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Castle: Episode 4x04 Kick the Ballistics
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ACT ONE
[00:49, EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT]
[Construction workers find a body in the cement they're pouring.]

--
[01:25, EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY]

CASTLE
Grande skim latte, two pumps sugar-free vanilla.

BECKETT
Castle, I think you've read my mind. Mmf.

CASTLE
Surgery?

BECKETT
Yeah. Sometimes the scar pulls a bit.

CASTLE
And you still don't remember anything about that day?

BECKETT
No, it's blank.

[Castle narrows his eyes suspiciously.]

CASTLE
Wow. Who knew cement overcoats would be back for fall?

LANIE
I need to chisel out the concrete by hand before I can autopsy, but it's pretty clear she was shot to death.

RYAN
Well there's two slugs in the dirt. Looks to be a 9mm. The guy was a pro. Double tap. One to the back of the head, she falls, then he hits here again to make sure, buries her in the sand--

BECKETT
And then waits for the cement truck to come in the morning to finish off the job.

CASTLE
Execution style murder, cement trucks...can anyone else say mob hit? I'm looking at concrete evidence right here.

BECKETT
Is that purse from in here?

RYAN
Yeah. According to her Pierce College ID, our victim's name is Jane Herzfeld.

BECKETT
College student? That's not a typical mob victim.

--
[02:31, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

RYAN
Called in a favor to ballistics, we should get results today. D'you reach the next of kin?

ESPOSITO
The mother's on her way in. Jane was an only child.

RYAN
That's a hell of a thing.

ESPOSITO
Yeah. She also had a roommate in Michigan visiting folks, but she's back tomorrow.

RYAN
What was this girl into that got her dumped into a ditch?

ESPOSITO
As far as I could tell, all she was into was tutoring other students. She was booked solid for the day she died. What's weird is that she cancelled her appointments that morning. Her students say that it wasn't like her. She was super conscientious.

RYAN
Did she tell them why she was cancelling?

ESPOSITO
All she said was something important had come up.

RYAN
Maybe she knew she was in trouble.

--
[03:09, INT. PRECINCT, AUTOPSY - DAY]

LANIE
I'm putting the time of death between ten and twelve midnight. And I found this.

[Lanie lifts the victim's arm.]

LANIE
Bruising. No more than a day old.

CASTLE
He must have grabbed her, maybe forced her into a car?

LANIE
Also, I found traces of cocaine residue on her shirt but the preliminary tox is clean. No drugs or alcohol in her system.

CASTLE
The killer could have transferred it to her shirt when he walked her to the murder site.

LANIE
From the looks of it, she knew she was gonna die. I found this clutched in her fist.

[Lanie holds up an evidence bag with a cross necklace.]

CASTLE
He let her say a prayer before he shot her. That's not very professional.

BECKETT
No. More like Jane knew her killer.

--
[03:50, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY]

MRS. HERZFELD
When I didn't hear from her last night I knew something was wrong. We always talked at the end of the day.

BECKETT
Mrs. Herzfeld, Jane was tutoring people to make extra cash. Do you know why she cancelled all of her appointments yesterday?

CASTLE
Is it possible that Jane was doing something other than tutoring? Something that might have gotten her into trouble?

MRS. HERZFELD
Something like what?

BECKETT
Look, we didn't find any drugs in Jane's system, but the M.E. did find traces of cocaine on her clothes.

MRS. HERZFELD
Jane would never be involved with drugs!

BECKETT
Yeah, but she might have been involved with people who were. And we think that she knew her killer.

MRS. HERZFELD
There was a boyfriend I didn't like. They broke up five months ago.

BECKETT
And what did you not like about him?

MRS. HERZFELD
He wouldn't meet my eye. They would fight. I saw bruises on her.

BECKETT
Do you remember his name?

--
[04:41, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN
[Ryan posts Finn McQueen's mugshot on the murder board.]

RYAN
Finnbar Joseph McQueen, A.K.A. Finn. Did a deuce on cocaine charges, possession with intent.

BECKETT
Well that could explain the residue Lanie found on her body.

CASTLE
B and E, simple assault...there's nothing gun related.

BECKETT
Maybe he decided to step up the game. Do we have a location on this guy?

RYAN
Yeah, that's the best part. I talked to McQueen's parole officer, he says that McQueen is doing a job at 645 West 98th Street... Construction.

--
[05:07, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION/OBSERVATION - DAY]

FINN
I can't believe it. I can't believe she's dead.

RYAN
When was the last time you saw Jane?

FINN
Um...couple weeks ago.

ESPOSITO
Well, you-- you broke up in April, so...you stayed in touch?

FINN
I – I was her friend. Yeah, I – I help her out every now and then. I, uh, lent her money once, she paid me back. You know, li--like that.

RYAN
Did Jane have money problems?

ESPOSITO
And as a friend, did you maybe tell her you that could hook her up? Got her involved in something she couldn't handle?

FINN
Jane wouldn't do ever do anything that wasn't clean--

BECKETT (answers cell)
Beckett.

FINN
--if that's what you're implying. Jane was a good girl.

BECKETT (on cell)
What?

FINN
That's why it ended with me.

BECKETT (on cell)
Are you sure?

FINN
She wanted me to go straight.

BECKETT (on cell)
And there's no chance that's a mistake?

FINN
I just couldn't. I kept telling her, this is who I am.

