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Season 3

35 :03x01 - A Deadly Affair

Castle makes a grand return to the NYPD when Beckett finds him bent over the dead body of a woman with a gun in his hand. When two more bodies show up, Beckett must decide whether to let Castle help her with the case.
Guest Stars: Michael Rady as Evan Murphy | Lisa O'Hare as Kitty Canary | Charlene Amoia as Ana Marie | Gino Cafarelli as Dean Carbino | Ethan Erickson as Xander Doyle |
Co-Guest Stars: Craig Gellis as Earl Moreland | Justice Gamble as Bartender | L.T. Tolliver as Uniform
Director: Rob Bowman
Songs: Sarah Vaughan -- Fever (Adam Feeland Remix), Lucy Schwartz -- Those Days

36 :03x02 - He's Dead, She's Dead

A famous psychic is murdered, and of course Castle is a true believer while Beckett is the doubting Thomas. As they dig deeper into the case, Castle's theories seem to be validated, but Beckett insists there is a logical explanation for everything.
Guest Stars: Bess Armstrong as Paula Casillas | Rachel Boston as Penny Marchand | Mercedes Masöhn as Marina Casillas | Bre Blair as Toni Johnston | Rick Ravanello as Steve Adams | David Gianopoulos as Albert Moreno | Kieren Hutchison as Cody Donnelly | Evan Helmuth as Nick Johnston |
Co-Guest Stars: Paige Rowland as Loreen Carter
Director: John Terlesky
Songs: Laura Scott -- The Librarian

37 :03x03 - Under the Gun

The murder of a bail bondsman, a mysterious document and the involvement of Beckett's ex-partner provide a puzzle that may solve a 10 year old rare gems theft.
Guest Stars: Jason Beghe as Mike Royce | Keith Robinson as Random Pierce | Sophina Brown as Brooke Carver | James Handy as Clifford Stuckey | Brian Krause as Father Aaron Low
Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Alexi Hawley
Songs: Citizen Cope -- Healing Hands

38 :03x04 - Punked

A murdered man presents a challenging mystery, he was killed with an antique bullet. Castle's ridiculous theory of a time traveling killer is supported by various clues the team finds.
Guest Stars: Andrew Leeds as Adam Murphy (as Andrew Harrison Leeds) | Ian Nelson as Troy Kenworth | Ken Baumann as Ashley | Victor Webster as Josh Davidson | Muse Watson as Ivan Podofski | Thomas Kopache as Abe Sandrich | Jim Piddock as Lord Henry | Ramon De Ocampo as Owen Peterson | Randall Reeder as Roland D'Andre | Eden Riegel as Rachel Goldstein |
Co-Guest Stars: Jen Lilley as Julia Foster | Eugene Shaw as Joe
Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: David Grae
Songs: Nitzer Ebb -- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Alec Ounsworth -- Me You And Watson

39 :03x05 - Anatomy of a Murder

The discovery of a second corpse inside a casket at a funeral home leaves Castle and Beckett with multiple lines of inquiry that range from hospital professionals to a drug lord.
Guest Stars: Michael Cassidy (1) as Greg McClintock | Monet Mazur as Gina Cowell | A. Martinez as Cesar Calderon | Carlos Sanz as Manuel Calderon | William Allen Young as Jerry Camden | Bo Foxworth as Leonard Maloney | John Kassir as Mr. Dreyfus |
Co-Guest Stars: Nathan Lam as Rabbi | Erin Fleming as Amy Porter | Cynthia Frost as Tova | Brea Cola as Dr. Imani Phelps | Allyssa Maurice as Dr. Lissa Akerman
Director: John Terlesky
Songs: Jules Larson -- You Know It's True

40 :03x06 - 3XK

The circumstances of the murder of a beautiful young blonde woman leads the team to believe that 3XK, the Triple Killer has struck again.
Guest Stars: Lee Tergesen as Marcus Gates | Michael Mosley as Jerry Tyson | Brian Klugman as Paul McCardle | Anne Marie Howard as Angela Russo | Joe O'Connor as Cal Townsend |
Co-Guest Stars: Ping Wu as Dr. Lee
Director: Bill Roe
Writer: David Amann
Songs: Uncle Lucius -- A Million Ways, Derek Evry -- Without You

