Season 1, Episode 9 (9)
Original Air Date - May 4, 2009
When a two-year-old girl is discovered missing from her home, Beckett is called in to assist with the investigation only to discover that the FBI agent in charge is her ex-boyfriend. The two of them try to put aside their unresolved feelings as they race to find the girl, but when Castle inserts himself into the investigation, competition quickly heats up for Beckett’s attention.
- 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
- Bailey Chase - Will Sorenson
- Judy Reyes - Theresa Candela
- Julian Acosta - Alfred Candela
- Francis Capra - Juan Restrepo
- Todd Waring - Doug Ellers
- Jacqueline Torres - Nina Mendola
Beckett: It’s Sunday morning. Shouldn’t you be slinking home from a scandalous liaison?
Castle: Would you be jealous if I were?
Beckett: In your dreams.
Castle: Actually, in my dreams, you’re never jealous. In my dreams you just join…
(Beckett shoves a bear claw in Castle’s mouth)
Beckett: Try not to get so giddy every time we go to a crime scene, okay?
Castle: 'Cause somebody's dead, doesn't mean you have to be grumpy.
Beckett: Oh, do you want to see grumpy? How about the cover art for your new novel?
Castle: Nikki Heat cover art? That's only available to...Oh my God! You subscribe to my website? Wait a minute, are you CastleFreak1212? CastleLover45?
Beckett: You do realize that most people would be creeped out by crazy anonymous fans?
Castle: Like you?
Castle: So, what did you think of your alter ego, Nikki? Pretty sweet, right?
Beckett: Sweet? She's naked!
Castle: She's not naked. She's holding a gun...strategically.
Beckett: FBI has jurisdiction over child abduction cases.
Castle: Then why call me?
Capt. Montgomery: 'Cause I like pissing off the FBI. And because you think outside the box. That's something the Feebs rarely do.
Capt. Montgomery: This isn't gonna be a problem, is it, Detective? I mean, we're all professionals here, right?
Castle: Actually, I'm not. Who's Sorenson?
Beckett: Agent Sorenson, this is Richard Castle.
Sorenson: The famous novelist.
Castle: Writer of wrongs.
Beckett: Six months.
Castle: ‘Six months,’ what?
Beckett: We dated for six months.
Castle: I didn't ask.
Beckett: Yeah, I know. You were not asking very loudly.
Castle: I know, I'm like a Jedi like that.
Castle: Whoa! Sorry. Sorry about that. That tie took me a little by surprise.
Ryan: Okay. Get it all out. This is a gift from my girlfriend.
Beckett: Already giving gifts, huh?
Ryan: Today's our two-week anniversary.
Esposito: Two weeks! Is that the paper or the silk?
Castle: I believe it's the whipped.
Esposito: Good one.
Ryan: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Castle: You do this a lot? Kidnappings? You seem to know what to say.
Sorenson: It's not about what you say. It's about controlling the situation. Controlling the emotions.
Castle: You requested your ex-girlfriend for the task force. That doesn't indicate, to me, a control over your emotions.
Sorenson: I requested Beckett because she's the best in the city.
Castle: Not because you wanted to see her again?
Sorenson: How about you, Castle? You've written, what, twenty best-sellers?
Castle: Well, 26, but who's counting?
Sorenson: Why the sudden need to shadow a real detective?
Castle: Well, the ones on TV seemed oddly fixated on their sunglasses.
Sorenson: So, with all the fat, balding detectives in the NYPD, you just happen to end up shadowing her.
Castle: Must be fate.
Sorenson: Must be.
Sorenson: Kate, I don't care how big a fan of his you are. He doesn't come in the room.
Castle: Fine. That's fine. Uh, just for the record, though...How big a fan is she?
Sorenson: Run him down. Where he was all morning, who can vouch.
Castle: Pretty clear it wasn't him.
Sorenson: You a mind reader, too?
Castle: Come on. If he was your guy, he'd be downplaying his feelings for Theresa, not wearing them on his sleeve.
Sorenson: A couple dozen best-sellers doesn't make you a criminologist.
Castle: I also don't need a weatherman to tell me that the sky is blue.
Beckett: Oh, for Godsakes! Why don't you both just drop your pants and get it over with?!
Castle: I'm game.
Castle: Howdy, Mother.
Martha: Hello. Well, you're here. I'm just finishing up a session in...my office.
Castle: I'm so flattered you have my framed book covers in your office.
Martha: Well, a coach can never be too proud.
Martha: Richard, you can't expect me to pay Manhattan rates for office space.
Castle: Well, how about this? You cannot beat this location. Proximity to beverages and sharp utensils.
Martha: Sweetheart, as your life coach, I urge you to say nay to your inner naysayer. I call that a Martha-ism.
Castle: How is it that you don't know who my father is, you don't know how your ex-husband stole all your money, yet you are giving life-coaching advice?