[Beckett knocks on the one-way glass.]

ESPOSITO
Don't move.

[Beckett rolls the computer monitor across the room in frustration.]

ESPOSITO
Our man Finn? Inches from confessing.

[He sees how upset Beckett is.]

ESPOSITO
What?

RYAN
What's going on?

BECKETT
Ballistics just came in. The bullet that killed Jane Herzfeld is from a gun that's in our system. It's a Glock 17.

ESPOSITO
Well… that's good news.

BECKETT
Ryan, it's a match to your old service weapon.

RYAN
That can't be right.

BECKETT
It's not a mistake. The weapon that killed Jane Herzfeld… it's yours.

[CASTLE INTRO]

--
ACT TWO
[06:54, EXT. PRECINCT - DAY]
[Ryan paces. Esposito keep him company.]

RYAN
She was holding a cross in her hand when she died. She was praying for mercy. And then...she heard him pull the trigger. Of my gun.

--
[07:22, INT. GATES'S OFFICE - DAY]

RYAN
We were working the 3XK serial murders last year. We had a suspect in custody who had given us a full confession, at which time Castle and I went to the motel –

CAPTAIN GATES
Castle was with you?

BECKETT
Yeah, the NYPD sequestered Jerry Tyson at a motel as a witness and Castle and Ryan went over there to give him the all clear.

GATES
At which time you realized that Tyson actually was 3XK?

RYAN
Yes, sir. Tyson got the drop on us and left with my gun and badge.

BECKETT
Look, Detective Ryan was cleared of any wrong doing by the IAB.

GATES
I don't care whose fault it is. All I care about it mitigating the damage. Which means we track down Jerry Tyson like the animal he is and we haul him into custody.

BECKETT
Yes, sir.

--
[07:59, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Beckett and Ryan exits Gates's office.]

CASTLE
You okay?

RYAN
I will be when Jerry Tyson's in cuffs.

ESPOSITO
Beckett, McQueen's alibi checks out. Waitress confirms he was at Angeline's Diner on the East Side 'til closing.

BECKETT
Alright, cut him loose.

CASTLE
You know, Ryan, if Tyson is the shooter, that explains Jane. No direct motive, just fits his profile. She's young, she's blonde--

BECKETT
Yeah, but 3XK strangled those other women. Why would he use a gun now?

CASTLE
He told me he likes to change up his M.O.

RYAN
Yeah, must have mentioned that when I was out cold on the floor.

CASTLE
You know Ryan, none of this is your fault. The fact that he used your gun –

RYAN
That weapon was issued to me by the city of New York. I let it out of my hand and now a girl is dead. So please do not tell me that it's not my fault.

[Ryan tries to calm himself. He clears his throat.]

RYAN
I'm gonna start a canvass at Jane's apartment, have them show Tyson's photo around. Find out when Jane's roommate is back in town.

BECKETT
Okay.

[Ryan leaves. Castle whistles a sigh.]

BECKETT
It's a cop thing, Castle.

CASTLE
No, I get it.

ESPOSITO
Yo. CSU pulled information off Jane's metro card and ATM records. She spent most of yesterday at Grand Central Station.

BECKETT
Yeah, over a four hour period she made multiple withdrawals out of three ATMs in and around the train station. $800 worth.

CASTLE
So she cancelled a day of work to hang out at a train station and empty her bank account? That was the important thing that came up?

ESPOSITO
I'll send a team over there first thing, have them talk to vendors, see if anyone remembers seeing her.

CASTLE
Or Tyson. He stalked his victims before he killed them.

--
[09:37, INT. CASTLE LOFT - EVENING]

CASTLE
It's like I've been holding my breath for a year waiting for this day to come. A whole year of wondering about him, hating him, dreaming about him, trying to think like him, but still having no clue how to catch him.

MARTHA
It's not your job to catch a serial killer.

CASTLE
Because I'm not a cop. I like to pretend I'm Beckett's partner and like I'm one of them, but days like today I realize I... that I've just been playacting.

MARTHA (scoffs)
Your playacting once helped save New York City, as I recall. Be there for your friends. Stand beside them. Work together. That's plenty useful. Trust me.

[Martha and Castle toast their wine glasses.]

--
[10:28, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY]
[Ryan shows 3XK's photo to the victim's roommate.]

ROOMMATE
I'm sorry, I don't know him. Jane and I were only roommates for six months. Maybe he was the guy she was seeing?

RYAN
Jane had a boyfriend?

ROOMMATE
She wouldn't tell me about him and she wouldn't let him come around.

RYAN
Why wouldn't Jane talk about him?

ROOMMATE
She said that he had some things he needed to figure out before they could go public. Honestly I just thought maybe he was married. And, like, six weeks ago...things changed.

BECKETT
Changed how?

ROOMMATE
She was crying all the time and she would get phone calls really late at night and be really upset afterwards.

RYAN
Do you remember a specific time or day when Jane got one of these calls?

ROOMMATE
Last Thursday, around eleven o'clock.

--
[11:08, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Esposito hangs up his phone.]

ESPOSITO
Thursday night at 11:04 Jane got a call on her cell. Our guys say that call originated on a pay phone at Sammy's Bar in Midtown.

BECKETT
Two calls a week to the same number over the last six weeks?

RYAN
It's him.

