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Castle: Nanny McDead

When a body of a young woman is found inside the dryer at a laundry room, Castle and Beckett uncover that the young woman worked as a nanny in the upscale building. Meanwhile, as Castle works on his "Nikki Heat" novel series he watches Beckett's actions as she works the murder case.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Monday March 16th, 2009

Director: John Terlesky
Writer: Barry Schindel

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Oct 08, 2009
DE (Kabel1) Feb 13, 2010
Russia Sep 21, 2010

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (48 Votes cast)

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Flash
Guest Stars
Jayne BrookJayne Brook
As Claudia Peterson
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Chloe Richardson
George NewbernGeorge Newbern
As Howard Peterson
Jason Brooks (1)Jason Brooks (1)
As Ian Harris
Melinda Page HamiltonMelinda Page Hamilton
As Diana Harris
Ken LernerKen Lerner
As NYPD Attorney
Michael GraziadeiMichael Graziadei
As Brent Johnson
Len LesserLen Lesser
As Elderly Neighbor

Co-Guest Stars
Claudia ChoiClaudia Choi
As Video Technician
Recurring
LonyLony'e Perrine
As Bethany
Eamon HuntEamon Hunt
As Frank Garrison
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
Tamala JonesTamala Jones
As Dr. Lanie Parish
Molly QuinnMolly Quinn
As Alexis Castle
Episode Notes
Castle: Well, that's just something we'll have to take your word for.

With this Castle suggests that he has not met his father, that his mother has never told him who his father actually is (otherwise, they would not 'have to take her word for it')

John Terlesky, who directed, is one of those actor-turned director types (who still does both). Probably his most notable role may have been the title role in a fun, cheesy sword-and-sorcery movie called "Deathstalker II"



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
PinkSo WhatThe Dead Nanny's ringtone
Tommy FieldsCome On InEnd of episode


Episode Quotes
City Attorney: Mr. Castle, be advised. If you get injured following Detective Beckett to research your next novel, you cannot sue the city. If you get shot, you cannot sue the city. If you get killed...
Castle: My lifeless remains cannot sue the city...?
City Attorney: Your heirs, Mr. Castle.
Beckett: Do I have to wait for him to sign, or can I shoot him now?
City Attorney: Mr. Castle, these waivers are serious business. Perhaps you'd feel more comfortable referring the matter to your attorney?
Castle: (smiling) What, are you kidding? He'd never let me sign these. But fortunately, it's his job to get me out of trouble, and not to prevent me from getting into it.

Castle: Three men huddled around a computer, that better not be porn. And if it is, I want in.

Alexis: How come we never had a nanny?
Castle: Well, your mother and I decided if someone was going to screw you up, we wanted it to be me.... Only, you managed to turn out fine somehow anyway.

Martha: We catch any 'perps', today, kiddo? ...I did an NYPD Blue once, remember?
Alexis: You were the crazy homeless woman...
Castle: And some might say still are.

Alexis: Really? You had a nanny?
Castle: Yeah, only we didn't call them 'nannies', then.
Alexis: What were they called?
Castle: Oh, I don't know, ummm. 'Alcoholics'? 'Raving Lunatics'? No, no, no, wait, ah...'Completely irresponsible middle-aged women who, instead of looking after me while you (looks at Martha) were acting, like they were supposed to, instead, watched daytime television'?
Martha: Oh, stop your whining. You didn't turn out half bad. And don't forget -- the good half are my genes.
Castle: Well, that's just something we'll have to take your word for. But I'm not asking for an apology, mother. Actually, I got the plot for my first novel by watching 'One Life To Live'.

Castle: Don't leave town? Don't you need probable cause for something like that?
Beckett: Yeah, well, he doesn't know that, does he?
Castle: You can lie like that? That is so cool.

Castle: You suspected him, too?
Beckett: The husband? Duh.
Castle: You would really clean up at my poker game.
Beckett: Right. You, James Patterson, and the rest of the Times' Best Seller List? A little too rich for my blood.
Castle: We could always make it Strip Poker.
Beckett: Sorry, but I prefer mystery to horror.



Cultural References
Castle: Actually, I got the plot for my first novel by watching One Life To Live.

One Life To Live is an ABC daytime soap opera, created in 1968 by Agnes Nixon. It was among the very first to dispense with the WASPy nature of earlier soaps, and to feature ethnically diverse people and situations, especially the social aspects of peoples' lives, rather than just the interpersonal ones.

Castle: We could always make it strip poker.

Strip Poker is a game you play with a fairly loose crowd, the goal being you bet articles of clothing instead of money. You lose when you're out of clothing. Usually the idea is to have a mixed crowd of men and women, all hopefully fairly attractive. Theoretically, girls might play it with their girl friends, but, outside of a group of homosexual males, men would never play it in the absence of women or truly astounding amounts of alcohol.

