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Castle: Once Upon a Crime

When a woman dressed as Red Riding Hood is found dead in the woods with claw marks covering her body, and soon after a murdered Snow White is discovered with a poison apple in her hand, Castle & Beckett find themselves on a Grimm hunt to catch a fairytale killer before he kills again. But nothing is as it seems in a case filled with deceit, betrayal, secrets and murder.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x17
Production Number: 417
Airdate: Monday February 27th, 2012

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Writer: Kate Sargeant

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) May 13, 2012
CA (CTV) May 27, 2013


Guest Stars
Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle
As Charlotte Boyd
Taylor KinneyTaylor Kinney
As Darren Thomas
Sarah Jane MorrisSarah Jane Morris
As Leslie Morgan Thomas
June SquibbJune Squibb
As Jamie Isaacson
Jason ThompsonJason Thompson
As Noah Curtis
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Kristina Curtis

Co-Guest Stars
Nicholas DownsNicholas Downs
As Marcus O'Neill
Lindsey SantefortLindsey Santefort
As Amy Morgan / Red Riding Hood
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
Tamala JonesTamala Jones
As Dr. Lanie Parish
Molly QuinnMolly Quinn
As Alexis Castle


The scene opens with a woman running through the woods in red hooded cloak. She trips and is attacked. Meanwhile, Martha is writing her one woman show. She introduces her playwright, Marcus, and Castle says that his office is his alone. He tells them to get out of his office, but he is interrupted by Beckett. He goes to the scene of the crime and Lainii says that the victim was running from something and she doesn’t know who she is. Castle says that the girl is Little Red Riding Hood from the way she is dressed and says that they are looking for a wolf. Beckett thinks Castle is crazy, but Ryan says that he agrees. Beckett says that it is not the “Big Bad Wolf” who attacked her because in the story, Little Red Riding Hood didn’t die. Castle is impressed by her knowledge of the Brother’s Grimm. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Droge and Summers BlendSad ClownRyan & Esposito question a waitress about the vict

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Laurie Zaks  |  Rob Bowman  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  David Amann
Co-Executive ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
ProducerD. Howard Grigsby  |  Marc A. Kahn  |  Alexi Hawley
Co-ProducerElizabeth Beall  |  Christine Boylan  |  Terence Paul Winter
Consulting ProducerRob Hanning
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