Season 1, Episode 3 (3)
Original Air Date - March 23, 2009
A once wealthy teenage boy whose family has fallen on hard times is found dead in a rowboat floating along the lake in Central Park. As Castle and Beckett try to piece together the events leading up to his death, his friends do everything in their power to thwart the investigation. As they unravel the truth from the lies, a story of betrayal and obsession emerges. Meanwhile, Castle debates whether he can leave Martha home alone while he chaperones Alexis’ class trip to Washington, DC. Martha might be an aspiring “Life Coach,” but that doesn’t mean she’s trustworthy.
- 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
- Jamie Chung – Romy Lee
- Julia Nickson - Mrs. Lee
- Nolan Gerard Funk - Brandon
- Michelle Page - Amanda
- Kunal Sharma - Spencer
Castle: Did you know in the original Greek, "tragedy" literally means "goat song"? I know, doesn't make any sense to me either, but whatever that first story was, I can't help but think, bad things must have happened to that goat…
Castle: You’re reading the paper? You are going to lose all your wired teen hyper texting nano gizmo street cred.
Alexis: I’m a rebel, I like it old school.
Castle: Morning Mother, you’re dressed early.
Martha: Ah, I have class.
Castle: I believe that’s the matter of some debate.
Castle: Sorry kiddo, but with you away my chaperoning needs reside here, or are you forgetting what happened last time we left her alone.
Alexis: So she had a little party.
Castle: There were lime shards embedded in the walls.
Martha: It was Cinco de Mayo.
Esposito: One victim, Donny Kendall, 18, he was a senior at Redding Prep.
Ryan: Someone’s going to miss prom night.
Beckett: Redding Prep?
Castle: Private school on Park Avenue.
Esposito: No trust fund baby left behind.
Beckett: So why the burial at sea?
Castle: The Vikings believed that if you wanted to reach Valhalla you needed a vessel.
Beckett: Gun-toting Viking, that’s your theory?
Castle: Oh I’ve been kicked out of all of New York’s finer educational institutions at least once. The irony is now that I’m rich and famous they call claim me as alumni and want money.
Beckett: It is just so rough being you.
Castle: My cross to bear.
Beckett: (Her cell phone rings and she answers.) Beckett. (Castle tries to listen in, but Beckett grabs and twists his ear.) Mmhmm, yeah, OK, of course. Sure I’ll be right there.
Castle: Next time put it on speaker phone.
Castle: I’m gonna want to see those pictures of plaid skirts and knee socks.
Beckett: Excuse me?
Castle: I’ve seen those York School uniforms.
Beckett: Okay, I want in on your poker game. I went to public school. I just told them that to make them feel comfortable.
Castle: Well played, Miss Streep.
Beckett: Which Meryl? Out of Africa or Mamma Mia?
Ryan: I don’t know, Castle, a smart drug dealer?
Castle: Ahh, everything evolves, why not criminals?
Mr. Falsigno: Hey, Detective, get over here.
Esposito: See someone you recognize, Mrs. Falsigno?
Mr. Falsigno: No, I miss your sparking personality. Yeah, that’s the guy I saw right here.
Esposito: Are you sure?
Mr. Falsigno: What, do you want to give me a lie detector? That’s him.
Capt. Montgomery: You got to be kidding me, I already told the brass that we got the guy.
Castle: I could see how that would be a little awkward.
Beckett: Look, I know everyone likes the violent drug dealer for this.
Capt. Montgomery: No, we love the violent drug dealer for this.
Beckett: Only the violent drug dealer's story makes more sense than our witnesses.
Castle: Plus, and I know I’m new here, but aren’t you supposed to arrest the right guy?
Alexis: But I lied to you, shouldn’t you punish me?
Castle: Yes. No. You’re right, ah, umm, mandatory ice cream for breakfast, no excuses.
Alexis: I’m serious, if you won’t I will.
Castle: I am serious about the ice cream.
Alexis: Fine. I’m grounded for a week.
Castle: All right, you’re tough but fair.
Alexis: After the DC trip.
Castle: That’s my girl.
Alexis: Thanks, Dad.
Spencer: It was just to screw around.
Beckett: If by screwing around you mean intentionally putting a bullet in a chamber knowing that Max was going to shoot Donny then, yes, you and I are in total agreement.
Brandon: Look, Detective, you’re hot and everything but if you had any actual evidence you would have already arrested me. Me, I have a video that proves Max killed Donny, you really think a jury’s going to believe he got drunk and offed himself?
Beckett: This is just a game for you isn’t it? Like selling drugs in the park?
Brandon: Well, if it was looks like I’d be winning. But hey, if you think I did it, lets see you prove it.
Castle: I hate that kid.
Castle: You know actually having to prove things is really tedious.
Beckett: Welcome to my world.
Beckett: There’s no such thing as a perfect crime Castle.
Castle: Not yet. But one day I’m going to write it.
Beckett: Maybe you’d like to just sign a confession then?
Brandon: Sure. I confess that I’m dying to cop a feel under your cop blouse. There, now I feel so much better.
Brandon: Amanda is with me, not Donny.
Castle: Yeah, only after Donny lost all his money.
Beckett: Which makes you sloppy seconds.
Castle: It had to eat you alive, knowing that Amanda had been with Donny.
Beckett: Especially as he got way more than under her blouse. Right?
Castle: Weak people just don’t get it do they Brandon? Sometimes they just have to be led to the truth.
Castle: Did he just say exactly? Cause I heard him say exactly.
Beckett: Yep, I heard it too.
Brandon: You tricked me. You tricked me.
Beckett: It’s called admission against interest.
Castle: Just a fancy term for a confession.
Beckett: Pretty sweet huh?
Castle: I just realized I have some business to take care of in DC anyway.
Castle: Yeah I got to pick out a spot for my monument just in case.
Alexis: I think Washington and Lincoln already have the good ones.
Castle: Maybe they can move Jefferson?
Alexis: Oh yeah, I’m sure.
Martha: All right, you two kids. Hurry off now. You don’t want to miss any of the fun.
Castle: Any of your fun you mean?
Martha: It’s not what you think.
Castle: No it’s exactly what I thought.
Alexis: Dad, come on be supportive she’s trying to help people.
Castle: Yeah, to my liquor cabinet.
Martha: No ah…This is going to be a very civilized affair. Now off, off, off, off with you. Have fun. Ha, ha. Okay who wants a drink
Full Episode Recap
Who: Donald Kendal, age 18, attends Redding Prep
Found: In a boat on the Lake in Central Park
Where Killed: in Central Park, on a park bench, near area where drug deals occur
How: Single Gun Shot Wound to the chest. Large caliber.
Who: Max (one of the friends)
Where: in Central Park
How: Gun Shot to the head
- Jealousy: Donny (Donald Kendal) used to be Amanda's boyfriend.
- Money: His family no longer were rich and Brandon felt that Donny no longer belonged in the group
- Donny: The kids had a gun (from Spencer) that they used to "mess around with" by shooting it without bullets at each other to "see how it would felt". Brandon set up Max by loading the gun (without anyone noticing) and then had Amanda record the shooting (like they had done in the past). So when Max shot Donny with a recording, he had the perfect alibi. All of the other kid erased their copies, Brandon did not. Without the video all of the kids would have been charged with manslaughter.
- Max: Max was overcome with grief about shooting / "killing" his friend. And then he figured out that Brandon set him up. Brandon took Max back to the park where he got him "dead drunk" (.28 blood alcohol level) and then shot him in the head and made it look like a suicide. Lanie determined the blood alcohol level, and found the telltale abrasion on Max's finger that pointed his death to murder, not suicide.