Castle (2009–2016)
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Tick, Tick, Tick... 

In a two-part storyline, Federal Agent Jordan Shaw, an insightful and accomplished Federal investigator, teams up with Castle & Beckett to hunt down a cunning and elusive serial killer.


Bryan Spicer


Andrew W. Marlowe (created by), Moira Kirland

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Episode cast overview:
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
Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan
Dana Delany ... Special Agent Jordan Shaw
Leonard Roberts ... Special Agent Jason Avery
Andrew Rothenberg ... Donald Salt


Only Becket, on whom the lead character was based, pretends not to be excited when one of Castle's books is chosen for a Hollywood movie. An anonymous, amused 'fan' calls the precinct to report his murder. The call is traced to Grand Central Station where the victim is found, shot with five bullets hand-marked to spell out 'NIKKI'. Two more calls turn up as many bodies, who's marked bullets finish the message with 'WILL BURN'. The FBI to get involved and Agent Jordan Shaw, arrives at the second murder scene. Castle recognizes her as she has solved several high-profile crimes. When he starts getting excited by all the high-tech 'toys' the FBI has and gets Agent Shaw's admiration for his help deciphering clues, Beckett starts to get a little jealous. An apparent solution proves to be just the beginning. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 March 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?


"tick...tick...tick" is the name of a 1969 cult movie about a black sheriff in a southern town. See more »


After Shaw tells Beckett to go home, Kate touches her hair with a gloved right hand. The angle changes, and her right hand is now bare and she's holding the glove in her left hand. See more »


[first lines]
Richard Castle: [on phone] Yeah, Paula, that sounds perfect.
Richard Castle: Yeah, close the deal.
Richard Castle: Thank you, and to you.
[hangs up, then to Beckett]
Richard Castle: Hey.
Kate Beckett: Hey.
Richard Castle: Ask me why I'm here.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


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Nikki Heat is the famous detective not Kate Beckett, as Jordan Shaw takes control.
3 November 2013 | by provethegrooveSee all my reviews

Moves are afoot to turn the novel Heat Wave into a movie. Richard Castle shares this news with Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, and she is her typical rude, insulting self, reminding Richard Castle that she really does not want him around.

The focus then shifts to the new case which involves a serial killer who is obsessed with Nikki Heat, not Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective. This provides an opportunity to introduce the impressive Dana Delany to the show as Special Agent Jordan Shaw. Jordan Shaw is clever and talented. She also has a large team and lots of great equipment. She works well with Richard Castle and acknowledges his assistance, something Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective, routinely struggles to do. Beckett becomes jealous of the working relationship between Castle and Shaw and in contrast to her attitude at the top of the show, wants Castle to share everything with her before he shares it with Jordan Shaw.

This two-part show has a cliffhanger at the end speculating whether Kate Beckett will survive.

Kate Becker clearly has a long way to go before she gets to the class of Jordan Shaw, both professionally and personally. Whether by accident or design the very impressive Jordan Shaw represents very serious competition for Kate Beckett, the infallible super detective. However this theme is very rarely touched upon by the writers in the show.

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