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Callbacks

A callback is an event or action from a past episode that is referenced in a current episode retrospectively.

For other types of linkages between episodes, see also the Foreshadowing, Lexicon, and Metaphors pages.

  • A Deadly Affair
    • When Castle is found at two different crime scenes, holding a gun over the body at one of them, this is a subtle play off Beckett's statement to him in Flowers for Your Grave that "out here if we find a guy over a body with a gun he's usually the guy that did it"
  • Law and Murder
    • The DA offers Captain Montgomery a drink from "this brilliant bottle of 1875 St. Miriam" whiskey he recently acquired. The recent acquisition comes about through the case featured in Last Call
  • Kick the Ballistics
    • To encourage Castle, Martha reminds him that he helped save New York City once. This is a reference to his involvement in uncovering a dirty bomb plot and defusing the dirty bomb in Setup and Countdown.
  • Cuffed
    • When Beckett reminds Castle that she has stood on his shoulders before, she is referring to when she climbed on his shoulders in Demons.
  • Til Death Do Us Part
    • The ugly tie that Beckett references when remembering when Ryan first starting dating his fiancee was his two week dating anniversary gift given to him in Little Girl Lost.
  • Dial M for Mayor
    • Martha reminds Castle that just as he believes the mayor is innocent of murder, he once thought his friend Damian was also innocent - when in fact it turned out he was guilty. This is a reference to a cold case secondarily featured in The Final Nail.
  • After the Storm
    • After their evening together, Castle tells Beckett "You were right, I had no idea". This is a callback to Flowers for Your Grave in which after Beckett rejects his date invitation, Castle responds by saying "it would have been great" and Beckett whispers in his ear "You have no idea."
    • The Federal Banking database Ryan mentions that they used to disrupt a dirty bomb plot previously is a reference to events in Setup.
    • Officer Hasting's receptivity to Beckett's request to bypass security is due to Beckett exonerating Officer Hastings in Heroes and Villains.
  • Probable Cause
    • Castle references the first time that Beckett "cuffed him" in Flowers for Your Grave to provide a subtle clue that after his prison break he would go to the library.
  • Significant Others
    • After becoming annoyed at Castle regarding his handling of his ex-wife crashing at the loft, Beckett tells him "Button up kitten, we're going home". This is a reference to Always Buy Retail in which it is revealed that "kitten" is his ex-wife's nickname for him and which Castle forbids Beckett from using after saving her life.
  • Target
    • Beckett encourages Castle that they will solve the case by telling him that "we've done it before and with less to go on". This is what Castle told Beckett to reassure her that they would solve the case in After the Storm.
  • Scared to Death
    • At the conclusion of the episode when Beckett tells Castle she wants to show him a "little trick" that she does with ice, she is referencing the trick she first mentioned to him in Poof, You're Dead when flirting with him.
  • The Lives of Others
    • Castle suspects the neighbor of using a rug to covertly remove a body from a crime scene, which is how the body was hidden in Hell Hath No Fury.
    • Castle suspects the neighbor of using his refrigerator to store the body which is how the a body was hidden in The Third Man.
    • Beckett's birthday gift to Castle of a case he can't solve makes use of Castle's advice to Montgomery (Pretty Dead) in which he counseled Montgomery to give his wife something she said she wanted when she didn't think he was listening; Castle asked Beckett (tongue-in-cheek) in Reality Star Struck if the confusing/complex case they were trying to solve was her Valentine's Day gift to him.
  • The Fast and the Furriest
    • When Beckett tells Castle that he is "ruggedly handsome", this is a callback to Always Buy Retail when Castle saw himself on camera and remarked to Beckett, "I really am ruggedly handsome".
  • Watershed
    • The rap song playing on the radio in the opening scene of this episode is the rap song seen being recorded during Lucky Stiff.
  • Valkyrie
    • During the investigation, Castle and Beckett come to the same conclusion about the use of underground tunnels for an escape route based on the case from Last Call.
  • Number One Fan
    • One of the hostages suggests using a fake seizure to escape, which is precisely what Ron Brandt did during Cops and Robbers to execute his plan of escape.
    • Castle says that one of the hostages is someone who's "seen Die Hard too many times, he's going to try to be a hero"; Castle used a Die Hard plot point to covertly collect information about the bank robbers while pretending to go to the restroom in Cops and Robbers.
    • Sgt. Roman is the ESU hostage negotiator in charge in this episode; he is referenced by other ESU officers but not seen during the hostage negotiation in Cops and Robbers
  • Disciple
    • The audio clip that Daniel Santos uses as a model to imitate the speech patterns of Esposito, comes from the documentary filmed in Swan Song.
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
    • The song "In My Veins" that Beckett & Castle agree upon and dance to at the end is the song played in Always during which Beckett decides to choose Castle over her mother's case, leading to them becoming a couple.
  • In the Belly of the Beast
    • The previous confrontation referenced between Beckett and Vulcan Simmons took place in Knockdown.
    • The use of ice water to torture Beckett into providing information about her mission is the same tactic used on Esposito and Ryan in Knockdown.
  • The Greater Good
    • Castle's reference to Beckett's Aunt Teresa's Facebook post is a callback to Limelight, in which she was spreading a rumor that Castle was getting back together with his second ex-wife.

By theme[edit]

  • Martha the Snitch
  • Handcuffs
  • Flowers for Your Grave: When capturing Harrison Tisdale, Beckett says to Castle, "Can I see the handcuffs"
  • Kill The Messenger: Jessup the "wordsmith" asks permission to "loose the handcuffs", Beckett says "sure, want my key?" He says "not necessary". And sits back in the seat and removes them. Castle wants to know how, and ends up in the back seat.
  • Lucky Stiff: After taking down Oz at the club, Beckett stretches her hand out to Castle who tries giving her the drink, and she says "NO! the Handcuffs"
  • Rocking the Red Dress
  • Bolt Cutters
  • Always Buy Retail: Beckett brought the bolt cutter, Esposito brought the warrant
  • Home is Where the Heart Stops: the bad guy(s) cut the victims ring finger off with bolt cutters.
  • Setup: Beckett pulls bolt cutters from a duffel bag and "poses" with them prompting Castle to remark "For reasons too disturbing to mention I find that hot."
  • Ponies
  • Deep In Death: Castle trying to get back on Beckett's good side says: "I can buy you a pony"
  • ???Punked:??? Beckett to Castle regarding Alexis wanting a Vespa: "You turn to motorcycles once you realize that you won't get a pony" ???
  • What Lies Beneath: Castle is awakened abruptly by Alexis; he blurts out while half-asleep, "It's my pony...you can't pet it."
  • Creepy
  • in Fool Me Once Castle has a "flashback" to the 8th grade and Sherry Ort, who "broke his heart, stole his lunch money and laughed about it with her friends". The creepy part: Sherry Ort is one of victims of 3XK (victim name is spelled Sheri).