Season 6, Episode 14 (119)
Original Air Date - February 3, 2014
When the assistant to Modern Fashion Magazine’s dictatorial editor Matilda King (guest star Frances Fisher) is found murdered, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the glitzy, ruthless world of high fashion in their search for the killer. Meanwhile Beckett’s history in the modeling world gets her access to a very special wedding surprise.
- 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
- Frances Fisher - Matilda King
- Rob Estes - Julian Bruckner
- Danny Max - Justin
- Angelique Cinelu - Lola
- Gina Alvarez - Teresa Gomez
- Nadege August - Leslie
- John Eric Bentley - James Kavanaugh
- Paul Cassel - Marcus Conway
- Brian Elerding - Armando Montoya
- Thea Gill - Gloria Robbins
- Denyce Lawton - Lilian Hernandez
- Rex Lee - Yumi
- Meredith Richardson - Ella Hayes
- Jonathan Roumie - Serge Belmonde
- Emily Wilson - Grace
Martha: I am just trying to expose Katherine to the glorious world of wedding magazines.
Beckett: They are all very girly with a lot of gauzy photos of love-struck brides looking off into the distance.
Castle: Perhaps they’re contemplating the 50% divorce rate.
Martha: Ah ha. I remember the Cordova House. It was like a cultural venue for the arts in the 70s. I think I went to a party there. Of course, it was the 70s, so I can’t be sure …
Castle: Seriously? You’ve never heard of Matilda King?
Esposito: I’m betting that most real men haven’t.
Castle: Yes. If by real you mean uninformed.
Castle: Blue hairs. So she was killed by a little old lady. Or – Katy Perry.
Lanie: Animal hairs that were dyed blue, Castle.
Castle: Or … a Dr. Seuss character.
Beckett: I don’t recall any of them being homicidal.
Castle: That’s true. I need a new theory.
Castle: Wow. Apparently you have to be a total hottie just to work here. And I’m saying that as a completely detached, soon to be married observer.
Beckett: It’s Okay, Castle. Stare all you want.
Beckett: We need to speak with Matilda King.
Carrie: Do you have an appointment?
Castle: Oh, I think you missed the part about the NYPD.
Carrie: Do you have any idea what happened to the last assistant?
Beckett: Yes. She’s dead.
Matilda: Kate Beckett. I never could forget those cheekbones.
Castle: Uh … wait, you two know each other?
Beckett: Yeah. Yeah. When I was a model for about 15 minutes.
Castle: (amused) You modeled for Modern Fashion?
Matilda: I offered her a spread in the January ’99 issue. Nicole Kidman was on the cover. And you passed. To date you’re the only person to tell me no. I’m wall to wall. We’ll have to reschedule.
Castle: Uh … get ready to be told no again.
Esposito: Yo Beckett.
Castle: And Castle.
Castle: After a tough negotiation that involved my Knicks tickets and naming a character in my next book after his Nana, my friend came up with a name: Marcus Conway.
Beckett: (sighs) Castle, I’m sorry. Duty calls. Can – can you go without me? And see if it’s as good as the pictures?
Castle: You trust me to make this decision on my own?
Beckett: Can you go with Martha?
Ryan: I always thought the fashion industry seemed glamorous. It turns out mobsters are more ethical.
Beckett: Oh, my gosh, why do you think I quit? I’ll take murderers over models every day.
Esposito: If only murderers were this hot.
Beckett: Um … you know when you called up last night, about the venue? I was with Matilda. She wanted me to model a dress. And it was a wedding dress. And when I saw myself in it, I just – I started to think about my mom. She would have loved to have been a part of all of this, to help pick out the flowers and try on the dresses and … when I looked at myself in the mirror I – I halfway expected to see her right behind me. And she wasn’t there. And just for a moment I thought to myself, I don’t know if I can do all of this without her. And that’s why I said no when you asked about the venue. I’m so sorry. It was stupid –
Castle: No. No, not stupid. Human.
Beckett: Do you know what else I wish she could experience? You.
Beckett: Yeah. She would have loved you.
Castle: You know, Kate, if you need more time –
Beckett: No. No, I don’t need any more time. I don’t even want us to wait until the fall. I think we can find a new venue in the spring.
Castle: You think we can pull it off?
Beckett: Yeah. I mean, I already have the dress.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Ella Hayes
- Cause of Death: Strangulation; body found in Garment District
- Perp: Julian Bruckner
- Motive: Greed: Julian wanted Matilda King's job as Editor-in-Chief, so he paid someone to hack into her calendar and change appointments so she and Ella would look incompetent. Ella caught onto it and was going to expose the plan, but he killed her first.
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