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Castle: Episode 3x24 Knockout
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<<< EPISODE 3x23SEASON 4 >>>

ACT ONE
[INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - MORNING]

CASTLE
Hey, guys, I could use a hand.

[Esposito and Ryan applaud.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
Thank you. Yes, that's very funny. Just for that, you will not be getting an autographed copy of my new graphic novel.

RYAN
You wrote a graphic novel?

CASTLE
Not technically. But it is based on one of the greatest characters I ever created. You see, Wolverine, Batman, Betty and Veronica. Sure, they were find in their day, but there is a new sheriff on the spinner rack, and his name is Derek Storm. Advance art for A Deadly Storm, the new graphic novel.

RYAN
Wow.

ESPOSITO
That's pretty cool.

CASTLE
It's epic cool, is what it is. Where's Beckett? I want to show her this.

RYAN
Making her weekly pilgrimage out to the prison to interview Lockwood.

CASTLE
Oh. Right.

--
[INT. PRISON, SECURITY GATES - MORNING]

BECKETT
Thank you.

GUARD
You're welcome.

OFFICER RYKER
Welcome back, Detective Beckett.

BECKETT
Officer Ryker.

OFFICER RYKER
The Special today is Serial Arsonist.

BECKETT
No thank you.

OFFICER RYKER
Perhaps I can interest you in an armed robber covered in gang tats and protesting his innocence?

BECKETT
Uh, you know, I think I'll just take the usual. Hal Lockwood.

OFFICER RYKER
It's an excellent choice, Madame. I'll have someone bring him down.

BECKETT
Thank you.

OFFICER RYKER (on prison phone)
It's Ryker. I've got a visitor for Lockwood, Ad Seg 34617. Yeah. What do you mean? (hangs up) Lockwood's no longer in Administrative Segregation.

BECKETT
Where is he?

OFFICER RYKER
He was transferred to General Population about an hour ago.

BECKETT
What?! He was in Ad Seg for a reason. You've got to get him out of there now.

OFFICER RYKER
Why? What's the big deal?

BECKETT
There is a prisoner in the General Population Gary McCallister. Lockwood is going to kill him the first chance he gets.

--
[INT. PRISON, MCCALLISTER'S CELL - MORNING]

GARY MCCALLISTER
You know, I was wondering when he was going to get around to me.

HAL LOCKWOOD
It's okay if you want a minute.

--
[INT. PRISON, HALLWAY - MORNING]

PRISON OFFICER
Move! Move! Move! Move! Get out of the way!

--
[INT. PRISON, MCCALLISTER'S CELL - MORNING]

GARY MCCALLISTER
Don't make a mess of it, okay?

HAL LOCKWOOD
I never do.

[Beckett and the officers arrive too late.]

BECKETT
Go.

--
[INT. PRECINCT, BREAK ROOM - DAY]

CASTLE
How did he even get into the General Population?

BECKETT
Esposito's running it down now, but I'm guessing it wasn't an accident.

CASTLE
I'm sorry.

BECKETT
For what?

CASTLE
Lockwood kills Raglan, then he shanks McCallister, both of them ex-cops who had something to do with your mother's murder. He's cutting off all avenues of your investigation.

BECKETT
Castle, he's not cutting them off, he's giving me new ones. I've been going to that prison every week for the last four months to have a staring contest with the devil, and the devil just blinked. This is exactly what I've been looking for.

ESPOSITO
Hey. Department of Corrections says the signature used on the transfer order was forged.

RYAN
And the only people with access to those documents at the prison are correctional officers and authorized clerical staff.

BECKETT
Which means bribe or blackmail. I want a full financial workup of every employee in that prison, sworn and civilian. I want to know who was late on their mortgage, who was behind on their child support. Somebody took a hell of a risk cutting Lockwood this transfer, and they had to have been pretty desperate.

ESPOSITO
You got it.

BECKETT
See? Now we got a trail.

CASTLE
So, where're we going?

BECKETT
To Lockwood's arraignment. I want to see if we can rattle his cage.

CASTLE
Lockwood doesn't seem like the rattling type.

BECKETT
Not Lockwood. Whoever's holding his leash.

--
[INT. COURTHOUSE, COURTROOM - NIGHT]

BECKETT
First Raglan and now McCallister? What are you doing, collecting the whole set? You're real badass, Lockwood, shanking an old man in his bunk. I don't know what you think you've accomplished, but this doesn't change a thing. You hear me? Whoever hired you, he can't hide from me.

HAL LOCKWOOD
No, sweetheart, you got it ass-backwards. You can't hide from him.

COURTHOUSE OFFICER
Please take a seat, Ma'am.

