#89: Linchpin.

CASTLE – “Linchpin” – In the explosive conclusion of a two-part story arc that began last week with “Pandora,” Castle & Beckett race to find the “Linchpin” in order to stop the first domino in a chain of events which will plunge the United States into war, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. In the episode, Jennifer Beals (“The Chicago Code,” “Flashdance”) continues as Sophia Conrad – a smart, commanding and sexy CIA operative who was Castle’s inspiration for Clara Strike in the Derrick Storm series of books — and Josh Stamberg (“Drop Dead Diva”) is back as intelligence officer Martin Danberg. (ABC/COLLEEN HAYES) STANA KATIC, NATHAN FILLION

It’s the riveting conclusion to the rogue CIA operative two-parter as Heidi and John review episode 16 from season 4 of Castle, “Linchpin”.


00:00:40 – John campaigns some more for the new NBC series, Awake which premieres on March 1st. Heidi and John discuss the new Fox series, Touch (premiering March 15th) and the show’s creator, Tim Kring who also created Heroes. Meanwhile, Heidi talks about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 3D, and the Star Wars saga overall.


00:12:05 – Cryptozoic is working on a Castle-themed board game and trading cards!

00:17:01 – A tweet from writer, Terri Miller reveals a DVD commentary for “Cuffed” has been recorded for the season 4 box set.

00:20:24 – Hyperion announced 3 Derrick Storm-based e-book novellas.

00:24:59 – On March 15th, Hulu will be streaming a number of panels from the 2012 Paleyfest event, including “Castle”!


00:29:09 – 4×16, “Linchpin”.


00:35:39 – Heidi and John review “Linchpin”, which includes talk of good guys going bad, bad guys going good and some surprising comparisons to NBC’s “Heroes”.

Emails & Contact Information:

00:59:55 – Beth in Ohio writes in about “Pandora” and “Linchpin”, while also expanding on the discussion about fan fiction from the previous podcast episode.

01:04:50 – Jesse Jackson writes in with Six Degrees Of Joss Whedon for “Linchpin”.

01:07:40 – Cathie from Australia writes in about “Linchpin” and takes a moment to psycho-analyze Kate Beckett. 🙂

01:13:00 – Jesse Jackson writes in to expand on his thoughts on “Linchpin”.

01:16:17 – Gayna in the UK writes in about her TV viewing habits, sings the praises of Get Glue and share her thoughts on “Linchpin”.

The Murder Board:

01:33:28 – Amanda, Jesse, Jim, Julia, Ashley and Brooke chime in about “Linchpin”, including a theory about a character’s father and an opposition to a relationship regression.

Music Appreciation:

01:36:50 – “Money At Your House” by Robert Duncan.

Guest Promo:

01:39:44 – New Fiction Writers podcast.


01:41:07 – TV Guide’s Mega Buzz talks to Andrew Marlowe about the possible return of a previously seen character.

01:42:28 – Synopsis for the next new episode.


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Music for this podcast courtesy of Emmy-nominated, series composer, Robert Duncan. Used with permission.

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