Season 7, Episode 23 (151)
Original Air Date - 11 May 2015
Castle receives the prestigious Poe's Pen Award for excellence in mystery writing, but a few days before the celebration he and Beckett are called to a crime scene that jogs Castle's memory. He tells Beckett he's seen the killer's M.O. before, thirty years ago, when he was a kid; he got lost in the woods and witnessed a masked man killing a woman, whose body was never found. Between investigating the current murder and digging up Castle's past, Beckett and her team try to puzzle out whether the crimes are connected, or indeed whether Castle's memory is playing tricks on him. (Again.) Meanwhile, Beckett is called to a closed meeting where she faces criticism of her work and personal life, and she finds a career door opening that she did not expect.
- 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
- Michael Connelly as himself
- Wallace Langham as Dr. Van Holtzman
- Cullen Douglas as Noah Lewis
- Lance Reddick as Keith Kaufman
- Maya Stojan as Tori Ellis
- Juliana Dever as Jenny Ryan
- Webb Hayes as 11-year-old Richard Rodgers
- This episode, the season 7 finale, marked the farewell to the show of creator Andrew Marlowe, his writing partner and wife Terri Edda Miller and David Amann, Marlowe's longtime deputy and the showrunner for season 7.
- The episode was filmed in the last weeks before the cast and crew's contracts expired and before it was clear whether or not ABC would renew Castle for an eighth season, so it was written to work both as a season finale and, if necessary, a series finale, with Castle's awards acceptance speech looking back over the story of the past seven seasons.
- All the cast, the background cast and many of the writers, including Marlowe, appear on camera as guests listening to Castle's speech in the auditorium.
- The episode also saw the return of the real-life crime writers to the show for the first time since season 3, in the form of Michael Connelly, who presents Castle with his award.
Castle: (placing huge poster of himself on table): Hello! I'm serious and brooding Richard Castle. (Placing a different poster on table) And I am friendly, accessible, ruggedly handsome Richard Castle.
Alexis: Wow, Dad. Could your head get any bigger?
Martha: Well, I am just off to meet a friend of mine whose father just passed away.
Beckett: Oh, Martha, I am so sorry.
Martha: Don't be. He had a rich, full life. And, more importantly, he has a rent-controlled loft in Chelsea, which, if I play my cards right, could be mine.
Beckett: (To Ryan and Esposito) What are you guys fighting about?
Ryan: The first case that Captain Montgomery partnered us on. Ten years ago today.
Castle: Really, it's your man-iversary? And I didn't get you anything!
Castle: That day in the woods, Kate: that's why I do what I do. I'm driven to figure out the story because I never could figure out that one.
Alexis: By the time you were my age, you'd already published your first book and now you're winning this amazing award because you followed your passion. How can I be amazing if I can't find mine?
Castle: Trust me, you will. Or it'll find you. And one day you'll look back and you will realise that every experience you've ever had, every seeming mistake or blind alley, was actually a straight line to who you were meant to be. And whatever you become, there is no question in my mind that you are going to be amazing. And you know how I know?
Castle: Because you already are.
Kaufman: Detective Beckett, how do you expect to lead, or even continue in your current job, when it's clear that you've exercised such poor judgment?
Beckett: Sir, if you would at my record ...
Kaufman: We are looking at your record. You are not qualified for a captaincy, and in my opinion, you are not qualified to be a detective. Thank you. You can go.
(Stunned, Beckett rises from her seat, and turns slowly to leave. Then, her face changes and she stops in her tracks)
Beckett: (without turning round) You're wrong, sir.
Kaufman: Excuse me?
Beckett: I said: you're wrong. (turning and walking towards him) In every case you have referenced, I have not only successfully brought the killer to justice, but I have done so with the utmost respect for the law and the department I represent. And with reference to Mr Castle, he has proven to be a brilliant partner, and he has always had my back. And as for his fictional representation of me, I'm proud to have been his inspiration and I am proud to be his wife. You asked: how do I expect to lead? By continuing to fight for what's right, not for what's easy. My job is to protect the citizens of New York, and I will do that by doing my job better than anyone else and getting results. I don't cross the line. I put myself on it. And if you have any other questions, then you can ask the families of the victims I have served.
Aide: We've been looking for someone like you: a certifiable hero who the public can get behind. Kate, you're bigger than what you're doing now. You know it. That's why you went to DC, why you took the captain's exam. You want a bigger stage, and we want to give it to you. We think you have an amazing future.
Beckett: Doing what?
Kaufman: We'd like you to run for New York state senate.
Castle: If Noah ends up walking, you're going to have to have me committed.
Beckett: Listen, if after seven years of your crazy theories you haven’t already been committed, then I think you’re pretty safe.
Castle: I can't help but wonder: if it wasn't for him, for that day in the woods, would I even be here? Would we be here?
Beckett: Babe, we're not here because of him. We're here because of who we are, in the face of people like him. That's why you write mysteries. That's why I became a cop. We're both trying to bring justice to this world. Now (kissing him) I'm going to go and get dressed, so I can be very proud tonight of who you are.
Castle: You know, I've spent a lot of time in the last few days thinking about how I got here: the long hours, the blank pages. Most people think that writing is a solitary profession: that we spend our days in our imaginary worlds, fighting, loving, dying – but we don't do it alone. Because anything that's good in our writing comes from truth and the truth is: I'm here because of the people in my life.
Mother: you will always be a star in my eyes. And Alexis, you amaze me every day. You two are my red-headed pillars of unconditional love. To my friends at the 12th Precinct: you let me in. Especially you two, Javier, Kevin. You've made me your brother in arms, and I thank you for that.
And Kate – seven years ago, I thought I would never write again. Then you walked through the door and my whole world changed. You were right: you said I had no idea. But now I do. (lifts up the award). This is because of you. Because of us. Always.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Rosalita Cambeau
- Cause of death: Throat slit by a masked murderer
- Victim: Emma Malloy
- Cause of death: Assaulted with a knife, then hit by a truck while trying to escape her attacker
- Victim: Zoey Addison
- Cause of death: Missing, presumed killed by the same assailant as Emma
- Perp: Dr. Van Holtzman
- Motive: Unknown