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Castle: Episode 5x03 Secret's Safe with Me
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ACT ONE
[00:00, INT. HOTEL - DAY]
[A woman writes something on the floor in her own blood, then dies.]

--
[00:23, INT. CASTLE LOFT - DAY]
[There are boxes piled all over.]

ALEXIS
Okay, one last box, and I'm ready for college.

CASTLE
Sweetheart, this is a lot of stuff. You do realize, you don't have to take all of this stuff with you to your dorm room? Like this. What is this?

[Castle pulls out a gold medal on a blue ribbon.]

ALEXIS
Remember? I wanted to ride my bike without training wheels, like the big kids, and I did. So you got me my very own gold medal.

CASTLE
Oh, well, honey, that is--

[Castle stops Alexis from putting on the medal.]

CASTLE
That's a very sweet memory, but your dorm room is only so big. You're gonna have to leave some of this stuff behind.

[Martha comes down the stairs.]

MARTHA
Don't listen to his, darling. Everybody needs their stuff.

[Castle looks from Martha to Alexis.]

ALEXIS
See?

[Alexis goes to the kitchen. Castle smiles gleefully and turns to Martha.]

CASTLE
My little girl is going to college.

MARTHA
Seems like just yesterday, you were checking under the bed every night, promising her that monsters aren't real.

CASTLE
Well, I lied. Monsters are real. They're the boys in her freshman dorm.

MARTHA
Oh, speaking of which, before Alexis leaves, don't you think you should have the, um...talk with her?

CASTLE
You mean the sex talk? Mother, I covered that ages ago. I learned so much.

MARTHA
I mean the you-and-Beckett sex talk.

CASTLE
Mother, Beckett and I ar--

[Martha puts up a hand.]

MARTHA
Save it, Richard. I knew the morning I walked in here and the poor girl was hiding in the cl--

CASTLE (whisper)
You knew that!

[Castle freaks and knocks the box in front of him, almost knocking it over.]

MARTHA
Shh.

CASTLE (whisper)
How did you know that?

MARTHA (whisper)
Shh, shh, shh. Mothers know these things. But I don't think you want Alexis to walk in unannounced and find you and Beckett...out of the closet. And by "out of the closet," I--

CASTLE (whisper)
I--I, no, I--I know what you mean by "out of the closet."

MARTHA
Okay, so...don't you think you should tell her?

[Alexis stands up with in the kitchen with a spray bottle in her hand.]

ALEXIS
Tell me what?

[Castle and Martha turn in surprise, then look at each other.]

--
[01:46, EXT. STREET - DAY]

BECKETT
You told Alexis?

CASTLE
I didn't want to. Mother used her Jedi mind tricks on me.

BECKETT
She knows, too? Castle, do they realize what's at stake here? Because if Alexis tells Lanie...

CASTLE
Alexis won't tell Lanie.

BECKETT
Lanie's gonna tell Esposito, Esposito can't keep his mouth shut with Ryan, and Ryan's gonna blow it out of proportion, and then Gates is gonna find out, and we won't be able to work together anymore.

CASTLE
Trust me. She knows what's at stake, and our secret is safe.

[Beckett accepts his statement with a nod.]

BECKETT
So, how did she take it...us being together?

CASTLE
She was too preoccupied with her move to even comment. I mean, it's ridiculous. She's got boxes and boxes of stuff, and apparently, all of it's important.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, we all need our stuff, Castle. I've got boxes and boxes of it. It's comforting. It reminds me of my past.

CASTLE
Your kinky past?

BECKETT
I've got that box, too.

[Castle pauses for a moment to let his imagine takeover while Beckett enters the hotel, then he follows.]

--
[02:34, INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY]
[Beckett, Castle, and Lanie look at the body on the floor while CSU takes crime scene photos.]

LANIE
Housekeeping found her this morning. Name's Wendy Dupree, twenty-five years of age, single gunshot to the chest from a nine millimeter.

[Lanie holds up the evidence bag.]

LANIE
Unfortunately, she died slowly.

BECKETT
Yeah, long enough to write the word "Lie." So, our killer wasn't a pro. She wouldn't have been left breathing.

CASTLE
A dying declaration, but what does it mean?

LANIE
Hey, that's your department.

[Lanie walks away.]

CASTLE
Well, did someone lie to her? Perhaps it's the killer's initials.

BECKETT
Mm.

CASTLE
Maybe a grammatical error. She should've written "Lay."

[Beckett gives Castle a look.]

ESPOSITO
Yo, Beckett.

[Beckett and Castle turn to look. Esposito holds up a green bag.]

ESPOSITO
Victim's wallet.

[Beckett goes to Esposito and Castle crouches down by the body.]

ESPOSITO
She came a long way to get killed. She's a Philly girl.

BECKETT
How long was she here for?

ESPOSITO
Front desk says she checked in yesterday afternoon alone.

[Ryan stands up with an envelope full of cash.]

RYAN
She wasn't alone. She brought 4,000 of her closest friends.

ESPOSITO
That kind of cash, what's she doing in a dump like this?

BECKETT
All right, run financials. See what you guys can find.

ESPOSITO
Yeah.

BECKETT
Castle, what do you think?

CASTLE
I think, as much as I love a good mystery, she could've left a more helpful note.

ESPOSITO
Here's a message that needs no interpretation.

[Esposito reads a text message.]

ESPOSITO
"You think you can lie to me?"

CASTLE
Ah. Maybe that's the lie.

[Esposito continues reading.]

ESPOSITO
"Run all you want. I'm gonna find you and make you pay." It's a 2-1-5 area code. That's Philly.

BECKETT
Pull a warrant for the cell phone. I want to know who sent that text.

--
[03:44, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - DAY]

JOEL PRATT
Yeah, I sent it. You bet I did.

BECKETT
Well, sounds like you had a big problem with her.

JOEL PRATT
Hell, yeah, I had a problem. Wendy's a waitress at my place, Joel's Cheesesteaks - the best in Philly.

[Castle goes to close the door.]

CASTLE (under his breath)
"The best in Philly"? That's a tad presumptuous.

JOEL PRATT
Well, it is.

[Castle's expression freezes at being heard. ]

JOEL PRATT
So yesterday I sent that fraul to the bank to make a deposit for the restaurant, right? But does she make the drop? No. She hightails it up here with four thousand of my dollars.

CASTLE
That’s a lot of cheesesteak.

BECKETT
So you followed her to New York to get your money back.

JOEL PRATT
Damn right.

[Beckett and Castle exchange a look.]

JOEL PRATT
I tried to be nice. Finally, she calls me, and she’s like, “I’m sorry. It was an emergency. I—I’ll pay you back double when I get back.” Screw that. She stole from me.

BECKETT
And for that, she deserved to die?

JOEL PRATT
Yeah.

[Castle raises his eyebrows and shock dawns on Joel’s face and he looks at Beckett.]

JOEL PRATT
Wait. What?

[Beckett puts Wendy’s crime scene photo on the table.]

JOEL PRATT
Oh, no. No.

[Joel sits down.]

JOEL PRATT
I didn’t do this. Nah. I couldn’t even find her. No, I—I just got off the train from Philly, a—an hour before yous guys picked me up.

--
[04:41, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN – DAY]
[Beckett places Joel’s photo on the murder board.]

