Script Line: Transcribed Film and TV Scripts


Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Castle: Episode 5x05 Probable Cause
Castle│target practice
lika_mikala wrote in scriptline

<<< EPISODE 5x04EPISODE 5x06 >>>


ACT ONE
[00:00, INT. APARTMENT - DAY]
[The front door opens and a woman walks in with luggage.]

ELLE DANIELS
Tessa. I'm home.

[The woman crouches down and collects the mail piled up at the door. She continues inside and closes the door.]

ELLE DANIELS
Tess? Tess, you here?

[The woman puts her purse down and looks through the mail as she walks into the room. She puts down her keys with the letters and sees a red spot on the rug. She steps forward to look at it in confusion. A drop of blood falls on her cheek. She feels the drop on her face and looks at the blood on her fingers. She looks up and sees her roommate's corpse tied to the ceiling with barbed wire, blood dripping from a grotesque symbol carved into the woman's forehead. She screams.]

--
[00:39, INT. CASTLE LOFT - DAY]
[Castle leaps out of his office with a shout, brandishing a fencing foil. Alexis turns around.]

CASTLE
Oh.

[Castle sighs in relief.]

CASTLE
It's you.

ALEXIS
Who'd you think it was?

CASTLE
I don't know. I heard rustling.

ALEXIS
And you were gonna fight them off with that?

[Alexis points at the sword.]

CASTLE
This could be very...

[Castle sweeps up one of Alexis's empty laundry bags with the sword, but the tip gets caught.]

CASTLE
Ow!

[The foil clanks on the floor and Castle holds his hand in pain.]

CASTLE
What are you doing here? I thought you weren't coming till next weekend.

ALEXIS
I had to do laundry. I ran out of clothes.

[Castle kisses her cheek.]

CASTLE
Already? It's only been two weeks. Not that I'm not thrilled to see you, but don't they have washing machines on campus?

ALEXIS (shrugs)
They're not as nice.

CASTLE
And by "nice," you mean "free."

ALEXIS
Pretty much.

CASTLE
Right.

[Castle opens the fridge.]

ALEXIS
Uh, you're going to need more orange juice, by the way.

[Castle shakes the almost empty orange juice carton.]

CASTLE
Thank you.

ALEXIS
Oh, and, um, I finished the ice cream...too.

[Castle closes the freezer.]

CASTLE
And...how long have you been here?

ALEXIS
Ten minutes.

CASTLE
Wow. Well, as long as you are here, how about a guitar hero tournament? I have been writing all weekend. I could use a break.

ALEXIS
Oh.

[Alexis checks her watch.]

ALEXIS
Actually, I gotta go. I'm meeting some friends for a study session and I'm already late.

CASTLE
Uh, well, what about your laundry?

ALEXIS
It's okay. I mean, I'll get it later. Bye, Dad.

CASTLE
Bye.

[Alexis exits.]

--
[01:39, INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - DAY]
[Beckett dons her crime scene gloves as she and Castle approach the apartment.]

BECKETT
I mean, she came home at least, right?

CASTLE
Yeah, I just wish it was for more than laundry and supplies.

BECKETT
Did you get some writing done?

CASTLE
With Mother gone, are you kidding? Two chapters, but I gotta rewrite the crime scene. Right now it's boring.

[They enter the apartment and Esposito joins them.]

ESPOSITO
Maybe this will inspire you, Castle. Pretty damn freaky. Name's Tessa Horton, 29. Roommate came home from a weekend away, found her up there.

[They look at the ceiling and see the barbed wire.]

CASTLE
Ooh, jeez. Who puts a body on a ceiling?

LANIE
Beats me, but I probably won't sleep for weeks.

ESPOSITO
Looks like something out of one of your books, right?

[Castle's mouth twitches in a grimace.]

BECKETT
Cause of death?

LANIE
Ligature marks and petechia suggest strangulation.

CASTLE
What about this wound on her forehead?

ESPOSITO
Well, it's nonlethal. Given the detail, it looks like it was carved by some kind of razor.

CASTLE
It's a symbol of some kind.

BECKETT
Do you recognize it?

CASTLE
No, but the killer went through a lot of trouble. It must mean something.

BECKETT
It's not easy hanging a body, and she's at least a hundred pounds.

[Beckett climbs a ladder to get a better look at the ceiling and Ryan enters.]

RYAN
I checked in with CSU. They found prints in the hallway, but the apartment is spotless. Looks like it's been wiped down.

ESPOSITO
This guy cleaned up after himself.

CASTLE
He didn't mind taking his time.

BECKETT
So the killer know that the roommate was gonna be out of town. What's the security like in this place?

ESPOSITO
Buzzer on the front door, no doorman or security cameras. But there's no sign of a forced entry, no sign of a struggle.

BECKETT
She knew him.

[Ryan and Esposito nod.]

BECKETT
All right, canvass neighboring apartments for anyone that saw or heard anything, and I want to know what this symbol means.

[Beckett points to the victim's bloody forehead. Ryan and Esposito exit.]

BECKETT
You know, if Tessa knew our killer, it's possible that her roommate could shed some light on all of this.

--
[03:00, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY]

ELLE DANIELS
Every time I close my eyes, I see her hanging there.

BECKETT
What did she do for a living?

ELLE DANIELS
She was an insurance broker for commercial real estate. Kurtzman Insurance.

CASTLE
Did she have a lot of friends?

ELLE DANIELS (shakes her head)
She was shy...and a workaholic. I practically had to drag her out of the house.

BECKETT
So no boyfriend, then?

[The roommate begins to shake her head, but then she looks at Beckett.]

ELLE DANIELS
Actually, she did start seeing someone, maybe six weeks ago.

