8x03 - PhDead

Original Air Date: 5 October 2015
Writer
: Chad Creasey
Director: Rob Bowman

DUSTJACKET BLURB


Castle and Beckett cross paths, not entirely by chance, on an investigation into the death of a college student. Halloween plays a peripheral role, as does the Stanford Prison Experiment.


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GUEST CAST

MUSIC

  • Sunkrish Bala - VIKRAM SINGH
  • Geoff Peterson - MICHAEL SMITH
  • Christine Adams - DR. BARBARA LILLSTROM
  • Kelly Rowan - DEAN CARLA FELLER
  • Madeleine Coughlin - EMILY
  • Curtis Hamilton - GUARD
  • Justin Prentice - SCOTT POWELL
  • Andrew Constantini - GHOST
  • "Shots Go Off" - CYPRESS HILL & RUSKO (Ryan & Espo undercover)
  • "Happy Song" - BRING ME THE HORIZON (Alexis at the frat party)
LITERARY AND OTHER REFERENCES
  • The Stanford prison experiment was conducted in August 1971, to observe the effect on college students of taking on the role or prisoner or prison guard. It's now used as a classic case in basic psychology textbooks.
  • Sumatran civet coffee is expensive, as it is produced with coffee beans excreted by civet cats in a specific region of Sumatra.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

QUOTABLE QUOTES

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JUST THE FACTS
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  • The sunglasses Castle tells one of the students to remove are actually part of the experiment, intended to prevent eye contact between "prisoner" and "guard", thus heightening a sense of alienation.
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OOPS
  • Castle calls his beer pong opponent "Frankenstein" when the guy was really dressed as Frankenstein's Monster. Pedantic, but something Castle probably wouldn't make the mistake of confusing. We'll chalk it up to Castle being really drunk.
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