BAILIFF
All rise. The court's in session. Be seated. Matter number 27 on the list, the People of the State of New York vs. John Doe, AKA Hal Lockwood. The matter is on for arraignment. Counselors for the record, and who you represent, please.

AVERY ZUSSMAN
Avery Zussman for Harold Lockwood, Your Honor.

BAILIFF
On the matter of the People of the State of New York...

CASTLE
What is it?

BAILIFF
...number 2011460, the charges premeditated murder...

BECKETT
I don't know.

BAILIFF
...with special circumstances allegation. Mr. Lockwood, do you waive a formal reading of this indictment?

HAL LOCKWOOD
I do.

BECKETT
They're wearing chrome collar pins. NYPDs are brass.

BAILIFF
And how do you plead?

HAL LOCKWOOD
Now.

BECKETT
Castle, down!

[Flash grenade goes off and fake officers whisk Lockwood out of the courtroom.]

BECKETT (cont'd)
Are you okay?!

CASTLE
Yes! Yeah!

[Beckett stumbles out of the courtroom to find Lockwood's hand and feet cuffs and everyone in the hallway sprawled on the floor.]

BECKETT
Where? Where?

WOMAN
Downstairs.

FAKE OFFICER
Come on. Keep moving. Come on, let's go. Go.

[Beckett follows them down the stairs and sees them take off in a helicopter just outside the courthouse. She shoots at it as it flies away.]

[CASTLE INTRO]
--
ACT TWO
[INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

CASTLE
How's she doing?

MONTGOMERY
Lockwood's in the wind and everything about in her mom's case just went to hell in a hand basket. How do you think?

BECKETT
Where are we on Lockwood's known associates?

ESPOSITO
Courthouse's security personnel were so used to seeing cops come and go, nobody gave them a second look.

CASTLE
They didn't care about anyone seeing their faces.

BECKETT
Did FBI run them through facial recognition?

ESPOSITO
No hits. Guys are ghosts.

BECKETT
What about the chopper?

ESPOSITO
FAA says that they flew below the 1,000 foot radar ceiling.

MONTGOMERY
They had to know NYPD would have helicopters searching for them, so they'd want to ditch their chopper as soon as they could.

ESPOSITO
We got locals on the ground checking every small airfield in the tri-state area. I got nothing so far.

RYAN
Hey Beckett! We got something. Check your inbox. So, phone calls to the prison are recorded and every inmate has to make collect calls. Apparently Lockwood made weekly calls to the same number, but week after week the person at the end of the call refused to accept the charges, until four days ago.

BECKETT
Okay, here it is.

HAL LOCKWOOD (recording)
How's the family?

MYSTERY MAN (recording)
Same. How are Charlie and Mike?

HAL LOCKWOOD (recording)
Good.

CASTLE
Anything on the phone number?

RYAN
Burner cell. Untraceable.

BECKETT
Alright, check known associates named Charlie or Mike.

ESPOSITO
They're not talking about people. That's the phonetic alphabet, military jargon. Charlie and Mike is Continue Mission.

CASTLE
Well, we know the mission wasn't McCallister. He was just a means to escape. They could've paid off anyone in the General Population to kill McCallister, but it had to be Lockwood, 'cause they had to get him out.

BECKETT
Which means Lockwood was after somebody else.

RYAN
Who's left?

BECKETT
Me.

MONTGOMERY
Lockwood could've killed you in the courtroom. You're not a threat, you don't know anything.

CASTLE
I think I know who he's after. We know that your mom was killed because she was working to free a mobster who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of an undercover federal officer, Bob Armen. We know that the real killers were renegade cops who were practicing their own form of street justice by kidnapping mobsters for ransom. These guys were also working for somebody. Somebody big. Somebody who would stop at nothing to keep his identity a secret.

BECKETT
Which means there's still one loose thread out there.

CASTLE
The third cop. The man that Joe Pulgatti saw in the alley with John Raglan and Gary McCallister the night that Bob Armen was killed. Whoever this guy is, if he's still around, he knows who's behind this whole thing.

BECKETT
Which makes him Lockwood's next target.

ESPOSITO
But we looked through the reports. There's no mention of any third cop.

BECKETT
Just because he's not mentioned in it doesn't mean he wasn't there. Excuse me. (answers cell) Beckett.

MONTGOMERY
Put a detail on her.

RYAN
She's not gonna like that.

MONTGOMERY
You don't have to tell her. If Lockwood's going after this third cop, he's still in town. You both know what he's capable of. You get a chance to put him down, do not hesitate. That son of a bitch doesn't need to see the inside of another courtroom. You read me?

ESPOSITO
Loud and clear.

