Season 2, Episode 4 (14)
Original Air Date - October 12, 2009
When an Arctic explorer is killed during a polar expedition, the mysterious circumstances of his death take Castle and Beckett from the penthouses of Park Avenue to the halls of the CIA. But Castle’s delight at the case’s many twists and turns soon turns to frustration as he realizes that their elusive killer might just be fooling them all.
- 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
- Will Beinbrink – Steven Fletcher
- Stephanie Faracy – Patty Schultz
- Frank Gallegos – Kurt Lopez
- Ilene Graff – Gayle Finnegan
- Chet Grissom – Agent Gray
- Tyler Hoechlin – Dylan Fulton
- Kahlil Joseph – Bank Manager
- Kathleen Rose Perkins – Elise Finnegan
- Robert Pine – Gerry Finnegan
- David Ramsey – Jim Wheeler
- Jennifer Riker – Sue Vaughn
Alexis: Dylan, hi. Thanks for coming. Dad, let him in.
Castle: Yeah. (Whispers to Alexis) What happened to Olga?
Alexis: (Whispering) She retired.
Castle: So you went male model?
Alexis: Dylan goes to Juilliard. He's a musical prodigy. I was lucky to get a lesson with him.
Castle: Prodigies are supposed to be all nerdy and awkward, not...that.
Castle: (About a murder caught on video camera) That was awesome! I mean, well, obviously it was horrible, but...
Lanie: Victim was shot once in the face with a large caliber bullet.
Lanie: Oh, I don't think he felt much with a bullet that size.
Beckett: Face shots usually indicate a deep anger in the shooter. Literally trying to erase what makes the victim a person.
Castle: Well, con men do leave a wake of angry people.
Lanie: From the hight of the bullet hole in the tent, I'd say our shooter was anywhere between 5'3" and 6".
Castle: I guess that rules out the first graders.
Ryan: Unless one was standing on another one's shoulders.
Esposito: Hiding inside of a trench coat, maybe.
Castle: Diabolical. I like it.
Castle: You were all over me to get a copy of that book. Do you have any idea how many hoops I had to jump through just so my editor wouldn't send an armed guard to watch over you while you read it? The least you could do is to...Oh, oh, I see what you're doing.
Beckett: I'm not doing anything.
Castle: You're trying to push my buttons, but it's not gonna work.
Beckett: 'Cause it seems to be working just great.
Capt. Montgomery: Con man was on drugs?
Beckett: No, sir. Castle is just giving us psychological insight based on his extensive experience as a fraud.
Patty Schultz: Have you ever been duped?
Castle: I've been married twice.
Beckett: It's really kind of a psychopathy-- to be so cold that you can look someone in the eye, tell them that you love them and then rob them blind without the slightest remorse.
Castle: Whoa. I just flashed back to the eighth grade. Sherry Ort--broke my heart, stole my lunch money.
Castle: Yeah... I'm not sure. I mean, if you were just a greedy monster, would you really bother writing back to all of them?
Capt. Montgomery: He's got a point.
Beckett: Oh, now who's the sucker? (Sees Montgomery’s stern look) Sir.
Beckett: Okay, Castle, what was so important that you had to cut my sparring session short?
Castle: Just that I cracked this case wide open. You know, the thought of you fighting in a ring with another woman--strangely arousing.
Beckett: Who says I was sparring with a woman?
Castle: Oh, your mystery date.
Beckett: Oh, do I detect some jealousy?
Castle: Me, jealous? Ha! Double ha!
Beckett: What if I told you that my date was with your book?
Beckett: No! God, you're easy.
Beckett: (In reaction to a new piece of evidence) Shut the front door!
Castle: No time for dirty talk.
Jim Wheeler: Um...okay, I...I'm not gonna lie to you.
Castle: Really? 'Cause clearly, you're pretty good at it.
Beckett: Elise, the man that you loved is dead. I am trying to find his killer. Help me.
Elise Finnegan: Steven wasn't a con man.
Beckett: Elise, we--
Elise: He wasn't. He was in the CIA.
Castle: (Whispers) This is the best case ever.
Beckett: You have a guy in the CIA?
Castle: When are you gonna learn? I've got a guy everywhere.
Agent Gray: (About Heat Wave) I read it. I thought it was terrific, especially that sex scene. (Aside to Castle) Talk about racy.
Beckett: Wait. There's a sex scene in the book? Between us?
Castle: There's a sex scene in the book between Nikki Heat and the roguishly handsome reporter who's helping her.
Beckett: Oh, good. So he's nothing like you.
Beckett: (About Alexis’ dressing down Castle in the precinct) She's good. She took you apart like a pro.
Castle: You saw that?
Beckett: Mm-hmm. Through the glass. It was actually kind of difficult to watch.
Castle: Even harder to experience.
Beckett: You're the one who's been pushing her to break the rules, and when she suddenly steps outside of your comfort zone, you freak out.
Castle: I didn't freak out. I was...I freaked out a little, didn't I?
Beckett: Welcome to parenting a teenage girl. As someone who used to be one, you have my sympathy.
Sue Vaughn: Elise, tell them the good news.
Castle: What good news?
Sue Vaughn: Fletcher's alive.
Castle: (Whispers to Beckett) best case ever.
Beckett: I hate this case.
Castle: I know. Isn't it great?
Castle & Beckett: The con is still on!
Castle: Oh, wow. Whoa. Hang on a second. I thought you said you hated con movies.
Beckett: Oh, Castle, you are such an easy mark, aren't ya?
Castle: (Castle spies Beckett reading Heat Wave in a ladies room stall) Aha!
Beckett: Oh! (Whispers) Castle, what are you doing here?
Castle: I knew you were reading it.
Beckett: Uh, I w--
Castle: It's on page 105, by the way.
Castle: That sex scene you're looking for. And Agent Gray was right. It's steamy.
Beckett: I wasn't...
Castle: See you tomorrow.
Alexis: Aren't you worried about Dylan's intentions towards Gram?
Castle: I'm hoping they involve running away together, but I'm not that lucky.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Steven Fletcher, white, scrawny, Yale grad, Arctic explorer, con man. He has at least three fake passports. Also known as:
- Stephen Dashkov
- Steven Quincy Lambert
- Andrew Steven Estrada
- Nicholas R. Stevens
- Steven Miles
- Charles George Stefano
The real Steven Fletcher is a 300 lb Hawaiian.
Found: in an apartment on 79th and Amsterdam, on the Upper West Side (identified from glimpse of the view from the apartment window)
Where Killed: "In the Arctic circle" - his apartment was rigged to look like he was in the Arctic circle in the middle of a blizzard
How: shot in the face with a large caliber gun
Killer: Sue Vaughn
Motive: Continue the con to get a million dollars. Sue became friends with Elise (from a rich family) a year earlier. She learned Elise's hope and dreams, and when Steven showed up, he was everything she wanted him to be. Only problem was that Steven actually fell in love with Elise and was cutting himself out of the money. So he had to be eliminated.
Creepy Link: During the episode, Castle mentions that Sherry Ort "conned him out of his lunch money". In 3XK, Sheri Ort (different spelling) was one of 3XK's victims.