Castle is trying to repair his estranged relationship with Beckett, exasperated by the publicity for his upcoming book, which adds to the annoyances around the office. When a man's body is found hanging in a tree, the publicity needs, align to force Beckett to continue to tolerate his presence despite her wishes. When the body gets stolen from the coroner's van, though, on its way to the morgue, it gets really mysterious. When the body is found again, hacked up, it gets stranger still.
Charles Fearing -- 50-96, Junior Senior
-- Can I Get Get Get, The Datsuns
-- Highschool Hoodlums, Lex Land -- My Fault, Your Mistake, DJ Dimi -- River To Your Soul
When two different murders fall towards the team, they are split between Ryan and Esposito, along with Castle and Beckett. Challenges are exchanged, and Castle wagers that he and Beckett will solve their case first. In each case, the results lead to an obvious suspect, each of which has an airtight alibi. When further evidence shows an odd connection between the two murders, unravelling the mystery will require the talents of all four.
Songs: Actionslacks -- We Are Not The Losers (Anymore), Sloan -- Who Taught You To Live Like That?
When an up and coming young fashion model is found dead, stabbed in the back, just before she was announced as the face of an important new advertising promotion, Castle and Beckett get a good look at the cold, impersonal fashion world from the inside. Was someone stabbing her in the back metaphorically, before she was, literally?
Songs: Chad Hannah -- Friends Forever More, Lindsey Katt -- Heart Place, Ultraviolet Sound -- In A Magazine, Madison Park -- My Personal Moon, Mahjong & D'Layna -- So Thankful, Jaconfetti -- We Swing
When an Arctic explorer is killed during a mission on live television before a class of students, the mysterious detail of why his body turns up in New York City take Castle and Beckett on a topsy-turvy path where all is smoke and mirrors, and nothing is real, and Castle's appreciation for the case grows by leaps and boungs. Did the dead man find his One True Love, or was it all an elaborate hoax?
-- Can't Stop, Winter Gloves -- Factories, (Unknown artist)
-- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Castle's book agent has gotten him an offer that would be a dream job and could greatly enhance his career. Signing the offer, however, would mean the end of his relationship with Beckett, as he would have to turn away from Nikki Heat, and both Castle and Beckett are realizing a reluctance to do that, even as they work a case that may be their last... a lonely woman whose body was found tossed down a manhole.
Bad Boy Bill -- Do What U Like, OneRepublic
-- Everybody Loves Me, Alyx -- Fever Burning, El Presidente -- Rocket, Derby -- Sunk a Few
It's Halloween week, the week all cops dread, according to Beckett, when all the really strange stuff happens. This year is no exception, when a young man is found in a cemetery with a stake through his heart, a bite on his leg, and fangs in his mouth. The trail leads from there into the blood play community and off towards the graphic horror novel he and a friend were writing, which may well contain important clues to the killer's identity and motives. Meanwhile, Alexis and a friend are off to a Halloween party.
Uncredited: Zoe Taylor
as Elizabeth Dryden McGinty
Lobster -- Easily Amused, Nate Connelly -- Inside Misery, Moloko
-- Pure Pleasure Seeker, Salme Dahlstrom -- Reality Check, Jocko Marcellino
-- The Monster Stroll
When a promising young singer's body is found posed in a scene from a recent music video, it falls upon Beckett, Castle, and the team to discover who did it, and why. Was it an ex-bandmate, her ex-producer, her sister? Alexis, herself a major fan of the singer and her band, gets personally involved as well, to Castle's chagrin.
When a bike messenger is killed and his package stolen, Castle and Beckett must chase the clues on their contorted path to a twenty-year old case of Captain Montgomery's that was believed solved. When the sender winds up dead, as well, the trail leads into the secret parts of a senator's wealthy and powerful family. Meanwhile, Martha gets onto MySpace, and finds both old friends she wants and old friends she doesn't want.
Salme Dahlstrom -- Coming Fast, Coming Hard, Locksley
-- I'm On Fire
When an Assistant DA is dropped from the fifth floor of a parking garage onto the street below, Castle and Beckett find his empty, single life is somewhat more busy than it appeared. When a co-worker is found to have a shady background, the DA's secrets begin to unravel. Castle's desire to help her and another person connected to the DA raises Beckett's hackles. And, in the midst of the case, Alexis comes to Beckett for advice, to the consternation of Castle, who feels concerned about her not coming to him instead.
Songs: Vetiver -- Everyday, The Emeralds -- Love Fire, The Shys -- Madly In Action, The Thermals -- Now We Can See, Swingfly -- Winner
When a man's body is stuffed into a garbage chute in an apartment building, Castle and Beckett are forced to untangle a twisted web of dual identities, one married, one engaged, and an underlying tale of cutthroat corporate competition that wound up with two very offended women, a dead body, and a lot of confusing facts. Meanwhile, Alexis's school encourages her to do volunteer work, which she arranges to do at Beckett's precinct.
