she comments "If we're married, I want a divorce". See more »


At the opening Beckett is making a cup of coffee. She is shown frothing milk than pouring it into a cup. She tastes the coffee, it appears to be bad, and she pours black coffee down the drain. See more »


Richard Castle: The only people with access to the entire budget are the comptroller, the mayor's chief of staff, and the deputy chief.
Kevin Ryan: Stephen Reed. The guy we met with.
Richard Castle: I know for a fact that the chief of staff is in London with the mayor.
Javier Esposito: And I made a few discreet calls. The city comptroller was at a fundraiser when Dave was shot.
Kate Beckett: Which means Reed is our main suspect.
Kevin Ryan: Okay, so how do we get this guy?
Richard Castle: May I suggest the "Midnight Run" stratagem?
Alexis Castle: The what?
Richard Castle: "Midnight Run". It's one of the top five buddy movies ...
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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the further the worse
13 October 2015 | by (Moscow) – See all my reviews

It's awful. The writers think, that the happiness of main characters is tedious for us, they want us to worry. Morons. All the charm of the show is in that happiness, and trust, and joint work - there is enough for the detective serial. Now it's a bloody soap opera. A bad one. A veeeery bad one. The wife leaves her husband because of work. Stupidity. "I love you but I need time". For what?! More stupidity. Having destroyed the family, the wife is not very concern and smiles all the time. More and more stupidity. The husband wants his wife that loves him to fall in love with him again. Oh. my. God. The most idiotic twist ever. And where the detective? Forgotten. Stories are far-fetched, predictable and banal. Jokes are boring. I'm crying.

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