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Castle: Episode 2x04 Fool Me Once...
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ACT ONE
[00:47, INT. ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM - DAY]
An elementary school teacher, Jim Wheeler, prepares his class for a video connect for his students.

JIM WHEELER
Everybody, settle down. Quiet down, please. Come to the front, you know your assigned seats.

[The kids scramble to the bean bag chairs surrounding a TV]

JIM WHEELER (cont'd)
Careful. Take your seats. Now, listen. If you remember, the last time we spoke with Fletcher, he had just entered the polar ice cap from Greenland, right here. Headed toward the North Pole. Remember? Now, he was supposed to ski about ten miles a day, which would have put him right about here.

[The TV begins to make some static noise.]

JIM WHEELER (cont'd)
Oh, good. Right on time. Now, listen, everyone, remember, Fletcher can't hear us, right? So no yelling out questions, especially you, Coolio.

[A man appears on the TV, apparently just outside a tent in a blizzard near the North Pole.]

STEVEN FLETCHER
Hey, kids!

KIDS
Hi, Mr. Fletcher!

STEVEN FLETCHER
I don't know if you can tell, but a blizzard just blew in about an hour ago. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy setting up camp in 50-mile-an-hour winds. Good thing that I was able to buy such a strong tent with all the money...

[He hears a thump behind him and turns to look]

STEVEN FLETCHER (cont'd)
... money you raised. Must be a polar bear out there looking for a little bit of trouble, huh? Anyway, I want to tell you about this herd of caribou I saw yesterday while I was out skiing.

[A human shadow passes behind him in the tent.]

STEVEN FLETCHER (cont'd)
There were twelve of them, including four calves who had just started to grow the velvet on their horns. Oh, talk about cute. So, there I am, I'm trying to pull out my camera when... Oh! Wait, what are you... No, no. No, don't! Don't! Don't!

[A gun bangs.]

--
[02:34, INT. CASTLE LOFT - DAY]
Castle is writing in his office. The door buzzes. Castle answers the door to find a 20-something guy, Dylan Fields.

DYLAN
Hi. I'm Dylan, I'm here for Alexis.

[Castle stares at him.]

DYLAN
I'm her new violin teacher.

[Dylan holds up a violin case and Alexis comes to the door.]

ALEXIS
Dylan, hi. Thanks for coming. Dad, let him in.

CASTLE
Yeah.

[Dylan enters and Castle pulls Alexis aside.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
What happened to Olga?

ALEXIS
She retired.

CASTLE
So you went male model?

ALEXIS
Dylan goes to Juilliard. He's a musical prodigy. I was lucky to get a lesson with him.

CASTLE
Prodigies are supposed to be all nerdy and awkward. Not that.

[Martha enters.]

MARTHA
Well, hello, there. I'm Martha.

DYLAN
Hi. Dylan.

[Martha continues to shake his hand.]

MARTHA
Dylan! Oh! Alexis tells me you're very talented. And very strong, I might add. What a grip.

ALEXIS
Uh, Gram?

DYLAN
Well, why don't we get started? I can assess where you are and then tomorrow we can start your lessons. Does that sound good?

ALEXIS
Yeah. My room's upstairs.

DYLAN
Lead the way.

CASTLE
Uh, wh-- why don't you do it down here? You know how I love watching you play.

MARTHA
Nonsense! She needs privacy, not a performance.

DYLAN
Spoken with true artistic insight.

MARTHA
Well, thank you. I'm an actor, so stands to reason.

[Dylan and Alexis go up the stairs.]

MARTHA (cont'd)
Well, he's a charming young man. Well, I'm off. See you later, darling.

CASTLE
I liked Olga.

[Castle 's cell rings]

CASTLE
Castle.

--
[04:08, INT. ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM - DAY]
Castle passes a uniform on his way in.

CASTLE
Hey, Mike. (to Ryan) Where's the body?

RYAN
You didn't tell him?

CASTLE
Tell me what?

BECKETT
And ruin the surprise?

CASTLE
What surprise?

[Beckett hits play on the TV recording.]

STEVEN FLETCHER
Hey, kids! I don't know if you can tell, but a blizzard just blew in about an hour ago...

CASTLE
Do we have jurisdiction in the North Pole?

BECKETT
Wait for it.

STEVEN FLETCHER
...in 50-mile-an-hour winds. Good thing that...

[Ryan fast forwards.]

STEVEN FLETCHER (cont'd)
... of caribou I saw yesterday while I was out skiing.

[A human shadow passes behind him in the tent.]

BECKETT
Okay, there comes the guy.

STEVEN FLETCHER
... including four calves who had just started to grow...

[Another shadow passes revealing a gun silhouette.]

CASTLE
Whoa.

BECKETT
We see the gun.

STEVEN FLETCHER
... trying to pull out my camera when... Oh! Wait, what are you... No, no. No, don't! Don't! Don't!

[A gun bangs.]

CASTLE
That was awesome! I mean, well, obviously it was horrible, but...

[We see a TV clip as the camera continues running, sitting on the floor. A fan in a room blowing around fake snow.]

CASTLE
That's not the Arctic.

BECKETT
That's an apartment, but where? Ryan, rewind it. I thought I saw something when the camera was falling.

[Ryan rewinds.]

BECKETT
Stop. Right there. Out the window, in the background.

[Castle and Ryan squint and tilt their heads.]

CASTLE
That's classic Upper West Side architecture.

BECKETT
Take a picture of it, send it to the precinct. See if any of the beat cops recognize it.

RYAN
On it.

[Ryan snaps a photo with his phone. Beckett approaches Jim Wheeler.]

BECKETT
Mr. Wheeler, I'm Detective Kate Beckett. This is Rick Castle.

JIM WHEELER
I just don't understand. Everything seemed on the up and up. He had a Yale Ph.D.

BECKETT
When was the first time that you met Mr. Fletcher?

JIM WHEELER
A few months ago, he came into the school and made a presentation to the school board.

[Wheeler hands Beckett a bound Polar Explorer folder]

JIM WHEELER (cont'd)
A month-long, one-man trip to the North Pole. We agree to help fund the expedition. In exchange, Fletcher said he would give a unique educational experience for the kids, including weekly video reports from the Arctic Circle.

CASTLE
How much did you raise?

JIM WHEELER
Between our school and others in the area, around $50,000.

ESPOSITO
Hmm.

[Castle whistles.]

BECKETT
Wow.

