History Trivia / Castle

23rd Mar '18 7:56:40 AM nirao01
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** In one episode, a minor character jokingly refers to Castle as "Jason Bateman". Castle retorts that their similar looks got him out of a traffic ticket once. This actually happened to Nathan Fillion [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwQ5PbuKdoE in real life]]. A similar joke is made in "An Embarrassment of Bitches", where Castle is mistaken for Jason Bateman by some paparazzi. Castle complains that "this is getting old," much to Beckett's amusement.
** "Nanny [=McDead=]:" Castle reminisces about the nannies Martha had watch over him back when he had yet to discover his talents for the art of writing, for whom he bestowed a wonderful range of other identities, one of them being "completely irresponsibly middle aged women who instead of looking after me while you were acting like they were supposed to, instead watched daytime television." The upside of it all was that he "got the plot of (his) first novel by watching ''Series/OneLifeToLive''". Nathan Fillion's first TV role was [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome Joey Buchanan]] on the soap opera ''One Life to Live''. Subtly reprised by the episode, "One Life to Lose".
** Erick Avari cameos in an episode centering around a [[Film/TheMummy1999 mummy's curse]].

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** In one episode, a minor character jokingly refers to Castle as "Jason Bateman"."Creator/JasonBateman". Castle retorts that their similar looks got him out of a traffic ticket once. This actually happened to Nathan Fillion Creator/NathanFillion [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwQ5PbuKdoE in real life]]. A similar joke is made in "An Embarrassment of Bitches", where Castle is mistaken for Jason Bateman by some paparazzi. Castle complains that "this is getting old," much to Beckett's amusement.
** "Nanny [=McDead=]:" Castle reminisces about the nannies Martha had watch over him back when he had yet to discover his talents for the art of writing, for whom he bestowed a wonderful range of other identities, one of them being "completely irresponsibly middle aged women who instead of looking after me while you were acting like they were supposed to, instead watched daytime television." The upside of it all was that he "got the plot of (his) first novel by watching ''Series/OneLifeToLive''". Nathan Fillion's Creator/NathanFillion's first TV role was [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome Joey Buchanan]] on the soap opera ''One Life to Live''. Subtly reprised by the episode, "One Life to Lose".
** Erick Avari Creator/ErickAvari cameos in an episode centering around a [[Film/TheMummy1999 mummy's curse]].



** "Headhunters" opens with Castle playing with action figures, the exact same way the pilot of Series/{{Firefly}} (Wash) did. Notably, this is the episode guest-starring another Series/{{Firefly}} alumni, Adam Baldwin, as - what else? - a gun-toting, ruthless gang cop. In exchange for allowing Castle to follow him on a case, Baldwin's character forces Castle to give him his brown coat.

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** "Headhunters" opens with Castle playing with action figures, the exact same way the pilot of Series/{{Firefly}} (Wash) did. Notably, this is the episode guest-starring another Series/{{Firefly}} alumni, Adam Baldwin, Creator/AdamBaldwin, as - what else? - a gun-toting, ruthless gang cop. In exchange for allowing Castle to follow him on a case, Baldwin's character forces Castle to give him his brown coat.



** Played with somewhat in "Reality Star Struck" which guest-stars Gina Torres, who played Zoe in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Her character and Castle have little to no interaction whatsoever, and with the exception of Gina Torres playing yet another strong-willed woman, no overt allusions to the show come up throughout the episode.
** In "The Squab and the Quail", Ioan Gruffudd plays a genius-level inventor, billionaire and all-round innovator. You might say he's a [[Film/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]], even.

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** Played with somewhat in "Reality Star Struck" which guest-stars Gina Torres, Creator/GinaTorres, who played Zoe in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Her character and Castle have little to no interaction whatsoever, and with the exception of Gina Torres playing yet another strong-willed woman, no overt allusions to the show come up throughout the episode.
** In "The Squab and the Quail", Ioan Gruffudd Creator/IoanGruffudd plays a genius-level inventor, billionaire and all-round innovator. You might say he's a [[Film/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]], even.



*** A subtle one in the ''Heat Wave'' book: in the series, Castle's judge friend is played by Dan Castellaneta, better known as the voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{TheSimpsons}} Homer Simpson]]. In the book, Jameson Rook's judge friend is named... Horace Simpson. Nikki even expects him to say, [[{{Catchphrase}} "D'oh!"]] when she beats him at a poker game hosted by Rook.

