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Castle: Episode 1x10 A Death In the Family
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ACT ONE
[00:41, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, CASTLE'S OFFICE - DAY]
Castle enters his office with Clark Murray, mid-50s.

MURRAY
A stabbing, Rick? Isn't that a little pedestrian for you? Usually when you call me, it's to ask what happens if you put a head in a microwave.

CASTLE
Well, this one's a little less made-up. The victim is the mother of that detective I've been following around.

[Castle hands Murray Johanna Beckett's murder file]

MURRAY
Ah.

CASTLE
The case has been cold ten years. I just figured, since you're the best forensic pathologist in the city, maybe you could catch something they missed.

MURRAY
You know reality isn't fiction, right? The odds of finding anyone's killer after ten years ...

CASTLE
Astronomical. I know. But I'd appreciate it if you took a look.

MURRAY
Well, I'll do what I can. Just don't go making any promises I can't keep.

CASTLE
Course not.

--
[01:25, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, LIVING ROOM - DAY]
Castle opens the front door for Murray.

CASTLE
Thanks again.

MURRAY
Get back to you as soon as I can

CASTLE
I appreciate it.

MARTHA
What was Dr. Death doing here?

CASTLE
Just a little consulting.

MARTHA
Sounded to me like you were looking into Detective Beckett's mother's murder.

CASTLE (sigh)
Must you always eavesdrop?

MARTHA
I wasn't eavesdropping. I happened to walk by your office door. I live here, too, you know.

CASTLE
Yes, I'm aware.

MARTHA
So, does she know you're poking into her mother's case?

CASTLE
What's the sense of telling her until I find something new?

MARTHA
Well, you ever stop to think you're invading her privacy?

CASTLE
I'm not poking through her underwear drawer. I'm investigating her mother's murder.

MARTHA
You are digging up her past, darling, without her permission. Now, you either tell her or leave it alone.

[Just then, the front door opens and Alexis enters with a huge grin on her face.]

ALEXIS
Oh, my gosh, Dad! Dad, Dad, Dad!

CASTLE
What is it?

ALEXIS
Dad, he asked me! Dad, he asked me!

CASTLE
Who asked you?

ALEXIS
Owen! But I told him I had to ask you, but you'll say yes, right? 'Cause I told him yes, but you have to say yes, so say yes.

CASTLE
Yes?

ALEXIS
Yes!

[Alexis gives Martha a big hug]

MARTHA
Oh, Yes!

CASTLE
What am I saying yes to?

ALEXIS
The Junior-Senior Prom.

CASTLE
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa. You are not a junior, nor a senior.

ALEXIS
True. But Owen's a junior.

CASTLE
Owen? I thought you said he was only fifteen.

ALEXIS
Yeah, he skipped a grade. But he's so cute, Dad. Please, please, please.

CASTLE
If I say yes, will you promise to stay up past your bedtime, have a good time?

ALEXIS
Yes!

[She answers a little too enthusiastically.]

CASTLE
Not... Not too good a time.

ALEXIS
Dad, all we've done is hold hands.

CASTLE
Ew. Okay, Please. Don't need details. Just...

ALEXIS
So, I can go?

CASTLE
Of course you can go.

[She giddily hugs her dad]

ALEXIS
Oh. I'm going to need a dress.

MARTHA
Of course.

ALEXIS
A beautiful dress. A dress, a dress, a dress! Thanks, Dad!

[She runs upstairs. Martha shoots Castle a look.]

MARTHA
So, do you like this Owen?

CASTLE
I don't know. I haven't met him.

MARTHA
You are letting her go out with someone that you've never met? What kind of a father are you?

--
[03:33, INT. IMPOUND LOT - DAY]
CSU photographers take pictures of the blue Mercedes, the plastic-encased head, and the slumped body. On Beckett and Castle, approaching the car.

BECKETT
I'm not running a background check on your daughter's date.

CASTLE
Oh, come on. She says he's quiet. He keeps to himself and he lives with his parents. Tell me that doesn't sound like a serial killer to you.

[They join Ryan and Esposito.]

ESPOSITO
Who's a serial killer?

BECKETT
Castle's daughter, Alexis, got invited to prom.

CASTLE
It's her first real date.

RYAN
And you're worried he's a serial killer? You should be more worried he's a teenage boy.

CASTLE
Oh, he's only fifteen.

RYAN
Between satellite TV and the Internet, fifteen's the new twenty-five.

ESPOSITO
Dude's right. I was fifteen once.

RYAN
Still are.

ESPOSITO
If I had a daughter her age, I'd never let her out of the house.

CASTLE
Thanks, guys.

RYAN
Mmm-hmm. The car was towed in a few hours ago. Parking violation. When the attendant went to look for the VIN number, he found the vic, slumped over with the bag on his head.

[They join Lanie and see the decomposed face in plastic.]

CASTLE
Six parking tickets and a tow sticker, and no one bothers to look inside?

ESPOSITO
Tinted windows. Sunshade on the windshield.

CASTLE
You'd think someone would try to at least look inside.

BECKETT
Yeah, welcome to New York. You got an ID?

ESPOSITO
Yeah. Dr. Joshua Leeds, 37. According to the business cards in his wallet...

[Esposito hands her one.]

ESPOSITO (CONT'D)
...he's a plastic surgeon. Car's also registered to him as well.

BECKETT
Any money in the wallet?

ESPOSITO
Yeah, couple of hundred bucks.

BECKETT
Well, I guess we can rule out robbery.

CASTLE
Plastic bag and duct tape. Not a very efficient way to kill someone.

BECKETT
No. But it's very personal. Alright, find and notify next of kin. Let's see how long he's been missing.

LANIE
From the state of decay, I'd say about a week.

RYAN
That matches the date on the first parking ticket.

LANIE
Preliminary cause of death indicates asphyxiation, but I'll run toxicology just in case.

ESPOSITO
That bag's pretty thin. Why wouldn't he just rip it off?

BECKETT
He must have been restrained.

LANIE
That's only half the story.

[Lanie holds up his fingers.]

LANIE (CONT'D)
His fingernails were removed. And each finger presents signs of having been broken pre-mortem.

BECKETT
Broken?

LANIE
If I had to guess, I'd say our doctor was tortured before he was killed.

--
[05:39, INT. MORGUE, VIEWING ROOM - DAY]
Lanie pulls back the sheet for Courtney Morantz, late-20s. Courtney's face twists up, emotional. Lanie covers the body again and then gives a little nod to the hallway, where we find Beckett and Castle, with Esposito, in the hallway, looking through the window.

ESPOSITO
His fiancée, Courtney Morantz. She reported him missing a week ago.