CASTLE
Do you know who?

ELLE DANIELS
That's the thing, she never did say. She...she acted like it was some big secret, like maybe he was married or something. But he bought her jewelry, and took her to these fancy dinners. She said no one's ever treated her that way before.

BECKETT
Did she tell you anything else about him, the way he looked, where they met?

ELLE DANIELS
No. All she said was he was every woman's fairytale - rich, handsome, and generous.

--
[03:57, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Castle looks at the photo of the victim strung up on the ceiling.]

CASTLE
Well, some fairytale. I'll tell you this much, there's a lot more to this story than an affair with a married man.

BECKETT
Maybe, but we won't know what until we find him. (to Ryan) Get on her phone records. See if you can ID this guy.

RYAN
Yeah. I'll have 'em pull her e-mails, too.

CASTLE
Anything on that symbol yet?

RYAN
Put a call into the Feds. They're running it through their database right now.

[Beckett nods and Ryan leaves. Beckett sees Castle staring at the murder board.]

BECKETT
What?

CASTLE
The way he left the body, the time it took - whoever did this, he liked it.

--
[04:28, INT. AUTOPSY - DAY]

LANIE
If she had a boyfriend, nothing happened that night. There are no signs of sexual assault or activity. Death was by strangulation. Looks like a rope or a scarf.

BECKETT
Were you able to narrow down a time?

LANIE
Somewhere between 2:00 and 3:00 AM Saturday morning. Lividity and pooling indicate the body was hung from the ceiling postmortem.

BECKETT
Why would he hang her body after he killed her?

CASTLE
A ritual?

LANIE
That's not all that's weird. Strangulation is a violent act, but there were no signs that she fought back - no skin under the fingernails, no bruising - so I did some checking. She was drugged.

[Lanie picks up a slide sample.]

LANIE
Lung tissue suggests exposure to chloroform. Also...your killer was careful. He was wearing gloves.

CASTLE
How can you tell?

LANIE
Traces of talcum powder on the body - the same talc used in surgical gloves or the evidence gloves that you use at the crime scenes. Whoever this person is, they knew exactly what they were doing.

CASTLE
He's done this before.

--
[05:22, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Beckett looks over some files as she and Castle exit the break room.]

BECKETT
Ritualistic killing, takes pleasure in it, significant care exhibited at the crime scene...

CASTLE
All the hallmarks of a serial killer.

BECKETT
Yeah, but I've never seen this M.O.

[Ryan enters.]

RYAN
Hey, bad news. The Feds struck out on the symbol. It bears some similarities to some ancient alchemy signs, but they've never seen this one before.

BECKETT
Any luck on the phone records?

RYAN
No, but she spent a lot of time on the phone to a blocked number.

[Ryan hands Beckett the record.]

RYAN
Phone company traced it to an unlisted burner phone with a stolen sim.

CASTLE
So he planned ahead.

RYAN
Yeah.

BECKETT
What about her e-mails?

RYAN
Nothing from her mystery lover, so I had them take a look at her hard drive. Turns out portions of it have been surgically wiped, like someone covering their tracks.

CASTLE
So we're back to square one.

BECKETT
Not necessarily. Uh, Tessa's roommate said that he gave her some jewelry. Maybe he left a fingerprint on one of those pieces.

RYAN
I'll head to her place, see what I can find out.

[Ryan exits.]

CASTLE
Jewelry. I never would've thought of that.

BECKETT
I guess I'll have to remind you when my birthday's coming up.

CASTLE
Why, Detective Beckett, was that a hint you just dropped?

BECKETT
Why, Mr. Castle, I do believe it was.

CASTLE
Shameless.

[Esposito enters.]

ESPOSITO
Yo, Beckett, you got a second? I need a word.

--
[06:24, INT. RPECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]
[They enter and Esposito closes the door.]

BECKETT
Okay. So...

[Beckett puts her coffee cup down and perches on the desk]

ESPOSITO
We got the CSU report back.

BECKETT
Mm-hmm.

ESPOSITO
The inside of Tessa's apartment was wiped clean.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, we expected that.

ESPOSITO
Yeah, but we didn't expect this.

[Esposito holds up the report file.]

ESPOSITO
CSU were able to pull prints off the outside doorknob and from around the door frame. And they found a set that didn't match Tessa's or her roommate's. When they ran it, they found a match to someone else in the system.

BECKETT
Okay. Who?

[Esposito opens the file and shows it to her.]

ESPOSITO
Richard Castle.

[Beckett looks down at the fingerprint file in confusion. "outside the crime scene which...match to one Richard Castle."]

BECKETT
Uh... Y--uh, that can't be right. You know what? It w-- it was probably just an accident. He...probably touched them on his way in before putting his gloves on.

[Beckett shakes her head and hands the file back to Esposito.]

ESPOSITO
Yeah, I mean, that would explain it, except that CSU collected them before either of you arrived.

[Beckett stops, stunned, then looks over at Castle through the glass.]

--
ACT TWO
[07:24, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]
[Esposito closes the door.]

CASTLE
Are you sure about this?

ESPOSITO
Look for yourself, bro.

[Esposito hands Castle the fingerprint match file.]

BECKETT
Castle, think. Is it possible that you touched the doorknob or the frame on your way in?

CASTLE
It was open when I came in, but I guess I must have.

ESPOSITO
Had you been in that building before?

CASTLE
Not before today.

ESPOSITO
What about the victim? Are you sure you didn't know her?

[Castle does a double take.]

BECKETT
Javi.

[Castle and Esposito look at her.]

ESPOSITO
What? You know I have to ask.

