Season 3

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Season 3, Episode 1: A Deadly Affair
Original Air Date—20 September 2010
Beckett hasn't heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, "Naked Heat." The most Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore standee of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman's body holding a gun. As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder.

Season 3, Episode 2: He's Dead, She's Dead
Original Air Date—27 September 2010
When a famous psychic is murdered, Beckett and Castle search for her killer while also 
carrying on a spirited debate on the existence of extrasensory abilities. Evidence 
mounts on both sides, especially when a letter arrives from the victim, penned the 
day she was killed and predicting her own death -- or was it written by a clever killer, 
hoping to throw off the investigation?

Season 3, Episode 3: Under the Gun
Original Air Date—4 October 2010
When a coded document hidden by a murdered bail bondsman gets Castle's imagination
running wild, Beckett must steer the case back to the violent felons who populated their
victim's world - only to discover that maybe Castle's crazy theories aren't so crazy after all.
Complicating matters is the surprise arrival of Beckett's ex-partner (now a bounty hunter). 
As the two reunite over a history that Castle has no part of, Castle is forced to watch the
relationship take a turn towards the romantic.

Season 3, Episode 4: Punked
Original Air Date—11 October 2010
Castle and Beckett look into the murder of a young mathematician gunned down with a 
200-year-old bullet, sparking some wild theories by Castle about a time-travelling killer. 
When their investigation uncovers a tricked-out DeLorean and a suspect in Victorian 
clothing, is it possible Castle's crazy idea has some validity? This winding tale twists 
through the towers of Wall Street and into the world of a secret steampunk society that
embraces the romance and simplicity of the past, while coupling it with the hope and 
promise of the future.

Season 3, Episode 5: Anatomy of a Murder
Original Air Date—18 October 2010
Mysteries abound when pallbearers at a funeral lose control of a surprisingly heavy 
casket only to have a second unknown woman tumble out along with the original 
deceased. When Castle and Beckett learn that the victim was a doctor at County Hospital, 
their investigation takes them into the world of amorous, bed-hopping physicians. Did 
jealousy turn to murder, or did the doctor's mysterious work outside the hospital lead to her
demise? Meanwhile, Castle's relationship with Gina is challenged when she tries to bond 
with Alexis.

Season 3, Episode 6: 3XK
Original Air Date—25 October 2010
When a beautiful woman is found dead in an alley, all clues point to her being a victim 
of the notorious Triple Killer. The Triple Killer, or 3XK, terrorized New York City four years 
ago, then mysteriously disappeared. Now he's back. In a deadly battle of wits, Castle and
Beckett race against time to stop 3XK before he claims his next victims.

Season 3, Episode 7: Almost Famous
Original Air Date—1 November 2010
Responding to an "Officer Down" emergency call, Castle and Beckett's latest case takes a
shocking turn when it's revealed that the victim isn't a cop but a male stripper dressed 
up as one. The murder leads them into the world of male strip clubs, the hardships of 
struggling actors, and the price that people pay in pursuit of fame. Did our victim's 
dreams of stardom get him killed, or was there something more nefarious afoot?

Season 3, Episode 8: Murder Most Fowl
Original Air Date—8 November 2010
While investigating the murder of a NYC subway worker found shot to death in Central Park,
Castle and Beckett unexpectedly uncover the shocking and violent abduction of a young 
boy. Working against the clock, the team must unravel the motives behind the high stakes
kidnapping, not just to bring a murderer to justice, but to save the innocent lives that hang 
in the balance.

Original Air Date—15 November 2010
Astrophysicist Marie Subbarao (35)'s corps is found, with all symptoms of fatal explosive
decompression. Her ex Ted Carter, a colleague at the institute, has an alibi. An SF author 
friend also points to Castle's remark everything seems to point to aliens. However the 
team is digging leads to FBI agent Westfield, whose agency goes to extraordinary 
lengths to stop their investigation, yet fails to keep from them Chinese Ung Kyu's 

Season 3, Episode 10: Last Call
Original Air Date—6 December 2010
When the body of a dockworker turned bar owner is found floating in the East River, 
Castle and Beckett's investigation takes them into the forgotten tunnels and passageways 
of turn-of-the-century New York, where they uncover a secret that's been buried since 
the days of Prohibition. The story celebrates New York bar culture, setting Castle on a 
quest to preserve history by buying a bar of his very own.

Season 3, Episode 11: Nikki Heat
Original Air Date—3 January 2011
Castle's novel "Heat Wave" is being turned into a movie, and the Hollywood hottie cast 
as the movie's lead, Natalie Rhodes, shows up at Beckett's invitation to better understand 
the character she's going to play. As our threesome investigates the murder of a high-class
matchmaker, Natalie goes to extremes in the name of "character research," transforming
herself into the spitting image of Beckett -- much to Castle's delight and Beckett's dismay.

Season 3, Episode 12: Poof, You're Dead
Original Air Date—10 January 2011
When the owner of historic Drake's Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini's
famous water torture tank, Castle and Beckett must delve into the world of magic, 
magicians and their secrets to find his killer. As part of their investigation, Castle & Beckett 
meet master magician Tobias Strange. Meanwhile, the magicians aren't the only ones 
keeping secrets, as a new romantic relationship is revealed for Esposito and Lanie.

