Castle Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for Castle. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases

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22 - Crossfire

Written By: Alexi Hawley & Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.3 Audience: 7.65
With their best lead in hand, Castle and Beckett are ready to take on LokSat. But an unforeseen twist puts their case – and their lives – in jeopardy

21 - Hell to Pay

Story By: Jim Adler Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.74
When an axe-wielding, escaped psychiatric inmate drops dead in Castle’s P.I. office, Castle and Beckett’s investigation leads Castle to suspect the victim’s death could be the work of the Antichrist

20 - Much Ado About Murder

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 6.03
After a movie star turned theater actor is mysteriously killed, Castle and Beckett go backstage and learn the star had more to worry about than just his lines

19 - Dead Again

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.19
When a mild mannered safety inspector for the city miraculously survives a poisoning, it might be luck; but when he survives another, it’s a mystery Castle and Beckett will have to solve

18 - Backstabber

Written By: Robert Bella Directed By: Jessica Yu
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 5.86
After Hayley does a favor for an old friend, she finds herself implicated in a killing and cyber-terror attack. Now, Beckett and Castle must rush to solve the case and clear Hayley’s name

17 - Death Wish

Written By: Stephanie Hicks Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.44
The murder of a man connected to smuggling Turkish relics sends Castle, Beckett and the 12th Precinct on a search for a stolen antique believed to be Aladdin’s lamp, in hopes that it can lead them to the killer

16 - Heartbreaker

Written By: Barry O'Brien Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.37
A clue at the scene of the death of an armored-car driver leads Beckett and Castle back to an old case solved by Esposito. But COMPLICATIONS arise when they learn that Esposito might not have been telling them everything about his past with the culprit

15 - Fidelis Ad Mortem

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.50
When a recruit officer at the NYPD Academy is killed, Beckett and the team go back to their old training ground to investigate. Meanwhile, Castle must reckon with a decision with profound consequences for him and Beckett

14 - G.D.S.

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 5.68
Castle returns to the City of Angels in search of answers about his missing time. But things take a deadly turn when he’s recruited by the legendary Greatest Detective Society to help solve a murder

13 - And Justice For All

Written By: Adam Frost Directed By: Kate Woods
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 5.26
Beckett and the 12th Precinct look into the murder of an English as a Second Langue student. But when the victim’s class won’t talk to the police, Castle goes undercover as a French Canadian immigrant and learns that the victim was more than he seemed

12 - The Blame Game

Written By: Michael Zebede Directed By: Jessica Yu
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 5.48
Castle is captured and forced to work with strangers to solve deranged puzzles and mind games, while Beckett and the 12th Precinct must race against time to rescue Castle and catch a killer

11 - Dead Red

Written By: Jim Adler Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 0.9 Audience: 5.15
When the son of a Russian diplomat turns up murdered, Beckett and Castle find themselves in a dangerous game of international crime and punishment, with Castle having to entertain a jovial Russian security officer who winds up more involved than anyone planned

10 - Witness for the Prosecution

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 0.8 Audience: 4.19
Castle finally gets his day in court when he takes the stand as the key witness to a murder from five months ago. But when new information suddenly arises, he and Beckett must race against the clock to prevent a miscarriage of justice

09 - Tone Death

Written By: Robert Bella Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 5.72
When a body is found in the theater of Martha’s latest show, Castle and Beckett’s investigation leads them into the unexpectedly dangerous world of competitive a capella.

08 - Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.65
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a cruise ship entertainer, only to find themselves trapped at sea with the killer

07 - The Last Seduction

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.66
In order to hunt down the brutal murderer of a grifting seducer, Castle & Beckett must investigate New York’s elite. Meanwhile, Castle plans to surprise Beckett on their one-year wedding anniversary.

06 - Cool Boys

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.0 Audience: 6.07
Detective Slaughter returns to enlist Castle’s help in solving a high-stakes robbery case. But when a body is found linked to the crime, Slaughter becomes the number one suspect in the heist turned murder, while Castle has to determine whether he’s guilty or help to prove he’s innocent.

05 - The Nose

Written By: Nancy Kiu Directed By: Steve Robin
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.67
When a priceless work of art is stolen and its transporter murdered, Castle and Beckett must work with the key witness to track down the painting and sniff out the killer

04 - What Lies Beneath

Written By: Barry O’Brien Directed By: Larry Shaw
Rating: 1.1 Audience: 6.78
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

03 - PhDead

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 6.76
When the body of a local college fraternity student is found gruesomely murdered, Castle has to go undercover as a professor in order to gain access to the victim's world. However, he and Beckett soon discover that behind the fun and games of college are some darker secrets the university wants to keep hidden

02 - XX

Written By: Alexi Hawley & Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 6.70
In part two of the Season 8 premiere, Beckett’s side of her abrupt disappearance is revealed. After receiving a mysterious tip from her past, Beckett is launched into a fight for her life, with a team of mercenaries hot on her trail. While Castle investigates why his wife is on the run, Beckett must figure out who wants her dead, before they can finish the job

01 - XY

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.2 Audience: 6.84
After passing the Captain's exam in the Season 7 finale, Beckett was surprised with an offer to run for State Senate. In the action packed season premiere, Castle and Beckett are adjusting to Beckett's career change, when a call from a mysterious stranger sets off an explosive chain of events. There are two sides to every story, and this unique two-parter will explore the same story from each of their perspectives, first from Castle's side as he searches for Beckett in the exciting Season 8 premiere
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23 - Hollander’s Woods

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Edda Miller Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 8.44
A death in the woods draws Castle back to a terrifying and defining event in his childhood. Investigation leads to obsession, as he attempts to unearth answers that have eluded him for decades, all while Beckett faces a crossroads of her own

22 - Dead from New York

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 8.26
When Sid Ross, the powerful creator of a long-running sketch comedy show is killed, Castle and Beckett are called to investigate. But as they delve into the victim's life and the colorful world of “Saturday Night Tonight,” they uncover a shocking secret that may explain Sid's murder. Carly Rae Jepson is featured as a musical guest

21 - In Plane Sight

Written By: Dara Resnik Creasey Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.3 Audience: 8.31
As Castle and Alexis travel to London, their routine flight turns deadly when the plane’s Air Marshal is found murdered. With the help of Beckett on the ground, Castle and Alexis race against time to find the killer before he carries out his fateful plan

20 - Sleeper

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 8.34
A mysterious recurring dream drives Castle and Beckett to seek answers about the two-month period when he went missing. But their search for the truth has deadly consequences

19 - Habeas Corpse

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Kate Woods
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 8.16
When Richie “The Pitbull” Falco, a larger-than-life personal-injury attorney is found dead, Beckett and Castle investigate the many clients and competitors who had motive to kill him. But the mystery deepens when they discover a shocking secret that may be linked to Richie’s murder

