Season Three

A Deadly Affair
 
3×01 – September 20, 2010

Beckett hasn’t heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, “Naked Heat.” The most Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore standee of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman’s body holding a gun. As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder.

 
 
He’s Dead, She’s Dead
 
3×02 – September 27, 2010

When a famous psychic is murdered, Beckett and Castle search for her killer while also carrying on a spirited debate on the existence of extrasensory abilities. Evidence mounts on both sides, especially when a letter arrives from the victim, penned the day she was killed and predicting her own death — or was it written by a clever killer, hoping to throw off the investigation?

 
 
Under The Gun
 
3×03 – October 4, 2010

When a coded document hidden by a murdered bail bondsman gets Castle’s imagination running wild, Beckett must steer the case back to the violent felons who populated their victim’s world – only to discover that maybe Castle’s crazy theories aren’t so crazy after all. Complicating matters is the surprise arrival of Beckett’s ex-partner (now a bounty hunter). As the two reunite over a history that Castle has no part of, Castle is forced to watch the relationship take a turn towards the romantic.

 
 
Punked
 
3×04 – October 11, 2010

Castle and Beckett look into the murder of a young mathematician gunned down with a 200-year-old bullet, sparking some wild theories by Castle about a time-travelling killer. When their investigation uncovers a tricked-out DeLorean and a suspect in Victorian clothing, is it possible Castle’s crazy idea has some validity? This winding tale twists through the towers of Wall Street and into the world of a secret steampunk society that embraces the romance and simplicity of the past, while coupling it with the hope and promise of the future.

 
 
Anatomy of a Murder
 
3×05 – October 18, 2010

Mysteries abound when pallbearers at a funeral lose control of a surprisingly heavy casket only to have a second unknown woman tumble out along with the original deceased. When Castle and Beckett learn that the victim was a doctor at County Hospital, their investigation takes them into the world of amorous, bed-hopping physicians. Did jealousy turn to murder, or did the doctor’s mysterious work outside the hospital lead to her demise? Meanwhile, Castle’s relationship with Gina is challenged when she tries to bond with Alexis.

 
 
3XK
 
3×06 – October 25, 2010

When a beautiful woman is found dead in an alley, all clues point to her being a victim of the notorious Triple Killer. The Triple Killer, or 3XK, terrorized New York City four years ago, then mysteriously disappeared. Now he’s back. In a deadly battle of wits, Castle and Beckett race against time to stop 3XK before he claims his next victims.

 
 
Almost Famous
 
3×07 – November 1, 2010

Responding to an “Officer Down” emergency call, Castle and Beckett’s latest case takes a shocking turn when it’s revealed that the victim isn’t a cop but a male stripper dressed up as one. The murder leads them into the world of male strip clubs, the hardships of struggling actors, and the price that people pay in pursuit of fame. Did our victim’s dreams of stardom get him killed, or was there something more nefarious afoot?

 
 
Murder Most Fowl
 
3×08 – November 8, 2010

While investigating the murder of a NYC subway worker found shot to death in Central Park, Castle and Beckett unexpectedly uncover the shocking and violent abduction of a young boy. Working against the clock, the team must unravel the motives behind the high stakes kidnapping, not just to bring a murderer to justice, but to save the innocent lives that hang in the balance.

 
 
Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind
 
3×09 – November 15, 2010

Astrophysicist Marie Subbarao (35)’s corpse is found, with all symptoms of fatal explosive decompression. Her ex Ted Carter, a colleague at the institute, has an alibi. An SF author friend also points to Castle’s remark that everything seems to point to aliens. However the team’s digging leads to FBI agent Westfield, whose agency goes to extraordinary lengths to stop their investigation, yet fails to keep from them Chinese Ung Kyu’s involvement.

 
 
Last Call
 
3×10 – December 6, 2010

When the body of a dockworker turned bar owner is found floating in the East River, Castle and Beckett’s investigation takes them into the forgotten tunnels and passageways of turn-of-the-century New York, where they uncover a secret that’s been buried since the days of Prohibition. The story celebrates New York bar culture, setting Castle on a quest to preserve history by buying a bar of his very own.

 
 
Nikki Heat
 
3×11 – January 3, 2011

Castle’s novel “Heat Wave” is being turned into a movie, and the Hollywood hottie cast as the movie’s lead, Natalie Rhodes, shows up at Beckett’s invitation to better understand the character she’s going to play. As our threesome investigates the murder of a high-class matchmaker, Natalie goes to extremes in the name of “character research,” transforming herself into the spitting image of Beckett — much to Castle’s delight and Beckett’s dismay.

 
 
Poof, You’re Dead
 
3×12 – January 10, 2011

When the owner of historic Drake’s Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini’s famous water torture tank, Castle and Beckett must delve into the world of magic, magicians and their secrets to find his killer. As part of their investigation, Castle & Beckett meet master magician Tobias Strange. Meanwhile, the magicians aren’t the only ones keeping secrets, as a new romantic relationship is revealed for Esposito and Lanie.

