Season 2, Episode 21 (31)
Original Air Date - April 19, 2010
Investigating the murder of a thief, Castle and Beckett are surprised to learn that Esposito has a personal connection to the suspected killer. Another surprise is in line for Castle when Beckett hits it off with the handsome Robbery detective assigned to the case, Tom Demming (Michael Trucco in a recurring role rest of season). Now this romantic triangle must work together to solve the case.
- 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
- Michael Trucco – Detective Tom Demming
- Scott Cohen – Lt. Stan Holliwell
- Abby Brammell – Carol Thornton
- Bruno Amato – Fred Cana
- Erik Betts – Paul Finch
- Merrin Dungey – Monica Finch
- Michael Ironside – Victor Racine
- Marcus Scribner – Tim Thornton
- Aaron D. Spears – Ike Thornton
Martha: I'm shocked – shocked – there's gambling in here. Deal me in.
Castle: What is it?
(Beckett picks up a curved metal shard)
Beckett: You tell me.
Castle: Maybe he was murdered by the artist formerly known as Prince.
Castle: What can I do?
Beckett: You could watch. (She and Det. Demming walk away)
Castle: Two weeks ago I saved your life twice.
Demming: So how long you been a philatelist, Fred?
Fred: Hey, watch your mouth, pal. Fred Cana don't go that route.
Castle: What, you think he's the kind of guy who's just gonna tell us what's in that box or maybe admit to killing the thief?
Beckett: Watch and learn, Castle. Watch and learn.
Castle: The Plains Indians considered it an act of bravery to get close enough to one of their enemies to touch him with a coup stick. Is my hair...
Demming: Looks good.
(Lanie is fuming a body to try to get fingerprints off the victim’s eyelids)
Castle: That is so cool. Do you mind if I take pictures?
Lanie: Knock yourself out. But if any of them end up on the Internet, I will hunt you down and hurt you. (To Beckett) So... What's with the handsome robbery Detective?
Beckett: Demming? Oh, we're just working the case together. That's all.
Lanie: Mm-hmm. But then again, you have been working with Castle for a year and not a damn thing has happened, so...We had a pool going. I lost a lot of money on you two.
Castle: Betrayal, lies, deceit-- sounds like my first marriage.
Castle: Who are you calling?
Beckett:' I was just calling you.
Demming: What a coincidence. I was just coming to see you.
Castle: Wow. It's like we're all on the same case.
Castle: Don't smile when you have a good card. You need to develop a poker face. Trust me. It comes in handy. Except when it doesn't.
Alexis: Wh-what do you mean?
Castle: Never mind. Pair of ladies. What have you got?
Alexis: (Sighs, and then) Boom! Two cowboys! I win. Who's the daddy now?
Castle: You win like your grandmother.
Alexis: So it looks like I owe you one night of solo dish duty. And you owe me four days of bed-making duty, three spa treatments, two pairs of sunglasses and a Bulgari purse for gram. (Castle doesn’t respond) What's wrong?
Castle: (Thinking about more than just the card game) I'm not used to losing.
Castle: Hey, I brought coffee.
Beckett: Uh, you know what? It's okay. Demming already brought some.
Castle: Did he now?
Castle: (About Demming) I knew there was something I didn't like about him. Too pretty. Bet he takes yoga classes just so he can pick up girls.
Esposito: All these years, he's been lining his pockets with Racine's cash, leaving Thornton holding the bag.
Castle: Probably subscribes to The New Yorker, but doesn't even read it...
Ryan: The guy's been playing us all along, using us to find Finch's accomplice.
Castle: Just leaves copies laying out where people can see 'em.
Demming: Wow. It's been a while for me.
Beckett: I'll try to be gentle.
Demming: Oh, you do that.
(Beckett throws Demming to the ground.)
Beckett: Too much for you?
Demming: So what do you do for fun, Kate, huh, when you're not trying to take someone's head off?
Beckett: I'm actually kind of a homebody. (She kicks and punches until Demming is on the floor) You know, the night before I met you, I went home to read a book.
Demming: No kidding? (He tackles her with his legs, she falls down)
Beckett: Whoa! What about you?
Demming: What about me what? What do I do for fun? Or what was I doing the night before we met? (Demming hovers over Beckett, close to her face) Seriously…Why don't you just ask me if I have an alibi for Finch's murder? (Beckett giggles, then rolls Demming over so she’s on top of him. She pins his arm behind him and twists it, making Demming uncomfortable)
Beckett: Okay. So where were you?
Ryan: I’m your partner. That means I’m with you ‘til the wheels fall off.
Esposito: I know, bro. But...I'm gonna need you to get my back if things go wrong, all right?
Esposito: Ike, this is my partner, Ryan…and this is my other partner, Castle.
Capt. Montgomery: Okay, but what I don't understand is how the hell you ended up in Racine's office with Thornton.
Esposito: Sir, I--
Beckett: Oh, I-I'm sorry, sir. I thought we made that clear. Esposito was with us when we responded to a robbery in progress call at Racine's office.
Capt. Montgomery: Uh-huh. And who made the call?
Castle: Uh, the call was made by a private citizen who wishes to remain anonymous.
Capt. Montgomery: Well, I may need a private citizen to help me write up this damn mess.
Castle: I'd be happy to lend my expertise.
Demming: So is it always this much fun up here?
Beckett: We have our moments.
Demming: So now that you know I'm not a dirty cop, anytime you need a sparring partner...
Demming: And I'll let you win.
Beckett: I'm sorry. What?
- "Not Bad At All" performed by Steve McDonald and Anna Waronker plays when Beckett meets Tom Demming at the gym.
- "Unthought Known" performed by Pearl Jam plays when Beckett and Tom Demming bring Victor Racine to the precinct under arrest and Esposito's old partner, Ike, reunites with his family.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Paul Finch
Found: in his car
Where Killed: in a parking garage
How: Tortured, handcuffed and electrocuted
- Lt. Stan Holliwell of Internal Affairs, on Racine's payroll, killed Paul, tried to kill Esposito and Ike Thorton
- Victor Racine, head bad guy, runs an organized crime ring, was considered untouchable
Motive: protection of the crime ring