18 - At Close Range

Written By: Jim Adler Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 8.04
Detective Kevin Ryan is on the security detail of a charismatic congressman attending a charity event when shots suddenly ring out. Driven to apprehend the killer, Ryan must revisit the events that led up to the shooting, with the help of Castle and Beckett

17 - Hong Kong Hustle

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey Directed By: Jann Turner
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 8.94
After a man is mysteriously murdered in a park, Castle and Beckett team up with a competitive, high-powered female detective from Hong Kong, who has information about the victim. But as Beckett digs deeper into the case, she realizes neither her Hong Kong colleague nor the victim may be quite who they seem

16 - The Wrong Stuff

Written By: Terri Miller Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.61
When an astronaut training for a trip to Mars is mysteriously killed inside a Mars simulation, Castle and Beckett don spacesuits to investigate. But when they discover no one inside the sealed simulation could have committed the murder and no one from the outside could get in, the case takes a shocking turn

15 - Reckoning

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.47
In the second installment of the Castle two-parter, stakes rise as the 12th Precinct matches wits with serial killers Jerry Tyson (3XK) and Dr. Kelly Nieman. With the clock ticking, Castle and the team must crack the case before the killers claim their next victim, on Part Two of Season 7's Two Part Event.

14 - Resurrection

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.43
When clues in a murder implicate Castle and Beckett's nemesis, Dr. Kelly Nieman, Castle is called in to consult on the case. But as the team delves deeper into the investigation, they uncover connections to notorious serial killer Jerry Tyson. Part One of Season 7's Two Part Event.

13 - I, Witness

Written By: Terence Paul Winter & Amanda Johns Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 7.41
Castle is hired to uncover if a client's husband is having an affair, but the case takes a shocking turn when Castle witnesses the client's murder - by her husband. But with no proof that THE KILLING took place, Castle and Beckett must investigate to expose the truth

12 - Private Eye Caramba!

Written By: Adam Frost Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 7.60
When a young Latin telenovela actress is murdered, Beckett and the team delve into a case that is as flamboyant and full of intrigue as any telenovela. Meanwhile, Castle is hired as private investigator by the show's sultry star to pursue the case from another angle

11 - Castle, P.I.

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Milan Cheylov
Rating: 1.3 Audience: 6.77
After being forbidden to work with Kate Beckett or the 12th Precinct, Castle obtains a P.I. license and shows up unannounced at Beckett’s crime scene, hoping to investigate alongside her as a private eye. But things don’t go as Castle had planned

10 - Bad Santa

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.4 Audience: 7.32
When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle and Beckett soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against this backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie reach a defining moment in their relationship

09 - Last Action Hero

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 8.45
When the star of Castle’s favorite ‘80’s action movie is mysteriously murdered, Castle and Beckett delve into the victim’s secret past and pursue his killer with help from a team of aging action heroes

08 - Kill Switch

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 9.55
When subway passengers, including Detective Esposito, are taken hostage by a mysterious gunman, Castle, Beckett and the team must uncover the gunman's agenda before it’s too late

07 - Once Upon A Time In The West

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Alrick Riley
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.38
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

06 - Time Of Our Lives

Written By: Terri Edda Miller Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 9.65
A murder investigation launches Castle into what seems to be an alternate universe where he's never met Kate Beckett. Castle has to convince Beckett, Esposito and Ryan -- now complete strangers -- to let him participate in their investigation so he can find his way back to his own world. This inspires Castle & Beckett to finally take a trip to the altar

05 - Meme is Murder

Written By: Jim Adler Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.75
When a web celebrity is murdered, Castle and Beckett explore the flashy world of internet fame. But when the killer posts pictures from the crime scene on a photo-sharing site, they realize they are up against a social media sociopath who may strike again

04 - Child's Play

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 8.82
When an ice cream vender is shot, evidence leads Beckett and Castle to believe that an unknown second-grader may have vital information about the case. Castle goes undercover at an elementary school to try and identify the second-grader but nothing goes as planned

03 - Clear & Present Danger

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey Directed By: Kate Woods
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.17
When a pool shark is murdered by an unseen force, Castle and Becket uncover evidence that the killer may have paranormal powers. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett attempt to get their lives back to normal following his disappearance

02 - Montreal

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Alrick Riley
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 9.90
While the team investigates the murder of a toy company CEO, Castle uncovers a lead to his mysterious disappearance, launching him into a dangerous investigation of his own

01 - Driven

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.75
In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle's car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career.
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23 - For Better or For Worse

Written By: Terri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.59
Castle and Beckett's long-awaited wedding is almost here, but when a shocking surprise threatens to ruin the big day, they are sent on a wild mission filled with masked men, angry bikers and a charming ne'er-do-well from Beckett's past

22 - Veritas

Written By: Rob Hanning & Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 9.00
A secret investigation conducted by Beckett related to her mother's murder goes awry when a man she has been surveilling is killed. When evidence links Beckett to the victim, she and Castle become the targets of a manhunt that puts both of them in grave danger

21 - Law & Boarder

Written By: Jim Adler Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.39
When an up-and-coming professional skateboarder is gunned down by a mysterious motorcyclist, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the world of extreme sports, where the death defying stunts aren’t the only thing that’s dangerous

20 - That ’70s Show

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Kevin Hooks
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.76
When construction workers find the body of an infamous New York mobster who disappeared in the seventies, Beckett and Castle try to solve this three decade-old Mafia hit. Unfortunately, their only witness is a man who thinks it’s still the 1970’s, so to uncover what he knows, they must play into his delusion, and party like it’s the last days of disco

19 - The Greater Good

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Holly Dale
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.78
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a Wall Street trader, but the case takes a shocking turn when the they discover the victim was an undercover informant for the U.S. Attorney’s office. To complicate matters further, the U.S. attorney involved is Elizabeth Weston, Captain Gates’ estranged sister

18 - The Way of the Ninja

Story By: Christine Roum & Shawn Waugh Directed By: Larry Shaw
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.99
When a Japanese ballet dancer is mysteriously murdered, Castle and Beckett's investigation into her secret life uncovers evidence that she was killed by a ninja, and now that ninja is coming after them

17 - In the Belly of the Beast

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & David Amann Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.38
Beckett is recruited to assist on a Narcotics investigation, but a routine mission turns deadly when an undercover operation goes array. To survive, Beckett must engage in a battle of wits against some of the most dangerous men in the New York underworld – including a powerful enemy from her past

