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Castle Recap: Pick-Up Pete, Billy Joel, Goth Couture and a Possible Real Life Castle-Owned Pub in New York City

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Fictional character Richard Castle wrote a book--why couldn't he own a real life pub in NYC?

Tonight’s episode of “Castle” featured a murder investigation centered around an establishment called The Old Haunt. According to Castle, the pub is a favorite of writers and literary types and may become a featured location in future episodes. The murder victim (Donny) owned the establishment.

While “Castle” always features eccentric witnesses and suspects, tonight’s episode topped the others. In the tradition of “Firefly,” places and objects in the episode became central characters to the integrity of the story. Aside from the pub and its hidden, underground speakeasy rooms, the show featured some rare scotch—and Castle wanted a taste.

Among the usual eccentrics introduced in the episode was one Jeffrey McGuigan (played by Guy Wilson). McGuigan is a geeky college-dropout Internet guru who likely earns his fortune by running and updating his own social network. This character has a swanky apartment filled with other folks playing video games.

I hope the writers of “Castle” continue to provide amusing characters like McGuigan—who provided more information for the case but was not directly involved in the murder.

This episode also featured a character known as Pick-Up Pete, a described “upstate New York redneck” complete with drinking problem. (Pete was interrogated while he was intoxicated.)

Alexis hosts a childhood friend during the episode. Over the years, the girls have grown apart. Her friend has become ultra-goth. After her grandmother suggests that she be less offended by her friend’s words and speeches, Alexis works things out with the friend.

Beckett also mentions that she’s still seeing Josh, noting that “we” were in bed and doing research on the laptop. When discussing the goth friend, she lets slip that she has a tattoo, but doesn’t say where it is located.

Once the case is closed, Castle and the police crew are permitted to take possession of one of the rare and expensive bottles of scotch (though Castle is encouraged to make a donation to a children’s charity for the privilege). They exit singing Billy Joel’s classic “Piano Man.”

At the end of the episode, Castle purchases The Old Haunt and considers several possible names for it, including ‘The Castle,’ complete with drawbridge.

As a fan of all things writerly (and medieval, hopes for a drawbridge standing), I sincerely hope that there will soon be an actual ‘Castle-owned’ pub in New York. The fictional “Castle” protagonist Richard Castle has of course penned novels—why wouldn’t he own a pub?

Said pub could feature items (props) from Castle and Beckett’s professional exploits—steampunk costumes, odd murder weapons, the space cowboy Halloween costume, NYPD gear and book covers. Don’t forget that cardboard cutout of Castle featured at his book store signings—after all, the mere cardboard image of the talented Nathan Fillion would bring all the ladies to the pub.

Boston has “Cheers.” Clearly New York needs “Castle.”