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The Greater Good

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Basic Details[edit]

Season 6, Episode 19 (124)

Original Air Date - March 24, 2014

Summary[edit]

The investigation into the murder of a commodities trader takes an interesting twist when the team discovers he was working as an informant for the U.S. Attorney's office - and the U.S. Attorney turns out to be Capt. Gates' estranged sister.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

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  • Salli Richardson-Whitfield - Elizabeth Weston, U.S. Attorney
  • Laurie Fortier - Stephanie Goldmark, Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Kevin Kilner - Jamie Burman
  • Andres Perez-Molina - Peter Cordero
  • Ramon Fernandez - Hector Nunez
  • Juan Carlos Cantu - Luis Delgado, Mexican diplomatic official
  • Rosie Garcia - Maria Estrada, Peter Cordero's cousin
  • David Landry - Neal Wentworth
  • Noree Victoria - Secretary
  • Robert Maffia - Burman's attorney
  • Segis Avila - Executive Board member

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Writers[edit]

Quotes[edit]

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Castle: What if we got married on the Cyclone?
Beckett: The rollercoaster at Coney Island?
Castle: C’mon! How much fun would that be? And talk about an appropriate, if not slightly on the nose, metaphor. A bride and groom together, side by side, as they go through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and the loopty-loops of life?
Beckett: Castle, I love you. But I will not marry you on a ride or up in space or on a slide.
Castle: I bet Dr. Seuss got married somewhere fun.
Beckett: Yes. His wife’s living room. How many people do you think can fit in one of those rollercoaster cars, anyway? Twenty, thirty?
Castle: That’s a good point. We should determine exactly whom we are going to invite.
Beckett: Yeah. Good idea.
Castle: That way we can determine exactly how big a rollercoaster car we need to build.

Castle: You know, there’s a good argument for keeping the list really small. Just immediate family.
Beckett: This argument doesn’t have something to do with a certain amusement park ride, does it?
Castle: I’m being serious. Getting married is an intimate act and our ceremony should reflect that intimacy. (pause) And that way we can all fit in one car.

Beckett: Who’s our victim?
Ryan: Peter Cordero, 26. According to the super he lives alone. He’s a futures trader at J.P Harding, the Wall Street investment firm.
Beckett: And how was he killed?
Ryan: Uh, single GSW to the chest.
Castle: It looks like his own future got traded.

Castle: The killer was looking for something. A pricey necklace. Ooh, a bunch of cash strapped to his chest like Wolf of Wall Street.

Beckett: J.P Harding Investment Bank. This place is either the engine of capitalism or the poster child of greed and corruption, depending on which paper you read.
Castle: Maybe the invisible hand of the market killed Peter. It would explain the lack of defensive wounds. You know, prep school buddy of mine came to work here after college. He made a quarter of a billion dollars before he was 30, retired, and bought an island.
Beckett: Wait, he owns his own island? We should definitely invite him to the wedding.

Capt. Gates: Oh lord. I’d say your case just got a lot more complicated.
Beckett: What is it, sir?
Capt. Gates: They’re from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Castle: You know them?
Capt. Gates: Not the woman from the photo, but the woman with her is Elizabeth Weston, the US Attorney for the southern district. She also happens to be my sister.

Beckett: I don’t know, but there was definitely a subtle chill between the two of them.
Castle: A subtle chill? More like a polar vortex. I’m guessing something happened between them in the past. Something deeply personal that Gates does not want us to know about. (he pauses) I’ll give you a dollar if you ask her.
Beckett: No way.
Castle: Come on! Aren’t you curious?
Beckett: Yeah, but I like my job too much.

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Beckett: Stay close. If Hector’s as dangerous as advertised things might get a little hairy.
Castle: Hairy’s my middle name. (She shoots him a side look) It sounded a lot better in my head.

Beckett: The balance is zero dollars.
Esposito: Zero dollars? That doesn’t seem very dangerous.
Castle: It feels like the end of a treasure hunt where you open up the chest and it’s just full of sand.
Capt. Gates: Wait, go to the day Mr. Nunez claims he did the transfer. March 21st.
Beckett: Oh my God. 25 million dollars.
Esposito: Whoa. Looks like some expensive sand.

Elizabeth Weston: I’m sorry, Victoria, but those wire records are privileged part of a confidential investigation. I can’t give you access.
Capt. Gates: Can’t, or won’t? Do you think I’m blind? Bringing down someone as big as Burman, you’d be able to write your own ticket. The mayor’s office, attorney general. Everything you always dreamed of. But you need Cordero’s testimony. And if he was involved in anything dirty while acting as a witness, it would jeopardize your whole case. That’s why you won’t give us those tapes. Because you’re afraid of what we might find.
Elizabeth Weston: Taking down a shark like Burman would send a signal to every fraudulent actor in the financial markets. I have to think about the greater good.
Capt. Gates: Oh, is that what you tell yourself so you can sleep at night?
Weston: You could never play the game, could you? It’s why you’re stuck behind a desk instead of running the entire force down at 1PP.
Capt. Gates: I am not stuck anywhere. And I will never, never apologize for doing my job to the letter of the law.

Esposito: I wouldn’t mind going at it with Gates’s sister.
Ryan: Oh yeah?
Esposito: Mmm.
Ryan: How would you like having Gates as your sister-in-law?

Castle: Well, to be fair I am world famous… (off Beckett's incredulous look)…ish.

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Beckett: Ryan, you guys kept your wedding small. What was it, like a hundred people?
Ryan: Yeah. That’s all we could afford.
Castle: How did you … contain the list?
Ryan: I have a lot of relatives that hate me now.

Beckett: I think we have to decide why we’re actually having this wedding. I mean, are we doing this not to insult hundreds of people or are we doing this for us?
Castle: Well, for us.
Beckett: Well then why don’t we just take a minute and write down the names of all the people that absolutely, positively have to be there. No matter what. To make us happy.
Castle: One minute?
Beckett: Yeah.
Castle: That’s not much time. What if we forget someone?
Beckett: Well then they shouldn’t have been invited in the first place.

Trivia[edit]

  • Noree Victoria, who played Peter Cordero's Secretary, is the sister of Penny Johnson Jerald.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

  • Victim: Peter Cordero
    • Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to the chest

  • Perp: Stephanie Goldmark
    • Motive: Stephanie was eager to help her boss, the U.S. Attorney, build a case against Peter Cordero's boss, so she paid a cop to plant drugs on Peter, then recruited him to be an informant for the office. But when she discovered that he was planning on fleeing the U.S. and exposing her illicit act, she killed him to keep him quiet.

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