Season 8, Episode 11 (162)
Original Air Date - 15 February 2016
The son of a Russian diplomat is murdered, and Vasily, a friendly embassy official who is a big fan of Castle's, is sent to observe the investigation. Beckett assigns Castle the job of chaperoning him, but it soon becomes clear that there is more to Vasily than meets the eye.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Captain of the 12th Precinct
- 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
- Toks Olagundoye - Hayley Shipton
- Sunkrish Bala - Vikram Singh
- Nick E Tarabay - Vasily Zhirov
- Ann Cusack - Rita
- Boris Krutonog - Sergei Mishkin
- Kathe Mazur - Anya Mishkin
- Endre Hules - Pavel Oborin
- Albert Malafronte - Anatoly
- Luke Stratte-McClure - Jurgen Kass
- Zoe Hall - Emily Hopper
- Kimleigh Smith - Joyce
- Albert Malafronte - Frank Thomas/Anatoly Arkady
Castle: (holding up baby-shower gift) Ta-daa!
Martha: Is that a bullet-proof baby vest?
Alexis: That's completely inappropriate.
Martha: So wrong.
Castle: Then you're gonna hate the one that sys 'I'm with Officer Stupid'.
Castle: Beckett just asked for some time, so I'm giving to her. Every day.
Castle: Sometimes twice.
Castle: (handing basket to Ryan) This is your starter kit for little Kevin. Except for the Macallan 25 and the earplugs. Those are for you.
Vasily: The famous crime-solving duo! It will be a privilege to watch you work!
Beckett: Well ... sadly ... we don't work together any longer.
Vasily: But it cannot be! Beckett without Castle is like Boris without Natasha! It's like Starsky without the Hutch!
Vasily: Frankly, I am excited to learn from Katherine the Great!
Esposito: Frank's real name is Anatoly Arkady. He's a defector from Russia from back in the Cold War. And Grigory's mother Anya is a spy.
Castle: (entering Beckett's office) Really? Wow! That is so coo... (catching Beckett's eye) ... bad. It's obviously bad.
Esposito: What do you want us to do about Vasily?
Beckett: We've obviously got to keep him as far away from this case as possible. Which means we need to launch Operation Nickel Tour.
Castle: Right ... what's that?
Beckett: You're going to take him sightseeing.
Vasily: You remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in movie Red Heat, yes? Compared to me his character is like weak, non-violent child.
Castle: So she's from the State Department?
Beckett: Actually, that's just a cover.
Castle: Cover for what? Who is she?
Beckett: Rita is many things, one of which is ... your stepmother.
Rita: I'm glad I met you. Richard.
Castle: I'm glad I met you too.
Rita: But you didn't. Remember that.
Castle: No, your secret is safe. Am I going to see you or ... my dad ... again?
(Rita shakes her head, then reaches out to give Castle a hug)
Rita: (whispering) He's so very proud of you.
Vasily: (impressed wth watching Beckett's interrogation) I must say, Rick, your novels don't do Beckett justice.
Castle: She's just getting started.
Castle: You know, Beckett, we've kissed in six different countries.
Beckett: Really? You're keeping count?
Castle: You're not? Anyway, one country we haven't kissed in is Russia and technically, right now, we are on Russian soil ...
Beckett: You know, there is one other thing we've done in six different countries: <says something in Russian>
Castle: What does that mean?
Beckett: (leading the way) It means follow me and find out!
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Grigory Mishkin, diplomat's son
- Cause of death: Throat cut in abandoned building
- Perp: Sergei Mishkin, Grigory's stepfather
- Motive: Grigory had uncovered a secret – that his mother, a sleeper agent for the USSR, had not died in a car crash, as he thought, but gone into deep cover