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The 7 craziest 3XK moments on 'Castle'

Last week, Castle resurrected the 3XK storyline, bringing the series’ notorious serial killer with a vendetta for the 12th Precinct back to life. The triple killer first appeared in season three, shocking Beckett and the team, who had not seen a 3XK victim in years.

Since then, he has been a frequent guest in their lives in his pursuit to destroy them. Here are some of the best, craziest, and most mind-blowing 3XK moments from the show’s run before the next episode debuts.

7. 3XK’s Escape

The first time the team had Jerry Tyson under wraps, they let him free, unaware he was 3XK until it was too late. While not the most climactic or dramatic 3XK moment, his big motel escape leaves a lingering and lasting psychological impact on poor Castle, who beats himself up over revealing his knowledge of 3XK’s true identity to the man himself before Ryan could call for backup. In the seasons since, Castle has feverishly hunted Jerry Tyson whenever a possible link to him has come up in cases, and he will not rest easily until Tyson is put away. Castle has the closest connection to the crazy killer, never even referring to him as 3XK, but instead as Jerry Tyson. Castle refuses to buy into the myth and legend the murderer has created for himself.

6. The Bridge Jump

It’s still not clear what happened that night on the bridge, when Castle heroically saved Beckett from 3XK, who was holding her at gunpoint. Beckett believed Castle shot 3XK off the bridge and that he plunged to his death in the icy waters below, Castle couldn’t shake the thought that 3XK remained alive, ready to return. 3XK knew his targets so well, particularly that for Beckett, seeing is believing. She won’t wait for him to be back. But 3XK loves playing mind-games and tricks, and this was the perfect setup to demonstrate that while the case appeared closed, with 3XK, you can never be sure.

5. The Prison Visit

Jerry Tyson is unnervingly eerie. He only has to smirk or look someone in the eye, and it’s enough to send shivers down someone’s spine. After he had Castle arrested and framed for murder, and was on track to ruin his life, he paid him a little late-night visit in his holding cell, where he donned an NYPD uniform and turned all of the cameras off so no one would believe he was ever there. This moment offers the most insight into the mind of the serial killer throughout his appearances, as 3XK reveals that he not only loves to strike and commit the crimes, but he loves the psychological power they allow him to hold over people. His number one target in that domain is Castle. And we, like Castle, would give anything to see the roles reversed and 3XK behind those bars.

4. 3XK’s Mommy Issues

If there is one thing Castle can do, it’s read people. That’s why he’s one of the most talented murder mystery novelists and one of the most valuable assets to the NYPD (no matter how much Gates or the DA’s office may deny it). So it came as no surprise when Castle successfully predicted 3XK must have a specific MO and type because of the problems he had with his own mother and how his murderous tendencies manifested from that. He first made this prediction in the motel room, and by “Resurrection,” we learn that, once again, Castle’s seemingly arbitrary theory is actually correct.

3. The Missing Files

ONLY 3XK would have a plastic surgeon-molded Lanie and Espo look-alikes so he could clear out the precinct and morgue’s record of his crimes ever existing. Just the concept makes 3XK one of television’s creepiest characters. And, to make matters worse, he outsmarted the entire precinct and allowed himself to commit more murders without any trail that traces back to him.

2. “We’ll Meet Again”

At the end of “Disciple” in season six, Beckett, Castle, Esposito, and Ryan showed up at Kelly Nieman’s office after linking her to 3XK, only to find the practice completely deserted, save for a pen on her desk with the note “Better luck next time.” When Beckett and Castle go back home, Castle discovers that the pen is a USB, and when he plugs it in, the song eerily blares through the speakers, successfully foreshadowing and setting up the return of 3XK and Nieman.


No words needed.

Will Castle and the team finally see 3XK behind bars or will he evade them once again and hurt Beckett in the process? Hopefully, we’ll find out when Castle returns tonight on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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