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A Death in the Family

Basic Details[edit]

Season 1, Episode 10 (10)

Original Air Date - May 11, 2009


Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a plastic surgeon who is found dead in the front seat of his car after a week of being parked curbside. As they delve into the twisted world of surgery-obsessed patients and secret operations, Castle experiences a fatherly rite of passage as Alexis attends her first prom. He also goes against Beckett's wishes and uncovers new evidence in her mother's murder case that, if shared with her, could end their partnership.

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Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

  • Robert Picardo - Dr. Clark Murray
  • Bailey Chase - Will Sorenson
  • Ion Overman - Candace Robinson
  • Robert Costanzo - Sal Tenor
  • Delane Matthews - Jacey Goldberg
  • Joe Marinelli - Jimmy Moran




Martha: It sounded to me like you were looking into Detective Beckett's mother's murder.
Castle: Must you always eavesdrop?
Martha: I wasn't eavesdropping. I happened to walk by your office door. I live here, too, you know.
Castle: Yes. I'm aware.
Martha: So does she know you're poking into her mother's case?
Castle: What's the sense in telling her until I find something new?
Martha: Well, you ever stop to think you're invading her privacy?
Castle: I'm not poking through her underwear drawer. I'm investigating her mother's murder.
Martha: You are digging up her past, darling, without her permission. Now you either tell her or leave it alone.

Castle: (About Alexis going to the junior prom) If I say yes, will you promise to stay up past your bed time, have a good time?
Alexis: Yes!
Castle: Not, not too good a time.
Alexis: Dad, all we've done is hold hands.
Castle: Eww, okay, please. Don't need details.

Beckett: Castle's daughter, Alexis, got invited to prom.
Castle: It's her first real date.
Ryan: And you're worried he's a serial killer? You should be more worried he's a teenage boy.
Castle: Ah, he's only 15.
Ryan: Between satellite TV and the internet, 15's the new 25.
Esposito: Dude's right. I was 15 once.
Ryan: Still are.
Esposito: If I had a daughter her age, I'd never let her out of the house.
Castle: Thanks, guys.

Castle: Well, maybe he had secrets even his fiancée didn't know about. Like maybe he secretly made a living out of using his surgeon skills to harvest organs off of tourists for the black market organ trade. Whoa, that was a good one. I'm writing that down.
Beckett: So instead of making up stories, we are going to establish a timeline.

Castle: Hey, can I ask you something?
Beckett: Since when do you ask permission to ask questions?

Beckett: Castle, you touch my mom's case, and you and I are done. Do you understand?
Castle: Okay. Why don’t you want to investigate it?
Beckett: Same reason a recovering alcoholic doesn’t drink. You don’t think I haven’t been down there? You don’t think I haven’t memorized every line in that file? My first three years on the force every off duty moment was spent looking for something someone missed. It took me a year of therapy to realize if I didn’t let it go, it was gonna destroy me, and so I let it go.
Castle: Sorry. I didn't know.
Beckett: Yeah, well, now you do.

Beckett: What is it with men and boobs, anyway?
Castle: It's biological. We can't help it.
Beckett: But doesn’t it bother you that they’re so obviously not real?
Castle: Santa’s not real, but we still love opening his presents.

Capt. Montgomery: (About a suspect who has had too much plastic surgery) At the very least, she should be arrested for violating the laws of nature.

Castle: Mentally unstable plastic surgery chick. That is way better than harvesting organs.

Ryan: Wow.
Esposito: Look at her. How can anyone do that to themselves?
Castle: Right? It's like she escaped from The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Beckett: Come on, guys, she's not an animal. She's a human being.
Castle: Yeah, I know, but...Wait, are you being sincere or quoting The Elephant Man? (Beckett smiles) Oh. Saucy.

Capt. Montgomery: So where was she?
Beckett: She was...in the hospital.
Capt. Montgomery: Getting more surgery?
Beckett: Yep.
Capt. Montgomery: What's she got left to operate on?
(Beckett coughs uncomfortably)
Capt. Montgomery: Oh, no.
Beckett: Oh, yes.

Castle: (About Alexis) Used to be, all she needed to feel beautiful was a pink tutu and a plastic tiara.
Martha: We spend our whole lives trying to feel that way again.

Castle: I can't believe my little girl's going to prom. My only comfort now is the long-standing tradition of torturing the boyfriend.
Beckett: What do you mean?
Castle: You know, the time-honored hazing that goes on in those few moments we share where he and I are alone just before my daughter descends the stairs.
Ryan: I remember the terror of meeting my date's old man.
Castle: What did he do?
Ryan: Checked my wallet for condoms, showed me his gun collection. My hands were shaking so bad, I could barely put on the corsage.
Castle: (To Beckett) What'd your dad do?
Beckett: I...I don't know. I was in my room.
Castle: How was your date when you finally came out?
Beckett: You know, actually, now that you mention it, he looked terrified. And this whole time, I thought he was scared of me.
Castle: Nope. And now it's my turn.