Brakesbrakesbrakes -- Crush On You, Mads Langer -- I'm Still Fact, She's Fiction, Regina Spektor
-- The Calculation
When an art dealer was gunned down in his gallery, five shell casings plus four bullets equals a missing bullet. When the bullet is found in the possessions of an apparent witness, the answers appear to be in reach, except for the witness, who has no memory at all -- not his name, not his history... and certainly no ideas about what happened the night of the murder.
Jenny Alpert -- All We Need Is Love, Amy Stroup
-- Chin Up
When a bridesmaid fails to show on the wedding day, mainly because she's, well, dead, it falls to Castle and Beckett to find the murderer. Castle is stunned to find that the bride-to-be is an old flame, Kyra -- "the one that got away". Complications follow as Kyra, distraught by the event and with the wedding briefly in abeyance as the investigation takes place, begins to question her choices. Beckett rightly doubts if Castle can be objective about the case and Kyra's place as a suspect, but when it looks to Beckett like Castle and Kyra might rekindle their romance, her own objectivity may be just as compromised .
A known Irish mobster is found dead with multiple stab wounds in his own home, weapons undrawn. Investigations lead to a local turf war that connects a real-estate infomercial guru with an international drug smuggling operation... but when the manner of death for the mobster turns out to match up with that of Beckett's mother, the case becomes personal, and Beckett must face up to her own demons while hunting for her own mother's killer.
When a family returns from their vacation and finds a dead man in their daughter's bed, they believe that a squatter was murdered. However, as Castle and Beckett investigate, they soon find the murder was part of a multi-million dollar heist. Meanwhile, Castle tries to hide the fact that they've been romantically linked from Beckett after he's named one of New York's most eligible bachelors.
Channel Two -- Across Waters, Linear B -- Cold Turkey, Tim Hanauer -- Dream A Better Way, The Voluntary Butler Scheme
-- Trading Things In
When a former major league baseball fan-favorite player is found dead after a trip to Cuba, the investigation, which includes Joe Torre, leads Beckett and Castle to look into the Cuban community. Meanwhile, Alexis' genealogy project forces Castle to look into who his father was.
-- I Get Around, All Night Chemists -- Whole Again
A scantily clad woman found dead in bondage gear leads Castle and Beckett into the world of sexual domination.
Noirhaus -- Asphyxia, Band Of Skulls
-- Patterns, Lindsey Ray -- Picture Perfect, The Come Ons -- Red Lips & Fingertips, Carnaby -- Save Me, Ghost In The Machine -- Standalone, Beautiful Small Machines
-- Super Conductor
When a serial killer is loose in New York, Federal Agent Jordan Shaw is called in to take over Castle and Beckett's investigation.
Special Guest Stars: Dana Delany
as Special Agent Jordan Shaw |
As the explosion in Beckett's apartment proves, the killer is not the man who the task force believed committed suicide. As the FBI and NYPD resume their search, the killer ups the ante by abducting one of the team.
Special Guest Stars: Dana Delany
as Special Agent Jordan Shaw |
Songs: The Genders -- We Aright
An upcoming Mayan exhibit experiences multiple deaths among the museum personnel that collected the artifacts and are preparing it for exhibit. Are the deaths the result of a Mayan curse? Castle hopes not as he took a quick peek inside a sarcophagus without permission.
The day following Castle's appearance on a late night talk show, the host drops dead of an apparent heart attack. But Castle thinks different as he tells Beckett that the host confided to him that someone wanted him dead.
David Pack -- How Much I Feel, Soul P -- Turn Around, Graham Colton
-- With You
A man murdered and tortured after he committed a bank heist lead the team into a case with ties to Esposito's previous assignment. In addition, the robbery detective working the case with Beckett is interested in more than just the case.
Steve McDonald and Anna Waronker -- Not Bad At All, Pearl Jam
-- Unthought Known
A chef from an exclusive new restaurant is found murdered. The investigation leads Beckett to reunite with a friend from high school, who sets her sites on Castle to Beckett's dismay. Meanwhile, detective Denning is still sweet on Beckett, a fact which is troubling to Castle.
Malpais -- Sleep Comes Lately, Dry Spells -- Slow Down, Alexander Cardinale
-- So Far So Long
When Beckett asks detective Demming for help in a murder case that also included the theft of some rare books, Castle takes it as a challenge to prove his theory over Demming's.
-- Crash And Burn, Aceyalone -- Workin Man's Blues, Jes -- You And Me Belong
A murder victim becomes a mystery when none of his background information is real. Castle jokingly suggests he is a spy and that turns out to be less humorous the more they learn. Meanwhile, Castle is getting behind on his next book and he makes a decision that makes Beckett second guess herself.