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Tick, Tick, Tick. – (Part 1)

Basic Details[edit]

Season 2, Episode 17 (27)

Original Air Date - March 22, 2010

Summary[edit]

Castle and Beckett team up with tough and savvy FBI Agent Jordan Shaw (Guest star Dana Delany) to track a serial killer who is such a rabid fan of Nikki Heat that he's got Beckett in his sights as his ultimate target.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

  • Dana Delany – Federal Agent Jordan Shaw
  • Leonard Roberts – Federal Agent Jason Avery
  • Andrew Rothenberg – Donald Salt
  • Dameon Clarke – Scott Dunn
  • Sabrina Guyll – Michelle lewis

Director[edit]

Writer[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Castle: Ask me why I’m here.
Beckett: You know, I ask myself that question every day.
Castle: That was Paula, my agent, with big news about my book Heat Wave.
Beckett: Mmhmm.
Castle: Wanna guess?
Beckett: Guessing would imply caring.

Castle: Who do you want to play you in the Nikki Heat movie?
Lanie: Halle Berry.
Castle: (To Beckett) See? Some people are just great at that game. You know who we could get for you? Angelina. No. Kate Beckett, Kate Beckinsale. We’ll call you K-Becks.

Castle: What is it?
Beckett: He called to report his crime. And that voice… It’s like he did this for fun.

Castle: Mother, whatever you decide, I will support you, the same way I have since the last man you lived with stole your life savings.

Castle: Those aren’t stamps. They’re letters. And look, they're hand-etched. They spell something. They spell… "kinki."
Beckett: No. "Nikki." Nikki Heat. That’s why he called me. That’s why he said he was a fan. He dedicated this murder to me.

Castle: I guess it’s official. Our guy is a serial killer.
Beckett: I would think that a serial killer would be like the Holy Grail for a crime novelist.
Castle: I guess it would be if it weren’t for the Nikki Heat of it all.
Beckett: Ah.
Castle: I’m feeling a little bit responsible.
Beckett: Really? Like the Beatles are responsible for Charles Manson 'cause of Helter Skelter or is it more like Jodie Foster is responsible for John Hinckley shooting Reagan?
Castle: If I hadn’t created Nikki Heat –
Beckett: He would still be killing. He’d just find another reason why.

Castle: Either a U.F.O. just landed on the other side of the park…
Beckett: Or else the FBI is here to claim jurisdiction over this case.
Castle: Maybe they just want to ride on the carousel before the line gets too long.

Castle: The same Jordan Shaw that broke the Hudson Valley Strangler case back in 1991?
Jordan Shaw: I also play a mean game of Scrabble.

Jordan: Detective, the gods in the marble halls have sent me here to catch a killer, which I will do with or without your help, okay? Now could I see the body?
Castle: That is so going in the movie. Can you say that again, but start from "Marble halls"?

Beckett: What are you doing?
Jordan: That print is already in the lab and being processed. No muss, no fuss, no black powder on your clothes.
Castle: Wow, there’s an app for that?!
Jordan: That’s why I joined the FBI, Mr. Castle. For the toys.

Beckett: Tell me everything you know about Jordan Shaw.
Castle: She is like the federal you.

Castle: Thank you. And if you want me to autograph those for you, just form a single file line right here. (They all look at him in disbelief) Or not.

Jordan: What is he doing?
Beckett: He, um, touches things.

Castle: You know, maybe in my third book Nikki Heat will cross swords with a good-looking, yet cold-hearted FBI profiler. Call it Federal Heat. (He sees Beckett’s stern look) Or maybe not.
Jordan: So how long have you two been sleeping together?
Beckett: I’m…we’re – We’re not sleeping together. We – he – (Castle chuckles) He just observes me.
Jordan: Yeah, I’ve seen how he observes you.
Castle: No, she’s right. Aside from my second wife, this is the most sexless relationship I’ve ever been in.
Jordan: I’ve been profiling people for a long time. I’m hardly ever wrong.
Beckett: Well, this time you are…wrong.
Jordan: So if you’re not sleeping together, why do you keep him around?
Castle: You know I can hear you?

(Castle powers up Jordan’s taser, it whirls and beeps)
Jordan: Put…the taser…down.