--
[11:20, INT. SAMMY'S BAR - DAY]

BARTENDER (JOE)
I've seen her. Couple of times. Yeah, came in with Seth.

RYAN
Is this Seth?

[Ryan shows the bartender the computerized photo of 3XK.]

BARTENDER (JOE)
Nah, that ain't him.

RYAN
You sure? Take a good look this time.

BARTENDER (JOE)
Seth's a regular. That ain't him. But if you want to talk to Seth, just stick around. He usually comes in her pretty much every day.

BECKETT
Doing what?

BARTENDER (JOE)
He uses that phone over there a lot. Meets with shifty looking individuals he calls, uh, associates. One time, his jacket rolled up in the back. He was strapped.

BECKETT
Sounds like a drug dealer. Alright, so what time does Seth usually come in?

BARTENDER (JOE)
About three. Stay if you want, but I gotta get back to work.

--
[11:54, EXT. ALLEY, SAMMY'S BAR - DAY]

CASTLE
So, how's Ryan holding up?

ESPOSITO
Three days after my last tour in Iraq, I'm at a diner with friends. A car backfires. My friends look around, I'm under the table. Ryan's just waiting for the next hit.

--
[12:17, INT. SAMMY'S BAR - DAY]
[Beckett and Ryan sit in a booth with their backs to the door, watching the entrance in the reflective wall.]

RYAN
Here's what I don't get. What's a drug dealer doing with my gun?

BECKETT
I don't know. Maybe Tyson sold it to him or tossed it and Seth found it.

RYAN
That doesn't sound like Jerry Tyson. 3XK always has a plan. So, maybe Seth is a patsy.

[The door opens and a man walks in.]

SETH
How you feeling, Joe Joe?

BARTENDER (JOE)
Hey Seth, how's it going?

BECKETT
Looks like you'll be able to ask him yourself.

[Beckett and Ryan get up and face the entrance. She pulls out her badge.]

BECKETT
Hey, Seth. Detective Beckett, NYPD.

[Seth makes a run for it.]

RYAN
Whoa, whoa!

BECKETT
Hey!

[EXT. ALLEY OUTSIDE SAMMY'S BAR

RYAN (on the radio)
Back alley. He's on the move. On the move!

[Esposito takes off in his unmarked cop car. Beckett and Ryan chase Seth outside.]

BECKETT
Stop! Police!

[Esposito pulls up to the end of the alleyway, blocking Seth's exit, and holds his gun on him.]

RYAN
NYPD!

RYAN
Up against the car, right now!

[Ryan lifts up Seth's jacket, revealing a gun tucked into Seth's pants. Ryan pulls it out.]

RYAN
Gun. It's a Glock 17.

[Esposito turns Seth around.]

ESPOSITO
You got a permit for this?

SETH
Sure do, Punch. I'm a cop. Detective Seth Carver, Narcotics. Do me a favor and put me in the vehicle before you blow my cover completely, will ya?

--
ACT THREE
[13:35, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION/OBSERVATION - DAY]

SETH
So, let me guess. You talked to her mom and her girlfriends and all of them said that Jane was an angel, am I right?

ESPOSITO
So, are you saying she wasn't?

SETH
I'm saying that when I met her I was pulling her over for blowing a red light and she had 2 grams in the glove compartment.

RYAN
Jane didn't do drugs.

SETH
What can I tell you? Little miss was riding dirty.

RYAN
Y--you didn't charge her. There-- there's nothing in the system.

SETH
Right. That's because when I asked her where the coke came from, she told me Ben Lee gave it to her.

RYAN
Who's Ben Lee?

SETH
Who's Ben L --? Son of Clifford Lee. He's the head of the Hi Ye Tong. Operates out of a dim sum house on La Street.

[OBSERVATION]

CASTLE
What's the Hi Ye Tong?

BECKETT
Uh, the Tongs are a Chinese merchant organization. Most of them are legit, but some of them are a front for the Chinese mob.

CASTLE
So, Clifford Lee would be like the Godfather.

BECKETT
Oh yeah.

[INTERROGATION]

RYAN
How's Jane supposed to help you get to Clifford Lee based on one coke buy off his kid?

SETH
When it comes to education, Clifford Lee is old school Chinese. His sons may be drug dealing criminals, but they still need to graduate college.

ESPOSITO
Ben Lee was one of her students. She was tutoring him.

SETH
Twice a week she was in their house. I told her I would drop the possession charges if she brought me some solid intel on Lee's criminal operations. She said okay. And somehow she tipped them off and they killed her.

RYAN
That's it?

SETH
I just handed you a solid lead, what do you want some more? What is this?

RYAN
Yeah. How about the truth?

[OBSERVATION]

BECKETT
Come on, Ryan. Keep it together.

[INTERROGATION]

RYAN
You expect us to believe that you work a case for years and then one lucky Saturday night you just happen to roll up on the perfect CI? See, I did my time in Narcotics, Carver, huh? I know a shortcut when I hear one.

SETH
Not you, Ryan. If I didn't know any better, I would think you were accusing me of something untoward.

[Ryan stands up sharply.]

SETH
Whoa, hey.

RYAN
You targeted Jane Herzfeld. You planted those drugs in her car and then you made her help you out. You-- you sent her in there alone! No back up, no protection, and now she's dead!

SETH
Yeah well, I didn't make her dead.

