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Reckoning

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Basic Details[edit]

Season 7, Episode 15 (143)

Original Air Date - February 16, 2015

Summary[edit]

The team at the 12th precinct races to find Beckett before she becomes the next victim of Jerry Tyson, the serial killer known as 3XK, and his accomplice Dr. Kelly Nieman. Unfortunately, Castle finds himself playing Tyson's game and realizes that to save Beckett before it's too late, they have to take the game to Tyson.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

  • Michael Mosley - Jerry Tyson, 3XK
  • Annie Wersching - Dr. Kelly Nieman
  • Maya Stojan - Tory Ellis, NYPD Tech
  • Lee Tergesen - Marcus Gates
  • Laura Coover - Amy Barrett
  • Jamie McBride - Cop #2
  • Hiram A. Murray - Cop #1
  • Tony Nevada - ESU Team Leader
  • Theo Wilson - TV News Anchor

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Writer[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Ryan: You’re not helping her. Not like that.
Castle: So what, we just let him kill her?
Ryan: No! But Castle, we can’t do anything if we don’t have anything.
Castle: It’s him, Kevin. It’s Tyson.
Ryan: We need to prove it. We’ll put units on him. Put him under the microscope. If it’s him he won’t be able to make a move without us knowing it. We’ll find her.

Capt. Gates: It’s doesn’t make any sense. Why would he let himself get arrested? Why would he risk returning to his apartment?
Castle: It’s part of the thrill. To be here, among us, within our grasp? He wants to see how close he can get to the flame. That’s what excites him. It’s not just the murder he likes. It’s the game. We had him and we let our guard down. That was his plan.

Castle: Captain, he’s already communicating. He’s sitting out there in Boudreau’s apartment and he knows where she is.
Capt. Gates: And we can’t touch him until we have proof.
Castle: By then she’ll be dead! Please, Captain, this is – this is my wife.
Capt. Gates: Mr. Castle. I know you’re hurting. We all are. But we have to keep our wits about us. We have to work the evidence. It’s the only way we can get her back.

Capt. Gates: You know, when I first got here I couldn’t figure out what Beckett saw in you. But you know what she said? 'He sees the story. I see the evidence, where it leads, but he sees the story.' That man got inside your head and you let him. You want to help her? You’ve gotta get inside his. What’s his story? What’s his next move going to be? Now, you figure that out and we’ll find her.

Tyson: How did it feel to be that close? You know what part I liked best? The pain in your eyes. The suffering. And all that fear, knowing that I have her.
Castle: Well, if this is about me, take me. Take me and let her go.
Tyson: No. No, if I took you I’d only get to kill you once. You see, this way I get to kill you over and over again.

Ryan: I’m sorry. I had him. The night at the motel. If I could have found a way to move a little faster, react a little sooner...
Castle: It’s not your fault. It’s not my fault. It’s his fault.

Castle: We’re not going to find her. Not like this. Not by chasing him, not by playing his game. We need to take the game to him.

Dr. Nieman: It’s a crime to cover up such a lovely face.
Beckett: Kidnapping and murder are crimes. You can still save yourself.
Dr. Nieman: I’ve already been saved. I used to be ashamed of who I was inside. The things I dreamt about doing. And then I met Jerry and it was like…coming home. So if you think that I would ever turn on him, you don’t understand me at all.

Tyson: You know what I love about human beings? Is they’re so predictable. They’re like mice. You can get them to do anything. All you have to do is put a little cheese at the end of the maze, know exactly when to shock them.
Castle: You knew I was coming.
Tyson: Dangling Boudreau in front of you? Watching Beckett die before your eyes? Once I had the cops chasing their tails I knew it would be only a matter of time before you did something on your own. Visiting my old cellie was a – well, it was a natural choice.
Castle: This was a setup.
Tyson: What better way to get you here alone than to make you think it was your idea?

Castle: This isn’t about me, is it? It’s about so much more than that. This is about you. Your inadequacy? All the games, all the manipulation? After I screwed up your plans you needed to prove you were smarter than me. You needed to know you could control me.
Tyson: Well, you’re here.
Castle: You know, I’ve written characters like you. Cunning psychopaths so narcissistic they believe they can’t be caught. Because they’re smarter than everyone and they need to prove it. Now that’s your story, Jerry. Why you did everything. You needed to prove it. So I let you.
Tyson: What do you mean?
Castle: I let you bring me here. It was the only way to find you. I needed to find you so I could find her. But the truth, Jerry? The truth is, I lured you here. To watch you die.

Capt. Gates: That was the stupidest, most reckless, irresponsible stunt you’ve ever pulled, Mr. Castle. Thank you.

Capt. Gates: Serial killer or no, you threatened an unarmed man with a gun. The DA takes that very seriously. But…in light of your outstanding work on this case he’s willing to drop the charges if you agree to a thousand hours of community service.
Castle: A thousand hours?
Capt. Gates: Yes. (She pauses) As a consultant to Detective Beckett and the 12th precinct.
Castle: I’m – I’m … I’m being unbanned?
Capt. Gates: Mr. Castle, welcome back.

Castle: I don’t know how you did it.
Beckett: What?
Castle: Kept it together the two months I was missing. Two days I didn’t know where you were and it nearly killed me.

Beckett: Every time I close my eyes I see her face.
Castle: I see his, too. Since that night on the bridge. You know how I deal with it?
Beckett: No.
Castle: I open my eyes and look at you.
Beckett: Thanks for coming to get me.
Castle: Always.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

  • Victim: Kate Beckett
    • Crime: Kidnapped and nearly had her face cut off

  • Victim: Sydney Novick
    • Cause of Death: Shot in the head with rifle

  • Victim/Perp: Jerry Tyson, 3XK
    • Motive: Revenge: He plotted with his accomplice, Dr. Kelly Nieman, to kidnap Beckett to torture Castle emotionally
    • Cause of Death: Shot by Esposito

  • Victim/Perp: Dr. Kelly Nieman
    • Motive: Revenge: She plotted with Jerry Tyson to kidnap Beckett to torture Castle and to steal Beckett's face which she planned to graft onto her own.
    • Cause of Death: Stabbed by Beckett with a surgical scalpel

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