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Child's Play

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Basic Details[edit]

Season 7, Episode 4 (132)

Original Air Date - October 20, 2014

Summary[edit]

Castle takes on a classroom full of second graders to find a witness to a vicious shooting of an ice cream vendor while Beckett, Ryan, and Esposito find a connection between the murderer and a notorious Russian mobster. Meanwhile, Alexis' worrying about Castle reaches new heights.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

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  • Michael Hyatt - Leslie Ruiz
  • Rachel Eggleston - Emily
  • Quinn Friedman - Jason
  • Bess Rous - Natalie Barnes
  • David Barrera - Principal Joe Silva
  • Elya Baskin - Anton's father, Sergei Vitochkin
  • Aleksandra Kaniak - Anton's mother
  • Laura Kai Chen - Detective Miranda Daniels, youth officer
  • Cliff Marc Simon - Polkovnik
  • Juan Gabriel Pareja - Greg Maxwell, postal store clerk
  • Kyla Drew Simmons - Sophie
  • Kai Scott - Jack
  • Suzanne Sena - Emily's mom

Director[edit]

Writer[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Castle: (About Alexis and Martha's spoiling him) They are glad to have me back. And if fussing over me makes them happy – enjoy it. Like you ought to be enjoying this potato chip fudge ice cream sundae. It’s got that whole salty/sweet thing going on. It’s just, just like me.

Beckett: Thank you, Mrs. Ruiz, for letting Castle spend time in your classroom.
Mrs. Ruiz: I wasn’t given much of a choice.
Beckett: Well, then we apologize for the imposition, but we do need to figure out who this witness is.
Mrs. Ruiz: And just how are you going to do that? You already spoke to them already, right?
Castle: Yes, but being 90% kid myself I have an ability to get into the minds of children. And I have the perfect plan.
Mrs. Ruiz: Trust me, there is no such thing. Have you ever been in a room with twenty second graders, Mr. Castle?
Castle: I appreciate your concern, Leslie – may I call you Leslie?
Mrs. Ruiz: (Seriously) Mrs. Ruiz is fine.
Castle: Excellent. I’m sure I’m more than capable of handling anything these little charmers can throw my way. (Castle enters the classroom and is immediately hit in the head by a thrown eraser) In this case, it’s an eraser.

(Castle appeals to Mrs. Ruiz for help after being unable to get control of the class)
Mrs. Ruiz: Class.
(They immediately stop, take their seats, and are quiet.)
Castle: (To Mrs. Ruiz) Neat trick.
Mrs. Ruiz: Children, this is Mr. Castle. He’s going to be helping me with today’s lessons.
Class: Good morning, Mr. Castle!
Mrs. Ruiz: (Quietly to Castle) Okay, Colombo. You’re on.

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JACK: Mr. Castle, aren’t you a writer?
Castle: Well as a matter of fact, I am.
JACK: Are you famous?
Castle: Well I don’t know if I’d use the word famous. Some people –
Jason: My dad says your books suck.
(The class starts to laugh. Castle is taken aback, even more so when Jason starts to make faces at him. Castle makes faces back.)
Mrs. Ruiz: Mr. Castle! We do not make faces in my classroom.
Castle: He started it!

Castle: No, no, this girl – she’s ready to open up to me. We have … a special connection.
Beckett: Really? (She wraps her arms around his neck) Should I be worried?
Castle: Only that I’m going to solve the case before you.
Beckett: Oh.

Emily: You’re leaving?
Castle: Oh, yeah, Emily, I’ve gotta go.
Emily: Is it because I got you in trouble?
Castle: Oh, no. No, Emily, that’s not your fault. I’m always in trouble.

Emily: I’m Emily. Who are you?
Beckett: I’m Kate. I’m Mr. Castle’s … friend.
Emily: Do you like to play princess with him?
Beckett: Uh…sometimes.
Emily: Are you two getting married?
Beckett & Castle: (Simultaneously) One day.

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Jason: I’m not talking to Mr. Castle. He’s a jerkface.
Castle: (To Beckett, quietly) Okay, you know what? He’s the jerkface.
Beckett: He’s eight years old. You’ve been here for a day and a half and you already have a nemesis?
Castle: How was I supposed to know he’d be the witness?

Beckett: This is a medal of outstanding service from the NYPD for your invaluable help with tracking down our witness. (Beckett holds out a box to Mrs. Ruiz)
Mrs. Ruiz: What’s going to happen to Jason’s sister, anyway?
Beckett: She’s agreed to testify. And with her help, our three victims, along with many, many other people, will finally get justice.
Mrs. Ruiz: Then maybe you should give this medal to her. I didn’t do much to deserve it.
Beckett: Are you kidding? You put up with Castle for two whole days.
Mrs. Ruiz: I enjoyed the challenge. In my experience, it’s the most difficult children who prove most rewarding. Isn’t that right, Mr. Castle –
(They see Castle and Jason making faces at each other)
Mrs. Ruiz: Mr. Castle!
Castle: (Startled) No faces. That’s right.

Alexis: I just keep thinking I’ll lose you again or something terrible will happen. I know it sounds crazy...
Castle: No. No, it does not sound crazy. I would feel the same way. Matter of fact, I did.
Alexis: After Paris.
Castle: After Paris. I couldn’t let you out of my sight. But I know that you consider yourself the adult of the family...
Alexis: For good reason.

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Castle: For very good reason. But … but part of being an adult is realizing you can’t always protect the people you love.
Alexis: Okay.
Castle: Okay.
(They hug)
Alexis: Being an adult really sucks.
Castle: Yeah. And you’ve spent way too much time having to be one. So … (He puts aside his own scooter, runs into the hallway, and returns riding a second scooter) I’m ordering you to be a kid.

Castle: Where do you want to go?
Alexis: I don’t know. Ice cream?
Castle: How about pizza? After this case I might be off ice cream for a while.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

  • Victim: Anton Vitochkin
    • Cause of Death: Two gunshot wounds to the chest

  • Victim: Clark Jaffe, retired policeman
    • Cause of death: Shot to death with the same gun that killed Anton

  • Victim: Dmitri Kalenkov
    • Cause of Death: Blunt force trauma to the head then shot twice in the chest.

  • Perp:Russian mobster named Polkovnik
    • Motive: He killed Anton, Jaffe, and Dmitri to keep his identity secret so he could avoid prosecution for war crimes.


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