16 - Room 147

Written By: Adam Frost Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 8.69
When a guilt-ridden young woman confesses to the murder of a struggling actor -- knowing details only the killer could know -- Beckett and Castle seem to have an open-and-shut case, until they uncover proof that their suspect couldn’t possibly be the killer. When a second person confesses, equally convinced they committed the murder, the team realizes the case is far more mysterious than they thought,

15 - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey & Dana Resnik Creasey Directed By: Kevin Hooks
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 7.75
The murder of a high school mean girl draws Castle back to one of his many alma maters, where he is giddy to learn that the evidence points to a surprising perpetrator – a teenage telekinetic, throwing he and Beckett into a real-life “Carrie"

14 - Dressed to Kill

Written By: Elizabeth Beall Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.02
When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine’s dictatorial editor Matilda King is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. Meanwhile Beckett’s history in the modelling world gets her access to a very special wedding surprise

13 - Limelight

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.96
When a rising young pop star is found dead in an alley, Castle and Beckett delve into the victim’s out-of-control hard-partying lifestyle, but as they dig deeper, a shocking revelation threatens to rock their investigation

12 - Deep Cover

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.03
The murder of a young video store clerk takes a strange turn when the team discovers his past history as a high-level hacker. But it’s nothing compared to the shock Castle receives when their investigation leads them straight to his father, Jackson Hunt

11 - Under Fire

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & David Amann Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 8.83
When Castle and Beckett discover that the victim of a building fire was actually shot to death, they get on the trail of a serial arsonist turned murderer. Meanwhile, Ryan's wife, Jenny, goes into labor, but disaster threatens to ruin the joyous moment

10 - The Good, The Bad & The Baby

Written By: Terri Edda Miller Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 11.41
Before dying, he hands a mysterious bundle to the priest. When the bundle turns out to be a smiling baby boy, Castle and Beckett find themselves accidental nannies to the newborn. But when they determine the baby and the victim were not related, they discover that finding his rightful parents may be just as hard as solving the murder

09 - Disciple

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.93
Castle and Beckett arrive at a crime scene to discover that the female victim bears a shocking resemblance to Medical Examiner Lanie Parish. As the team tries to make sense of this mystery, they realize the killer may be targeting detectives of the 12th Precinct. Annie Wersching guest stars as Dr. Kelly Nieman, an exclusive Manhattan cosmetic surgeon who draws Castle and Beckett's interest because of her connection to the victim

08 - A Murder Is Forever

Written By: Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.05
When a famed relationship therapist is murdered, it appears that her access to the secrets of her elite and powerful clients led to her death. But when Castle and Beckett discover the victim was in possession of a rare object worth millions of dollars, they realize that this case may be even more complicated – and dangerous – than they thought

07 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Written By: Marc Dube Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.87
Alexis enlists Castle’s help on an Innocence Review case to prove that a death row inmate, Frank Henson, was wrongly convicted. With only 72 hours left before his execution, Castle and Alexis (with help from Beckett) urgently investigate the original murder, only to uncover explosive secrets that may seal Frank’s fate. Joelle Carter guest stars as Frank’s long-time girlfriend who has always believed in him

06 - Get a Clue

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Holly Dale
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.69
Castle and Beckett investigate the bizarre murder of a young woman who was found ritually posed. When the team finds a collection of strange symbols in her apartment and the prime suspect turns out to be a mysterious monk, Castle becomes convinced they’ve stumbled onto a “Da Vinci Code” style conspiracy. Meanwhile, Castle tries to come to grips with the fact that Alexis and Pi have moved in together

05 - Time Will Tell

Written By: Terri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.59
A grisly murder investigation leads Castle and Beckett to a suspect (Joshua Gomez guest stars as Simon Doyle) who claims he's traveled back in time to stop terrible events from unfolding, events that will change the course of human history. Is he simply a deluded killer, or is it possible that he's telling the truth

04 - Number One Fan

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 11.11
A desperate young murder suspect, Emma Briggs, takes hostages at gunpoint then mysteriously insists that she will only negotiate with one person: Richard Castle

03 - Need To Know

Written By: Elizabeth Beall Directed By: Larry Shaw
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.51
With Beckett still in D.C., Castle and the boys investigate the murder of former child star Charlie Reynolds, who rose to fame playing the lovable nerd on an early 90s High School sitcom. But the case takes a turn for the strange when Agents Beckett and McCord arrive from Washington to take over the investigation, creating competitive tension in the precinct. But why would a washed-up actor's death warrant Federal scrutiny? Whatever the reason, Beckett and McCord aren't telling. Meanwhile, Castle has to contend with a new face at the 12th, NYPD Detective Frank "Sully" Sullivan

02 - Dreamworld

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.88
Continuing from the season premiere episode, Beckett races against time to find a stolen toxin capable of killing tens of thousands of people. To make matters worse, Castle was exposed, leaving him with less than 24 hours to live

01 - Valkyrie

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 11.48
Last season ended with Beckett wrestling over whether to take a high-profile job in DC -- a dilemma made more complicated when Castle proposed to her. In the Season 6 Premiere of “Castle,” Castle and Beckett will deal with the consequences of their decisions against the backdrop of a high-stakes investigation

24 - Watershed

Written By: Andrew Marlowe Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 11.16
In the season finale, an interview with a high-profile federal law enforcement agency forces Beckett to reconsider what she wants out of her job and out of her relationship with Castle. Meanwhile, the body of a young woman is found floating inside the water tank of a skid row flop house, but as the team investigate, they discover that her final resting place is just one of many strange things about her death

23 - The Human Factor

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.84
When Homeland Security inexplicably seals the crime scene of a car bombing, Castle and Beckett find themselves with two mysteries on their hands: who murdered the victim, a government whistleblower, and why are federal agents trying to take over the case? The plot thickens when they discover that the victim wasn't killed by a car bomb but by a missile from a military drone

22 - Still

Story By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.53
Beckett's life is on the line when she steps on a pressure sensitive bomb. While the team searches for a way to disarm the explosive, Castle distracts Beckett by arguing with her about who fell for whom first

21 - The Squab and the Quail

Written By: Jason Wilborn & Adam Frost Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 11.76
When Beckett is assigned to protect Erik Vaughn, a charming billionaire entrepreneur whose life is in danger, she's forced to reflect on her relationship with Castle which has begun to plateau. Meanwhile, consumed with jealousy, Castle goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the case and separate the two of them

20 - The Fast and the Furriest

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Jonathan Frakes
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.18
When Castle and Beckett find giant footprints at the site of a vicious murder, the team is forced to confront the unlikely theory that Bigfoot is the killer. But as they trek into the world of primate research, big game hunting and mythological creatures, they realize that finding the man (or beast) responsible may put them on the endangered species list

