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Castle: Hedge Fund Homeboys

When a teenaged boy whose family has recent fallen on hard times is found dead in a boat in Central Park, Castle and Beckett must piece together the mystery behind the boy's final moments. Meanwhile, Castle mulls over leaving Martha home while he chaperones Alexis' trip to Washington, D.C.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 103
Airdate: Monday March 23rd, 2009

Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: David Grae

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Oct 15, 2009
DE (Kabel1) Feb 20, 2010
Russia Sep 22, 2010


Guest Stars
Jamie ChungJamie Chung
As Romy Lee
Michelle PageMichelle Page
As Amanda
Kunal SharmaKunal Sharma
As Spencer
Steve TalleySteve Talley
As Kent Scoville
Charlie FinnCharlie Finn
As Ian Yankman
Caitlin DulanyCaitlin Dulany
As Mrs. Kendall

Co-Guest Stars
Creagen DowCreagen Dow
As Max Heller
Drew Van AckerDrew Van Acker
As Donny Kendall
Patrick OPatrick O'Connor
As Chris Markum
David A. KimballDavid A. Kimball
As Mr. Kendall
Keisuke HoashiKeisuke Hoashi
As Mr. Lee
Julia NicksonJulia Nickson
As Mrs. Lee
Peggy DunnePeggy Dunne
As Mrs. Heller
Anita FinlayAnita Finlay
As Margo Falcigno
Jesse D. GoinsJesse D. Goins
As Spencer's Lawyer
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
The central premise of this episode, a group of prep school kids one of whom has been killed, is almost identical to the one used in Red Tide, an episode of The Mentalist, from the same 2008 season. The timing suggests a common news item as story inspiration.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alex & SamBuy Your SideAlexis confession about riding the subway
Brighton, MAGraceland '02 
Eric HutchinsonFood ChainFinal scene, Castle & Alexis leaving on trip
Two Hours TrafficJezebelBeginning of the episode (first 15 seconds)

Episode Quotes
Castle: (noting that his daughter is reading an actual newspaper) You're reading the paper? You're going to lose all your wired-teen-hypertexting-nano-gizmo street cred!
Alexis: I'm a rebel. I kick it old school. (holds up fist with index and pinky extended, in a "horns" gesture)
Castle: (pointing at coffee cup) Is this?
Alexis: Cream, two sugars.
Castle: Thanks.

Castle: (further commenting on his daughter reading the paper) Style section. Anything I need to know?
Alexis: The 70s are back.
Castle: They're like The Highlander, they just won't die.

Castle: You're dressed early...
Martha: I have class.
Castle: I believe that's a matter of some debate.
(they both make faces acknowledging the zinger)

Castle: Sorry, kiddo, but, ah, with you away my chaperoning needs reside here, or are you forgetting what happened the last time we left her alone?
Alexis: So she had a little party...
Castle: (whispering) There were lime shards embedded in the walld!
Martha: (overhearing) It was Cinco De Mayo!
Alexis: Exactly.

Castle: (his cell phone rings with Beckett's ringtone) Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?

Javier: He was a senior at Redding Prep. Someone's gonna miss prom night.
Kate: Redding Prep?
Castle: Private school, on Park Avenue.
Javier: No trust fund baby left behind...

Kate: So why the burial at sea?
Castle: The vikings believed that if you wanted to make it to Valhalla, you needed a vessel.
Kate: Gun toting Viking, that's your theory?

Kate: Look, you guys, I went to York, I know all about honor codes and protecting your friends.
Amanda: You went to York Prep?
Brandon: How's a Yorkie end up a cop?
Kate: Things happen. Things like this.

Kate: ... and bad things happen.
Castle: Of course bad things happen, otherwise it wouldn't be a tragedy. Did you know that in the original Greek, "tragedy" literally means "goat song"? (looks at Kate) I know. Doesn't make any sense to me, either. But that first story, I can't help but think -- bad things must've happened to that goat.

Castle: I'm going to want to see pictures of those plaid skirts and knee socks.
Kate: Excuse me?
Castle: I've seen those York school uniforms.
Kate: Okay, I want in on your poker game. I went to public school. I just told them that to make them feel comfortable.
Castle: Well played, Ms. Streep...

Kate: I didn't say he didn't shoot him, I said he didn't kill him.
Castle: Is that the Zen Koan "One Hand Clapping Thing"?
Kate: These kids played a game of pretending to shoot at each other. What if one of them wanted Donny dead for real? What better way than to get someone else to pull the trigger?
Castle: You think one of the other kids put a bullet in the gun, without Max knowing?
Kate: That's our killer?
Castle: Ohhhh, I like that.

Castle: You know, actually having to prove things is really tedious.
Kate: Welcome to my world.

