Popular murder writer Richard Castle is called in to answer questions when the New York Police Department notes that two murders are left in situations that are strikingly similar to those of plots in his books. He volunteers to help on the case, much to the displeasure of the lead detective in charge.
When a body of a young woman is found inside the dryer at a laundry room, Castle and Beckett uncover that the young woman worked as a nanny in the upscale building. Meanwhile, as Castle works on his "Nikki Heat" novel series he watches Beckett's actions as she works the murder case.
Tommy Fields -- Come On In, Pink
-- So What
When a teenaged boy whose family has recent fallen on hard times is found dead in a boat in Central Park, Castle and Beckett must piece together the mystery behind the boy's final moments. Meanwhile, Castle mulls over leaving Martha home while he chaperones Alexis' trip to Washington, D.C.
Alex & Sam -- Buy Your Side, Eric Hutchinson
-- Food Chain, Brighton, MA -- Graceland '02, Two Hours Traffic -- Jezebel
The body of a New York City Councilman up for reelection is found murdered and rolled up in a rug, sending Beckett and Castle deep in to the world of politics. Meanwhile, Castle's final novel of the Derrick Storm series arrives at bookstores, sending his mother out looking for any sign of failure.
Songs: Amp Fiddler -- If I Don't, Annie Stela -- Lovesong, 1990s -- You're Supposed to Be My Friend
A woman, frozen solid, is found hanging on the exposed rebar at a construction site. The body is identified as that of a long-closed missing persons case. The slapdash manner in which the case was handled and subsequently closed touches hard against some of Beckett's own personal experiences with shoddy police work, revealing some of her background to Castle.
When a ritualistic murder takes place which has all the earmarks of a Vodou rite, Castle and Beckett must probe into the Nigerian roots of the deceased. Castle is well prepared for this, having researched the religious practices of Vodou for one of his books. He is less well prepared when his first ex-wife, Alexis's mother, announces an interest in returning to New York City to find acting work.
Beckett must enter into Castle's mileau of celebrity and money, portraying his date at a formal social event in the hopes finding those behind a rash of high society home invasions and thefts, the latest of which ended in a brutal murder. Castle finds his own problems when he seeks the assistance of a presumably retired, but dangerous master thief he used as a character model, who at one time made threats to Castle's life. Does he still bear a grudge? Is it him behind the robberies?
The Rosenbergs -- Birds of a Feather, Civalias
-- No Escape, Fatboy Slim
-- Wonderful Night, Joel Evans and Patrick Maier -- You're The One For Me
A woman was found murdered inside a transient hotel in a bathtub full of motor oil as Castle and Beckett investigate. After uncovering the dark past of the woman, they decide they'll need to seek the help of a crime journalist who may know more about this woman than he is telling. Meanwhile, Beckett uses her best poker face as she squares off against Castle, with both money and pride at stake.
When a little girl is kidnapped, the lead FBI agent in charge of the case asks for Beckett to assist. He asks this because he was an old flame of Beckett. The ensuing testosterone battle as Castle and Sorenson face off over their different approaches, as well as Kate, is not pretty.
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a plastic surgeon who disappeared and was found a week later dead in the front seat of his vehicle parked curbside. While delving into the world of surgery obsessed patients and secret operations, Castle has a fatherly experience as Alexis attends her first prom. And as Castle looks back into Beckett's past, he discovers information which could stop their relationship forever.
Songs: Greg Laswell
-- Comes and Goes (In Waves), Minnutes -- More to Luv, Minnutes -- Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, Tyler Lane -- Please Don't Go
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.
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.
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.
Songs: Laura Scott -- The Librarian
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.
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.
Songs: Nitzer Ebb -- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Alec Ounsworth -- Me You And Watson
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.
The circumstances of the murder of a beautiful young blonde woman leads the team to believe that 3XK, the Triple Killer has struck again.
Songs: Uncle Lucius -- A Million Ways, Derek Evry -- Without You
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a male stripper found dressed as a NYPD police officer.
Jim Bacchi -- Friday Rock, Nelly
-- Hot In Herre, Pierluigi Ferrantini, Pierfrancesco Bazzoffi & Alessandro Sg -- Never Easy, Troy MacCubbin -- Stars Like You
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.
Songs: Cliff Lin -- Infiltraitor, Pajaro Sunrise -- Salt & Spoon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Songs: The Frames -- Rise
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.
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.
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.
With time running out, Castle and Beckett must put aside their differences with Agent Fallon to avert a city-wide catastrophe.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a riveting opening that picks up just moments after last season's climactic finale, Detective Beckett fights for her life as Castle, plagued by guilt over his role in the events, struggles to uncover who's behind her brutal shooting. Meanwhile, back at the precinct, Ryan and Esposito have to adjust, as Victoria "Iron" Gates becomes the precinct's new uncompromising Captain.
When an ex-con is mysteriously slain in an alley, Castle and Beckett believe a vigilante is behind the murder. But efforts to identify their suspect are thwarted when they discover that he roams the city in a Superhero costume -- and may indeed be a Superhero. Can they capture and unmask the killer before he strikes again?