19 - The Lives of Others

Written By: Terri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Larry Shaw
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 11.79
In the show’s 100th episode, Castle finds himself in the unfortunate position of NOT being able to work a case. While he’s holed up in the loft with a broken leg, Beckett goes off to  investigate the death of an IRS agent without him, leaving Castle miserable and bored. But when he thinks he witnesses the murder of a young woman in the apartment across the street, he is thrown into a “Rear Window”-esque murder mystery that hits much too close to home

18 - The Wild Rover

Written By: Terence Paul Winter  Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.57
When a man is found dead in an industrial cake mixer, Castle and Beckett trace the murder to an Irish gang in Staten Island and a beautiful bar owner named Siobhan O’Doul. Much to everyone’s surprise, Detective Ryan has a complicated history with Siobhan and the Staten Island crime family from his days working undercover in narcotics. When the case hits a dead end, Ryan must go back undercover to expose the killer, complicating his relationship with his wife

17 - Scared To Death

Written By: Shalisha Francis Directed By: Ron Underwood
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 11.26
When a young woman appears to have literally been scared to death three days after watching a "haunted" DVD, Castle and Beckett delve into one of their creepiest cases yet. To make matters worse, Castle becomes convinced that he too is marked for death when he accidentally watches the cursed video. Master of horror Wes Craven makes a special quest appearance

16 - Hunt

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.77
In the powerful conclusion of a two-episode story arc, when the FBI fails to get his daughter back, Castle takes matters into his own hands, reaching out to a shadowy fixer to help him recover Alexis. But Castle soon learns that his daughter's kidnapping may be part of an even more sinister agenda. Emmy and Golden Globe-winner James Brolin guest stars as Castle’s dad

15 - Target

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.85
In the first of a two part story arc, Castle & Beckett begin a murder investigation that also exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman. Dylan Walsh guest stars as FBI Agent Harris, an even-keeled professional brought in to help find the kidnappers

14 - Reality Star Struck

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Larry Shaw
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.97
Castle & Beckett get an up-close-and-personal view of a "Real Housewives"-esque reality TV series, "The Wives of Wall Street," when they investigate the murder of the show's rising young star. Meanwhile, Castle's attempt to give Beckett a Valentine's Day gift goes horribly wrong

13 - Recoil

Story By: Rob Hanning & Cooper McMains Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.89
While investigating the murder of a young woman, Castle and Beckett find evidence that links her death with Senator William H. Bracken (guest star Jack Coleman returns), the man responsible for Beckett's mother's murder. Determined to finally bring Bracken to justice, Beckett soon realizes that things are far more complicated than they seem

12 - Death Gone Crazy

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Holly Dale
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.82
When Beau Randolf, the founder of hit adult video franchise “College Girls Gone Crazy,” is murdered, Castle and Beckett are confronted with a lengthy list of husbands, fathers and ex-college girls who all have motive. So to find the killer, they must delve deep into the victim’s life, where they find surprises at every turn

11 - Under The Influence

Written By: Elizabeth Beall Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.14
When an up and coming DJ is killed at a pop star's album release party, Beckett and Castle must dive into the raucous world of New York's music industry. Then, when the investigation leads to a troubled teenager, Esposito takes the kid under his wing, hoping to put him on the right track before it's too late

10 - Significant Others

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Holly Dale
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 8.66
When a powerful divorce attorney who only represented women is murdered, Castle and Beckett are confronted with a plethora of angry ex-husbands, any one of whom could be the murderer. Meanwhile, Castle's ex-wife (Darby Stanchfield, "Scandal"), Meredith, moves into the loft to take care of Alexis while she recovers from Mono, and to make matters worse, Beckett is also forced to move in while her apartment is being fumigated, causing tension, humor and more than a little awkwardness

09 - Secret Santa

Written By: Christine Roum Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 8.50
When a bearded, rotund man in a red Santa suit with an ID reading Kris Kringle falls from the sky in Central Park, Castle and Beckett are on the hunt to find the person who killed Santa. But everything isn't holiday cheer, as they discover St. Nick may have been more naughty than nice. Meanwhile, Castle and Beckett prepare for their first Christmas together

08 - After Hours

Written By:  Shalisha Francis Directed By: David M. Barrett
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.36
In the aftermath of a disastrous "Meet the Parents" dinner, a bickering Castle and Beckett are sent to retrieve the only witness to a murder, but they get ambushed and are forced to take the witness on the run. Stranded in the middle of the night in a bad part of town, with no phone, badge or gun, Castle and Beckett must find a way to protect him from a team of mobsters -- that is, if they don't kill each other first

07 - Swan Song

Written By:  Rob Hanning Directed By: David M. Barrett
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.07
When the lead guitarist of a rock band is murdered, the documentary crew that were following the band turn their cameras on Castle, Beckett and the team as they try to solve the case. The result is a documentary style episode of “Castle,” which offers us a unique glimpse at our characters as they navigate a world that goes far beyond the rock & roll stage

06 - The Final Frontier

Written By: Kate Sargeant Directed By: Jonathan Frakes
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.02
When a body is found at a sci-fi convention, Castle and Beckett are warped into the heart of fandom -- a world of egotistic celebrities, diehard costumed fans and enough drama for two galaxies

05 - Probable Cause

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe  Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.84
While investigating a shocking ritualistic murder, Beckett and her team uncover surprising evidence linking Castle to the killing. As the evidence against him mounts, loyalties are tested. And when surprising revelations come to light, Beckett begins to wonder how well she really knows her new lover and partner of four years

04 - Murder, He Wrote

Written By: David Grae  Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.94
 Castle and Beckett's plans for a romantic weekend in the Hamptons are interrupted when a dying man stumbles into Castle's backyard, collapsing into his pool. Unable to escape the lure of the investigation they join up with the small town's well-intentioned, but inexperienced sheriff to find the killer

03 - Secret's Safe With Me

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.61
When a young woman is mysteriously murdered, Beckett and Castle discover her death may be linked to a repossessed storage unit up for auction. Was the unit connected to her death? Was something inside it worth killing for? The investigation leads Castle and Beckett to colorful "Storage Wars"-like treasure seekers and Manhattan socialites as they uncover the shocking truth

02 - Cloudy With A Chance Of Murder

Written By: Elizabeth Beall Directed By: Kate Woods
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.45
On Beckett's first day back from her suspension, she and Castle are thrown into the salacious world of local TV news when WHNY's veteran weather girl is found dead. As if navigating an industry full of backstabbing and ruthless ambition weren't difficult enough, they have to do it while hiding their new relationship from their coworkers

01 - After The Storm

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.45
After four seasons of "will they" or "won't they," Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally gave in to their feelings for each other in the much anticipated Season 4 finale. Season 5 picks up on the proverbial morning after, with Castle and Beckett facing new questions -- Was this a one-time fling, or are they now a couple? But before they find the answers, they must take on the forces responsible for Beckett's mother's murder that now threaten Kate Beckett's life. 
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23 - Always

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Miller Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 12.36
In the fourth season finale, Castle and Beckett confront the issues between them while they must deal with a case that takes them back to Beckett’s shooting and her mother’s murder

22 - Undead Again

Written By: Christine Boylan Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 11.08
A witness to a murder claims that the victim was attacked by a zombie.