RYAN
Hell, you didn't. You may have not pulled the trigger, but you're as guilty as the creep who did.

SETH
What about you, man, hmm? Look at yourself. Word around the house is that that creep used your gun. What kind of cop can't keep a hold of his own weapon?

[Ryan pushes Seth, then grabs him and shoves him up against the wall.]

RYAN
Say it, huh?

[OBSERVATION]

BECKETT
Let's go.

[INTERROGATION]

RYAN
Say it! Hey, I want you to say it!

BECKETT
Break it up.

[Beckett separates the two.]

BECKETT
Break it up. We're all cops here, okay?

SETH
If you're done, I think I'll take my leave now.

BECKETT
Yeah. Thanks for your help, Carver.

SETH
You got it.

[Seth leaves.]

BECKETT
What are you trying to do? You want the Captain to come in here? Go cool off.

--
[16:22, INT. PRECINCT, BREAK ROOM - DAY]
[Ryan makes himself a cup of coffee. Beckett hands him the sugar.]

BECKETT
Guy's a jerk.

[Ryan scoffs a laugh and nods.]

RYAN
When I started in Narcotics, I was so green I--I didn't know how things got done.

[Ryan chuckles.]

RYAN
One day there was this major bust, street gang cooking meth. They were stacking up guys in the bullpen, taking their statements one by one. Place is a zoo. I'm answering phones in the squad. Girl on the line, name of Alicia, asking for my lieutenant, so I call out across the bullpen "Hey, Lieu! Alicia's on the phone for ya."

[Beckett chuckles.]

It was her tip got these guys nailed and all of them just heard me call out her name. Searched all day and all night looking for her before the gang could get word back to the street that she was a nark.

BECKETT
Well, did you find her?

RYAN
I did. I got her into Witness Protection, but...that was the stupidest thing I'd ever done as a cop.

[Beckett smiles and shakes her head.]

RYAN
Until the day Jerry Tyson got the drop on me and stole my weapon. Carver is a jerk...but he's got a point.

BECKETT
Come on.

--
[17:40, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

BECKETT
You know what Carver could have a point about is Ben Lee. If Ben did tip to Jane, then that's a strong motive. You up for a trip to Chinatown?

RYAN
Hell yeah.

ESPOSITO
Yo. Uniforms at Grand Central caught a break. They found a clerk who works at a mailbox center around the corner who says he rented a box to Jane on the day she died. I'm gonna go check it out. You want to roll with me?

RYAN
No, I'm with Beckett.

BECKETT
Castle, you want to come?

CASTLE
Huh? I--I was just thinking. If our killer is someone in Lee's organization, then he must have gotten your gun from Jerry Tyson.

RYAN
Which means our killer may know Tyson's whereabouts. We nail him, we nail 3XK.

BECKETT
There's nothing in Tyson's background that indicates a connection to the Chinese mob.

CASTLE
Maybe the shooter is connected to the Lees. Someone Tyson crossed paths with during his 4 years in prison. Someone working for the Tong. If I find out who that someone is, maybe we have our shooter.

BECKETT
Wading through 4 years of prison records it's...a lot of work.

CASTLE
I don't mind.

BECKETT
Alright.

[Beckett tags Ryan's arm.]

BECKETT
Let's go.

--
[18:41, INT. DIM SUM HOUSE - NIGHT]
[A woman rushes to Clifford Lee to tell him that the cops are there. Ryan holds up his badge as they enter and Clifford waves off his bouncer to let them pass.]

CLIFFORD LEE
Detectives, I assume you're here about Jane.

[They sit at his table, he chuckles humorlessly at their discourtesy.]

CLIFFORD LEE
Please, sit.

BECKETT
I understand Jane was an employee of yours, is that correct?

CLIFFORD LEE
She tutored my son, Ben. Oh, this is Ben. My other sons, Philip, David, Steven.

RYAN
When was the last time you saw Jane, Ben?

BEN LEE
Last week. We had an appointment the day before yesterday, but she cancelled.

BECKETT
And where would you meet?

BEN LEE
Sometimes at school, sometimes at my house.

RYAN
Was Jane a good tutor? Did you like her, Ben?

BEN LEE
She was okay.

PHILIP LEE
What's with all these questions? He just said he hadn't seen her.

CLIFFORD LEE
Philip.

BECKETT
The truth is, Mr. Lee, we've uncovered some information about Jane that a man in your line of work might find troubling.

CLIFFORD LEE
You mean that she was an informant. Jane told me herself, about a month ago. She said that a bad cop had framed her and is forcing her to help him. I told her that there was nothing to tell this man about us, because we are honest businessmen. I hoped the officer would grow tired of waiting and leave her alone, but, unfortunately, that did not happen. I'm afraid your killer may be closer to home than you think.

BECKETT
We've already ruled out Detective Carver.

CLIFFORD LEE (scoffs)
Of course.

RYAN
And what were you "honest" businessmen doing between 10PM and midnight on the night Jane was killed?

CLIFFORD LEE
We were home, watching television. Please feel free to speak to any of my household staff if you wish to verify this information.

[The bouncer steps forward menacingly.]

RYAN
We will.

[Beckett and Ryan stand. Ryan stares down each of them before leaving.]

--
ACT FOUR
[22:57, INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
[Castle enters with a box.]

ALEXIS CASTLE
Hey, Dad. What's all that?