BECKETT
That was the Jersey state police. They found the chopper.

--
[INT. HANGAR - DAY]
Castle fingers the bullet hole in the helicopter.

CASTLE
Yours?

BECKETT
Yeah.

CASTLE
That smell, is that, uh...

BECKETT
Bleach in the cabin. They're destroying DNA evidence.

RYAN
Mechanic says the chopper must've been stolen and returned before anyone knew it was missing.

ESPOSITO
He says he wouldn't even have known anybody had used it if it weren't for the bullet holes.

CASTLE
Who does the helicopter belong to?

RYAN
Hedge fund manager from upstate.

BECKETT
Where is he now?

RYAN
Sailing in the Caribbean with his family.

BECKETT
Alright, check his background and the mechanic's and anybody else who works here.

ESPOSITO
Right.

BECKETT
Why now? Lockwood was in prison for months, why would he make a move now?

CASTLE
Well, they had him transferred, and then they broke him out of a courtroom, that takes time, planning, resources.

BECKETT
What if it was something else? What if there's another reason?

CASTLE
Like what?

BECKETT
You know, um, I think I saw a surveillance camera outside the building. I pull the surveillance, look for a vehicle, maybe get an APB.

CASTLE
You okay?

BECKETT
Yeah.

--
[INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
Castle looks over photos from Joanna Beckett's murder.

ALEXIS
Beckett's mom?

CASTLE
Yeah.

ALEXIS
I can't imagine what it must be like for her, solving murders and bringing closure to all those families, but never to herself.

CASTLE
It's easier in my books. The just are rewarded, the wicked are punished. Unfortunately, real life isn't that easy.

[The door buzzes. Castle answers.]

CASTLE (cont'd)
Can I help you?

JIM BECKETT
I hope so. I'm Jim Beckett, Kate's father.

[LATER]

JIM BECKETT (cont'd)
I feel like I already know you, Rick. I've heard a lot of great things about you from Katie.

CASTLE
Really?

JIM BECKETT
Really. So, how's she holding up?

CASTLE
Well, it's kind of tough to tell with her, you know? She doesn't flinch.

JIM BECKETT
I know. She wouldn't accept a night light when she was a little girl. Not that she wasn't afraid of the dark, but I think she just felt it was a point of pride to stare it down.

[Castle chuckles.]

JIM BECKETT (cont'd)
This...man she's chasing...how dangerous is he?

CASTLE
He's a trained killer.

JIM BECKETT
What happens when she finds him? I've already lost my wife over this. I've already lost... Look, it took me years, but I've made my peace with that. But Katie, she won't listen to me, and she won't back down. Not unless someone can convince her that her life is worth more than her mother's death. Look, she cares about you, Rick. And, unless you're a lot dumber than you look, I know you care about her. Don't let her throw her life away.

--
[INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - MORNING]

CASTLE
How'd you sleep?

BECKETT
I didn't.

CASTLE
Yeah, me neither. Listen, I was wondering--

RYAN
So, I ran financials on everyone associated with the prison: guards, civilian employees, medical staff.

ESPOSITO
I found a guard named Ryker. He's under water on his mortgage, he maxed out his credit cards, and he was about to lose his condo.

BECKETT
Ryker? I know Ryker.

RYAN
You only thought you knew Ryker. The day before Lockwood was transferred to General Population, Ryker received a $50,000 wire transfer. And guess who didn't show up for work today?

--
[INT. RYKER'S APARTMENT - DAY]

ESPOSITO
NYPD!

RYAN
NYPD!

BECKETT
NYPD! Do not move! Show us your hands, Ryker!

ESPOSITO
Let me see your hands!

RYAN
Let's see those hands!

BECKETT
Go.

[They move to face Ryker in the chair. He has a bullet hole through his head.]

--
ACT THREE
[INT. RYKER'S APARTMENT - DAY]

LANIE
The bullet entered through the back of the head, exited through the front, and landed in the cabinet. I'm making the time of death around nine o'clock last night.

CASTLE
Ryker made four phone calls to the same burner cell that Lockwood called from prison.

BECKETT
He was negotiating prices. Ryker had no idea who he was dealing with.

RYAN (hangs up)
That was the DOJ. That $50,000 wire transfer bounced through the United Arab Emirates before it ended up in Ryker's account. It came from the Dubai branch of a Swiss bank.

CASTLE
Who the hell are these guys?

BECKETT
Well, whoever they are, they've been two steps ahead of us this whole time.

CASTLE
You don't go through this kind of trouble to cover up a couple of road cops kidnapping mobsters in some back alley.