21 - Headhunters

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 11.23
Feeling that he is no longer able to work with Beckett, Castle finds a new partner in Detective Ethan Slaughter (guest star Adam Baldwin).

20 - The Limey

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 11.69
Castle and Beckett are approached by a detective from Scotland Yard looking for help in solving the murder of a family friend. Lanie and Beckett have a chat, and Castle turns up with a new date, a flight attendant

19 - 47 Seconds

Written By: Shalisha Francis Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 11.87
Castle, Beckett and the NYPD scramble to find the perpetrator of a bombing at the "Takeover Wall Street" protest. Beckett lets her secret slip while interrogating a suspect

18 - A Dance With Death

Written By: Moira Kirland Directed By: Kevin Hooks
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 11.52
When Odette Morton, a contestant on the hit competition show "A Night of Dance," is found murdered in her dressing room, Castle and Beckett must navigate the case's many twists and twirls without stepping on each other's toes. But as they delve into Odette's past, they discover that this reality starlet was harboring a shocking secret that may have led to her death.

17 - Once Upon A Crime

Written By: Kate Sargeant Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 9.10
When a woman dressed as Red Riding Hood is found dead in the woods with claw marks covering her body, and soon after a murdered Snow White is discovered with a poison apple in her hand, Castle & Beckett find themselves on a Grimm hunt to catch a fairytale killer before he kills again. But nothing is as it seems in a case filled with deceit, betrayal, secrets and murder.

16 - Linchpin

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 9.73
(Part 2) Castle and Beckett realize what the linchpin is, are betrayed by someone they thought they could trust and try to prevent the third world war. Also, Castle comes to know about his father.

15 - Pandora

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.86
(Part 1) Castle and Beckett find out that the killer they are pursuing is part of an international conspiracy; Alexis starts a new internship assisting Lanie in the Medical Examiner's Office.

14 - The Blue Butterfly

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Chuck Bowman
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.70
Castle gets a hold of a diary that was written in the '40s, and he's trying to solve a modern day crime through the information in it and every time he reads it he flashes back to the '40s, with the principal characters playing characters in the diary.

13 - An Embarrassment Of Bitches

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.05
The investigation into the death of a famous dog trainer leads to a reality-TV star, Kay Cappuccio (Hilarie Burton). Alexis goes on a trip with her friend Buttons to look at colleges. Castle and Beckett debate where the dog, Royal, of the deceased (who had no family) should stay. Esposito has a crush.

12 - Dial M For Mayor

Written By: Christine Boylan Directed By: Kate Woods
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 9.41
A woman is found dead in the passenger seat of a car on loan from city hall by the Mayor (Derek Webster). Captain Gates urges Beckett to take Castle off the case due to his close friendship with the Mayor.

11 - Till Death Do Us Part

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.76
When Castle and Beckett investigate the death of a ladies' man, dark secrets are revealed about Ryan's bride.

10 - Cuffed

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & Terri Miller Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.12
Castle and Beckett wake up handcuffed together in a sealed room, with no memory of how they got there.

09 - Kill Shot

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: David M. Barrett
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.85
The team searches for a sniper who is terrorizing New York; Beckett tries to hide her worsening PTSD from Castle and the detectives.

08 - Heartbreak Hotel

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 11.07
During the investigation of the murder of an Atlantic City casino owner at an abandoned warehouse, strong leads emerge for the team in both New York and Atlantic City. As Beckett and Capt. Gates work the New York leads together, Castle naturally chooses to join the detectives for the road trip to "America's Playground", hoping to help solve the case while throwing an impromptu bachelor party for Ryan.

07 - Cops & Robbers

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 12.58
Martha and Castle are held hostage by bank robbers dressed in hospital scrubs. Beckett's rescue efforts are hindered by a strict hostage negotiator. Meanwhile, Alexis faces problems in her relationship with Ashley.

06 - Demons

Written By: Rob Hanning Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.81
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a ghost hunter who was looking into a haunting at a New York mansion. As they delve deeper into the case, Castle supports the idea that supernatural powers could be at work, while Beckett looks for a non-supernatural reason for the murder.

05 - Eye Of The Beholder

Written By: Shalisha Francis Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 11.12
Castle and Beckett investigate a murder commited during the theft of a valuable sculpture. Serena Kaye, a smart, sexy insurance investigator, joins them in the investigation, all the while hiding a very important secret from the team. She also attracts a lot of attention from Castle, with mixed feelings from Beckett.

04 - Kick The Ballistics

Written By: Moira Kirland Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.23
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a young woman which was committed using Det. Ryan's old service weapon – the one that was stolen by the serial killer, 3XK.

03 - Headcase

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Holly Dale
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 11.18
Castle and Beckett investigate a crime scene that involves a large pool of blood but no victim. Alexis receives news about Stanford.

02 - Heroes & Villans

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.67
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of an ex-con in an alley, and believe a vigilante is behind the murder. But, the case gets complicated as they find out that there is more than one person dressed up as the same comic book hero.

01 - Rise

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 13.28
After undergoing extensive surgery, Beckett takes three months to recuperate before returning to the NYPD. With Castle in tow she begins searching for her would-be assassin. There is a new Captain at the precinct and as well as new relationships between characters. Although Beckett at first claims that she does not remember the events of the gunshot, she confesses to a psychologist that she does. As Castle tries to dissuade Beckett from digging deeper into the case, he himself is immersed in the process of trying to identify Beckett's shooter.
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24 - Knockout

Written By: Will Beall Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 10.70
An assassin, with knowledge of the details behind Beckett's mother's murder, escapes from custody during his trial leaving Castle and Beckett to track him down. Secrets are revealed about Captain Montgomery's past and the identity of the third cop. At Montgomery's funeral, Beckett is shot and Castle tells her that he loves her.

23 - Pretty Dead

Written By: Terri Miller Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.08
Castle and Beckett are called to investigate when Amber Middleberry, a contestant in a beauty pageant, is found strangled and every suspect has a motive to commit murder.

