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* 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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* 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 [[Film/FantasticFour2005 Mr. Fantastic]], even.


* In "Tick, Tick, Tick..." Martha is watching an old episode of ''TheIncredibleHulk''. Specifically, she's watching the pilot episode, which features Susan Sullivan...who plays Martha on ''Castle''. Since Martha's an actress, it's explained as her [[CelebrityParadox watching her own old stuff]].

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* In "Tick, Tick, Tick..." Martha is watching an old episode of ''TheIncredibleHulk''.''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. Specifically, she's watching the pilot episode, which features Susan Sullivan...who plays Martha on ''Castle''. Since Martha's an actress, it's explained as her [[CelebrityParadox watching her own old stuff]].


* In addition to being filled with ''Firefly'' references, "The Final Frontier" was also lousy with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, as well. Starting with the fact that the episode was directed by JonathanFrakes (who makes a cameo in the episode), Captain Max Reynard acting quite a bit like one Creator/WilliamShatner, and a sci-fi replica seller is played by [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] (out of Ferengi makeup, of course).

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* In addition to being filled with ''Firefly'' references, "The Final Frontier" was also lousy with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, as well. Starting with the fact that the episode was directed by JonathanFrakes Creator/JonathanFrakes (who makes a cameo in the episode), Captain Max Reynard acting quite a bit like one Creator/WilliamShatner, and a sci-fi replica seller is played by [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] (out of Ferengi makeup, of course).


** "Headhunters", which [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine reunites]] NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin, surprisingly has no direct references to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' with the exception of Baldwin's character basically being Jayne-as-a-NYPD-detective. However, fans' ears will perk up when they see a scene revolving around a brown coat and Baldwin talking about watching your partner's back. Also, Castle's first scene has him playing with toy dolls à la Wash's introductory scene. And [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Slaughter]] says that Castle has a "very fine coat", which could be referencing [[Creator/MarkSheppard Badger's]] [[NiceHat "very fine hat"]].

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** "Headhunters", which [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine reunites]] NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin, surprisingly has no direct references to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' with the exception of Baldwin's character basically being Jayne-as-a-NYPD-detective. However, fans' ears will perk up when they see a scene revolving around a brown coat and Baldwin talking about watching your partner's back. Also, Castle's first scene has him playing with toy dolls à la Wash's introductory scene. And [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Slaughter]] says that Castle has a "very fine coat", which could be referencing [[Creator/MarkSheppard Badger's]] [[NiceHat "very fine hat"]].



** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that Creator/JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.

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** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that Creator/JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion [[Creator/NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.



* Castle jokes about his sexless relationship with his last wife to Jordan Shaw. NathanFillion and Dana Delaney once played husband and wife on ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.

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* Castle jokes about his sexless relationship with his last wife to Jordan Shaw. NathanFillion Creator/NathanFillion and Dana Delaney once played husband and wife on ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.


** "Headhunters", which [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine reunites]] NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin, surprisingly has no direct references to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' with the exception of Baldwin's character basically being Jayne-as-a-NYPD-detective. However, fans' ears will perk up when they see a scene revolving around a brown coat and Baldwin talking about watching your partner's back. Also, Castle's first scene has him playing with toy dolls à la Wash's introductory scene. And [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Slaughter]] says that Castle has a "very fine coat", which could be referencing [[MarkSheppard Badger's]] [[NiceHat "very fine hat"]].

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** "Headhunters", which [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine reunites]] NathanFillion and Creator/AdamBaldwin, surprisingly has no direct references to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' with the exception of Baldwin's character basically being Jayne-as-a-NYPD-detective. However, fans' ears will perk up when they see a scene revolving around a brown coat and Baldwin talking about watching your partner's back. Also, Castle's first scene has him playing with toy dolls à la Wash's introductory scene. And [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Slaughter]] says that Castle has a "very fine coat", which could be referencing [[MarkSheppard [[Creator/MarkSheppard Badger's]] [[NiceHat "very fine hat"]].