BECKETT
CSU have any luck with the car?

ESPOSITO
We're running prints, testing fibers. We should have results by tomorrow.

BECKETT
Alright, thanks.

ESPOSITO
Mm-hmm.

[Lanie leads Morantz out of the viewing room, into the hallway. She's devastated, but tries to fight back her tears.]

BECKETT
Ms. Morantz. I'm Kate Beckett. I'm the detective working on your fiancé's case. I'm very sorry about your loss. I was wondering if I would take a moment of your time?

--
[06:, INT. PRECINCT - INTERVIEW LOUNGE]
Beckett and Castle sit across from Courtney Morantz as they interview her.

COURTNEY
I knew it. When he didn't come home, I just felt it.

CASTLE
How long were you engaged?

COURTNEY
Almost a year. We were gonna get married next month. At the gardens. What did they want? Money?

BECKETT
It doesn't appear to be a robbery.

COURTNEY
Then, why?

BECKETT
Was Josh involved in anything that might have brought him into contact with criminal elements?

COURTNEY
No. No, not my Josh. That's just not who he was.

CASTLE
On the day he disappeared, did you notice anything different about him?

COURTNEY
Uh, different?

BECKETT
Did he seem worried or scared or distracted?

COURTNEY
He was fine. I mean, we were going to meet, because we were gonna go taste some cakes. When he didn't show, I called the office, and they said he'd left, so I called his cell phone, but he didn't pick up.

CASTLE
If his office was in Midtown, do you have any idea why his car would be found on 133rd Street?

COURTNEY
133rd Street? He'd never go that far north. He always took the Midtown Tunnel to the L.I.E. And if he was going to be late, he'd call. He'd always call. He'd always let me know.

--
[07:24, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Beckett and Castle enter to see Ryan and Esposito putting up items on the murder board.

BECKETT
Anything on the canvas?

RYAN
Nada. Locals only remember seeing the car after the tickets. No security cameras on the street.

ESPOSITO
Fiancée's story checks out. Cake shop confirms she was there waiting.

RYAN
Heading to meet his fiancée at a cake shop in Great Neck. How'd he wind up dead on a street in Harlem?

CASTLE
Well, maybe he had secrets even his fiancée didn't know about. Like, maybe he secretly made a living out of using his surgeon's skills to harvest organs off of tourists for the black market organ trade. Whoa, that was a good one. I'm writing that down.

[Beckett and Esposito exchange a look and Esposito shakes his head.]

BECKETT
So, instead of making up stories, we are going to establish a timeline. When did he get his first ticket?

ESPOSITO
Last Wednesday morning.

BECKETT
Okay. So, you guys take the Midtown garage where he kept his car, and we'll hit his office.

ESPOSITO
Cool.

BECKETT
Okay.

[Castle follows Beckett]

CASTLE
Hey, can I ask you something?

BECKETT
Since when do you ask permission to ask questions?

CASTLE
It's about your mother's case. Have you ever thought about reopening it?

BECKETT
What are you doing?

CASTLE
Nothing. I just thought if we worked together--

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
I have resources.

BECKETT
Castle, you touch my mother's case, and you and I are done. Do you understand?

CASTLE
Okay. Why don't you want to investigate it?

BECKETT
Same reason a recovering alcoholic doesn't drink. You don't think I haven't been down there? You don't think I haven't memorized every line in that file? My first three years on the force, every off-duty moment was spent looking for something someone missed. It took me a year of therapy to realize, if I didn't let it go, it was going to destroy me. And so I let it go.

[She steps into the elevator.]

CASTLE
Sorry. I didn't know.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, now you do.

[The elevator doors close.]

--
ACT TWO
[09:38, INT. OFFICE BUILDING, CORRIDOR - DAY]
A busty blonde with obviously-fake boobs walks past Beckett and Castle on their way into the office.

BECKETT
Well, this must be the place.

[Castle is distracted by the blonde. Beckett clears her throat]

CASTLE
Hmm?

BECKETT
What is it with men and boobs, anyway?

CASTLE
Biological. We can't help it.

BECKETT
But doesn't it bother you that they're so obviously not real?

CASTLE
Santa's not real. We still love opening his presents.

--
[10:03, INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE, RECEPTION - DAY]
Beckett and Castle are in reception with Nurse Guerrera and two other nurses: Julia Hammond, late-40s, and Maggie Dowd, late-20s.

JULIA HAMMOND
It wasn't like him to disappear. I think that deep down, we all knew that, um, that something was wrong.

BECKETT
Did he seem agitated at all?

JULIA HAMMOND
No. I mean, it was pretty much business as usual.

MARIO GUERRERO
Except for the wedding. We were trying to clear his schedule for the honeymoon.

BECKETT
When was the last time you saw him?

JULIA HAMMOND
Last Tuesday. He was on his way to meet his fiancée.

CASTLE
What time did he leave the office?

JULIA HAMMOND
Um...

MARIO GUERRERO
Around 5:30.

JULIA HAMMOND
Yeah.

MAGGIE DOWD
When I called at six, he was fine. He said he was in traffic at the Tunnel.

BECKETT
He'd left Manhattan, then.

CASTLE
Why would he come back?

BECKETT
Did Dr. Leeds have any enemies? Anyone that he had operated on who had had complications or a bad experience?

JULIA HAMMOND
None of his patients had complications.

MARIO GUERRERO
That doesn't mean that they were always happy. Cosmetic surgery is about self-image. For some people, it changes their lives. For others, nothing's ever enough.

BECKETT
Did any of his patients ever threaten him?

JULIA HAMMOND
One. Jacey Goldberg. She was a patient of Dr. Leeds's until about three months ago.

CASTLE
What happened?

JULIA HAMMOND
She wanted a face-lift.

BECKETT
So?

MARIO GUERRERO
So, she already had three. Dr. Leeds refused to perform the operation.

CASTLE
So, what'd she do?

JULIA HAMMOND
She sued him. It was thrown out of court, of course.

[Julia pulls a patient file and hands it to Beckett.]

MAGGIE DOWD
That's when the threats started.

[Beckett opens the file. Her eyebrows go up and Castle's jaw drops at the picture of Jacey Goldberg, late-40s. She's had so much work, it almost looks like her face isn't real. She looks kind of like a cat.]

--
[11:26, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Captain Montgomery stares at the photo of Jacey Goldberg on the murder board and shudders.

MONTGOMERY
At the very least, she should be arrested for violating the laws of nature.

ESPOSITO
Check this out. Jacey Goldberg's husband, Jack, had her committed to Bellevue a month ago for psychiatric treatment for her little obsession.

RYAN
Guess who testified in support of her commitment?

