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Under Fire

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Basic Details[edit]

Season 6, Episode 11 (116)

Original Air Date - January 6, 2014

Summary[edit]

The investigation into the murder of an FDNY fire investigator leads the team to the trail of a serial arsonist and puts Ryan's Esposito's life in jeopardy when they become trapped deep in a burning warehouse. With everyone helpless to get to them through the inferno, the team at the 12th is braced for the worst, but nothing prepares them for when Ryan's very pregnant wife Jenny shows up at the scene.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

  • Juliana Dever - Jenny Ryan
  • Maya Stojan - Tory Ellis, NYPD Tech
  • Wendy Davis - Lt. Delia Burton, FDNY investigator
  • Tim Meinelschmidt - Mark Kimball
  • Jamie Harris - Adam Ferguson
  • Ethan Cohn - Milo Pavlik
  • Nic Bishop - Fire Chief Miller
  • Kimberly Fox - Newscaster
  • Robert Cicchini - Mr. Turino, building owner

Director[edit]

Writers[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Castle: May I suggest Cosmo?
Ryan: No, you may not. And rather than pick a name for my kid, you should pick a date for your wedding.
Castle: Pick a date for my wedding? I was planning on bringing her.
Beckett: Really? When is that? I might have plans.

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Castle: What was that?
Lt. Burton: The building. You guys should probably go.
Castle: Sounds good. See ya. (He runs out of the building hurriedly)
Beckett: (to herself) I’m marrying him.
Ryan: Yeah.

Beckett: So, I talked to Blake McCann’s co-workers, his ex-wife, and if he’s got any enemies, I am not finding them.
Castle: Leaving us with The Phantom.
Beckett: Can you please not call him that? It just – it sounds silly.
Castle: Sillier than The Arsonist, which starts with “arse”?

Esposito: Pulling your phone out isn’t gonna make it happen any sooner. You just need to chill.
Ryan: And you know this from your vast experience having zero kids.
Esposito: Alright, you know what? You’re all emotional right now so I’m gonna let that go.

Castle: Can we canvas the area? And by “we” I mean, obviously somebody else.
Beckett: What are you looking for? And don’t tell me. It’s something completely inappropriate for the workplace.
Castle: No, not this time.

Beckett: That doesn’t look right.
Castle: Seriously? A lot better quality than a security camera.
Beckett: No, babe, I’m talking about the building.

Beckett: I didn’t even know there was a fire fetish.
Castle: The actual term is pyrophilia. Further proof that the Internet has something for everyone.
Beckett: I’m not gonna ask how you knew that.

Beckett: Jenny, there’s nothing you can do here.
Jenny: He’s inside, Kate. Even if he doesn’t make it out, if this is it, I need to be here.

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Beckett: I can’t believe this is happening. This is like some kind of a dream. I just keep waiting to wake up, but it’s like I can’t do anything. It’s like there’s nothing we can do.
Castle: All we can do is be here for them.

Capt. Gates: You listen to me. I’ve got two officers about to burn, now if you know anything about this man, you are gonna tell me or I will BURY you as an accessory to murder!

Jenny: Where are you? The baby’s coming.
Ryan: I’m inside.
Jenny: Inside…
Ryan: Uh…I’m sorry…I know I promised, but…I’m not gonna be there.
Jenny: Don’t say that. Please don’t say that.
Ryan: Sorry. I love you more than anything. Remember that. Always remember that.
Jenny: Kevin, please, no. Don’t leave me.
Ryan: I don’t wanna.
Jenny: We need a name for the baby. We need to do that together.
Ryan: If it’s a boy, Javier.
Jenny: And if it’s a girl?
Ryan: Sarah Grace after your grandmother.
Jenny: I love you so much, Kevin. I love you.
Ryan: I love you too.

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Esposito: Javier? You’re gonna name a white Irish kid Javier?
Ryan: You’re gonna bust on me now for being sentimental?
Esposito: I figure it’s my last chance.

Beckett: Those guys in there, they are my friends. If they die, you die. What’s it gonna be? It’s your choice.

Castle: (to Esposito after he’s rescued) You smell great.

