Season 2, Episode 6 (16)
Original Air Date - October 26, 2009
As Halloween approaches, Castle and Beckett are called to a graveyard where the body of a young man sporting vampire fangs has been discovered with a wooden stake driven through his heart. Their investigation takes them deep into the heart of New York’s underground vampire fetish community, where they learn that the motive for the victim’s murder may be hiding within the pages of the graphic novel he was writing before his death.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Detective
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle (Castle’s Daughter)
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers (Castle’s Mother)
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson - Roy Montgomery, Captain
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Rob Arbogast – Morlock
- Anita Barone – Janice Freeman
- Emily Bicks – Paige
- Jim Gleason – Dr. Barry Frank
- Amy Hill – Alma
- Phil LaMarr – Dr. Holloway
- Erin Sanders – Rosie Freeman
- Samantha Shelton – Vixen
- Glenn Taranto – Douglas Lawson
- Robin Thomas – Alan Freeman
(Castle emerges from his bedroom in his Halloween costume and is surprised to find Alexis in his loft)
Castle: Hey. Um, I was just trying on my Halloween costume.
Alexis: What exactly are you supposed to be?
Castle: Space cowboy.
Alexis: Okay. A, there are no cows in space. B, didn’t you, like, wear that five years ago?
Alexis: So, don’t you think you should move on?
Castle: I like it.
Beckett: Are you kidding me? Is that a stake in his heart?
Castle: Looks like Buffy’s visited the Big Apple.
Castle: Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Lanie: What is wrong?
Castle: If he’s a vampire and you pull that out, he comes back to life.
Lanie: If he does then we can all go home early.
Castle: (Turns around with plastic vampire teeth stuck in his mouth) Do these make me look immortal? Do you wanna go get something pierced?
(He looks suggestively down at Beckett's chest.)
Beckett: No. (Beckett returns the look, but drops her gaze even lower.) Do you?
Castle: Reminds me of early Frank Miller.
Beckett: Which Frank? Epic Comic or Dark Horse years?
Castle: Oh my God, that is the sexiest thing I ever heard you say. I had no idea you were interested in comic books.
Beckett: Oh, Castle, the things you don’t know about me could fill a book.
Ryan: Yeah, a vampire coven is like joining a church or a club. You like to play golf, I like to play golf. You like to drink blood, I like to drink blood. (They all stare at him) What? I used to go out with a girl who was into the lifestyle.
Esposito: What happened? Did the relationship suck?
Beckett: You guys are detectives. Detect.
Castle: Are you OK?
Beckett: I hate this part. It’s the phone call that changes everything.
Castle: I could stay if you like.
Beckett: Oh. No. Thank you, sometimes it’s easier without an audience.
(Castle sniffs the air, looks confused, then turns to find Beckett leaning right over his shoulder)
Castle: You smell like cherries.
(They stare at each other, speechless, faces just inches apart)
Ryan: (Bursting in with Esposito) Hey we got a hit on the…
(Beckett straightens up in a flash)
Esposito: Are we interrupting something?
Beckett: (Simultaneously) No.
Castle: You wanna bite me, you buy me dinner.
Castle: The key to a good Jack-o-lantern is understanding negative space.
Alexis: It’s not what’s there, it’s what’s not there?
Castle: I’ve taught you well, grasshopper.
Alexis: Paige and I got invited to a party tomorrow, the night before Halloween. By seniors.
Castle: By your grandmother's friends?
Beckett: Doc Holloway, this is Richard Castle.
Castle: Doctor Holloway. (Balances his egg on Beckett's shoulder) Say hello to the nice psychiatrist, Feggin. (In dreadful English accent) ‘Ello.
Dr. Holloway: I’ll arrange for someone from social services to come and get Mr. Lockerbie. (Indicating Castle) And if you want I can have someone come get him, too.
Beckett: You know, you still haven’t told me where your fascination with murder comes from.
Castle: I was five years old. We were summering in the Hamptons. I was pretty much left to my own devices. This one day I was walking along the beach, I was miles from where I’d started. I was just about to turn back when I saw something had washed up on the beach I thought maybe it’s a whale or a turtle or a sea lion, so I ran over to see what it was.
Beckett: What was it?
Castle: It was a boy, my age. It was our housekeeper's son. It must have just happened 'cause the tide hadn’t washed away all the blood. We had just played hide and go seek just the day before.
Beckett: What happened to him?
Castle: They never found out.
Beckett: (Serious) I’m so sorry Castle.
(Castle tries to hide his smirk, but totally fails)
Beckett: You made that up?
Castle: It’s what I do!
Beckett: You know what? You are so getting it for that one.
Castle: (To Lanie as she considers getting some punch) Careful. That is a potion of my own concoction. Drink it, and who knows who or what you will become. Also, you might wonder what happened to your pants.
Lanie: Ooh, sounds like my kinda party.
Castle: I said costumes were mandatory. I mean dress up, you know, be a little scary.
Beckett: Yeah, well, I was going for sexy. (She slowly begins to unbuckle the belt of her trench coat, increasing Castle’s interest by the second. When the coat opens, a frog springs out, scaring everyone, especially Castle.) Now we’re even.
Castle: (Passes her a stuffed raven he’d been holding) I’m giving you the bird.
- This episode contained a few Easter eggs and a Nathanism.
- The idea of having Castle dress up in a costume resembling that worn by his Firefly character Capt. Mal Reynolds was that of writer Terri Miller. "And we took it and ran with it," her husband and show creator Andrew W. Marlowe said.
- Tamala Jones has said this episode is her favorite.
- The makeup team for this episode were nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) and for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Crow - looks like a vampire. Real name: Mathew Freeman
Found: In a cemetery
Where Killed: where found
How: Looks like he was stabbed through the heart with a wooden stake. Also looks like he was hit on the back of his head, or fell upon a tombstone before he was stabbed
Who: Daemon, a werewolf. Real name: Jonas Westfall - working on a degree in forensic anthropology
Found: in his apartment
Where Killed: where found
How: shot through the heart (but NOT with a silver bullet)
Who: Adora - the person in Mathew's artwork. Real Name: Elizabeth McGinty (maiden name is Dryden). Married to the man now known as Alan Freeman (before Elizabeth was murdered, name was: Alan McGinty). Elizabeth is Mathew's mother
Found: Two years ago, buried near a tree in a field - unsolved murder. She was killed 18 years ago. Mathew was two years old at the time and he started drawing her about four year ago.
Where Killed: where found
How: gunshot wound to the chest. The same gun was used to kill Daemon and Adora.
Killer: Janice Freeman - she was the nanny to the McGinty's
Motive: Jealousy. She wanted the family and killed the Elizabeth to have Alan and Mathew as her own. She then killed Mathew and Daemon to cover up the murder of Elizabeth because they were figuring out the mystery.
- Castle creator Andrew W. Marlowe tears down the cop show walls, written by Abbie Bernstein, AssignmentX.com, posted April 11, 2011
- Castle Exclusive Interview: Tamala Jones on Beckett's Shooting, Esplanie, and Guns, buddyTV.com, written by Laurel Brown, posted September 16, 2011
- IMdB entry for Debbie Zoller, head of the team