BECKETT
No, it's simple, okay? He touched the door when he walked in. CSU got the time frame wrong. That's the only explanation.

CASTLE
Unless I've got an evil twin.

ESPOSITO
Twins don't have the same fingerprints. It's a common misconception. This was you.

CASTLE
Yeah, I know. I was joking.

ESPOSITO
Contaminated crime scene is not a joke. I'll square this away with CSU. You watch your hands next time, okay?

CASTLE
Sorry.

[Esposito exits and Castle gives Beckett a funny grimace.]

BECKETT
Just be careful.

[Beckett's cell rings.]

CASTLE
Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

[Beckett sighs.]

BECKETT (answers cell on speaker)
Beckett.

[ INT. TESSA'S APARTMENT/INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]

RYAN (on cell)
So, I've been through all of Tessa's belongings. No sign of any high-end jewelry, but from the empty spaces in her jewel box, there might be some pieces missing.

BECKETT (on speaker)
He took back the ones he gave her. It's like he knew what we were looking for.

CASTLE
This guy really knows how to cover his tracks.

RYAN (on cell)
Oh, no, not all of them. Canvass of the building turned up a neighbor who claims he saw someone heading to her apartment at 7:45 on Friday night.

BECKETT (on speaker)
Did the neighbor get a good look at him?

RYAN (on cell)
Well, he got a clear shot right through his front door peephole. Bringing in a sketch artist right now.

BECKETT (on speaker)
All right. Get it over as soon as it's done. The roommate might be able to ID him.

RYAN (on cell)
You got it.

[Ryan hangs up. A uniform in the apartment crouches down by the couch.]

FEMALE UNIFORM
Detective.

[The uniform stands up and hands an earring to Ryan.]

--
[08:48, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]
[Esposito posts the sketch of the male visitor on the murder board.]

ESPOSITO
The roommate identified him as Tessa's boss, Lloyd Kurtzman, CEO of Kurtzman Insurance Brokerage.

BECKETT
Any priors?

ESPOSITO
Nothing major. He's got a couple of harassment suits, but he does have a sealed juvie file.

[Castle's head snaps up in excitement.]

CASTLE
A juvie file.

BECKETT
Call Judge Markaway. If Kurtzman was torturing puppies as a kid, I want to know.

[Esposito nods. Beckett looks up at the sketch of the boss.]

BECKETT
Good-looking and rich, huh? Just like Tessa's mystery man.

CASTLE
And like Tessa's mystery man, he's married.

--
[09:12, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY]

LLOYD KURTZMAN
She was such a glowing presence. You couldn't help but notice her. You know, it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to kill her.

CASTLE
I'm sure it is.

BECKETT
Were the two of you close?

LLOYD KURTZMAN
As close as I am to any of my employees.

BECKETT
And when was the last time that you saw her?

LLOYD KURTZMAN
Friday morning at our staff meeting.

BECKETT
Friday morning? Are you sure?

LLOYD KURTZMAN
Yes.

CASTLE
Not Friday evening?

LLOYD KURTZMAN
No, uh--

BECKETT
So you didn't go to Tessa's apartment at 7:45?

[Kurtzman chuckles nervously.]

LLOYD KURTZMAN
Her--her apartment? No, no.

BECKETT
That's funny. We, um...

[Beckett pulls out the sketch and shows it to Kurtzman]

BECKETT
We have a witness that saw you there that night.

[Kurtzman looks at the sketch, which is clearly him. He shifts uncomfortably.]

BECKETT
Mr. Kurtzman, where were you Friday night?

LLOYD KURTZMAN
Uh, um...

[Beckett and Castle lean their heads in, waiting for the obvious answer. Kurtzman shifts some more, thinking.]

LLOYD KURTZMAN
I--I'd like to speak to my lawyer now.

--
[10:11, INT. PRECINCT, OBSERVATION - DAY]
[Beckett enters. Kurtzman talks to his lawyer in the interrogation room.]

BECKETT
He's not talking.

CASTLE
I guess a confession was too much to hope for. Some story that might explain it all.

BECKETT
Yeah, we've got teams at his home and his office. We'll know more after the search, but Esposito talked to his wife, and she said he didn't come home that night. He was working late.

CASTLE
I'm guessing he wasn't at work.

BECKETT
No.

CASTLE
I wonder if there were others or if she was the first, if her "glowing presence" awakened something inside him.

[Beckett stares into the interrogation room.]

CASTLE
What's wrong?

BECKETT
It's...

[Beckett exhales, trying to figure something out.]

BECKETT
It's just that crime scene.

CASTLE
What about it?

BECKETT
The person that killed Tessa was meticulous, but when we questioned Kurtzman, he got all flustered.

CASTLE
So?

BECKETT
So, if he put that much thought into killing her, then why didn't he have an alibi prepared?

CASTLE
Perhaps because he was so meticulous, he didn't expect to get caught.

--
[11:07, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - EVENING]
[Beckett stares at the murder board and the symbol carving. Esposito enters.]

ESPOSITO
Hey.

BECKETT
Hey. What'd you find?

ESPOSITO
Well, they're still processing, but so far there's nothing at his house or office that connects Kurtzman to the murder.

BECKETT
Did you check his e-mails?

ESPOSITO
Yeah. There's no mysterious deletions from his hard drive, no unusual activity, nothing in his phone records, either.

BECKETT
Okay, well, that's not a surprise. I mean, if he's done this before, he knows how to cover his tracks. What about his juvie record?

ESPOSITO
A couple of fights, stole a neighbor's car. Nothing that explains this.

BECKETT
So then all we have is the neighbor's ID? That's not enough to make a case.

[Ryan enters.]

RYAN
I think I might have found something that can help, something Kurtzman may have missed.