BECKETT
Dr. Joshua Leeds.

ESPOSITO
Mm-hmm.

RYAN
Mandatory one-month treatment program. She was released last week.

ESPOSITO
Three days before our doctor went missing.

CASTLE
Mentally unstable plastic surgery chick. That is way better than harvesting organs.

MONTGOMERY
Get her in here.

--
[11:53, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION/OBSERVATION ROOM - DAY]
Jacey Goldberg, in all her glory. Sitting next to her is her attorney. From the Observation room, Esposito, Ryan, Castle, and Beckett stare.

ESPOSITO
Wow. Look at her. How can anyone do that to themselves?

CASTLE
Right. It's like she escaped from The Island of Doctor Moreau.

BECKETT
Come on, guys. She's not an animal. She's a human being.

CASTLE
Yeah, I know, but... Wait. Are you being sincere, or quoting The Elephant Man?

[The guys snicker and Beckett shoots him a mischievous look as she exits the room.]

CASTLE
Oh, saucy.

[Beckett enters Interrogation, followed by Castle.]

BECKETT
Mrs. Goldberg. I'm Detective Beckett. This is Richard Castle, a consultant with the department.

ATTORNEY
What's this all about, Detective?

[Beckett doesn't even acknowledge the attorney.]

BECKETT
Mrs. Goldberg, are you familiar with a plastic surgeon named Dr. Joshua Leeds?

JACEY GOLDBERG
Yes.

BECKETT
You recently sued him for malpractice.

JACEY GOLDBERG
That's correct.

[Beckett reads from the lawsuit]

BECKETT
For refusing to perform elective cosmetic surgery; specifically, a face-lift, facial implants, and liposuction.

JACEY GOLDBERG
I can assure you, each procedure was medically necessary.

CASTLE
Dr. Leeds didn't seem to think so.

JACEY GOLDBERG
That arrogant bastard thought he could play God.

CASTLE
Well, if you wanted the surgery so badly, why didn't you just see another lips? Doc-- doctor?

JACEY GOLDBERG
Because I wanted the best. Who is he to deny me the best?

CASTLE
So, you threatened to ruin him?

JACEY GOLDBERG (scoffs)
Why does he get to tell me what I can and cannot do? Why does he get to decide what I look like?

BECKETT
Is that why you killed him?

JACEY GOLDBERG
What?

CASTLE
Dr. Leeds was murdered last week.

JACEY GOLDBERG
"Murdered"?

BECKETT
A couple of days after you were released from the psychiatric treatment facility that Leeds helped commit you to. That's motive and opportunity, Counselor.

JACEY GOLDBERG
I said I'd ruin him, not kill him. Big difference.

BECKETT
Then I suppose you won't mind telling me where you were last Tuesday night?

--
[13:40, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Beckett works the murder board. Montgomery's with her.

MONTGOMERY
So, where was she?

BECKETT
She was... in the hospital.

MONTGOMERY
Getting more surgery?

BECKETT
Yep.

MONTGOMERY
What's she got left to operate on?

[Beckett clears her throat.]

MONTGOMERY (CONT'D)
Oh, no.

BECKETT
Oh, yes.

MONTGOMERY
Seriously? What could they possibly do down there?

BECKETT
Well, apparently, quite a lot.

[Montgomery shudders.]

MONTGOMERY
Well, if Leeds had a reputation of turning people away, maybe there's someone else that he pissed off.

BECKETT
Yeah, Esposito and Ryan are already looking through the patient list, but the CSU came back clean from the car. It'd be almost impossible for a run-of-the-mill revenge murderer to be that invisible.

MONTGOMERY
You thinking it was professional?

BECKETT
I don't know. Mrs. Goldberg had enough money to pay someone to do it. And her surgery is a pretty convenient alibi. But torture and suffocation? That doesn't seem like the work of a disgruntled trophy wife turning fifty.

MONTGOMERY
A surgeon with broken fingers? That's someone sending a message.

--
[14:29, INT. BOUTIQUE, DRESSING AREA - DAY]
Several dresses are on a rack. Alexis steps out of the dressing room, wearing a prom dress. She's feeling just a little awkward.

ALEXIS
What do you think?

CASTLE
You look beautiful.

[Alexis is exasperated.]

ALEXIS
Dad, you say that about every dress. Don't you think this makes my skin look pasty?

CASTLE
Sweetheart, I want you to know, no matter how you think you look, you are perfect exactly the way you are.

ALEXIS
You're not helping.

[Martha enters, holding another dress.]

MARTHA
Oh, God no. Hideous.

ALEXIS
Thank you!

MARTHA
Here. Try this. Alright. Good color for you.

[Martha hands her a dress and Alexis disappears back into the dressing room.]

CASTLE
What are you doing?

MARTHA
What?

CASTLE
"You look hideous"? Are you trying to give her body-image issues?

MARTHA
Oh, news flash. She already has body image issues. It's an intrinsic part of being a woman. Every woman in the world has some part of herself that she absolutely hates. Her hands are too small, her feet are too big, her hair's too straight, too curly. Her ears stick out, her... Oh, God, her butt's too flat, her nose is too big. And you know, nothing you can say will change how we feel. What men don't understand is, the right clothes, the right shoes, the right makeup just... It hides the flaws we think we have. They make us look beautiful to ourselves. That's what makes us look beautiful to others.

CASTLE
Used to be, all she needed to feel beautiful was a pink tutu and a plastic tiara.

MARTHA
We spend our whole lives trying to feel that way again.

[And now Alexis emerges from the dressing room, and this time, the dress really is gorgeous. Youthful, sweet, demure.]

ALEXIS
What do you think?

CASTLE
I think it's you.

--
[16:20, INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE, DR. LEEDS'S OFFICE - DAY]
Esposito is in Dr. Leeds's office, searching the lower drawer of his desk, when Ryan enters.

RYAN
Staff just went through all the files. No other red flags. Any dark secrets in here?

ESPOSITO
Yeah. Doctor Leeds had a weakness.

[Esposito holds up a bunch of wrappers.]

ESPOSITO (CONT'D)
Energy bars.

[Ryan snorts.]

ESPOSITO (CONT'D)
He volunteered at Doctors International. Did pro bono work. The guy's a boy scout. Hell, he didn't even have any porn on his computer.

RYAN
That's weird.

ESPOSITO
I know. Know what he had in his locked desk drawer?

RYAN
A fifth of Scotch?

[Esposito pulls out a checkbook and some folders.]

ESPOSITO
Checkbook. The guy locked up his checkbook.

RYAN
What about these folders?

ESPOSITO
Wedding stuff. Tux deposits. Catering invoices.