BECKETT
No, this is about something else, something bigger. If we want to catch these sons of bitches, we're gonna have to bring the fight to them. Notify Ryker's next of kin. Let's talk to his neighbors again, anybody else that knew him at the prison. I want to see if he made any new friends lately.

--
[INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW LOUNGE - DAY]

BECKETT
How long did you know Ryker, Officer Haskell?

OFFICER HASKELL
Since he came to the prison almost, uh...almost ten years, I guess.

CASTLE
Was he having trouble with anyone at the prison?

OFFICER HASKELL
Ryker was stainless. All the other corrections officers liked him. Even the worst cons respected him 'cause he treated them with respect.

BECKETT
Was there anyone knew in his life? Maybe a girlfriend?

OFFICER HASKELL
No one. In fact, he'd been working up the nerve for weeks to ask you out, Detective.

CASTLE
Uh, did you know Ryker was having financial problems?

OFFICER HASKELL
No. He never said a word to me, and I was probably closer to him than anyone.

RYAN
We're getting the same thing from everyone we talk to. Ryker was a standup guy. None of his friends even knew he had financial trouble.

ESPOSITO
And other than calls to that burner phone, there's nothing in his phone records that indicate any new contacts in his life.

RYAN
I just got word on the security footage from the airport, cameras did pick up a blue, late model Malibu leaving the area, but its license plate was blacked out.

BECKETT
So, basically we've got nothing still, right? Just a bunch of dead ends everywhere I look, it's just a bunch of dead ends.

CASTLE
You know, whoever planned this escape for Lockwood knew they would need someone on the inside. If Ryker was such a straight arrow, why would they approach him?

ESPOSITO
He was a soft target because of financial troubles.

CASTLE
How would they know that?

BECKETT
They found him the same way we did, financial records. They ran financials on everybody in that prison.

CASTLE
Who would have that kind of authority?

BECKETT
A cop. Or someone who was a cop. So, this third cop wasn't Lockwood's target. This third cop was the one who was holding Lockwood's leash. He's the one who's behind this whole thing. Okay, I want us to pull reports with Raglan and McCallister's name on it.

RYAN
We did all that already.

ESPOSITO
Months ago. There's nothing there.

BECKETT
No, no, no. I'm not talking about arrest reports, I'm talking about performance evaluations,

ESPOSITO
We went through everything. We looked at every cop we could find who could've worked with them. None of them are our third guy.

BECKETT
Well, then check it again. And when you're done with that, check it again.

RYAN
Beckett, we want him as bad as you.

BECKETT
The hell you do. Nobody wants him as bad as I do, okay? Nobody. So, check it again!

--
[INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT]

MONTGOMERY
Find anything?

RYAN
Hell, I bet there wasn't even a third cop. I mean, seriously, Dubai? Para-military extraction? How does a cop even begin to mount an operation like this?

CASTLE
These guys were kidnapping mobsters for months, maybe even years before things went sideways. They could've made millions in ransom.

MONTGOMERY
That would mean this third cop would have plenty of cash to hire professionals like Dick Coonan and Hal Lockwood to clean up his mess. Keep checking.

[Esposito walks in with a case of beer behind his back.]

ESPOSITO
Sir. Uh, I know we're still officially on duty, but--

MONTGOMERY
Authorized.

RYAN
Sláinte.

CASTLE
Nice work. Ooh, those are cold. These are really cold.

RYAN
Yeah, we keep them in evidence, refrigerated storage.

CASTLE
Isn't that where you keep the--

ESPOSITO
Don't worry about it. How is she?

CASTLE
She hasn't returned my calls. She just grabbed those case files and ran out of here.

ESPOSITO
She's getting lost. She's an inch away from the rabbit hole.

CASTLE
She'll be fine. She always is.

RYAN
What if we come up empty?

CASTLE
Who's Napolitano?

RYAN
Oh, he worked with Raglan on a couple drug busts, but he was at his daughter's wedding the night Bob Armen was shot, so he'd not our third cop.

CASTLE
Where is he now?

ESPOSITO
He died. Heart failure back in 1993. Why are you asking about Napolitano?

CASTLE
Uh, he and Raglan are listed as the arresting officers on this report, but this has been altered.

ESPOSITO
What?

RYAN
How can you tell?

CASTLE
Because I know typewriters. Older typewriters used cloth ribbon. If you look closely, you can see the striations in the typeface. Newer typewriters used film ribbon. Somebody whited-out the assisting officer's name on this report, photocopied it, and then typed in Napolitano's name. It's a cover-up. Literally.

ESPOSITO
I'll be damned.

RYAN
What are you doing?

CASTLE
Well, documents have a way of disappearing in this case. This way, we all have it.

[Castle takes a picture of the document with his phone and mails it to Ryan and Esposito's phones.]

