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Suicide Squeeze 

A baseball player is found dead in Spanish Harlem. It's found that he had many people hating him because he went to Cuba and shook hands with Castro.


David Barrett (as David M. Barrett)


Andrew W. Marlowe (created by), Jose Molina

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... Richard Castle
Stana Katic ... Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan ... Martha Rodgers
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Captain Roy Montgomery
Molly C. Quinn ... Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
Jon Huertas ... Javier Esposito
Tamala Jones ... Lanie Parish (credit only)
Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan
Ray Wise ... Bobby Fox
Arye Gross ... M.E. Sidney Perlmutter
Don Franklin ... Tommy Zane
Chandra West ... Maggie Vega
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mario Sanchez
José Zúñiga ... Alfredo Quintana
Vanessa Martinez ... Lara Blanco


Retired baseball star Cano Vega is murdered on a Spanish Harlem community baseball field he sponsored, with his skull smashed with a bat. He had borrowed $200,000 from a loan shark and his wife believed him adulterous. Yet, she and agent Bobby Fox point at Alfredo Quintana, editor of a Cuban diaspora magazine, which called him a traitor after a visit to Castro's Cuba, which he was a refugee from. He was beaten by a team mate before the murder but there's more to the Cuban connection. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

8 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The suicide squeeze is a play in baseball. In a close or low-scoring game, the team on offense might employ it in order to score an extra insurance run, the tying run, or the winning run. With a baserunner on third base, the runner breaks for home plate as the pitcher delivers the ball to the catcher, while the batter squares up for a sacrifice bunt. The play is so named because by taking off early, combined with the chance the batter might miss the bunt, the incoming runner is metaphorically committing suicide: he is likely to be tagged out at home, and with little to no time to stop and reverse direction, he is also likely to be thrown out retreating to third. See more »


In the episode "Suicide Squeeze," Beckett says over the phone that her badge number is 41319. However in the same episode and other episodes her badge is clearly visible and has the number 0334. See more »


[first lines]
Martha Rodgers: Tell me, Seer... what do I hold in my hand now?
[blindfolded Alexis puts her hands to her head and concentrates]
Alexis Castle: You're holding...
[long pause]
Alexis Castle: A wallet.
Martha Rodgers: Yes! Incredible! Ten out of ten!
Richard Castle: What's going on?
Alexis Castle: [taking off blindfold] Gram's teaching my how to read minds.
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Edited into Castle: Still (2013) See more »


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Come on, writers! You can do better
10 February 2010 | by kabosseSee all my reviews

I love this show. It is like chocolate: no nutritional value whatsoever, but a guilty pleasure I cannot deny myself now and then. And, digested over an extended period of time, not only instantly happiness-producing, but quite addictive as well.

Usually, I am quite happy with the plot development, since it never is or has been the series' main focus anyway (I would wager a great sum of money that the majority of viewers, at least the female ones, are much more interested in two subplots: 1-when will we learn who killed Kate Beckett's mother?; 2-will Beckett and Castle ever admit to-and act on-their mutual attraction?).

But this episode is so stupid, I cannot even enjoy the "candy factor" properly. Come on! Who really did not see that one coming?! I won't tell, but I would not need to, because apart from the writers, who clearly and criminally underestimate the intellectual capacities of the viewers, everybody will have figured it out from the very first mentioning of the very first clue. It is a formula that has been done before a thousand times, and has been done much better.

I am disappointed. But the interaction between Castle and his daughter is sweet, so that, in a way, saves this episode for me. Nonetheless, I hope the writers will do better next time. No pleasure in eating last year's chocolate easter bunny.

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