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A Deadly Game

Basic Details[edit]

Season 2, Episode 24 (34)

Original Air Date - May 17, 2010


Nothing is as it seems when Castle and Beckett investigate what appears to be the assassination of an intelligence operative. Meanwhile, Beckett’s romance with Demming threatens her relationship with Castle, forcing both to confront their feelings for each other and to make critical decisions about their partnership.

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Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]




Castle: I haven’t felt like writing and besides I’m not entirely happy with where my characters are going.
Martha: Well, change them.
Castle: Working on it.

Castle: I can’t believe you’d blow off illegal fireworks for a lousy head start at a top-notch education.
Alexis: I know. I’m a huge disappointment.

Martha: Remember that trip you took to Italy with your class? You were younger than Alexis is now.
Castle: Mother, if you had any idea what happened on that trip, you would've never let me leave the house again.
Martha: Sometimes, the less you know, the better.

Beckett: Wow, Castle, you are working really hard to see me in a swimsuit.
Castle: If you’re not comfortable in a swimsuit, you can just skinny dip.

Castle: He was probably disavowed the moment he was killed, making this officially the coolest case ever.

(A man Castle and Beckett think is a spy pins Castle up against a wall. Beckett intervenes and pulls her gun on the man)
Beckett: NYPD! Hands up! (Castle raises his hands) Not you, Castle.
Castle: Right.

Martha: (About her boyfriend, Chet) I don’t want him to assume that I’m going to always just be around.

Alexis: Yeah. I friended him on the program page and found out he lived nearby, so we decided to hook up. We just thought it'd be nice to go there knowing someone, and our rooms are right across from each other. (Castle spits out his coffee) (In kitchen) Hey, sorry about that.
Castle: How old would you say that kid is?
Martha: Old enough to do all the things you did when you were his age.
Alexis: (In kitchen) I'm really looking forward to it.
Castle: That's what I'm afraid of.

Beckett: Oh yeah, and your ex-wife called. She said that you’ve been avoiding her because you’re late delivering your manuscript of – Naked Heat. That’s a catchy title. When were you gonna tell me?
Castle: Well I was waiting for the perfect time. It just never happened.
Beckett: She’s naked on the cover again isn’t she?
Castle: Kinda, yeah.
Beckett: That’s great. No one’s gonna make fun of me.

Castle: Thought you were working this weekend.
Beckett: Yeah, I'm sorry, Castle. I should've just told you. I just didn't want things to be awkward between us, now that Tom and I are…together.
Castle: No, I get it. Yeah. No, you want your private life to be private.
Beckett: Yeah, I just don't-- I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable.
Castle: No, of course not. No, I mean...Actually, that makes what I was gonna say a little easier. Um...What with my book due, I was thinking it'd be a good time for us to take a break.
Beckett: A break?
Castle: Yeah. God knows, you got to be tired of me following you around all the time, and I really do need to get some work done. With everyone gone, I figured, why not just stay up in the Hamptons, you know? Get away from the city for a while.
Beckett: Well, for how long?
Castle: The summer at least. I thought this would be our last case.

Esposito: They're used to being able to drink back home, but they needed fake IDs to buy booze here. They got Hugo's information from another kid in the summer program.
Castle: Summer program?
Esposito: Yeah, they're part of the summer exchange program at Hudson University. Why?
Castle: No reason.

Esposito: So...Castle's last case, huh?
Beckett: Mm-hmm.
Esposito: Ryan and I thought we'd do a little going away party.
Beckett: Yeah well, it’s not like he’s leaving forever.
Esposito: You sure about that? Why do you think he’s been following you around all this time? What, research? The guy’s done enough research to write 50 books. Look, whatever the reason is I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include watching you be with another guy.

James Patterson: Personally, I'd spend more time writing and less time hanging out with your cop friend. I mean, really, Ricky. Just one book a year?
Stephen J. Cannell: Kind of thin, Rick.
Patterson: She seems like more of a distraction than a muse.
Castle: No, you're right. I think I've gotten everything I can get out of that relationship anyway.

