Season 6, Episode 3 (108)
Original Air Date - October 7, 2013
It's a typical day at the 12th precinct, until Beckett and McCord arrive and take over Ryan, Esposito, and new guy Detective Grant "Sully" Sullivan's investigation into the death of a former star of a Sunday morning 90s sitcom. As a result, both Beckett's and Castle's loyalties are tested, and Beckett's choice could determine whether or not she stays in DC.
- 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
- Lisa Edelstein - Agent Rachel McCord
- Arye Gross - M.E. Sydney Perlmutter
- Myko Olivier - Pi
- Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Ramon Russo
- Joshua Bitton - Det. Grant "Sully" Sullivan
- James Patrick Stuart – CIA Agent Ethan Wright
- Emily Baldoni (credited as Emily Foxler) - Svetlana Renkov
- Alan Blumenfeld – Hank Harper
- Ruth Williamson – Charlie’s Agent
- Jon Paul Burkhart - Potential Dewey
- Jeff Grace - Charlie Reynolds
- Nick Gracer - Vlad Bardinov
- Kiyano La'Vin - Construction Worker
- Jennifer Jean Snyder - Reporter
Beckett: Oh, Castle. I wish we could stay like this all morning.
Castle: Yeah. Among other positions.
Beckett: Do you know what my favorite position is? In person.
Castle: Yeah, mine too.
Pi: We’re making smoothies.
Castle: And yet for me, not so smooth.
Castle: Half the time, I don’t know if I’m smelling our new compost bin or my daughter’s rotting ambitions.
Martha: Oh, Richard. She’s 19 years old and that boy is just…Look it’s good. She’ll get it out of her system.
Castle: I just wish she’d get it out of her system faster and out of my house.
Castle: Former child star literally getting the hook. Hoisted on his own petard. Hung out to dry.
Martha: Okay, I get it.
Castle: (Dials Esposito's cell phone and watches as he declines his call) Did you see that?! He just declined my call.
Martha: Looks like Charlie isn’t the only one hung out to dry.
Castle: This is a high profile case. And I am willing to let you guys exclusively benefit from my out-of-the-box crime solving mind.
Esposito: And what do you get?
Castle: Escape from the life in the loft.
Perlmutter: Mr. Castle, you’re back, but not by popular demand.
Ryan: Uh, why is the murder of an ex-sitcom star a federal case?
Beckett: We’re not at liberty to say.
Capt. Gates: No, let me get this straight, you want us to continue investigating, report everything to you, but you’re not going to tell us why you’re here.
McCord: It’s need to know.
McCord: And by the way, DC made it clear they want us to send it to them.
Beckett: Why do they want the data?
McCord: They didn’t say. They rarely do.
Beckett: That’s gotta bother you.
McCord: We don’t always get the whole picture. Comes with the territory.
Esposito: Hey Ryan. Isn’t it a little weird that Castle shows up the same day that Agent Beckett takes over?
Ryan: Yes. That’s quite a coincidence.
Castle: No. It’s not. It’s not a coincidence. Yeah, well, actually, yes it is a coincidence.
Esposito: Maybe you and Beckett are in on this together. Maybe you are her inside man. You are Judas’ Judas.
Castle: No, guys, no. I swear. C’mon you know me.
Esposito: I’m watching you, Castle.
Perlmutter: I’m afraid that’s all I’m authorized to tell you at this time.
Esposito: I can’t believe it. Even Perlmutter’s answering to the feds now.
Ryan: We’re being iced out of our own case.
Castle: Guys, maybe there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for all the secrecy. (Esposito & Ryan look sternly at Castle) That’s…you guys are right. This is outrageous!
Sully: His former co-star, Ramon Russo.
Esposito: Oh yeah, he played the jock, Marco, right?
Ryan: Well, so you have seen the show?
Esposito: Just caught it by accident once.
Russo: You want an autographed picture or what?
Esposito: How about some of your time?
Castle: Maybe even decades of it.
Castle: My book Nikki Heat got made into a movie a few years back.
Harper: Didn’t that go straight to DVD?
Castle: There were script issues and casting issues and directing issues.
Ryan: You know what I don’t get?
Esposito: You’re wearing that hat. There’s a lot you don’t get.
Castle: Guys, this is my fiancée. Okay? What does it say about our future if I keep pushing the boundaries?
Ryan: Castle, your whole relationship is built on a foundation of your boundary pushing.
