Season 2, Episode 13 (23)
Original Air Date - January 18, 2010
While investigating the death of an Irish mobster, Beckett and Castle uncover a local turf war that may be connected to both a late-night infomercial guru and an international drug smuggling operation. But the case turns agonizingly personal when evidence emerges that the killer they’re chasing may have had a hand in Beckett’s mother’s murder.
- 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
- Danny Nucci - Gilbert Mazzara
- Jay R. Ferguson - Dick Coonan
- James Cosmo - Finn Rourke
- Justin Alvarez - Jack Coonan
- Scott Paulin - Jim Beckett
- Eddie Shin - Johnny Vong
- Patrick St. Esprit - Special Agent Forrest
- Mark Adair-Rios - Trucho
- John Brantley Cole - Officer Clayton Lee
- Robert Picardo - Dr. Clark Murray
- Bernard Addison - Attorney
- Jenna Leigh Green - Molly Dearing
- Tom Morga - Tall Guy
- Erin Pickett - Housewife / Seminar
Lanie: Okay, remind me who are The Westies again.
Castle: Irish Mafia out of Hell's Kitchen.
Beckett: They deal in cargo theft, counterfeiting, extortion.
Ryan: And public urination on St Patrick’s Day.
Castle: Ninja assassin.
Ryan: Ninja assassin? Isn’t that kind of redundant?
Esposito: Aren't all ninjas by definition assassins?
Castle: Fine, Webster and Roget.
Dick Coonan: Did, ah…did my brother suffer?
Coonan: Well, thank you for your honesty. I guess you could have lied to me?
Beckett: No, I couldn’t. I’ve been on your side of the table and when I was what I needed most was the truth.
Beckett: Castle. These Westies can be pretty rough. So are you sure you don’t wanna stay in the car?
Castle: No way.
Beckett: Okay. Keep your mouth shut and um…try to butch up a little.
Beckett: So you want to tell me what you were doing in Finn Rourke’s back room?
Mendoza: Can I be real with you?
Beckett: Oh, please do.
Mendoza: I had too much to drink, and I accidentally fell.
Beckett: You fell?
Mendoza: I fell.
Beckett: Well, how did you get that mouse on your eye?
Mendoza: I ran into the wall.
Castle: How did you burn your hand?
Mendoza: After I ran into the wall, and I fell, I put my hand out on the grill just to break my fall.
Castle: Well, thanks for keeping it real.
Molly: What? You telling me you never had a thing for bad boys, Kate?
Beckett: No comment.
Beckett: (Slices open a package containing white powder and tastes it) Heroin.
Castle: That was so cool just now.
Beckett: You like that?
Castle: Yeah, that was very Miami Vice.
Beckett: Whoever he’s working for scares him a lot more than prison.
Castle: There has to be a way to get it out of him. We could force him to watch Paris Hilton videos.
Dr. Clark Murray: Detective Beckett, there is no doubt in my mind that Jack Coonan was killed by the same man who murdered your mother.
Capt. Montgomery: (Hands Beckett a flask of liquor and she takes a drink) Poor man's pain killer. I know your mother's murder was the reason you became a cop. And I know how you almost lost yourself trying to solve her case the first time you tried. I figured sooner or later when you were ready, you’d want to take another run at it. I just never expected her killer to come around and sucker punch you like this. Kate, listen to me. You’re the finest homicide I’ve ever trained, bar none, and I want you to stay on this one if you can, if you’re up to it; but I wouldn’t be doing my job as your captain if I didn’t ask. Can you handle this?
Beckett: I’m sorry sir, I can’t.
Jim Beckett: I didn’t sleep well that whole first year after you got out of the academy. I’d hear sirens in the night and imagine you off in the darkness some place. I had nightmares where it swallowed you whole.
Beckett: Dad, I don’t want to lose this one.
Jim: Your mother always said that life never delivers anything that we can’t handle; she lived by that. Called it ‘Johanna’s immutable law of the universe.' And for years I thought she was wrong because I couldn’t handle losing her. Now I can almost hear her whisper, 'I told you so.'