ESPOSITO
Let's show Captain.

--
[INT. PRECINCT, MONTGOMERY'S OFFICE - NIGHT]

MONTGOMERY
Son of a bitch went through a lot of trouble to cover his tracks.

RYAN
We found two other reports where Napolitano's name was added on.

CASTLE
We figure whoever did them had to have done so after Armen's murder.

ESPOSITO
But before we went digital.

MONTGOMERY
That's over ten years. You're talking about thousands of officers walking in and out of the records room.

CASTLE
Yeah, but whoever took their name off those reports would have had to go physically get them from the records room.

MONTGOMERY
Find out who was manning the records sys. during that time. Maybe that someone remembers looking the other way.

ESPOSITO
Right.

[Ryan and Esposito leave. Castle lingers.]

MONTGOMERY
What?

CASTLE
Continue Mission? If Lockwood isn't going after the third cop, then who's the mission?

MONTGOMERY
I put a protective detail on her, plainclothes. These guys are good.

CASTLE
Good enough to stop Lockwood? Look, she's not gonna stop, and the next time he sees her, one of them is gonna die. Take her off the case.

MONTGOMERY
Castle, did Beckett ever tell you how we met?

CASTLE
No.

MONTGOMERY
I was working late one night and went down to archives to locate some old reports, and there she was with a flashlight and a banker's box open on her lap, studying this Unsolved. She was a patrol cop then, she wasn't even authorized to be down there. When I asked her what the hell she was doing, she told me this was her mother's case. That she found some things that didn't add up. Now, I could've written her up, right then.

CASTLE
Why didn't you?

MONTGOMERY
Because I knew it wouldn't stop her. It was there in her eyes, man, and I thought, "With this kid's tenacity and some training, I mean, she'd make a hell of a homicide."

CASTLE
That tenacity's gonna get her killed.

MONTGOMERY
I cannot make Beckett stand down, Castle. I never could. And the way I figure, the only one who can...is you.

--
[INT. BECKETT'S APARTMENT - NIGHT]

CASTLE
Can I come in?

BECKETT
Yeah.

CASTLE
So, we went over all of Raglan and McCallister's old arrest records, and you were right, there was a third cop that was with them on a lot of those arrests. But, then someone went back into those reports and removed their name. So, Ryan and Esposito are right now looking into who was running the records room back then.

BECKETT
Castle, you couldn't've just called me and told me this over the phone?

CASTLE
Well, yeah, I... I thought that...

BECKETT
Castle, if you got something to say, just please say it.

CASTLE
Beckett, everyone associated with this case is dead. Everyone. First your mom and her colleagues, then Raglan, then McCallister. You know they're coming for you next.

BECKETT
Captain Montgomery's got a protective detail on me. Wasn't that hard to spot.

CASTLE
That's not going to be enough to stop Lockwood; you know that. Think about what they're up against. Professional killers? I--I've been working with you for three years; you know me. I'm the guy who says we can move that rubber tree plant. But you know what, Beckett? I don't think we're gonna win this.

BECKETT
Castle, they killed my mother. What do you want me to do here?

CASTLE
Walk away. They're gonna kill you, Kate. And if you don't care about that, at least think about how that's going to affect the people that love you. You really want to put your dad through that? And what about Josh?

BECKETT
And what about you, Rick?

CASTLE
Well, of course I don't want anything to happen to you. I'm your partner. I'm your friend.

BECKETT
Is that what we are?

CASTLE
Alright, you know what? I don't know what we are. We kiss, and then we never talk about it. We nearly die frozen in each other's arms, but we never talk about it. So, no, I got no clue what we are. I know I don't want to see you throw your life away.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, last time I checked, it was my life, not your personal jungle gym. And for the past three years, I have been running around with the school's funniest kid, and it's not enough.

CASTLE
You know what? This isn't about your mother's case anymore. This is about you needing a place to hide. Because you've been chasing this thing so long, you're afraid to find out who you are without it.

BECKETT
You don't know me, Castle. You think you do, but you don't.

CASTLE
I know you crawled inside your mother's murder and didn't come out. I know you hide there, the same way you hide in these nowhere relationships with men you don't love. You could be happy, Kate. You deserve to be happy. But you're afraid.

BECKETT
You know what we are, Castle? We are over. Now get out.

--
ACT FOUR
[INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
Castle finishes his whiskey, looks over at the mock up for his latest Nikki Heat novel, Heat Rises, and chucks his empty glass at it.

MARTHA
Oh, my god! What the hell's going on here?

CASTLE
Nothing. I'm sorry. Go back to bed.

MARTHA
There's only one person on the planet that can get you this pissed off.