CASTLE
Convict reports. I'm trying to figure out which bad guy Jerry Tyson gave Ryan's gun to.

MARTHA
Any luck?

CASTLE
I'm looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

MARTHA
Ah.

CASTLE
Somewhere in that box is the link to Tyson. I'm just not seeing it.

ALEXIS
Well, I'd offer to help, but I've got all these complaint letters to read.

CASTLE
What, did you drop out of school and get a job in consumer relations?

ALEXIS
No. The senior class made me their Executive Liaison Advocate to the Administration.

CASTLE
Well, that sounds like quite an honor.

ALEXIS
Not really.

MARTHA
Ivy League schools look fondly on applicants who serve in student government and Alexis is beefing up her resume before she reapplies to Stanford.

ALEXIS
Or anywhere. If I even go to college at all.


[Castle shoots a look at Martha, who sighs.]

ALEXIS
Chelsea's been our advocate for the last 3 years. And when I told her I wanted to be more involved, she offered to step aside and let me take over the position.

CASTLE
Well, that was nice of her.

MARTHA
Not really.

CASTLE
Again with the "not really"?

ALEXIS
I didn't know when I agreed to do it, but you just sit there for hours and hours and listen to everyone complain and – I think Chelsea just got tired of it and figured she could stick me with the job. And I thought she was my friend, but I guess--

CASTLE
Not really.

MARTHA (chuckles)
Face it, kiddo. Chelsea set you up.

CASTLE (chuckles)
She set you up.

[*light bulb*]

CASTLE
Your friend set you up.

--
[22:10, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - NIGHT]
[Ryan puts Ben and Clifford Lees pictures on the murder board.]

RYAN
The Lees entire household staff confirms that the family was at home watching television the night Jane Herzfeld was killed.

BECKETT
Yeah well, there's no surprise there. Hey, how'd it go at Grand Central?

ESPOSITO
Good. I found this.

[Esposito brings in a duffel bag.]

ESPOSITO
Check the tag. It belongs to Jane Herzfeld.

RYAN
Where was it?

ESPOSITO
At the mailbox center where Jane bought a box. She was using it as a locker to hold this bag along with $500 in cash.

RYAN
Hmm. There's men's clothes and toiletries mixed up in here.

ESPOSITO
And two tickets on the late train to Phoenix for the night she died. She was looking to get out of town, but she wasn't going alone.

[Ryan looks at the tickets.]

RYAN
No names, so who was going with her?

BECKETT
Her mystery man. Her roommate said that she was dating someone. Someone who had some stuff to work out.

RYAN
And Carver kept hassling her to betray the Lees. Maybe they figured it was just smarter to get out of town. But why Phoenix?

ESPOSITO
Maybe a dryer climate. It's an asthma inhaler. But according to the autopsy report, Jane didn't have asthma. So it must have belonged to the guy.

RYAN
No prescription sticker, but there's a barcode.

ESPOSITO
Yeah, I'm gonna call the manufacturer and have them trace it. Oh, and in case her traveling companion was waiting outside for her, I pulled video from the bank security cameras next door to the mailbox center.

--
[23:11, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT]
[They watch the security footage.]

BECKETT
Okay, stop. There's Jane.

ESPOSITO
But who's that with her?

RYAN
Finn McQueen, Jane's ex-boyfriend. But he told us he hasn't talked to Jane in weeks.

BECKETT
Jane was leaving town with Finn?

ESPOSITO
Nah, he's too tall for the clothes in that bag. It's not him.

RYAN
Yeah.

[Finn grabs Jane in the video.]

RYAN
Whoa. It looks like he's trying to talk her out of going.

BECKETT
What's that in his jacket?

RYAN
That would be a weapon.

BECKETT
Looks like a Glock.

--
[23:38, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - NIGHT]
[Beckett slams Finn's Glock on the table.]

BECKETT
CSU found it under your mattress. Where'd you get the gun, Finn? I noticed the serial numbers have been filed off and that's the same type of weapon that was used to kill Jane.

FINN
That is not mine. And your guy confirmed my alibi.

BECKETT
Alibis can be bought. Video doesn't lie. You knew that Jane was leaving town and you knew she was in love with someone else, didn't you?

[Someone knocks on the door. Beckett takes the gun in the evidence bag and exits.]

--
[24:13, INT. PRECINCT ,BULLPEN - DAY]

BECKETT
He keeps saying he didn't do it, but--

ESPOSITO
Beckett!

BECKETT
--that's a man with a guilty con--

ESPOSITO
Beckett! We got word from ballistics.

RYAN
No match. The gun's a Glock 17 but it's not mine.

ESPOSITO (answers phone)
Detective Esposito.

CASTLE
I know who the killer is!

ESPOSITO (on phone)
Thanks for getting back to me.

[Castle enters with the box.]

BECKETT
Castle, we just got some bad news, so no hypotheticals. Just give us a name.

CASTLE
Well, I have to start at the beginning--

BECKETT
Name.

CASTLE
Jin Hai Li Chang.

BECKETT
Okay, start from the beginning.

CASTLE
Thank you. So I realized last night, 3XK would never give a cop's gun to a friend. A--a gun that hot would be a--a curse, not a blessing, but he would give it to an enemy.

BECKETT
So?