Season 3, Episode 13: Knockdown
Original Air Date—24 January 2011
The detective on Beckett's mother's homicide case is killed after telling her he has

Season 3, Episode 14: Lucky Stiff
Original Air Date—7 February 2011
Lottery-multimillionaire Jay Hixton is shot in the heart at home around midnight. He was
apparently forced to open his safe. It contained a gun even butler Reginald Easley didn't 
know about, which was laid besides him, and a bag, which was taken, containing 
$100,000 cash and a blue dye bomb, which exploded in a maintenance worker's face. 
Various suspects arise from Hixton's bizarre generosity, his own murky past and his 
family, an ex and junkie daughter, and even his winning lottery ticket a year ago.

Season 3, Episode 15: The Final Nail
Original Air Date—14 February 2011
Castle and Beckett find themselves on opposite sides of the case when Castle's old 
school friend emerges as the prime suspect in his own wife's murder. As they work to 
solve the crime, Castle comes to realize that one of two terrible things must be true... 
Either Detective Beckett is about to arrest an innocent man for murder, or his old friend
is a cold-blooded killer.

Season 3, Episode 16: Setup
Original Air Date—21 February 2011
Recently US-nationalized Syrian cab driver Amir Alhabi, who runs his own company with 
cousin Fariq Yusef, is shot in his cab after a 45 tour back to the start point with consulate
'security attach√©' (spy) Fariq Yusef. Homeland Security Agent Mark Fallon takes charge 
after his keys lead to a storage unit with cobalt radiation feared to stem from a nuclear 
weapon. Castle is officially discarded but keeps in the loop, tracing a payment to Amir, 
which he believes a fake as cover-up, shifting focus to employed cab driver Kevin McCann.

Season 3, Episode 17: Countdown
Original Air Date—28 February 2011
Clever Castle's ideas get him and Becket to find the dirty bomb, but locked in a refrigeration 
car. Luckily Ryan and Esposito ignore priority orders to have them found, and hence the 
bomb's trail. Agent Mark Fallon lifts their official ban from the case and follows Castle's 
next ideas about identity, widows and an Afghan-military connection. Add Fallon's 
interrogation zeal and they're just in time to discover the dark motive and find the bomb, but
armed and about to explode and wipe out Manhattan.

Season 3, Episode 18: One Life to Lose
Original Air Date—21 March 2011
A murder has been committed on the set of "Temptation Lane," one of New York's longest
running soap operas. Sarah Cutler, the head writer on the soap, has been killed with a fire 
axe. Castle & Beckett quickly discover that the behind the scenes drama at "Temptation 
Lane" is just as scandalous as the fictitious storylines, and just about everyone would kill 
to get ahead. Ultimately, Castle's unique skill set as a writer leads to a discovery about 
the killer and the secret he or she would do anything to protect.

Season 3, Episode 19: Law & Murder
Original Air Date—28 March 2011
Juror #7 Joe McKusick, who runs a halfway house, drops dead cyanide-poisoned during 
Otis Williams's high-profile trial for the murder of heiress Lyla Addison, which is thus 
declared a mistrial. Juror #4 Tony Mueller runs, possibly bribed, but claims he believed 
Otis's cousin Wardell, who approached him implying a set-up, poisoned Joe, which fits 
security footage, and he'd be next. Wardell claims to be framed too. The cyanide came 
not from the court house vending machine coffee but was released from a capsule. The 
plot thickens further, especially with two malversations within Justice.

Season 3, Episode 20: Slice of Death
Original Air Date—4 April 2011
Castle & Beckett work the case of a man found dead inside a pizza oven, but it turns out 
not to be someone associated with the restaurant - it was a reporter. Was his story, 
"The Pizza Wars," enough to get him killed, or was it something much deeper than that?

Season 3, Episode 21: The Dead Pool
Original Air Date—11 April 2011
When a champion swimmer and Olympic hopeful is found dead in a training pool, Castle &
Beckett dive in to investigate his murder, and uncover myriad secrets that might have led 
to his death. Also in the episode, crime fiction authors Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane
guest star, offering Castle their insights into the case over a game of poker.

Season 3, Episode 22: To Love and Die in L.A.
Original Air Date—2 May 2011
While investigating the shooting death of her ex-partner in New York, Beckett comes to 
believe the suspect has fled to Los Angeles. Against orders, she travels to L.A., going 
renegade to track down the killer, with Castle unexpectedly along for the ride. As they 
dig deeper into the motives, they uncover a trail that leads from a rooftop pool in Hollywood
to the sandy beach of Santa Monica. Along the way, they visit the set of the "Heat Wave" 
movie (based on Castle's book) and enlist the cast to help break the case. But as they 
get closer to apprehending the killer, Castle begins to wonder whether Beckett is out for 
justice -- or revenge.

Season 3, Episode 23: Pretty Dead
Original Air Date—9 May 2011
Mysterious murder occurs during a beauty pageant and the suspects are plentiful.

Season 3, Episode 24: Knockout
Original Air Date—16 May 2011
Kate Beckett's investigation into her mother's death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood - a
professional hitman with knowledge of Beckett's mother's murder - stages a spectacular
escape during a court hearing. As police launch a manhunt for Lockwood, Castle and 
the team uncover evidence of a deeper conspiracy involving a mysterious figure with law
enforcement connections who is linked to both Lockwood's escape and the killing of 
Johanna Beckett. The search for Lockwood and the quest to identify his co-conspirator 
leads to a shocking and deadly conclusion.

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle