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A murder has been committed on the set of "Temptation Lane," one of New York's longest running soap operas. Sarah Cutler, the head writer on the soap, has been killed with a fire axe. Castle & Beckett quickly discover that the behind the scenes drama at "Temptation Lane" is just as scandalous as the fictitious storylines, and just about everyone would kill to get ahead. Ultimately, Castle's unique skill set as a writer leads to a discovery about the killer and the secret he or she would do anything to protect.
The scene opens with a woman and a man together, the woman says that she wants to go back to her husband Alfonso and the man says that he wants her. Suddenly there is a man who calls for Angela, the woman in the bed. They scramble to find a place for the man to hide when they open the cupboard and a dead body falls out. They look out to the cameras and the man asks if the Gag Reel is getting thin. However, they realize that it is not a gag and that it is a woman named Sarah. Meanwhile, Martha is cleaning up the kitchen and Castle asks if she is making breakfast. She says that she is cleaning because her School of Acting isn’t ready to be open yet and she is trying to occupy her time. Castle’s phone rings and she gives him an address that Martha recognizes. She says that is where they film the soap opera series “Temptation Lane”. She asks to go with Castle and he says no, but he will keep her updated on the news. Castle arrives on set and Beckett and Esposito tell Castle that Sarah, the girl murdered, was a writer. Castle asks why anyone would want to kill a writer. Castle says that they are entering a world of epic drama and that they need to be sharp. Beckett says that the motives are usually quite ordinary everywhere. ..Read the full recap