41 :03x07 - Almost Famous

Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a male stripper found dressed as a NYPD police officer.
Guest Stars: Mary Page Keller as Rebecca Dalton | Samantha Quan as Kathleen Park | Christina Vidal as Jamie Ruiz | Philip Anthony-Rodriguez as Michael Grant | Gideon Emery as Lloyd Saunders | Blake Gibbons as Billy Grimm | David Barry Gray as Bert Kramer | Adriana Demeo as Bella Lombardo | Clint Glenn as Hans Von Mannschaft | Austin Highsmith as Camille Roberts |
Co-Guest Stars: Corey Saunders as Derek Brookner | Kelsey Gunn as Sarah Lieberman | Sam Doumit as Mandy Carson | Leandro Cano as Bouncer | Dana Ward as Sexy Reporter
Songs: Jim Bacchi -- Friday Rock, Nelly -- Hot In Herre, Pierluigi Ferrantini, Pierfrancesco Bazzoffi & Alessandro Sg -- Never Easy, Troy MacCubbin -- Stars Like You

42 :03x08 - Murder Most Fowl

A mild mannered subway worker is found murdered in Central Park. The curious circumstances surrounding the case get even more bizarre when they indicate the abduction of a child, and the NYPD gets dragged into a race to save the boy and solve the murder.
Guest Stars: John Pyper-Ferguson as Dean Donegal | Ever Carradine as Mirielle Lefcourt | Ken Baumann as Ashley | Carmen Argenziano as Mario Rivera | Rick Hearst as Dr. Elliot Lefcourt | David Bottrell as Byron H. Singer (as David Dean Bottrell) | Presciliana Esparolini as Teresa De La Torre | Christopher May as Arthur Sansone |
Co-Guest Stars: Gattlin Griffith as Tyler Donegal | Paul Eric Jerome as Man #1 | J. Marvin Campbell as Man #2 | Claudia Choi as CSU Photo Technician | Al Pugliese as Pretzel Vendor | Danny Downey as BMX Rider #1 | Eddie Fiola as BMX Rider #2
Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Matt Pyken
Songs: Cliff Lin -- Infiltraitor, Pajaro Sunrise -- Salt & Spoon

43 :03x09 - Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind

After a prominent astrophysicist's body is found in her car -- the victim of explosive decompression - Castle jokingly theorizes that perhaps she was killed in the vacuum of outer space. Yet as they delve deeper into the victim's life, they're confronted with a succession of evidence that keeps pointing them back to the impossible: Alien Abduction. Benny Stryker, a well-known alien abduction expert, and Lovett plays a mysterious government agent intent on shutting down the investigation.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Lance Henriksen as Benny Stryker | Lyle Lovett as Agent Westfield | Jeanette Brox as Ayyana Holder | Neil Hopkins as Ted Carter | Nicole Bilderback as Joy Harrison |
Co-Guest Stars: Karl T. Wright as Dr. Chuck Vaughn | James Ellis Lane as Agent Eastman | J. David Krassner as Bob Linden | Jeremy Forte as Security Guard
Director: Bethany Rooney

44 :03x10 - Last Call

When the body of a dockworker turned bar owner is found floating in the East River, Castle and Beckett's investigation takes them into the forgotten tunnels and passageways of turn-of-the-century New York, where they uncover a secret that's been buried since the days of Prohibition. The story celebrates New York bar culture, setting Castle on a quest to preserve history by buying a bar of his very own.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Sam Page as Brian Elliott (as Sam Page) | Chris Mulkey as Wilbur Pittorino | Alexandra Barreto as Annie Swift | Rand Holdren as Pete Mucha | Oliver Muirhead as Steven Heisler | Guy Wilson as Jeffrey McGuigan |
Co-Guest Stars: Jillian Clare as Gracie | Nathaniel Marston as Grant Vyro | Ritu Lal as Jill | Christopher Carrington as Man | Michelle N. Carter as Woman
Director: Bryan Spicer
Songs: Billy Joel -- Piano Man, The Ditty Bops -- Sister Kate

