Castle (2009–2016)
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Nanny McDead 

Castle's first case with the NYPD has him and Beckett solving the case of a nanny found dead in a spin dryer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Richard Castle
... Kate Beckett
... Martha Rodgers
... Captain Roy Montgomery
... Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
... Javier Esposito
... Lanie Parish
... Kevin Ryan
... Claudia Peterson
... Chloe Richardson
... Howard Peterson
... Ian Harris
... Diana Harris
... Police attorney
... Brent Johnson


Howard and Sara Peterson's nanny, Sara Manning from Georgia, is found dead in their building's clothes dryer. Once more, Castle comes up with the non-evident questions and ideas to establish the infidelity-related motive and several suspects. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

16 March 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Guest star Jayne Brook is married to John Terlesky, the director of the episode. See more »


When Castle and Beckett are talking to Lanie over the corpse of the nanny, the dead girl's eye moves when we first see her. See more »


[first lines]
Police attorney: Mr. Castle, be advised: if you get injured following Detective Beckett to research your next novel, you cannot sue the city. If you get shot, you cannot sue the city. If you get killed...
Richard Castle: My lifeless remains cannot sue the city.
Police attorney: Your heirs, Mr. Castle.
Kate Beckett: Do I have to wait for him to sign, or can I shoot him now?
Police attorney: Mr. Castle, these waivers...
Kate Beckett: [quitely] No?
Police attorney: ...are serious...
Kate Beckett: [quitely] Okay.
Police attorney: Perhaps you'd feel more comfortable by referring the matter to *your* attorney?
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References NYPD Blue (1993) See more »


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Episodic character development but convincing acting, unauthentic dialogs, déjà vu but twisted enough story
4 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

The first impression is not always the most objective one but in this case I'm a bit disappointed by Beckett and Castle. In the pilot I found the mix between writing and investigation quite original but watching this episode was just entertaining and nothing more. The acting was good but the protagonists chemistry seemed forced and their dialogs weren't as spicy and funny as expected. In fact I worry that the upcoming episodes are just fillers. So I really hope the writers don't plan to use the same recipe but with a different story every time. In Nanny McDead the events weren't predictable but not surprising. Even Castle's story telling his new partners wasn't intriguing. I just didn't believe him because what he said wasn't fascinating nor thought out of the box. Despite all these cons from time to time I enjoyed watching them investigate because of some good elements like the outfit design and charming performers. But in the end I'll quickly forget that old Nanny story and really disliked the episodic format. I'm surprised the writers didn't focus on further developing the arc covered in the pilot, about a serial killer using Castle's novels as guidelines.

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