Season 8, Episode 16 (167)
Original Air Date April 4, 2016
While the team are investigating a murder, Esposito is stunned to discover that the suspect in the case is his former fiancee, whom he had to arrest and jail nine years ago.
- 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
- Angelica Celaya - Sonia Ruiz
- Dean Cudworth - Michael Kirby
- Michael Cognata - Darren Ives
- Gonzalo Menendez - Ronaldo
- Sebastian Sozzi - Joey Montez
- Sandra Thigpen - Mrs. Kirby
- Aris Alvarado - Tito
- Richard Whiten - Corrections Officer
- Seth Green - Linus (voice)
- Aubrey Plaza - Lucy (voice)
(Castle bursts a balloon at the dining table by accident)
Beckett: (startled) Oh!
Castle: That wasn't me!
Beckett: Says the guy with the razor-sharp French toast and the sausage kebab.
Beckett: (hanging up the phone) We have a homicide!
Castle: You, me and a homicide. Just as nature intended.
Castle: You're saying a kids' desert mixed with eau de toilette can foil a sophisticated security system ...? (breaking off, turning to Beckett) I'm telling you, we need a dog!
Beckett: (handing out orders) You and Espo are going to head over to the ...
(Esposito is looking very uncomfortable)
Beckett: Excuse me? What's going on? What are you not telling me?
Esposito: (laughing nervously) So ... er, funny story, really ... Sonia and I ... were kind of ... involved...
Castle: Involved, like, dating?
Esposito: No! No, come on. Not dating. We were more like ... engaged.
Ryan: Engaged? You were ... Wait a second: all these years, you never told me that?
Esposito: You never asked.
Ryan: You were a cop. How did you get involved with a criminal?
Castle: Well, technically, they were in the same line of work, so really it's a workplace romance.
Castle: So did you ask for the ring back, or did you let her keep that so she could trade it for cigarettes in the prison yard ... that's... don't answer that.
Sonia: (in the car) Can you please hurry up? My prison term is going to be over by the time we get there.
Esposito: I'm going the speed limit.
Sonia: Oh good, because I don't want you to get pulled over by a cop.
Sonia: Irish, I got three months left on my sentence, ok? I already served nine long years. I run right now, they add another two. How dumb do you think I am?
Esposito: Don't answer that. It's a trap, trust me.
Cousin: What's up cuz? Still sellin' out to The Man?
Esposito: You still living in your mother's basement?
Esposito: (sitting at his mom's dining table) I can't believe I was so stupid. She played me.
Ryan: Yeah, she sure did, buddy.
Mrs Esposito: (appearing with food) Kevin, I fixed you your own plate.
Ryan: Gracias, mami!
Esposito: What are you doing?
Ryan: Dude, it's your mom's mofongo. The whole world could be ending, I'd still be chowing down.
Esposito: Wait, where's Beckett?
Ryan: Well, she doesn't know. So, we're going to track your girl down before our captain finds out.
Esposito: No ... no, I can't ask you do do that for me.
Ryan: You don't have to, I'm volunteering. So let's turn your brain back on.
Esposito: Nine years ago I found out you were a thief. You know what I did then?
Sonia: Yeah. You arrested me.
Esposito: No. I went home and I packed a bag. And then I grabbed my passport, cleared out my savings account... I was ready to abandon everything I believed in. Because I couldn't picture a life without you.
Sonia: Why didn't you?
Esposito: I'm a cop, Sonia. I... It's all I've ever wanted to be. If I threw that away, I wouldn't even deserve you.
Sonia: Are you going to come and visit me this time?
Sonia: Are you going to bring me a cake with a file in it?
Esposito: Probably not.
Sonia: Thank God you didn't go bald.
Esposito: I was just thinking the same thing about you.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Michael Kirby, armored truck driver
- Cause of death: Shot once in the head
- Perp: Ronaldo, Sonia's new boyfriend
- Motive: Unplanned: the armed robbery was being staged with a particular MO to engineer Sonia's furlough from jail; something went wrong