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Castle: Pretty Dead

During rehearsal for "Baron's All-American Beauty Pageant," the contestants are shocked to discover the body of Miss Illinois - strangled, but by whom? As Castle and Beckett delve into the cut-throat competition of the pageant world, they learn that a number suspects had motive for murder, including jealous fellow contestants, the pageant's larger-than-life millionaire sponsor, Victor Baron, and the show's host -- hedonistic TV personality, Bobby Stark.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x23
Production Number: 323
Airdate: Monday May 09th, 2011

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: Terri Miller

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Dec 01, 2011


Guest Stars
Arye GrossArye Gross
As Dr. Sidney Perlmutter
Judith ScottJudith Scott
As Evelyn Montgomery
Ken BaumannKen Baumann
As Ashley
Amanda SchullAmanda Schull
As Joy Jones
Bellamy YoungBellamy Young
As Candace Ford
Jonathan SlavinJonathan Slavin
As Justin Hankel
Michael McKeanMichael McKean
As Victor Baron
Paul Terrell ClaytonPaul Terrell Clayton
As Dax Lattimer (as Terrell Clayton)
Sasha RoizSasha Roiz
As Bobby Stark
Teri PoloTeri Polo
As Kayla Baron
William Francis McGuireWilliam Francis McGuire
As Dan Middleberry

Co-Guest Stars
Nan McNamaraNan McNamara
As Stage Mother
Rosero McCoyRosero McCoy
As Felix
Stephanie LynnStephanie Lynn
As Amber Middleberry
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


The scene opens with beauty pageant contestants practicing their routine together when they discover that Miss Illinois has been murdered. Meanwhile, Alexis talks to Ashley and tells him to go to the college that he wants. Castle asks what is wrong and she says that Ashley got accepted to all colleges and Ashley wants to Stanford. She says that long distance relationship hardly ever work out. Castle says that you never know with love and Alexis tells that another murder happened when Castle’s phone rings. Castle gets on scene and Beckett tells him that the case is right up his alley. They walk in the studio and Castle recognizes Bobby Stark, a tv sitcom start. Beckett says that Candace Ford is the one running the pageant. Ryan comes up and says that the victim is Amber Middleberry and the Medical Examiner says that she was chocked with her own sash. Black sequence is found in her hair. ..

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Cultural References
Kate: I had a roommate freshman year, Debbie Wenneger, it was like living with Elle Woods on steroids.

Elle Woods was the bouncy, cheerful character played by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 movie, Legally Blonde.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Laurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  David Amann
Co-Executive ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker  |  Matt Pyken  |  Scott A. Williams
Supervising ProducerDavid Grae
ProducerTerri Miller  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Co-ProducerJoan Van Horn  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  Alexi Hawley
Associate ProducerNoreen O'Toole
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorWarren Bowman
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 OperatorMark LaBonge  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorClaire Kaufman
Location ManagerGeorge Shockley
Transportation CoordinatorJon Tardino
Property MasterMichael Courville
Construction CoordinatorVincent DeSantis
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorOrlando Machado Jr.
Post Production SupervisorAshley Stephenson
Supervising Sound EditorJeremy J. Gordon
Re-Recording MixerDoug Andham  |  Joe Earle
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Stunt CoordinatorDennis Madalone
Art DirectorChris Hansen
Executive Story EditorTerence Paul Winter  |  Will Beall
Costume SupervisorDevon Patterson
Production AccountantDeb Lancello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Department Head Make-upJune Brickman
Special Effects CoordinatorRobert Calvert (3)
Production StaffElizabeth Reis  |  Alexis Olsen
Department Head HairstylistEdward Morrison
ThemeRobert Duncan (2)
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