Beckett: Four of Mom's favorite words.
Jim: Look, she was a devout believer in the truth, and if she were here right now she’d tell you the truth can never hurt you. Now this may be your mother's way of reaching out to you, Katie, and reminding you that the truth is still your weapon to wield, not theirs.
Castle: I will do anything that you need, including nothing, if that’s what you want.
Beckett: What I want is to find my mother's killer.
Castle: Well, then, we need to break Johnny Vong.
Beckett: So let's break him.
Castle: Are you okay?
Beckett: Ten years since we came home and found that detective waiting for us. Ten years since we crossed that yellow tape and went into that alley and every time I cross the tape at a crime scene I think of that night.
Castle: And that’s what makes you such a good cop.
Beckett: What if let her down?
Castle: Do you know why I chose you as my inspiration for Nikki Heat?
Beckett: No. Why?
Castle: 'Cause you’re tall. (She smiles. It’s just the lift she needed). Now get in there and do your job.
Coonan: When we first met you told me you’d been on the other side of this, remember? Now could that be why you seem so eager to get your hands on this mysterious assassin? Because if I had to guess, I’d say that someone close to you was murdered and you think Rathborne had something to do with it. But I don’t have to guess, do I? Because it’s all over your face.
Beckett: Rathborne has taken the bait. Now for today’s performance the role of Johnny Vong will be played by Officer Clayton Lee.
Officer Lee: We who are about to die salute you. (He salutes kiddingly)
Castle: No one even knows what Rathborne looks like.
Officer Lee: Well, he shouldn’t be too hard to spot.
Ryan: Yeah, he’ll be the one who’s trying to kill you.
Beckett: I let her down.
Castle: No, you didn’t.
Beckett: Rathborne’s in the wind, Dick Coonan’s about to walk. I missed something.
Castle: Could have been me. Rathborne could have checked the routing number and realized the money was coming from my account, not Dick’s. I was arrogant.
Beckett: I didn’t think you were arrogant, Castle, I thought what you did was sweet and I will pay you back.
Castle: Negative, Ghost Rider; small price to pay for a shot at your mother's killer.
Coonan: Let’s go. What, no pithy remarks from the peanut gallery? Not so funny facing your own death, is it?
Castle: I don’t know, Dick, you tell me. Last time I checked this was a police station.
Beckett: You knew before I arrested you, didn’t you? You knew my mom was your victim.
Coonan: It wasn’t personal, okay? she was just another job.
Beckett: She was my mother. Who hired you to kill her?
Coonan: Forget it, you’ll never touch him, he’ll bury you.
Beckett: It wasn't your fault, you know.
Castle: I overstepped. I just came to tell you I'm sorry. And that I'm through. I can't shadow you anymore. If it wasn't for me–
Beckett: If it wasn’t for you I would have never found my mom’s killer and someday soon I’m gonna find the sons of bitches who had Coonan kill her and I’d like you around when I do. And if you tell anyone what I’m about to say, there’s gonna be another shooting, but – I’ve gotten used to you pulling my pigtails. I’ve a hard job, Castle, and having you around makes it a little more fun.
Castle: Your secret’s safe with me.
- Stana Katic said in an interview with daemonstv.com that this episode, along with episode 2.18 (Boom), was one of her favorites from Season 2. "I really loved as an actor performing or delving deeper into my character. It was interesting to go into the murder that is at the thrust of why she became a detective." 
- Westies mentioned for their war on drugs. (see New York References page)
Full Episode Recap
Who: Jack Coonan of the Westies
Found: in his apartment
Where Killed: where found
How: multiple stab wounds (about 30). first to the kidney and the knife was twisted. Other wounds made after Jack was immobilized (as "show") See Note #6 of Johanna Beckett Murder Board (How Dick Coonan murders)
Killer: Richard "Dick" Coonan, aka "Rathborn", brother of the victim (Jack Coonan)
Motive: Jack worked for Finn Rourke keeping drugs off the street in Rourke's area if influence. THe Latin Kings were peddling dope in the area. Dick is a major importer of heroin and Jack had to be eliminated.