[Ryan goes through them.]

RYAN
Maybe some angry couple killed him for their wedding venue. Hmm?

ESPOSITO
It's as good a theory as any.

RYAN
Hey. These aren't all wedding files.

[Esposito crosses to see what Ryan is looking at. It's a medical file. But much of the information in it has been blacked out.]

ESPOSITO
That's odd. All the patient information's blacked out.

RYAN
Maybe Dr. Leeds has a secret after all.

--
[17:22, INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE, RECEPTION - DAY]
Julia, Dr. Leeds's senior nurse, examines the file.

JULIA HAMMOND
It's his handwriting, but I've never seen this file before.

ESPOSITO
Can you identify that patient?

JULIA HAMMOND
Not from his notes. Just that it was a male, fifty-five years old.

RYAN
How about the kind of procedure?

JULIA HAMMOND
This is impossible. I'm his primary nurse. I run his surgical team. He never operates without me.

ESPOSITO
Apparently, he did.

JULIA HAMMOND
Mario, check on Dr. Leeds's calendar, what do you have for March 18th?

[Mario flips back a few pages.]

MARIO GUERRERO
He was supposed to be down at Mercy, attending the panel on reconstructive surgery.

JULIA HAMMOND
Why would he lie? Why would he operate without me?

--
[18:03, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Esposito tapes the redacted medical records to the murder board. Beckett, Ryan, Castle, and Montgomery are there as well.

ESPOSITO
According to the hospital, the procedure lasted nine hours. Neither the assisting nor the anesthesiologist were with the hospital. Both were brought in by Dr. Leeds, neither of his regulars.

CAPTAIN MONTGOMERY
A nine-hour mystery operation he didn't want his own people to know about?

BECKETT
The hospital must've had some record of the patient.

RYAN
Get this. The hospital can't find the file. It's like it never happened.

CASTLE
Who did you talk to?

RYAN
Patient Information.

CASTLE
Well, that was your first mistake. You want to find someone at a hospital who had a treatment there, there's only one department to go to where nothing ever falls through the cracks.

[They shoot him a confused look.]

CASTLE (CONT'D)
Billing. Someone had to pay for it, right?

--
ACT THREE
[18:44, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Castle exits the break room with a pair of cappuccinos and crosses to Beckett, who is just finishing up a call.

BECKETT
Thank you. No. I appreciate it.

[She hangs up]

BECKETT (CONT'D)
Well, it looks like our mystery patient's hospital bills were paid promptly and in full.

CASTLE
By whom?

BECKETT
Wire transfer. Esposito.

ESPOSITO
Yeah.

[Beckett hands a slip of paper to Esposito.]

BECKETT
See what you can find on this account number.

ESPOSITO
Alright.

[Esposito takes the slip and heads to his desk.]

BECKETT (CONT'D)
So, did Alexis find a dress yet?

CASTLE
Yeah. Yeah. Cute one, too. Boy, I can't believe my little girl's going to prom. My only comfort now is the longstanding tradition of torturing the boyfriend.

BECKETT
What do you mean?

CASTLE
You know, the time-honored hazing that goes on in those few moments we share, where he and I are alone, just before my daughter descends the stairs.

RYAN
I remember the terror of meeting my date's old man.

CASTLE
What'd he do?

RYAN
Checked my wallet for condoms, showed me his gun collection. My hands were shaking so bad, I could barely put on the corsage.

CASTLE
What'd your dad do?

BECKETT
I... I don't know. I was in my room.

CASTLE
How was your date when you finally came out?

BECKETT
You know, actually, now that you mention it, he looked terrified. And this whole time, I thought he was scared of me.

CASTLE
Nope. And now it's my turn.

RYAN
What are you planning?

CASTLE
Something befitting the name of Castle.

[Esposito hangs up the phone and crosses back to them.]

ESPOSITO
Yo, you're never going to believe this.

BECKETT
What'd you find?

ESPOSITO
That account the money was wired from? It belongs to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Whatever the procedure was, Uncle Sam paid for it.

CASTLE
I guess we can rule out boob job.

RYAN
Why would the DOJ pay for a cosmetic procedure?

BECKETT
There's only one reason. To change someone's identity.

ESPOSITO
So, you think the guy was in Witness Protection?

CASTLE
If Dr. Leeds was tortured, I think that our killer's trying to find this guy.

BECKETT
Then we better find him first.

CASTLE
How do you find someone who's in Witness Protection?

BECKETT
We ask the people who are protecting him.

[Ryan and Esposito recoil]

RYAN
Ask "Hard Candy"? Good luck.

CASTLE
"Hard-- hard Candy"?

ESPOSITO
Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace Robinson. She makes mobsters cry.

--
[20:19, INT. ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, CORRIDOR - DAY]
Assistant U.S. Attorney Candace "Hard Candy" Robinson strides down the hallway with Beckett and Castle trailing.

AUSA ROBINSON
I'm sorry, Detective, but you must know that information on a protected witnesses is confidential. Whether or not you have proof that we employed Dr. Leeds, or whether or not you have proof that an operation took place, is irrelevant.

BECKETT
Not to my victim, it's not. Not to his family, and certainly not to his fiancée. They were planning a life together that they will never have.

AUSA ROBINSON
Look, I am not unsympathetic to your situation, but we all have our jobs to do.

BECKETT
Ms. Robinson, doesn't it matter to you that the man that you employed was killed, and whoever murdered him might be looking for your witness?

AUSA ROBINSON (sigh)
Detective, you are asking me to expose a witness during an ongoing Federal investigation, and I am telling you that is not going to happen.

--
[21:05, EXT. STREET - DAY]
Castle and Beckett walk and talk.

CASTLE
So, what now?

BECKETT
This witness of theirs is the key. Without knowing who he is or who's after him, there's no way of getting to the next step.

CASTLE
There's another way we can figure out who that witness is.

BECKETT
Yeah? How?

CASTLE
Candace Robinson's office deals almost exclusively with organized crime.

BECKETT
So?

CASTLE
So, what if we ask the other side?

BECKETT
You want to ask the mob who the witness is?

CASTLE
Clearly, they already know who he is, if they're trying to kill him. Like you said, he's gotta be a significant witness in a pretty big case.

BECKETT
So, what do we do? Hop in the car, drive down to Bada Bing?

CASTLE
I know a guy. He owes me a favor.

BECKETT
You "know a guy"? What is this? A Mamet play?

CASTLE
From the early days of Derrick Storm. He's a capo with one of the families. He's actually pretty nice.

BECKETT
For a criminal.

CASTLE
I'm just saying, maybe he knows something. Maybe he can tell us something the Feds won't. I keep forgetting you read plays!