CASTLE
That's a lot of pemmican. A basic staple of the, uh, polar explorer diet. High in fat and protein. Basically, it's beef and grease kind of melted together into a jerky. You'd think it's be disgusting, but it's surprisingly...

[Beckett gives Castle a look and the Polar Express packet.]

CASTLE
I'll fill you in later.

BECKETT
When was the last time you saw Mr. Fletcher?

JIM WHEELER
He came by the school two weeks ago to pick up a stack of letters the kids wrote to him for his trip. He was supposed to get on a plane to Greenland the next day.

RYAN
We got an ID on the building, 79th and Amsterdam.

BECKETT
Right. Tell Lanie that we'll meet her there.

--
[06:08, STEVEN FLETCHER'S APARTMENT]
Beckett, Castle, Ryan and Esposito enter.

RYAN
Uniforms said the door was unlocked when they got here. Either the victim left it that way or...

CASTLE
Or he killer had a key.

BECKETT
Alright. Talk to the neighbors. See if Fletcher had any regular visitors. But first, I'm thinking our vic might've been a squirrel.

ESPOSITO
Mmm. I'll check the bedroom.

CASTLE
I'm sorry, "a squirrel"?

BECKETT
Likes to hide his nuts for the winter.

CASTLE
And by "nuts," you mean...

BECKETT
Valuables, secrets.

CASTLE
Ah.

BECKETT
Anything a guy living a lie wouldn't want someone to find.

[Castle and Beckett enter the next room and take it in with surprise.]

CASTLE (laughs)
Oh, yeah.

[The room is set up as a stage with reflective lighting, fake snow and a fan, and a tent pitched in the middle.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
This reminds me of that movie Capricorn One. But with, like, a winterland twist.

BECKETT
Mmm.

[Beckett crouches down to speak with Lanie, who is taking notes inside the tent.]

BECKETT
Lanie, what do we got?

LANIE
Victim was shot once in the face with a large caliber bullet.

CASTLE
Ouch.

LANIE
Oh, I don't think he felt much with a bullet that size.

BECKETT
Face shots usually indicate a deep anger in the shooter. Literally trying to erase what makes the victim a person.

CASTLE
Well, con men do leave a wake of angry people.

BECKETT
It's amazing that this is all it took to fake two weeks in the Arctic.

CASTLE
Mmm-hmm. The wonders of modern technology. A lot of criminals today don't take advantage. I blame the parents. Give this to Fletcher, he did do his homework. Oh! This is a library book. Something tells me he wasn't planning on returning it.

ESPOSITO
You were right. Look what our little squirrel was hiding in the air vent.

[Esposito hands them a box full of passports.]

CASTLE
Something tells me our Steven Fletcher wasn't actually Steven Fletcher.

BECKETT
Multiple IDs usually indicated multiple cons. I'd say our killer is someone who Fletcher duped.

LANIE
From the height of the bullet hole in the tent, I'd say our shooter was anywhere between 5'3" and six feet.

CASTLE
I guess that rules out the first-graders.

RYAN
Unless one was standing on another one's shoulders.

ESPOSITO
Hiding inside of a trench coat, maybe.

CASTLE
Diabolical, I like it.

ESPOSITO
Thank you.

BECKETT
Lanie, I'm gonna need a rush on the fingerprints. We're gonna need to know who our victim really was.

LANIE
Okay.

BECKETT
Let's bag all of this, get it back to the station.

ESPOSITO
Right on.

RYAN
Mmm-hmm. Just like camp, huh?

ESPOSITO
Without climbing...

RYAN
Let it snow.

--
[08:14, INT. PRECINCT - DAY]
Beckett walks down the hallway with a uniform.

BECKETT
A couple of US passports. See ya.

[The female cop goes down another hallway. Castle comes out of the break room with two cups of coffee. He tries to catch up to Beckett to hand her one.]

CASTLE
Oh, oh, oh.

BECKETT
Oh, thank you.

CASTLE
So, have you read it?

BECKETT
Read what?

CASTLE
The book.

BECKETT
What book?

[He gives her a look.]

BECKETT
Oh! Your book. Heat Wave.

CASTLE
Well?

BECKETT
I haven't gotten to it yet.

CASTLE
What do you mean you haven't gotten to it yet?

BECKETT
I'm sorry. I've just been so busy with work, I haven't had time.

CASTLE
You were all over me to get a copy of that book. Do you have any idea how many hoops I had to jump through, just so my editor wouldn't send an armed guard to watch over you while you read it? The least you could do is to... Oh. (chuckles) Oh! I see what you're doing.

BECKETT
I'm not doing anything.

CASTLE
Oh, yes, you are. Yes, you are. You're trying to push my buttons, but it's not gonna work.

BECKETT
Really?

CASTLE
Mmm.

BECKETT
'Cause it seems to be working just great. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to input these IDs into ViCAP to see if any of Fletcher's other identities have been flagged.

[Ryan and Esposito enter. Esposito carries some boxes and rolled up maps.]

ESPOSITO
Where do you want all this stuff from Fletcher's apartment?

BECKETT
Right here.

CASTLE
How come you have to carry everything?

ESPOSITO
Ryan hurt his back.

[Ryan winks at Castle, then fakes a groan.]

RYAN
We checked with all of Fletcher's neighbors. None of them could remember seeing anyone but Fletcher coming and going from the apartment.

ESPOSITO
And we called Yale. Turns out Steven Fletcher does have a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology. Only...

CASTLE
Only, their Steven Fletcher is a 7-foot tall albino.

ESPOSITO
No, a 300-pound Hawaiian, but close.

RYAN
You know what I don't get? Why go to so much trouble to create such an elaborate scam? Fletcher must have spent weeks going through all the prep work.

BECKETT
I can give you 50,000 reasons why.

CASTLE
Yeah, but for con men it's not just about the money. I mean, for them, it's about the game. Th-- the thrill they get from pulling a con, it's like a drug high.

MONTGOMERY
The con man was on drugs?

BECKETT
No, sir. Castle is just giving us psychological insight based on his extensive experience as a fraud.

CASTLE (whisper)
Meow!

MONTGOMERY
Well, I just fielded several phone calls from some very embarrassed private schools, and they want this solved quickly and quietly.

BECKETT
Unfortunately, it looks like our con man was running a whole slew of cons. Unraveling all of them and finding the killer is going to take some time.

[The ID scanner Beckett had running finishes.]

CASTLE
Or maybe not.

