Title: A Deadly Affair
Air Date: September 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM PDT
The premiere of Season 3 launched with a cliffhanger and backtracked to three days earlier. Beckett hasn't heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, Naked Heat. The most Beckett, Ryan, and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore cutout of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman's body holding a gun. As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder. It's an episode filled with burlesque dancers, chemistry teachers and vending machines as Beckett and Castle form a tentative alliance to solve a triple-homicide. But once the murders are solved, will Castle and Beckett reunite to solve cases or go their separate ways? Read the full episode recap here.