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*** A subtle one in the ''Heat Wave'' book: in the series, Castle's judge friend is played by Dan Castellaneta, Creator/DanCastellaneta, better known as the voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{TheSimpsons}} Homer Simpson]]. In the book, Jameson Rook's judge friend is named... Horace Simpson. Nikki even expects him to say, [[{{Catchphrase}} "D'oh!"]] when she beats him at a poker game hosted by Rook.



*** One of the suspects in ''Heat Rises'', the third book, mentions as his alibi that he was at home, because he had rented ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and mentions that Detective Heat would make a good Bond girl. Stana Katic (who also plays Kate Beckett, the inspiration for Nikki Heat), played the Canadian intelligence agent at the end of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' [[spoiler: Corrine.]]

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*** One of the suspects in ''Heat Rises'', the third book, mentions as his alibi that he was at home, because he had rented ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and mentions that Detective Heat would make a good Bond girl. Stana Katic Creator/StanaKatic (who also plays Kate Beckett, the inspiration for Nikki Heat), played the Canadian intelligence agent at the end of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' [[spoiler: Corrine.]]



** {{Averted|Trope}} by Alexis Castle as Molly Quinn is nearly the same age as her character.

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** {{Averted|Trope}} by Alexis Castle as Molly Quinn Creator/MollyQuinn is nearly the same age as her character.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Both Stana Katic (Becket) and Tamala Jones (Lanie) were not asked to come back for the proposed Season 9 in order to save money. However the point became moot when ABC decided not to renew the show. And it's stipulated in Fillion's contract that he only spends two days per week shooting with Katic. It's only in ''his'' contract, and he's a producer, so... Speaking of ''Moonlighting'', why is it that as soon as two leads get married in-universe that they invariably grow to hate each other's guts?

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Both Stana Katic Creator/StanaKatic (Becket) and Tamala Jones (Lanie) were not asked to come back for the proposed Season 9 in order to save money. However the point became moot when ABC decided not to renew the show. And it's stipulated in Fillion's contract that he only spends two days per week shooting with Katic. It's only in ''his'' contract, and he's a producer, so... Speaking of ''Moonlighting'', why is it that as soon as two leads get married in-universe that they invariably grow to hate each other's guts?



** Molly Quinn is a real-life cosplayer, famously playing a female [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds]] [[http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/tumblr_lous31tXYd1qlb806o1_500-412x550.jpg during Comicon 2011.]]

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** Molly Quinn Creator/MollyQuinn is a real-life cosplayer, famously playing a female [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds]] [[http://www.themarysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/tumblr_lous31tXYd1qlb806o1_500-412x550.jpg during Comicon 2011.]]



** Stana Katic's then-boyfriend (now husband) Kris Brljac appears as an extra on the season 5 episode "Death Gone Crazy" .
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Apparently, the reason behind Beckett and Castle's relationship troubles in Season 8 was due to fighting between Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion.

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** Stana Katic's Creator/StanaKatic's then-boyfriend (now husband) Kris Brljac appears as an extra on the season 5 episode "Death Gone Crazy" .
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Apparently, the reason behind Beckett and Castle's relationship troubles in Season 8 was due to fighting between Stana Katic Creator/StanaKatic and Nathan Fillion.Creator/NathanFillion.



** From "A Rose for Everafter", NewOldFlame Kyra Blaine, played by Alyssa Milano. Oh, and Sophia Turner, played by Jennifer Beal in the season 4 two-parter "Pandora"/"Linchpin".
** The two-episode arc, "Tick, Tick, Tick" and "Boom" has ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' Dana Delany as a federal agent. Creator/NathanFillion previously played Delany's husband on that show.

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** From "A Rose for Everafter", NewOldFlame Kyra Blaine, played by Alyssa Milano.Creator/AlyssaMilano. Oh, and Sophia Turner, played by Jennifer Beal in the season 4 two-parter "Pandora"/"Linchpin".
** The two-episode arc, "Tick, Tick, Tick" and "Boom" has ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' Dana Delany Creator/DanaDelany as a federal agent. Creator/NathanFillion previously played Delany's husband on that show.



** Adam Baldwin in "Headhunters". The ABC press release prior to the episode made gratuitous mention of his past in Firefly, the beloved but short-lived show with Nathan Fillion. Baldwin also did numerous interviews promoting his one-episode part before the show aired.
** Another of Nathan Fillion's co-stars from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Gina Torres, appears in "Reality Star Struck".

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** Adam Baldwin Creator/AdamBaldwin in "Headhunters". The ABC press release prior to the episode made gratuitous mention of his past in Firefly, the beloved but short-lived show with Nathan Fillion. Baldwin also did numerous interviews promoting his one-episode part before the show aired.
** Another of Nathan Fillion's Creator/NathanFillion's co-stars from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Gina Torres, Creator/GinaTorres, appears in "Reality Star Struck".



