On this week’s episode of “Castle” entitled “Punked,” a man is killed with a 200-yr-old bullet, Esposito is hurt, and Castle learns new information about Alexis’ new friend Ashley. So is the killer a time-traveler as Castle suspects? Will Castle get along with Ashley? Read below to find out!

The Players:

  • Director: Rob Bowman
  • Writers: David Grae
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago, Tamala Jones

Episode: “Punked”

When a mathematician is murdered with a 200-yr-old bullet, Castle comes up with an imaginative theory that the killer traveled through time, throwing him and Beckett’s investigation into a world full of Victorian clothing and antique collectibles. Meanwhile, Alexis falls in love with Ashley, whom Castle discovers is her boyfriend. Beckett goes on a date with Owen and Castle is heartbroken.

The Good:

  • Alexis and Castle’s Relationship: Castle may be humorously overprotective of Alexis, especially since she’s the most responsible and trustworthy one in the family.  But that’s what we love about them.
  • Subcultures: the show has always had a knack for finding and presenting an interesting view of subcultures in New York City that most viewers never knew existed. This time, Castle and Beckett investigate a group of antique gun enthusiasts who celebrate the style and inventions of the 1890′s. And, as usual, Castle dresses up in a goofy costume.

The Weird:

  • Beckett’s Date: When Beckett’s date comes to pick her up, tension fills the air. Castle is a bit heartbroken that Beckett didn’t tell him she was seeing anyone.

The Bad:

  • Esposito’s Injury: The first suspect hurts Esposito. Esposito wears a neck brace. Second suspect tackles Esposito.  As much as we dislike the fact that he’s hurt, we can’t stop laughing.
  • Time-traveling Jokes: Funny as they may have been, the whole time-traveling theory became a bit hackneyed after the introduction of the car resembling the one in Back to the Future aka The DeLorean.

The Quotable:

  • “Diva’s honor-[Alexis] didn’t tell me anything.” – Martha to Castle
  • “Sadly, I don’t have a better theory at this point.” -Beckett in response to one of Castle’s time-traveling speculations
  • “All the songs make sense.” – Beckett telling Castle how a girl knows she’s in love
  • “You can go home and take a couple of days off” – Chief to Esposito; “Yeah, you could read Naked Heat.” -Castle to Esposito


While the jokes about time-traveling were funny, there were way too many of them. On the other hand, Esposito’s neck brace was hilarious, and the touching father-daughter moments between Castle and Alexis were perfect. In lieu of Beckett’s date with Owen, will Castle find someone else to love? Tune in next week to find out!

Rating: 8/10

“Castle” airs Mondays at 10pm on ABC.

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