[Ryan shows them the evidence bag with the missing earring.]

BECKETT
A diamond earring?

RYAN
We found it in the couch. CSU couldn't pull a print off it, but you see the design? That's custom - Erica Courtney.

ESPOSITO
And you know this how?

RYAN
I recognized it from when Jenny and I went ring shopping.

[Esposito gives Ryan a teasingly dubious look.]

RYAN
Anyway, I called up the showroom. They confirmed it's one of theirs.

BECKETT
And do they have a record of who they sold it to?

RYAN
Yeah, I ran the name and the address. They're both fake.

ESPOSITO
What about the credit card info?

RYAN
Well, buyer paid with a cashier's check. Twelve grand.

BECKETT
So we have no way of tracing him or the payment.

RYAN
No, but the store uses digital surveillance, and they just sent over the tapes.

--
[12:11, INT. PRECINCT, MEDIA ROOM - EVENING]
[The detectives watch the jewelry store surveillance.]

RYAN
Here's the time code for our point of sale. That's our guy.

ESPOSITO
Look at his height, build, hair color.

[Beckett nods.]

RYAN
That's not Kurtzman.

ESPOSITO
That's...Castle.

[Esposito pauses the video, showing part of the man's profile. Beckett's jaw drops.]

--
[12:29, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - EVENING]
[The detectives enter and close the door.]

BECKETT
There's another explanation.

ESPOSITO
Like what?

BECKETT
I don't know, okay? It's somebody else. Someone that looks like Castle.

ESPOSITO
We found his fingerprints at the crime scene. We got him on video buying jewelry for our victim. It can't be a coincidence.

BECKETT
Javi, what are you saying, that Castle's a killer?

RYAN
Whoa, whoa, whoa. No, no, no. None of us are saying that. All he's saying is that if it were anyone else, we'd look into it.

ESPOSITO
We can start by looking at his financials, see if there's any unusual activity around the time of the purchase.

[Beckett hesitates, and Ryan watches her reaction. She finally has no choice.]

BECKETT
Fine. But we do it quietly, and he never finds out about it.

[Beckett exits. Ryan closes the door behind her, keeping Esposito in.]

ESPOSITO
What are you doing?

RYAN
Uh, Javi, there's something you need to know.

--
[13:15, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - EVENING]

ESPOSITO
Beckett and Castle? W--uh-- W--when did they start?

[Esposito looks through the window at Beckett watching the surveillance video.]

RYAN
I'm not sure. But I know they were together that weekend in the Hamptons.

ESPOSITO
Why wouldn't she tell us?

RYAN
I guess she was afraid Gates would find out, use NYPD regs to give Castle the boot.

[Esposito shakes his head, still stunned.]

RYAN
I was gonna keep it a secret myself, but, ah, under the circumstances...

ESPOSITO
Normally, I'd be happy for them.

RYAN
Yeah. Hey. You don't really think that Castle had anything to do with this, do you?

ESPOSITO
No. Come on, man. He's my friend, too. The best think we can do is try to prove this evidence wrong.

[The computer finishes scanning Castle's financials.]

RYAN
Yeah.

[Ryan looks through the financials. He's expression changes.]

RYAN
Hey, Javi.

[Ryan nods at the screen and Esposito looks over. His jaw drops.]

--
[13:52, INT. CASTLE LOFT - EVENING]
[Someone knocks on Castle's door. He opens it to find the detectives and back up police standing at his door looking somber.]

CASTLE
Whoa.

[Castle laughs.]

CASTLE
Wait a minute. Did I throw a party and forget again?

[Castle looks at his loft.]

ESPOSITO
It's not a party.

[Esposito hands Castle a piece of paper.]

CASTLE
Search warrant, gloves...

[Castle sees their gloved hands. Beckett can't look at Castle.]

CASTLE
Okay, guys, I get it - the fingerprint thing. I'm sorry. Lesson learned. You can all go home.

ESPOSITO
It's not a joke, bro.

[Esposito enters and the rest follow.]

RYAN (to the uniforms)
Take him to the kitchen.

CASTLE
The kitchen? I just...

[The uniforms escort him while the others search the apartment. Castle looks at the warrant.]

CASTLE
Beckett. Beckett, what is this?

BECKETT
We found a piece of jewelry in Tessa's apartment and we traced it back to the man that bought it for her.

[Castle nods and waits.]

BECKETT
Castle, it was you.

CASTLE
What are you talking about?

BECKETT
It was purchased with a cashier's check for $12,780.

[Beckett hands him the surveillance photo. Castle's brow furrows as he looks at it.]

BECKETT
Earlier that day, you withdrew the same amount of money from your pocket account as a cashier's check.

CASTLE
You looked into my financials? You're investigating me?

BECKETT
Castle--

CASTLE
Kate, this is not me.

[Castle points to the photo.]

CASTLE
And I didn't buy any jewelry. I certainly didn't use a cashier's check.

BECKETT
Then you need to explain it.

[Beckett glares at him.]

BECKETT
This, the withdrawal, the fingerprint - you need to tell me what the hell's going on.

[Castle stares at the photo, then looks up at her at a loss for words.]

CASTLE
Um...

RYAN
Beckett.

[They turn around to see Ryan standing by the office.]

RYAN
In here.

[Beckett walks forward. Castle puts the photo down and makes to follow her, but a uniform stops him. He sees through the bookshelves as Ryan and Esposito point to the floor and talk to Beckett. Beckett looks up at Castle.]

CASTLE
What is it?

[They look down unhappily and don't respond.]

CASTLE
Guys, what is it?

[Beckett just stares into space, thinking.]

CASTLE
Kate.