Songs: Chain Gang Of 1974 -- Devil Is A Lady, Jen Hirsh -- Finish Line
Gunshots, a fleeing van and a massive blood pool all point to murder, but when Castle & Beckett arrive at the crime scene, they discover that it lacks something - the victim! The investigation leads to the cutting-edge world of life-extension science, a cunning high-tech researcher, and a sleazy porn mogul who invested in a modern-day "fountain of youth." Meanwhile, Alexis finds out whether she got into Stanford.
Songs: Black Mustang. -- The One
While investigating the mysterious shooting death of a young woman, Castle and Beckett face a cop's worst nightmare when they discover that the gun used in the killing is Det. Ryan's old service weapon - the one that was stolen by the serial killer, 3XK. Now with the clock ticking, the team must work to solve the murder, track down 3XK and retrieve Ryan's gun before the killer strikes again.
Castle & Beckett work a murder case around the theft of a valuable sculpture. Kristin Lehman ("The Killing") guest stars as Serena Kaye, a smart, sexy insurance investigator, who joins Castle & Beckett in the investigation, but she also has her eyes set on Castle, all the while hiding a very important secret from the team. Jessica Tuck ("True Blood") also guest stars as Joy McHugh, a wealthy museum benefactor who becomes a suspect in the murder investigation.
Songs: Astrud Gilberto -- The Girl From Ipanema, Shana Halligan -- True Love
Castle & Beckett confront the possibility of paranormal foul play when a world renown ghost hunter is mysteriously murdered while investigating a haunting at a legendary New York mansion.
When Castle and Martha are taken hostage by a crew of bank robbers dressed in hospital scrubs and using classic television doctor names (Trapper John M.D., Dr. Huxtable, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Dr. Doogie Howser), Beckett finds herself on the outside, desperately trying to rescue them -- which proves to be even more difficult with a by-the-book hostage negotiator watching her every move. Castle becomes the de facto leader of the hostages, which includes Barry Livingston, and discovers that the robbery is actually a skillfully orchestrated distraction for an even more sinister plan. But with Castle stuck on the inside and Beckett on the outside, will either be able to foil the bank robbers' plans before it is too late?
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.
Songs: Lyrics Born ft Sam Sparro -- Coulda Woulda Shoulda (Party Ben Remix), Jesse Malin -- In The Modern World, Soul Coughing -- Super Bon Bon, Kenny Rogers -- The Gambler, Fred -- Trial By Fire
A sniper on a killing spree is terrorizing New York City. With the clock ticking down to the next murder and nothing to go on except a killer with no apparent motive but to instill terror, this could prove the team's toughest case yet. The hunt is made even more complicated when Beckett begins to experience increasingly strong moments of PTSD - moments she tries hard to hide from Castle and the detectives.
Songs: Mostar Diving Club -- Give A Little Love
When Castle and Beckett wake up in bed, handcuffed together, in a locked room with no memory of how they got there, they must piece together the mystery of where they are and why, all while trying to escape. But as the two of them adjust to being shackled together, what's the biggest threat they face... the people who abducted them or each other? Meanwhile, Ryan, Esposito and Gates are left to investigate their disappearance in a case where all is not what it seems.
Songs: Mostar Diving Club -- Give A Little Love
When a lothario is killed, Castle and Beckett suspect that the victim's mysterious double life holds the key to his murder. Their investigation leads to a shocking twist that threatens to disrupt Ryan's wedding with Jenny.
Songs: Boston Symphony Orchestra -- Bolero
Derek Webster guest stars as Mayor Robert Weldon, Castle's longtime friend and the Mayor of New York City. It was Mayor Weldon's political clout that allowed Castle to partner up with Beckett. But now, when a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to the Mayor's motor pool, that partnership comes under fire as the scandal surrounding the investigation threatens to bring down Weldon's administration.
When a famous dog trainer is killed, the investigation keeps coming back to charismatic reality TV star Kay Cappuccio. Kay, a favorite of tabloids and gossip websites the world over, has achieved stardom without possessing any discernible skill or talent. But there seems to be more to her story than she is letting on -- does that include murder?
When Castle and Beckett investigate the killing of a treasure hunter, they discover the case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 involving a hard-boiled private detective. Castle realizes the only way to solve the present-day murder is to solve the murder from the past. The 1947 case comes to life through stylized flashbacks, featuring Castle as the private eye and Beckett as a femme fatale.
Songs: Tamala Jones -- "Comes Love", Louis Armstrong -- I Can't Give You Anything But Love
In the first episode of a two-part "Castle" event, Castle and Beckett pursue a ruthless killer who, they discover, is part of a sinister, international conspiracy. Castle and Beckett are joined on the case by Sophia Turner, a smart, sexy CIA operative who has a complicated past with Castle.
In the explosive conclusion of a two-part story arc that began last week with "Pandora," Castle & Beckett race to find the "Linchpin" in order to stop the first domino in a chain of events which will plunge the United States into war.
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.
Songs: The Droge and Summers Blend -- Sad Clown
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.