Castle: Maybe we're looking in the wrong place. Maybe the murder has nothing to do with the game. Maybe it just afforded the killer an opportunity to act.
Beckett: That's so funny, because I was thinking the same thing when I woke up this morning, that maybe we got so caught up in the game that we stopped looking at what really mattered.

Castle: Let me-- Let me get this straight. You-- your alibi for killing your friend is you were doing his-- his wife?
Lee Copley: Yeah.
Castle: Wow.

Melinda Farraday: So, yeah, I was seeing Lee. Yeah, I was with him that night.
Beckett: Well, if things were that bad, why not just get a divorce?
Melinda Farraday: Are you serious? My house is too nice.

Capt. Montgomery: It’s sad a man had to die because all the people involved were too scared to say what they really felt.
Beckett: Yes it is sad.

Castle: Is there anything you're not bringing?
Alexis: You. Are you sure you're gonna be okay? This is the first time you've ever been alone this long.
Castle: I'm supposed to be saying that to you. And besides, I might not be alone for very long.
Alexis: You invited someone?
Castle: She said no at first, but I got a feeling she'll come around.
Alexis: Oh. Is it anyone I know?
Castle: I don't kiss and tell.
Alexis: Looks like I’m not the only one who’s getting lucky this summer… (Castle drops her luggage and gives her a look)… kidding!
Castle: That's not funny. Oh, that's so not funny.

Demming: Was it something I said, Kate? Something I did?
Beckett: No, you're great. You're really great, and I really like you. It's just, I don't think that this is what I'm looking for right now.
Demming: Well, what is it you're looking for, Kate?

Castle: It was very emotional. Yeah, there were a lot of tears. Um... Alexis was fine, by the way.
(Everyone laughs)
Esposito: I gotta say, Castle, we're gonna miss you around here.
Castle: Yeah, I'm gonna miss you, too.
Ryan: You're still leaving the coffee machine, though, right?
Castle: I can’t have you suffer in my absence.

Castle: Oh! Look who's off duty.
Beckett: Yeah, well, Castle, I'm not all work.
Lanie: Don't get into a drinking contest with her. She can take you.
Castle: Thank you.
Beckett: Oh, I don't need to drink to take him.
Lanie: Ooh! What's gotten into you?

Beckett: I know I’m not the easiest person to get to know and I don’t always let on what’s on my mind, but this past year working with you…I’ve had a really good time.
Castle: Yeah, me too.
Beckett: So, I'm-- I'm just gonna say this and...
Gina: Richard? You ready?

Castle: Yeah. So...I'm sorry. You were, uh, you were telling me something.
Beckett: Yeah, I wanted to say, have a great summer.
Castle: You, too. And like you said, it's-- it's been really, really great.
Beckett: Yeah, it has.
(Castle shakes Beckett's hand and waves to the four watching from the conference room. Castle and Gina walk off with their arms around each other's waists while Beckett looks crestfallen.)
Beckett: See you in the fall?
Castle: See you in the fall.


  • According to Director Andrew Marlowe, the shot where Kate Beckett looks meaningfully at the chair usually occupied by Richard Castle and is interrupted by Tom Demming, was the last scene of the episode that was shot - at around 5:30 in the morning.

Featured Music[edit]

  • "Into the Blue" performed by Sara Jackson Holman plays during the party scene and the aftermath at the precinct

Full Episode Recap[edit]


Who: Real Name: Roger Farraday, aka Shawn Caldwell, consultant for Fastwater Global Services. Other aliases: John Mason, Paul Chenausky
Found: in Central Park under a bridge in a creek
Where Killed: where found
How: 5 gun shot wounds to the chest, all bullets exited the body out the back

Killer: Ken Fisher, he use the "cover" of the game to kill the victim
Motive: Jealousy - he killed his wife's lover
Counterfeiter: Hugo, employee of Spy-Ventures. Counterfeited passports for 5,000 euros and use Roger to make the drop for him.

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