Will Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Be Castle's First Big Test?

Prison Break bad girl Jodi Lyn O’Keefe will want to do very bad things with Rick when she guest-stars on ABC’s Castle this fall.

O’Keefe will appear in one of Season 5’s early episodes as a TV entertainment reporter who wouldn’t be opposed to securing a “sexclusive” of some sort with Beckett’s partner in crime-solving. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the casting.

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O’Keefe’s character, depending on how intently she makes a play for the mystery novelist, could present a first “test” of sorts for Castle and Beckett, who enter the new season romantically (if secretly) involved with one another.

As series creator Andrew Marlowe reminds, “In the pilot, [Kate] said [to Rick], ‘What, so I can be another notch on your bedpost? I know you — you have a reputation as being a womanizer.’ So what happens when you’re the woman who finally beds the womanizer? How far do you trust that? When is it real?”

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In addition to her Prison Break stint, O’Keefe’s TV credits include a recurring run on Two and a Half Men, episodes of Lost, The Big Bang Theory and Boston Legal, and, of course, Nash Bridges.

Castle returns Monday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c. O’Keefe’s episode, “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder,” is scheduled to air Oct. 1, an ABC rep confirms.

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  1. dude says:

    What is her aversion to playing nice girls?

    • Ace says:

      It might be more of a typecasting thing than a personal preference. She’s known for playing bad girls, so she probably doesn’t get offerred a lot of nice girl roles.

  2. Andrea says:

    Jealous Beckett! I think this weill be very funny, and not really a test for Castle at all, though Beckett may think it is.

  3. Kate says:

    If it is a test- he better pass with flying colors… It’s going to be so much fun to see what the show will be like now that Castle and Beckett are together. I can’t wait!

  4. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Is there any real danger? Nah, if there was it wouldn’t be happening at the beginning of the season.

    • april-ann says:

      Exactly. And even if it were happening during sweeps I still wouldn’t believe there was any danger at all. Sounds like nothing more than a time-filling ploy to further convince us of Rick’s devotion to Beckett (unnecessary imo since they’ve driven that home for the past four years ad nauseam).

      • Nerwen Aldarion says:

        I agree, except this was the ploy that had to be done. It’s like a tradition, when a couple gets together on a show and the guy is a womanizer then there has to be that moment where girl wonders if he’s faithful only to be assured that he is.

        Unnecessary? Probably but since it’s an opportunity to see a jealous Beckett then I’ll take it.

        • april-ann says:

          True, except on this show I have yet to witness Rick’s supposed “womanizing”.

          • janet says:

            That’s weird, since in the early seasons it was basically a constant theme.

          • april-ann says:

            A constant theme? Really? They may have established that as a background having taken place off camera before the show began, but all I seem to recall is a brief visit by a serious ex of Rick’s who was getting married (played by Alyssa Milano), and nothing happened between them, and Rick possibly spending part of a summer with an ex-wife but again, we were witness to none of it. I reiterate, I have yet to see any of Rick’s supposed womanizing. Not so weird after all, janet.

          • Alan says:

            need i remind everyone of the various time we’ve seen castle with a woman on either arm over the course of the show, or the parade of women we saw him with in the earlier seasons. he was definately a womanizer

  5. This seems like to me another eye of the beholder type of ep but i still want to see jealous possessive Beckett

  6. Why is it always Prison Break Bad Girl .. Prison Break is over for many years, so please stop with that kind of opening on every news about Jodi. Next time open with The Hot Woman from Exposed, Yes that is another movie from Jodi after Prison Break.

  7. Icy_devil says:

    I LOVE jealous Beckett and of course Caskett would succeed this test. Where is september??

  8. Tom says:

    The thing that has killed other shows where the main characters have become a couple is the shows can shift away from the original (successful) premise and becomes overly focused on the new “couple.” I agree with others that a jealous Beckett is always fun to watch, so this could be a fun episode. But Marlowe needs to walk a fine line here — don’t forget about the show that has been successful for the past four seasons. If every episode this season turns into the Caskett hour it’s going to lose ratings. There is a lot of new ground that can be explored with Beckett and Castle as a couple. But it has to be woven into the fabric of the existing show. Too much Caskett could be a very bad thing.

    • nitemar says:

      I agree that relationships among the main characters can hurt shows like it happened with HOUSE, it was horrible. But the good thing is that while David Shore had no clue how to make it work once House and Cuddy were an item, Marlowe is no Shore. ;)

    • megshells says:

      I couldn’t agree more…I have often said that bringing two characters together won’t kill a show. Forgetting what the show was originally about and making the show about the couple is what will kill the show. Not focusing on them, only allowing us to see little snippets of their time together is what will make you want more. I have the feeling that Marlowe is a little too savvy to allow that to happen, though. All I can say is, it’s going to be fun…

    • Alan says:

      fully agree. the perfect example would be chuck, once they got together there was no fundamental change to the dynamic of the show and it carried on for another few seasons. if andrew marlowe is clever he will have watched what they did and try to follow the example

  9. King says:

    I love her and she’s great on PB. I will watch the episode/s she’ll be in.

  10. Laura says:

    Jealous Beckett is always amazing..can’t wait for it…where is September?

  11. BrazilCaskett says:

    I LOVE JEALOUS BECKETT!!! \o/ \o/ \o/
    Can’t wait… :)

  12. itsme says:

    I’ve never bought Castle as a “womanizer”, a man has to be disrespectful to women to have that title and Castle never is. He’s a playboy and a bit of a slut; neither of which require him to be disrespectful.

  13. Mari says:

    This can be interesting.

  14. Liam says:

    She was great as troubled teen Maggie Cory on “Another World”

  15. gemma says:

    i want an episode of jealous castle, why is it they always bring in a woman!!

  16. Dave Mitchell says:

    Saw Jodi in the film CLASS, where she plays a single mother. Proved what an accomplished actress she truly is. No Miss Nasty there.Played the role with a real passion