22 - To Love and Die In LA

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 10.83
Against orders, Beckett travels to Los Angeles while investigating the murder of her training officer Michael Royce, last seen being arrested in the Under the Gun episode; Castle questions Beckett's motives.

21 - The Dead Pool

Written By: Matt Pyken Directed By: Paul Holahan
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.66
When a future Olympic swimmer is found dead in the pool, Castle and Beckett travel into the world of sports, drugs, and drug dealers.

20 - Slice Of Death

Written By: Scott Williams Directed By: Steve Boyum
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 10.95
When a reporter is found dead inside a pizza oven, Castle and Beckett try to determine why he was murdered. They hunt a trail of suspects working for franchises with very similar names. Meanwhile, Alexis has problems to cope with when a "friend" tries to steal her boyfriend.

19 - Law And Murder

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 11.32
During the trial of a murdered socialite, a juror falls dead from cyanide poisoning. Suspect number one is the defendant of the trial, having an accomplice poison the juror's coffee within the courthouse. But when Castle and Beckett discover that the victim was poisoned long before he reached the courthouse, they begin to follow a trail that involves the victim buying his way into the trial and his connection to the case being presented in the courtroom.

18 - One Life To Lose

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: David M. Barrett
Rating: 3.1 Audience:

12.03

When Sarah Cutler the head writer on one of New York's longest running soap operas is killed with a fire axe, Castle and Beckett quickly discover behind the scenes drama just as scandalous as the fictitious storylines, and most would kill to get ahead.

17 - Countdown

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 10.83
(Part 2). Castle and Beckett remain trapped in the frozen storage container while the NYPD and the Department of Homeland Security continue to search for the dirty bomb. Alexis' worried call finally results in help arriving, including Beckett's boyfriend, Josh. Now back on the task force, Beckett and Castle team up with Homeland Security, to follow the trail of domestic terrorists. But can they find the bomb, and defuse it in time?

16 - Setup

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 9.98
(Part 1). Castle and Beckett Investigate the murder of a New York taxi driver who was shot to death, and his taxi stripped of its parts. As they search for his killer, they are led to a storage with trace amounts of radioactive material and evidence that there may be a terrorist group building a dirty bomb. Beckett and the squad must cooperate with a ruthless Homeland Security agent Mark Fallon (Adrian Pasdar), but Castle senses that they have been set up. As Castle and Beckett close in on a suspect, they are trapped in a freezer while a nuclear device is loose in the city.

15 - The Final Nail

Written By: Moria Kirland Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 7.63
Beckett and Castle are called to investigate the murder of a wealthy woman, killed by a nail gun. Castle went to boarding school with the victim's husband, Damien Westlake (Jason Wiles). While Beckett considers Castle's old friend the prime suspect, Castle disagrees. Their investigation leads them to a cold case: the murder of Philip Westlake (Damien's father) that occurred two decades ago.

14 - Lucky Stiff

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Emile Levisetti
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.61
Castle and Beckett are called to look into the murder of a winner of 117 million dollars in the lottery who was found dead in his apartment and the safe containing his winnings empty. As they look into the victim's past spendings and charity, discovering he was trying to make up for the mistakes he made. Martha meanwhile has inherited a million dollars from her former fiancee Chet and wants to find some way to honor his memory.

13 - Knochdown

Written By: Will Beall Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.08
When the detective who investigated Beckett's mother's murder is shot before Beckett's eyes before he can give her new evidence in the case, Beckett's old wounds are reopened. The investigation of the detective's death leads the team to an old scheme which may provide the answer to why Beckett's mother was murdered and who ordered it. Things heat up during the investigation, and a question is raised that Castle is not ready to answer.

12 - Poof! You're Dead

Written By: Terri Miller Directed By: Millicent Shelton
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 9.05
Beckett and Castle are called to investigate the murder of a magician, found suspended upside down in a tank of water. The trail leads back to a money laundering scheme and an investigation into a questionable billionaire whose plane exploded over the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Lanie and Esposito try and keep a secret from the rest of the 12th Precinct and Castle struggles with his feelings for his ex-wife Gina.

11 - Nikki Heat

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Jeff Bleckner
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.61
Natalie Rhodes (Laura Prepon), playing Nikki Heat in the film adaptation of Heat Wave, joins Castle and Beckett in their next investigation of a high class match-maker, Stacy Collins. Natalie goes to extremes during her "character research," making herself into the exact image of Beckett, much to Castle's delight and Beckett's dismay. Ryan tries to find the best way to propose to Jenny.

10 - Last Call

Written By: Scott Williams Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 7.63
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a dockworker turned bar owner whose body is found floating in the East River, leading to the discovery of a secret that dates back to Prohibition.

09 - Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind

Written By: Shalisha Francis Directed By: Bethaney Rooney
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.98
When a prominent astrophysicist is found dead in her car of explosive decompression, Castle is led to theorize her death was the result of an alien abduction, particularly when a government agent (Lyle Lovett) tries to stop the investigation.

08 - Murder Most Foul

Written By: Matt Pyken Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.83
Beckett and Castle discover the brutal kidnapping of a boy while investigating the shooting death of a subway worker in Central Park. Meanwhile, Alexis plays pet-sitter for an aged rat.

07 - Almost Famous

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: Félix Alcalá
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.27
Beckett and Castle respond to an "Officer Down" call only to find that the murdered "officer" is actually a male stripper wearing a police costume.

06 - 3XK

Written By: David Amann Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 11.32
When a woman's dead body shows signs of an old killer's handy work, Castle and Beckett discover that the Triple Killer, a murderer who vanished four years prior, may have returned. Meanwhile, Castle alternately encourages and discourages Alexis' involvement with a secret admirer.

05 - Anatomy Of A Murder

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.95
When a County Hospital doctor's body is discovered in someone else's casket, Castle and Beckett dive into the complex relationships in the hospital and the doctor's life to uncover the killer. Meanwhile, Castle's relationship with his ex-wife is strained over a pair of concert tickets.

04 - Punked

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.66
Beckett and Castle investigate a murder of a young executive involving antique guns, a 200-year-old bullet, and New York's steampunk subculture. Later, a new romance in Beckett's life is revealed.

03 - Under The Gun

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.83
While investigating the murder of a bail bondsman, Beckett and Castle run into Beckett's first Training Officer, Mike Royce, now working as a bounty hunter and chasing their murder suspect on a warrant for missing his court appearance.

02 - He's Dead, She's Dead

Written By: Moira Karland Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.08
Beckett and Castle look for a killer of a famous psychic while debating whether extrasensory abilities are real or fake. But, when a letter arrives from the victim predicting her death, they must determine who actually wrote the letter, the victim or killer.