Castle: Good point.
Castle: It must be weird, being here back at the precinct, working a case.
Beckett: Yeah. Yeah it is.
Castle: Yeah. Especially since McCord’s little gag order prevents you from accessing your most effective investigative tool – me.
Beckett: Yeah, you are a tool, alright?
Castle: So what’s the harm in giving me a little tidbit?
Beckett: This is a bribe! Castle, you’re bribing me with a latte?!
Castle: No, I am not. C’mon. Don’t be ridiculous.
Beckett: This is low even for you.
Castle: Look, I can solve this. I just need a little more to go on.
Beckett: Castle, you’re not gonna "Castle" me on this one.
Castle: I tried, but, she won’t talk to me about the case.
Esposito: Where did the two of them go just now?
Castle: She wouldn’t tell me that either. Hey, I was just-
Esposito: I can’t even look at you right now!
McCord: I’ll contact the ATF, have them secure the weapons.
Esposito: Not so fast, Clarice.
CIA Agent Wright: Have Mario Lopez here make the call. (Tosses his cell phone to Esposito)
Castle: I’m sorry about that whole bribe thing. I should have known you were incorruptible.
Beckett: Yeah, I wouldn’t say that.
Castle: Hmm, well then, allow me to try to corrupt you a little later at my place where we can finally have some alone time. And by "alone time", I mean you and me and my mother and Alexis and Pi.
Beckett: That sounds…crowded.
Ryan: This whole greater good thing blows. Charlie died serving his country. He deserves justice.
Esposito: What happened to Beckett? She used to understand that.
Castle: I think she still does.
McCord: So basically, your people did exactly what I told them not to do?
Capt. Gates: You put us in a difficult spot when you decided that the CIA’s agenda is more important than solving a murder. McCord: I didn’t decide anything. Orders came down.
Capt. Gates: This is not my first rodeo dealing with the folks in DC. Soon enough the name Charlie Reynolds will be a distant memory for you, but not for us. He may not have had a grieving mother or a wife waiting for him, but his killer should not go unpunished.
Castle: It’s Romeo and Juliet, with a nerdy Romeo.
Esposito: And a smokin’ hot Juliet.
Beckett: The man that she loved was murdered and he’s gonna send her on a suicide mission.
McCord: Like I said, we don’t always see the whole picture.
Beckett: I think this one’s pretty clear.
Castle: Playing the anonymous source card? I mean that is pure genius. It actually makes me love you more.
Beckett: Well, she’s filing for asylum and the State department is gonna help relocate her so, hopefully that’ll keep her safe.
Castle: Yeah, but even working for the feds, you found the ultimate way to honor the victim. Charlie died trying to get Svetlana away from her dangerous family. You completed his mission.
Beckett: You'd have done the same thing, Castle.
Castle: Yes. Yes, and I would love me more for doing it too.
Castle: We’ve been doing this long-distance thing for months and, uh, I mean we never see each other and when we do, it’s a day here, a weekend there. And, let’s face it, it’s not working.
Beckett: I, I know, Castle, but I don’t know how to fix this.
Castle: I do. (He holds up a key)
Beckett: What is that?
Castle: It’s a key to our DC apartment. I mean, the truth is I can write from anywhere, so I found a place with a little home office. Listen, if you don’t like it when you see it, we can-
Beckett: No, I don’t need to see it, I love this!
McCord: They know it was you who tipped off the press. Part of me really admires you for the choice that you made, maybe because I’d like to think that there was a time when I’d have done it, but the people we answer to don’t feel that way.
Beckett: Rachel, I-
McCord: Kate, you’re one of the best agents I’ve ever worked with, but I’m here to tell you you’re fired.
- Esposito's line "I can't even look at you right now" is a callback to Tick, Tick, Tick. – (Part 1).
- The CIA Agent calls Esposito "Mario Lopez", who starred on the 90s sitcom Saved By the Bell, which is the inspiration behind 2 Cool for School
- 2 Cool for School was set in a high school called Bayview. The setting for Saved by the Bell was Bayside High School.
Full Episode Recap
- Victim: Charlie Reynolds, a.k.a. Dewey Hancock
- Cause of Death: Impaled from the hook of a construction crane.
- Perp: Ramon Russo
- Motive: Greed: Reynolds was going to quit the 2 Cool for School reunion movie he and Ramon were shooting to run away with his Russian girlfriend, and Ramon didn't want to give up the gig.