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Adam Baldwin stated at Dragon*Con 2016 that the writers wanted to use his character Slaughter in more episodes, but Baldwin's schedule conflicts with other shows (notably, ''TheLastShip'') prevented this from happening, and Slaughter only appeared in two episodes, one in Season 4, and once in Season 8.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Adam Baldwin Creator/AdamBaldwin stated at Dragon*Con 2016 that the writers wanted to use his character Slaughter in more episodes, but Baldwin's schedule conflicts with other shows (notably, ''TheLastShip'') ''Series/TheLastShip'') prevented this from happening, and Slaughter only appeared in two episodes, one in Season 4, and once in Season 8.
11th Mar '18 3:56:42 AM IlGreven
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* TooSoon: "Still" was postponed for a week, as it had a bomb plot, and the Boston Marathon bombing happened the week before it was originally scheduled to air. Creator/{{TNT}} had to issue an apology for not pulling a rerun of "47 Seconds" (which was more on the nose with a mass bombing plot) that aired that week, as well.
10th Mar '18 5:12:25 PM FactoidCow
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* FilmingLocationCameo: Season 3's "To Love and Die in L.A.".
9th Jan '18 2:27:04 AM annieholmes
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** In "Deep Cover", Martha is reminiscing about the night she met Jackson Hunt and they conceived Castle, during which, he recalls her playing "My Funny Valentine" on the piano. That song has been covered by, among others, Music/BarbraStreisand, who is both a fan of ''Castle'' and the wife of Jackson Hunt's actor, James Brolin.

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** In "Deep Cover", Martha is reminiscing about the night she met Jackson Hunt and they conceived Castle, during which, he recalls her playing "My Funny Valentine" on the piano. That song has been covered by, among others, Music/BarbraStreisand, Music/BarbraStreisand[[note]]Twofer: Streisand is a Broadway musical theatre diva, just like Martha's ''Nikki Heat'' counterpart Margaret Rook[[/note]], who is both a fan of ''Castle'' and the wife of Jackson Hunt's actor, James Brolin.
7th Oct '17 2:55:54 PM creader
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* SeriesFauxnale: The Season 7 finale "Hollander's Woods" doesn't end on a CliffHanger like most other season finales do. This is primarily because at the time of writing and filming, the show's possible Season 8 renewal was still up in the air. So, instead the episode ends with an AndTheAdventureContinues note (everyone leaves to investigate a new murder, after Castle receives a literature award). It's also interesting that the final scene is one of ''very'' few instances in which all the main cast members are present in the same scene (even Captain Gates is there!), as well as two supporting characters, Ryan's wife Jenny, and the tech cyber expert Tori. There was also some question as to if Stana Katic would return even if the show was renewed, thus the side plot of Kate questioning whether she should take an offer to [[spoiler: become a state senator]], which is clearly the writers setting up a PutOnABus situation. Thankfully, Katic signed on for a Season 8, once the show was officially renewed.
7th Oct '17 2:54:20 PM creader
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* AbsenteeActor:
** Lanie (Tamala Jones) is absent in a few episodes, replaced by the grumpy male ME Pearlmutter.
** Notably, neither Lanie nor Perlmutter appear in the episode "Headhunters". Instead, there's a different coroner in the morgue, whom Detective Slaughter (played by Adam Baldwin) hits on.
** Both Lanie and Captain Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) were missing in "Nikki Heat", presumably to make way for the big guest star (Laura Prepon).
** Captain Gates has been missing for swaths of episodes at a time in the 4th season. There's [[TyrantTakesTheHelm hating your boss]] so much you avoid her at every opportunity, and then there's ''this''. This also applies to a few episodes in season 5 as well.
** Interestingly, Lanie is nowhere to be seen in the season 5 premiere, the episode after [[spoiler:Beckett and Castle finally get together]]. Justified, though, as no homicide really occurs in the episode to necessitate her presence.
** Neither Alexis nor Martha appear in "Swan Song". Justified, in that the documentary crew get permission to follow the detectives at work as far as it pertains to the investigation of James Swan's murder, but presumably their home lives were out-of-bounds.
*** Alexis and Martha (and of course, their portrayers Molly Quinn and Susan Sullivan) have had several absences throughout the series (and probably have more non-appearances of any of the series' regulars, with Penny Johnson-Jerald's Captain Gates coming quite close); both actresses appeared in almost all of the episodes during the first season, with an increasing number of absences during the later seasons. Incidentally, this coincided with the beginning of the shift in storylines from a primary focus on Castle and Beckett's investigations and a secondary focus on Castle's family life to more of a focus on the former and less on the latter, a situation that became more prevalent from season five onward as Sullivan and Quinn mainly appear in only one or two brief scenes in the episodes they ''do'' appear. And even then, the two of them rarely appear together in the same episode, let alone the same scene, compared to earlier seasons.
*** The first half of season six was a little bit better about this in regards to Alexis. That part of the season featured a storyline in which Alexis began dating a guy named Pi,[[note]]Spelled like the number, not the dessert as Castle had surmised in one episode.[[/note]] whom Castle did not approve of and whom Alexis would briefly live with (first moving him into Castle's apartment and then moving in with Pi into their own apartment). This sparked a bit of a rift between the two, which would be resolved after the two teamed up to prove that a death row inmate charged in a murder did not commit said crime in "Like Father, Like Daughter", and later culminated in Alexis deciding to break up with Pi in "Limelight" and ultimately move back in with Castle and Martha.[[note]] The two aforementioned episodes were among the few, along with the season five two-parter "Target"/"Hunt", to involve Alexis as part of the main plotline and heavily feature her in the episode. [[/note]] Though the resolution of this storyline led to the return of the previous status quo regarding Alexis' appearances in subsequent episodes.
** "Cool Boys" (the second Slaughter episode) is the first episode in the series where Beckett doesn't appear.