BECKETT
So, Amtrak confirms that Pratt was ticketed yesterday, but they can’t be sure of what train he was on, so we’re double-checking his alibi.

CASTLE
Have them check on that cheesesteak, too. There’s no way that it’s the best in Philly.

[Beckett smiles in amusement for a moment.]

BECKETT
Anyway, even if it was him, it doesn’t explain Wendy’s mysterious emergency, the stolen cash, the sudden trip to New York City.

CASTLE
Mm. Why she would write “lie.” You don’t write a dying message in blood just for kicks. There had to be a reason.

[Beckett drinks her coffee and Castle looks at the cup.]

CASTLE
Are you out, too? Want some more?

BECKETT
Yeah. Uh, you know what? I’ll go get it.

CASTLE
Oh.

[Beckett takes his mug and heads toward the break room.]

BECKETT
Okay.

CASTLE (surprised)
Thank you.

BECKETT
Mm-hmm.

[Castle shrugs happily with a grin on his face at the change of being served. Then he turns toward the murder board.]

CASTLE
Long Island Expressway. Literary Institute of Excellence. Love Is Everything. Oh, did I just say that? I’m getting soft.

[Castle turns away from the murder board and Beckett’s phone rings. He picks it up.]

CASTLE
Detective Beckett’s phone.

[INT. PRECINCT, AUTOPSY/BULLPEN]

LANIE
Castle? You’re not allowed to answer Beckett’s phone.

CASTLE
Yes, I am.

LANIE
Since when?

CASTLE
Since I… Can—Is there something I can do for you?

LANIE
Yeah. Write this down. I’ve got a partial off the shell casing. No matches in the system or from Mr. Pratt, but I did find some trace DNA.

[Castle listens, intrigued.]

LANIE
Are you writing this down?

[He’s not.]

CASTLE
Yes.

LANIE
Castle!

CASTLE
Okay, hang on.

[Castle opens Beckett’s desk drawers looking for a pen and paper. He pulls a stick/rock figure in one drawer and chuckles. He turns around in the chair, holding the figure, and sees Beckett standing there with two cups of coffee and furrowed brows.]

BECKETT
What are you doing?

LANIE
Ohhhh, you are in trouble.

CASTLE
I’m not in trouble.

[Castle hangs up.]

CASTLE
Lanie got a partial print. It is not a match for Pratt. He is not a match for Pratt. He is not our guy.

BECKETT
Who said that you could answer my phone? And why are you going through my drawers?

[She takes the figurine from him.]

CASTLE
I was just looking for a pad of paper.

BECKETT
Sure you were. Stay out of my stuff, Castle.

[Beckett puts the figurine away.]

CASTLE
Your stuff? Need I remind you, I’ve already seen…your stuff.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, some of my stuff is still private.

CASTLE
Oh, I get it. And old boyfriend made that for you.

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
Really? ‘Cause it’s totally cool. I wouldn’t be jealous. Okay, maybe a little bit jealous. Not an old boyfriend?

BECKETT
Mnh-mnh.

CASTLE
You got it from a crime scene. That is a keepsake from the first murderer you ever collared.

BECKETT
I told you, Castle, it’s private.

[Beckett leans over Castle and grabs her coffee cup.]

CASTLE
Maybe it’s the actual murder victim from a stick man convention.

BECKETT
Really? That’s the best that you can come up with?

[Castle steps a large step closer to Beckett.]

CASTLE
Challenge accepted.

RYAN
So…

[Castle and Beckett pull quickly away from each other and Beckett eyes Castle and Ryan to see if Ryan picked up on their flirting.]

RYAN
…nothing in the financials to explain why Wendy needed four grand in cash, but I might have figured out what she was doing in town. She used her credit card for a cab ride to 8th and Market yesterday.

CASTLE
The day she was killed.

RYAN
I spoke with a cabbie. Wendy took his business card. Said she was going to call to have him take her back there today.

CASTLE
Bet we find our answers there.

--
[07:28, 8TH AND MARKET STREET - DAY]

CASTLE
A self-storage warehouse?

BECKETT
What’s a girl from Philly doing in a place like this?

STORAGE OWNER
Oh, yeah, yeah. She was here. A lot less bloody when I saw her, though. She signed up for the auction.

BECKETT
Auction?

STORAGE OWNER
Every month we auction off repossessed storage units. You know, from deadbeats that don’t pay their bills. One going on right now.

CASTLE
That’s what the four thousand dollars was for. She was gonna bid on a unit.

BECKETT
Which unit?

STORAGE OWNER
Beats me. Could be any one of the fourteen we got up for bid.

BECKETT
So there’s no way of telling which one she was interested in?

CASTLE
Actually, there is a way.

[Castle takes the crime scene photo from Beckett.]

CASTLE
We misinterpreted Wendy’s message. It’s not “LIE.” We were looking at it upside down. It’s “3-1-7.” That’s what she was trying to tell us. Is unit 317 up for auction?

STORAGE OWNER
Oh, as a matter of fact, it is. Probably auctioning it off as we speak.

CASTLE
Wendy was killed trying to buy that unit. If we let it get sold off…

BECKETT
Then we’ll lose our best shot at finding out who the killer is.

[OPENING TITLES]

--
ACT TWO
[08:28, INT. SELF-STORAGE BUILDING - DAY]
[An auctioneer opens unit 317 as Beckett and Castle approach.]

AUCTIONEER
317. You have 60 seconds to look, and then we start the bidding.

BECKETT (on cell)
Yeah, Ryan, so the owner of the unit was Johan Fleming. Can you run that? Okay, thanks. (hangs up) We need you to stop this auction.

STORAGE OWNER
As much as I’d like to help, I’d like my money more. So, unless you got a warrant, I don’t have to stop jack.

AUCTIONEER
Okay, 30 seconds.

BECKETT
Castle, what do you see?

CASTLE
Uh, not much. Just a…just a bunch of junk.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, the key to Wendy’s murder might be in that junk, and we’re about to lose it. There’s no way I can get a warrant in time.

CASTLE
You may not have a warrant, but I got something better. Checkbook.

[Castle holds his checkbook up.]

STORAGE OWNER
Auctions are cash only, hotshot.

CASTLE
Oh, no. What are we gonna do? Is two grand enough?

[Castle pulls out a money clip.]

BECKETT
What are you doing with two grand in your pocket?

CASTLE
I’m a best-selling author. Why wouldn’t I have two grand in my pocket?

AUCTIONEER
All right. What do you want to give for it? Who’ll start us out? A hundred dollar bid. Who’s gonna go a hundred dollars one time?

CASTLE
Right here.

AUCTIONEER
One-hundred. Now who’ll go two? Two hundred. Two-hundred dollar bid now.

WOMAN
Yep-yep.

AUCTIONEER
Two-hundred, thank you. Thank you very much. Now who’s gonna go three? Looking for a three-hundred dollars—

BIG PERCY
I got it three on it.

AUCTIONEER
Big Percy’s in for three-hundred dollars. Now who wants to go four?

CASTLE
Right here.

AUCTIONEER
Who’s going four? Pretty boys back, and he’s in for four-hundred dollars.

[Whistle.]

AUCTIONEER
Frankie’s got five-hundred. Now who’s gonna go six? Looking for six-hundred dollars—

WOMAN
Yep, yep.