 
 
Knockdown
 
3×13 – January 24, 2011

Old wounds are reopened when the retired lead detective on Beckett’s mother’s homicide case contacts her with new information, but then is gunned down right in front of Beckett before he can tell her what he knows. The investigation into his death leads back to a decades-old conspiracy that may hold the answer to who was behind Beckett’s mother murder and why. With the stakes and emotions running high, Castle and Beckett take their partnership to the next level.

 
 
Lucky Stiff
 
3×14 – February 7, 2011

Lottery-multimillionaire Jay Hixton is shot in the heart at home around midnight. He was apparently forced to open his safe. It contained a gun even butler Reginald Easley didn’t know about, which was laid besides him, and a bag, which was taken, containing $100,000 cash and a blue dye bomb, which exploded in a maintenance worker’s face. Various suspects arise from Hixton’s bizarre generosity, his own murky past and his family, an ex and junkie daughter, and even his winning lottery ticket a year ago.

 
 
The Final Nail
 
3×15 – February 14, 2011

Castle and Beckett find themselves on opposite sides of the case when Castle’s old school friend emerges as the prime suspect in his own wife’s murder. As they work to solve the crime, Castle comes to realize that one of two terrible things must be true… Either Detective Beckett is about to arrest an innocent man for murder, or his old friend is a cold-blooded killer.

 
 
Setup
 
3×16 – February 21, 2011

Recently US-nationalized Syrian cab driver Amir Alhabi, who runs his own company with cousin Fariq Yusef, is shot in his cab after a 45 tour back to the start point with consulate ‘security attaché’ (spy) Fariq Yusef. Homeland Security Agent Mark Fallon takes charge after his keys lead to a storage unit with cobalt radiation feared to stem from a nuclear weapon. Castle is officially discarded but keeps in the loop, tracing a payment to Amir, which he believes a fake as cover-up, shifting focus to employed cab driver Kevin McCann.

 
 
Countdown
 
3×17 – February 28, 2011

Clever Castle’s ideas get him and Becket to find the dirty bomb, but locked in a refrigeration car incommunicado. Luckily Ryan and Esposito ignore priority orders to have them found, and hence the bomb’s trail. Agent Mark Fallon lifts their official ban from the case and follows Castle’s next ideas about identity, widows and an Afghan-military connection. Add Fallon’s interrogation zeal and they’re just in time to discover the dark motive and find the bomb, but armed and about to explode and wipe out Manhattan.

 
 
One Life to Lose
 
3×18 – March 21, 2011

Martha’s connections in soap operas prove dangerous as well as practical and sexy when the chief script writer on “Temptation Lane,” which once made Martha’s career, is axe-murdered. After wading through theories based on actor career opportunism and private infidelity plus some far-fetched ones, Castle sets a scripted trap.

 
 
Law & Murder
 
3×19 – March 28, 2011

During the high-profile trial of a murdered socialite, a juror suddenly tumbles out of the jury box — dead! When Castle & Beckett learn the juror was poisoned, their investigation soon uncovers that this seemingly innocent juror may not have been so innocent after all.

 
 
Slice of Death
 
3×20 – April 4, 2011

Castle & Beckett work the case of a man found dead inside a pizza oven, but it turns out not to be someone associated with the restaurant – it was a reporter. Was his story, “The Pizza Wars,” enough to get him killed, or was it something much deeper than that?

 
 
The Dead Pool
 
3×21 – April 11, 2011

College swimming team champion Zack Lindsey, self-made on a partial scholarship, is murdered during a nightly training session and dumped in the pool. Beckett and Castle wade through Zach’s, his teammates’, his coach’s and even retired predecessor Rob ‘Rocket’ Tredwyck dodgy connections, motives and alibis, involving car theft and doping. Meanwhile, Castle soon regrets bringing along his writing protégé Alex Conrad, whom Beckett surprisingly welcomes as eagerly as his crime authors’ poker club proves jealously aloof.

 
 
To Love & Die In L.A.
 
3×22 – May 2, 2011

While investigating the shooting death of her ex-partner in New York, Beckett comes to believe the suspect has fled to Los Angeles. Against orders, she travels to L.A., going renegade to track down the killer, with Castle unexpectedly along for the ride. As they dig deeper into the motives, they uncover a trail that leads from a rooftop pool in Hollywood to the sandy beach of Santa Monica. Along the way, they visit the set of the “Heat Wave” movie (based on Castle’s book) and enlist the cast to help break the case. But as they get closer to apprehending the killer, Castle begins to wonder whether Beckett is out for justice — or revenge.

 
 
Pretty Dead
 
3×23 – May 9, 2011

Castle and Beckett are called to investigate when a contestant in a beauty pageant is found strangled and every suspect has a motive to commit murder, including jealous fellow contestants, the pageant’s sponsor, and the show’s host.

 
 
Knockout
 
3×24 – May 16, 2011

Kate Beckett’s investigation into her mother’s death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood – a professional hitman with knowledge of Beckett’s mother’s murder – stages a spectacular escape during a court hearing. As police launch a manhunt for Lockwood, Castle and the team uncover evidence of a deeper conspiracy involving a mysterious figure with law enforcement connections who is linked to both Lockwood’s escape and the killing of Johanna Beckett. The search for Lockwood and the quest to identify his co-conspirator leads to a shocking and deadly conclusion.