[Esposito walks up to Castle.]

ESPOSITO
Richard Castle, you're under arrest for the murder of Tessa Horton. Turn around.

[Castle hesitates in his shock, then turns around and lets Esposito cuff him. He looks across the room at Beckett.]

ESPOSITO
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

--
ACT THREE
[15:57, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - EVENING]
[Gates meets with the detectives. Esposito puts a bag on the table, wearing evidence gloves.]

ESPOSITO
The bag is part of a set that he owns.

[The bag is filled with barbed wire, hooks, and evidence gloves.]

RYAN
The wire and hooks are identical to the ones used to bind the victim. There was also a shirt inside that had some blood spatter on it.

[Ryan hands Gates the file with a photo of the bloody shirt.]

ESPOSITO
The lab says it's a match to Tessa's.

GATES
What's he saying?

RYAN
That he's never seen any of it before in his life.

BECKETT
Sir, he's not a killer.

GATES
Then how do you explain all of this?

BECKETT
The evidence isn't the whole story. Castle's taught me that.

GATES
You know, I'm not always a fan of Mr. Castle's, Detective, but even I'm having trouble believing he'd do something so heinous.

BECKETT
So then what will we do?

GATES
Our jobs. Check his e-mails, computer files, and phone records. If he was involved with this girl, there's bound to be a record. Beckett, you talk to the family, see if anyone else has access to his place.

BECKETT (nods)
Mm-hmm.

[Gates starts to leave, but Beckett turns to her.]

BECKETT
Sir.

[Gates stops.]

BECKETT
Thank you.

GATES
Don't thank me yet, Detective. We're gonna follow the evidence no matter where it leads us.

[Gates leaves. Beckett thinks for a moment before turning to the guys.]

BECKETT
You guys, when you look through Castle's phone records--

ESPOSITO
It's okay.

[Beckett looks at him.]

ESPOSITO
We know.

RYAN
We won't tell Gates unless we have to.

BECKETT
You know? How?

ESPOSITO (scoffs)
Well, I mean, it-- it's us, so...

RYAN
We didn't say anything because we figured it was nobody's business, but we gotta ask, were you with him that night?

BECKETT
No, uh... He, uh....

[Beckett tries to remember.]

BECKETT
I--I was supposed to be. His, um, mom was out of town, and then he said that he needed time to write.

[The detectives know things just got worse.]

--
[17:33, INT. PRECINCT, OBSERVATION/INTERROGATION - EVENING]
[Beckett watches in Observation as Gates enters Interrogation where Castle is waiting.]

CASTLE
Where's Beckett?

GATES
Under the circumstances, I think it's best if I handle the interrogation.

CASTLE
Come on, Captain. This is insane. I didn't do anything.

GATES
Well, we still need to investigate, and you know that. So, let's start with your relationship to the victim.

CASTLE
Okay. I didn't have one.

GATES
Then any idea how your fingerprints ended up at the crime scene?

CASTLE
Well, we went over that. CSU made a mistake.

GATES
They say they didn't. Castle, if you knew her--

CASTLE
I didn't know her.

GATES
She was seeing someone, someone her roommate described as handsome and rich.

CASTLE
I'm flattered, but it wasn't me.

[A man pokes his head in the observation room.]

PRECINCT DETECTIVE
Detective.

[Beckett's attention is pulled away from the interrogation and her own dark thoughts.]

PRECINCT DETECTIVE
His family's here.

--
[18:11, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - EVENING]
[Beckett enters, where Martha and Alexis are waiting with a uniform chaperone.]

MARTHA
Oh. Where's Richard?

ALEXIS
What's going on?

[Beckett nods for the uniform to leave, and she closes the door.]

--
[18:19, INT. PRECINCT, INTERROGATION - EVENING]
[The black bag evidence sits on the table.]

CASTLE
Of course it's has my fingerprints on it. It's my bag. But I didn't put that stuff in there.

[A uniform takes the bag away. Castle paces in frustration.]

GATES
Then who did?

CASTLE
What about Kurtzman? We know he was at her apartment that night, and he lied about it.

GATES
Kurtzman alibied out.

CASTLE
What? When?

GATES
An hour ago. His lawyer got him to cooperate. Turns out he was lured there.

CASTLE
Lured?

GATES
By a text message Tessa sent, only it wasn't from Tessa. It was from a burner phone. When Kurtzman showed up at Tessa's, she told him that she didn't send it, so she sent him on his way.

CASTLE
Well, then why did he lie about it?

GATES
Because he spent the rest of the evening with a paid companion and didn't want his wife to know.

[Castle sits down.]

GATES
So... What about you, Mr. Castle?

CASTLE
Where were you the night of the murder?

[Castle thinks.]

CASTLE
I was at home writing

[Castle knows he's in it.]

GATES
And did anyone see you there?

CASTLE
No, I was...alone.

[Castle closes his eyes.]

GATES
So for the record, you're saying you have no alibi.

[Castle hesitates in his anxiety.]

CASTLE
I think I'd like my lawyer now.

--
[19:26, INT. PRECINCT, INTERVIEW ROOM - EVENING]

MARTHA
Well this is madness. This is just madness.

BECKETT
It's temporary. We just need to find out the truth. Now, can anyone else access your apartment? Does anyone have keys?

MARTHA
Well, Alicia, the housekeeper.

ALEXIS
Yeah, but she's been with us for fifteen years. And there's a security system. Even if someone had a key, the alarm would go off.

BECKETT
Have you noticed anyone out of the ordinary in the building lately - a maintenance worker, delivery man, anyone that could've been casing the place?

MARTHA
No, no, no, no. Nothing.

[Beckett sighs.]