Castle: See, I’m helping.
Jordan: Yeah, I’ll buy you an ice cream later.

(Castle finds Martha watching an old episode of herself in The Incredible Hulk TV show)
Castle: Wow. One of your old wedding videos.
Martha: (Laughs) Oh-ho-ho. Are you kidding? This guy’s a pushover compared to my ex-husbands.

Castle: This case, it just…If it wasn’t for my book –
Martha: What are you gonna do, darling, stop writing because some idiot has got a screw loose?
Castle: No, it’s just…I never intended to put her in harm’s way.
Martha: Let me tell you something about Kate Beckett. That gal can take care of herself.

Castle: No, no, Agent Shaw said we need to decompress. Nothing decompresses like a 2000 Château Neuf-du-Pape.
Beckett: Oh, well, if Special Agent Shaw said so…

Beckett: So you’re supposed to be building theory with me. You’re supposed to be on my team.
Castle: Well, I thought we were all on the same team?
Beckett: We are. It’s just…I think that if you have an insight, you should run it by me first.
Castle: Fine. I will. Now drink your wine.

Castle: I’m not leaving. I’m here to protect you.
Beckett: What, with your vast arsenal of rapier wit?
Castle: There is a madman gunning for you because of me. I am not going to leave you alone.
Beckett: Okay, fine. I’m too tired to argue. But I see that doorknob turn, I will have you know, Mr. Castle, that I sleep with a gun.
Castle: Understood.

Ryan: What kind of breakfast?
Beckett: Uh, I’m sorry?
Ryan: What kind of breakfast was he making?
Beckett: Pancakes.
Ryan: Well, isn’t that domestic?

Ryan: And exactly what time did you and Mr. Castle go to bed last night?
Beckett: I think we’re done here.

Esposito: Dude, I see Beckett in her jammies…Wine glasses on the table.
Castle: There’s nothing going on between Beckett and me. No more than there was yesterday.
Ryan: Dude, you made her pancakes?
Castle: It’s just breakfast.
Esposito: Pancakes is not just breakfast. It’s an edible way of saying, "Thank you so much for last night."
Ryan: Castle, come on. We’re your friends. Details.
Castle: All right, come here. (Ryan and Esposito lean in and Castle answers loudly) There are no details.
Esposito: (To Castle) I can’t even look at you right now.
Ryan: (Reading out loud what he’s writing) Witness refuses to cooperate.

Jordan: If the pattern holds, he should have a four-letter word for us.
Beckett: It’s funny. I have a four-letter word for him too.

Lanie: Hey. Heard you two were making pancakes when the body dropped.
Beckett: Nothing happened.
Lanie: Right.

Castle and Beckett: (Simultaneously) She’s a taxidermist!
Lanie: It’s so cute, the way you two do that.

Jordan: (Jordan is talking to one of her kids on her cell phone) Mommy’s gotta go arrest someone, okay? I’ll be home for dinner.

Alexis: I mean, yeah, when she first moved in, I couldn’t imagine having her around all the time. But now I… can’t imagine her being gone.
Castle: Listen. It’s a fact of life. People we love leave us. Unless you chain ‘em to a radiator, which for some reason is illegal.

Trivia[edit]

Four Murders, "NO" Killer
1) Grand Central Station, 2) Carousel in Central Park, 3) Parking Garage, 4) the "Killer"


Attendees at the Paley Center for Media "An Evening with Castle" event held on Tuesday March 16, 2010 were treated to an early viewing of this Tick, Tick, Tick. They aired a slightly unfinished version a week before the episode aired.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

Who: Alex Peterman, age 40, personal injury attorney
Found: in a phone booth in Grand Central Station
Where Killed: where found
How: Shot five times with a .45 (bullets spell NIKKI)

Who: Michelle Lewis, dog walker
Found: on a bench on the carousel in Central Park
Where Killed: where found
How: shot four times with a .45 (bullets spell WILL)

Who: Sandra Keller, taxidermist
Found: outside Beckett's apartment door
Where Killed: in a parking garage
How: shot four times with a .45 (bullets spell BURN)

Killer: Presumed to be Benjamin "Ben" Conrad, but see Boom for the real killer
Motive: All about a dog being killed. (No, not really, but see Boom for the real motive


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