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Castle: 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

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 312
Airdate: Monday January 03rd, 2011

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: David Grae

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (38 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Juliana DeverJuliana Dever
As Jenny Duffy-O'Malley
Thomas CalabroThomas Calabro
As Scott Donner
Stephen MachtStephen Macht
As Bill Wellington
Randall BatinkoffRandall Batinkoff
As Brad Williams
Tymberlee HillTymberlee Hill
As Julie Taylor (as Tymberlee Hill)
David Parker (2)David Parker (2)
As Duke Jone
Laura PreponLaura Prepon
As Natalie Rhodes

Co-Guest Stars
James Andrew WalshJames Andrew Walsh
As Desperate Man
John L. Curtis (1)John L. Curtis (1)
As Desk Clerk
Jon BriddellJon Briddell
As Rich Weiss
Juan AlfonsoJuan Alfonso
As Delivery Man
Kelly ThiebaudKelly Thiebaud
As Chloe Graves / Greta Morgan
Lenny CitranoLenny Citrano
As Lead Lawyer
Melody Thomas ScottMelody Thomas Scott
As Tonya Wellington
Rene AshtonRene Ashton
As Amelia Weiss
Schae HarrisonSchae Harrison
As Uniform Police Officer
Main Cast
Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana KaticStana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Susan SullivanSusan Sullivan
As Martha Rodgers
Jon HuertasJon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus DeverSeamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan
Molly QuinnMolly Quinn
As Alexis Castle


The episode opens with Castle watching an audition piece by actress Natalie Rhodes for the part of Nikki Heat, a character based on his book “Heat Wave”. He tells Alexis that he doesn’t think that she is good for the part and Alexis disagrees, saying that she gets into the part really well. Martha says that Natalie did an amazing job in her other movies. Castle gets worked up and Beckett calls. Alexis says that a murder will do him some good. Castle arrives on scene and Ryan shows Castle an engagement ring. Castle teases him, pretending that Ryan is proposing to him. Ryan states that he is going to propose to his girlfriend. Castle asks him how and tells him that it has to be extravagant. Beckett comes over and says that it is not the way to do it...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amos LeeFlowerClosing scenes of the episode

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerDavid Amann  |  Armyan Bernstein  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  Laurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman
Co-Executive ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker  |  Matt Pyken  |  Scott A. Williams
Supervising ProducerDavid Grae
ProducerTerri Miller  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Co-ProducerMarc A. Kahn  |  Joan Van Horn  |  Alexi Hawley
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorEdward A. Warschilka
CastingKendra Castleberry  |  Donna Rosenstein
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorRich Sickler
Second Assistant DirectorKatie Carroll
Music EditorAmber Funk
Music SupervisorTricia Halloran
Costume DesignerLuke Reichle
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorMark Labonge  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Transportation CoordinatorJon Tardino
Property MasterMichael Courville
Production Sound MixerRonald G. Cogswell
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorBrian Addie
Post Production SupervisorAshley Stephenson
Supervising Sound EditorJeremy J. Gordon
Re-Recording MixerDoug Andham  |  Joe Earle
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Art DirectorAndy Rhodes (2)
Executive Story EditorWill Beall  |  Terence Paul Winter
Costume SupervisorDevon Patterson
Makeup Department Head Debbie Zoller
Production AccountantDeb Lancello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Original MusicRobert Duncan
Special Effects CoordinatorRobert Calvert (3)
Department Head HairstylistEdward Morrison
ThemeRobert Duncan
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