CASTLE
So, I went over all the incident reports involving Jerry Tyson during his 4 years at Sing Sing and one report in particular stood out. Tyson got into it with a guy in a weight yard and he ended up in the infirmary with a broken jaw. The jaw breaker's name? Jin Hai Li Chang. Look familiar?

[Castle pulls out a photo.]

RYAN
That's Philip, Clifford Lee's oldest son.

CASTLE
Apparently Papa Clifford Anglicized the family's names when they moved into the country, but they never bothered to make them legal. That's why it took me so long to find it. When Philip got his weapons charge in 2008, he was booked under his Chinese name.

RYAN
But...Philip and Tyson were sworn enemies. Why would Philip accept the gun?

CASTLE
The two eventually became friends.

BECKETT
It happens.

CASTLE
Not with Jerry Tyson. That guy doesn't have any friends. He's a psychopath. He wanted payback and he was willing to wait.

RYAN
Tyson sold Philip my gun, hoping he'd use it in the future.

BECKETT
And then, when Philip found out that Jane was an informant, he did just that.

ESPOSITO
Actually, Philip's motive may have been a little more personal than that. The barcode on the inhaler that we found in Jane's bag? That inhaler was issued to one Ling Mai Chang, better known as Ben Lee.

BECKETT
Jane was leaving town with Ben.

CASTLE
So, student and tutor become boyfriend and girlfriend. They were in love. It's Romeo and Juliet.

BECKETT
Well, Jane did have a thing for reforming bad boys.

RYAN
Yeah, but Asian gangs? You're in for life. There's no walking away.

ESPOSITO
So, like Romeo and Juliet, someone ended up dead. Brother Philip found out about their plans to go to Phoenix together, so he murdered Jane to keep little brother in the fold.

BECKETT
Yeah, it's a great theory, guys. There's just one thing missing. Evidence? Eye witness accounts? Something to make this case stick.

RYAN
I know someone that can help us out.

--
ACT FIVE
[26:22, INT. PRECINCT, LOCKUP - DAY]

FINN
You here to let me out?

RYAN
Not to let you out, Finn. To set you free.

FINN (scoffs/laughs)
You cops, man. What's that supposed to mean? "Set me free"?

RYAN
The truth, Finn. The truth sets you free. I've been looking for it all night. I finally found it. Who knew the truth would be hiding in a juvie report from 1996? You got grabbed up moving paper for a Chinatown bookie. Do you remember who bailed you out? Hmm? Clifford Lee. You've been working for the Lees for years. Little jobs, because, well, Finn, let's face it, you're kind of a screw up. But you wanted more. So when you found out Ben Lee needed a tutor, you recommended your ex, Jane, thinking it would earn you points with the family. And you watched it all go sideways. Jane and Ben fell in love, decided to leave town. You thought, what if the family blamed you? Because no one leaves the family business. Not even for love. So, you tried to make her change her mind, and you fought, but you couldn't change her mind. So, you made a call to Philip, and then Philip went and got Jane.

[Ryan slams the evidence bag with Jane's cross necklace against the cell gate.]

RYAN
Remember this, Finn? I talked to her mother. She says you gave this cross to Jane on her 21st birthday. She was holding it when she died. For comfort. Because she knew she was gonna die. She was so afraid.

[Finn has broken down to tears.]

--
[28:18, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - DAY]

ATTORNEY
Let me make sure I got this straight. Finn McQueen claims that he phoned my client and told him that his brother Ben was leaving town with Jane Herzfeld, to which my client allegedly replied "I'll take care of it". Is that all you've got? We've already established that Philip was at home with his family when the girl was shot.

BECKETT
Well, then why was his cell phone on West 12th Street?

RYAN
Your client made a phone call to his parent's house at 11:30PM. That call pinged off a tower off the West Side highway, which is a couple blocks from our murder scene. Were you calling your father, letting him know the job was done?

ATTORNEY
Please, Detective. His phone pinged? You know that's not enough to charge him with murder.

BECKETT
Not yet, but give me some time. Listen, if your client wants to talk deal –

ATTORNEY
Dream on. Let's go, Philip.

[The attorney leaves. Philip and Ryan stand up menacingly at the same time and stare each other down.]

RYAN
You killed that girl. You used my weapon to do it, and now I carry that weight. Trust me when I say to you that I will not rest until I make you carry it, too.

[The attorney comes back.]

ATTORNEY
Hey! We're done here. And if you attempt to contact my client or his family again without first notifying my office, we'll sue the department for harassment.

BECKETT
Alright. Okay. We got it.

--
[29:27, INT. GATES'S OFFICE - DAY]

GATES
This is the second time you've gone at the Lees with nothing. Now Philip Lee has lawyered up, he's probably gotten rid of the gun, and he has four family members and various household help willing to alibi him for the time of the murder.

RYAN
The cell phone puts him in the vicinity of the murder scene.

GATES
"Vicinity."

CASTLE
Finn McQueen says –

GATES
Finn McQueen cannot testify to what happened, Castle. He wasn't there.

[Gates turns to Ryan.]

GATES
Make your case. But you do it now without harassing the Lee family.

BECKETT
Sir, we need to keep leaning on them. We need to keep the heat on.

GATES
No, you need to stay away. And that's an order.

RYAN
So, what? We just write the name of Jane's killer in a file and we let him walk free? That makes us clerks, not cops!

GATES
Take the rest of the day off, Ryan.

