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Castle: When the Bough Breaks

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.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 205
Airdate: Monday October 19th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Mar 25, 2010
UK (alibi) Oct 20, 2010

Guest Stars
Diana-Maria RivaDiana-Maria Riva
As Det. Roselyn Karpowski
Arye GrossArye Gross
As Dr. Sidney Perlmutter
Reed DiamondReed Diamond
As Dr. Cameron Talbot
Elaine HendrixElaine Hendrix
As Melissa Talbot
Ivo NandiIvo Nandi
As Teodor Hajek
Timi PrulhiereTimi Prulhiere
As Talbot's Nurse
Debi MazarDebi Mazar
As Paula Haas

Co-Guest Stars
John Brantley Cole, Jr.John Brantley Cole, Jr.
As NYPD Uniform
Griffin ClevelandGriffin Cleveland
As Zane Talbot
Francisco VianaFrancisco Viana
As 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
Molly QuinnMolly Quinn
As Alexis Castle
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AlyxFever Burning 
Bad Boy BillDo What U LikeBeckett arrives at the book party
DerbySunk a FewAlexis asks to invite Taylor to the launch party
El PresidenteRocket 
OneRepublicEverybody Loves Me 

Episode Quotes
Beckett: The Irony is it never would have connected them. We don't go through a victim's mail unless there's probable cause and a warrant first.
Castle: Thank you.
Beckett: For what?
Castle: For using 'irony' correctly. Ever since that Alanis Morisette song, people uses it when they actually mean 'coincidence', drives me nuts!
Beckett: Yeah, well, it must be your great grammatical influence over me.

Cultural References
Title: When the Bough Breaks

The title comes from a classic bit of folk poetry, first known recording appearing in 1765, which has become part of a song titled "Rock-a-bye Baby". The current most popular form of the lyrics is
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

The song is said to be the first poem written on American soil. It may have its origins in political matters, as well, possibly referring to the son of England's King James II, who may have had a baby snuck into the birthing room to become heir to the throne (the child was never king, the Glorious Revolution replaced the Catholic James with the Protestant William and Mary).

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  René Echevarria  |  Rob Bowman  |  Laurie Zaks
Co-Executive ProducerJose Molina
ProducerD. Howard Grigsby  |  David Grae
Co-ProducerMarc A. Kahn  |  Terri Miller
Consulting ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorWarren Bowman
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 OperatorAndrew Bikichky  |  Mark LaBonge
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Property MasterMichael Courville
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorOrlando Machado Jr.
Post Production SupervisorAmanda Lencioni
Supervising Sound EditorJeremy J. Gordon
Re-Recording MixerJoe Earle  |  Michael Colomby
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Art DirectorHarry E. Otto
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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