--
[21:56, INT. BAR - DAY]
Even though it's the middle of the day, this place hasn't seen sunlight in years. Castle enters to find a couple of barflies planted on stools. In the back corner booth, set up as his office, Sal Tenor, Italian, mid-50s, goes over a stack of paperwork. As Castle approaches, a Heavy grabs Castle, twists his hand, shoves him face-first against a table.

CASTLE
Whoa, whoa. Whoa, I'm a friend. I'm a friend.

HEAVY
Sal?

[Sal stares at Castle, but there's no recognition on his face.]

SAL TENOR
Take him out back. Kill him.

[The Heavy grabs Castle, powering him toward the back of the bar.]

CASTLE
Sal! Whoa, whoa! Sal! No, let me go. Ow, jeez. Sal, it's me. It's me, buddy.

SAL TENOR
Vito! Vito, wait! Vito, wait! Hold on. I was just messing with him.

[And now Sal starts to laugh. The Heavy lets Castle go.]

HEAVY
It's alright.

SAL TENOR (still laughing)
Come here.

CASTLE
Not funny, Sal.

SAL TENOR
No, you're right. No. It wasn't funny. It was friggin' hilarious. Richard friggin' Castle. Master of the Macabre. What brings you down off your cloud of money?

[Later, a waitress puts down two Scotch and sodas. Sal looks up at her and waits for her to go before continuing.]

CASTLE (to waitress)
Thanks you.

SAL TENOR
(hushed tones)
The guy you're talking about? He worked for the Spolano family. Jimmy "the Rat" Moran. He was an underboss. He was a favorite of the Old Man's. But he got squeezed out by Junior when the Old Man bit it. Rumor has it that he turned State's a few months ago, and the Spolanos are running scared. Apparently, Moran's got it all - bills of lading, calendars, ledgers, the whole shooting match. Enough to take down all the top guys.

CASTLE
Well, no wonder he wanted to change his face.

SAL TENOR
Hey, if they got to the surgeon, it's only a matter of time before they get to him.

CASTLE
When I was wrote Storm Warning...

SAL TENOR
Oh, I love that book.

CASTLE
Thank you. You told me that certain mob hit men have a signature styles or weapons.

SAL TENOR
That's right.

CASTLE
Okay. Well, this killer used a plastic bag with duct tape to suffocate his victim. Does that sound like anyone you know?

[Sal Tenor shakes his head.]

SAL TENOR
No. You'd have to ask the Spolanos about that one.

CASTLE
Yeah, I don't think they'd like that.

SAL TENOR
Probably not. I bet you I know somebody else would might know.

CASTLE
Who?

SAL TENOR
Jimmy "the Rat."

--
[23:33, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Esposito and the gang, in front of his computer. On the screen is a picture of Jimmy Moran.

ESPOSITO
Jimmy "the Rat" Moran, aka Jimmy Pretty. Been linked to gambling, loansharking, and extortion schemes.

RYAN
You know, you want a guy to be loyal, you probably shouldn't nickname him "the Rat."

BECKETT
Okay, so let's start off by digging up all known associates of the Spolano family.

RYAN
Yeah, sure. And while we're at it, we'll just bang our heads against a brick wall. You know, just for fun.

ESPOSITO
Professional hits are the hardest to close because of the anonymous nature of the murders. The usual rules - like motive and relationship to victim - don't apply.

BECKETT
We need to talk to Moran. Gotta see what he knows.

ESPOSITO
Yeah.

CASTLE
What makes you think your friend "Hard Candy" is going to cooperate with you now?

BECKETT
You have your sources, I have mine.

CASTLE
Oh, it's not your ex-boyfriend, is it? Mr. FBI? Tall, brooding, and judgmental?

BECKETT
Why, yes, in fact, it is? Is that a problem?

CASTLE
No, not for me. But, then again, I'm not the one he's trying to get back together with.

--
ACT FOUR
[24:33, EXT. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY]
Beckett leans against a car outside an office building, holding a brown bag and a coffee. She watches as Will Sorenson comes out of the building and approaches the car.

SORENSON
Well, this is a nice surprise.

BECKETT
Yeah, hopefully this is a nice surprise as well.

[She hands him the brown bag. He looks inside. He pulls out a rainbow sprinkle doughnut.]

SORENSON (chuckles)
Sprinkles. Am I really that predictable?

BECKETT
Well, maybe I just know you too well. I mean, we did date once.

SORENSON
Yeah.

[He offers her half of the doughnut.]

BECKETT
Oh, no, thanks. I don't eat sprinkles anymore.

SORENSON
Right. So, okay. Is this the part where you ask me to bend the rules to help you on your case?

BECKETT
Am I really that predictable?

SORENSON
Maybe I just know you too well. What do you need?

BECKETT
I want to talk to Jimmy Moran.

SORENSON
Jimmy Moran, the mobster?

BECKETT
Yeah.

SORENSON
What makes you think I can help with that?

BECKETT
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office have him in Witness Protection.

SORENSON
And you know this how?

BECKETT
Word on the street.

SORENSON (sigh)
Look, even if it's true, I don't work organized crime cases.

BECKETT
Oh, come on, Will. You and I both know how this works. You reach out to the agent in charge, he talks to the AUSA running the case, and then I get to talk to Jimmy Moran.

SORENSON (smiles)
And I do this for you, why?

BECKETT
Alright, let me put this another way: the Spolanos know that Jimmy Moran is cooperating with the government. We know that they want him dead, because they murdered the surgeon you Feds hired to change his face. You guys put that doctor in harm's way. So you're doing it for him, not for me.

--
[26:05, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, LIVING ROOM - EVENING]
A door buzzer sounds. Castle emerges from his office wearing a bloody lab coat and holding a prop Halloween severed head.

CASTLE (whisper) (to the severed head)
This is it. Don't be nervous.

ALEXIS
Dad! No! No severed heads.

[Alexis comes rushing down the stairs in her prom dress, looking beautiful. Castle cringes. He's been caught.]

CASTLE
That's... I... It's time-honored...

ALEXIS
No!

[Martha comes in from the kitchen.]

MARTHA
Richard, really.

ALEXIS
Take it off. Come on.

CASTLE
Fine.

[Castle pulls off his bloody lab coat and tosses it and the severed head into his office. Alexis crosses to the door and opens it, revealing her date, Owen, dressed in a tux and holding a corsage. He's a little shy and awkward, and gives off the air of a newborn puppy.]

ALEXIS
Hi.

OWEN
Hi. Wow. You look, uh... really nice.

ALEXIS
Thanks. You, too.

[Castle and Martha appear behind Alexis. Castle has his FlipCam out and is filming.]