BECKETT
One of Fletcher's aliases conned a woman named Patty Schultz out of her life savings about a year ago.

MONTGOMERY
Sounds like a motive for murder to me.

CASTLE
Apparently, Ms. Schultz has spent several stints in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. And none of them voluntary.

[Castle pulls his arms in and Esposito give him a confused look.]

CASTLE
Straitjacket.

[CASTLE INTRO]
--
ACT TWO
[10:34, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - DAY]
Patty Schultz waits nervously in Interrogation. Beckett and Castle enter.

BECKETT
Mrs. Schultz, I'm Detective Beckett.

PATTY SCHULTZ
Is this about Sanchez? 'Cause, you know, I only hit him because he was drilling holes in the wall to watch me exercise.

BECKETT
This isn't about Sanchez. This is about him.

[Beckett places a photo on the table.]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Steven Fletcher, also known as Steven Miles.

PATTY SCHULTZ
Are you arresting me?

BECKETT
Why would we arrest you?

PATTY SCHULTZ
Because I killed him.

BECKETT
Uh, Mrs. Schultz, you've just confessed to a crime. I'm gonna read you your...

PATTY SCHULTZ
In my mind.

CASTLE
Did you just say you killed him in your mind?

PATTY SCHULTZ
I meditate. An hour every day. It... Doctor's orders. And all I think about are my cats and killing this son of a bitch. And it finally worked, didn't it?

BECKETT
I'm not sure. How did you kill him in your mind?

PATTY SCHULTZ
With a belt sander.

BECKETT
Where were you at 9 a.m. this morning?

PATTY SCHULTZ
At the vet. Mr. Muffins has high cholesterol.

BECKETT
Okay. Thank you. We're done.

CASTLE
How did-- how did Mr. Fletcher con you?

PATTY SCHULTZ
He said he was a cryogenist and that he would freeze me and my cats so we could be resurrected when science had conquered the death barrier.

CASTLE
And you believed him

PATTY SCHULTZ
Have you ever been duped?

CASTLE
I've been married twice.

[Beckett rolls her eyes.]

PATTY SCHULTZ
You think I got suckered because I'm crazy. Well, you're wrong. I have paranoid personality disorder, which makes me the most suspicious person you've ever met. And Steven just made me feel safe for the first time in years and then he vanished with $60,000 of my money. That man could sell sand to a camel.

BECKETT
Thank you for coming.

[Beckett and Castle get up to leave.]

PATTY SCHULTZ
Can I see his body?

BECKETT
Uh... No.

--
[12:32, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY - DAY]
Castle and Beckett exit Interrogation.

CASTLE
You know, I can't help but be a little impressed with our boy Fletcher.

BECKETT
Please tell me you're kidding.

CASTLE
Not on a personal level, just more of a professional one. I mean, one storyteller to another. The guy's a master.

BECKETT
He's a leech! He preys on innocent victims and ruins their lives.

[Ryan and Esposito meet them in the bullpen]

ESPOSITO
Looks like our leech has jumped up to the major leagues.

BECKETT
What do you mean?

RYAN
One of Fletcher's identities was recently engaged to be married.

[Ryan hands Beckett a wedding announcement article.]

ESPOSITO
To Elise Finnegan.

CASTLE
Wait, Finnegan. Where do I know that name?

ESPOSITO
Her family owns half of Park Avenue South.

RYAN
Our lovely bride-to-be is worth a cool hundred million bucks.

BECKETT (whistles)

CASTLE
Ooh, now I'm really impressed.

--
[13:04, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE - DAY]
Beckett and Castle interview the Finnegans and Elise's friend, Sue Vaughn, at their home.

ELISE FINNEGAN
He wasn't a con man.

BECKETT
I'm afraid he was, Elise. We've already uncovered two other scams and I'm certain we'll find more.

ELISE FINNEGAN
No. No, I don't believe you.

[Elise leaves.]

SUE VAUGHN
Elise.

GAYLE FINNEGAN
It's okay, Sue.

GERRY FINNEGAN
They were getting married next weekend. Elise was so excited.

CASTLE
How long did she know Fletcher?

SUE VAUGHN
Six months.

BECKETT
That's quite the whirlwind romance.

SUE VAUGHN
It was love at first sight. For both of them.

BECKETT
So there were no clues that he was setting her up? Stories that didn't add up or bills he couldn't pay?

GERRY FINNEGAN
He insisted on paying for the wedding, even though the cost was substantial. He seemed to live to make her happy.

BECKETT
That's because making her happy was vital to his con.

ELISE FINNEGAN
You're wrong.

[Her parents turn to see her standing by a column listening in.]

ELISE FINNEGAN
I have been rich my whole life, Detective, so if there's one thing I've learned, it's how to spot a man who's only interested in me for my money. Steven wasn't like that. He loves me for me.

--
[14:05, EXT. STREET - DAY]

BECKETT
I can't believe how naive she's being. Even with overwhelming evidence that her fiancé was a con man, she still believes he loved her.

CASTLE
People see what they want to see. It's what con artists prey on.

BECKETT
It's really a kind of psychopathy. To be so cold that you can look someone in the eye, tell them that you love them, and then rob them blind without the slightest remorse.

CASTLE
Whoa, I just flashed back to the eighth grade. Sherry Ort. Broke my heart, stole my lunch money.

[Beckett's cell rings.]

BECKETT (on cell)
Beckett.

CASTLE
Then she laughed about it with her friends.

BECKETT (on cell)
Alright, thanks.

CASTLE
Well?

BECKETT
No match on Fletcher's fingerprints. We still don't know his real identity.

--
[14:41, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - NIGHT]
Ryan and Esposito join Beckett and Castle at Beckett's desk with some pizza. Montgomery enters.

MONTGOMERY
What you got?

BECKETT
Trying to find a clue to the con that killed Fletcher, but it looks like our guy was a criminal over-achiever.

[Ryan bursts out laughing at something he's reading.]

CASTLE
What?

RYAN
Oh. You know those Nigerian e-mail scams?

CASTLE
Oh, Fletcher didn't pull one of those?

RYAN
No, it looks like someone tried to pull one on him. Fletcher conned the guy out of 10 grand.

ESPOSITO (whistles)
Man, our boy was good.

CASTLE
Damn good.

BECKETT
Don't be so impressed. The guy was a criminal.

CASTLE
I don't know. There's something about a-- a well-played con that just makes you want to tip your hat, though. A-- and they have such great names. The Spanish Prisonerm Pig-in-a-Poke, the Pigeon Drop.

