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To Love and Die in L.A.
Season 3, Episode 22
To Love and Die in L.A.
Air date May 2, 2011
Written by Alexi Hawley
Directed by John Terlesky
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To Love and Die in L.A. is the twenty-second episode of the third season of Castle.


When Beckett travels to L.A. against orders, with Castle, to solve the murder of her ex-partner, Castle questions her motives. Meanwhile, they meet the actors who will be portraying Detectives Ochoa and Raley (based on Esposito and Ryan) in the film adaptation of Castle's first Nikki Heat novel, 'Heat Wave '.



Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]


Beckett: Castle, I’m not here for room service. I’m here for justice.
Castle: Wow. In L.A. for all of a minute and already she’s spouting cheesy movie dialogue. Must be something in the air.
(After meeting the actors that are playing Ryan and Esposito's alter ego characters for the movie)
Beckett: That is just creepy.
Castle: Totally.
Esposito: I thought I'd stop by and see if those bullets you pulled out of Royce are ready to go over to ballistics. I got a friend there who will make sure they get processed right away.
Lanie: Mm. Wait, wait, wait. Wait a minute. Is your "friend" that top-heavy tramp in reception?
Esposito: Hmm? What? I--you know I only have eyes for you. I don't even--
Lanie: Mm-hmm. And you know I have easy access to sharp objects. What the hell?
Esposito: Are those the bullets?
Lanie: Yeah. They're dissolving.
Castle: You know what I thought when I first met you?
Beckett: Hm?
Castle: That you were a mystery I was never going to solve. Even now, after spending all this time with you, I'm still amazed at the depth of your strength and your heart... and your hotness.
Beckett: You're not so bad yourself, Castle.
Ryan: 9...1... what comes after one?
Castle: Don't...don't poke me.
Beckett: Poke you? I want to kiss you.

Featured Music[]

  • La La La - The Californias
  • Come and Find Me- Josh Ritter
  • The Other Side - Sloan
  • Just Breathe - Pearl Jam


  • In this episode, for the first time, Castle does the driving.
  • The "Heat Wave" movie has hit a snag: Natalie Rhodes is revealed to be currently in rehab.
  • Castle has dressed up as Gene Simmons for Halloween. So has Beckett.
  • The episode title is likely a reference to the Gerald Petievich novel To Live and Die in L.A., which was adapted into a 1985 feature film starring William Petersen. It has been referenced many times before on American TV, one Joss Whedon-related example being the last episode of Season 1 of "Angel" - "To Shanshu in L.A.".
  • The merchandise in this case is essentially the 'ice bullet' Castle posited in "The Fifth Bullet".
  • At the murder scene, Beckett asks Castle if it was her lying there, would he just walk away, foreshadowing Beckett's shooting and Castle's reaction in "Knockout".
  • In "Need To Know" we learn that, although the "Heat Wave" was made, according to Castle it had, "script issues. And ... casting issues and directing issues" and went straight to DVD.
  • Beckett first brought up the subject of her in a swimsuit in "Suicide Squeeze" and then mentioned how hard Castle was trying to see her in one in "A Deadly Game" and in this episode he finally sees her in one. His reaction is very much like Beckett said it would be whenever she mentioned it previously.
  • When calling for an ambulance, Ryan would've called for a bus instead.
  • Royce's letter explains about Beckett and Castle.
  • Gene Simmons guest stars as himself.