---> '''Alexis''': Didn't you wear that like five years ago?\\

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---> '''Alexis''': --->'''Alexis''': Didn't you wear that like five years ago?\\



* TheDanza: The background police officer "L.T", who has had some speaking parts throughout the series, is played by actor L.T. Tolliver.
** Pretty much any background character that Castle refers to by name. According to commentary, Nathan likes to ad-lib it whenever he can.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some of the people that help Castle and the 12th also happen to be people Creator/NathanFillion has worked with in the past, most notably Creator/DanaDelany in "Tick Tick Tick"/"Boom!" and [[Series/{{Drive}} Kristen Lehman]] in "Eye of the Beholder." Castle's first wife, Meredith, is played by Darby Stanchfield, who also played his wife in Film/{{Waitress}}. Alyssa Milano is also apparently a friend of Nathan's, but the two haven't worked together except for "A Rose for Everafter." "Headhunters" finally brought a Series/{{Firefly}} alumnus to the table in the form of Creator/AdamBaldwin. GinaTorres gets in the game in "Reality Star-Struck". Creator/SummerGlau is added to the list in "The G.D.S." And Creator/JewelStaite entered in "Much Ado About Murder". A minor one in "Reality Star Struck" (aka the one with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Zoe]]), but notable as being between two guest stars, rather than a guest star and a main cast member: Patrick Fabian plays the reality show director, and Lachlan Buchanan plays the son of one of the show's stars. They previously worked together on the CMT sitcom ''Series/WorkingClass''.



* TheDanza: The background police officer "L.T", who has had some speaking parts throughout the series, is played by actor L.T. Tolliver.
** Pretty much any background character that Castle refers to by name. According to commentary, Nathan likes to ad-lib it whenever he can.
23rd Sep '17 8:40:36 PM nombretomado
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** In "Deep Cover", Martha is reminiscing about the night she met Jackson Hunt and they conceived Castle, during which, he recalls her playing "My Funny Valentine" on the piano. That song has been covered by, among others, Main/BarbraStreisand, who is both a fan of ''Castle'' and the wife of Jackson Hunt's actor, James Brolin.