45 :03x11 - Nikki Heat

Castle's novel "Heat Wave" is being turned into a movie, and the Hollywood hottie cast as the movie's lead shows up at Beckett's invitation to better understand the character she's going to play. As our threesome investigates the murder of a high-class matchmaker, Natalie goes to extremes in the name of "character research," transforming herself into the spitting image of Beckett -- much to Castle's delight and Beckett's dismay.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Thomas Calabro as Scott Donner | Stephen Macht as Bill Wellington | Juliana Dever as Jenny Duffy-O'Malley | Randall Batinkoff as Brad Williams | Tymberlee Hill as Julie Taylor | David Parker (2) as Duke Jone | Laura Prepon as Natalie Rhodes |
Co-Guest Stars: Melody Thomas Scott as Tonya Wellington | Kelly Thiebaud as Chloe Graves / Greta Morgan | John L. Curtis (1) as Desk Clerk | Jon Briddell as Rich Weiss | Rene Ashton as Amelia Weiss | Lenny Citrano as Lead Lawyer | James Andrew Walsh as Desperate Man | Juan Alfonso as Delivery Man | Schae Harrison as Uniform Police Officer
Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: David Grae
Songs: Amos Lee -- Flower

46 :03x12 - Poof! You're Dead

When the owner of historic Drake's Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini's famous water torture tank, Castle and Beckett must delve into the world of magic, magicians and their secrets to find his killer. As part of their investigation, Castle & Beckett meet master magician Tobias Strange.
Meanwhile, the magicians aren't the only ones keeping secrets, as a new romantic relationship is revealed for Esposito and Lanie.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Gilles G. Marini as Tobias Strange | Carrie Genzel as Naomi Dahl | Jeff Hephner as Edmund / Zalman Drake | Brett Cullen as Christian Dahl | Chadwick Boseman as Chuck Russell | Vanessa Lengies as Eliza Winter | Lenny Schmidt as Jerome Aspenall | Adrian Sparks as Thaddeus Magnus |
Co-Guest Stars: Henry Hayashi as Lawyer
Writer: Terri Miller

47 :03x13 - Knockdown

Old wounds are reopened when the retired lead detective on Beckett's mother's homicide case contacts her with new information, but then is gunned down right in front of Beckett before he can tell her what he knows. The investigation into his death leads back to a decades-old conspiracy that may hold the answer to who was behind Beckett's mother murder and why. With the stakes and emotions running high, Castle and Beckett take their partnership to the next level.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Max Martini as Hal Lockwood | Joel Polis as John Raglan | Brian Goodman as Gary McCallister | Jonathan Adams (1) as Vulcan Simmons | Scott Paulin as Jim Beckett | Chryssie Whitehead as Kathy Moore | Brian Norris as Chad Rodrick | John Kapelos as Joe Pulgatti |
Co-Guest Stars: Ajay Vidure as CSU tech
Writer: Will Beall
Songs: The Frames -- Rise

48 :03x14 - Lucky Stiff

The brutal murder of a lottery winner has Castle and Beckett up to their eyeballs in suspects, envious and angered by the victim's sudden move from the poorhouse to the penthouse.
As the precinct buzzes with fantasies of what our cops would do if they won the lottery, Martha struggles with the reality of such a decision when she suddenly inherits money she feels she doesn't deserve.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Clare Carey as Noreen Hixton | Wilmer Calderon as Marvin "Oz" Osminkowski | Gregory Alan Williams as Jim Van-Eps (as Gregalan Williams) | Ned Bellamy as Logan Meech | Alastair Duncan as Reginald Easley | Joe Reegan as Shawn York | Rachel Melvin as Nicole Hixton | Josh Wingate as Greg Page | Brian Michael Jones as Ty Page | John Hemphill as Tom Walters | J. Salome Martinez as Todd Shipley
Director: Emile Levisetti
Writer: Alexi Hawley

49 :03x15 - The Final Nail

Castle and Beckett find themselves on opposite sides of the case when Castle's old school friend emerges as the prime suspect in his own wife's murder. As they work to solve the crime, Castle comes to realize that one of two terrible things must be true... Either Detective Beckett is about to arrest an innocent man for murder, or his old friend is a cold-blooded killer.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Jason Wiles as Damian Westlake | Tom Irwin as Simon Campbell | Alicia Coppola as Amber Patinelli | Efrain Figueroa as Ray Salazar | Andrea Bogart as Callie Langston | Ethan Phillips as Wallace Benner | Jack Dimich as Morris Hasberg | Marlene Forte as Blanca | Michelle Anne Johnson as Officer Greta Bailey |
Co-Guest Stars: Kareem Grimes as Omar Lincoln | Paul Clausen as Charles Utley
Director: John Terlesky

50 :03x16 - Setup (1)