--
[19:52, INT. PRECINCT, LOCKUP - EVENING]
[Castle's lawyer exits the cell.]

CASTLE
Thanks. I'll be here.

[A uniform locks Castle in. Beckett enters and stands outside the cell.]

BECKETT
Hey.

CASTLE
Hey.

[They give each other a small smile. Beckett looks down for a moment, then looks up and speaks in a whisper.]

BECKETT
Castle, whoever is behind this, whatever is going on, I will figure this out. I promise.

CASTLE
I know.

[Beckett nods.]

BECKETT
In the meantime, you have some visitors.

[Alexis and Martha enter.]

ALEXIS
Dad?

MARTHA
Oh. Oh, Richard. Oh, darling.

[Castle gives them a tight smile. Beckett turns to Esposito at the end of the hallway, a uniform stands behind him. Beckett sees something in Esposito's expression.]

BECKETT
What?

[Esposito nods for Beckett to follow him.]

--
[20:31, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY - EVENING]

RYAN
Tech just finished with Castle's computer. Parts of it had been wiped, just like Tessa's.

[Beckett swallows hard.]

BECKETT
Were they able to re--recover anything?

ESPOSITO
They found a file that he had deleted. It was a story concept about how to commit the perfect murder.

RYAN
Beckett, the character gets away with it by staging a crime scene so bizarre, the cops can't see he's hiding right under their noses.

ESPOSITO
It was like a--a dry run on paper, all the way down to the weird symbol that we found on the victim's forehead.

[Beckett's horror is increasing.]

RYAN
We found something else on his drive.

[Ryan hold out a file.]

RYAN
E-mails...dozens of 'em, between Castle and the victim.

[Beckett tries to hold it together and stares at the file Ryan is holding out to her.]

ESPOSITO
Beckett...

[Beckett looks up at Esposito.]

ESPOSITO
They've been having an affair.

[Beckett takes the file.]

--
[21:27, INT. BECKETT'S APARTMENT - NIGHT]
[Lanie looks at the e-mails, sitting across from Beckett on the couch. Beckett speaks in a low voice, tears running down her face, her eyes and nose swollen with prolonged crying.]

BECKETT
They started up about eight weeks ago according to those e-mails. He met her after one of his... book signings, and he asked her out for coffee, and that was...that was just a couple of weeks after we started seeing each other.

LANIE
Oh, sweetie.

BECKETT
He told her that he needed to keep it a secret because he was with someone else. And then when he tried to break it off about a week ago, she threatened to go and tell his girlfriend. He offered to come over to her apartment to talk things through, and that was the night of the murder.

LANIE
He had motive?

[Beckett looks away, disliking the question, and Lanie breaks off that thought.]

LANIE
What did Castle say when you talked to him?

BECKETT
He said that the e-mails were faked. He said he never wrote that story, and that he was being framed.

[Beckett's face puckers with tears.]

BECKETT
You should've seen him, Lanie. He looked like a little boy, he was so scared.

[Beckett exhales and Lanie looks at her with sympathy.]

BECKETT
I know him, Lanie. He is...an immature, egotistical...self-centered jackass sometimes, but he's not this.

LANIE
Are you sure?

[Beckett thinks before responding.]

--
[22:48, INT. PRECINCT, LOCKUP - NIGHT]
[Castle stares at the floor in his cell. A door opens and a uniform approaches.]

TYSON
They say dogs can smell fear.

[Castle looks up, recognizing the voice. The triple killer, 3XK.]

TYSON
Did you know that some humans can as well?

[Castle stands up to face 3XK.]

TYSON
You reek of it.

CASTLE
Tyson.

TYSON
I prefer 3XK. How long has it been since I left you and Detective Ryan in that motel room?

CASTLE
Somebody! Help! Somebody! I need some help in here!

[Castle looks at the security camera, but the light is flashing red.]

TYSON
They can't hear you. Or see you. I'm afraid I'm much more thorough than that.

CASTLE
You did this. Y...You killed Tessa.

TYSON
She's not my type. I prefer blondes. Remember? Here's a much more believable story - you killed Tessa. It practically writes itself. After all, you commit murder every day in your mind for your books. It's not hard to imagine that you'd eventually...cross the line.

CASTLE
Why are you doing this, Tyson?

TYSON
Four years, Castle. I gave up four years of my life planning the perfect vanishing act so that the cops would stop looking for me, so that I could begin again, could begin killing again, so that I could taste that fear...again. Four years. You ruined it.

CASTLE
Well, if it's revenge you wanted, why not just kill me?

TYSON
Where's the fun in that? Oh, no, no, it's more fun to destroy you. Why do you think I let you live that night in the motel? People think it's killing that I like, but murder's just an act. It's all about the anticipation, the planning. Watching you and your daughter taking a walk...

[Castle starts getting creeped out.]

TYSON
You and Beckett making love...standing in your living room...

[Castle swallows hard.]

TYSON
Being inside your life...knowing that I'm gonna take it all away from you...that's what I like.

CASTLE
You won't get away with this.

TYSON
Oh, please. What are you gonna do? You gonna tell 'em that I came here? You think that they're gonna believe the lies of a desperate man?

CASTLE
Beckett will.

TYSON
Well, even if she does...

[Tyson shakes his head.]

TYSON
She can't save you. There's no time. When the D.A. files charges tomorrow, they're gonna send you to central booking - the tombs. I have people waiting...for you.

[Castle's eyes widen for a moment.]

TYSON
You will not last the night. And that'll be her punishment...

[Tyson starts to walk away.]

TYSON
Believing that you were innocent, and not being able to stop it. It'll haunt her for the rest of her life.

[Castle thinks over his dilemma.]

