Season 7, Episode 2 (130)
Original Air Date - October 6, 2014
While Beckett and her team investigate the death of a toy manufacturer, Castle gets a lead on his disappearance which takes him and Alexis to Montreal where they uncover evidence that only leaves them with more questions about Castle's whereabouts and makes everyone worry that the mystery is best left unsolved.
- 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
- Matt Letscher - Fake Henry Jenkins
- Maya Stojan - Tory Ellis
- Lilli Birdsell - Samantha Williger, victim's wife
- Gina Ravera - Marsha Stoller
- Brian Tichnell - Matt Monroe
- Jennifer Marsala - Natalie Mendoza
- Tava Smiley - Brooke, TV interviewer
- Selina Kaye - Lauren Adams
- Sean Simbro - Mike Adams
- Scott Klace - Mac, warehouse manager
- Stephen Snedden - Man who says he was with Castle
- Mark Carducci - Detective
- Josh Fingerhut - Warehouse worker
- J. P. Gillain - Bank Manager
- Max Hambleton - Rower who discovers the body
- David Salsa - Safe deposit box guard
Castle: What real leads? So far we’ve had nothing but dead ends and I’m tired of not knowing. No, to find a needle in a haystack do we not first need a haystack?
Beckett: Yeah, but not a haystack full of nutjobs.
Castle: You saw that interview. No one believes me. But somewhere out there someone knows where I was and what I was doing.
Beckett: You ready for this?
Castle: A mystery I might be able to solve? It’ll be a relief.
Castle: Something I should know?
Ryan: Oh, Beckett didn’t tell you? Yeah, yeah. Your disappearance kind of drove them back together. Life being short and all that.
Castle: Hmm. (To himself) Disappear for two months.
Castle: You know, seeing her? I can’t imagine what it was like for you, all those nights not knowing.
Beckett: Well, I was lucky. You came back.
Capt. Gates: Mr. Castle! Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing? (She holds up a stack of phone messages)
Beckett: Did you give that TV station the precinct number?
Castle: Well I’m not going to give them my home phone. That’s private.
Capt. Gates: The NYPD is not your personal secretary. Do you know how many man hours this little stunt of yours is costing us? The phones have been ringing off the hook!
Castle: (To Beckett) Did you hear that? Ringing off the hook? (He grabs Gates’ face and kisses her then grabs the phone messages) We have leads.
Capt. Gates: What just happened?
Beckett: Castle, what were you thinking?
Castle: "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." Sun-Tzu. The tactical smooch is just one weapon in my vast arsenal.
Beckett: Well, employ it again and the enemy might go nuclear.
Beckett: Look, Castle, I know how important this is to us. But you have to realize this is a longshot. And I don’t want you to be disappointed if it doesn’t pan out.
Castle: (He’s about to respond, then spies the victim’s office) Toys!
Beckett: So whatever he was doing he wanted to keep it a secret from everyone. Why?
Ryan: What we could use right now is a crazy Castle theory.
Esposito: Where is Castle anyway?
Beckett: He needed a time out so I sent him home to check his leads.
(Lanie's voice is heard as Esposito's ringtone, all sultry)
Lanie (on ringtone): Hey, sexy. Hey, sexy. Hey, sexy. Hey, sexy. Hey, sexy. (Ryan and Beckett look at Esposito)
Esposito (embarrassed by the ringtone, picks up his phone and chuckles nervously): Lanie must have changed my ringtone.
Lanie: Come on, Kate. It’s his first case back after two months. You didn’t expect everything to be back to normal right away?
Beckett: No, Lanie. It’s just, it’s just, I want it to be us again. And it’s like there’s this shadow between us. Look, I am, I am choosing to trust him, in spite of all of the evidence. I just … I want to believe that he –
Lanie: But you don’t know if you can.
Beckett: Yeah. And he’s, he’s acting like everything is fine. We both are. But it’s not.
Lanie: Maybe this reward he’s offering is a good thing. Maybe it’ll lead to the truth.
Alexis: (Talking on phone) No, I don’t want to know what you’re wearing. Now, do you have any information about Richard Castle or not? (She hears none) Thanks. (She hangs up)
Beckett: So, how goes the haystack?
Castle: Uh, apparently, you were right.
Alexis: No, not all of them. Some are lonely women hoping for a call from the famous Richard Castle.
Castle: Ooh, you have a date?
Martha: Uh huh. Robert. We met at the grief counseling group when you were presumed …
Castle: You – you picked up a man at grief counseling?
Castle: It’s just – uh – I really thought someone out there could help.
Beckett: We’ll figure this out, Castle. Together.