AUCTIONEER
Peggy’s in for six-hundred. Thank you very much. Now who’s gonna go seven? Seven-hundred—

CASTEL
Next hundred.

AUCTIONEER
Seven-hundred dollars, thank you very much. Who’s going to go eight? Eight-hundred one time—

BIG PERCY
I got eight on it.

AUCTIONEER
Big Percy’s got eight. Who’s gonna go nine?

[whistle]

AUCTIONEER
Frankie’s got nine. Now looking for a thousand dollar bid. Who’s going a thousand dollars one time? Do I hear a thousand dollars from anybody here? Go a thousand dollar bid one time.

CASTLE
Fifteen-hundred.

AUCTIONEER
Fifteen-hundred dollars. Anybody gonna top that? Anybody anywhere? Fifteen going once. Fifteen going twice.

FELIX GOZARIAN (foreign accent)
Sixteen-hundred dollars.

[The other onlookers ooh at the bid. A man walks towards the storage unit and the onlookers make room.]

AUCTIONEER
Sweet sixteen gets in just under the wire. Now who'll go seventeen? We got sixteen hundred. Now who'll go seventeen? Looking for a seventeen hundred dollar bid. Anybody for seventeen?

[Castle turns to Beckett.]

CASTLE
I've only got two thousand dollars.

[Beckett pulls Castle's checkbook out of his pocket and opens it.]

BECKETT
Here. Sign it.

[Castle signs it.]

BECKETT
Keep bidding.

[Castle raises his eyebrows as he turns back towards the auctioneer. Beckett turns to "Big Percy".]

BECKETT
Hi. Hi. Big Percy, right? What would it take to get all the cash you have on you?

BIG PERCY
Depends on what you offering.

BECKETT
How about a check?

[Percy rolls his eyes.]

BECKETT
No, it's good. I swear. It's signed by the millionaire mystery novelist Richard Castle.

BIG PERCY
Yeah, right.

BECKETT
No, really. He's right behind me.

BIG PERCY
For real?

BECKETT
Yeah.

BIG PERCY
My moms loves his books.

CASTLE (bids)
Yes.

BIG PERCY
Okay. I'll give you sixteen hundred. But it'll cost twenty-five.

BECKETT
Eighteen.

BIG PERCY
Twenty-three.

BECKETT
Two grand and he'll name a character in his next novel after your mom.

[Castle turns around.]

CASTLE
What?

[Beckett jabs her elbow into him.]

BIG PERCY
Sold.

BECKETT
Here you go.

[She rips out the check.]

BECKETT
Thanks.

[Beckett turns back to Castle with the cash.]

BECKETT
We got thirty-six hundred. Now make it work.

AUCTIONEER
Who'll go twenty four and a half? Give me twenty-four and a half one time.

CASTLE
Watch this.

AUCTIONEER
...Twenty-five. Do I hear twenty-five anywhere anyway.

CASTLE
Three-thousand.

AUCTIONEER
Three-thousand dollars.

BECKETT
What are you doing?

CASTLE
Trust me, I got this.

ACTIONEER
Go thirty-one hundred one time. I think he might buy it. Who'll go 3100

FELIX GOZARIAN
Three-thousand fifty.

AUCTIONEER
Thirty-fifty. Now you want to go thirty-one hundred. You go thirty-one hundred one time? What do you say?

CASTLE
Thirty five hundred.

AUCTIONEER
Thirty five hundred dollars. Now you want to go thirty-six?

BECKETT (whisper)
Castle we've only got thirty six hundred!

AUCTIONEER
Go thirty-five, go thirty-five and a half.

CASTLE
You know what? I can do this all day. I'll outbid myself. Thirty-six hundred.

[The onlookers ooh, and Beckett looks sharply at the other bidder.]

AUCTIONEER
Thirty-six hundred dollars. Anybody gonna top that? Anybody anywhere? Thirty-six going once. Thirty-six going twice. Bid now or forever hold your peace.

[The other bidder looks between Castle and the auctioneer, uncertain.]

AUCTIONEER
Sold right there to pretty boy for thirty-six hundred. Thank you very much.

ONLOOKER
Woo-hoo!

[The bidders disperse.]

BECKETT
How did you even know that was gonna work?

CASTLE
Well, as a champion poker player, I am a student of body language. I could tell easily by looking at him--

BECKETT
You had absolutely no idea.

CASTLE
Not a clue.

[Big Percy slaps his hands on Castle's shoulders and gives a squeeze.]

BIG PERCY
Congrats. All that junk is yours.

CASTLE
Yeah, thanks.

BIG PERCY
Oh, and, uh, my mother's name...

[Big Percy fingers the check.]

BIG PERCY
...is Eunice.

[Castle freezes.]

BIG PERCY
Excuse me.

[Big Percy walks between them and exits. Castle looks at Beckett.]

CASTLE
Eunice.

[Castle turns to his new property in the unit and begins pulling out a mattress box spring.]

--
[11:52, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Castle and a uniform haul the mattress box spring down the hallway.]

ESPOSITO
Damn, bro. You actually bought all this crap?

CASTLE
All this crap is gonna crack this case wide open. (to the uniform) Thank you LT.

[Castle turns to Beckett.]

CASTLE
You are so going to owe me for this.

BECKETT
Castle, I don't know if the department's gonna be able to reimburse you for all of this.

CASTLE (whisper)
That's not the owing I mean.

[Beckett holds in a smile. Her expression drops as Ryan enters.]

RYAN
Ran down the name on Unit 317, Johan Fleming. Address is bogus. Name is bogus. The guy doesn't exist.

BECKETT
Then whose stuff is this?

[Castle enters the conference room filled with the storage unit junk.]

CASTLE
Well, the answer's right in front of us. His stuff will tell us who he is. Look, there's a box of maps. Um, he was a geography buff. He enjoyed travel.

[Ryan enters.]

RYAN
Maybe he was a trucker.

CASTLE
Ah. See? Progress.

[Esposito pulls something out of the pile.]

ESPOSITO
Ooh. Yo, climbing gear. He's an outdoorsman.

[Castle holds up an ugly doll.]

CASTLE
A super creepy outdoorsman.

[Esposito cringes at the ugly doll. He looks at the climbing gear as he puts it back down.]

ESPOSITO
Hey, this is high-end stuff, Castle. Can I have this?

CASTLE
No.

ESPOSITO
Why not? You're not a climber.

CASTLE
I spent a lot of money on this stuff. You want something, make me an offer.

[Gates arrives at the door.]

GATES
What the hell is going on here? Whose junk is this, and what the hell is it doing in my precinct?

ESPOSITO
It's Castle's, sir.

[Esposito looks at Castle with spite.]

GATES
Mr. Castle.

[Gates steps toward him menacingly.]

BECKETT
Uh, sir, actually, it's a part of an ongoing investigation.

GATES
I don't care. I want it gone, all of it.

[Gates turns back to Castle and sees the ugly doll in his hands.]

GATES
Is that...?

[She reaches toward the doll.]

GATES
Oh, it is. Do you know what you have? How rare that piece is?

BECKETT
Sir? Are you a collector?

GATES
Ever since I was a kid. I have searched...for years.

CASTLE
Well...search no more.

GATES
No.

CASTLE
Yes. It's yours.

