|Food to Die For|
|Season 2, Episode 22|
|Air date||May 3, 2010|
|Written by||Terri Edda Miller|
|Directed by||Ron Underwood|
Castle and Beckett's investigation into the murder of a chef, who recently won a reality cooking show, results in her reconnecting with an old high school friend, Madison Queller, the owner of the restaurant where the victim worked. And while Beckett's relationship with Demming develops, Castle pursues Madison, but whether for romance or information on Beckett's past for one of his books isn't clear.
Balthazar Wolf, star chef of the trendy restaurant Q3, is found frozen solid from a spill of liquid nitrogen all over him. His boss was Madison Queller, an old friend of Beckett's, who implores her to help investigate the case. Castle likes Madison, but maybe that's only because she knows all these dark secrets about Beckett.
David Nicolaides explains how Wolf was taken in by his family, which helped start his career as a chef. David further explained that Wolf was in financial straits, having had to ask David to buy out his share of the family diner not long ago. However, Wolf recently had given Domingo Verdugo, a co-worker, $5000, which was part of a huge amount of cash he was carrying around in a knapsack.
Wolf wished to leave Q3, but Madison had an insurance policy on her chef, saying that she'd get the payout if Wolf died. Madison and Castle are in the middle of a date at Rocco DiSpirito's restaurant when Beckett interrupts them, after having her own date with Detective Tom Demming interrupted. Madison suspects that Beckett broke their date up intentionally, suggesting that Beckett has the hots for Castle.
Demming has dug around a little more and discovered that Wolf had a gambling debt which he eventually paid off. He gave up an engagement ring as collateral. But who was the ring for? Wolf placed the ring in a cake he made the night of his murder. His potential fiancee? Cecily Burkett, David's girlfriend. Wolf got Cecily pregnant, but she didn't think that Wolf (with his wild ways) would have been a good father for her child. So she dumped Wolf and decided to stay with dependable David, and pretend the child was his. However, David found out the real story and killed Wolf.
Castle points out that none of this trouble would've happened if Cecily had done the right thing and followed her heart in the first place. He's probably suggesting the same thing in regards to Beckett. Beckett replies by saying that men like Wolf will always let you down, so why risk it?
- Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle
- Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett
- Jon Huertas as Detective Javier Esposito
- Seamus Dever as Detective Kevin Ryan
- Tamala Jones as Dr. Lanie Parish (credited only)
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery (credited only)
- Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle
- Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers
- Julie Gonzalo as Madison Queller
- Arye Gross as Sidney Perlmutter
- Suzy Nakamura as Jennifer Wong
- Max Greenfield as David Nicolaides
- Erin Cahill as Cecily Burkett
- Richard Gleason as Wesley Slade
- Rocco DiSpirito as Himself
- Allison Dunbar as Sandra Meyers
- Benny Nieves as Domingo Verdugo
- Michael Trucco as Detective Tom Demming
- Ryan Dobson as Balthazar Wolf
- Colin Kim as Spike
- Ronnie Alvarez as Juan
- Madison Queller: No, no, no, no, no. I get it. You’re hot for Castle. You wanna make little Castle babies. Why couldn't you just be honest?
- Beckett: Maddie.
- Madison: What?
- Beckett: He can hear us.
- Beckett: I'm not ignoring. I'm just rechecking. I asked her to stay in town in any case.
- Castle: Yes, I know. I heard... everything.
- Castle: You ask me... she should've followed her heart-- left David, gone with Wolf.
- Beckett: You know, I can see the virtue in staying. I mean, guys like Wolf, they come in, they upset the apple cart. Of course he makes you feel alive, but eventually, you know he's just gonna let you down. So why risk it?
- Castle: Because the heart wants what the heart wants.
- Castle: You don't really think she did it, do you?
- Beckett: Well, until I can rule her out, it doesn't matter what I think. She has motive.
- Castle: Yeah, she also has an alibi, which you're conveniently ignoring.
- Madison: Oh, really?
- Beckett: Yes.
- Madison: Rick's behind the mirror?
- Beckett: Yeah.
- Madison: Oh. Like on tv? Hey, there! Sorry we miss the pumpkin gnocchi. they're really good. I have to tweet about this.
- "Sleep Comes Lately" - Malpais
- "So Far So Long" - Alexander Cardinale
- "Slow Down" - Dry Spells
- In the previous episode Tick, Tick, Tick…, Castle jokingly proposed giving Beckett the nickname "K-Becks". In this episode, former high school friend Madison reveals that Beckett went by "Becks" during high school.
- Castle says, "The heart wants what the heart wants." He is quoting Woody Allen, defending himself in the face of having an affair with his almost-stepdaughter, who he later married. This may not have been the most persuasive counter-example to use. The 'deeper source', however, is probably the Emily Dickinson quote - "The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care."
- It's revealed that Beckett attended Stuyvesant High School, a public school for students gifted in science.
- During his foray into molecular gastronomy in his own kitchen, Castle bears a marked resemblance, in costume, voice, demeanor and apparent ambitions, to Nathan Fillion's nemesis in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, played by Neil Patrick Harris.
- In this episode Castle presents Beckett with an engagement ring, which belonged to the victim. This will not be the only time he does this.
- Watch for: Beckett's face when Castle told her he heard everything she and Maddie had said with a smile.
- Maddie is the second person to figure out and point out that Beckett has romantic feelings for Castle, the first was Lanie in A Rose for Everafter.