Season 4, Episode 23 (81)
Original Air Date - May 7, 2012
When the investigation into the murder of an Army veteran leads the team to the man who shot Beckett to protect the conspiracy that killed her mother, Castle is forced to decide how far he is willing to go and how much he is willing to risk to keep her safe, while Ryan and Esposito are pitted against each other in a conflict that may ruin their partnership. Meanwhile, as Alexis graduates from high school, she confronts a scary reality: that everything that is familiar and comfortable eventually must end.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Detective
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers (Castle's mother)
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle (Castle's daughter)
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Penny Johnson Jerald - Victoria Gates, Captain
- Judith Scott - Evelyn Montgomery
- Tahmoh Penikett - Cole Maddox
Alexis: It’s not supposed to be this hard.
Castle: You know, the most worthwhile things in life are often the most difficult, for example - (his cell phone rings and Castle sees Beckett is calling) Wow. That really is a Smart Phone.
Beckett: Of course you don’t understand why she’s taking her graduation speech so seriously. You’re probably the guy who had nothing on but boxers underneath his gown.
Castle: That is so insulting. If you must know, I was naked underneath.
Castle: Montgomery worked hundreds of cases, just because this guy was after files doesn’t mean he was after your mom’s case.
Beckett: Then why is our thief dead? You know those people that Montgomery was involved with, he said that they wanted me dead, that I was getting too close. That he was gonna give his life in order to protect mine and they still tried to kill me. I wake up sometimes and I think to myself ‘How the hell am I still alive?’ It’s like I’m just waiting for that other shoe to drop. What if this is that other shoe?
Castle: Things were finally getting better for her, for us. She was just coming out of her shell, now this.
Castle: Hey, you’re not in this alone. I’m here.
Beckett: I know. (takes Castle’s hand)
Beckett: Does Gates know?
Beckett: Then we don’t tell her. If she finds out this is a match to my shooting, she’ll take me off the case.
Castle: Maybe you should be off this case. They tried to kill you once, Kate. You keep going on this, they…what’s to stop them from trying again?
Beckett: What’s to stop them now? No. I’ve been waiting a year for this and I’ll be damned if I let someone else screw it up.
Smith: I can’t control the situation, if you can’t control her.
Beckett: (seeing her shooter on video) So that’s what you look like.
Castle: You have to stop. This investigation, you have to stop.
Beckett: Castle, we already talked about this. I’m fine. I’m in control.
Castle: No, you’re not. They are.
Beckett: How do you know that he’s not involved and how the hell can you do this?!
Castle: Because I love you. But you already know that, don’t you? You’ve known for about a year.
Beckett: How am I even supposed to trust anything that you say?
Castle: How are you…Because of everything we’ve been through together! Four years I’ve been right here! Four years just waiting for you to open your eyes to see that I’m right here! And I am more than a partner. Every morning I bring you a cup of coffee just so I can see a smile on your face because I think you are the most remarkable, maddening, challenging, frustrating person I’ve ever met. And I love you, Kate and if that means anything to you, if you care about me at all just don’t do this.
Beckett: If I care about you? Castle, you cut a deal for my life like I was some kind of a child. My life! Mine! You don’t get to decide.
Castle: You keep going with this, they’re gonna decide. They’re gonna come for you, Kate.
Beckett: Let them come. They sent Coonan and he is dead. They sent Lockwood and he is dead and I am still here, Castle and I am ready.
Castle: Ready for what? To die for your cause? This isn’t a murder investigation anymore, Kate. They’ve turned it into a war.
Beckett: If they want a war, then I will bring them a war, straight to their doorsteps.
Castle: Well, I guess there’s just nothing I can say, is there? Ok, um…Yeah, you’re right, Kate. It’s your life. You can throw it away if you want, but I’m not gonna stick around and watch you, so this is, um…over. I’m done.
Castle: How’s your speech coming?
Alexis: I have watched or read every graduation address ever written and compiled all the best advice into one speech. Then I read it out loud. And guess what I sounded like? A pompous ass. I’m 18 years old. What the hell do I know?
Castle: Hey, look, everything you know, everything you will know is what’s true for you.
Alexis: I know everything’s changing. Everything’s going to be different and I’m so scared.
Castle: Of what?
Alexis: Moving on.
Ryan: With all due respect, this guy put a bullet in your heart and then he disappeared into the ether. You cannot go in there unprepared.
Beckett: Unprepared? I’ve been preparing for this for the last 13 years.
Castle: (to Martha) C’mon! We don’t want to miss her speech. Or the entire graduation.
Beckett: Just tell me who’s behind this.
Maddox: You’re wasting your time, Detective. You have no idea what you’re up against.
Beckett: Neither do you.
(Beckett lunges at Maddox and he throws her aside, she rolls and goes off the edge of the roof to hang by her fingers several stories above the street)
Maddox: Actually, we know exactly who we’re up against.
Capt. Gates: You don’t deserve to wear the uniform. Now hand over your badges and guns. (Esposito hands his over) Detective Beckett?
(she hands over her gun, but pauses to look at her badge)
Beckett: Keep it. I resign.
Alexis: There is a universal truth we all have to face whether we want to or not: everything eventually ends. As much as I’ve looked forward to this day, I’ve always disliked endings: the last day of summer, the final chapter of a great book, parting ways with a close friend. But endings are inevitable. Leaves fall, you close the book, you say goodbye. Today is one of those days for us. Today we say goodbye to everything that was familiar, everything that was comfortable. We’re moving on, but just because we’re leaving, and that hurts, there are some people who are so much a part of us they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground, our North Star, and the small, clear voices in our hearts that will be with us, always.
Castle: Beckett, what do you want?
Beckett: You. (she kisses him) I'm so sorry, Castle. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. (she kisses him again)
Castle: What happened?
Beckett: He got away and I didn't care. I almost died and all I could think about was you. I just want you.
- According to TV by the Numbers, this episode marked the highest ratings since Cops and Robbers aired on October 31, 2011 and won the time slot for ABC as the "most-watched TV series in the time period for its 6th consecutive broadcast." It also capped off the show's most-watched season where Castle increased its overall viewership by 8% and increased its overall viewership for the second straight season.
- The opening titles features just a single chord played over a green-tinged title screen
- In My Veins performed by Andrew Belle: As Alexis gives her valedictorian speech, the team breaks up: Esposito goes on suspension, leaving Ryan behind, and Beckett cleans out her desk, having resigned, and wanders the streets in the rain.
Full Episode Recap
- Orlando Costas
- Cause of Death: Gun shot wound execution style to the head
- Cole Maddox
- Motive: Hitman for the conspirators behind Beckett's shooting and her mother's murder. He hired Costas to rob Captain Roy Montgomery's house then killed him to tie off the loose end.
- ABC's Castle Finale Wins at 10pm, Marking 6-Month Highs and its Most-Watched Season Ever, by Amanda Kondolojy, TV by the Numbers.zap2it.com, posted May 8, 2012