Castle and Beckett investigate the apparent robbery-homicide of a New York cab driver, only to discover that the victim was involved in a mysterious conspiracy with unimaginable consequences. As the stakes continue to rise, hard-charging federal agent Mark Fallon takes over the investigation. Together, Fallon, Beckett and Castle must race to unmask the truth about the victim before it's too late.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Adrian Pasdar as Agent Mark Fallon | Victor Webster as Josh Davidson | Bahar Soomekh as Nazihah Alhabi | Lochlyn Munro as Kevin McCann | Alon Aboutboul as Fariq Yusef (as Alon Moni Aboutboul) | David Weidoff as Craig | Matt Bushell as Leeman Jones |
Co-Guest Stars: Piter Marek as Jamal Alhabi | Billy Mayo as Senior Officer | Hahn Cho as Hazmat Specialist
Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: David Amann

51 :03x17 - Countdown (2)

With time running out, Castle and Beckett must put aside their differences with Agent Fallon to avert a city-wide catastrophe.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Adrian Pasdar as Agent Mark Fallon | Victor Webster as Josh Davidson | Lochlyn Munro as Kevin McCann / Radford Hayes | Bahar Soomekh as Nazihah Alhabi | Monica Keena as Colleen McCann | Alon Aboutboul as Fariq Yusef (as Alon Moni Aboutboul) | Piter Marek as Jamal Alhabi |
Co-Guest Stars: Benjamin Patterson as Paramedic | Jeff Denton as Evan Bauer | Billy Mayo as Senior Officer | Jonathan Runyon as DHS Technician
Director: Bill Roe

52 :03x18 - One Life to Lose

A murder has been committed on the set of "Temptation Lane," one of New York's longest running soap operas. Sarah Cutler, the head writer on the soap, has been killed with a fire axe. Castle & Beckett quickly discover that the behind the scenes drama at "Temptation Lane" is just as scandalous as the fictitious storylines, and just about everyone would kill to get ahead. Ultimately, Castle's unique skill set as a writer leads to a discovery about the killer and the secret he or she would do anything to protect.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Corbin Bernsen as Lance Buchanan | Rebecca Budig as Mandy Bronson | Cameron Mathison as Vince Bowers | Jane Seymour as Gloria Chambers | Tina Majorino as Reese Harmon | David Eigenberg as Peter Connelly | Colleen Foy as Lauren Goldberg | Jodi Taffel as Carrie Albert | James C. Victor as Johnny Dimes
Director: David Barrett

53 :03x19 - Law & Murder

During the high-profile trial of a murdered socialite, a juror suddenly tumbles out of the jury box -- dead! When Castle & Beckett learn the juror was poisoned, their investigation soon uncovers that this seemingly innocent juror may not have been so innocent after all.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Bruce Davison as D.A. Lou Karnacki | Jay Paulson as Eddie McUsic | Kwame Patterson as Wardell Williams | Larry Clarke as Tony Muller | Jeremy Glazer as Nick Keller | Judith Moreland as Sandy Jenkins | Kathleen M. Darcy as Dawn Craig | Michael Maize as Hank Ponzell |
Co-Guest Stars: Ray Stoney as Otis Williams | Tom Virtue as Judge Fitz | Jim Meskimen as Randolph Addison | Houston Rhines as Stephen Addison | Jesse Hlubik as Joe McUsic |
Uncredited: Arne Starr as Police Sketch Artist
Director: Jeff Bleckner

54 :03x20 - Slice of Death

Castle & Beckett work the case of a man found dead inside a pizza oven, but it turns out not to be someone associated with the restaurant - it was a reporter. Was his story, "The Pizza Wars," enough to get him killed, or was it something much deeper than that?

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Gary Basaraba as Ralph Carbone | Peter Onorati as Sal Malavolta | Joe Guzaldo as Luca Sabalini | Liz Vassey as Monica Wyatt | Gregg Daniel as Walt Shaw | Darin Brooks as Nick Jr. | Beth Behrs as Ginger |
Co-Guest Stars: John Ciccolini as Vinnie Delfino | Alton Clemente as server | Stephan Smith Collins as Harley
Director: Steve Boyum

55 :03x21 - The Dead Pool

When a champion swimmer and Olympic hopeful is found dead in a training pool, Castle & Beckett dive in to investigate his murder, and uncover myriad secrets that might have led to his death.