MONTGOMERY
Oh, I love a good con movie. House of Games, Catch Me If You Can.

ESPOSITO
Ocean's Eleven, baby.

RYAN
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. "Mother?"

ESPOSITO
"Not mother?"

[Ryan and Esposito laugh. Beckett rolls her eyes]

CASTLE
For my money, it starts and it ends with The Sting.

[Castle runs his finger across his nose.]

MONTGOMERY
Oh.

[Montgomery runs his finger across his nose.]

RYAN
How about you, Beckett? What's your favorite?

BECKETT
I hate con movies.

Castle/Esposito/Montgomery
What?

RYAN
Really?

CASTLE
How can you hate The Sting? It's like... What, took 20 Oscars?

RYAN
At least.

ESPOSITO
Something like that.

BECKETT
Because the only people that get conned in a con movie are the audience members. You can't invest in anything because nothing is real.

CASTLE
That's what makes it fun.

BECKETT
Well, it wasn't fun to these kids. The ones from Wheeler's class who wrote to Fletcher.

[Beckett hands Castle some letters.]

CASTLE
"Dear Mr. Fletcher, when do polar bears sleep?" "Dear Mr. Fletcher, do penguins really wear tuxedos?"

RYAN
Penguins are South Pole.

MONTGOMERY
Hey, these are 6-year-old kids.

BECKETT
And he scammed them. You guys still impressed by this dirtbag?

CASTLE
If you were just scamming these kids, why would you write them back?

BECKETT
'Cause it's all a part of the con.

CASTLE
Yeah. I'm not sure. I mean, if you were just a greedy monster, would you really bother writing back to all of them?

MONTGOMERY
He's got a point.

ESPOSITO
Yeah.

BECKETT
Now who's the sucker?

[MONTGOMERY gives her a look. Esposito and Castle look away]

BECKETT
Sir.

MONTGOMERY
Sucker or no sucker, clearly there's more to this guy than meets the eye.

[Montgomery leaves.]

ESPOSITO
Busted.

[Ryan tsk-tsks her. Beckett throws a pencil at Esposito]

BECKETT
Shut up, Esposito. Alright, I'm gonna leave you guys to it.

CASTLE
Where are you going? It's early.

BECKETT
I've got plans.

CASTLE
Oh, you have a date, don't you?

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
You liar. Who's the unlucky guy?

BECKETT
Ha-ha. Yeah, right. See you guys in the morning.

ESPOSITO
Alright, see you tomorrow. Careful.

RYAN
Yeah, see you.

CASTLE
Okay, so who is?

ESPOSITO
I don't know.

RYAN
Got me.

CASTLE
So, she hasn't mentioned anyone?

RYAN
In case you haven't notices, Beckett isn't exactly what you'd call a "sharer."

ESPOSITO
Why do you care anyway, Castle? Do you have some unresolved feelings?

CASTLE
For Beckett? The woman hates con movies.

--
[16:58, INT. BECKETT'S APARTMENT, BATHROOM - NIGHT]
Beckett lights candles wearing her robe. She takes it off and steps into a bubble bath. She lays back and picks up the Heat Wave manuscript and a glass of wine.

--
[17:50, INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
Violin sounds come from Alexis' room. Castle looks up the stairs.

CASTLE
I thought she said her lesson was tomorrow.

MARTHA
Oh, Dylan had a cancellation. Alexis begged him to let her take the slot. What are you doing?

CASTLE
Nothing.

[The violin stops.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
Why'd it just get so quiet?

MARTHA
Maybe he's teaching her something.

CASTLE
Maybe he's filling her head full of lies.

MARTHA
What are you talking about?

CASTLE
Alright, that's it. I'm going up.

MARTHA
Oh. (sigh)

[Alexis and Dylan start down the stairs as Castle goes up.]

ALEXIS
So, when I start the piece, should it be up-bow?

DYLAN
Uh, yeah, I would.

ALEXIS
Okay.

CASTLE
Hey, you guys, I had no idea you were even here.

DYLAN
Well, she's a very talented girl and a real hard worker. so, um, practice tour Sautillé and we'll take another stab at Brahms next week.

ALEXIS
Okay, great.

DYLAN
Alright. (to Castle) Have a good night.

CASTLE
You , too.

MARTHA
Night, Dylan.

DYLAN
Bye.

CASTLE
You be safe.

[Dylan leave and Alexis and Castle join Martha in the kitchen.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
I don't trust him

ALEXIS
What? Why?

CASTLE
What do we really know about this guy?

ALEXIS
I know that he's an amazing violinist and a really great teacher.

CASTLE
Olga was a great teacher.

ALEXIS
Olga kept a tissue up her sleeve and smelled like hard candy. What's this about, Dad.

CASTLE
I just don't think that you realize that what you see is not always what you get. I mean, how do you know that Dylan really goes to Juilliard? did you call the school?

ALEXIS
No...

CASTLE
Check his transcripts?

ALEXIS
No! But, Dad, I...

CASTLE
Okay, I don't think we should take any more lessons from this guy until he's been properly vetted. I want a credit check, school reports, maybe even a polygraph.

ALEXIS
Okay, you're officially out of control.

CASTLE
No! I'm not. And back me up here.

MARTHA
You want her violin teacher to take a lie detector test? You're off the reservation, kiddo.

CASTLE
Okay, you know what? You're cut off.

ALEXIS
Dad.

CASTLE
No. You know what? I am the grown-up here.

MARTHA
Oh, this is scary.

CASTLE
And I say no more lessons from this guy until we've got him checked out. What?

ALEXIS
I finally find a teacher that I connect with. Who's as excited about music as I am. Why are you trying to ruin it?

CASTLE
I'm not. I'm just...

[Alexis leaves.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
Hey! (to Martha) What's going on with her?

MARTHA
Besides your unreasonableness? Hormones. What's your excuse?

--
[20:22, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - MORNING]
Castle goes over the Steven Fletcher file. Beckett descends the stairs , obviously after a workout.

BECKETT
Okay, Castle. What was so important that you had to cut my sparring session short?

CASTLE
Just that I cracked this case wide open. You know, the thought of you fighting in a ring with another woman...strangely arousing.

BECKETT
Who says I was sparring with a woman?

CASTLE
Oh, your mystery date.

BECKETT
Oh, do I detect some jealousy?