CASTLE
Baby, find the lens.

ALEXIS
Dad.

CASTLE
Shh. I'm not here.

MARTHA
Oh.

ALEXIS
Dad, Gram, this is Owen.

OWEN
Hi, hi.

MARTHA
Delighted.

OWEN
Hi.

CASTLE
Pleasure.

OWEN
Hi.

MARTHA
Oh, don't they look adorable? And a corsage.

[Owen opens the corsage box.]

OWEN
Oh, uh, here. It, uh, goes on your wrist.

ALEXIS
Oh, okay.

[He takes the corsage out and slides it on her wrist. Martha takes the plastic box.]

MARTHA
Oh, it's beautiful. It's beautiful.

ALEXIS
Ready?

[Alexis takes Owen's hand.]

OWEN
Yeah.

ALEXIS
Yeah, okay.

CASTLE
What? Whoa, whoa! Wait, wait, wait. Whoa, whoa! That's it? I don't even get a chance to ask him if he's killed a man?

ALEXIS
Dad, he hasn't. But I might.

CASTLE
Alright. Get out of here. Don't do anything I would do.

OWEN
Bye.

MARTHA
Enjoy yourselves.

CASTLE
Have fun! Bye!

[And she and Owen get the hell out of the apartment, leaving Castle with Martha. Martha closes the door behind them.]

CASTLE (CONT'D)
My little girl, She's all grown up.

MARTHA
Yeah. Well, at least one of you is. A severed head?

CASTLE
Ooh, I was just getting started, too. I was gonna break into my Chris Walken. "Whoa! Tell me, little man, have you ever been to prison?"

MARTHA
Very funny. Very funny. But leave the acting to me, honey.

[Castle's phone rings. He checks caller ID and answers.]

CASTLE (à la Walken)
"Hi, Detective Beckett. I'm so glad you called. Regale me."

[INT. PRECINCT - NIGHT]
Beckett on the phone.

BECKETT
Castle?

CASTLE
It's my Chris Walken. What do you think?

BECKETT
Uh... needs work.

CASTLE
I-- In all fairness, part of it's visual.

BECKETT
Listen, Sorenson's on board. He pulled some strings and got someone at the U.S. Attorney's Office to cave.

CASTLE
He's gonna let you question Moran?

BECKETT
But we gotta be there in an hour. You in?

CASTLE (à la Walken)
Am I in? Is this Pope Catholic?

[Beckett stares at her phone]

CASTLE (CONT'D)
It'll grow on you.

--
[28:11, INT. PARKING GARAGE - INT. BECKETT'S UNMARKED]
Beckett and Castle sit, waiting.

CASTLE
Seriously? Parking garage?

BECKETT
What?

CASTLE
It's pretty cliché.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, no one said that the Feds were original.

CASTLE
Yeah. Next thing you'll tell me they'll be pulling up in a black Suburban with tinted windows.

[Just then, a black Suburban SUV with tinted windows pulls into the parking lot.]

CASTLE (CONT'D)
Oh, someone's been watching way too many Bruckheimer films.

[The SUV pulls to a halt nearby. Sorenson steps out, along with AUSA "Hard Candy" and a second FBI agent. Beckett and Castle get out of the car and cross.]

AUSA ROBINSON
Five minutes, Detective. That's all you get.

BECKETT
NYPD thanks you for your cooperation.

SORENSON (re: Castle)
Want me to watch the monkey?

BECKETT
That's okay. "Monkey" comes with me.

SORENSON
Suit yourself.

CASTLE
Hey. I really like your car. It's very nondescript.

[Beckett and Castle climb in the SUV to find Jimmy "the rat" Moran. His face is obscured by a ski mask.

BECKETT
Mr. Moran, I'm Detective Beckett. This is Richard Castle.

MORAN (snorts)
Richard Castle? Like the novelist?

CASTLE
Exactly like.

MORAN
I thought you guys were cops.

BECKETT
He's consulting on the case.

MORAN
Look, I already told the Feds everything I know. You want info on the Spolanos, ask them.

BECKETT
Actually, we're not here about the Spolanos. We're here about Dr. Leeds, the man who operated on you.

MORAN
What about him?

CASTLE
He was found murdered last week.

MORAN
"Murdered"? The doc was murdered?

CASTLE
Asphyxiated. They duct taped a plastic bag over his head.

BECKETT
We believe the Spolanos may have been involved.

MORAN
"May have been"? "May have been"!

BECKETT
Given how Leeds was killed, and given your knowledge of the organization, we were hoping that you would be able to help identify the--

[Moran starts banging on the window.]

MORAN
Hey! Hey!

[Sorenson opens the door.]

SORENSON
What's wrong?

MORAN
Get me out of here!

BECKETT
We can help, Mr. Moran. We can find the guys who did this. But you have to let me know if there was anyone in the Spolano family that kills this way.

MORAN
Yeah. Yeah, there is. Me. The duct tape. The bag. That was my MO. Don't you get it? They're sending
a message to me. And if they got to the doc...

[He turns to Candy and Sorenson.]

MORAN (CONT'D)
Take me back. Now!

--
[29:43, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - NIGHT]
Elevator doors open. Beckett steams into the precinct with Castle trailing.

RYAN
Hey, how'd it go?

BECKETT
Oh, do the words "unmitigated disaster" mean anything?

ESPOSITO
What happened?

CASTLE
We scared a key witness in a huge Federal case so bad that now he won't testify.

RYAN
Oh, is that all?

[Captain Montgomery steps out of his office. He looks grave.]

MONTGOMERY
Beckett. I just got a call from DOJ.

BECKETT
Sir, I can explain...

MONTGOMERY
No, no. It's Sorenson. On the way back to the FBI safe house with Moran, someone pulled up next to them and opened fire. He was in the back with the witness. They both were shot.

--
ACT FIVE
[30:13, INT. HOSPITAL, WAITING AREA - NIGHT]
Castle and Beckett stand with Captain Montgomery, Esposito, and Ryan.

MONTGOMERY
Car was a late-model sedan with dealer plates. The guy pulls up at the light with a mask on, blew the tires, and starts shooting at the back of the vehicle.

CASTLE
I thought the glass would be bulletproof.

ESPOSITO
They used cop killers. Teflon rounds. Went right through the door.

[Beckett finishes her conversation with a nurse, and crosses to join them. They look expectantly.]

BECKETT
He's still in surgery. Moran's gonna be okay, though.

[She's trying contain her emotion. Her anger. She crosses to a vending machine. Bad coffee, but it's something to do. Castle joins her.]

CASTLE
You want to talk?

BECKETT
There's nothing to talk about. I'm the one who pushed for it, and I'm the one who got Will involved.