[LATER. Martha and Castle sit across from each other.]

CASTLE
She's going to get herself killed.

MARTHA
She's a grown woman. She's a homicide detective for godsakes. It's her job. It's her life.

CASTLE
I--if anything happens to her... It--

MARTHA
Go on.

CASTLE
I...

MARTHA
Oh, Richard, Richard. For a man who makes his living with words, you sure have a hell of a time finding them when it counts. Darling, let me give you a word of advice, alright? From someone who's better than halfway through the movie, don't waste another minute of it.

--
[INT. PRECICNT, MONTGOMERY'S OFFICE - NIGHT]


BECKETT
Roy, I am over it. I mean it. I want him gone.

MONTGOMERY
Okay, he's gone.

BECKETT
What?

MONTGOMERY
You want Castle gone? He's gone.

BECKETT
Wha-- I-- What-- What about the-- mayor?

MONTGOMERY
This is my house, Kate. The mayor doesn't call the shots here, I do. You ought to know that by now.

BECKETT
But I-- I thought--

MONTGOMERY
I could've kicked Castle to the curb years ago, anytime I wanted to. The only reason I kept him around this long is because I saw how good he was for you. Kate, you're the best that I've ever trained, maybe the best that I've ever seen. But you weren't having any fun before he came along. We speak for the dead. That's the job. We are all they've got once the wicked rob them of their voices. We owe them that. But we don't owe them our lives.

BECKETT
He said that we can't win this.

MONTGOMERY
He's right. I spent most of my life walking behind this badge, and I can tell you this for a fact, there are no victories. There's only the battle. And the best that you could hope for is that you find someplace where you could make your stand. If this is your spot, I will stand with you.

--
[INT. PRECINCT, RECORDS ROOM - NIGHT]

RYAN
I really don't think a badge is behind all this. No one on the job has this kind of juice.

ESPOSITO
If he worked with McCallister and Raglan, he's probably long retired by now. Or he could be in private security, politics, business. I can't believe I gotta call these guys. You know how pension guys love to talk. I bet I'm gonna be on the phone for hours listening to stories about the glory days.

RYAN
Hey, listen to this. Mike Yanavich, Seargeant. Assigned to the records room from '02 to '05 says he ran it right up until he retired, and Yanavich graduated from the Academy in the same class as Gary McCallister and John Raglan.

ESPOSITO
Maybe he's our third cop. Where is he?

[Ryan does a search on his laptop.]

RYAN
Looks like Yanavich relocated to Miami Beach after he retired.

ESPOSITO
Contact Miami Dade PD in the morning, see if they can verify his address. We'll fly down to Miami to get him if we have to.

--
[INT. MONTGOMERY'S HOUSE - NIGHT]

HAL LOCKWOOD
Hello, Roy. You're not that fast. Besides, they're all upstairs asleep, safe and sound. And they're not on tonight's menu. But if you wake them up, well, then I gotta order off the menu.

MONTGOMERY
What do you want?

HAL LOCKWOOD
He is very disappointed, Roy. We all are. I mean, di-- did you not understand the conditions of the agreement? Beckett stays alive as long as you keep her on a leash. That's the deal that you made with him. But you're not holding up your end. And that's unfortunate, because she really is a lovely girl. But now we've reached a critical stage and I have to cap the well. So, here's the news. tomorrow night you're gonna call off that protective detail that you have on her, and then you're gonna get her to meet you at the hangar where we stashed the bird. And I don't care how you do it. Just get her there, and we'll handle the rest.

MONTGOMERY
Go to hell.

HAL LOCKWOOD
Well, then you have a decision to make. You can have Beckett, or you can have your family. But you can't have both. Look at it this way, if you and Raglan and McCallister hadn't sinned so spectacularly, then God wouldn't have sent a punishment like me.

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ACT FIVE
[INT. MONTGOMERY'S HOUSE - DAY]

MARY MONTGOMERY
We're gonna be late, come on.

MONTGOMERY
Where are my girls? Come and give your old man a kiss. Muah. Look at you. Hey, get off that phone and give me a kiss. You know I'm so proud of both of you.


REBECCA MONTGOMERY
Dad.

MRS. MONTGOMERY
Come on. In the car, you two. Come on.

REBECCA MONTGOMERY
Let's go.

MARY MONTGOMERY
Bye, Dad.

MONTGOMERY
Buh-bye.

MRS. MONTGOMERY
Goodbye.

[She kissed Roy and pulls back to leave. He pulls her in and kisses her again.]

MRS. MONTGOMERY
What's that for?

MONTGOMERY
I love you.

MRS. MONTGOMERY
I know.