CASTLE
Me, jealous? Ha! Double ha.

[Beckett leans in close.]

BECKETT
What if I told you that my date was with your book?

CASTLE
Really?

BECKETT
No.

[Castle grimaces.]

BECKETT
God, you're easy. Give me your case-breaking information so I can get a cup of coffee.

CASTLE
Well, I went a little Daddy Dearest on Alexis. And it got me thinking, if I can go this crazy over a violin teacher, how crazy would I go if my daughter was about to marry a scam artist? Crazy enough to kill, maybe?

BECKETT
That is...

CASTLE
Inspired?

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
Brilliant?

BECKETT
Mm-mmm .

CASTLE
Genius?

BECKETT
Uh-uh.

CASTLE
What?

BECKETT
Thin.

CASTLE
Oh.

BECKETT
We don't have the slightest indication that Elise's father knew that Fletcher was a con artist.

RYAN
Maybe not. But Castle here suggested that we check gun registration records for Gerry Finnegan.

ESPOSITO
And guess who happens to own the same caliber handgun as our murder weapon?

BECKETT
Who?

ESPOSITO
Gerry Finnegan.

BECKETT
Shut the front door!

CASTLE
No time for dirty talk, go get changed.

--
ACT THREE
[21:35, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE]
GERRY FINNEGAN opens his gun case for Beckett to inspect it.

GERRY FINNEGAN
I keep it locked in the safe, hasn't been fired in years.

BECKETT
Did anyone else have the combination?

GERRY FINNEGAN
No one.

BECKETT
Hasn't been fired recently, or cleaned. I'd like to take it to the lab, if you don't mind.

GERRY FINNEGAN
Certainly.

CASTLE
Mr. Finnegan. One father to another, I just can't believe that you never had the urge to check out your future son-in-law. I mean, you never thought for a moment that maybe Fletcher wasn't what he was making himself out to be?

GERRY FINNEGAN
I didn't think. I knew. Two weeks ago, I hired a private investigator to look into Steven. Not that I was suspicious. I wasn't. But I just thought, better safe than sorry. I was shocked when he called to tell me that Steven was a fraud. Then I got angry. Please.

[He motions for them to move to sit in the living room.]

GERRY FINNEGAN
But I confronted Steven. I told him I was going to expose him and have the wedding called off. Well, he begged me not to. He said he was head over heels in love with Elise. Wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. I told him I wasn't buying it. But he promised that he was done with cons. That the only reason that he was still pretending to be a polar explorer was for the kids. He didn't want to let them down.

BECKETT
He was a professional liar, Mr. Finnegan.

GERRY FINNEGAN
Yes, I know that. But what ultimately convinced me was the pre-nup. He said I could draw up any document, cut him out of our fortune entirely if I wanted, and he would sign it. After a lifetime of greed, he said he'd finally found something more important that money. Love.

CASTLE
And you believed him?

GERRY FINNEGAN
Yes, I did. So I never said a word about it to anybody. And then when you showed up here yesterday, I... I just couldn't tell Elise.

BECKETT
The private investigator that you hired, did he take any photographs?

GERRY FINNEGAN
Yes. He followed Steven for a week. He offered me the photos, but I said I didn't want them in the house where Elise might see them.

CASTLE
What are you thinking?

BECKETT
That Fletcher's killer might be in one of those photographs.

--
[23:53, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY]
Castle and Beckett walk and talk.

CASTLE
You think it's possible that Fletcher was telling Gerry the truth?

BECKETT
That he's suddenly a con man with a heart of gold? No. That's just another con.

CASTLE
Whoa, whoa, whoa. You don't think people can change?

BECKETT
No.

[Castle's surprised.]

BECKETT
I've seen too many repeat offenders to believe for one second that a guy who promises never to beat his wife again actually won't.

CASTLE
That's a pretty bleak attitude.

BECKETT
Not bleak. Realistic.

--
[24:21, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW LOUNGE - DAY]
Castle looks through the surveillance photos as Beckett interviews the PI, Kurt Lopez.

KURT LOPEZ
After Mr. Finnegan hired me, I followed your boy night and day. It became clear pretty fast he was a grifter.

CASTLE
Hello.

BECKETT
What?

[Castle hands her a photo of Jim Wheeler handing a manila envelope to Steven Fletcher.]

BECKETT
Isn't that...

CASTLE
Jim Wheeler. First-grade teacher, extraordinaire.

BECKETT
When was this taken?

KURT LOPEZ
Ten days ago.

BECKETT
When Fletcher was supposed to be in the Arctic.

CASTLE
Looks like Mr. Wheeler was in on the scam.

--
[24:43, INT. ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM - DAY]
Beckett and Castle enter and hold up the surveillance photo for Jim Wheeler to see.

JIM WHEELER
Um... Okay, I'm-- I'm not gonna lie to you.

CASTLE
Really? 'Cause clearly, you're pretty good at it.

JIM WHEELER
Listen, I realized that Fletcher was faking it when I discovered that the pictures in his promotional booklet were photoshopped.

BECKETT
So, you figured you'd make a few bucks rather than, I don't know, protect your students?

JIM WHEELER
No. I-- I know this sounds crazy, but the kids were learning. Fletcher loved those kids and they loved him. Sure, he was faking the trip, technically, but he went out of his way to provide a dynamic, fact-filled presentation. I just figures, if he was making money on it, why shouldn't I? Nobody was getting hurt.

BECKETT
He was scamming little kids, and you were his accomplice. Any jury in the world would convict you of that.

JIM WHEELER
Jury? I didn't kill him I was standing right here when he was murdered.

BECKETT
Doesn't mean I won't prosecute you for criminal fraud. Now, you want to stay out of jail, you better point us towards Fletcher's killer.

JIM WHEELER
Listen, I swear, I don't know who killed him. Have you spoken to his partner?

BECKETT/CASTLE
Partner?

JIM WHEELER
I guess that's who she was. She was with him at the café when I met him. She's in the picture.

CASTLE
Where?

[Wheeler points to her in the photo.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
Hard to see.

BECKETT
Do you have a magnifying glass?

JIM WHEELER
Better.

[Wheeler puts the photo under the overhead projector.]

BECKETT
That's Elise Finnegan, Fletcher's fiancée.

CASTLE
Who's conning whom here?

--
ACT FOUR
[26:15, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE - DAY]

BECKETT
Help me out here, Elise. First you tell me that you have no idea that Fletcher is a con man. And then I find a picture of you witnessing him make a payoff during one of his scams.