GATES
Really? Well, I--I don't know wh--I--

CASTLE
Say you'll accept.

[Gates takes the doll.]

GATES
Oh. Thank you.

[Gates stares at the doll, about to leave with it. She turns back to Castle.]

GATES
Thank you very much.

[Gates turns her focus back to the doll and waves.]

GATES
Uh...carry on.

[Gates exits, staring at the ugly doll like a precious treasure. Beckett stares at Gates as she leaves.]

ESPOSITO
Oh, you can give her something, but you can't give me something?

CASTLE
Yeah, you already like me.

RYAN
Hey, guys. Mother lode. Tax returns. Looks like Johan Fleming's actually Wendell Dupree.

BECKETT
That's the same last name as our victim.

CASTLE
Yes, and the same date of birth, too. They must be twins. Wait. Twins.

[Castle snaps his fingers.]

CASTLE
Of course. It all makes sense now. Wendell's secret identity - Johan Fleming - is the same secret identity of Zan, the male half of the Wonder Twins.

[Beckett raises her eyebrows, not getting the reference.]

CASTLE
Wonder Twins.

[Castle turns to Ryan and Esposito, but they stare at him like he's crazy. Castle turns back to Beckett.]

CASTLE
The Super Friends?

[Beckett shrugs her shoulders. Castle turns back to R&E]

CASTLE
Seriously, you guys, do you not watch TV?

[Esposito ignores Castle's comment.]

ESPOSITO
If this unit belonged to her brother, then why was Wendy bidding on it?

RYAN
And why did he stop making payments? And why was he using an alias?

BECKETT
Why don't we track down Wendell and ask him?

[Beckett exits and Castle follows, muttering under his breath.]

CASTLE (muttering)
Why don't you buy a TV?

--
[14:37, INT. PRECINCT, BREAK ROOM - DAY]
[Esposito watches something through the window as Ryan joins him at the table.]

ESPOSITO
Who knew that Gates had a softer side?

[Gates is baby talking to the ugly doll in her office.]

GATES
Oh, god. Just beautiful.

ESPOSITO
It's um...

RYAN
Creepy. Very, very...creepy.

[Ryan stares at Gates through the window.]

ESPOSITO
So where are we on the brother?

RYAN
Oh, turns out the twins had a hard knock life.

[Ryan hands Esposito a file.]

RYAN
Their parents died in a car crash when they were teens. It's like Wendell never really fully recovered. He moved from town to town, getting in scrapes with the law.

ESPOSITO
So where can we find him?

RYAN
In an urn.

[Esposito raises his eyebrows and stops sipping his coffee.]

RYAN
He died six weeks ago. Hit by a subway train.

ESPOSITO
Ouch. Explains why his storage bill wasn't paid. It says here it was an accident?

RYAN
Well, the subway cameras were broken, so there's really no way to know for sure. If his death is related to Wendy's, we could be looking at a second murder.

--
[15:22, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Beckett hangs up the phone with a sigh.]

BECKETT
Okay, so that was one of Wendy's fellow waitresses from Philly. According to her, Wendy was convinced that her brother's death wasn't an accident. Apparently, he was involved in something dangerous.

RYAN
What kind of dangerous?

BECKETT
Wendy didn't say, but according to this waitress, just before the subway accident, Wendell called his sister and said it was over and all of their problems were solved.

ESPOSITO
And yet, he ends up dead and she was desperate enough to risk everything - her job, jail - just to go after her brother's storage unit. Why? I mean, we've been through all this stuff.

[Castle is still searching through the junk, a beer hat on his head.]

ESPOSITO
It just seems like a bunch of random junk.

BECKETT
Well, maybe it's just that we don't know exactly what we're looking for. I mean, whoever killed Wendy most likely came from Wendell's world. So what do we know about him?

[Ryan reads from a file.]

RYAN
For the last three months, using his Wonder Twin alias, Wendell worked as a chauffeur for one Angelica Henley, a wealthy socialite.

[Beckett looks at the file.]

BECKETT
Okay. Then let's start here.

--
[16:15, INT. ANGELICA HENLEY'S PENHOUSE - NIGHT]
[A fancy party is going on as Beckett and Castle enter.]

KIRBY SMITH
Good evening.

[Beckett and Castle turn around to find the butler with a tray of champagne as he closes the door behind them.]

KIRBY SMITH
May I help you?

BECKETT
Uh, we were hoping to speak with Ms. Henley.

[Beckett shows him her badge.]

KIRBY SMITH
The lady in the purple cocktail dress. May I take you to her?

BECKETT
Uh, you know what? I think we can manage.

CASTLE
Champagne?

[Castle grabs a glass from the butler's tray as they walk toward Angelica.]

BECKETT
I'm on duty.

CASTLE
Ah, alas, I'm forced to drink alone.

[Castle takes a sip as they approach Angelica.]

BECKETT
Angelica Henley.

[Beckett shows her badge.]

ANGELICA HENLEY
"Anhelica." The "g" is silent.

CASTLE
Wouldn't that make it An-elica?

ANGELICA HENLEY
"Anhelica."

BECKETT
Well, I'm Detective Kate Beckett, and this is Mr. Castle. Could we have a word?

--
[16:48, INT. ANGELICA HENLEY'S PENHOUSE, PRIVATE ROOM - NIGHT]
[The butler closes the door to shut out the party noise for them.]
ANGELICA HENLEY
What's all this about? I have guests.

BECKETT
Now, I understand that you employed a man named Johan Fleming.

ANGELICA HENLEY
Yes, and I was so heartbroken when the poor boy died.

BECKETT
Well, were you aware that his real name was Wendell Dupree?

ANGELICA HENLEY
No, I wasn't.

CASTLE
Did he have any enemies?

ANGELICA HENLEY
No, I--I don't think so. Wait. You mean, his--his name was Wendell?

BECKETT
Was he in trouble? Was he involved in any illegal activities?

ANGELICA HENLEY
No, no, no. The police cleared him.

BECKETT
Of what?

ANGELICA HENLEY
Oh, well, two days before he died, I was robbed. Somebody broke in here and cracked my wall safe.

CASTLE
What did they take?

ANGELICA HENLEY
My bracelet made out of pink diamonds that was worth over four million dollars.

CASTLE
Wendell stole the bracelet.

BECKETT
That's what's in the storage unit. That's why he was killed.

--
ACT THREE
[17:31, INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
[Castle enters to find boxes piled up in the living room.]

CASTLE
Oh. Whoa-ho.

[Alexis looks up from her bowl.]

CASTLE
Whoop.

[Castle ducks behind the boxes playfully.]

CASTLE
Whoo.

[Castle pops back up. Alexis looks back at her bowl, stirring the spoon gloomily.]

ALEXIS (sigh)
What are you so happy about?

CASTLE
There is a four million dollar diamond bracelet buried in my auction winnings. I'm rich. Or richer.

ALEXIS
Till Detective Beckett takes it from you and returns it to its rightful owner.

CASTLE
Yes, but not even that can ruin my day because tonight is my very special last-night-before-college dinner with my daughter.

[Castle smiles happily.]

ALEXIS
About that. Can we cancel?

CASTLE
What? Whoa. What? Why? Alexis, we made these plans months ago. Do you know how hard it is, even for me, to get reservations--

ALEXIS
If it's the reservations you care so much about, why don't you just take your girlfriend?