Trivia[edit]

On January 7, 2014, Seamus Dever tweeted the following tidbits on his twitter page:

  • Beckett's line "I'm marrying him," after Castle hurries out of the burned out building at the beginning of the episode, was ad-libbed by Stana Katic.
  • The building in which Ryan and Esposito were trapped was the same one in which Ryan is tortured and Esposito held captive in Knockdown. At one point in the episode, Ryan and Esposito walk over the same spot where the torture scene was filmed.
  • Seamus's co-star in the TV show Army Wives, Wendy Davis, guest starred in the episode as Delia, the FDNY investigator whose partner is murdered.
  • When Castle asks Ryan if he and Jenny have picked a name for their baby, Castle proposes "Cosmo". This is the same name he gave Baby Doe discovered with the victim in The Good, the Bad, and the Baby.

Full Episode Recap[edit]

A man’s body is found burned beyond recognition inside a building that was set ablaze by an arsonist. Lieutenant Delia Burton of FDNY reports to Castle and Beckett that no accelerant is found on the corpse that houses a bullet wound. The building’s owner has mob ties, but claims he didn’t torch his place for an insurance payout. Back at the crime scene, Delia finds an “X” mark in the floor under the charred carpeting. This leads her to believe that the victim was a fire investigator. His name was Blake McCann. He was her partner. Delia says the “X” pattern she saw at the building was from an accelerant found by her partner in many other buildings. It’s the work of a serial arsonist who has been dubbed “The Phantom.” McCann put away an arsonist named Adam Ferguson who got out of prison five years ago. The two of them were in contact with each other recently. Ferguson claims McCann asked him for help to catch the Phantom. The parolee says this particular arsonist knows what he’s doing when it comes to fire. He likes to watch his work. Castle finds a video online that may have been posted by the killer. Ryan and Esposito check out a building that was part of McCann’s files. They find a work area that suggests this place is the arsonist’s workshop. The detectives set off a booby trap that causes a massive explosion. In other news, the website that posted the video Castle found is run by a man named Milo Pavlic, who says he doesn’t know the identity of the mystery videographer. The guy gets a text about a new fire raging in the city. Castle and Beckett realize it’s the building their partners were investigating. Ryan’s wife, Jenny, is three days past her due date. Beckett has no choice but to tell her what’s happening as the fire rages on. It’s too dangerous to send in rescue workers even though two of New York’s finest are trapped inside. Captain Gates and Delia bring the entire precinct up to speed on the case. The hunt is on for this sick individual is on. Inside the building, Esposito awakens. Ryan is also alive, but his legs are trapped. There’s no way he can get free. Ryan wants Esposito to get out of the building before the ceiling gives. That’s not gonna happen. Espo isn’t going anywhere without his partner. Esposito manages to free Ryan, but they are still trapped in a basement area with no cell phone use. They bang pipes hoping someone outside will hear. This doesn’t work. Outside, the fire department is pulling back. This is no longer a rescue operation. It’s a recovery. Jenny arrives at the scene. She’s in labor. She’s also not leaving without her husband. Moments later, Ryan is able to call Beckett. They are about 20 feet down. Castle believes that since this was the arsonist’s lair, he must have planned an escape route. They need to find this guy. It’s the only way they’ll find a way out for Ryan and Esposito. Captain Gates grills Milo Pavlic about the arsonist. The guy used to say that sick and dying buildings need to be put out of their misery. Inside, the carbon monoxide is getting to deadly levels. Ryan knows he might not make it. He asks to talk to Jenny. He needs to tell her he loves her. He needs to say goodbye. Ryan helps his wife pick a name for their baby. If it’s a boy, it’ll be Javier. If it’s a girl, it’ll be Sarah Grace after Jenny’s grandmother. The line goes dead. Jenny is devastated. Castle, Beckett and Lanie are heartbroken. Esposito falls asleep due to the carbon monoxide. Ryan desperately tries to wake him while also searching for a way out. He doesn’t want to leave Jenny. Outside, Delia helps Castle and Beckett realize that the building inspector they met at the murder scene, Mark Kimball, is the arsonist. He’s caught at the scene. Beckett says if her friends die, he dies. Inside, Ryan and Esposito are unconscious when the interior wall is broken down by a fire rescue team. Moments later, Ryan and Esposito emerge from the building. Both are alive and one is also a new dad. Detective Kevin Ryan rushes to his wife’s side where he meets his brand new daughter: Sarah Grace.

Victims[edit]

  • Victim: Blake McCann, FDNY fire investigator
    • Cause of Death: Single gunshot wound to head, then body burned in fire

  • Perp: Mark Kimball
    • Motive: Cover-up: Kimball discovered that McCann was hot on his trail as a serial arsonist, so he killed him then set his body on fire to keep him quiet.

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