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Bad Santa

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Basic Details[edit]

Season 7, Episode 10 (138)

Original Air Date - December 8, 2014

Summary[edit]

Castle takes a huge risk when he takes a blood oath into a friend's mob family in order to solve the murder of the family's doctor, with potentially disastrous consequences to his partnership with Beckett at the precinct. Meanwhile, Lanie surprises Esposito, asking him to pretend they're engaged when her parents pay a visit.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

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  • Paul Ben-Victor - Dino Scarpella
  • Alex Frnka - Jane Scarpella, Dino's daughter
  • Mo Gallini - Rocco Carlucci, Dino's Chief of Security
  • Jackie Tohn - Cyber Rita
  • Brent Antonello - Luca Tessaro, Jane's lover
  • Vincent Spano - Christopher Carlucci, Dino's "V.P. of Corporate Affairs"
  • Larry Poindexter - Det. McBride
  • Paul Lacovara - Dr. Eric Mercer
  • Carole Gutierrez - Dr. Deb Lander, Mercer's hospital colleague
  • Beau Billingslea - Dr. Walter Parish, Lanie Parish's father
  • Judy Ann Elder - Melinda Parish, Lanie Parish's mother

Director[edit]

Writers[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • This episode used the same opening title and opening music as in Secret Santa, with a candy cane replacing the pen and Christmas lights strung from the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Paul Ben-Victor played a truck driver in Drive, a mini-series in which Nathan Fillion starred.

Quotes[edit]

Beckett: You guys, I completely forgot. He said that it wasn’t a big deal, but I think it actually kind of is.
Alexis: It’s a very big deal. We even get a little competitive.
Martha: I started working on mine in July.
Beckett: Wha-?
Alexis: Welcome to the family.

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Beckett: What word rhymes with "I’m screwed"?

Beckett: Since when do you follow rules?
Castle: Since I’m the one who made them.

Castle: Guys. Squeezing down countless chimneys, delivering millions of presents in one night? It’s bound to happen. Santa finally cracked.
Esposito: Or…our victim was naughty instead of nice.

Esposito: So the first time I meet your parents, you’re asking me to lie to them?
Lanie: I’ll be lying to them, too. But I’ve been doing it longer.

Castle: Look, he called me at the precinct. He knows I’m married to you. I’m in no danger here.
Beckett: Oh God, Castle. This just sounds like an epitaph.

Dino: You’re blood now, Rick. You’re family. Do not let me down.
(Later at the precinct)
Beckett: So let me get this straight. You want to reinvestigate Eric’s murder on behalf of your friend, Dino the mob boss.
Castle: Okay, well, when you put it like that it sounds bad.
Beckett: It sounds bad no matter how I put it.

Esposito: Oh, come on. The guy is guilty. Nobody thought otherwise until Castle over here started moonlighting for the mob.
Castle: I think that might be overstating it a little.
Esposito: You took a blood oath. You let them turn you into an honorary mobster. What’s wrong with you?
Ryan: Oh, come on, man. How many people, outside the mafia, ever get to swear omertà? I think it is an experience of a lifetime.
Esposito: Of course you would.

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Lanie: You kept your promise. You can skip dinner. I’ll say something came up, like a dead body.
Esposito: No way. I can’t be the kind of fiancé that bails on the one time your parents were in town. I have to go. We’re engaged.
Lanie: We’re not engaged.
Esposito: But we could be. Someday. And I don’t want them to hate me then because I skipped out now.

Beckett: I don’t know what her motive would be.
Castle: I think I do.
Beckett: Good. Then, let’s hear it.
Castle: Can’t. I gotta go. I’ll call you back and tell you later. (He hangs up) I hope.

Dino: Rick, you did me a favor. I owe you. When the time comes, you call me.
Castle: Thank you very much. That’s a call I hope I never have to make.

Lanie: Thank you for that.
Esposito: Oh, it was actually much easier than I thought it was going to be. But…you know, it made me think seriously about us. And where we are.
(He grabs her left hand.)
Lanie: Javi, I don’t think we should do this here.
Esposito: No, I have to say this. Lanie, being fake engaged to you made me realize how great we are together. But not the way that your parents are. (She exhales) Or Castle and Beckett, or Ryan and Jenny.
Lanie: I know. I feel it too. I mean, I’m crazy about you –
Esposito: Oh, I’m crazy about you, too. But just – you know, not…not in that way. And you deserve what they have.
Lanie: We both do.

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Capt. Gates: As he was being transferred to Central Booking, Detective McBride was shot and killed by unknown assailants. The DA learned that you were cooperating with members of organized crime in your investigation. People that might have wanted McBride dead. This doesn’t look good. Especially for you. I am so sorry, Mr. Castle, but the DA spoke to the mayor and – (she sighs) – you are no longer permitted to work with the NYPD.
Beckett: Castle. Hey. Okay, so I um … I got my draft of the poem for the family Christmas card. Do you want to hear it?
(Castle forces a happy expression for her. She’s excited.)
Castle: Yeah.
Beckett: Okay. (She clears her throat and starts to read) "This has been an epic year. Life’s been full of joy and tears. Solving crimes and catching killers, just like Castle’s famous thrillers. We share our passion every day. As partners go we’re here to stay."

Castle: (He forces a smile) It’s great.
Beckett: Thank you. (She studies him) Is something wrong?
Castle: What could be wrong? You’re here.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

  • Victim: Dr. Eric Mercer
    • Cause of Death: Shot twice in the back and once in the head, execution style.

  • Victim: Luca Tessaro
    • Crime: Shot multiple times, but survived.

  • Victim: Detective McBride, NYPD Major Crimes
    • Cause of Death: Shot to death (off-screen) by Dino Scarpela's Thugs While being Transported to a Federal Prison.

  • Perp: Detective McBride, NYPD Major Crimes
    • Motive: Greed: Detective McBride wanted a piece of the "action" after investigating mobsters for years. So, he attempted to kill Luca and to frame the rival Scarpella family, but when Luca wasn't killed, he went into hiding. McBride then killed Eric Mercer, partly because Eric helped save Luca's life, and attempted to frame Christopher for the crime.
  • Perp: Dino Scarpela
    • Motive: Revenge: McBride Killed Eric Mercer, a Beloved member of the Scarpela Crime Family, so Dino send some thugs to kill him as a Revenge.


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