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Castle: Kill the Messenger

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.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 208
Airdate: Monday November 09th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

BR (AXN) Jun 02, 2010
UK (alibi) Nov 10, 2010
NL (SBS 6) Dec 09, 2010

Guest Stars
Arye GrossArye Gross
As Dr. Sidney Perlmutter
Gregg HenryGregg Henry
As Winston Wellesley
Mark MosesMark Moses
As Blake Wellesley
Hattie WinstonHattie Winston
As Sally Niedermeyer
Ron MelendezRon Melendez
As Jeff Dilahunt
Jill AndreJill Andre
As Lenanne Wellesley
Josh DaughertyJosh Daugherty
As Trent Wellesley
Sonya LeslieSonya Leslie
As Valerie Thompson
Judy KainJudy Kain
As Sara

Co-Guest Stars
Jeff HarlanJeff Harlan
As Frank Davis
Rod DamerRod Damer
As Bartender
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
Episode Notes
Overall Ratings for this ep 9.82 million, 2.4/6 share among 18-49yos

Up from the previous week.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
LocksleyI'm On Fire 
Salme DahlstromComing Fast, Coming Hard 

Episode Quotes
(As Beckett goes to speak to the sister of the deceased, to tell her what happened)
Castle: How does she do that?
Capt. Montgomery: (seeing an alternative meaning) Better than anyone I know.
Castle: (looks over at the captain) You okay?
Capt. Montgomery: Her brother died trying to get something to me. No. I'm not okay.

(The original victim's casket has just been opened by Dr. Perlmutter)
Castle: Is the body missing or did you just pull off an awesome magic trick? You are amazing, sir!

Castle: Someone had to have paid to get rid of the body, just in case Brady every wanted to come clean with the police.
Beckett: Mmm-hmm. Looks like it.
Castle: This guy's got contingency plans for his contingency plans! It's like we're battling a supervillain!
Dr. Perlmutter: Excuse me! Dynamic duo! (Closes the casket) What am I doing with this?
Castle: Well, it depends. What can you get for a second-hand casket these days?
Beckett: I'll call Olivia's family and find out what they want to do.
Castle: Seriously, though. I wonder what you could get for a slightly used coffin. That thing is top of the line! (spinning around, realizing...) Did you check the drawer?!?
Dr. Perlmutter: What drawer?
Castle: High end coffins often have a small drawer hidden somewhere in the lid. That way one can hide his momentos in there, or psychotic killers can hide evidence...

Beckett: Are you looking at porn?
Castle: I use Ryan's computer for that.

Episode Goofs
In the opening, after the car hits the cyclist, and the driver jumps out of the car, the overhead shot shows the bicycle under the front bumper, seat near the driver's front wheel. After the driver gets back in the car and drives away, the bicycle is much further away from the car, facing a different direction, and laying on its other side.

Cultural References
Title: Kill The Messenger

The title phrase is a common riff off a phrase associated with Shakespeare: "Don't shoot the messenger", which occurs in both the play Henry IV, Part 2 as well as Antony and Cleopatra. The concept predates that, however, to the time when an envoy with a message might be sent to an opposing leader, who, in rage at the content of the message, might strike at the messenger standing in proxy for the author.

Dr. Perlmutter: Excuse me! Dynamic Duo! What am I doing with this?

The Dynamic Duo is a term often used to refer to the pairing of Batman and Robin, popularized during the 60s with the campy live-action Batman TV series.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  René Echevarria  |  Laurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman
Co-Executive ProducerJose Molina
ProducerD. Howard Grigsby  |  David Grae
Co-ProducerTerri Miller  |  Marc A. Kahn
Consulting ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorWarren Bowman
CastingDonna Rosenstein  |  Kendra Castleberry
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorBarry K. Thomas
Second Assistant DirectorKatie Carroll
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorAmber Funk
Music SupervisorTricia Halloran
Costume DesignerSalvador Pérez Jr.
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorMark LaBonge  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Property MasterMichael Courville
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorOrlando Machado Jr.
Post Production SupervisorGregg Fishman
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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