Castle (2009–2016)
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The Blame Game 

When Castle and Beckett are abducted and forced to solve deranged puzzles and mind games with strangers, Alexis and the 12th precinct race to save them.


Jessica Yu


Andrew W. Marlowe (created by), Michal Zebede | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... Richard Castle
Stana Katic ... Kate Beckett
Susan Sullivan ... Martha Rodgers
Jon Huertas ... Javier Esposito
Seamus Dever ... Kevin Ryan
Tamala Jones ... Lanie Parish
Molly C. Quinn ... Alexis Castle
Toks Olagundoye ... Hayley Shipton
Kevin Christy ... Todd
Cyrus Farmer ... Judah
Kai Lennox ... Simon
Idara Victor ... Patty
Vedette Lim ... Meadow
Amy Robach ... Lila Campo
Pamela Dunlap ... Secretary


While Beckett's team investigates the murder of Emma Matthews, Castle is abducted with several, even more puzzled, men to a locked room where they are challenged by cruel, sick games and puzzles, each puzzle promising a step closer to freedom. Then they are shown an identical room where Becket and women dear to his companions wrestle with similar challenges. While Esposito, Ryan and Alexis independently work the related murder and searching for their missing friends, Castle and Beckett, as natural leaders, try to keep their fellow captives calm and focused. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


It is established that Castle is a Yankees fan. While he and his mother were dismissive of baseball in "Castle: After Hours (2012)", it's possible that he grew to be a fan because of Beckett's enjoyment of the game. See more »


It would not be possible to kidnap 3 people, transport them to another location individually, and then lure 3 more there separately, kidnap them, and then transport them in the limited amount of time shown. We know the men were all drugged at about the same time due to them awakening at the same time. See more »


[first lines]
Richard Castle: Booyay!
Martha Rodgers: God.
Richard Castle: Guess who's about to have the best day ever?
Martha Rodgers: Could it be the fellow who just interrupted us, rather rudely, with "booyah"?
Alexis Castle: What's going on, dad?
Richard Castle: I'm sorry. I can't tell you. I'm sworn to secrecy.
Alexis Castle: Okay.
[to Martha]
Alexis Castle: Anyway, so my psych professor said...
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References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »


Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You
Performed by TOVE STYRKE
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One of the best episode of Castle!
8 March 2016 | by khimanirahulSee all my reviews

This is by far one of the best castle episodes! After ages, we finally received a good episode of castle. This episode was an absolute thrill, a roller-coaster of a ride and quite a mind- boggling episode - trying to find out who was the culprit.

Whilst there were many ups, there were also downs. One of them being that the episode did not make sense at times, but all in all a great episode.

Very very great episode. The writing was surprisingly excellent in ways that I would not have expected with the loss of the original show-runner. But it looks like the new show- runner has REALLY taken it on. The episode was intense, and still had funny moments without being corny, and actually explored the depths of the characters in a new way. My favourite part about it though is that the story-line and character development was in still in-line with their characters from the original episodes and didn't cut corners to make it happen. Everything was intense, awesome, confusing, and yet still actually made sense. Very great episode. I like the way this new direction is going.


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