Season 1, Episode 6 (6)
Original Air Date - April 13, 2009
When an immigrant is found tortured and murdered in a ritualistic killing, Beckett navigates the uncharted territory of the mysterious Vodun religion with Castle's help. Castle faces his own challenges when his crazy actress ex-wife and mother of Alexis, Meredith, visits and announces she is moving to New York City.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Detective
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle (Castle’s Daughter)
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers (Castle’s Mother)
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson - Roy Montgomery, Captain
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Darby Stanchfield - Meredith
- Nicki Micheaux - Michelle
- Aldis Hodge - Azi
- Dohn Norwood - Charles Oni
Meredith: Makes you wonder why we ever got divorced.
Castle: I know, right? I mean, except for you having an affair with your director, moving to Malibu and serving me with divorce papers. I think we really had a chance.
Beckett: You okay?
Castle: I had sex with my ex-wife this morning. My first ex-wife Meredith. Alexis’s mom. And she’s thinking about moving back to New York. Do you know what that would mean to me? That would be a very special brand of hell, the hell of a deep-fried Twinkie.
Ryan: A deep-fried Twinkie?
Castle: Yeah, the guilty pleasure that you know is bad for you so you only do it once, maybe twice a year for the novelty. But a deep-fried Twinkie every day is aghh…
Beckett: Crime scene. Dead body. A little respect here.
Castle: I don’t think he can hear me.
Esposito: Voodoo? What’s that some kind of Star Trek thing?
Ryan: No, dude, it’s a religion practiced primarily in West Africa. What? I read too.
Beckett: If she’s so bad, then why did you sleep with her this morning?
Castle: Let me tell you something about crazy people. The sex is unbelievable.
Beckett: How shallow are you?
Castle: Michelle taught me everything I know about Voodoo.
Michelle: Which obviously isn’t much. That scene with the topless girl and the chicken blood, what was that?
Castle: I took a few liberties.
Michelle: How do you like the cow’s foot stew?
Beckett: Cow’s foot? You said it was beef.
Castle: Technically, cow is beef.
Alexis: Uh, Mom, Grandpa died six years ago.
Meredith: Yeah, I know but a death in the family, always a good excuse to get off school.
Alexis: No, it’s a creepy excuse.
Capt. Montgomery: So our first victim gets killed in a religious ritual and then history repeats itself with his lawyer the very same day.
Castle: Oh, there’s a lawyer joke there somewhere. I just can’t think of it.
Meredith: You know I was his inspiration once?
Beckett: Were you now?
Meredith: Still am, from time to time. Right, Kitten?
Castle: I had this dream once, only I was naked and far less embarrassed.
Martha: She can’t even get arrested in LA.
Castle: I wonder if she could get arrested in New York? I know people now.
Martha: And does she honestly think that she’s just going to show up with a reel of what? According to Jim, guest spots, and push some real actor aside? Some actor who has dedicated their entire life to the greatest profession in the world? You don’t choose the theater, the theater chooses you. Why did you marry her anyway?
Castle: I don’t know, Mother. Maybe she reminded me of you?
Castle: (To Ryan & Esposito who are looking at knockoff purses.) You ladies picking out something pretty for yourselves?
Castle: (Looking at himself on a TV monitor.) I’m on TV.
Beckett: Are you having a breakdown?
Castle: Not a breakdown, a breakthrough. And I really am ruggedly handsome, aren’t I?
Beckett: I’m waiting for the breakthrough.
Beckett: Just show us the recordings from the past couple of days, okay?
Castle: Her blood sugar gets low, she gets a little cranky.
Beckett: Zip it, Kitten.
Beckett: No, not cool. You don’t need a vest.
Castle: If you shoot me, do I not bleed?
Castle: Look, can I call you back? I’m right in the middle of capturing a very dangerous Nigerian drug lord. It’s kind of a thing.
Beckett: Diana Edwards, NYPD! Open up!
Castle: Can I kick it down?
Beckett: Sorry, Kitten.
Castle: My first gun battle.
Beckett: Your last gun battle.
Castle: Don’t be so pessimistic, I think I handled myself pretty well.
Beckett: Yeah, probably saved my life.
Castle: Probably. I definitely saved your life and you know what that means don’t you? It means you owe me.
Beckett: Owe you what?
Castle: (With increasing seductiveness) Whatever I want. And you know exactly what I want, don’t you? You know what I really, really want you to do? Never, ever call me 'Kitten.'
Alexis: Raising one parent’s hard enough, I don’t know what I’d do if I had to raise two.
- Darby Stanchfield who played Meredith, Castle's first wife and mother of his daughter Alexis, had already played Nathan Fillion's wife in the 2007 movie "Waitress" and Molly C. Quinn's mother in The Sacrifice
Full Episode Recap
Who: Jamal Buonsi, early 20's, from Nigeria.
Found: in an empty warehouse (probably)
Where Killed: probably where he was found - in the warehouse
How: Multiple Stab Wounds, ritualistic killing (no ME to verify)
Motive: Killer needed a forged passport that was smuggled in one of the fake purses.
Who: Darcy Cho, second year lawyer - downtown
Where Killed: in her apartment
How: Multiple stab wounds, same ritualistic killing
Motive: Still looking for the missing passport
Killer: Mukhta Baylor, the "Butcher of Benin"