Castle Review: "The Dead Pool" ... Sink or Swim?

at . Comments

The latest installment of Castle showcased the murder of an Olympic hopeful and an appearance by Castle’s mentee. Did the hour keep up to par or did it barely stay afloat? 

"The Dead Pool” showcased everything we have come to expect from our favorite detectives/writer - twists and turns in a unique case, fun humor, and the build up of Caskett. The series is on a roll with their episodes, no season slump happening here!

Kick Pic

As usual the case was fun, but not nearly the highlight of the episode. There were a lot of high moments; let’s discuss now. 

Poker night was back! Castle invited along Alex to the routine game and showed him how the real writers do it. Short but sweet appearances from Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane. These boys really knew how to put the newbie in his place. Loved it!

Stealing cars can’t be that easy. Of course Castle would have seen the video of how to break into cars with medical supplies. And of course I would go search for said video as soon as the episode was over. No luck here.

Secondary Stories. The past two weeks provided arcs to Martha and Alexis. This week it went to Alex Conrad. Can we have a week where it goes to Lanie & Esposito?

So after the pizza wars, some said we needed more Caskett time. Thanks to “The Dead Pool,” we got it. Castle has been pretty sneaky lately, finding ways to get closer to Beckett.

Tonight - honesty was the best option. I was smiling at my TV when he admitted he was jealous. I couldn’t stop smiling when Beckett confessed she thought it was sweet and that she is a one writer woman. Thank you writers!

Season 3 has given us real baby steps with these two. They have a platform built on trust and emotions. Now it’s time for them to have some fun!

A few weeks off until the next new episode and only a few left to go. Until then, sound off on “The Dead Pool,” and make your guesses for the real mystery for the end of the season (check our Castle spoilers page if interested!)


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
  • 4.2 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (99 Votes)

"Quite confusing me with your logic" - or words to that effect, had me in stitches last night, when Alexis needled Castle about his jealously about Alex seeing Beckett (Does Brandon Hines' appearance mean Lie To Me is done?)n IF anything, the jealousy turned Castle in to "Super Castle!" - practically solving the case single-handed, with props to the always-overacheiving pair of Ryan and Esposito. Stana Katic did some wonderfully subtle acting in this ep, showing the spectrum of her feelings for Castle, the pleasure she gets from torturing him, the clear affection and respect (he did, after all, save the city without any superpowers) and her acceptance that they are an exclusive pair. It seems clear (at least I hope it seems clear) that when the two finally do 'come to terms' they will be treated like actual adults and not derailed by some other plot-device or complication. There are plenty of real complications that can be played out on this show. A fun episode!


How about the epic crossover between Make It or Break It and Castle????


My cousin once left his car keys locked inside his car, called for rescue service from one of those roadside shops and the mechanic came with a blood pressure cuff and a long hook... He did exactly the same thing... Left my cousin in shock because his wife is a nurse and he never knew you could use a BP cuff on a car door... So this scene is really authentic...:-)


Lovely many little moments that were *squee worthy. The two week hiatus is gonna be torture. I think Season 3 overall has been a tremendous success. Hoping for even more Caskett closeness in S4. I think these two cannot stay apart for much longer and have it be believable. Get them together writers...we have faith in you...and in the magic that is Stana and Nathan.


Needless to say, the ending was the best for me. And when Kate responded with "Always," I just about had a heart attack of squee-ness. :D I thought it was very sweet of the writers to honor Stephen J. Cannell, too.


Loved that they honored and remembered the late Stephen J Cannell with the empty seat at the poker table. Well done. And the last scene where Castle is actually honest about being jealous and then she tells him she thinks it's sweet, plus that LOOK between them! Sigh. My shipper heart is very happy.


I liked Alexis' line about mythology jail. Will They or Won't They is the stupidest thing ever.


what is wrong with american's tv show writers? why they always must mention eastern europe if some unknown drug or bad looking guy is in the show? I heard lithuania 3 times in this episode, do they even known something about this country or they just picking randomly from the map? in your country during the day are more homicides then in Lithuania in all year, america has the bigest serial killer number in the world and other psychopaths. and i dont need to mention drugs.


Stephen J. Cannell


Which mystery writer were they honoring at the poker game?

Tags: ,

Castle Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

This looks like my first apartment, I used to have cockroach races.


This is why Alexis is never going to college.


Castle Season 3 Episode 21 Music

  Song Artist
Uncle lucius liquor store Liquor Store Uncle Lucius iTunes
Make the girl dance baby baby baby Baby Baby Baby Make the Girl Dance iTunes