When a bomb explodes at a protest rally killing five people, Castle & Beckett realize the key to solving the case is to reconstruct the 47 seconds prior to the explosion. Using video and witness accounts, they uncover the shocking truth about who planted the bomb.
A devilishly handsome detective from Scotland Yard, Colin Hunt, teams up with Castle & Beckett to find the person responsible for the murder of his friend's daughter. Meanwhile, Lanie convinces Beckett that she needs to make a move on Castle before it is too late.
Songs: (Unknown artist) -- "It Had To Be You (piano version)"
With tensions rising between Castle and Beckett, Castle finds himself a new partner -- Detective Ethan Slaughter, a tough and colorful cop from the city's gang unit. But Castle gets more than he bargained for when Slaughter shows him a grittier side of police work that puts Castle in the line of fire like never before.
Songs: The Crossroads Band -- "The Devil's Got My Soul"
When Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a man with human bite marks on his body, Castle's wild theories start flying. But none are as wild as what their only witness insists happened - a Zombie attack. As the evidence pointing towards an undead assailant piles up, the team plunges into New York's Zombie subculture to find the killer and bring him in -- dead, undead or alive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A murder at a science fiction convention leaves Beckett and Castle caught between avid fans and celebrity egoes.
Songs: William Shatner -- Ideal Woman
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.
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 when they get ambushed, they're 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 who want him silenced -- that is, if they don't kill each other first.
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.
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, 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.
Songs: Missy Higgins -- Secret
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.
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. Also in the episode, Alexis starts a video blog, but Castle is not happy that personal and intimate details about her life are being made public.
While investigating the murder of a young woman, Castle and Beckett find evidence that links her death with Senator William H. Bracken, 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.
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.
In the first half of a two-part story arc, Castle and Beckett find themselves in a race against time when they unearth a plot to kidnap Sarah el-Masri, the daughter of a powerful foreign dignitary. The stakes are raised when they learn that Alexis was also kidnapped, and every lead they follow ends with the discovery of another dead body.
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
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.
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.
Songs: The Mahones -- Angels & Devils
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While taking on a high-stakes investigation, Beckett decides what to do about whether to take a job in DC, and if she should accept Castle's proposal.
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.
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.
A desperate young murder suspect, Emma Briggs, takes hostages at gunpoint then mysteriously insists that she will only negotiate with one person: Richard Castle.
A grisly murder investigation leads Castle and Beckett to a suspect 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.
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.
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.
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.
A female victim bares a shocking resemblance to examiner Lanie Parish when Castle and Beckett arrive at a crime scene. They soon realize that the killer is targeting 12th precinct detectives.
A priest receives a mysterious bundle when a bleeding man collapses and dies in his church. The bundle turns out to be a baby boy, leading Castle and Beckett to nanny the newborn. Their investigation soon uncovers that the baby and victim aren't related at all and that finding the parents of the now orphaned baby could solve to be as hard as solving the murder case.
A murder victim at a fire scene leads the team onto the trail of a serial arsonist. Ryan and Esposito find more trouble than they bargained for as Ryan's wife Jenny goes into labor.
A seemingly innocuous murder of a simple store clerk leads the team into the world of high stakes espionage, and ultimately, Castle's father.
An out of control pop star is murdered, and the investigation leads Castle and Beckett into a world of paparazzi and debauchery, with Alexis thrown in to boot.
A fashion magazine assistant is found murdered, and Castle and Beckett must wade through the halls of the glitzy fashion world to find the killer.
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a high school girl, and find themselves bewildered when the evidence indicates the perpetrator has telekinetic powers.
The murder of a man in a hotel room seems like an easy case when Beckett gets a confession, but due diligence by the NYPD reveals the woman has an alibi, and things get more bizarre when a second and then a third person confesses.
Beckett is requested to join a narcotics sting that is supposed to be straight-forward, but the meet goes bad and she ends up in a fight for her life.
The murder of a Japanese ballet dancer leads the team down the path of revenge, the Yakuza, and ninjas, much to Castle's delight.
The investigation into the murder of a Wall Street broker gets complicated by the arrival of the U.S. Attorney's office. The complication increases when the D.A. turns out to be Gates' sister.
The discovery of a murdered 1970's era mobster leads Beckett and Castle to a man who still believes it is the '70s. With no other leads, the NYPD pulls out all the stops to convince their witness to reveal all that he knows.
Songs: Donna Summer
-- Last Dance, Bob McGilpin -- Let The Music Take You High
After a skateboarder is gunned down by a killer on a motorcycle, Castle and Beckett must enter the extreme sports world to find the killer.
Since her near death at the hands of Vulcan Simmons, Beckett has been investigating the man and trying to connect him to Senator Bracken. When an associate of Simmons is found murdered, Beckett's investigation turns into a fight for her life, both from Bracken and the NYPD.
With the wedding only days away, Castle and Beckett learn a shocking truth that leads the pair on a wild chase filled with bikers, gangsters, and a former love interest of Beckett's.
Songs: The Band of Strangers -- Bait n' Pole, Antonio Vivaldi -- Spring