Season 2, Episode 22 (32)
Original Air Date - May 3, 2010
A high profile chef is found frozen to death in the kitchen of a hot New York restaurant. Complications ensue when Castle and the restaurant owner, an old high school girlfriend of Beckett’s, share an attraction. Meanwhile, Beckett’s relationship with Det. Demming continues to grow.
- 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
- Arye Gross - Medical Examiner Sidney Perlmutter
- Rocco DiSpirito – Himself
- Ronnie Alvarez – Juan
- Erin Cahill – Cecily Burkett
- Ryan Dobson – Balthazar Wolf
- Allison Dunbar – Sandra Meyers
- Richard Gleason – Wesley Slade
- Julie Gonzalo – Madison Queller
- Max Greenfield – David Nicolaides
- Colin Kim – Spike
- Suzy Nakamura – Jennifer Wong
- Benny Nieves – Domingo Verdugo
- Ron Underwood
Alexis: Stupid glass.
Castle: Remind me to buy smarter glasses.
Alexis: A.P. tests are next week, so I really need to study all weekend. But I really want to go to the Hamptons.
Castle: The eternal struggle between work and play. The trick is, when you grow up, find work that feels like play.
Castle: What's Demming doing in our break room? Is there something wrong with the coffee downstairs?
Beckett: Well, you're the one who bought us the cappuccino machine, Castle.
Castle: Yes, but I bought it for Homicide, not the entire precinct.
Castle: What's tomorrow night?
Beckett: What? Oh, Tom was wondering if I wanted to get together tomorrow night. Why? Is that a problem?
Castle: Why would I have a problem with that?
Castle: The murder is at Q3? This place has only been open three months. I can't even get a reservation here. I've been dying to eat here.
Beckett: Well, evidently, you're not the only one.
Castle: This is both literally and figuratively cool. Wolfe was a follower of molecular gastronomy. It’s using the science to manipulate the…(Beckett glares)…and you don’t care.
Madison: I can’t believe the biggest scofflaw at Stuy became a cop.
Beckett: I don't really get a lot of time to watch TV.
Madison: This from the girl who'd spend hours watching Saved By the Bell reruns?
Castle: Really? What else did she spend hours doing?
(Beckett gives him a look.)
Beckett: Castle, real crime scene. Not mystery writer research time, okay?
Castle: High school friend, huh? I bet she knows where all are your bodies are buried.
Beckett: You can dig all you want Castle, my secrets are safe with her.
Castle: How can you be sure?
Beckett: Because whatever she knows about me I know worse about her. We used to hang out. Big group of us. Had a good time.
Castle: And what’s a good time?
Beckett: Well if you don’t know by now, I’m sure it’s too late to show you one.
Castle: Nothing says "I'm guilty" like an attempt to flee the country.
Castle: (About a sketch artist’s drawing of a suspect) Looks kinda sketchy to me.
Beckett: Domingo hinted at a romantic relationship.
Castle: Which has to violate several health codes.
(Madison invites Beckett to join her for a charity dinner at Rocco DiSpirito’s restaurant)
Beckett: You know, I would love to. It's just, I have something.
(Beckett smiles and widens her eyes, insinuating there's more to the story. Castle knows that she's talking about her date with Demming.)
Castle: You know, I'm available for moral support. And I've been dying to try out Rocco's new place.
(Beckett is slightly thrown by his suggestion.)
Madison: A charming raconteur. That's just what the doctor ordered. Thank you, Rick.
Castle: (Mumbled to Beckett) Unless that's a problem.
Beckett: No, not a problem.
Castle: Did you always have sex in the restaurant?
Sandra: Well, Wolf did his best work in the kitchen.
(Beckett stomps on Castle’s foot to keep him quiet)
Sandra: Are you gonna tell my husband?
Beckett: You're the primary suspect in a murder investigation. Your husband is the least of your worries.
Castle: How’s our corpsicle?
Castle: Ah! Rotary evaporator. It's a tool that chefs use to distill and extract flavors from...and again, you don't care.
Martha: Stop frowning, Alexis, or your father will freeze your face like that.
(Castle drops his watch into a pitcher of liquid nitrogen)
Castle: Hey. I froze time.
Rocco DiSpirito: I ought to punch you in the face, Castle... (Castle looks stunned) ... for killing Derrick Storm like that. He was my favorite character. But I'll admit, Heat Wave's fun, too.
Madison: Well, Becks never had a type. She dated a guitarist in a grunge band, a med student, and this French guy, but I'm pretty sure he was some kind of royalty. Who is she seeing now?
Castle: Oh, just...some guy. I don't see it going anywhere.
Castle: You realize Madison and I weren't halfway through our tasting menus when you stomped in there like the fun police?
Beckett: What part of her being a suspect in a murder investigation do you not get?
Castle: And now you're benching me?!
Beckett: You were just giggling over the risotto with our suspect!
Castle: Which was to die for, by the way!
Madison: You’re hot for Castle! You wanna make little Castle babies. Why couldn’t you just be honest?
Beckett: He can hear us!
Martha: Who puts an engagement ring inside a cake?
Castle: It's romantic.
Martha: Oh, pl-- it's a choking hazard. I swear, men act as though there's some cosmic reward for crazy proposals. And what a woman really wants is a man down on one knee, tears in his eyes, ring in his hand.
Castle: My proposal to Gina was very romantic.
Martha: A balloon ride is lovely, but not in February.
Castle: Her hand was shaking so much from the cold, it was difficult getting that ring on.
Martha: It was a sign.
Beckett: It's like the guy was in love with a ghost.
Castle: Ooh, that'd be cool, if it was actually a ghost.
Castle: I fall in love with random women on the subway…
Ryan: I fall in love with operators on the phone. Even asked one out a couple years ago, but she was in Bangladesh.
Esposito: I bought a falafel from this stand every day for two months just so I could talk to the falafel girl.
Ryan: Yeah, you mean like Demming showing up every morning for coffee just to run into Beckett?
Esposito: (Silently) No.
Cecily: You have no idea how hard it is to love someone knowing they’re gonna break your heart.
Castle: You ask me? She should have followed her heart…
Beckett: You know I can see the virtue in staying. I mean guys like Wolfe they come in, the upset the apple cart. Of course he makes you feel alive, but eventually you know he’s just gonna let you down. So why risk it?
Castle: Because the heart wants what the heart wants.
Alexis: Thank you.
Castle: You won't be thanking me when you see what I have planned for this weekend. 1,001 ways to distract someone who's studying. We start by freezing ping-pong balls.
- "Slow Down" performed by Dry Spells plays when Beckett stops by Madison Queller's restaurant to make plans for a girl's night.
- "Sleep Comes Lately" performed by Malpais plays at the bar where Beckett questions Wesley Slade.
- "So Far So Long" performed by Alexander Cardinale plays during the scene where Richard Castle helps Alexis get out of going to the Hamptons with her friends so she can stay home and study.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Balthazar Wolf, aka Big Bad Wolf, head chef at Q3, winner of Kitchen Wars, NY, season 6
Found: in the kitchen of Q3
Where Killed: where found, but he's gone to pieces
How: doused in LN2, commonly known as liquid nitrogen, so he was frozen to death
Killer: David Nicolaides. He and Wolf were foster brothers
Motive: Jealousy. David's girlfriend was pregnant with Wolf's child. David knew that his girlfriend would eventually leave him for Wolf