[Alexis shoves her bowl into her dad's hands and storms off.]

CASTLE
Hold on, Alexis. That's not...

[He turns around the other way to face her.]

CASTLE
That's not...

[Alexis's door slams.]

CASTLE
That's not what I meant.

--
[18:24, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]

BECKETT
Alexis hates me?

[Castle cringes with his back to Beckett.]

BECKETT
Is it because we're together?

CASTLE
I guess she feels like she's being replaced, which is weird because she's never done this before - not with Gina, not with the hundreds of super-hot girlfriends I've--

BECKETT
Okay, I don't need to hear this.

[Beckett exits.]

CASTLE (whisper)
Right.

[Castle follows.]

BECKETT
So, do you think I should talk to her?

CASTLE
No, no, no, no. No, she'll eat you alive. Let me handle it.

[Ryan and Esposito walk up behind them.]

ESPOSITO
Handle what?

[They both turn around.]

BECKETT & CASTLE
Nothing.

[Ryan and Esposito pause for a moment, then Beckett gives Castle a sideways look as Ryan talks.]

RYAN
So... Uniforms are going through Wendell's belongings, looking for the bracelet, but Robbery finally sent over the report on the break-in on Angelica Henley's. Take a look at these.

[Ryan hands them a file of photos with Angelica wearing the bracelet.]

CASTLE
Wow. A real beauty. Certainly worth killing for. I am speaking of the bracelet in case anyone is wondering.

RYAN
It was a two-man job, pretty sophisticated, too. One suspect put a bypass on the alarm in the basement.

ESPOSITO
The other rappelled from the roof and went in through the window.

CASTLE
Which explains the climbing equipment you had your eye on.

[Esposito glares at Castle.]

BECKETT
So, Wendell was suspiciously hit by a train after stealing a diamond bracelet, and then six weeks later, his sister goes looking for his storage unit, and she ends up dead.

CASTLE
What if it's a "No honor among thieves" thing? You said it was a two-man job. What if Wendell's partner decided that he wanted the bracelet for himself, only he killed Wendell before he figured out where he'd stashed it?

BECKETT
So he follows Wendy, she leads him to the storage unit, and then he kills her.

ESPOSITO
Find the partner, find the killer.

BECKETT
Well, maybe we already found him.

RYAN
What do you mean?

BECKETT
Castle, do you remember at the auction, all of the bidders dropped out after fifteen-hundred.

CASTLE
Except one.

BECKETT
He knew what was inside.

CASTLE
Why else would he bid so high?

--
[19:49, INT. FELIX GOZARIAN'S APARTMENT - DAY]
[Beckett and Esposito stand outside the apartment door wearing police vests.]

BECKETT
Felix Gozarian, NYPD. Open up.

FELIX GOZARIAN (muffled)
Just a second!

[They hear some muffled clattering inside the apartment.]

ESPOSITO
He's making a run for it.

BECKETT
Yeah. Go.

[They stand back and Esposito kicks in the door.]

ESPOSITO
NYPD!

[They go in, guns at the ready, and boxes topple down on them. They get to their feet, guns raised, in time to stop Felix in his tracks as he holds a baseball bat.]

BECKETT
Don't move.

ESPOSITO
Drop it.

[Felix drops the bat.]

[20:12, LATER]
[Esposito sits in a chair, a bat on his knees, looking around at the piles of stuff stacked around the room.]

FELIX GOZARIAN
I thought you were thieves trying to steal my stuff. I had absolutely no idea what was in the storage unit.

BECKETT
Yet, unlike anyone else there, you bid us through the roof.

FELIX GOZARIAN
Lady, that's strategy. I--I bid on a lot of things. That's how I make my money.

ESPOSITO
So you actually...sell this stuff?

FELIX GOZARIAN
Not yet. I'm still organizing, cataloging. There's a method to all of this-- you know, what I collect, what I bid on.

BECKETT
Especially when you got inside information. You knew exactly what was in that unit.

FELIX GOZARIAN
No, I didn't.

[Esposito stands over Felix with one of the bats and swings it into his free hand menacingly.]

FELIX GOZARIAN
Yeah, you know, I was thinking, when I signed up for the auction, there was a guy. Yeah, offered me five-hundred dollars to be his proxy, get unit three-seventeen. Very specific. Three-seventeen.

ESPOSITO
And what'd you say?

FELIX GOZARIAN (chuckles)
I said no. Five-hundred dollars? I'm not in for the short money. It made me curious. Three-seventeen. Why?

BECKETT (to Esposito)
That was probably Wendell's partner.

EPOSITO
Mm-hmm.

BECKETT (to Felix)
And was he at the auction?

FELIX GOZARIAN
No. No, no, no, no. I never saw him again.

BECKETT
We're gonna need you to sit with a sketch artist.

--
[21:19, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]
[Castle reads through a book he found in his junk.]

BECKETT
So, Felix alibied out. But...

[Beckett holds up a face sketch.]

CASTLE
Who's that?

BECKETT
Wendell's partner. Ryan and Esposito are trying to ID him now. How about you?

CASTLE
I have ripped through everything in this room big enough to hide a bracelet. You know what I found?

BECKETT
Nothing?

CASTLE
Absolutely nothing. Save for these wicked nunchakus, which is how I broke the hot dog maker.

[Castle points to the hot dog maker with the nunchakus and Beckett rolls her eyes.]

CASTLE
Also some notable books - Slovakian polka music, prosthetic eye manufacturing, and my favorite, a History of Irish Travelers.

[Beckett shakes her head as she walks away.]

BECKETT
I don't get it. All of the evidence, Wendy's murder - everything points to the fact that that bracelet should be in there.

CASTLE
Well, it's not. I did, however, make some headway on my little stick man theory.

BECKETT
Really?

[Castle sits in the chair by Beckett’s desk.]

CASTLE
Yes. Whilst you were still an officer, you risked your life running into traffic to save an old gypsy woman.

BECKETT
A gypsy woman?

CASTLE
An old gypsy woman. To reward your bravery, she gave you a talisman.

BECKETT
Mm-hmm.

CASTLE
She said, as long as you keep it, no harm will ever befall you.

BECKETT
“No harm will ever befall me”?

CASTLE
You look all right to me.

GATES
So, Mr. Castle…

[Gates approaches and Castle gets out of the chair to face her.]

GATES
I decided to give Frozen Heat a read, and you know what? It’s really a good book.

CASTLE
You liked it?

GATES
I loved it.

[Beckett’s eyes widen in shock.]

GATES
I, uh, do you mind?

[Gates hands her copy of Frozen Heat to Castle for him to sign.]

CASTLE
No.

GATES
I—I ordered the rest of the Nikki Heat series.

[Gates and Castle chuckle and he hands the signed book back to her.]

GATES
And, again, thank you for my Gemini collectable. I now have a complete set.

[Gates walks off happily.]

CASTLE
You see that? She loves me now, and I’ve got that scary little monstrosity to thank for it.

[Ryan pops his head out of the media room.]

RYAN
Hey, guys. You need to see this.

--
[22:58, INT. PRECINCT, MEDIA ROOM - DAY]

RYAN
So, Robbery interviewed a guy named Marco Vinstrolli.

[Ryan pulls up Marco’s driver’s license photo on the screen.]

