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Castle: Fool Me Once...

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?

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 204
Airdate: Monday October 12th, 2009

Director: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Alexi Hawley

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Mar 18, 2010
UK (alibi) Oct 13, 2010

Guest Stars
Kathleen Rose PerkinsKathleen Rose Perkins
As Elise Finnegan
David RamseyDavid Ramsey
As Jim Wheeler
Robert PineRobert Pine
As Gerry Finnegan
Stephanie FaracyStephanie Faracy
As Patty Schultz
Chet GrissomChet Grissom
As Agent Gray

Co-Guest Stars
Jennifer RikerJennifer Riker
As Sue Vaughn
Ilene GraffIlene Graff
As Gayle Finnegan
Will BeinbrinkWill Beinbrink
As Steven Fletcher
Frank GallegosFrank Gallegos
As Keith Lopez
Kahlil JosephKahlil Joseph
As Bank Manager
Main Cast
Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana KaticStana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Susan SullivanSusan Sullivan
As Martha Rodgers
Ruben Santiago-HudsonRuben Santiago-Hudson
As Captain Roy Montgomery
Jon HuertasJon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus DeverSeamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan
Tamala JonesTamala Jones
As Dr. Lanie Parish
Molly QuinnMolly Quinn
As Alexis Castle
Episode Notes
At about six minutes into the program, Nathan Fillion is pulling on a pair of blue latex gloves. He does a quick set of hand motions. In a Twitter message, he states that the hand motions are a reference to the phrase "two by two, hands of blue", which comes from his program Firefly.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
MoZellaCan't StopBeckett in bubble bath
Winter GlovesFactoriesInternational School classroom
(Unknown artist)Twinkle Twinkle Little StarMartha getting music lesson

Episode Quotes
Castle: (whistles) That's a lot of pemmican! (others look at him) A basic staple of the, ah, polar explorer diet. High in fat and protein, basically beef and grease kinda melted together into a jerky. You'd think it'd be disgusting but surprisingly... (stops as Beckett signals "TMI") I'll fill you in later.

Castle: Yeah, but for con men, it's not just about the money. I mean, for them it's about the game. The thrill they get from pulling a con, it's like a drug high.
Captain Montgomery: (walking up) Our con man was on drugs?
Beckett: No sir, Castle was just giving us psychological insight based on his extensive experience as a fraud.

Castle: ...And you believed him?
Ms. Schultz: Have you ever been duped?
Castle: I've been married twice...

Ryan: (laughing) You know those Nigerian e-mail scams?
Castle: Oh, Fletcher didn't pull one of those?
Ryan: No. It looks like someone tried to pull one on him, Fletcher conned the guy out of ten grand!
Esposito: That boy's good.

Beckett: Don't be so impressed, the guy was a criminal.
Castle: Ah, well, there's something about a well-played con, it just makes you want to tip your hat, though. And they have such great names, "The Spanish Prisoner", "Pig in a Poke", "The Pigeon Drop".
Captain Montgomery: I love a good time movie, House of Games, Catch Me If You Can...
Esposito: Ocean's Eleven, baby.
Ryan: Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels...

Cultural References
Title: Fool Me Once

The title is the first part of an old piece of folk wisdom, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." -- meaning "your duplicity is unexpected the first time, but the second time I should have been more cautious and wary of your motives, and not caught unawares".

Castle: And they have such great names, "The Spanish Prisoner", "Pig in a Poke", "The Pigeon Drop".

The Spanish Prisoner is a con from the early 1900s. In its original form, the con artist informs the mark that he is associated with a VIP who has been imprisoned in Spain under a false identity. The prisoner is concerned with the serious repercussions of revealing their identity, and is relying on the "friend" (the con artist) to dig up the money which will get them released. The con man "allows" the mark to supply some of the funds, expecting a generous reward when the prisoner is released. There is no prisoner, of course, and the only reward is the wisdom that comes from being had. There are many variations on this con which have been developed since then.

Pig in a Poke originated in The Middle Ages, when meat was particularly valuable, as were meat animals. The scheme entails the sale of a suckling pig in a poke (i.e., a bag). The steadily moving bag would, in fact, contain a cat or other valueless animal that was sold to the victim in an unopened bag. The scam is basically tricking someone into buying something without looking closely at it.

The Pigeon Drop is a con game where the mark or "pigeon" is convinced to give up a sum of money in order to obtain a larger sum of money, or more valuable object. In the end, the scammers make off with all the money, usually by switching containers.
Typically, it's in the form of a large sum of money purportedly found by a stranger (the con artist) who puts the money with the mark's money (usually in an envelope, briefcase, or sack) and possession of which the mark is then entrusted with. The money is actually not put into the holder, and/or the holder is somehow swapped with one containing nothing of value. In some manner, the conman or an accomplice makes off with the money, while the mark is left thinking they still have the money or object of value as "security" or collateral.

Ryan: (laughing) You know those Nigerian e-mail scams?
Castle: Oh, Fletcher didn't pull one of those?
Ryan: No. It looks like someone tried to pull one on him... Fletcher conned the guy out of ten grand!

Less improbable than it sounds. 419eater is a web site devoted to scamming the scammers (419 is the section of the Nigerian criminal code which deals with this type of fraud) (Warning! Potentially offensive use of language, particularly homosexual pejoratives). In particular, the tale of John Ademola, who the crew managed to scam into spending several hundred dollars of his own money, is detailed. T

he rules of Greed apply to scammers as well as somewhat honest people. Most of the people conned by scammers are people looking for the quick score in a get rich quick scheme. If you are wary of such offers, you are far less likely to get ripped off.

Beckett: Don't be so impressed, the guy was a criminal.
Castle: Ah, well, there's something about a well-played con, it just makes you want to tip your hat, though.

I concur with Castle, and offer a quote from noted SF author Larry Niven which applies:

I don't shoot a man for being incompetent in the Devil's work. I shoot him for being competent in the Devil's work. Admiration for his technique is part of the process.

One must study chicanery to prevent it. Appreciating skill with which chicanery is done is simple sense in recognizing a good, challenging adversary and not taking them too lightly. Regardless of the right or wrong involved, that is a metric regarding justice, and an important one -- but you need to respect your opponent's skills appropriately regardless of the justice metric, or they will outsmart you consistently.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerAndrew W. Marlowe  |  Armyan Bernstein  |  René Echevarria  |  Laurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman
Co-Executive ProducerJose Molina
ProducerDavid Grae  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Co-ProducerMarc A. Kahn  |  Terri Miller
Consulting ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorJeff Freeman
CastingDonna Rosenstein  |  Kendra Castleberry
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorRich Sickler
Second Assistant DirectorRosemary Cremona
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorAmber Funk
Music SupervisorTricia Halloran
Costume DesignerSalvador Pérez Jr.
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorMark LaBonge  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorDaryn Reid Goodall
Property MasterMichael Courville
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorBrian Addie
Post Production SupervisorAmanda Lencioni
Supervising Sound EditorJeremy J. Gordon
Re-Recording MixerJoe Earle  |  Michael Colomby
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Art DirectorJakub Durkoth
Executive Story EditorAlexi Hawley
Costume SupervisorDevon Patterson
Production AccountantDeb Lancello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistDebbie Zoller
Dept. Head Hair StylistToni-Ann Walker
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