Martha: Mistakes are the building blocks of wisdom. A Martha-ism. Besides, Freud was an addict. It didn't stop him from helping people.
Castle: Sadly, faced with his mother's twisted-yet-unimpeachable logic, Richard Castle's head exploded.
Martha: I call it the pea pod bond. You know, the bond that exists between parent and child. You and me. You and Alexis. We're all peas in a pod and, whether we like it or not, everyone who's ever had a child is in the pod forever.
Sorenson: (About Castle) You like him.
Beckett: No. I just, um...I don't know. I think he's interesting.
Beckett: I thought I told you to go home.
Castle: I did go home, but then my mother told me something that couldn't wait.
Sorenson: You live with your mother?
Castle: Yeah. Apparently, we're peas in a pod.
Sorenson: Really, Kate? We're going to waste time on the insights of Nancy Drew here?
Castle: Is that supposed to be an insult? Because Nancy Drew solved every case.
Sorenson: You are jealous. That I hooked her.
Castle: What’s there to be jealous of? You couldn’t reel her in.
Castle: (About Beckett kissing Sorenson) Oh, listen, you don’t need to explain that, that’s…
Beckett: I don’t?
Castle: Unless you want to.
Beckett: Be careful, okay?
Castle: Do I detect actual concern for my well-being?
Beckett: Screw this up and I’ll kill you.
Castle: That’s more like it.
Sorenson: He's quite a guy. If he only knew how a big a fan you really are.
Beckett: Yeah, well, he's not going to know.
Sorenson: You never told him how you stood in line for an hour just to get your book signed? How his novels got you through your mother's death?
Beckett: Is there anything you don't remember?
Sorenson: Not when it comes to you.
Castle: (Finds a cell phone taped under a mailbox) I feel like Michael finding the gun taped behind the toilet.
Sorenson: (Regarding Castle) Tell him to stop fooling around.
Beckett: Like that’ll help.
Castle: Okay. It says, 'Cross the street, and head west on East 47th.' That's left, right?
Castle: Right, right? Or right, left?
Beckett and Sorenson: (Simultaneously) Left!
Castle: I keep thinking, if only I saw who took that bag...
Beckett: Well, that wasn't your job.
Castle: I can't imagine if anything like this ever happening to Alexis.
Beckett: We’ll get her back soon.
Alexis: I was having nightmares about Hester Prynne.
Castle: Ah. The irony for you is, not getting an "A" would cause you shame.
Alexis: What did Beckett tell you about taking phone photos at the crime scene?
Castle: I don't know, I wasn't listening.
Theresa: The lawyer said that if I could prove him negligent, I would get custody. I wouldn't have to move out of the apartment that I paid for so that he could live here with my daughter. Do you know how hard it was to adopt her? How much it cost? Ten years! How many paintings have you sold, Alfred? Huh? How many?
Alfred: How could you hate me so much?
Theresa: You made it easy.
Castle: Ying needs Yang, not another Ying. Ying-Yang is harmony, but Ying-Ying is...a name for a panda.
Beckett: Any more wisdom, Obi-Wan?
Castle: Nope. That's it for today.
Castle: You date? Who?
Beckett: That's why it's called ‘private life.’ Because it's private. Unlike you, I don't live my life on Page Six.
Castle: Well, you're a mysterious woman, Detective Beckett.
Beckett: Maybe there's a little more Nikki Heat in me than you think.
- This is the first of only four episodes in the series where there is no murder. Beckett and Castle investigate a kidnapping instead. The other three episodes are For Better or Worse (season 6), Driven (season 7) and Dead Again (season 8).
- Castle's & Beckett's conversation in the precinct elevator mirrors a later conversation also in the elevator in A Rose for Everafter.
- Ryan's ugly tie makes another appearance in Demons on his double date with Jenny, Lanie, and Esposito
- After the failed ransom drop, Castle tells Beckett that he can't imagine Alexis ever getting abducted. Castle actually would live through that parental nightmare four years later in Target.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Angela Candela, age 2, adopted.
Found: With her aunt, near her aunt's home
Crime committed: Kidnapped (survived)
How: broke in through a ground floor window (no bars) that opened onto an alley
Motive: Anger / Revenge / Punishment / Wanted out. Theresa is not happy in her marriage and angry with her husband. She has supported them financially over the years by working long hours. The plan was to have Angela kidnapped, then pay the ransom (ALL of the Candela's money / investments), to the kidnapper (herself) and recover the child. Later Theresa was going to divorce her husband, leaving him broke because there is "no" money to split and she would get sole custody of Angela because Alfred (the father) was "watching" Angela when she was kidnapped, "proving" he is not competent to have custody.
- Theresa Candela: mother of Angela, she planned the kidnapping.
- Nina Mendola: aunt of Angela, sister of Theresa, did the actual kidnapping.