[Ryan stalks out.]

GATES
You need to clear your head!

[The rest exit unhappily and Beckett closes the door on her way out.]

--
[30:21, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

ESPOSITO
It's not over yet, bro.

RYAN
I just need someone to go on record, someone who knows what happened that night.

CASTLE
Yeah, the only one who really knows is Philip Lee.

[Ryan grabs his gun from his desk and walks off.]

ESPOSITO
Where're you going?

RYAN
I'm gonna do just like the Captain said, take the rest of the day off.

[Esposito follows after Ryan.]

--
[30:46, EXT. PRECINCT - DAY]

ESPOSITO
Hey. Wherever you're going, I'm going with you.

RYAN
It's might fight.

ESPOSITO
And you don't want me getting involved. It's my case, too. And you're my partner.

RYAN
I'm taking a run at Ben Lee.

ESPOSITO
The Lees will have him locked down. I'm betting his old man won't let him go out in public alone.

RYAN
Then I guess we can't go in there looking like cops.

--
ACT SIX
[31:18, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Ben Lee does his homework, watched by the bouncer/bodyguard from the dim sum. Esposito comes in dressed like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.]

ESPOSITO
Oh, snap! Is that Philip?

ESPOSITO
Yo, what's good, son? I ain't seen you in a minute. Man, how've you been?

BEN LEE
He thinks I'm my brother.

STUDIERS
Shh! Quiet.

BEN LEE
Happens with the Gwailo.

ESPOSITO
What's up?

BODYGUARD
Move along.

ESPOSITO
Man, why you touching up on me? Hey, man, you better check your totem. Hey, Philip, tell them that we boys. Tell your boy, Thor, that we boys.

BODYGUARD
Go outside. You can call Philip on his cell later.

[The bodyguard wrestles Esposito out of the library.]

ESPOSITO
Philip, tell him! You've changed, Philip.

[Ryan sits down next to Ben dressed in a jean jacket and plaid shirt and pulls off his baseball cap.]

RYAN
Hey Ben.

BEN LEE
You shouldn't be here.

RYAN
I just want to talk.

BEN LEE
About what?

RYAN
About Jane.

BEN LEE
Jane is dead.

RYAN
So you just let it all die with her? What happened, huh? College maybe got you thinking that there's something better out there than being just a low-life drug dealer? Jane made you really want to try? You can still get out. And I promise you'll be safe.

BEN LEE
You cops and your promises, man. Carver promised Jane she'd be safe. Look what happened.

[Ryan slaps a photo of Jane's corpse on the table. Ben sees it and looks quickly away.]

BEN LEE
You're talking about my family.

RYAN
I'm talking about your life. Jane died fighting your battle. I know you can honor her better than this.

[Ryan hears the door open, puts his cap back on, and puts Jane's corpse photo in Ben 's jacket pocket.]

RYAN
You know how to find me.

[The bodyguard sees Ryan leaving from the table.]

--
[33:03, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

BECKETT
What the hell were you two thinking, going to see Ben Lee when Gates specifically said "stay away"?

ESPOSITO
Who's gonna tell her, Beckett? Not me. Ryan, are you planning on telling the Captain what we did?

RYAN
Not me. Castle?

CASTLE
Who, me? No way.

BECKETT
Nice, smartass. And what about when Ben Lee talks to his dad and Gates gets a phone call from their lawyer? You two are gonna get benched.

RYAN
Ben Lee's not gonna tell his father.

BECKETT
How do you know?

RYAN
Because. I looked him in the eye and I saw the pain he's in. Maybe he's not man enough to stand up for himself, but he's not going to rat me out, either.

BECKETT
You guys took a hell of a chance.

RYAN
Beckett, you're starting to sound like a boss.

BECKETT
Just let me know next time so I can help –

GATES
Detective Ryan.

[Castle jumps.]

GATES
There's someone here to see you.

[Ben walks in. Ryan smiles and nods.]

--
[34:02, INT. DIM SUM/SURVEILLANCE VAN - NIGHT]
[Ben does his homework at a table. The team listens from the van.]

PHILIP
Papa said you were down here. You're a senior now, you don't need to work this hard.

BEN LEE
I have a test on Monday.

PHILIP
Blow it off. We'll go out.

BEN LEE
I don't want to go.

[Philip turns and walks off.]

BEN LEE
Philip? If that hadn't found Jane, if she'd stayed hidden, I'd have never known what happened to her. Would you really have let me wonder for the rest of my life?

PHILIP
Sometimes it's a gift, not knowing the truth.

BEN LEE
So, if she were just missing I could believe that she were alive somewhere? I could pretend? Like a child? She meant something!

[Ben pushes over the table.]

[SURVEILLANCE VAN]

ESPOSITO
I don't like this.

CASTLE
Ben was supposed to lead Philip to a confession, not force a confrontation.

BECKETT
You guys, just give him a minute.

[DIM SUM]

BEN LEE
She's dead. And I'm not a child.

PHILIP
In time you will see it was for the best.

[SURVEILLANCE VAN]

ESPOSITO
Philip's dancing around it.

BECKETT
The second he acknowledges guilt we're moving in.

RYAN
Come on, come on.

[DIM SUM]

BEN LEE
She cried? Did she ask for me?

PHILIP
Ben, don't do this.

[Philip tries to calm Ben, but Ben shoves him off.]

