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Pretty Dead
Season 3, Episode 23
Air date May 9, 2011
Written by Terri Miller
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
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Pretty Dead is the twenty-third episode of the third season of Castle.


Castle and Beckett are called to investigate when a contestant in a beauty pageant is found strangled and every suspect has a motive to commit murder, including jealous fellow contestants, the pageant's sponsor, and the show's host.




Main Cast

Guest Cast


Castle: She decided it was worth the risk and she is going to just keep showing up.
Beckett: That's a good choice.
Castle: The best thing to get a woman is something she said she wanted when she didn't think you were listening.
Montgomery: What if I wasn't listening?
Ashley: Mr. Castle, have you ever been crazy about someone who is determined to push you away?
Beckett: Hey Castle - oh, sorry guys.
Castle: No...uh... It’s okay. Um… Ashley, I’m sorry, I do have to go.
Beckett: Ryan. Give me everything you got on Jeremy Keiper.
Ryan (to Jenny): I'm sorry, baby.

Featured Music

  • "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
  • "I Will Think of You" - Laura Browne Sorenson


  • Baron's alibi was that he was having drinks with Councilman Bollinger. This was the candidate to replace Jeff Horn in "Hell Hath No Fury", implying that Bollinger won the election.
  • Nothing could be more ironic than using Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in a beauty pageant. They are most certainly not born the way they portray themselves and are instead the epitome of the kind of stereotype the song opposes. 
  • Captain Montgomery states that he and his wife have been married for 30 years.
  • After Montgomery tells everyone he's retiring, Beckett fills Castle in on the fact he retires all the time, just give it a week or two and then says "he's not going anywhere". Additionally, she says Montgomery like "the Brett Favre of the NYPD," a play on Favre's claims of retirement from the NFL before his actual retirement in 2010.
  • Castle's remark "I love the smell of hairspray in the morning. It smells of ... victory." is a reference to the movie Apocalypse Now.
  • This is Ashley's last appearance on screen, though he will still be mentioned in future episodes.