1x08 Ghosts

Original Air Date: 27 April 2009
: Moira Kirland
Director: Bryan Spicer


What do a bath filled with motor oil, an explosion, and an unscrupulous tell-all journalist have in common?

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1x08 Ghosts - Dustjackets: A Castle Wiki



  • Joanne Kelly - LEE WAX
  • Dan Castellaneta - JUDGE MARKWAY
  • Joseph C Phillips - MAYOR
  • Alex Carter - MICHAEL GOLDMAN
  • Fred Koehler - ADAM PIKE
  • Jillian Armenante - SUSAN MAILER
  • Susan Ruttan - MRS PIKE
  • Keith Diamond - JARED SWANSTROM
  • Jack Forbes - CAPT SAM PIKE
  • "Move You" - ANYA MARINA (Teaser)

  • Captain Pike? Could be coincidence, could be a reference to the original captain of the Enterprise, who (when pieces of the original pilot were reused later) also wound up burn-scarred and unable to walk.
  • Gotham City is the home of Batman.



  • The poker games...both of them.
  • Esposito and Ryan joining Castle's story spinning.
  • Castle banging on the interview room mirror...again.
  • The Captain, the judge and the mayor trying to solve Kate's case Castle-style.
  • Castle continually occupying Beckett's chair.

1x08 Ghosts - Dustjackets: A Castle Wiki
  • MARTHA: Well, frankly, I prefer strip [poker], because even when you lose, you win.
  • RYAN: Look at him, all excited.
    BECKETT: Like a kid, at Christmas.
    RYAN: With a dead body under the tree.
  • JUDGE: Do us a favour, Beckett, beat his pants off.
    CASTLE: Yes, beat my pants off, if you dare.
  • CASTLE: If we're gonna roadtrip, I'm gonna need to pee first.
  • BECKETT: If you're looking for a happy ending, you've come to the wrong place.
    CASTLE: Next time I'll just try that place on 2nd Avenue.
  • CASTLE: So, what do you say to a little showdown? Head to head, toe to toe, winner take all, mano y mujer?
    BECKETT: Hand to woman?
    CASTLE: Whatever it takes.
  • CASTLE: Wow, you are all about the cloud, aren't you, never about the silver lining.
  • BECKETT: What're we playing for?
    CASTLE: Pride. Or clothing.
    BECKETT: I think I've got a bag of gummy bears.


Go here to discuss the spec
  • In the first poker game, Esposito and Ryan both appear to be drinking Diet Coke. Martha has white wine, Castle has a bottle of beer and Montgomery has a glass of what might be Scotch. Beckett isn't drinking anything.
  • The body is found on Henry St, which is just south of Chinatown in eastern Manhattan.
  • Martha evidently has Kate's phone number by this point, and is not afraid to use it.
  • In the second poker game, Montgomery has a beer, the judge seems to have vodka on the rocks, Castle has what looks like a scotch rocks, and Beckett and the Mayor are both drinking coffee.
  • Beckett seems to speak at least a little Spanish.
  • How many cans of motor oil would it take to fill a bathtub, and how would Allison/Cynthia have lugged all that up to the room without someone noticing (more to the point, perhaps, WHY OH WHY would she bother when water does the drowning thing just fine?)
  • Nobody in NYC would leave their apartment door open while they went elsewhere, even only down to the basement.
  • Not really an oops, but anyone else think it's odd that they were using a cork board instead of the usual white board? It's not even like this episode is the pilot and they change the murder board later...this takes place mid season after it's been established that they use white boards.
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