BEN LEE
I need to know.

PHILIP
You're not thinking clearly. We'll talk about this tomorrow.

BEN LEE
If you don't tell me everything, we can no longer be brothers.

PHILIP
You wearing a wire?

[SURVEILLANCE VAN]

BECKETT
Ryan, he's tipping.

RYAN
Maybe Ben can turn it around.

BECKETT
No, we have to pull him out, now.

RYAN
Just...

[Ryan sighs in frustration.]

[DIM SUM]

PHILIP
A wire? What is this? Let me see. Open your shirt.

BEN LEE
I don't need to prove anything to you.

PHILIP
Ben!

[Philip draws a gun.]

PHILIP
This is your last chance, little brother. Show me.

[He cocks the gun.]

[SURVEILLANCE VAN]

RYAN
Let's go. Let's move.

[DIM SUM]

BEN LEE
You gonna shoot me now? Like you did Jane?

PHILIP
Don't push me.

BEN LEE
Go to hell.

NYPD 1
Drop the gun!

NYPD 2
Get on the ground!

[Ben puts up his hands. Philip drops the gun and raises his hands. An officer pushes him to the ground. Philip says something in Chinese. Ben draws a gun and aims it at Philip.]

BEN LEE
You ruined my life!

PHILIP
No! No!

RYAN
Drop the gun! No, dont--!

[A S.W.A.T. officer shoots Ben. Philip yells.]

RYAN
No!

[Ryan runs to Ben and checks him.]

PHILIP
No, God! Ben! Ben!

[Ryan calls to his team and Esposito radios for an ambulance. Ryan begins CPR as Philip is taken away screaming.]

RYAN
I'm so sorry.

--
[37:09, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - DAY]

BECKETT
There's enough on the tape to sway a jury from reasonable doubt. And the coke that we found in your car is a match for the residue found on Jane's body and then, there's this.

[Becket pulls out a Glock in an evidence bag.]

BECKETT
The gun that you pointed at your brother. Detective Ryan positively identified it as his stolen service weapon. It is also the same gun that was used to kill Jane Herzfeld. You're looking at murder one, life with no parole.

ATTORNEY
My client has some information that might interest the NYPD.

BECKETT
What kind of information?

PHILIP
Jerry Tyson. 3XK.

BECKETT
What about him?

PHILIP
When he gave me the gun, we talked. And I know where he was headed and what name he was gonna use.

[Castle smirks.]

--
[38:04, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

BECKETT
So, Lee wants 15 to 25 with parole in 10 for giving us Tyson's new alias and I need to give the D.A. a recommendation. This might be our chance to get 3XK, Castle.

CASTLE
No. It's a setup. Jerry Tyson gave that gun to Philip Lee knowing he would use it, so there's a good chance he knew we'd eventually get to Philip.

BECKETT
Maybe. So what?

CASTLE
So, nothing Tyson told Philip would be the truth.

CASTLE
Giving Philip Lee a good deal for bad information? That's just another win for Jerry Tyson.

BECKETT
Are you sure?

CASTLE
Sure enough. Jane Herzfeld deserves justice. Life in prison for Philip Lee. No deals. We'll get 3XK. And we'll do it right.

[Beckett considers Castle and smiles.]

BECKETT
Damn, Castle. Look at you, thinking like a real cop.

[Castle smiles a little.]

--
[39:03, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

BECKETT
Hey, guys? Hey, you could look a little happier. Today was a win, right?

RYAN
Well, I keep thinking about Seth Carver, sending Jane into the Lee's all alone, no backup. Do I really get to call myself a better cop?

CASTLE
You are a better cop, Kevin. You're a better man, because you didn't send him in there alone.

ESPOSITO
Hey, there's your boy.

[Ryan turns around to see Ben Lee escorted in by a Witness Protection officer.]

RYAN
Ben. Good to see you back on your feet.

ESPOSITO
Hey, that was a pretty impressive performance back there.

CASTLE
Yes, you have a future in stunt work, my friend.

RYAN
Guys, this is Marshall Mike Drooen from Witness Protection. He's escorting Ben to his new home in Los Angeles.

MIKE DROOEN (nods)
Detectives. Ben, your plane leaves in an hour.

BEN LEE
Thanks. I...just need a minute.

[The others give Ben and Ryan some space.]

BEN LEE
Thank you. I wouldn't have had the courage to do what I did without you.

RYAN
Well you have your life back now. Live it on your own terms. It's what she wanted.

[Ryan hands Ben a picture of live Jane. Ben leaves. Castle clears his throat loudly. Ryan turns around to see them preparing a toast.]

CASTLE
Let's, uh... keep this party a little quiet though, alright? If the Captain hears, I'm sure she'll blame me.

BECKETT
Who's gonna tell her? Not me. You?

ESPOSITO
Nope.

BECKETT
And what about you, Ryan?

RYAN
Mm-mm.

BECKETT
Well then, I think we're good.

[Beckett hands Ryan a glass.]

ESPOSITO
Well, then. To my partner, Kevin Ryan. A credit to the job.

CASTLE
To Ryan.

BECKETT
To Ryan.

[They all drink except Ryan.]

RYAN
I'd like to make a toast. To bravery and commitment. To love and sacrifice. To Jane.

BECKETT/CASTLE/ESPOSITO
To Jane.



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