Season 7, Episode 16 (144)
Original Air Date - February 23, 2015
Castle is thrilled to be investigating the murder of an astronaut in training for a mission to Mars. He and Beckett are also frustrated at their inability to have any quiet time in the loft. As a result, Martha announces that she will look for her own place.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Detective
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers, Castle's mother
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle, Castle's daughter
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Penny Johnson Jerald - Victoria Gates, Captain
- Sterling K. Brown - Ed Redley, mission director
- Assaf Cohen - Dr. Rusham Haroun, mission medical specialist
- Dilshad Vadsaria - Angela Olvera, astronaut
- Gwendoline Yeo - Elise Kim, mission commander
- Konstantin Lavysh - Mikhail Dankov astronaut
- David Clayton Rogers - Viggo Jansen
- Matthew Marsden - Clint Granger, astronaut rejected for the Mars mission
- David DeSantos - George Reyes, engineer and Olvera's husband
- Maxwell Caulfield - Sir. Ian Rasher
- Mapuana Makia - mission tech
- Yves Bright - Tom Richwood
- Stephen Oyoung - Guard
- David, Alexis' friend
- Benjamin, Martha's guest
- This episode included a title card where the City of New York backdrop was replaced with the surface of Mars with a dead body in an astronaut suit lying near the "Castle" title. The Brooklyn Bridge was replaced with satellite dishes and the pen with a knife.
- The spaceship's computer, MIRA, mentions that the ship's name is Tenzing Norgay. In the afterword of Castle's first Nikki Heat book, Heat Wave, Castle mentions Norgay's mission with Sir Edmund Hillary to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
- This episode features numerous references and homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Keir Dullea, who played David Bowman in that film, played Jonathan Tisdale, the father of the victim, in the Castle series premiere.
Alexis: I thought you guys were working late tonight.
Castle: Slow murder day. We got off early.
Castle: Are those my pyjamas?!?
Martha: Oh oh oh oh, I'm so sorry. Ben, er ... Family, Benjamin; Ben, meet my family.
Beckett: (looking at phone) Castle, we've got a murder.
(Castle is staring horrified at Martha's boyfriend)
Beckett: To solve, not to commit.
Beckett: What is this place?
Castle: This is Mission Control! And that's Mars!
Ryan: (pointing to image on screen) And there's your body.
Castle: Our victim is on Mars? The secret manned mission rumours to Mars were true! I knew it!
Beckett: You know, this might be a little out of our jurisdiction.
Beckett: Wait, you signed up to go to Mars? When was this?
Castle: Coupla years ago.
Beckett: Where was I?
Castle: We were fighting.
(Castle, in his space suit, runs in awkward, exaggerated slow-motion leaps across the landscape).
Beckett: (walking up perfectly normally): Are you done?
Castle: (whispering through suit radio) One small murder for man, one giant mystery for mankind.
Beckett: (whispering through suit radio) You know, when you whisper, everyone can hear you.
Ryan: If I wanted to fly thousands of miles to visit a lifeless orb, I'd just visit Jenny's grandmother. Same hostile environment, same freezing temperatures, same noxious atmosphere.
Beckett: (peering up at trapdoor in roof): Castle, boost me up.
Castle: Why am I always on the bottom? (She looks at him.) Yes, dear.
Beckett: What are you doing?
Castle: Checking you for bites and scratches. Making sure you didn't somehow get impregnated.
Beckett: If that's how you think I get pregnant, we need to talk.
Alexis: (opening front door to find Castle and Beckett kissing): Wow, you guys, get a room!
Castle: We would if there were any left!
Castle: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of Castle and Beckett. Their ongoing mission: to explore strange new motives. To seek out new witnesses and new suspects for murder. To boldly go where - oh, right over here.
Esposito: Where you gonna run? You're on Mars!
Castle: I wanted to go to Mars, not die on Mars.
Beckett: Wait a minute. We're not on Mars, we're on Earth! (takes out cellphone)
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Tom Richwood, mission pilot
- Cause of Death: Stabbed
- Perps: Angela Olvera, Dr. Haroun, and Commander Kim
- Motive: They realized that Tom was their biggest threat to the mission, so they conspired with each other to kill him with the mission's Rover and to frame Mikhail for the crime.