[She gives him a kiss goes to the girls at waiting at the car. Roy opens a hidden safe, seals some documents in an envelope, and loads a special revolver.]

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[INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - MORNING]
Beckett looks over her mom's case files and checks the caller ID as her cell rings. It's Castle's 24th call and she clicks the do not answer button. Ryan hangs up his phone.

RYAN
That was Miami Dade. Apparently Yanavich didn't care too much for the sun and sand. He was only there for a year and then he moved back to Brooklyn. Bought that cop bar out on Fulton.

ESPOSITO
How does Yanavich afford a bar on a cop's pension?

RYAN
Why don't we ask him?

[Esposito looks over at Beckett pouring over her mother's case files.]

ESPOSITO
We better handle this, bro. Let's see what we got before we bring her in on this.

[Beckett's cell rings - it's Montgomery.]

BECKETT
Sir?

MONTGOMERY
Beckett, I think we have a lead.

BECKETT
What'd you find?

MONTGOMERY
Meet me at the hangar where we found the stolen chopper and I'll explain everything there.

BECKETT
Okay. I'm on my way.

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[INT. YANAVICH'S BAR - DAY]

PATRON
Maybe in the Hall of Fame, who knows?

ESPOSITO
Mike Yanavich.

MIKE YANAVICH
That's me.

ESPOSITO
Detective Esposito. This is Detective Ryan. can we talk to you for a minute?

MIKE YANAVICH
Sure. You want a drink?

RYAN
You own this place?

MIKE YANAVICH
Free and clear.

ESPOSITO
How'd you manage that? On a cop's pension? If you don't mind me asking.

MIKE YANAVICH
You get shot on the job, start drawing a disability pension after you retire.

RYAN
You worked the records room of the 12th, right?

MIKE YANAVICH
Decade ago. So what?

ESPOSITO
Some records went missing on your watch. And some got altered.

MIKE YANAVICH
Yeah, well, I don't doubt it. I mean, uh, it wasn't like it is today. We didn't make a federal case out of everything back then.

RYAN
You graduated from the police academy with John Raglan and Gary McCallister.

MIKE YANAVICH
Mm-hmm. And forty other guys. Listen, I read the papers. I know Raglan and McCallister rode dirty, but I didn't have any part of it. I mean, I knew them. Say hi. Talk some baseball. Maybe bitch about the ACLU. I used to drink here before I owned the place.

ESPOSITO
Do you know if Raglan and McCallister were tight with anybody else?

MIKE YANAVICH
Yeah. Some black kid used to follow them around. A rookie. I got a picture of him somewhere up here. Yeah. That's him. The hell was his name? Ah, Montgomery. Yeah, McCallister and Raglan trained that kid.

RYAN
Montgomery said he didn't know either of these guys.

[Esposito rips up the photo.]

MIKE YANAVICH
Hey! The hell's the matter with you?

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[EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT]

RYAN
Hey! You know it's him. Montgomery's our third cop. He's the one who altered those records.

ESPOSITO
How can you even say that? How can you even think that?! Montgomery brought us on to Homicide! What do we got? A picture?

RYAN
Think about it. Why else did he want us to take Lockwood out? Because Lockwood leads us to him! He's been lying to us. He's been lying to us the whole time. Hey.

ESPOSITO
Get off!

[Esposito punches Ryan. They fight. Esposito pins Ryan to the wall.]

RYAN
Go ahead! Go ahead!

[Esposito lets Ryan go.]

RYAN (cont'd)
Beckett.

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[INT. HANGAR - NIGHT]

BECKETT
Captain? Captain?

MONTGOMERY
Over here.

[Beckett checks her incoming message "3rd cop - It's Montgomery!"]

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ACT SIX
[INT. HANGAR - NIGHT]

BECKETT
Put the gun away, Roy.

MONTGOMERY
Kate, I'm not going to jail for this. I can't put my family through that.

BECKETT
Why?

MONTGOMERY
I was a rookie when it happened, Kate. McCallister and Raglan were heroes to me. I believed in what we were doing. We were just going to snatch Pulgatti that night. Bob Armen wasn't even supposed to be there. Armen reached for my gun. That's when I heard the shot. I didn't even know it was my gun that went off until Armen went down. Then McCallister pulled me into the van. I remember him saying, "It's okay, kid. It's not your fault. Happens in this town every day." McCallister and Raglan tried to drown it. But not me. I put it all into the job, Kate. I became the best cop I could be. And then, when you walked into the 12th, I felt the hand of God. I knew he was giving me another chance, and I thought, "If I could protect you the way I should've protected her."

BECKETT
Did you kill my mother?

MONTGOMERY
No, that was years later. But she died because of what we did that night.