Kate: There's no such thing as a perfect crime, Castle.
Castle: Not yet, but one day I'm gonna write it.

Cultural References
Castle: They're like The Highlander, they just won't die.

Highlander was a popular 1986 movie (spawning several movie sequels and a 1990s TV adaptation) starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, about a Scot named Connor MacLeod who has been alive for over 450 years, and who, along with others like him, can only be killed when fully decapitated. Legend has it that the last "immortal" standing will gain immense power.

Castle: (his cell phone rings with Beckett's ringtone) I hear dead people. Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?

The ringtone (click to hear) Castle uses for Beckett is a few bars from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, one of the most famous pieces associated with Bach (though his authorship has been disputed), it has been used many many times in movies and TV. As a piece of grandiose organ music it has a distinctly funereal feel to it.

I see dead people is a classic line from 1999's The Sixth Sense. Castle is riffing on it with typical black humor.

Castle: There were lime shards embedded in the walls!
Martha: It was Cinco De Mayo!

Cinco De Mayo, Spanish for "the Fifth of May", an important holiday related to the history of Mexico, which commemorates Mexican forces winning a key battle in 1862. The Battle of Puebla, where a less well armed and numerically smaller Mexican force beat an invading French force was the last time any mainland territory of any American nation was occupied by a non-American foreign power. Contrary to popular impressions, Cinco De Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16th. It is often used as a promotional excuse for celebrating in the USA, however. The lime reference deals with the traditional technique used to drink Mexican beers, which typically involves lime wedges..

Javier: No trust fund baby left behind.

Riffing on the term for the government educational program called "No Child Left Behind". A "trust fund baby" is a child of the very wealthy, who are associated with a trust fund, which is a common means to substantially reduce taxes paid on large sums of income.

Castle: Of course bad things happen, otherwise it wouldn't be a tragedy. Did you know that in the original Greek, "tragedy" literally means "goat song"?

Castle is not making that up. "Tragedy" is, literally, "Goat Song" in ancient Greek...

Castle: Well played, Miss Streep.
Kate: Which Meryl, Out of Africa or Mamma Mia?

Actress Meryl Streep is generally considered the greatest actress to come up in the 1970s and 1980s, and holds a record 15 Oscar nominations to her credit. 1985's Best Picture winner Out of Africa and 2008's Mamma Mia! (a musical highlighting the music of ABBA) are two of her films. Out of Africa is usually considered one of her best works, though many might consider the movie itself a bit slow moving. Mamma Mia is a very popular film but not as widely critically acclaimed.

Castle: Is that the Zen Koan "One Hand Clapping Thing"?

One of the common memes about zen philosphy is the subtle question "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" It is a nonsense question not meant to be answered, but to stimulate thinking about different aspects of the question -- sound, what makes sound, clapping, what does the act of clapping involve, and so forth. A swiftly branching tree of thoughts and ideas derives from such a strange little nonsense question.

(Kate and Castle are viewing the phonecam videoof the shooting that Brandon has kept)
Max: Goodbye, Mr. Anderson

"Goodbye, Mr. Anderson" is the line that Agent Smith uses when he's shot Neo at the end of the classic 1999 SF action picture, The Matrix.

Castle: Do you do drugs?

Even without the details Alexis reels off as "signs your child may be doing drugs", It seems downright irrationally silly for Castle to be asking his daughter this, considering that she wouldn't even take a drink containing alcohol that he offered her in the pilot episode because she was underage, and he's not the type of person to offer it as a trap. She is clearly about as straight an arrow as a kid gets to be -- very focused and goal oriented, and not the type to use drugs or alcohol.

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
ProducerD. Howard Grigsby  |  David Grae
Co-ProducerSteven Kriozere  |  Mark A. Altman
Consulting ProducerMoira Kirland Dekker
Associate ProducerSuzanne Lauer
Production DesignerAlfred Sole
EditorMark S. Manos
CastingDonna Rosenstein  |  Kendra Castleberry
Unit Production ManagerJoan Van Horn
First Assistant DirectorRich Sickler
Second Assistant DirectorRosemary Cremona
MusicRobert Duncan (2)
Music EditorLisa A. Arpino
Music SupervisorMadonna Wade-Reed
Costume DesignerSalvador Pérez Jr.
Key GripTony Sepian
Camera OperatorMark LaBonge  |  Andrew Bikichky
Set DecoratorChristopher R. Marsteller
Property MasterRitchie Kremer
Production Sound MixerJoe Foglia
Script SupervisorTricia Ronten
Production CoordinatorNancy Sprow
Assistant EditorCindy Fret
Post Production SupervisorFaye Cottrell
Supervising Sound EditorFred Judkins
Re-Recording MixerMichael Colomby  |  Joe Earle
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
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