ELISE FINNEGAN
That's not what it was.

BECKETT
Then what was it?

ELISE FINNEGAN
I can't...

[Elise tries walking away, but Beckett and Castle follow]

BECKETT
Elise, the man that you loved is dead. I am trying to find his killer. Help me.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Steven wasn't a con man.

BECKETT
Elise, we...

ELISE FINNEGAN
He wasn't. He was in the CIA.

CASTLE
This is the best case ever.

BECKETT
Shut up. What makes you think he was in the CIA?

ELISE FINNEGAN
A month after we started dating, he told me that he couldn't bear lying to me anymore. He wasn't really a corporate lawyer. He was a CIA agent on a top-secret case.

BECKETT
And what part of this case involves conning first-graders?

ELISE FINNEGAN
Well... That was part of his mission.

BECKETT
Next you're gonna tell me that Wheeler was also a secret agent.

[Elise nods.]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Oh, come on.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Think about it. Wheeler works at the International School. Half of those students are the children of UN diplomats. Syria, China, the Middle East. Getting close to their kids allowed Steven unique access to some of our country's worst enemies.

BECKETT
That is...

CASTLE
Pretty smart.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Steven wasn't killed for being a con man. He was killed for his intelligence work.

--
[27:42, EXT. STREET - DAY]
Beckett and Castle walk from the Finnegans' penthouse.

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
I'm just saying...

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
You can't deny there's a possibility...

BECKETT
He's not in the CIA.

CASTLE
I'll bet you a dollar.

BECKETT
Alright, you're on.

[Castle pulls out his phone and dials]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Who are you calling?

CASTLE
My guy in the CIA.

BECKETT
You have a guy in the CIA?

CASTLE
When are you going to learn? I've got a guy everywhere. (on cell) Thai food is pleasing to the tongue. (hangs up) It's secret code. He'll call me back.

--
[28:14, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]


CASTLE
I met Agent Gray when I was researching Storm Warning. Now, this guy was invaluable for the really hard-core secret agent stuff. this guy is a machine. I've interviewed serial killer, hit men. Agent Gray...

BECKETT
Mmm-hmm.

CASTLE
By far the deadliest man I've ever met. He once killed a North Korean agent with a melon baller.

AGENT GRAY
It was an ice-cream scoop, Castle.

[Castle turns around to reveal a short man in a gray suit.]

AGENT GRAY
And that information was supposed to remain private.

CASTLE
Sorry.

BECKETT
Agent Gray. Not quite what I pictured based on Castle's description.

AGENT GRAY
I live in a world where nothing is as it seems, Detective. For good reason. Transparency gets you killed.

BECKETT
Didn't you use that line in Storm Warning?

CASTLE
Yeah. I used some of your lines in Heat Wave, too, which you'd know, if you'd read it.

AGENT GRAY
I read it. I thought it was terrific. Especially that sex scene. Talk about racy.

BECKETT
Wait. There's a sex scene in the book? Between us?

CASTLE
There's a sex scene in the book between Nikki Heat and the roguishly handsome reporter who's helping her.

BECKETT
Oh, good. So he's nothing like you.

CASTLE
Funny. Wait. How di-- how did you get a copy of the book?

[Agent Gray gives him an "Oh, please." look. Castle looks at Beckett with amazed glee.]

BECKETT
Look , can you just tell us that Fletcher wasn't a spook so we can get on with the case?

[Agent Gray looks both ways and leans in.]

AGENT GRAY
Not here.

[Gray walks to the break room. Beckett rolls her eyes and follows. Gray enters the room and addresses a uniform making some coffee.]

AGENT GRAY (cont'd)
Get out.

[The beefy cop turns with a tough guy stance, takes one look at Agent Gray and ducks out of the room.]

AGENT GRAY
Officially, I am not at liberty to confirm or deny whether anyone is an agent. but unofficially, we've never heard of your boy.

[Beckett lifts her chin in triumph turns her back to Castle and holds out her hand for him to give her the dollar. They look back to where Agent Gray was standing, and he's gone. Nowhere in sight.]

CASTLE
So cool.

BECKETT
Wh...

--
[29:57, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY - DAY]
Beckett and Castle walk and talk.

CASTLE
I can't believe Fletcher conned me.

BECKETT
We need to take another run at Elise, see if there's anything else she's holding out on us.

[They turn the corner and stop when they catch sight of Alexis marching towards them.]

ALEXIS
Dad! We need to talk.

[Alexis grabs him and pulls him into the interrogation room]

CASTLE
Sweetie.

ALEXIS
Sit.

[He sits at the interrogation table, across from the one-way-glass]

ALEXIS
Dylan called. Did you call Juilliard and check on him?

[Castle cringes.]

CASTLE
Maybe.

ALEXIS
I can't believe you. After I told you how much taking lessons from him means to me.

CASTLE
Sweetie.

ALEXIS
No, no, quiet. Am I a trouble-maker, Dad? Do I get drunk, disobey authority, steal police horses...

CASTLE
That--

ALEXIS
...naked? No. That'd be you. I seem to be the only person in this family blessed with good judgment, and yet, you don't trust me.

CASTLE
I trust you. It's just, it's a dangerous world out there and people lie.

ALEXIS
You don't think I know that? I'm in high school. It's like the wild, wild West with hormones. And I think I'm doing a pretty good job navigating it.

CASTLE
You are. And I'm proud.

ALEXIS
Well, then, why don't you trust me to pick the person who's going to inspire me as an artist?

[Castle's face falls.]

ALEXIS
I love you, Daddy, but I'm not a little girl anymore. You can't protect me from everything.

[Alexis picks up her purse and exits, leaving Castle shame faced. Beckett enters.]

BECKETT
She's good. She took you apart like a pro.

CASTLE
You saw that?

BECKETT
Mmm-hmm. Through the glass. It was actually kind of difficult to watch.

CASTLE
Even harder to experience.

BECKETT
So, do you need a minute, or can we get back to work? (off his look) I'll give you a minute.

--
[31:34, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE - DAY]
Beckett and Castle walk and talk.

BECKETT
You're the one who's been pushing her to break the rules. And when she suddenly steps outside of your comfort zone, you freak out.

CASTLE
I didn't freak out I was...

[Beckett rings the doorbell and gives him a look.]

CASTLE
I freaked out a little, didn't I?

BECKETT (nods)
Welcome to parenting a teenage girl. As someone who used to be one, you have my sympathy.