CASTLE
There's no way you could have known this was gonna happen.

BECKETT
Are you sure about that? Because their vehicle was attacked leaving our meet.

CASTLE
So?

BECKETT
So, we were followed. Someone who knew about the investigation found out about the meet. We led them to Moran. So, yeah, I should've known. And if I were a better cop, I would've.

CASTLE
You think this is your fault? Yeah, you pushed for it. Not because it's your job, but because you care. Most people, come up against a wall, they give up. Not you. You don't let go. You don't back down. That's what makes you extraordinary.

[Beckett looks up at Castle. They hold each other's eyes a beat. Ryan and Esposito approach.]

RYAN
He's gonna make it. He's gonna be okay.

[Beckett lets out a sigh of relief.]

--
[31:47, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT]
Castle's asleep in the living room. We hear the sounds of a key in the lock. And Castle wakes as the front door opens, revealing Alexis and Owen.

OWEN
I, uh... I had a good time.

ALEXIS
Me, too.

[An awkward moment as Owen leans forward. Alexis leans forward. They share a sweet, awkward kiss. Castle leans back to block his view]

OWEN
Uh. Good night.

ALEXIS
'Night.

[Owen leaves. She closes the door and turns.]

CASTLE
Did you have fun?

ALEXIS
As a matter of fact, I did. This dating thing is kinda nice.

CASTLE
How was Owen? Don't worry. I closed my eyes for the kissing part.

ALEXIS
Yeah. Me, too. You know, you didn't need to wait up.

CASTLE
It's my job. I wait up. I make sure you're all right. But tonight I realized I'm not gonna be doing it for much longer.

ALEXIS
Dad...

CASTLE
In a couple of years, you're gonna go off to college. You're gonna get married. You're gonna have kids. And I'm only gonna see you on holidays. Until some gold-digger steals all my money, but then I get to move in with you.

ALEXIS
Wow. I feel like I just lost thirty years of my life.

CASTLE
That's how it happens. One day you're in tutus, and the next day you're too old for severed heads.

ALEXIS
Dad, don't worry. No matter how old I get, I'll always be your little girl.

CASTLE
Promise?

ALEXIS
Promise.

CASTLE
Thank you.

[He hugs her. She gives him a kiss]

ALEXIS
Now go to bed.

CASTLE
Okay.

--
[33:38, INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - NIGHT]
Sorenson lies in the bed, post-op. Monitors, IVs, and tubes. Beckett looks on. Her look shows that she's realized something, she turns and walks away.

--
[33:52, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Beckett's at the murder board, going over the details. She's wearing yesterday's clothes. Castle, with Esposito and Ryan.

RYAN
Desk officer said she came in at four this morning. She's been at the board ever since.

ESPOSITO
She called us in at 6 a.m. to recheck every person we talked to on the case.

RYAN
And she's had like nine double espressos.

[Castle approaches her.]

CASTLE
Hey, I've been reading on the Internet about this new thing called "sleep." It's supposed to be real good for you.

BECKETT
Shhhh.

CASTLE
When I gave you that little speech last night, I really didn't mean for you to go all Beautiful Mind on me.

BECKETT
It wasn't anyone at the U.S. Attorney's Office. They wouldn't need us to find him. So it has to be someone that we talked to.

CASTLE
You don't think it was my mafia connection?

BECKETT
If he's in a rival family, then they would want Moran alive to testify, because if the Feds take down the Spolanos, then the other families can take over their territories. No. We are looking for someone who had access to the doctor before we got the case.

CASTLE
So that leaves the fiancée and his staff.

RYAN
Yeah, except the fiancée is clean. Alibied and accounted for last night. Phone records don't indicate any calls to unknown numbers.

CASTLE
And I thought you already ran his staff up.

ESPOSITO
We did, and there were no records of anything to indicate ties to organized crime.

[Esposito hands Beckett three folders.]

BECKETT
What about last night?

ESPOSITO
Maggie Dowd was at dinner with friends. Mario Guerrero worked late packing patient files. And the senior nurse, Julia Hammond, claims she was home alone.

BECKETT
What was Mario doing packing up patient files last night?

ESPOSITO
They're closing up shop. Patient files are all going to new doctors.

BECKETT
It's just... Doesn't that seem like a weird thing to be doing on a Friday night?

RYAN
Yeah, well. When you're a low man on the totem pole, that's what life is like. People think they can call you into work at 6 a.m. on a Saturday.

[Beckett looks through Mario Guerrero's file.]

BECKETT
Julia Hammond and Maggie Dowd. How long did they work for Dr. Leeds?

ESPOSITO
Uh, Hammond was with him ten years. Maggie came on a few months back. Why?

BECKETT
Because our low man on the totem pole, Mario Guerrero, started working for the doctor about a month ago.

RYAN
We checked him. We even called his nursing school. He's clean.

[Beckett hands Esposito the file.]

BECKETT
Check again.They can't all be clean.

[Beckett heads for the elevator]

CASTLE
Where are you going?

BECKETT
To see if Mario was actually at the office Friday night.

--
[35:59, INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE, RECEPTION - DAY]
Beckett and Castle enter to find Julian Hammond and Mario Guerrero stacking boxes in the reception area.

JULIA HAMMOND
Detective. Is everything okay?

BECKETT
Mario, I need you to come with me.

MARIO GUERRERO
Why?

BECKETT
We need to ask you some questions.

MARIO GUERRERO
Did I do something wrong?

[Beckett's cell phone rings. She answers.]

BECKETT
Beckett.

[INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - SAME TIME]
Esposito, on his cell.

ESPOSITO
It's Maggie.

BECKETT
What?

ESPOSITO
Maggie. We double-checked everything. Even called the nursing schools again. This time we had them send pictures. And the one of Maggie...

[Castle notices business cards in a holder at the reception desk. He picks one up. Ryan holds the faxed picture of Maggie Dowd next to the police picture of Maggie Dowd.]

ESPOSITO (CONT'D)
It's a different girl.

--
[36:20, INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE, RECEPTION - DAY]
Beckett hangs up the phone and turns to Castle.

BECKETT
It's Maggie. Where's Maggie Dowd?

JULIA HAMMOND
She didn't come in today. Why?

CASTLE
Detective.

[He hands her one of the business cards. She reads it.]

BECKETT
Was Dr. Leeds is affiliated with St. Marcus Hospital?

JULIA HAMMOND
Yeah. That's where we do our procedures.

CASTLE
If she has hospital ID...

BECKETT
She can finish the job.

[Beckett takes off. Castle turns to the nurses]

CASTLE
You're off the hook. But don't leave town.

