Castle (2009–2016)
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Once Upon a Time in the West 

When Castle and Beckett learn that a murder victim may have been poisoned at an Old West-style resort, they visit the resort posing as newlyweds to uncover the truth.


Alrick Riley




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... Richard Castle
Stana Katic ... Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan ... Martha Rodgers
Jon Huertas ... Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan
Tamala Jones ... Lanie Parish
Molly C. Quinn ... Alexis Castle
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Captain Victoria Gates
Keith Szarabajka ... James Grady
Dale Midkiff ... Sheriff Conklin
Matt Roth ... Philip Dagmar
Molly Hagan ... Daisy May
Tyler Hilton ... Tobias
Matt Burns ... James 'Ollie' Oliver
Eloy Casados ... Yavapai Elder


The only lead to a poisoned female found in New York is that she had just returned from an authentic Old West-style holiday resort in Arizona. The poison takes about 10 hours to take affect so this means she was actually poisoned in Arizona. But the local sheriff won't help them, as it could damage the towns only attraction. Castle comes up with a plan to go there undercover with Beckett as newly-weds. They soon find, backed up by local Sheriff Conklin and by Esposito and Ryan, that the victim was on the trail of both her ancestry and the lost gold of a 19th century major hold-up. Resort staff provides several suspects. Written by KGF Vissers

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The ranch activities they circled on their brochure are: Map Reading (Castle), Hog-Tying (Beckett), Harmonica for Beginners (Castle), Cowboy Saloon (Castle), Gunspinning (Beckett), Western Dancing (Beckett).

That's why Castle was in the Saloon. Castle plays the harmonica (which he just learned) at their campfire. Castle is carrying the map when they go out searching, and he says "according to the map" so there's a reference in the dialog, too.

Beckett's black costume looks ideal for gunspinning, which she eventually demonstrates. No apparent sign of Western dancing. She does lasso Castle, which is probably a family-friendly nod to hog-tying, but "lasso and roping" was a separate class on the list. See more »


The stagecoach that Castle and Beckett arrive at the dude ranch in says 'Spearfish - Deadwood Stage'. The stagecoach must have been borrowed from South Dakota. Since the dude ranch is in Arizona, it should say something like 'Tombstone - Agua Caliente Stage'. See more »


[first lines]
Paramedic: Whitney Williams, 22. She went into convulsions on the E-train. In and out of consciousness ever since.
Dr. Neville: I want CBC and an EKG. Any sign of drugs on her?
Paramedic: Nothing. But at one point, she said someone did this to her.
Dr. Neville: Whitney, can you tell me what happened?
Whitney Williams: Diamondback.
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Crazy Credits

The "Castle" title card features an Old West motif with desert and cacti, along with accompanying Old West-style music. See more »


References Bonanza (1959) See more »

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worst castle episode i've seen :(
14 December 2016 | by dutoitjvSee all my reviews


this episode came across to both my me and my wife as being tired, lame and trying too hard. the jokes seemed clichéd, the plot was razor- thin, and the references to jaded action actors made us feel as if the episode was trying to cash in on an overdone trope.

i didn't notice my wife laugh, giggle, chuckle or even smile at any point. castle normally has her in raptures, but not this episode. the humour was just... lame. as a guy who grew up in the 80s, i relate well to action heroes and action movies, but i found myself giving forced laughs - "oh, this is a joke! i am supposed to laugh now".

castle came across in this episode as juvenile (as opposed to his usual charming childlikeness), and kate seemed as if she were running through lines. ryan and esposito's gimmick for the episode was so lame i cringed every time it came up (instead of laughing at what was supposed to be goofy).

while castle plots are usually not overly solid, this one required an even greater suspension of reality to believe. it was also dreadfully transparent. we both knew who the culprit was from super early on, and were just waiting for the big reveal (surprise! NOT) so that the show would end :(

this episode could have been an awesome firefly throwback (because let's me honest, most guys probably watch this show for mal reynolds (and kate beckett for eye candy)), but this was only a nod in firefly's direction theme-wise. no in-jokes here.

we both love the show immensely, but we struggled to keep awake by three quarters of the way through (we usually watch an episode before turning in at night). this season (7) has picked up the standard considerably and that highlights the poor quality of this episode all the more.

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