** The costume party gets actors to dress up in former roles. In particular, Esposito dresses as a US Marine (referencing Jon Huertas as Sgt. Espera in GenerationKill[[note]]Incidentally, Huertas is a Desert Storm veteran, but served in the USAF[[/note]], while Ryan dresses up as a doctor (referencing Seamus Dever's role in ''Series/GeneralHospital'').

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** The costume party gets actors to dress up in former roles. In particular, Esposito dresses as a US Marine (referencing Jon Huertas as Sgt. Espera in GenerationKill[[note]]Incidentally, Literature/GenerationKill[[note]]Incidentally, Huertas is a Desert Storm veteran, but served in the USAF[[/note]], while Ryan dresses up as a doctor (referencing Seamus Dever's role in ''Series/GeneralHospital'').


** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.

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** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon Creator/JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.


* Castle jokes about his sexless relationship with his last wife to Jordan Shaw. NathanFillion and Dana Delaney once played husband and wife on ''DesperateHousewives''.

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* Castle jokes about his sexless relationship with his last wife to Jordan Shaw. NathanFillion and Dana Delaney once played husband and wife on ''DesperateHousewives''.''Series/DesperateHousewives''.


:::Towards the end of the episode, Ryan compliments him on throwing such a good "shindig," which is also the name of a ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode.:

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:::Towards the end of the episode, Ryan compliments him on throwing such a good "shindig," which is also the name of a ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode.:



** Likely unintentional, but the scene in "Punked" where Castle meets Alexis's boyfriend, Ashley, ends with him offhandedly toying with the old-timey gun in his hand, no doubt something he picked up from some other show he did. Shortly thereafter, another slight {{Series/Firefly}} reference surfaces when Castle tells Beckett about Ashley, [[GenderBlenderName "who has a girl's name, by the way,"]]

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** Likely unintentional, but the scene in "Punked" where Castle meets Alexis's boyfriend, Ashley, ends with him offhandedly toying with the old-timey gun in his hand, no doubt something he picked up from some other show he did. Shortly thereafter, another slight {{Series/Firefly}} Series/{{Firefly}} reference surfaces when Castle tells Beckett about Ashley, [[GenderBlenderName "who has a girl's name, by the way,"]]



** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.

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** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.



* In "Wrapped Up in Death", [[Film/TheMummy1999 Erick Avari]] plays a superstitious museum curator involved with a Mummy. In the same episode, Castle’s pants end up getting ripped, which may be a reference to [[{{Series/Firefly}} Captain Mal's]] nickname "Captain Tightpants."

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* In "Wrapped Up in Death", [[Film/TheMummy1999 Erick Avari]] plays a superstitious museum curator involved with a Mummy. In the same episode, Castle’s pants end up getting ripped, which may be a reference to [[{{Series/Firefly}} [[Series/{{Firefly}} Captain Mal's]] nickname "Captain Tightpants."


:::Towards the end of the episode, Ryan compliments him on throwing such a good "shindig," which is also the name of a ''{{Firefly}}'' episode.:

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:::Towards the end of the episode, Ryan compliments him on throwing such a good "shindig," which is also the name of a ''{{Firefly}}'' ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode.:



** Likely unintentional, but the scene in "Punked" where Castle meets Alexis's boyfriend, Ashley, ends with him offhandedly toying with the old-timey gun in his hand, no doubt something he picked up from some other show he did. Shortly thereafter, another slight {{Firefly}} reference surfaces when Castle tells Beckett about Ashley, [[GenderBlenderName "who has a girl's name, by the way,"]]

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** Likely unintentional, but the scene in "Punked" where Castle meets Alexis's boyfriend, Ashley, ends with him offhandedly toying with the old-timey gun in his hand, no doubt something he picked up from some other show he did. Shortly thereafter, another slight {{Firefly}} {{Series/Firefly}} reference surfaces when Castle tells Beckett about Ashley, [[GenderBlenderName "who has a girl's name, by the way,"]]



** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''{{Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.

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** "The Final Frontier" is absolutely full of ''{{Firefly}}'' ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' references. There are three in the opening scene alone: When Castle hears they'll be investigating a crime at the sci-fi convention, he says "Shiny," when listing off his favorite sci-fi series...well, the producers can't use the title, but he ''does'' mention "that JossWhedon show," and finally there's a lot of talk about how the fictional show ''Nebula-9'' has a devoted fanbase despite [[ShortRunners only running for twelve episodes]] and being cancelled a decade ago ([[http://science.discovery.com/tv/firefly/unlock.html Guess whose ten-year anniversary was coming up that weekend?)]]. There are even more references scattered throughout the episode—on ''Nebula-9'', the captain's name is Max Renard (sounds quite similar to [[NathanFillion Mal Reynolds]]), there's an alien race called Kreavers which will eat your face off, and in Beckett and Castle's pool of suspects, one has the last name Frye and another is named Simon. The writers clearly had a ''field day'' with this one.



* In "Wrapped Up in Death", [[Film/TheMummy1999 Erick Avari]] plays a superstitious museum curator involved with a Mummy. In the same episode, Castle’s pants end up getting ripped, which may be a reference to [[{{Firefly}} Captain Mal's]] nickname "Captain Tightpants."

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* In "Wrapped Up in Death", [[Film/TheMummy1999 Erick Avari]] plays a superstitious museum curator involved with a Mummy. In the same episode, Castle’s pants end up getting ripped, which may be a reference to [[{{Firefly}} [[{{Series/Firefly}} Captain Mal's]] nickname "Captain Tightpants."


* In "One Life To Lose," there are several mentions of ''GeneralHospital'', which Seamus Dever used to be on. The title references ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', which Nathan Fillion used to be on.

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* In "One Life To Lose," there are several mentions of ''GeneralHospital'', ''Series/GeneralHospital'', which Seamus Dever used to be on. The title references ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', which Nathan Fillion used to be on.


* In addition to being filled with ''Firefly'' references, "The Final Frontier" was also lousy with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, as well. Starting with the fact that the episode was directed by JonathanFrakes (who makes a cameo in the episode), Captain Max Reynard acting quite a bit like one WilliamShatner, and a sci-fi replica seller is played by [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] (out of Ferengi makeup, of course).

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* In addition to being filled with ''Firefly'' references, "The Final Frontier" was also lousy with ''Franchise/StarTrek'' references, as well. Starting with the fact that the episode was directed by JonathanFrakes (who makes a cameo in the episode), Captain Max Reynard acting quite a bit like one WilliamShatner, Creator/WilliamShatner, and a sci-fi replica seller is played by [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Quark]] (out of Ferengi makeup, of course).


* In "When the Bough Breaks," Castle gets a chance to write about a [[JamesBond certain British spy]]. Stana Katic was in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', playing the Canadian woman in the scene in Russia at the end.

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* In "When the Bough Breaks," Castle gets a chance to write about a [[JamesBond [[Literature/JamesBond certain British spy]]. Stana Katic was in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', playing the Canadian woman in the scene in Russia at the end.


** Yet another episode has the protagonists donning medical gloves while checking out a crime scene. Castle is visibly amused by the idea of wearing ''blue'' gloves -- and copies [[Series/{{Firefly}} River Tam's]] 'two by two' gesture.



* Yet another episode has the protagonists donning medical gloves while checking out a crime scene. Castle is visibly amused by the idea of wearing ''blue'' gloves -- and copies [[Series/{{Firefly}} River Tam's]] 'two by two' gesture.
* Another episode had a very quick bit of dialogue right after Castle shoots a gun out of the hand of a suspect that is word for word exactly the same as a bit of dialogue from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' after Jayne shoots a man in the back of the leg.
* This was surprisingly averted however when Creator/AdamBaldwin, who played Jayne on Firefly, guest starred as a CowboyCop homicide detective.
* Season 5 has the episode 'The Final Frontier' in which Castle lists sci-fi shows he likes, while ripping on a show [[spoiler: that Beckett loved and actually cosplayed]]. Amongst his favorites are "[[Series/{{Firefly}} that one show]]" by JossWhedon, of which he was the star.

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