Season 8, Episode 2 (153)
Original Air Date - 28 September 2015
Beckett is on the run with a man who says they're both being targeted by the "Zero Dark Thirty All-Stars", and for some reason she can't confide in Castle. When he finally catches up to her, it turns out there's far more to the threat than she anticipated - and to chase it down she decides to put distance between herself and her husband. Follows the same events as in XY, from Kate's point of view.
- Nathan Fillion - Richard Castle
- Stana Katic - Kate Beckett, Captain of the 12th Precinct
- Susan Sullivan - Martha Rodgers (Castle's mother)
- Molly C. Quinn - Alexis Castle (Castle's daughter)
- Jon Huertas - Javier Esposito, Detective
- Seamus Dever - Kevin Ryan, Detective
- Tamala Jones - Lanie Parish, Medical Examiner
- Toks Olagundoye - Hayley Shipton
- Sunkrish Bala - Vikram Singh
- Coby Ryan McLaughlin as Brooks
- Jack Coleman as William Bracken
- Jason Ambrose as Henchman
- Ann Cusack as Rita
- Jacquelyn Obradors as Allison Hyde
Vikram: This is so not how I saw my life playing out. I joined the AG's office to make a difference, maybe impress a girl. OK - a lot of girls. The point is, I thought I'd be saving the world from behind a computer, not being hunted for sport by the Zero Dark Thirty all-stars.
Beckett: Today was going to be my first day as the captain of the 12th Precinct. The worst thing I thought I would be facing was working without Castle. And then you called.
Rita: Absence doesn't always make the heart grow fonder, but it sure does wonders for the libido.
Beckett: So what are you, CIA?
Rita: Oh God, no, I'm a different three-letter agency. Much more exclusive.
Beckett: Do you actually expect me to believe that?
Rita: I did save your life, dear.
Vikram: Oh, God, I think I'm going to hurl.
Beckett: Try to keep it together.
(Beckett looks at the blood on her hand while she drives)
Vikram: Oh, God, I'm definitely going to hurl.
Beckett: What's the matter with you?
Vikram: Headache ... dizzy... I need to eat something ...
Beckett: Yeah, well, maybe you should have grabbed some breakfast this morning instead of calling me.
Vikram: I'm a diabetic. I'm gonna need insulin.
Beckett: (Taking off shirt, threading needle) Yeah, well, one medical emergency at a time.
Beckett: When I started at the AG's office, I ran a keyword search hunting for criminality linked to Bracken and i never got a hit.
Vikram: Well, yesterday you did. And five people are dead because of it.
Beckett: Tell me everything you remember about the memo.
Vikram: Most of it was redacted. But there was a word written in the margin: LOKSAT. That made me curious, so I looked it up. It came up empty, so I forwarded the whole thing to Agent McCord and forgot about it. Twelve hours later, they were dead. And I was running for my life.
Vikram: You are going to get me shot.
Beckett: Look on the bright side: chicks dig scars.
Rita: I'm afraid the only way you and Vikram are going to be able to stay alive is if you go on the run. And one day, I hope I will be able to root out the big bad and get the target taken off your backs.
Beckett: One day?
Rita: Yes, dear. I'm afraid the life you were living yesterday is over.
Beckett: Castle, what are you doing here?
Castle: Isn't it obvious? I'm rescuing you!
Beckett: Castle, just - shut up and kiss me.
Castle: Right, right - (dives in).
Castle: Beckett, this is Hayley, she's the one who helped me find you.
Beckett: Thank you for looking after him.
Hayley: It's a lot of work. I don't know how you do it.
(Ryan and Esposito burst out of the back room of Castle's office to take and arrest the suspect)
Castle: OK, so did you guys get lost, or were you just waiting till the last possible second to save us?
Esposito: Got a little distracted in there, You've got a fully stocked bar, satellite TV ...
Ryan: I ordered some sushi on your credit card, so I hope you don't mind.
Hyde: (to Beckett) I recommend you keep a security detail at all times. The AG's office can provide a team.
Esposito: She's already got one.
Hyde: Any chance I could interest you in a return to Washington? I could offer a prestigious command.
Ryan: She's already got one of those too.
Castle: Everyone, please gather round. Gather round, gather round, gather round. Come on over here.
Beckett: (under her breath) What are you doing?
Castle: Although she is a little bit late reporting for duty, let us give an official welcome to her first command ... Captain Kate Beckett! (Applause)
Ryan: Speech, captain, speech!
Beckett: You know, I thought I would be spending my first few days here with my head buried in paperwork, but so much for that. It's an honour to be here, especially considering all the captains that have come before me. And if I was a poet - or a best-selling novelist - maybe I would have a better metaphor, but ... the 12th Precinct, she's our home. Our haven. And even if she is beaten down or shot up, she's still special. Because this is where we get to make a difference, and I am so privileged to be able to do just that with each and every one of you. Sooo, that being said: stop standing around and doing nothing and get back to work!
Rita: Attachments are liabilities. Leverage to be used against us by our enemies.
Castle: Look, if you have a problem, we have a problem. That's how this works.
Beckett: No, Castle, not this time.
Full Episode Recap
- William Bracken
- Cause of death: Stabbed to death in his jail cell
- Perp: "Unknown"
- Motive: Probably connected to the source of the "LOKSAT" operation
- Assistant AG Allison Hyde
- Cause of death: Gunshot to the head
- Perp: "Unknown"; gunshot may or may not have been self-inflicted
- Motive: If suicide, the victim may have killed herself to protect her family; if homicide, she may have been a patsy