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Basic Details[edit]

Season 8, Episode 1 (152)

Original Air Date - 21 September 2015

Summary[edit]

On her first day in the her new job as captain, Beckett disappears - and Castle only finds out when he finds the celebratory bracelet he gave her that morning, covered in blood, at a crime scene where three assassins with fake IDs have been shot dead. The episode shows the story from his perspective as the baffling hunt for Beckett begins.

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Credits[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

  • Daisy Betts as "Susan Emory"
  • Coby Ryan McLaughlin as Brooks
  • Jack Coleman as Senator William Bracken
  • Brad Lee Wind as Franco Mancini
  • Jamie Martz as male EMT
  • Alla Korot as Dry Cleaner Proprietor
  • Jason Ambrose as Henchman

Director[edit]

Writer[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • This episode, the season 8 premiere, was the first under the new showrunning team of writers' room veteran Terence Paul Winter and returning Castle alumnus Alexi Hawley, following the departure of series creator Andrew W. Marlowe and his deputy David Amann.
  • For season 8, composer Robert Duncan started using a live orchestra to record the episode scores for the first time.

Quotes[edit]

(Castle enters the bedroom with something smouldering behind his back)
Beckett: Babe, did you set you hair on fire again?
Castle: That was just that one time, and no. No no. It's just I'm so good looking, I'm literally smoking hot.
Beckett: OK, what do you have? Let me see! (Looking)
Castle: (hiding it): Ah ... ah ... it's just a ...
Beckett: (still trying to see) Just a little...
Castle: Wait a second ...
Beckett: OK.
(Castle produces a giant fairy cake with a sparkler on top)
Beckett: Ah! Ha! Oh my God!
Castle: First day! How you feeling?
Beckett: Um - Exhilarated, and frightened, and everything in between. I wish you were coming with.
Castle: Ah, sweetie, we talked about this. What am I going to do, sit outside your office and fetch you coffee?
Beckett: Yeah! You're great at fetching. I trained you well.
Castle: This is a good change for us.
Beckett: Is it?
Castle: Yes! Absolutely. And besides, with all the money I've spent on the remodelling of my PI office, I've got to take some cases so I can write that place off. (The sparkler goes out) Now come on. Dig in.
Beckett: No - I'm so nervous, I couldn't eat.
Castle: Who said anything about eating? I said 'dig in'.
Beckett: Oookay ... like 'dig' dig in, right? (She starts digging into the cake with her hands)
Castle: Keep going ...
(Beckett discovers a jewellery box in the middle of the cake. She opens it to find a beautiful bracelet with 'Always' engraved on it)
Beckett: Wow!!
Castle: Whaaaat? That was supposed to be a decoder ring!


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Mancini: (embracing Castle in a bearhug) Great new, huh, Ricky? My wife is sleeping with my brother, not my personal chef. What a relief!
Castle: I'm sorry ... Your wife is having an affair with your brother and you're happy about it?
Mancini: Hell, I got four other brothers. But my chef is one in a million. His spicy clams are to die for.


(Castle discovers Hayley hiding in the apartment and a fight breaks out. Ryan and Esposito rush in)
Esposito: NYPD! Don't move!
Ryan: Get on the floor right now!
Esposito: On the ground!
Ryan: Get on the floor right now!
Hayley: Have you seen the floor? If it's all the same to you, boys, let's do this standing.


(Castle's phone beeps)
Hayley: Who did you text? The cops? We had a deal. You shook on it!
Castle: If you wanted a binding agreement, we should have pinky-sweared.
Hayley: What are you, four?


Hayley: You really love her, don't you?
Castle: Like a house on fire.


Emory: You know, most people react differently to a gun in their side.
Castle: Yeah, well, this kind of thing happens to me a lot.


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Castle: (tied up in a chair) Hey: Richard Castle. I'd shake hands, but ...
Brooks: You think this is funny?
Castle: No, I just felt like you'd be serious enough for the both of us.


(Gunfire has Ryan and Esposito pinned down behind the desk)
Esposito: I'm gonna try something
Ryan: Don't be stupid.
Esposito: Where's the fun in that?


Castle: Dammit, Kate, where are you?

Full Episode Recap[edit]

Victims[edit]

  • Unnamed agent from the Attorney-General's office
Cause of death: Stabbed in a nightclub
  • Perp: "Susan Emory" (assassin with fake ID)
Motive: Unclear - related to his membership of the AG's team run by Rachel McCord


  • Agent Rachel McCord and several members of her team
Cause of death: Car crash
  • Perp: Unknown
Motive: Unclear - part of apparent planned hit on McCord's entire unit


  • "Dustin Chambers", "Greg Minoso" and "Jake Fitz" (assassins with fake IDs):
Cause of death: Gunshot wounds
  • Shooter: Probably Kate Beckett
Motive: Probably self-defence


  • "Susan Emory"
Cause of death: Gunshot wounds
  • Shooters: Ryan and Esposito
Motive: Self-defence

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