--
[36:41, INT. HOSPITAL, CORRIDOR - DAY]
Maggie Dowd, dressed in hospital scrubs, wearing a St. Marcus ID badge, and holding a clipboard, makes her way down the corridor. Up ahead, two federal agents stand guard at a hospital room doorway. Further down the hallway, we see AUSA Robinson in conversation with one of her aides. As Maggie approaches the room, the FBI Agents take notice of her.

FBI AGENT #1
Room's restricted. I need to see your ID.

[She passes it to Agent #1, who checks it.]

FBI AGENT #1 (CONT'D)
You have a Maggie Dowd on your list?

[Agent #2 checks the name on her handheld PDA. Nods.]

FBI AGENT #2
She's on the roster. You can let her through.

[They let Maggie in.]

--
ACT SIX
[37:17, INT. HOSPITAL ROOM]
Maggie crosses to the bed where Jimmy "the Rat" Moran lies half-conscious with tubes and IVs coming out of him. The EKG beeps a steady rhythm.

MAGGIE DOWD
I gotta say, Jimmy, you're a hard man to find. Took me weeks to even find out that you changed your face.

[Moran, in a morphine haze, sees Maggie. We register a flicker of panic in his eyes. From her pocket, Maggie removes a syringe and a vial. She stabs the vial and draws up the liquid. His EKG starts to speed up.]

MAGGIE DOWD (CONT'D)
Sodium thiopental. It's what they use in lethal injections. It's not as much fun as a plastic bag, but it does the trick.

[Maggie takes Moran's IV tap and sticks the needle in. She presses the plunger, releasing the medication into the IV tube.]

MAGGIE DOWD (CONT'D)
Oh, and I got a message from Junior, Jimmy. He says, "Go to Hell."

[Maggie opens the door to see Beckett holding up her badge. Castle, AUSA Robinson, and the FBI Agents behind her.]

BECKETT
Hi.

[Maggie turns back to the room and pulls back the curtain, revealing the FBI agents. Beckett enters the room]

BECKETT
You're under arrest for the murder of Dr. Leeds and the attempted murder of Jimmy Moran.

MAGGIE DOWD
You're too late.

CASTLE
Oh, no. Oh, God.

[Castle steps to the IV and picks up the IV tube. It's not attached.]

CASTLE (CONT'D)
Oh, don't worry... It's not attached to anything. It's like we knew you were coming.

BECKETT
Attempted murder of a Federal witness. What's that going for these days?

AUSA ROBINSON
Twenty-five to life.

--
[38:35, INT. PRECINCT - DAY]
Beckett steps out of the interrogation room. "Maggie" sits stoically inside. AUSA Candy is in the hallway with Captain Montgomery.

BECKETT (to "Hard Candy")
She's all yours.

[Candy nods and heads into the interrogation room. Montgomery falls in step with Beckett as they head toward the bullpen.]

MONTGOMERY
Looks like you managed to set things right with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

BECKETT
She turned State's. When Moran recovers, the Feds'll have two witnesses against the Spolanos.

MONTGOMERY
But only Maggie back there can link them to murder.

BECKETT
No, but her real name is Carla Dante. They call her "Carla Coldblood." She's been killing for the family for five years now. When Jimmy dropped dime, the Spolanos sent their best.

MONTGOMERY
Lady hit man. A real blow for women's rights. And the real Maggie Dowd?

BECKETT
Works for a hospital in Seattle. She had no idea that they had stolen her identity. Carla even pulled a recommendation off of a job-hunting site in order to apply for the position with Leeds. Originally, she thought she was gonna get a photograph of Moran, and when she couldn't, she went after Leeds.

MONTGOMERY
And then when Leeds didn't talk, she killed him. But why stay around the office?

BECKETT
If she left before Leeds's body was found, it would've looked suspicious. And she probably didn't think he'd be sitting around for a week. Then, when we showed up, and she waited to see how far we'd get.

MONTGOMERY
That's good work, Detective. Very good work.

BECKETT
Thank you, sir. You know, sir, I never thought that I would be saying this, but... I don't think I could have done it without Castle.

MONTGOMERY
Where's Castle, anyway?

--
[39:47, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, CASTLE'S OFFICE - DAY]
Castle is with Murray, huddled over autopsy photos of Johanna Beckett.

MURRAY
The original M.E. concluded that the stab wounds were random. Now, maybe the killer got lucky, but see this wound here?

CASTLE
Yeah.

MURRAY
It's a low-angle thrust to the kidney. The wound size indicated that the knife was twisted. Her body would've gone into immediate shock.

CASTLE
What about these?

MURRAY
Well, their angles indicate that they were delivered after she was immobilized and on the ground. They're just for show. This is the one that killed her.

CASTLE
This is sounding less like a random killing, more like a targeted murder.

MURRAY
There's more. On a hunch, I checked the City M.E. files to see if this was an isolated incident and found
three other stabbings around that time, that the M.E. working the case dismissed as random.

CASTLE
Were they related?

[Off Murray's look, we know it's something significant.]

MURRAY
Are you sure you want to know?

[40:47, INT. CASTLE'S LOFT, LIVING ROOM - LATER]
Castle stands, looking out the window. Martha looks on.

MARTHA
You have to tell her, you know.

CASTLE
Do you know what this would do to her?

MARTHA
You have information that could lead to her mother's killer. You can't keep that from her.

CASTLE
I know. But she said if I opened the file that we'd be through.

MARTHA
It doesn't matter. She has to know.

--
[41:28, INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY]
Laughter. We find Beckett sitting bedside next to Sorenson.

SORENSON
No, you didn't. Stop making me laugh.

BECKETT
Oh, come on. It's not like you've been shot or something.

[They both laugh as Beckett picks up the remaining half of a rainbow sprinkle doughnut from his tray and takes a bite.]

SORENSON
I thought you were over sprinkles.

BECKETT
Maybe not.

[Just then, there's a knock on the door. It's Castle.]

SORENSON
It's the writer monkey. What is he still doing here? Haven't you finished your book yet?

CASTLE
Last chapter. (to Beckett) Do you have a sec?

BECKETT
Yeah.

SORENSON
Watch it, Kate. He likes you.

BECKETT
You'll have to forgive him. He is heavily medicated.

[They step out into the corridor. Castle and Beckett are face-to-face.]

BECKETT
You look awfully serious. Is everything okay?

CASTLE
Take a seat.

BECKETT (chuckles)
What?

CASTLE
Sit down.

BECKETT
Castle, what's going on?

CASTLE
It's about your mother.

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Note: Some of the transcript descriptions are based off of these scripts, which are possibly early drafts of the episodes.



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