RYAN
His van got a parking ticket around the corner the night that Angelica’s bracelet was stolen. Now, they found nothing to connect him, but…

[Ryan pulls up the sketch on the screen and places it next to the license photo.]

RYAN
Look familiar?

BECKETT
That’s our guy.

RYAN
The storage manager said that he rented Marco a unit on the same floor the day before the auction. So I—I reviewed their surveillance tapes. This is from 6:00 AM yesterday morning. Five hours before the auction.

[Ryan plays the surveillance footage showing Marco opening the 317 storage unit. Castle stands up in outrage.]

CASTLE
He broke into my storage unit. Well, it’s—it was Wendell’s at the time, but now it’s mine.

[Castle watches the video continue to play. Marco wheels something out of the storage unit.]

CASTLE
Is that a safe?

BECKETT
That’s why we couldn’t find your bracelet, because it was in the safe.

CASTLE
My safe.

BECKETT
So, do we have a license on that van?

--
[23:41, EXT. ALLEY – DAY]
[The fantastic four’s cars screech to a halt in an alleyway where Marco’s van is parked. They get out wearing their police vests. Marco is in the process of sawing through the safe.]

RYAN
NYPD, put up your hands!

[Marco stops sawing.]

BECKETT
Take your hand off your tool, Marco!

[Marco drops the electric saw. Esposito and Ryan snicker.]

BECKETT
Shut up.

--
ACT FOUR
[23:59, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - DAY]
[Beckett slaps a photo of the storage unit surveillance footage on the table.]

BECKETT
Marco, we know that you and Wendell were partners. Your van was ticketed when you guys pulled the job.

ESPOSITO
Robbery couldn’t prove it before, but now with these, well, we got you.

MARCO VINSTROLLI
Well, it seems to me like all you’ve got me for is stealing a safe. What’s the punishment for that, thirty days?

BECKETT
More like thirty years, after we add Wendell and Wendy’s murders to it.

[Beckett pulls out Wendell’s photo and Wendy’s crime scene corpse photo]

MARCO VINSTROLLI
Murder?

BECKETT
Why don’t you tell us exactly what happened and we’ll get the DA to cut you a deal? But you better hurry, because they’re cutting through that safe, and when they find that diamond bracelet, you’re on your own.

--
[24:33, INT. PRECINCT - DAY]
[Castle chuckles excitedly as the police light a blow torch to open the safe.]

CASTLE
You know what I love about this case?

RYAN
What’s that?

CASTLE
Finding a pretty pink bracelet in my belongings.

RYAN
You know you’re gonna have to return that—

CASTLE
I know, Ryan! I know that. Can’t you just let me have this moment, this one small Treasure Island, Indiana Jones moment?

RYAN
Sorry. You got it.

CASTLE
Well, it’s too late now. It’s ruined.

--
[24:56, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION – DAY]

MARCO VINSTROLLI
All I did was help him break in to that penthouse. I swear to god, I didn’t even know they guy. Johan or Wendell, whatever, paid me five grand to kill the alarms, no questions asked. We did the job, he came out happy, said “Mission accomplished,” we went separate ways.

BECKETT
Except you still wanted the bracelet. So you went after him and you killed him.

MARCO VINSTROLLI
I didn’t even know that he took that damn bracelet until I read about it in the papers. And by that time, he was already dead. So I broke into Wendell’s, but all I found was a key, marked “Storage unit.”

ESPOSITO
And you didn’t know where that storage unit was.

MARCO VINSTROLLI
So I kept a close eye on upcoming auctions until I found one with Johan’s name. As soon as I saw the safe inside, I knew…that’s where he had stashed that diamond bracelet.

--
[25:50, INT. PRECINCT – DAY]
[The lock on the safe door clanks to the ground.]

CASTLE
Oh, I love this part – the kick of adrenaline, the quickening of the heart, those last few drops of anticipation.

[The safe cracker opens the door.]

--
[26:02, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Beckett opens the safe door.]

BECKETT
It’s empty. So where is the bracelet?

CASTLE
Wherever it is, it’s laughing at me.

ESPOSITO
Maybe Marco was wrong, and Wendell sold it before he was killed.

RYAN
Well, then where’s the money from the sale? No money means there should be a bracelet. No bracelet means there should be money.

CASTLE
I think the question we should be asking is, how did Wendell even pull off a heist like this to begin with? Angelica said that the thief cracked the wall safe. Do you know how hard it is to crack a wall safe? Especially since Wendell didn’t even have any of the proper equipment in his storage unit. It just--

ESPOSITO
Doesn’t make any sense?

CASTLE
Thank you.

BECKETT
Unless Angelica wasn’t telling us the truth.

--
[26:41, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]
[Castle enters and hands Beckett a cup of coffee.]

BECKETT
Listen to this. Angelica was scheduled for a bankruptcy hearing a week ago, but it was canceled because she made a two-million dollar payment to her creditors.

CASTLE
That’s right after the insurance company paid her claim on the bracelet. What if this whole thing was a ploy to commit insurance fraud?

BECKETT
“Mission accomplished.” That’s what Wendell said after the break-in. “Mission accomplished.”

[Beckett leans forward in her intensity.]

CASTLE
Right. He didn’t say he actually stole anything. The mission was to make it look like a robbery.

[Castle steps closer to Beckett in his enthusiasm.]

BECKETT
And the best way to make it look real, to fool the police and the insurance company…

[Castle steps closer.]

CASTLE
Is to actually break in, yet steal nothing. Angelica set this whole thing up.

[Beckett steps closer.]

BECKETT
And the only other person that knew was Wendell.

CASTLE
She couldn’t afford to let him or his sister expose her secret.

BECKETT
I call that motive for murder and probable cause for a search warrant.

[Beckett and Castle are both smirk with success, now inches from one another. They hold each other’s intense gaze for a moment, building with sexual tension. Then they realize they’re at the precinct.]

BECKETT
Oh.

CASTLE
Oh.

[Beckett and Castle turn away from each other.]

CASTLE
Good work.

BECKETT
Thank you.

[Castle and Beckett sips their coffee.]

--
[27:38, INT. ANGELICA HENLEY’S PENTHOUSE – DAY]

KIRBY SMITH
I’m sorry, Ms. Henley. They just barged in. I tried to stop them--

ANGELICA HENLEY
You people have no grounds to search my residence.

ESPOSITO
Actually…

[Esposito pulls out the search warrant.]

ESPOSITO
…we do.

ANGELICA HENLEY
This is outrageous.

CASTLE
She’s right. This is outrageous. And you know what you should do? Open that wall safe and prove us wrong.

[Angelica blanches.]

RYAN
Fine. We can just tear it out of the wall if you’d like.

ANGELICA HENLEY
No, no, no, no, no, no. No, no.

[Angelica goes to the safe and turns the dial. The latch clicks open and she steps away. Beckett steps forward and opens the safe. The others wait tensely.]

CASTLE
Well, is it there?

[Beckett pulls the pink diamond bracelet out of the safe.]

CASTLE
Hello, gorgeous.

--
ACT FIVE
[28:25, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - EVENING]

BECKETT
This little beauty has caused a lot of trouble, hasn’t it?

ANGELICA HENLEY
That’s what beautiful things do, my dear. At least to me.