Esposito: That account the money was wired from? It belongs to the U.S. Attorney's office. Whatever the procedure was, Uncle Sam paid for it.
Castle: I guess we can rule out boob job.

Beckett: Okay, let's start off by digging up all known associates of the Spolano family.
Ryan: Yeah, sure, and while we're at it, we'll just bang our heads against a brick wall, you know, just for fun.

Beckett: You have your sources. I have mine.
Castle: Oh, it's not your ex-boyfriend, is it? Mr. FBI: tall, brooding and judgmental?
Beckett: Why, yes, in fact, it is. Is that a problem?
Castle: No. Not for me. But then again, I’m not the one he's trying to get back together with.

Castle: Wait, wait, wait, wait. That’s it? I don’t even get a chance to ask him if he’s killed a man?
Alexis: Dad, he hasn’t. But I might.
Castle: All right, get outta here. Don't do anything I would do.

Castle: My little girl. She's all grown-up.
Martha: Yeah, well, at least one of you is. A severed head?

Castle: Seriously, a parking garage?
Beckett: What?
Castle: It's... pretty cliché.
Beckett: Yeah, well, no one said that the feds were original.
Castle: Yeah, next thing you'll tell me, they'll be pulling up in a black suburban with tinted windows.
(A black suburban with tinted windows pulls up.)
Castle: Oh, someone's been watching way too many Bruckheimer films.

Sorenson: Want me to watch the monkey?
Beckett: That's okay. Monkey comes with me.
Sorenson: Suit yourself.
Castle: (To Sorenson) Hey, I really like your car. It's very nondescript.

Ryan: Hey. How'd it go?
Beckett: Oh, do the words ‘unmitigated disaster’ mean anything?

Castle: You think this is your fault? Yeah, you pushed for it. Not because it’s your job, but because you care. Most people come up against a wall, they give up. Not you. You don’t let go. You don’t back down. It’s what makes you extraordinary.

Castle: A couple years, you're gonna go off to college, you're gonna get married, you're gonna have kids, and I’m only gonna see you on holidays. Until some gold digger steals all my money, but then I get to move in with you.
Alexis: Wow. I feel like I just lost 30 years of my life.
Castle: That's how it happens. One day you're in tutus, and the next day you're...Too old for severed heads.
Alexis: Dad, don't worry. No matter how old I get, I'll always be your little girl.
Castle: Promise?
Alexis: Promise.
Castle: Thank you.

Castle: Hey. Been reading on the internet about this new thing called "sleep." Supposed to be real good for ya.
Beckett: Sssst. Ssst. (She gestures for him to be quiet and goes back into deep thought)
Castle: When I gave you that little speech last night, I really didn't mean for you to go all Beautiful Mind on me.

Capt. Montgomery: That's good work, detective. Very good work.
Beckett: Thank you, sir. You know, sir, I never thought that I would be saying this, but... I don't think I could have done it without Castle.

Martha: You have to tell her, you know.
Castle: Do you know what this would do to her?
Martha: You have information that could lead to her mother's killer. You can't keep that from her.
Castle: I know. But, she said if I opened the file that we'd be through.
Martha: It doesn't matter. She has to know.

Sorenson: Watch it, Kate. He likes you.
Beckett: (To Castle) You’ll have to forgive him. He is heavily medicated.

Beckett: You look awfully serious. Is everything okay?
Castle: Take a seat.
Beckett: What?
Castle: Sit down.
Beckett: Castle, what's going on?
Castle: It's about your mother.


  • Click here for a link to the Murder Board for Johanna Beckett's case.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Full episode recap from ABC.com


Who: Dr. Joshua Leeds, age 37, plastic surgeon
Found: In a parked car on 133rd street in Harlem, was there for a week
Where Killed: Probably there in his car - no way the murder would be able to move the body post mortem
How: Asphyxiation, plastic bag was duct taped over his head. He was restrained. He was tortured then killed. Fingernails ripped out and fingers broken.

Killer: Maggie Dowd (assumed name, stolen identity). Real Name: Carla Dante aka Carla Cold-blood. She has been killing for the Spolano family for five years
Motive: Mob Hit. The Spolano family wanted Jimmy the Rat Moran dead because he turned states evidence. Dr. Leeds operated on Jimmy the Rat's face to change his appearance (in witness protection)

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