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** In "Deep Cover", Martha is reminiscing about the night she met Jackson Hunt and they conceived Castle, during which, he recalls her playing "My Funny Valentine" on the piano. That song has been covered by, among others, Main/BarbraStreisand, Music/BarbraStreisand, who is both a fan of ''Castle'' and the wife of Jackson Hunt's actor, James Brolin.
20th Jun '17 9:03:23 AM Manny20444
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some of the people that help Castle and the 12th also happen to be people Creator/NathanFillion has worked with in the past, most notably [[Series/DesperateHousewives Dana Delany]] in "Tick Tick Tick"/"Boom!" and [[Series/{{Drive}} Kristen Lehman]] in "Eye of the Beholder." Castle's first wife, Meredith, is played by Darby Stanchfield, who also played his wife in Film/{{Waitress}}. Alyssa Milano is also apparently a friend of Nathan's, but the two haven't worked together except for "A Rose for Everafter." "Headhunters" finally brought a Series/{{Firefly}} alumnus to the table in the form of Creator/AdamBaldwin. GinaTorres gets in the game in "Reality Star-Struck". Creator/SummerGlau is added to the list in "The G.D.S." And Creator/JewelStaite entered in "Much Ado About Murder". A minor one in "Reality Star Struck" (aka the one with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Zoe]]), but notable as being between two guest stars, rather than a guest star and a main cast member: Patrick Fabian plays the reality show director, and Lachlan Buchanan plays the son of one of the show's stars. They previously worked together on the CMT sitcom ''Series/WorkingClass''.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some of the people that help Castle and the 12th also happen to be people Creator/NathanFillion has worked with in the past, most notably [[Series/DesperateHousewives Dana Delany]] Creator/DanaDelany in "Tick Tick Tick"/"Boom!" and [[Series/{{Drive}} Kristen Lehman]] in "Eye of the Beholder." Castle's first wife, Meredith, is played by Darby Stanchfield, who also played his wife in Film/{{Waitress}}. Alyssa Milano is also apparently a friend of Nathan's, but the two haven't worked together except for "A Rose for Everafter." "Headhunters" finally brought a Series/{{Firefly}} alumnus to the table in the form of Creator/AdamBaldwin. GinaTorres gets in the game in "Reality Star-Struck". Creator/SummerGlau is added to the list in "The G.D.S." And Creator/JewelStaite entered in "Much Ado About Murder". A minor one in "Reality Star Struck" (aka the one with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Zoe]]), but notable as being between two guest stars, rather than a guest star and a main cast member: Patrick Fabian plays the reality show director, and Lachlan Buchanan plays the son of one of the show's stars. They previously worked together on the CMT sitcom ''Series/WorkingClass''.
14th May '17 5:02:49 PM NightShade96
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* HostilityOnTheSet: There have been a lot of behind-the-scenes rumors that Creator/StanaKatic and Creator/NathanFillion were not getting along with each other and have not been for at least several seasons, possibly going as far back as Season 4. This was apparently so bad that it was [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3550613/Stana-Katic-left-tears-bullying-star-Nathan-Fillion-actress-thanks-fans-support-leaves-Castle.html the cause of Katic's departure from the show]].
18th Mar '17 11:49:00 AM nombretomado
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some of the people that help Castle and the 12th also happen to be people NathanFillion has worked with in the past, most notably [[Series/DesperateHousewives Dana Delany]] in "Tick Tick Tick"/"Boom!" and [[Series/{{Drive}} Kristen Lehman]] in "Eye of the Beholder." Castle's first wife, Meredith, is played by Darby Stanchfield, who also played his wife in Film/{{Waitress}}. Alyssa Milano is also apparently a friend of Nathan's, but the two haven't worked together except for "A Rose for Everafter." "Headhunters" finally brought a Series/{{Firefly}} alumnus to the table in the form of Creator/AdamBaldwin. GinaTorres gets in the game in "Reality Star-Struck". Creator/SummerGlau is added to the list in "The G.D.S." And Creator/JewelStaite entered in "Much Ado About Murder". A minor one in "Reality Star Struck" (aka the one with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Zoe]]), but notable as being between two guest stars, rather than a guest star and a main cast member: Patrick Fabian plays the reality show director, and Lachlan Buchanan plays the son of one of the show's stars. They previously worked together on the CMT sitcom ''Series/WorkingClass''.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some of the people that help Castle and the 12th also happen to be people NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion has worked with in the past, most notably [[Series/DesperateHousewives Dana Delany]] in "Tick Tick Tick"/"Boom!" and [[Series/{{Drive}} Kristen Lehman]] in "Eye of the Beholder." Castle's first wife, Meredith, is played by Darby Stanchfield, who also played his wife in Film/{{Waitress}}. Alyssa Milano is also apparently a friend of Nathan's, but the two haven't worked together except for "A Rose for Everafter." "Headhunters" finally brought a Series/{{Firefly}} alumnus to the table in the form of Creator/AdamBaldwin. GinaTorres gets in the game in "Reality Star-Struck". Creator/SummerGlau is added to the list in "The G.D.S." And Creator/JewelStaite entered in "Much Ado About Murder". A minor one in "Reality Star Struck" (aka the one with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Zoe]]), but notable as being between two guest stars, rather than a guest star and a main cast member: Patrick Fabian plays the reality show director, and Lachlan Buchanan plays the son of one of the show's stars. They previously worked together on the CMT sitcom ''Series/WorkingClass''.



** The two-episode arc, "Tick, Tick, Tick" and "Boom" has ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' Dana Delany as a federal agent. NathanFillion previously played Delany's husband on that show.

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** The two-episode arc, "Tick, Tick, Tick" and "Boom" has ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' Dana Delany as a federal agent. NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion previously played Delany's husband on that show.
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