[Elise Finnegan and Sue Vaughn answer the door.]

ELISE FINNEGAN
Detective.

[Beckett's suspicious.]

BECKETT
Can we come in?

ELISE FINNEGAN
Sure.

[Castle and Beckett exchange a look before entering.]

BECKETT
Is everything okay?

ELISE FINNEGAN
It's fine.

BECKETT
We did some checking, Elise. Fletcher wasn't in the CIA.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Okay. I-- is that all?

BECKETT
I don't understand. You fight me tooth and nail that he wasn't a con man, and now you just give in ?

ELISE FINNEGAN
I just-- I just want this whole thing behind me.

CASTLE
There's something you aren't telling us.

ELISE FINNEGAN
I don't know what you're talking about.

SUE VAUGHN
Elise, tell them the good news.

CASTLE
What good news?

ELISE FINNEGAN
Nothing.

SUE VAUGHN
Fletcher's alive.

CASTLE
Best case ever.

--
ACT FIVE
[32:37, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE - DAY]

ELISE FINNEGAN
I'm sorry I tried to fool you. It's just Steven left me a voicemail a half an hour ago.

BECKETT
And you're sure it was him?

[Elise takes out her phone and plays the message for him.]

STEVEN FLETCHER (on recording)
Elise, they're after me. I'll contact you when I can. Trust no one.

CASTLE
Okay, I just got a chill.

[Beckett takes Castle aside.]

BECKETT (whisper)
That's not possible.

CASTLE (whisper)
And yet...

BECKETT
But if Fletcher's alive, then who's the dead guy in our morgue?

--
[33:06, INT. PRECINCT, AUTOPSY - DAY]
Lanie pulls out the dead body.

BECKETT
It's Fletcher, right?

LANIE
Honestly, I'm not 100% sure. His prints match the ones found at the apartment. But we never got a fingerprint match on his real identity, so I have nothing else to compare it to. Plus, Fletcher has seven known identities, and so far I haven't found a single one that went to the dentist, so I have not dental records to compare.

BECKETT
Okay, bottom line?

LANIE
This body could or could not be a man whose alias is Steven Fletcher.

BECKETT
But we saw him die.

CASTLE
Or did we?

BECKETT
I hate this case.

CASTLE
I know. Isn't it great?

--
[33:37, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
Castle, Beckett, Montgomery, Ryan and Esposito re-watch the video of the murder.

STEVEN FLETCHER (on recording)
Wait, what are you... No, no. No, don't! Don't! Don't!

[A gun bangs. Beckett stops the tape.]

BECKETT
We don't actually see his murder.

MONTGOMERY
The camera's already fallen when the shot went off.

CASTLE
And the body we have doesn't even have a face.

BECKETT
But why? Fletcher was about to marry into an obscene amount of money. And the only other scam he had going was at the school. Why would he just jump ship and fake his death?

CASTLE
It's possible Agent Gray was lying to us about Fletcher to protect the mission.

BECKETT
No, he wasn't in the CIA. The paper trail for the cons is way too extensive.

[Esposito's cell rings.]

BECKETT (cont'd)
There's something else that we're not seeing here.

ESPOSITO (on cell)
Yeah? (to the others) Yeah, one of Fletcher's credit cards was just used to buy a plane ticket. JFK to Jakarta, Indonesia.

RYAN
He's making a run for it.

CASTLE
Why Indonesia?

BECKETT
It's a non-extradition country. What time does the plane leave?

ESPOSITO
Five o'clock.

BECKETT
Alert DHS and TSA. We'll coordinate a plan of attack on the way.

ESPOSITO
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! We also got hits on five other identities. Credit card reservations for flights out of Newark and LaGuardia. Car rental reservations out of New York and Philadelphia, and an Amtrack out of D.C.

MONTGOMERY
He's trying to confuse his trail. Spread us thin.

BECKETT
Well, it's going to work. We don't have resources to cover that territory.

CASTLE
And these are just the IDs that we know about. I guarantee you, he's got at least one identity we've never heard of.

MONTGOMERY
So, he's gonna get away with this murder?

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
What do you mean "no." By the time we figure out his real escape route, they'll be on a beach somewhere laughing at us.

BECKETT
We don't need to figure out his escape route, because all roads lead to Elise. Why would he risk everything by calling Elise? Sir, I believe he really does love her and he was planning on running away with her. If we get to Elise, we'll find Fletcher.

MONTGOMERY
Go.

--
[35:05, INT. FINNEGANS' PENTHOUSE]
Mrs. Finnegan answers the door for Castle and Beckett.

GAYLE FINNEGAN
You just missed her. She left about ten minutes ago after she got another call.

BECKETT
From Fletcher?

GAYLE FINNEGAN
She wouldn't say. She just ran out the door. But I think she might have written something down by the phone.

[Beckett heads for the phone.]

GAYLE FINNEGAN (cont'd)
What's going on?

CASTLE
Try the old pencil trick where you rub it...

BECKETT
I know.

[Nothing shows up.]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Damn it. I'm gonna call in an APB on Elise. See if we can get lucky at one of the airports.

[Beckett sees an open box of wedding bulletins]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Or...

CASTLE
What?

BECKETT
Mrs. Finnegan, what is this?

GAYLE FINNEGAN
Oh, well, that's their engagement album. It just came. Sue made it for the wedding. Every guest was going to get one.

CASTLE
This looks just like...

BECKETT
The Arctic brochure Fletcher handed out. You said Sue made this?

GAYLE FINNEGAN
Yes, she's a graphic artist.

CASTLE
How long has Sue known Elise?

GAYLE FINNEGAN
Oh, I don't know. A year, maybe.

BECKETT
Sue is Fletcher's partner.

CASTLE
It's the Undercover Lover con. Sue is the scout. She gets close to Elise first. Learns everything there is to know, paving the way for Fletcher.

BECKETT
Who comes in with a playbook of all of Elise's hopes and dreams and voilà, it's love at first sight.

CASTLE
No, no, no. Something doesn't quite track. Why would they fake Fletcher's death in such a public way? They had to know the police were gonna get involved, exposing their con to a lot of dangerous scrutiny.

BECKETT
Unless Fletcher really is dead. If her dad is right and Fletcher really fell in love with Elise...

CASTLE
And was going to give up his con man ways...

BECKETT
Then Sue stood to lose a fortune by not finishing the con. And if Fletcher married Elise, then Sue had no chance of pulling off the con on her own.

