Season 2, Episode 15 (25)
Original Air Date - February 8, 2010
A beloved former major league baseball player is found dead after a goodwill trip to Cuba. The investigation, which includes running into Joe Torre (guest starring as himself), leads the detectives into New York’s Cuban community to solve the murder. Meanwhile, Alexis’ genealogy project forces Castle to consider the identity of his unknown father.
- 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
- Dayo Ade - Anton Wade
- Don Franklin - Tommy Zane
- Arye Gross – Medical Examiner Sidney Perlmutter
- Vanessa Martinez - Lara Blanco
- Julio Oscar Mechoso - Mario Sanchez
- Rebeka Montoya - Ana Rivera
- Nina Rausch - Receptionist
- Joe Torre - Himself
- Chandra West - Maggie Vega
- Ray Wise - Bobby Fox
- José Zúñiga - Alfredo Quintana
Castle: (To Alexis) Yes, you come from a long line of hucksters and charlatans, myself included. But we have high hopes for you.
Esposito: So your dad, what is it, a Mamma Mia! thing? Early '70s, free love. Yeah, I'll bet your mom was kinda wild back in the day.
Castle: You really need to stop talking now.
Quintana: You think I had something to do with his murder?
Castle: Well, the pen is mightier than the sword. But a baseball bat can be pretty effective, too.
Castle: We should get a warrant, run his subscribers against any hate mail that the Vegas might have gotten.
Capt. Montgomery: You sure you got no cop in the Castle family tree?
Castle: No, us Castles are mostly con artists and circus folk, sir.
Capt. Montgomery: No, I think there's a little cop in there somewhere.
Beckett: Con artists and circus people, huh?
Castle: Yep, and mind readers.
Beckett: Really? So tell me what I'm thinking.
Castle: (Acting like he gets a vision of some sort) Aah. You're...you're thinking...you don't care and you want me to stop talking.
Beckett: Ooh, that's uncanny.
Castle: It's in the blood.
Beckett: Mr. Wade, we have you at the baseball field. Your car was at the crime scene, not to mention your unfortunate history of hitting people with baseball bats. All of that's enough to send you away. So...you can play dumb or you can play ball.
Castle: Pun intended.
Wade: All right, I was there, but I didn't kill him. He was already dead.
Castle: You were just paying the corpse a visit.
Beckett: Castle and I will start with Cuba.
Castle: Cuba. Good idea. I'll bring the mojitos. You get the beach towels.
Beckett: Oh, I don't know, Castle. Me in a swimsuit under the hot, blistering sun?
Castle: I'd be happy to rub lotion on you.
Beckett: That's okay. I was actually thinking of something a little bit more local...Like the man who arranged the entire trip to Cuba. Bobby Fox, his agent.
Castle: That's a good idea. But the lotion offer still stands.
Beckett: No, thank you.
Castle: I have very soft hands.
Castle: Did you just use the word "veritable"?
Beckett: Yes, I did.
Beckett: You should hear me say "fallacious."
Beckett: I need to see Mr. Fox.
Receptionist: Do you have an appointment?
Beckett: (Shows her badge) I think he can squeeze me in.
Castle: This is Detective Kate Beckett.
Joe Torre: Hi.
Beckett:(Star-struck) Beckett...Kate...Detective. Thank you.
(After Joe Torre walks away)
Castle: (Teasing) Smooth.
Beckett: That was Joe-freakin'-Torre! I gotta call my Dad.
Beckett: Any way to estimate the height of the attacker based on the angle of the blows?
Perlmutter: Normally, yes, but in this case, your attacker's first swing landed a little south of his head.
Beckett: How far south?
Perlmutter: Enough to make him a soprano.
Castle: Ow. Shoulda worn a cup.
Alexis: You know, mom's family goes all the way back to the Mayflower.
Castle: What, her persecution complex is genetic?
Alexis: Doesn't it bother you that you don't know who your dad is?
Castle: No. Why does it bother you?
Alexis: It's like...I have this family tree, and there's a whole chunk of it missing. There's a whole part of my history that doesn't even exist. I mean, really, how could gram not know?
Castle: My first year of college, I, uh, went to a party, met this girl-- Allison. In the space of six hours, we met, we talked, we danced, we fell in love. The next morning, she was gone. I spent a year trying to find her, but I never learned her last name. There's not a week that goes by I don't think about her. Your gram told me that she loved a lifetime the night she met him.
Alexis: Don't you feel like you're missing out, not knowing?
Castle: No. Oh, no. That's the beauty of the mystery. Right now, my father could be an astronaut, a pirate, a humanitarian, winner of the Nobel Prize. I mean, what one man could live up to all that?
Alexis: You think he ate whipped cream out of a can?
Castle: Yes, and he invented whipped cream. (Eats some more)
Alexis: Dad! You're gonna spoil your dinner.
Castle: This is my dinner.
Beckett: You're in a festive mood tonight, Mr. Zane. Honoring the dead?
Zane: Celebrating a life...The way Cano would've wanted it.
Castle: Yes, nothing says "I'm grieving" like an appletini.
Ryan: What is it with professional athletes and politicians that they just can't keep it in their pants?
Esposito: They're just overgrown teenagers with delicate little egos.
Beckett: It's not that deep. It's just simple math. They just have more opportunity.
Ryan: Well, what are you saying, men are dogs?
Beckett: No. The greater the opportunity, the greater the likelihood. Which means the two of you have nothing to worry about.
Esposito: Ryan has nothing to worry about.
Castle: Well, for a guy who's supposedly in love, he doesn't do a very good job keeping in touch with his girl.
Ryan: Some guys are just hopeless. (Takes his cell out) Hey, honey. Yeah, I was just thinking about you, thought I'd call you. Well, I just wanted to call to say I miss you. Yeah.
Esposito: Some guys are just pathetic.
Ryan: (Still on the phone) I don't know. About 7:00.
Castle: (To Esposito) Don't be jealous. He still loves you.
Beckett: When Vega returned, he borrowed $200,000 in cash. Is it possible that he was trying to funnel money to the island, help some of the locals out, maybe?
Sanchez: Not on my watch.
Castle: Yeah, you can't have that. Rich people sharing their wealth? That's like socialism.
Castle: So she heads to the field, takes a little batting practice on Vega's head, heads home, packs her things, hits the road.
Beckett: Giving a whole new meaning to the term "hit-and-run."
Castle: Maybe it was the Cuban government all along. They hated Vega for defecting. So they send a beautiful spy for him to fall in love with. It works. He smuggles her back home, and bam! He's dead.
Capt. Montgomery: Sounds like a Castle story.
Beckett: Mr. Sanchez, I’m sure you’re well aware a country's consulate and its embassy have a different set of rights and privileges. This is only a consulate. You do not have diplomatic immunity. Produce the girl now or I will get a search warrant and make a public spectacle of your government harboring a criminal on American soil.
Full Episode Recap
Who: Cano Vega
Found: home plate
Where Killed: in Cano Vega baseball field in Spanish Harlem
How: first hit between the legs, then multiple hits to the back of the head with a 36oz baseball bat
Killer: Robert "Bobby" Fox, Cano Vega's agent
Motive: Coverup / greed. Cano found out that Fox had not worked to bring his wife to the US with him from Cuba