TYSON
Lucky for you... You'll be dead.

[Tyson backs out the way he came, staring Castle down as he disappears.]

--
ACT FOUR
[26:05, INT. PRECINCT, LOCKUP - MORNING]
[Beckett talks with Castle.]

BECKETT
We went through the surveillance footage from last night. There's no evidence that Jerry Tyson was in the station, and there is no evidence that the system had been tampered with.

CASTLE
Beckett, I swear to you, he was here.

BECKETT
Castle--

CASTLE
No, I know. I sound crazy. A desperate story from a desperate man, just...just like he wanted.

BECKETT
You're right, it does sound desperate. But it's the first time that this story has made sense.

[Castle turns sharply to look at Beckett. She looks him in the eye.]

CASTLE
You believe me?

[Beckett smiles a little.]

BECKETT
I never stopped.

[Castle swallows and reaches his fingers through the cell fence. She puts her fingers over his on the other side. Castle takes a breath.]

CASTLE
He's gonna kill me, Kate. I can't run, I can't hide. What am I supposed to do?

--
[27:02, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY - DAY]
[Beckett follows Gates down the hall with Esposito and Ryan right behind.]

BECKETT
I'm telling you, it's the triple killer. Strangulation, misdirects, planting evidence - it's Tyson's M.O.

GATES
3XK targeted multiple victims, always women, never men. So why the change?

BECKETT
Revenge. That's the only thing that explains everything.

GATES
No, not everything. Not that video of Castle.

ESPOSITO
Yeah, actually, it might.

RYAN
Tyson did something similar in the Russo case. He used a double for the cameras to throw us off.

BECKETT
Sir, the D.A. has already filed charges. They're gonna send him to central booking today. We know that we can prove this. We just need more time.

--
[27:30, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY]
[Beckett and Gates meet with the Assistant District Attorney.]

TONI GONZALEZ
You want the D.A.'s office to do what?

GATES
All we're asking for is a delay until we can sort all this out.

TONI GONZALEZ
No, what you're asking for is preferential treatment for a murder suspect. You want to sort this out, you sort it out after he's arraigned.

BECKETT
No, I don't think you understand. There's not gonna be an after.

TONI GONZALEZ
If it's his safety you're concerned about, we're prepared to put him in protective custody.

BECKETT
Do you have any idea who you're dealing with? Do you even know what Jerry Tyson has proven himself capable of?

TONI GONZALEZ
Who do you think met with the families of his victims and held their hands when he slipped through your fingers, Detective? I'm very aware of what 3XK is capable of.

BECKETT
Then you should know that your protective custody isn't worth a damn. If he wants to kill Castle, he's gonna find a way to do it.

TONI GONZALEZ
Captain Gates, aside from your unsubstantiated claim from a murder suspect, can you offer the D.A.'s office one shred of evidence of 3xK's involvement?

GATES
Not at this time.

TONI GONZALEZ
Then we're done here.

--
[28:25, INT. INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN - DAY]

ESPOSITO
I've spent some time in central. I've seen The Tombs. The way they stack bodies in those cells, if there's a bounty on Castle's head, protective custody ain't gonna do jack.

RYAN
That's assuming Tyson paid off a prisoner. It could be a guard.

BECKETT
So we can't protect him, not there.

[Esposito shakes his head. Gates walks out with the A.D.A.]

BECKETT
We have to stop that transfer.

[Beckett takes determined strides toward the murder board.]

BECKETT
We need evidence that 3XK was involved.

ESPOSITO
Yeah, but we got nothing to go on.

BECKETT
Okay, to pull this off, he needed access to Castle's loft. So get teams over there and tear that place apart. Find me a fingerprint, a hidden microphone, a broken window jamb, anything that puts him there.

RYAN
Tessa was seeing someone. If it wasn't Castle...

BECKETT
Then maybe it was Tyson. Hit her office. Look for files, schedules, client lists. There's gotta be something that ties back to him.

--
[29:12, INT. PRECINCT, MEDIA ROOM - DAY]
[Beckett re-watches the surveillance footage of faux-Castle.]

ESPOSITO
Hey.

[Esposito enters with a mug of coffee for Beckett.]

ESPOSITO
I just heard from the team at Castle's loft. Nothing yet.

BECKETT
So it's gonna happen just like Tyson said, huh? I'm not gonna be able to save him in time.

ESPOSITO
Well, we're not done yet.

[Beckett looks out the window.]

BECKETT
Jav...

[Beckett thinks for a moment and then turns back to Esposito, lowering her voice.]

BECKETT
How secure is holding?

ESPOSITO
What? Whoa, you're not even thinking about that.

BECKETT
We're talking about his life. We can't let them take him.

ESPOSITO
Are you crazy? It would never work. You'll never even get out of holding.

BECKETT
Tyson did it.

ESPOSITO
'Cause nobody was looking for him. He had weeks to plan it, maybe even longer. Y-- I know how you feel about the guy. I love him, too. But there's nothing we can do.

[Gates enters.]

GATES
Beckett.

[Beckett looks at the door. Uniforms flank Gates.]

GATES
They're here.

--
[30:00, INT. PRECINCT, LOCKUP - DAY]
[Beckett opens Castle's cell and enters. She pulls out her cuffs. He puts out his hands and she cuffs him.]

CASTLE
This is so much less fun than the other night at your place.

[Beckett makes a sad smile and looks down.]

CASTLE
Do you remember the first time you handcuffed me? We were at the New York Public Library. Remember how angry you were that I wouldn't stop investigating that case?

[Beckett smiles up at him.]

BECKETT (whisper)
Yeah, I remember.

CASTLE
What I wouldn't give to be there now.

