Season 7, Episode 22 (150)
Original Air Date - May 4, 2015
When Sid Ross, creator of famed New York comedy series Saturday Night Tonight, is murdered, Castle and Beckett plunge into the world of showbiz to investigate. Meanwhile, Martha is feeling more than usually nervous about her new role.
- 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
- Gregory Harrison as Danny Valentine
- Jaleel White as Mickey Franks
- James Eckhouse as Gene Vogel
- Joy Osmanski as Liz Bell
- Mark Rolston as Kurt van Zant
- Carly Rae Jepsen as herself
- This is the 150th episode in the series, which culminates in Castle and Beckett receiving a standing ovation as they make a dramatic arrest on stage. Writer Terence Paul Winter tweeted : 'After 150 #castle eps Castle and Beckett deserve to take a bow!'
- The framed 'cast photo' for the poor season of Saturday Night Tonight that Castle and Beckett remark upon is in fact a picture of the Castle season 7 writers, and features two Muppets designed to look like show creator Andrew Marlowe and executive producer David Amann.
- Saturday Night Live's head writer, Liz Bell, is named as a tribute to Liz Beall, the longtime Castle writer who joined the show with Terence Paul Winter in the first season and left at the end of season 6.
Martha: (trying out different intonations) Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead?
Beckett: Hey, good morning Martha.
Martha: Is he dead?
Beckett: Is who dead?
Martha: No, I'm just ... Is he dead? Is he dead? (walks off)
Beckett: Castle, something's wrong with your mother.
Castle: You're just realising this now?
Beckett: No no, shh. Listen.
Martha: (in background):Is he dead? IS HE DEAD?
Castle: Oh, she's doing 48-hour First Line.... Oh that's right! You haven't lived here while mother is preparing to open in a play. This, believe it or not, is her little ritual for getting into character.
Martha: Is he dead? Hmm? Ha ha ha ha ha!
Beckett: OK, so this is normal?
Castle: She's an actor. What's normal? I call it 48-hour First Line because for the two days prior to opening night, she will say nothing but her character's first line of the play.
Beckett: OK, well, that's unique.
Martha: Is he dead?
Beckett: But doesn't her play open next month?
Castle: That's right, it's previews that are two days away. Well, now, that is odd.
(Beckett's phone rings)
Beckett: Oh Castle, there's been a homicide.
Martha: Is he dead?
Beckett: Yes, unfortunately, Martha... Right. Never mind.
Castle: When you vowed for better or worse, you had no idea what you were agreeing to, did you?
Castle: Trust me, we're getting off easy. One time, her opening line was 'Come on baby, I'll make it worth your while'.
Beckett: (laughing) Oh, I see what you mean.
Castle: Most awkward parent-teacher conference ever.
Liz: Detective Kate Beckett! And you're Richard Castle. Hi, I'm Liz Bell, the head writer of the SNT, and I absolutely adore you! (To Beckett) And you. Especially you.
Beckett: (flustered) What, me? Really?
Liz: Of course! I followed your career. I wanted to be a cop but ended up a writer. I know. It's pathetic!
Castle: Excuse me?
Valentine: Surely you've seen some of my work? Starfleet? Family Practice? My car rental commercials?
Beckett: Er, yeah, well ... I did catch my fair share of Hot Suspect reruns in college.
Castle: So, previews tonight! Pretty exciting, uh? C'mon: "Is he dead?"
Martha: Wrong question. Am I dead? You know, I don't know what I'm thinking. Eight performances a week, major play, on Broadway?
Castle: You've been on Broadway before.
Martha: Well, not since the Clinton administration.
Martha: When I first got this part, I thought: 'Well, hey, there's a chance', you know? 'This could be my second act.'
Castle: It is.
Martha: No, it isn't. It isn't. I'm not going to have a second act. I think what I need to do is drop out, let my understudy take over ...
Castle: Oh, absolutely not. You will not, and do you know why? Because you're a fighter. What have you always told me? No one will give you anything in this life. You must earn it. And look at you: almost 20 years later and you're back on Broadway? You have earned this.
Martha: Is he dead?
Castle: With feeling.
Martha (with feeling): Is he dead?
Castle: One more for the cheap seats!
Martha (leaping to her feet): Is he dead?!
Castle: He's SO dead!
(Beckett walks past Tina, the actress who plays her in a sketch. Tina jumps up and starts imitating her walk)
Beckett: (noticing) Oh, can I help you?
Tina: No. it's fine. You just have a very bizarre gait.
Beckett: I'm sorry, what?
Tina: (practising) "I'm sorry, what?"
Beckett: (spinning round to Castle) Castle, please tell me I don't move like that. I mean ... do I?
Castle: Is this a trick question? What answer is not going to have me sleeping on the couch tonight?
Castle: Wait, that's it! The embezzler was trying to replace the money he'd stolen from Sid!
Castle and Beckett: (together) I know who the killer is!
Castle: Nice! Although in fairness, I walked you right through that.
Castle: Mother, how was your preview performance?
Martha: Well, check out the, er, 'twitterverse', as they say.
Castle: All righty... (reading) 'Martha Rogers is a revelation.' 'Martha Rogers gives a masterful performance.' 'A display of why theatre is still a relevant art form.' 'Martha Rogers is amazeballs.'
Martha: Yes, er, about that - is that 'amazeballs' a good thing?
- I Really Like You performed by Carly Rae Jepsen live on stage at a recording of Saturday Night Tonight, prompting Castle and Beckett to dance in the wings
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Sid Ross, television producer
- Cause of death: Strangled with his own tie, then thrown down an elevator shaft
- Perp: Gene Vogel, Sid's business manager
- Motive: Fear: He had been using his position to run a major embezzling operation