To celebrate the 100th episode of Castle, we’ve put together a list of 100 reasons we love the show. There are cool cases, clever quotes and unforgettable moments. We cover every episode from the beginning. See how many special moments you recall. Let us know your favorites and tell us what we forgot!
1. It all begins in “Flowers for Your Grave.” Castle is a carefree playboy writer. Beckett is all-business with really short hair. Opposites attract. These two make for the perfect crime-solving team. Castle says, “There’s always a story. You just have to find it.” This is something real-life writers James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell know, as they tell Castle to always keep digging.
2. In “Nanny McDead,” Beckett is surprised to learn that Castle used to take Alexis to the park when she was little. She never figured him for Mr. Mom. Those were the best days of Castle’s life. The park was a great place to pick up lonely single moms. When the case is over, Alexis thanks Castle for being her nanny. Castle says, “No sweat, kiddo.” Best days of his life.
3. In “Hedge Fund Homeboys,” we find it amusing that Castle’s ringtone for when Beckett calls is “Dracula’s Theme.” He answers, “Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?”
4. In “Hell Hath No Fury,” Castle can’t stand the coffee down at the precinct, so he buys the squad an espresso machine. Beckett refuses to try a cup until no one else is around. Too bad Castle catches her in the act. He knows how she likes her coffee. And Beckett knows that the character he’s naming after her is called Nikki Heat. She thinks it sounds like a stripper.
5. In “A Chill Goes Through Her Veins,” we learn that Beckett puts on her dad’s watch and wears her mother’s ring as part of her morning routine. Castle learns that his partner’s mom was killed when she was a kid. This has him curious about Johanna Beckett’s unsolved murder. Note: It’s Esposito, not Castle, who gives Beckett a coffee at the crime scene in this one.
6. The world learns that Castle really is “ruggedly handsome” in “Always Buy Retail.”
7. In “Home is Where the Heart Stops,” Beckett and Castle must attend a gala ball together. She’s dressed to kill and he’s, well, “ruggedly handsome.” Heads turn as this stunning couple makes a memorable entrance. Other memorable moments include Ryan and Esposito giving Castle a long list of words they use other than “perp.”
8. Beckett throws a poker game in “Ghosts” to help Castle save face. A rematch is forthcoming. Castle wants to play for clothes, but Beckett prefers the pot be filled with Gummy Bears.
9. In “Little Girl Lost,” Beckett is upset that Nikki Heat is naked on her partner’s new book cover. Castle counters that she’s not really naked, as she’s holding a gun “strategically.” One other cool moment in this one is Castle waiting with two cups of coffee outside the crime scene. A tradition begins.
10. In “A Death in the Family,” Castle continues to dig into the mystery behind Johanna Beckett’s murder. He does so behind his partner’s back even though he was warned that they’d be over if he ever touched the case. Season 1 ends with Castle telling Beckett he needs to speak with her. It’s about her mother.