Source: ABC
Special Guest Stars: Michael Connelly as Himself | Dennis Lehane as Himself |
Guest Stars: Justin Bruening as "Rocket" Rob Tredwyck | Erik Palladino as Coach Rome | Brendan Hines as Alex Conrad | Andrew Lawrence (1) as Tommy Marcone | Josie Loren as Bridget McManus | Kathleen Mary Carthy as Lorraine Dinovi | Peter Parros as Dr. Raymond Colabro |
Co-Guest Stars: Ben Bledsoe as Brian Morris | Zoran Radanovich as Jimmy Lennon | Bruce Katzman as Benjamin Morris | Tom Jourden as Lawyer | Roy Huang as Aaron Choi | Kelley Robins as Julie Singer (as Kelley Robins Hicks) | Katrina Nelson as Bartender | Crispin Belfrage as Photographer (as Crispian Belfrage) | Yasmine Abriel as Girl
Director: Paul Holahan
Writer: Matt Pyken

56 :03x22 - To Love and Die in L.A.

While investigating the shooting death of her ex-partner in New York, Beckett comes to believe the suspect has fled to Los Angeles. Against orders, she travels to L.A., going renegade to track down the killer, with Castle unexpectedly along for the ride. As they dig deeper into the motives, they uncover a trail that leads from a rooftop pool in Hollywood to the sandy beach of Santa Monica. Along the way, they visit the set of the "Heat Wave" movie and enlist the cast to help break the case. But as they get closer to apprehending the killer, Castle begins to wonder whether Beckett is out for justice -- or revenge.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Gene Simmons as Himself | Dominic Purcell as Russell Ganz / Neel McCauley | D.B. Sweeney as Detective Kyle Seeger | Jason George (2) as Charles Kelvin | Jason Beghe as Mike Royce | Todd Sherry as Maurice | P.J. Byrne as Tony | Derek Phillips as Reggie Walsh | Ransford Doherty as Donald Mannis |
Co-Guest Stars: Justice Gamble as Actor Esposito | Ryan Deal as Actor Ryan | Julia Voth as Violet Young | Randa Walker as Flight Attendant | Exie Booker as LAPD Officer
Director: John Terlesky
Writer: Alexi Hawley

57 :03x23 - Pretty Dead

During rehearsal for "Baron's All-American Beauty Pageant," the contestants are shocked to discover the body of Miss Illinois - strangled, but by whom? As Castle and Beckett delve into the cut-throat competition of the pageant world, they learn that a number suspects had motive for murder, including jealous fellow contestants, the pageant's larger-than-life millionaire sponsor, Victor Baron, and the show's host -- hedonistic TV personality, Bobby Stark.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Michael McKean as Victor Baron | Sasha Roiz as Bobby Stark | Teri Polo as Kayla Baron | Ken Baumann as Ashley | Arye Gross as Dr. Sidney Perlmutter | Bellamy Young as Candace Ford | Jonathan Slavin as Justin Hankel | William Francis McGuire as Dan Middleberry | Amanda Schull as Joy Jones | Paul Terrell Clayton as Dax Lattimer (as Terrell Clayton) | Judith Scott as Evelyn Montgomery |
Co-Guest Stars: Nan McNamara as Stage Mother | Stephanie Lynn as Amber Middleberry | Krystal Joy Brown as Sascha | Rosero McCoy as Felix
Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: Terri Miller

58 :03x24 - Knockout

Kate Beckett's investigation into her mother's death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood - a professional hitman with knowledge of Beckett's mother's murder - stages a spectacular escape during a court hearing. As police launch a manhunt for Lockwood, Castle and the team uncover evidence of a deeper conspiracy involving a mysterious figure with law enforcement connections who is linked to both Lockwood's escape and the killing of Johanna Beckett. The search for Lockwood and the quest to identify his co-conspirator leads to a shocking and deadly conclusion.

Source: ABC
Guest Stars: Max Martini as Hal Lockwood | Brian Goodman as Gary McCallister | Scott Paulin as Jim Beckett | Matt McTighe as Chuck Ryker | Malcolm Foster Smith as Officer Haskell | George Gerdes as Michael Yanavich | Judith Scott as Evelyn Montgomery |
Co-Guest Stars: Danièle Watts as Rebecca Montgomery | LaNiesha Irvin as Mary Montgomery | Sean Blodgett as Avery Zussman | Priscilla Garita as Bridge Officer
Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Will Beall
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
Status: Returning Series
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 09, 2009
Episode Order: 23
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