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CASTLE Episode 100: Andrew Marlowe Shares the Story Behind ‘The Lives of Others’

April 2, 2013 by  

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of CASTLE, “The Lives of Others.” If you haven’t seen it, please turn away now to avoid having key elements of the episode ruined.]

For the very special occasion of CASTLE’s 100th episode (which just so happens to have landed on Richard Castle’s birthday), eagle-eyed viewers were also treated a special blink-and-you-miss-it treat: a cameo by CASTLE creator, Andrew Marlowe, and co-writer of the hour, Terri Edda Miller, as two writers whom Castle promptly dismisses as he’s laid up in his apartment and spying on his neighbors.

“When we were doing the ‘must be writers’ [line], we were like, it’s a Hitchcock episode [by paying homage to REAR WINDOW], it’s the 100th episode, why not?” Marlowe told me about his cameo.

But it’s not like getting some time in front of the camera inspired Marlowe to pop up more on his series.

“That’s enough!” he laughed. “That’s more than enough. Are you kidding? We were in the editing room and I was like, ‘Take more frames off of that.'”

And while for CASTLE fans getting a little glimpse of the real writers was a lovely Easter egg, Marlowe and Miller were just the first thing Castle saw before he got distracted by an apparent murder. What he didn’t know was that the “murder” he witnessed was actually an elaborate birthday hoax planned by Beckett and his friends/family…which ultimately led him to a surprise party.

“We had been interested in doing a REAR WINDOW episode for a while, and one of the things I could not overcome in the storytelling was the coincidence of looking out a window and seeing a murder happen across the way,” Marlowe explained. “As Beckett says early on in the episode, ‘You’re here with a busted leg, staring out the window, and you see a REAR WINDOW scenario? What are the odds?’ It’s a glorious way of her messing with him and messing with his head, which at the end of the episode, he is going to adore.”

“To me, doing it that way took the curse off the coincidence of it,” he continued. “If you did it as a legitimate case, people would be like, ‘Oh, come on’ at the end of the day. I think they’ll be invested because we’re in Castle’s point of view and it’s clear that something is going on over there. And the fun of everybody thinking that he’s crazy — or at least acting like he’s crazy — is really great. But at the end of the episode, to us, this was probably the most romantic gesture that someone could do for Castle given what he cares about it and who he is.”

Ah, yes, romance. After all, in the episode, Beckett uttered the “love” word for the first time on-screen…albeit in a “it’s one of the things I love about you” kind of way. Since Marlowe had previously teased “if she hasn’t said [she loves him] already, she probably will by the end of the season,” I couldn’t resist digging to see if this was the teased about occasion.

“No,” Marlowe teased. “No, there’s another emotionally charged version to come.”

I’ll let you speculate the heck out of that tease in the comments below…

P.S. – If you were concerned that Castle’s injury would either be glossed over in the next episode or would linger beyond the 100th, there’s a good reason he’ll be mobile in “The Fast and the Furriest”: “It’s just a broken kneecap, which is only a four or five week recovery,” Marlowe pointed out. “So he’ll be up and about [in the next episode]. He’s near the end of the recovery in [“The Lives of Others”]. And we have two weeks off between [episode 100] and the next episode.”

What did you guys think of CASTLE’s 100th episode?


CASTLE Episode 100: Andrew Marlowe Reflects on the Show’s Early Years and Teases ‘The Lives of Others’
CASTLE: ‘The Fast and the Furriest’ Photo Preview
CASTLE: Andrew Marlowe on Ryan’s Baby News, Plus a Tease for ‘Still’

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8 Responses to “CASTLE Episode 100: Andrew Marlowe Shares the Story Behind ‘The Lives of Others’”

  1. Caskettfanatic on April 2nd, 2013 6:04 am

    I LOVED The Lives Of Others! Can’t even describe how much I loved all the Caskett moments. I can’t wait until Kate tells Castle she loves him.

  2. Phoebe on April 2nd, 2013 11:06 am

    Fantastic episode! Loved seeing Andrew and Terri cameo!

  3. Shelly on April 2nd, 2013 11:52 am

    Amazing episode. I can’t stop smiling!

  4. E on April 2nd, 2013 12:50 pm

    Loved, loved. Loved this episode. I did not see the surprise coming. It was a great gesture of love from Kate because this is what Rick the writer lives for. Great job Marlowes

  5. Crystal Dawn on April 3rd, 2013 1:15 am

    Remember, earlier in the season, Kate hinted at jewelry for her b-day but it was never said what Castle gave her because 3xk returned and … So, if you look closely, in several scenes of this episode, Kate is wearing a gold bracelet. I like to think it was a gift from her boyfriend. They are so cute in their domesticity. I love this show!

  6. LeighLee on April 3rd, 2013 3:49 am

    Yes, there’s only 2 weeks left in Castle’s recovery and we have 2 weeks before the next episode, but what about the 2 weeks of recovery he had prior to this episode? They went skiing and had 2 weeks at home in the time between the Wild Rover and now? Explain that, Marlowe!

    No, really I never would have worried about Castle’s injury being present or glossed over in the next episode. It’s called suspension of disbelief!

  7. Jason on April 4th, 2013 12:41 am

    I hope this is not leading to a breakup between Rick and Kate. I’ve read that this is the most-watched season of Castle nad you have to believe it is because they are finally together. I hope Marlowe and the writers don’t messed that up by breaking up Caskett. Keep them together forever; having them marry and have a little Castle baby. You know Kate would love to be the mother of his child and Rick could not pick a better mother to have his child.

  8. Em J on April 4th, 2013 9:59 am

    One word to describe the episode…….Perfection! It was so Castle and so brilliant and so very very very very good!