01 - A Deadly Affair

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.70
Beckett and her team burst into an apartment on a murderer's trail, only to be surprised when they find Castle, who they hadn't seen or heard from in months, standing over the dead woman's body holding a gun. Beckett has no choice but to arrest Castle until he proves he is innocent.
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24 - A Deadly Game

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.07
The death of a man who was involved in a simulated spy game leads Castle and Beckett to wonder where exactly the game ends and reality begins. Against this backdrop, Castle and Beckett struggle inwardly with their feelings for each other, even though Beckett is officially dating Demming and Castle is severely behind in his writing for the second Nikki Heat book. After receiving advice from family and friends, both come to separate decisions that could make or break their relationship in the future.

23 - Overkill

Written By: John Terlesky Directed By: René Echevarria
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.86
Beckett asks Demming to help her and Castle investigate a robbery-homicide, prompting the two men to fall into competition with each other to impress Beckett by proving their own theory in the death correct. As the case develops, it becomes obvious to Castle that, despite his efforts at solving the case, Beckett's relationship with Demming has gotten serious.

22 - Food To Die For

Written By: Terri Miller Directed By: Ron Underwood
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.69
Castle and Beckett's investigation into the murder of a chef who recently won a reality cooking show results in her reconnecting with an old high school friend, Madison Queller, who owned the restaurant where the victim worked. While Beckett's relationship with Demming develops, Castle pursues Madison, but whether for romance or information on Beckett's past for one of his books isn't clear.

21 - Den Of Thieves

Written By: Will Beall Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.39
An investigation into the death of a thief uncovers some painful parts of Esposito's past and results in Beckett making a connection with the handsome robbery detective, Tom Demming (Michael Trucco), assigned to help with the case.

20 - The Late Shaft

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Bryan Spencer
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 12.68
When a legendary talk show host (Tom Bergeron) is found dead after Castle appears on his show and he reveals to Castle that his life is in danger, Castle and Beckett work to piece together a timeline of his final hours that could crack the case even though it seems the victim died of natural causes. Meanwhile, Castle's fling with an actress who is up for the part of Nikki Heat in the movie version of Heat Wave, has Beckett jealous.

19 - Wrapped Up In Death

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Bill Roe
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 11.70
When a museum curator is found dead from having a stone gargoyle dropped on him, Beckett, Castle, and the team must answer the question of whether the killer is a jealous colleague, a jilted lover, the publicity-hungry museum director, or the curse of an ancient mummy whose tomb promises death for anyone who looks upon its face, as Castle couldn't resist doing.

18 - Boom

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.86
(Part 2) After barely surviving an explosion set by the serial killer, now identified as Scott Dunn, that destroys her apartment, Beckett pushes Shaw's imposed boundaries on her involvement in the investigation, and gets herself removed from the case. But when Dunn kidnaps Shaw to get to Beckett, Beckett takes over the investigation and finds herself relying on Castle's instincts as a mystery writer to save Shaw and herself.

17 - Tick, Tick, Tick...

Written By: Moira Kirland Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 12.21
(Part 1) Beckett and Castle team up with experienced FBI Special Agent Jordan Shaw (Dana Delany) in the hunt for a serial killer with an apparent obsession for 'Nikki Heat', the character Castle based on Beckett in his best-seller Heat Wave. It soon becomes apparent that not only is Beckett jealous of Castle's admiration for Shaw and the FBI's hi-tech gadgets, but that Beckett herself could be the killer's ultimate intended victim. Castle also strikes a deal to make Heat Wave into a movie.

16 - The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Written By: Kate Sargeant Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.11
The body of a woman covered in caramel sauce is found hanging from playground equipment in a park, prompting the team to venture into the world of bondage and fetish clubs, and plenty of playful banter between Castle and Beckett.

15 - Suicide Squeeze

Written By: Jose Molina Directed By: David M. Barrett
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.54
A beloved Cuban baseball player is found murdered with a baseball bat requiring Castle and Beckett to explore the high-stakes world of professional sports. Meanwhile, Alexis works to complete a family tree for school and questions Castle about his desire to know more about his own father.

14 - The Third Man

Written By: Terence Paul Winter Directed By: Rosemary Rodriguez
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.55
As Castle and Beckett investigate the death of a possible serial squatter mixed up in a multi-million dollar heist involving exotic animals and diamonds, Castle tries to hide from Beckett the fact that a newspaper that ranked him as one of the city's most eligible bachelors also linked them romantically. While Castle relishes the moment by agreeing to a date with a woman ranked by the newspaper as one of the city's most eligible bachelorettes, Beckett makes romantic plans of her own with Lanie's help.

13 - Sucker Punch

Written By: Will Beall Directed By: Tom Wright
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 9.45
The case of the murder of an enforcer for an Irish gang takes a terribly personal turn when Lanie and a forensic expert friend of Castle's uncover an undeniable connection between the case and Beckett's mother's unsolved murder. As the investigation plays out, Beckett comes to terms not only with her grief for her mother, but with feelings that will impact her relationship with Castle.

12 - A Rose For Everafter

Written By: Terri Miller, Terence Paul Winter & Alexi Hawley Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 9.47
Castle reconnects with a former girlfriend (Alyssa Milano) on her wedding day when one of her bridesmaids is found murdered, causing sparks to fly between them once again, and Beckett to have to deal with the possibility of being jealous.

11 - The Fifth Bullet

Written By: David Grae Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 7.80
A twist arises in the case of an art dealer found shot to death in his art gallery when a man with amnesia arrives at the station carrying a book with a bullet lodged in it that was fired from the same gun as was used in the murder. To solve the crime, Castle and Beckett have to jog his memory and unravel a possible connection to a high-level Arabian diplomat.

10 - One Man's Treasure

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: Helen Shaver
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.31
Castle and Beckett have their hands full looking into the death of a man whose body is found stuffed in a garbage chute when two women arrive to identify the body - one claiming to be the victim's wife, the other his fiancée. Meanwhile, Alexis volunteers at the precinct as part of a civics class project, and works to track down the owner of a packet of photos left over from a case gone cold years ago.

09 - Love Me Dead

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.53
Castle and Beckett are thrust into the world of ex-cons and escorts after a respected Assistant District Attorney is tossed off a multi-story car parking garage. Further, Castle sympathizes with the plight of a call girl connected to the case, resulting in his making promises that he and Beckett may not be able to keep. Meanwhile, Castle is concerned, and mildly hurt, when Alexis confides a secret to Beckett and not to him.