CASTLE
So, Sue takes matters into her own hands. She kills Fletcher, shooting him in the face, making sure positive ID is impossible.

BECKETT
Bingo.

GAYLE FINNEGAN
But what about the phone call from Steven?

CASTLE
Well, she must've faked it somehow.

GAYLE FINNEGAN
Why?

CASTLE
Because...

BECKETT/CASTLE
The con is still on!

BECKETT
If Elise needed money, where would she go?

GAYLE FINNEGAN
National Bank and Trust. 84th and Lexington.

BECKETT
Thank you, Mrs. Finnegan.

[Castle hands his wedding bulletin to Gayle before he and Beckett run out the door.]

CASTLE
Save these, they're evidence.

--
[37:08, EXT. STREET - DAY]
Elise Finnegan rushes up to Sue Vaughn.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Sue, is Steven okay?

SUE VAUGHN
Yeah, yeah. He would have called himself, but it wasn't safe.

ELISE FINNEGAN
And-- and he's sure that a million's going to be enough?

SUE VAUGHN
It's enough to get you out of the country. He's got money stashed overseas.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Oh, thanks, Sue.

SUE VAUGHN
We need to hurry.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Okay.

[Elise walks into the bank]

--
ACT SIX
[37:28, EXT. STREET OUTSIDE NATIONAL BANK - DAY]
Elise Finnegan exits with a metal briefcase.

SUE VAUGHN
Any problems?

ELISE FINNEGAN
No. No.

BANK MANAGER
Miss Finnegan!

[The bank manager exits the bank and walks towards them.]

BANK MANAGER
You forgot your phone.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Oh, thank you.

BANK MANAGER
You're welcome.

[The bank manager leaves.]

SUE VAUGHN
Steven just called. He wants me to drop the money at the safe house while you go pack. He said to meet him at the Grand Central at nine, after he does one last thing. And then you two can be together.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Here.

[Elise hands Sue the metal case.]

SUE VAUGHN
Good luck.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Thanks.

--
[38:06, EXT. STREET - DAY]
Sue rushes off to a parking lot with the money case and steps into a car. She opens it up and finds newspapers. Beckett and Castle lean down and look into her window. Beckett taps her badge on the glass.

CASTLE
Newspapers? I didn't think people read those anymore.

[Squad cars arrive, surrounding her vehicle. Esposito and Ryan step out of their unmarked.]

ESPOSITO
Out of the car, you. Come on, let me see your hands. Turn around.

CASTLE
You know, Detective Beckett here didn't think we could con a con artist. But I told her you just weren't that smart. You did, after all, fall for the oldest con in the book. The Lazy Susan.

[Esposito cuffs her and takes her away while Ryan checks the trunk.]

BECKETT
"The Lazy Susan"?

CASTLE
It's either that or the Grumpy Beaver. I always get them mixed up.

BANK MANAGER
Detective!

[The manager approaches and Beckett reaches out to shake hands.]

BECKETT
Thank you so much for your help.

BANK MANAGER
Absolutely. It's my job to protect our clients.

[Beckett runs her finger across her nose à la The Sting. The bank manager gestures back and Beckett giggles.]

CASTLE
Whoa, whoa, hang on a second. I thought you said you hated con movies.

BECKETT
Oh, Castle, you are such an easy mark, aren't you?

RYAN
Hey, I got something.

[Ryan taps some keys on a laptop he found in the trunk.]

STEVEN FLETCHER (on recording)
Elise, they're after me. I'll contact you when I can. Trust no one.

[We see a sound editing program playing the clips of Fletcher's voice.]

CASTLE
When you see how it's done, it really takes the magic out of it.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Detective?

[Elise approaches Beckett.]

ELISE FINNEGAN (cont'd)
Is Steven really dead?

BECKETT
I'm afraid so.

ELISE FINNEGAN
Then it was all a lie.

BECKETT
No, Elise. You need to know that Steven loved you very much. He changed his ways because you made him want to be a better man.

[Castle watches Beckett with pleased surprise.]

ELISE FINNEGAN
Thank you.

--
[40:05, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - NIGHT]
Beckett fills out paperwork at her desk. Castle enters.

CASTLE
No hot date tonight?

BECKETT
No, just the paperwork.

CASTLE
One of the many reasons I'm glad I'm not actually a cop.

BECKETT
Uh-huh.

CASTLE
Have a good one.

BECKETT
Yeah, you, too.

[Castle walks off. Beckett looks down at her bag, with the Heat Wave manuscript inside. She grabs the bag and takes it to the Ladies' room. She goes into a stall. Sits down, pulls her feet up, and takes out the book, flipping through it.]

CASTLE
Aha!

[Castle pops his head over the next stall and Beckett shouts in surprise.]

BECKETT (whisper)
Castle, what are you doing here?

CASTLE
I knew you were reading it.

BECKETT
I...wa...

CASTLE
It's on page 105, by the way.

BECKETT
Wh-- what?

CASTLE
That sex scene you're looking for. And Agent Gray was right. It's steamy.

BECKETT
I wasn't...

CASTLE
See you tomorrow.

[Castle leaves whistling. Beckett sits in the stall, jaw still dropped. After a moment, she smiles and flips to page 105. Her jaw drops.]

--
[41:22, INT. CASTLE LOFT - DAY]
A violin is playing the alphabet song off-key as Castle enters. Alexis sits on the couch reading.

CASTLE
Wait, who's getting a lesson?

ALEXIS
Gram.

DYLAN
Very good. Very good. That's nice.

MARTHA
Yeah?

DYLAN
Very nice.

MARTHA
You really have to have good posture.

[Castle sits on the couch with Alexis and puts her legs on top of his.]

CASTLE
I'm sorry for how I acted. There's no one in the world I trust more than I trust you. And I'm gonna try to be more respectful. Just promise me one thing? Be patient with me. I've never had a teenage daughter before.

ALEXIS
Deal.

CASTLE
Thanks.

[They hug.]

ALEXIS
Aren't you worried about Dylan's intentions towards Gram?

CASTLE
I'm hoping they involve running away together, but I'm not that lucky.

[Castle and Alexis cringe at the dissonance]

CASTLE
Speaking of running away, how about we have dinner out?

ALEXIS
Yes. Please.

CASTLE
Thank you.

DYLAN (background)
Really keep that wrist flexed. Good.

ALEXIS
Okay. Come on.



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