This week on “Castle,” when the owner of historic Drake’s Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini’s famous water torture tank, the team must enter the world of magicians, secrets, and fascinating tricks to find a murderer.  What happens when magicians aren’t the only ones keeping secrets?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Millicent Shelton
  • Writer: Terri Miller
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Gilles Marini, Vanessa Lengies, Chadwick Boseman

Episode: “Poof, You’re Dead”

Lanie and Esposito want to keep their relationship a secret to their coworkers;  Castle tries to keep his public argument and private breakup with Gina a secret, which is unsuccessful due to the fact that the media writes about their argument in the paper; and, ironically, the next case the team must work on is all about, well, keeping secrets.  The world of magicians becomes increasingly intriguing when Castle, the homicide detectives, and Alexis all show the tricks they have up their sleeves.

The Good:

  • Everyone has Secrets: As Tobias Strange suggests (played by guest star Gilles Marini from “Brothers and Sisters” and “Dancing with the Stars”), every magician has secrets: secret warehouses where they make up their illusions, and secrets to their performances.  Their entire lives are filled with mystery and secrets.  Ironically presented, so are the lives of many other people, who choose to keep their relationships and emotions hidden, or secret, from those around them.  The deeper, even more humorous irony?  The ones who know them best may be playing along, pretending they don’t already know!
  • Magic Tricks: The team usually delves completely into whatever subculture of society a murder victim draws them into, and this week is no exception.  Even Alexis joins in the fun with a magic trick.  The team’s ability to perform tricks is care-free and light-hearted, providing a nice balance to the tense moments that accompany the many interrogation scenes necessary to find Drake’s killer.
  • A Couple of Commonalities:  The scene where Castle and Beckett share their fond memories of visiting the magic shop as 13-yr-olds is not only interesting character development-it’s touching.  Especially when Beckett says that castle reminds her of her beloved grandfather due to his joviality.  It’s nice to see an even deeper level of connection between Castle and Beckett.

The So-So:

  • Esposito and Lanie: If, like me, you’ve read both Richard Castle books–Heat Wave and Naked Heat–then you probably weren’t surprised by this relationship.  However, the fact that a storyline from Castle’s novel comes true paired with the role reversal between Lanie and Beckett (usually Lanie is suggesting that Beckett and Castle have a thing for one another) does give us hope that perhaps another secret relationship is in store for the near future–one between Beckett and Castle, just as his murder mysteries suggest.

The Quotable:

  • Beckett, after outsmarting magician suspects: “Alakazam, jackass.”
  • Castle: “You know any magic tricks?” Beckett: “I do this one thing.  With ice cubes.”
  • Castle: (gasps) “You had your hand in my pocket and I didn’t even notice? Do it again!”
  • Castle: “With these x-ray vision glasses, I can see you naked.” Beckett: “Oh, really.  How do you like my navel ring?”
  • Castle pulls coin from behind Alexis’ ear. Alexis: “What am I, six?  At least pull out a twenty.” She proceeds to turn the coin into a twenty-dollar-bill.


Again, “Castle” delivers a great episode full of the anticipation of crime-solving, the irony of keeping secrets, and the joy of magic tricks for both young and old.

Rating: 9/10

“Castle” airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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