08 - Kill The Messenger

Written By: Terrence Paul Winter Directed By: Jonathan Frakes
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.82
The investigation into the death of a bike messenger takes a personal turn for Beckett and her colleagues when they discover that the victim was carrying evidence that could exonerate a man jailed years before by Captain Montgomery. Things get even more interesting when they discover that a wealthy candidate for the U.S. Senate from a prominent New York family may have been involved as well.

07 - Famous Last Words

Written By: Jose Molina Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.43
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a singer in a popular punk band whose body was arranged to resemble a scene in one of the band's music videos. When the case stumps the two, Alexis comes to their aid, using knowledge gained as a fan of the band.

06 - Vampire Weekend

Written By: Terri Miller Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.99
As Halloween approaches, Castle and Beckett are assigned to investigate the death of a young man found stabbed in the heart with a wooden stake in a graveyard. To Castle's delight, the two must delve into the world of vampires and werewolves to find the killer.

05 - When The Bough Breaks

Written By: René Echevarria Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.69
A woman who is an illegal immigrant is found dead in a manhole, prompting Castle and Beckett to uncover a dark secret about a successful doctor, and a possible connection between his son, and that of the victim. At the same time, Castle's first book based on Beckett, Heat Wave, is released to rave reviews, and he is offered the writing opportunity of a lifetime, causing him to struggle with the fact that accepting the new gig would end his partnership with Beckett.

04 - Fool Me Once

Written By: Alexi Hawley Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.77
While dropping playful hints to Beckett about the plot of Castle's first book based on her, the two investigate the murder of a con man posing as an Arctic explorer for school children. The case takes several interesting turns, fascinating Castle and infuriating Beckett, when they suspect that the victim was actually a CIA operative and may have faked his own death. But when an old CIA contact of Castle's disputes that the victim was ever a spy, everyone wonders just who is being fooled.

03 - Inventing The Girl

Written By: Moria Kirland Directed By: Dwight Little
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 9.23
When Jenna McBoyd, a young, up-and-coming model is found stabbed with a strange object in a fountain, Castle and Beckett are forced to explore the cut throat world of fashion modeling. Meanwhile, Alexis reconnects with her old baby-sitter, and Ryan and Esposito discover an amusing secret about Beckett.

02 - The Double Down

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 9.15
When Castle and Beckett are handed the murder of a couples therapist and Ryan and Esposito are assigned to investigate the death of a dead man found shot in a park, Castle makes a bet on which pair can solve their murder first. But when both investigations hit dead ends and the victims are found to be strangely connected, the two teams work together to solve the peculiar puzzle.

01 - Deep In Death

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.26
Beckett is still plenty peeved at Castle for looking into her mother's murder against her wishes, yet Captain Montgomery forces her to chat with a reporter who is jazzed to write about her crime-solving partnership with Castle. But when a murder victim is found hanging in a tree, Beckett reluctantly teams with Castle once again. Their investigation takes a strange turn when armed men kidnap the body en route to the coroner, leaving Castle and Beckett to delve into the world of drug smuggling, the Russian mob and high stakes poker in Chinatown.
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10 - A Death In The Family

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe & Barry Schindel Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.96
The gruesome murder of a plastic surgeon sends Castle and Beckett into a confusing world of cosmetic surgery, unstable patients, and the witness protection program. But when Castle discovers additional information about Beckett's past, it could end up fracturing the partnership.

09 - Little Girl Lost

Written By: Elizabeth Davis Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 9.97
The disappearance of a young child has the team scrambling for answers when additional help arrives in the form of FBI agent Will Sorenson (Bailey Chase) who, among other things, is an ex-boyfriend of Beckett's. As Castle butts in on the investigation despite instructions to stay out, friction is inevitable (particularly since the case that brought Beckett and Sorenson together ended with the death of the victim).

08 - Ghosts

Written By: Moira Kirland Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 8.24
While unusual circumstances are practically usual, a body drowned in a bathtub of motor oil has the team scratching its collective head. But the mystery only deepens when investigation shows that the victim may have been involved with a crime more than 20 years old and was working with (or being stalked by) a true crime writer. Behind the scenes, the relationship between Castle and Beckett finally rears its truly competitive head during a high-stakes poker game involving New York's legal system elite.

07 - Home Is Where The Heart Stops

Written By: Will Beall Directed By: Dean White
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 8.21
When a member of New York's high society is found murdered and stuffed into a small wall safe, the Department is put under pressure to get to the bottom of the story. But to get the answers to the string of robbery/murders, places must change; rather than Castle visiting New York's dark alleys, Beckett must follow him into the world of glitz, glamor, and, ultimately, murder, after they discover that the robberies are only connected by the victims having attended a specific charity event.

06 - Always Buy Retail

Written By: Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman Directed By: Jame Babbit
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 7.73
Someone is not just killing, but doing so ritualistically. Castle's knowledge of obscure rituals points to someone conducting a findsman's ritual; whatever he or she is doing, it is obvious that something has been lost and they want it back. However, trying to find the truth amid illegal immigrants and confusing facts tests the abilities, and imaginations, of the team.

05 - A Ghill Goes Through Her Veins

Written By: Charles Murray Directed By: Bryan Spicer
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.03
The discovery of a hard-frozen body at a construction site leads the investigation of her death into unsolved cases from years past, tangling Beckett and Castle's case with a missing-persons case that was closed but never really solved.

04 - Hell Hath No Fury

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 9.09
When a prominent politician is murdered, the Department finds itself under intense pressure from the city government to explain what happened. However, the squeaky-clean politician had another side he had kept carefully hidden from the public.

03 - Hedge Fund Homeboys

Written By: David Grae Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.14
The shooting death in Central Park of a boy from a rich family sends Castle and Beckett into the world of New York private academies, where circles of friends prove to be almost more conniving, evasive, and mysterious than they can fathom.

02 - Nanny McDead

Written By: Barry Schindel Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 10.97
A body of a nanny stuffed into an apartment building clothes dryer sets off a convoluted investigation into the hows and whys of her death. Castle, now a part of the detective team through an arrangement with the mayor, lends his skills of envisioning scenarios and pointing out seemingly-unrelated details—not to mention unorthodox methods—to the investigation.

01 - Flowers For Your Grave

Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe Directed By: Rob Bowman
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 10.76
When a young woman is found dead under circumstances described exactly in a book written by acclaimed author Richard Castle, he is brought in to provide insight into the case. When more victims turn up in similarly-accurate conditions described in his books, Castle is enlisted to assist the investigation by applying his knowledge of criminal behavior and his own books to the department's considerable skills.It turns out that the killer is actually the brother of one of the victims, only killing the others because he wanted it to look like a crazy fan killed those people. Over the period of this case Castle becomes intrigued with Detective Beckett and starts writing a manuscript about a character based on her.
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