CASTLE
So why didn’t you just sell it and solve all your money problems instead of hiring Wendell to stage a robbery?

ANGELICA HENLEY
I didn’t hire Wendell. I didn’t even know he was involved in all of this until you told me.

BECKETT
So the fact that he broke in the same night that you called and reported this stolen, that’s just a coincidence?

ANGELICA HENLEY
Look, when I came home and saw that my apartment had been burglarized, I was—I was panicked, shocked. Until I saw that nothing had been taken. So I thought that if I simply pretended that my bracelet had been stolen…hmph…it would solve all my problems.

BECKETT
Except you created two new problems – your chauffeur and his sister – both of whom are now dead.

ANGELICA HENLEY
I think it’s time for me to call my attorney.

--
[29:22, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - EVENING]

BECKETT
So she admitted to insurance fraud hoping to avoid murder charges. At least, I think that’s her play.

CASTLE
You think?

BECKETT
Yeah, she’s a desperate woman on the verge of losing her wealth. That’s death to someone like her. She’s probably willing to do anything to avoid it – lie, steal, cheat, and in this case, kill.

CASTLE
Yeah, but that still doesn’t explain the storage locker. I mean, if Wendell didn’t steal anything, what did he put in there that his sister was so desperate to get? And if it didn’t have anything to do with her murder, why would she write the locker number in her blood?

BECKETT
Castle, you went through that storage unit with a fine-tooth comb. You said that there’s nothing of value in there.

CASTLE
Well, yeah, nothing of value to us. But I mean, what about something of value to them?

BECKETT
Like what?

CASTLE
I don’t know. Like a trinket, an heirloom. The answer’s in there somewhere. It has to be. Anyway. It’s getting late. I have to drop off Alexis first thing in the morning. Fresh start tomorrow?

BECKETT
Sure.

CASTLE
Walk you out?

BECKETT
Uh, you know what? I gotta stick around. I have to go over Angelica’s alibi.

CASTLE
All right.

[Castle turns to look at Beckett and they’re struck by their goodbye restrictions.]

CASTLE (whisper)
I so wish I could kiss you right now.

BECKETT (whisper)
Yeah, I know.

[Castle thinks for a moment, then holds out his hand.]

CASTLE
This is me…

[Beckett takes his hand.]

CASTLE
…softly touching your face, pulling you in for a long, slow kiss.

[Beckett smiles.]

BECKETT
And this is me kissing you back…

[Beckett rubs his hand with her thumb.]

BECKETT
…running my hands through your hair.

CASTLE
Best handshake ever.

[Beckett smiles.]

BECKETT
Yeah. (chuckle)

[They keep holding hands.]

CASTLE
I think my hand’s getting a little sweaty.

BECKETT
I know. It’s kind of gross.

[They let go.]

CASTLE
Sorry.

BECKETT
No worries.

[Castle leaves and Beckett pretends to turn back to the murder board, but she’s not really looking at it. She walks away with a small smile.]

--
[31:17, INT. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, ALEXIS’S DORM ROOM - DAY]

MARTHA
Oh, Alexis. My darling, farewell. God knows when we shall meet again. That’s Shakespeare, you know.

ALEXIS
I know.

MARTHA
All right. No farewells. No goodbyes. Just see ya later, kiddo.

ALEXIS
See you later, Gram.

MARTHA (to Castle)
I’ll be in the hall, darling.

CASTLE
All right.

[Martha exits. Alexis sits down on her new bed.]

CASTLE
So… this is your new home, huh?

[Alexis nods, but doesn’t say anything. Castle sits down next to her.]

CASTLE
Hey, look, I get it. I do. But whatever happens between Beckett and me, I want you to know – I mean, we could break up tomorrow, we could spend the rest of our lives together – but she will never take your place in my heart.

ALEXIS
Why would I be worried about Detective Beckett replacing me?

[Castle is surprised.]

CASTLE
Uh, well… You were act—I thought—

ALEXIS
How can you be so smart and so clueless at the same time?

CASTLE
Practice.

ALEXIS
This is no more about Beckett than it’s about the fact my mother isn’t here.

CASTLE
Sorry, honey, but your mom, she’s in—

ALEXIS
No. No, it’s fine. It’s always been fine, because no matter what, I’d wake up, and you’d be there, and I’d know that everything’s fine.

CASTLE
Oh, and when you wake up here…

ALEXIS
Then I’m here. And you’re there. Even though there is only five miles away… (takes a deep breath) It’s not here.

CASTLE
Well, everything is going to be fine. And you are gonna be fine. And though I am there, if you need me here, here is where I’ll be.

[Castle stands up and kisses Alexis on the forehead and walks toward the door.]

ALEXIS
Hey, Dad.

[Castle stops and turns around.]

ALEXIS
I—I know it’s been a while, but, um…could you do it…one last time?

[Castle walks back toward the bed and Alexis moves out of his way. He stops at the bed, crouches down and looks under it as Alexis watches, then straightens up and looks at her.]

CASTLE
No monsters.

ALEXIS
You sure?

[Castle stands.]

CASTLE
Yeah. And if there are, I’ll come running.

[He kisses her on the cheek. Alexis watches him leave. He stops just outside the door and they smile bitter sweetly at each other. Castle walks off and Alexis sniffles.]

--
[34:02, EXT. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – DAY]

MARTHA
Darling, are you crying.

CASTLE (voice breaking)
No, it’s allergies. The pollen count is high.

MARTHA
The pollen count’s gotten to me, too.

[They hug each other]

CASTLE (crying)
Right?

MARTHA (crying)
I know.

[They hold each other for a moment. then Castle sees a student with a teddy bear backpack]

CASTLE
You can get home by yourself, right?

MARTHA
Well, I—

[Castle dashes off.]

CASTLE
Thanks! Love you, Mother!

--
[34:22, INT. PRECINCT, ELEVATOR - DAY]
[Castle nearly bumps into the other man in the elevator as he steps out excitedly. He catches Beckett on her way to the bullpen.]

CASTLE
I know where it is.

BECKETT
Where what is?

CASTLE
I don’t know what it is, only where it is. Whatever Wendell stole was only of value to him and his twin sister. So he would hide it in the one place only she would look.

[Castle pulls Beckett into Gates’s office.]

CASTLE
Wendy, Wendell, twins – as in Gemini collectibles.

[Castle picks up an ugly doll from Gates’s desk.]

CASTLE
This is it.

[Castle tips the doll upside down and drops it.]

BECKETT
Castle!

[The doll shatters on the floor.]

CASTLE
It’s empty. That’s can’t be right.

[Gates enters.]

GATES (gasp)
What—

BECKETT
Sir, just breathe.

GATES
What the hell have you done?!

CASTLE
I thought.

GATES
Y—you thought what, Mr. Castle?

CASTLE
I just thought that Wendell would’ve hidden what he stole inside the Gemini—

GATES
It wasn’t Wendell’s! It’s was mine! I brought it in from home this morning!

CASTLE
All right, that’s my bad. Wait. That means…

[Castle turns around looking at the office.]

CASTLE
Ah, here it is.

[Castle picks up Wendell’s doll.]

GATES
D—d—d— NO!

[The doll shatters on the floor.]

BECKETT
A USB drive and a glass eye.

[Gates glares at Castle.]

CASTLE
I didn’t see that coming.

