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Castle: The Final Nail

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.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 315
Airdate: Monday February 14th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Jul 21, 2011

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (33 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alicia CoppolaAlicia Coppola
As Amber Patinelli
Andrea BogartAndrea Bogart
As Callie Langston
Efrain FigueroaEfrain Figueroa
As Ray Salazar
Ethan PhillipsEthan Phillips
As Wallace Benner
Jack DimichJack Dimich
As Morris Hasberg
Jason WilesJason Wiles
As Damian Westlake
Marlene ForteMarlene Forte
As Blanca
Michelle Anne JohnsonMichelle Anne Johnson
As Officer Greta Bailey
Tom IrwinTom Irwin
As Simon Campbell

Co-Guest Stars
Kareem GrimesKareem Grimes
As Omar Lincoln
Paul ClausenPaul Clausen
As Charles Utley
Main Cast
Nathan Fillion
As Richard Castle
Stana Katic
As Detective Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan
As Martha Rodgers
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
As Captain Roy Montgomery
Jon Huertas
As Detective Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever
As Detective Kevin Ryan
Molly Quinn
As Alexis Castle


The scene opens with two men coming back from playing basketball. They walk into the house and find a woman dead with nails from a nail gun in her face. Beckett, Esposito and Ryan arrive on scene and Esposito tells that he bets Castle would love to be where they are because it is a rich person home and they are usually freaky murders. They enter and Esposito illustrates his point. The victim is Vicky Westlake, wife of Damian, who found her body. She walks into another room to find that Castle is there already. She chastises him for not calling her about the murder and Castle tells that he just got there. He tells that Damian is an old friend of his and that he called him and told that he needs to talk. They talk to him and Castle blocks Beckett’s questions toward Damian. He tells that he didn’t kill his wife. He tells that Vicky had a fight with one of the contractors and told him that he was fired. He tells that he needs to contact Vicky’s ex-husband and kids. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  David Amann  |  Rob Bowman  |  Laurie Zaks
Co-Executive ProducerScott A. Williams  |  Matt Pyken  |  Moira Kirland Dekker
Supervising ProducerDavid Grae
ProducerTerri Miller  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Co-ProducerJoan Van Horn  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  Alexi Hawley
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorEdward A. Warschilka
CastingKendra Castleberry  |  Donna Rosenstein
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorBarry K. Thomas
Second Assistant DirectorKatie Carroll
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorAmber Funk
Music SupervisorTricia Halloran
Costume DesignerLuke Reichle
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorAndrew Bikichky  |  Mark LaBonge
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Transportation CoordinatorJon Tardino
Property MasterMichael Courville
Production Sound MixerRonald G. Cogswell
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
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
Production AccountantDeb Lancello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Department Head Make-upJune Brickman
Special Effects CoordinatorRobert Calvert (3)
Production StaffLindsey Isaacson  |  Alexis Olsen
Additional EditingBrian Addie
Department Head HairstylistEdward Morrison
ThemeRobert Duncan (2)
Warning: Castle season 3 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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