Kevin: I'm telling ya, true commitment is a thing of the past. I mean, name one happily married couple.
Castle: DeGeneres and de Rossi.
Jon: Ooh. I think he's got you there, bro.
Beckett: What is this, The View?

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are a well-known Hollywood lesbian couple, both of them successful actors, while DeGeneres has also been a successful stand-up comedienne and a talk show host. They got married in 2008 following the relaxation of the same-sex marriage ban in California.

The View is a popular daytime talk show with a panel of women discussing various topics in an informal "kaffee klatsch" setting.



Analysis
Castle: By the way, I really liked that whole 'sisterhood' think you ran back there.
Beckett: I wasn't running anything, Castle. What that guy did had consequences, only he'll get to just walk away.
Castle: Well, not scot-free, I sense a pretty big divorce settlement in his future.
Beckett: Whatever it is, it won't be enough.


There is an inherent sexism in our culture that is shown in the way this attitude is so blithely espoused, placing the entire blame on the guy.

Not to suggest the guy doesn't bear fault in this scenario as created, it is hardly entirely his fault. The girl in question isn't underage -- she's been in college (and is presumably a graduate) and so she should be mature and conscious of the "ways of the world" by this point. This is not some teenaged ingenue the guy was taking advantage of, here.

Both girls knew the guy was married, and had kids. What did they think they were doing with regards to this marriage? What was the effect that was going to happen on the children in their care, having the parents break up? Of the scandal that would result?

Yes, the guy lied to at least one, probably both, and sure, he's hardly an angel for that -- but these girls were both old enough to grasp that he might be lying. Both were experienced enough that they could grasp that it may not be a deep relationship after all. And I don't accept an argument about how one girl being dead is a rational expectation of his blatant failure to be a stand-up guy in any way.

The alternative is that men have to assume that all girls are potential nut-jobs ready to kill for you? That may be true, but one hopes the female of the species is generally more stable than that. That, while he's an obvious... um "jerk" (I'm thinking more of fecal matter, here), the one responsible for the death that happened is solely the girl who went off the deep end.

She has something clearly wrong with her, but it's still on her that the murder falls. She failed to recognize him for what he was. She failed to process the data, and she failed to deal with her anger over it and allowed it to be directed against her friend, rather than the guy at the center of it. Her callous mistreatment of her friend's body shows the depth of her disturbed mental state, as well as the fact that this was all about her, not him.

As far as his punishment for his misdeeds, they are vastly understated here. While it's not obvious, his relationship with his child is seriously damaged. His life is going to be a shambles for a long time, as a divorce is never a small thing -- it's generally considered one of the three most wrenching events humans commonly experience, and this one is hardly likely to be gentle. He's likely to be paying child support, and quite possible alimony, for a long time to come, and any assets they've assembled between them are almost certain to fall to her as the obviously injured spouse. So he's lost all that the marriage had provided to him, while probably continuing to have to pay the costs of the marriage for years to come. Don't get me wrong -- I don't feel the least sorry for him, he deserves these things -- but they are not "scot free" and they aren't "not enough". They are about right for his actions, which included the harm to his wife, the harm to his child, and the harm to the girls he had the affair with, but excluding the murder which was hardly a reasonable result from what he did wrong.

Put the greatest blame where it's due -- on the girl who chose to commit murder -- not on the guy it was over.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorAndrew W. Marlowe
Executive ProducerArmyan Bernstein  |  Barry Schindel  |  Andrew W. Marlowe  |  Rob Bowman  |  Laurie Zaks
Co-Executive ProducerHarry Werksman  |  Gabrielle Stanton
Supervising ProducerCharles Murray
ProducerDavid Grae  |  D. Howard Grigsby
Co-ProducerSteven Kriozere  |  Mark A. Altman
Consulting ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
Associate ProducerSuzanne Lauer
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorWarren Bowman
CastingKendra Castleberry  |  Donna Rosenstein
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorBarry K. Thomas
Second Assistant DirectorRosemary Cremona
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorLisa A. Arpino
Music SupervisorMadonna Wade-Reed
Costume DesignerSalvador Pérez Jr.
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorAndrew Bikichky  |  Mark LaBonge
Set DecoratorChristopher R. Marsteller
Property MasterRitchie Kremer
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorOrlando Machado Jr.
Post Production SupervisorFaye Cottrell
Supervising Sound EditorFred Judkins
Re-Recording MixerJoe Earle  |  Kevin Roache  |  Michael Colomby
Director of PhotographyBill Roe
Art DirectorJim Wallis
Costume SupervisorBrian Cotton
Production AccountantDeb Lancello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJono Kouzouyan
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistDebbie Zoller
Dept. Head Hair StylistCandy Walken
 
Warning: Castle season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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