--
ACT SIX
[35:23, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN- DAY]
[Castle leans to look through the window at Gates cleaning up the shattered dolls in her office. She looks up sharply and glares at him.]

BECKETT
Okay, so the photos from this USB drive are from a crime scene.

CASTLE
A crime scene where?

BECKETT
Mercer, Pennsylvania. They’re about a decade old. It was a hit-and-run.

ESPOSITO
What does any of this have to do with a glass eye? Weren’t the twins’ parents killed in a car crash ten years ago?

RYAN
Yeah, they were rear-ended, and their car went down an embankment.

[Ryan pulls out a photo of the embankment.]

RYAN
Report said that they were trapped inside and bled out, and that if the person who hit them would’ve stopped and called for help, they might have lived.

BECKETT
Hey, guys. Look at this photo. It’s from the crime scene, and it’s of a broken glass eye.

ESPOSITO
What?

[Esposito takes the photo.]

CASTLE
A glass eye? Wait a minute.

[Castle looks at the photo of the glass eye at the crime scene.]

CASTLE
Of course. It all makes sense now.

RYAN
It does?

CASTLE
Wendell’s obsession—why he moved from place to place, why he came to New York, why he used a fake name, and had a book on prosthetic eyes. He was—He was on a mission.

ESPOSITO
Yeah, but on a mission to do what?

CASTLE
Well, to find the person responsible for his parents’ death. In order to be sure, Wendell had to steal the suspect’s glass eye. That’s what the heist was about.

BECKETT
And like fingerprints, he used that photo to compare the eyes.

CASTLE
A la Richard Kimble, but instead of looking for a one armed man.

BECKETT
He was looking for a one-eyed man. Or in our case, a one-eyed woman.

--
[36:40, INT. ANGELICA HENLEY’S PENTHOUSE – DAY]

ANGELICA HENLEY
I’m not saying a word without my lawyer.

CASTLE
You don’t have to, but you might want to listen.

BECKETT
We know what Wendell stole

ANGELICA HENLEY
That’s it. I’m calling my attorney.

CASTLE (to Beckett)
Uh…may I?

BECKETT
Yes.

CASTLE
Thank you.

BECKETT
Mm-hmm.

CASTLE
I’ve worked a lot of murder cases, waiting patiently for the day I could unequivocally exclaim, “The butler did it!”

[Castle turns and points to the butler, who stops shining the silverware.]

KIRBY SMITH
What?

CASTLE
Must’ve been a shock. All these years later, after you put all that behind you, to have someone walk into your life and stir it all back up again.

ANGELICA HENLEY
Kirby. What’s he talking about?

[Beckett stops Angelica from approaching the butler.]

BECKETT
Your live-in butler caused a car accident and then fled the scene. Because he did, two people lost their lives. And those people were Wendell’s parents.

KIRBY SMITH
That is…absolutely ridiculous. And you can’t prove any of it.

BECKETT
Your DNA was on the prosthetic eye that Wendell stole. And it’s a match to the DNA found on the shell casing in Wendy’s hotel room.

CASTLE
It’s all over.

[Kirby slowly puts down the fork he was shining.]

KIRBY SMITH
I worked…so hard to put that night – that horrible night – behind me.

CASTLE
And then the break in.

KIRBY SMITH
Of all the things to steal, my spare eye from off my bureau. That’s when I put it all together – who the new chauffeur truly was and what he was trying to prove. But you—you have to understand…I couldn’t bring their parents back. I—I couldn’t. So why should I suffer?

ANGELICA HENLEY

BECKETT
Kirby Smith, you’re under arrest for the murders of Wendell and Wendy Dupree.

[Beckett cuffs the butler.]

BECKETT
And I am sure that the State of Pennsylvania will be adding two counts of vehicular manslaughter to that.

--
[38:30, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN – NIGHT]

BECKETT
Kirby name a full confession. He’d read an article about a recent mugging in the subway station, and decided to kill Wendell there because he knew that the cameras wouldn’t be working.

CASTLE
But the evidence that Wendell stole was still out there, so was his sister Wendy. When she started poking around storage spaces, Kirby tracked her to the hotel and shot her.

[Gates looks straight at Castle.]

GATES
Worthless bastard.

CASTLE
I’m sorry?

GATES
He took out their whole family. Good job, Detective.

BECKETT
Thank you.

[Castle turns to Gates with a smile, but she glares at him. His smile drops and Gates leaves. Beckett smiles at the exchange.]

CASTLE
And… she hates me again.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, those Gemini dolls obviously meant a lot to her.

CASTLE
Yeah, I wonder what that story is.

[They walk past the conference room full of junk to Beckett’s desk.]

BECKETT
I wonder what those stories are. What are you gonna do with all of that stuff, Castle?

CASTLE
Well, I’ll give the climbing equipment to Javier, and then, uh, donate the rest, I guess. It served its purpose, brought justice to his family. But it just goes to show you that everyone and everything has a story, including your little stick man there.

[Beckett opens her desk drawer.]

BECKETT
So…

[She takes out the stick man.]

BECKETT
You want to take another shot?

CASTLE
Actually, no.

[Beckett raises her eyebrows.]

CASTLE
I thought about what you said. And you’re right. Just because we’ve been…shaking hands…a lot…doesn’t mean that I have the right to pry. So… when you are ready, you’ll tell me.

[Beckett smiles and Castle waits patiently for her response.]

BECKETT
Coney Island.

[Castle leans his forward with his elbow on the desk and rests his face on his hand, waiting for a good story.]

BECKETT
We, uh, we had a reception at our place after my mom’s funeral and... it was miserable. I was miserable, and my dad… took my hand and he said, uh, “Let’s get the hell outta here, Katie.” And we took the Q train, and we went up to Coney Island. And we walked up and down that beach, just enjoying ourselves. We were still in our funeral clothes. And the best part was that we made this little guy…

[Beckett fingers the stick man.]

BECKETT
…out of the twigs and twine that washed up on the shore.

CASTLE
Does that make that day a bad memory or a good one?

BECKETT
Both. He’s a reminder that even on the worst days, there’s a possibility for joy.

[Castle smiles warmly.]

CASTLE
Nice.

[Castle gets up from the chair.]

BECKETT
So, we’ll talk tonight?

[Castle leans over Beckett’s desk and shakes her hand.]

CASTLE
I can’t wait.

[Castle leaves. Beckett smiles down at her stick man and puts it away.]

--
[41:20, INT. CASTLE LOFT - NIGHT]
[Castle enters the quiet loft. He finds Alexis’s gold medal and smiles down at it affectionately.]

CASTLE
My little girl.

[Martha enters.]

MARTHA
Alexis’ moving out got me to thinking. And after many hours of soul searching, I have made a decision.

CASTLE
Have you now?

MARTHA
Yes. I have decided, out of the goodness of my heart, that I will continue to live here—

CASTLE
Rent-free.

MARTHA
Please don’t interrupt. I will continue to live here so that you, Richard…will never, ever be alone.

[Castle presses his lips together, holding in his amusement.]

CASTLE
You’d do that for me, Mother?

MARTHA (voice breaks)
It’s a…parent’s sacrifice.

[Martha holds Castle’s face between her hands for a moment, then goes toward the living room. Castle sits down on the bottom step of the stairs, fingering Alexis’s gold medal with a smile.]


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