(Ryan is playing on the floor piano)
Esposito: Would you...(Ryan stops playing)knock it off? Come help me search.
Ryan: Sorry. I don’t know how my parents did it.
Esposito: Did what?
Ryan: Raised me, raised all my sisters, put food on the table, and still managed to give me piano lessons. With Jenny not working and all the baby expenses, I’m barely making ends meet. Probably going to have to get a second job.
Esposito: Looks like they’re hiring security guards down at their warehouse. A rent-a-cop uniform would look good on you. (Ryan glares at him as he laughs)
Beckett: We have no idea what’s out there. No idea who’s out there. That’s too risky.
Castle: It’s Canada. How risky could it be? And need I remind you, I’m a grown man. I don’t need to ask your permission. That being said, please, please, please can I go?
Beckett: Okay, fine. But only because I know you’re not going to do anything stupid if she’s with you. (To Alexis) Don’t let him do anything stupid.
Castle: (Speaking on video) Kate, if you’re seeing this … well, if you’re seeing this, I’m probably dead. I want you to know, I never intended to leave you, not like this, not on our wedding day, but I – it wasn’t my choice. I wish I could tell you what’s going on, I wish I could explain … but just know that I love you. I’ve always loved you. Always. (The video ends)
Castle: (To Beckett) The ones to Alexis and my mother were pretty much the same. Kate, what did I do?
Beckett: I don’t know. I don’t. But maybe there’s a way we can find out.
Castle: It’s weird. Before I saw that, all I wanted to know was where I was and what I was doing. Now I’m not so sure.
Beckett: Every answer just leads to more questions. I have no idea what he was doing at that warehouse or what this guy was doing with him. Actually, I was kind of hoping you’d help me with a crazy theory.
Castle: Sorry, I’m fresh out. How about a kiss?
Beckett: Even better.
(They lean in, but just as they’re about to kiss the dog jumps between them and runs out of the room.)
Castle: You think he was a nun in a previous life?
Esposito: I can’t imagine how freaky it must be getting a message from myself and not remember recording it.
Ryan: How’s he doing with it all?
Beckett: He needs answers. We both do.
Castle: There’s no way in hell I asked for this.
Jenkins: I’m sorry. But you did.
Castle: I don’t believe you.
Jenkins: Hollander’s Woods, Mr. Castle. That February day when you were 11 years old.
Jenkins: What happened to you there, the real reason you became a mystery writer.
Castle: How did you – I never told anyone about that.
Jenkins: No. Not Beckett, not your family. But you told me. Three weeks ago. So that if this ever happened you’d have proof. You’d know that you were the one who asked to forget.
Castle: I asked for this?
Jenkins: Some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved. It’s over, now. Go home. Live your life. Forget this ever happened. It’s what you wanted.
Alexis: How could you go up there on your own and not even tell us?
Castle: Because I knew you would try and stop me and I needed to know. But … but now … what could I have done that was so bad that I asked them to make me forget?
Alexis: Maybe you didn’t do anything. Maybe you found out something terrible or witnessed something terrible you didn’t want to have to live with.
Martha: Or maybe the past two months is like Pandora’s Box and shouldn’t be opened.
Castle: What I did to them, to you … how am I supposed to just let that go?
Beckett: I don’t know. I tried with my mom’s murder. I buried it until you came along.
Castle: You think it’s possible? To live with it without ever knowing?
Beckett: Oh, Castle. This is completely different. Whatever happened to you, you already knew the truth and you decided you didn’t want to remember it anymore. And as much as we wanted to know the answers, if you decided that then there had to have been a reason.
Castle: Maybe that’s why I asked them to make me forget. So I could come home to you.
Beckett: Babe, there is nothing more that I want than to marry you. But not like this.
Castle: You’re not ready.
Beckett: No, we’re both not ready. We’re looking for solid ground and you think that getting married is going to fix the way you feel and it won’t. Look, I love you. And I’m here for you. But we need to get some distance from all of this. We need to get back to our own lives. Find solid ground together. I promise you, I’m not going anywhere. We’ve waited this long, so let’s just make it right.
Castle: How long?
Beckett: A month? No expectations, no pressure. Just us? And then we’ll talk about it then?
Castle: A month. (He thinks for a long moment) It’s a date.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Wallace Williger, owner of a successful toy manufacturing business
- Cause of death: Broken neck
- Perp: Matt Monroe
- Motive: Revenge: Wallace discovered that drugs were being smuggled into the country through his warehouses from China, so he disguised himself as an elderly janitor, so he could investigate. When he got too close to the truth, Matt, who was running the smuggling operation, killed him.