BECKETT
Then who killed her?

MONTGOMERY
I don't know how, but somehow he figured out what we had done. But he could have turned us all in. Instead, he demanded the ransom money. He took that money to become what he is and, God forgive me, but that may be my greatest sin.

BECKETT
Give me the name. You owe me that, Roy.

MONTGOMERY
No, kid. I give you a name, I know you, you'll run straight at it. I might as well shoot you where you stand.

BECKETT
That's why you brought me here, isn't it?

MONTGOMERY
No. I brought you here to lure them.

BECKETT
You baited them?

MONTGOMERY
And now they're coming. I need you to leave. They are coming to kill you, and I'm not gonna let them. I'm gonna end this.

BECKETT
I'm not going anywhere, sir.

MONTGOMERY
Yes, you are. Castle! Get her out of here.

CASTLE
Captain, I don't--

MONTGOMERY
Don't argue. That's why I called you. Get her out of here, now!

BECKETT
Captain, please, just listen to me. You don't have to do this.

CASTLE
Kate.

BECKETT
No. Please, no. Sir. I forgive you. I forgive you.

MONTGOMERY
This is my spot, Kate. This is where I stand.

BECKETT
No. No.

MONTGOMERY
Castle.

BECKETT
No, No. Sir, please. Listen to me. You don't have to do this.

MONTGOMERY
Castle, get her out of here now!

BECKETT
You don't have to. Please, sir.

CASTLE
Kate.

BECKETT
Plea-- No! God! Castle, let me go! No! Let go! PLEASE! NO!

[Castle carries Beckett out a back door of the hangar. Lockwood and three other men arrive to meet Montgomery. Castle tries to keep Beckett quiet out back.]

CASTLE
Shh! Shh! Please don't. Everything's okay. Everything's alright.

[Lockwood approached Montgomery.]

HAL LOCKWOOD
Where is she, Roy?

MONTGOMERY
You can't have her.

HAL LOCKWOOD
I told you, it's her or your family. Don't be stupid. You can't hide her from us. From me.

MONTGOMERY
You got that ass-backwards, boy. You can't hide from me.

[Montgomery takes out the three other men. Lockwood dashes out of sight. Montgomery turns around and Lockwood shoots him twice. Montgomery falls and Lockwood crouches over him.]

HAL LOCKWOOD
And that was, what? Your last stand? That's just sad, Roy. I'm just gonna kill her anyway.

MONTGOMERY
No. You're not. And he's not. I saw to that. We're done, Lockwood. We both are.

[Montgomery shoots Lockwood at point blank range. Castle lets Beckett go and she runs back to the hangar and weeps over Montgomery's body.]

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[INT. BECKETT's APARTMENT - DAY]
Beckett sits with Castle, Ryan, and Esposito.

BECKETT
No one outside of this immediate family ever needs to know about this. As far as the world is concerned, Roy Montgomery died a hero. We owe it to him. All of us.

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[EXT. CEMETERY - DAY]
Beckett, Ryan, Esposito, are in full dress as they, Castle and two other officers are the pallbearer's for Montgomery's funeral.

BECKETT
Roy Montgomery taught me what it meant to be a cop. He taught me that we are bound by our choices, but we are more than our mistakes. Captain Montgomery once said to me that, for us there is no victory. There are only battles. And in the end, the best you could hope for is to find a place to make your stand. And if you're very lucky, you find someone willing to stand with you. Our captain would want us to carry on the fight. And even if there is...

[Castle sees a flash of light behind a gravestone in the distance. Through a sniper's scope we see Kate's silent next word "one..." Just before the sniper takes the shot, Castle moves toward Beckett.]

CASTLE
Kate!

[Castle tackle's Beckett too late and she takes the bullet, the crowd reacts a moment after the report.]

RYAN
Where'd the shot come from?

[Lanie instinctively gets up to go to her friend, but Esposito pulls her down between the chairs.]

ESPOSITO
Lanie, get down!

MAN 1
The shooter's over there!

MAN 2
Shot came from the northeast!

RYAN
Beckett's down! Beckett's down!

[Castle realizes Kate's been shot.]

CASTLE (whisper)
Oh, Kate. Shh. Kate, please. Stay with me, Kate. Don't leave me, please. Stay with me, okay? Kate, I love you. I love you, Kate.

[Kate passes out.]



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Thanks a lot for the script! I just have a small correction:

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[Esposito walks in with a case of beer behind his back.]

ESPOSITO
Sir. Uh, I know we're still officially on duty, but--

MONTGOMERY
Authorized.

RYAN
It's lunch.

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Ryan's line is "Sláinte" - it's what Irish use for "Cheers" (literally means "health").

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