[Beckett takes a breath, holding in her emotion.]

BECKETT
Castle... (whisper) this isn't over. I promise you, I will get you out.

CASTLE (whisper)
It's okay. Whatever happens, it's okay.

[Beckett exhales and looks down.]

--
[30:50, INT. PRECINCT, HALLWAY - DAY]
[The precinct watches as Beckett escorts Castle to uniforms at the elevator. Gates pushes the button and the doors open. She nods to the uniforms and they take Castle's arms, escorting him inside. Beckett stares at Castle as the doors close. She turns and walks towards the bullpen and Esposito follows her.]

ESPOSITO
I'm sorry.

BECKETT
Don't be sorry. I don't need sorry. I need to find this son of a bitch and put him in the ground.

[A pair of uniforms approach them as they walk.]

HANCOCK
Detective Beckett.

BECKETT
What?

HANCOCK
We're here to transport one of yours to central -

[The uniform looks at a file.]

HANCOCK
A, uh, Richard Castle?

[Beckett spins around to look at the elevators where the faux-uniforms just took Castle.]

--
[31:47, INT. PRECINCT, CAPTAIN GATES'S OFFICE/BULLPEN - DAY]

GATES (on Bluetooth)
Yes. I'm looking at the transfer order right here.

BECKETT (on phone)
No, the paperwork says that the badge number...

GATES (on Bluetooth)
No.

BECKETT (on phone)
...was 8-7-1-3-2-4.

GATES (on Bluetooth)
Are you sure?

[Gates approaches Beckett desk with a frustrated sigh.]

GATES
Central Booking says he never arrived. They don't know where in the hell he is.

[Beckett hears Gates, but finishes her phone conversation.]

BECKETT (on phone)
Right. Okay.

[Beckett hangs up.]

BECKETT
The badge numbers on the paperwork don't exist. They were imposters.

[Gates shakes her head.]

ESPOSITO
It's gotta be Tyson. He set this up.

BECKETT
He isn't gonna have Castle killed. He's gonna kill him himself.

GATES
Well, the D.A.'s calling it a prisoner escape.

[Beckett's mouth opens in surprise.]

GATES
They've issued an A.P.B. and instructed me to begin a manhunt.

[Beckett shakes her head in shock.]

ESPOSITO
What? They think Castle did this?

GATES
Well, as far as they're concerned, he's well-connected, knows our procedure, and has substantial resources.

[Beckett's eyes narrow as she thinks.]

ESPOSITO
That's ridiculous.

[Gates sees the Assistant District Attorney walks in behind Beckett.]

GATES
You two keep working the Tyson angle. I've got this.

[Beckett mutters to herself.]

BECKETT
Resources.

[Her eyes light up. Esposito watches Gates greet the A.D.A. and turns to Beckett.]

ESPOSITO
Can you believe that?

[Esposito looks back at the A.D.A., but Beckett is lost in thought.]

ESPOSITO
Branding Castle a fugitive when he's probably being held captive by a serial killer? So, what's our next...

[Esposito turns around and Beckett is gone.]

ESPOSITO
...move?

--
[32:44, INT. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY - DAY]
[Beckett walks down the stairs and looks around as she enters an area with tables. Castle sits at a table wearing a dark baseball cap. Beckett smiles. Castle does a double take when he sees her. He smiles and gets up to meet her. She rushes into his arms.]

BECKETT (whisper)
Oh, thank god you're okay.

CASTLE
Thank god you understood my message.

[She pulls back and touches his face with a smile.]

BECKETT
"The first time that I cuffed you. What you wouldn't give to be back there now."

CASTLE
Come on.

BECKETT
Yeah.

[They sit back down in his spot and continue whispering.]

CASTLE
I knew I couldn't call once I left.

BECKETT
Castle, how did you do it? How did you escape?

CASTLE
I've got a great lawyer.

BECKETT
Come on.

CASTLE
Someone owed me a favor. The less you know, the better. But the good news is, I'm still alive.

BECKETT
The D.A. has branded you a fugitive. Every cop in New York is looking for you.

CASTLE
Yes, well, they won't be the only ones after the five o'clock news. And by now they've tagged my phone, my house, my accounts. I'm not gonna last long out here. We have to act quickly.

BECKETT
I've got teams at your place looking for any trace of Tyson. Ryan is wading through paperwork at Tessa's office to see if there's a connection.

[Some people pass by, and Castle puts his hand up to his cap to hide is face.]

CASTLE
Well, that could take weeks. I think I got something better. Sitting in holding, I kept thinking, "How could he possibly pull this off? How could he get video of me buying those earrings?" And then it hit me...

[Castle picks up a magazine and shows it to Beckett.]

BECKETT
"Broadway Casting"?

CASTLE
You want someone to play a role, you cast it.

[Castle opens the magazine.]

CASTLE
Look at this notice from four months ago by a celebrity lookalike firm.

BECKETT
"A private book club party."

CASTLE
Look who they're looking for.

BECKETT
"James Patterson, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling"...

[Beckett runs her finger down the list and her jaw drops when she sees Richard Castle's name at the bottom of the list.]

CASTLE
And... me.

[Beckett looks up excitedly and Castle tears out the page.]

--
[34:18, INT. CELEBRITY LOOKALIKE FIRM - DAY]
[Beckett and Castle talk to the receptionist. A faux-Jack Nicholson stands at the front desk.]

RECEPTIONIST
Yeah, we placed that ad. Sent a couple of headshots over to the client's P.O. Box, but never heard back. (to faux-Jack) Shoo.

[The faux-Jack Nicholson leaves.]

BECKETT
Uh, could I get the address?

RECEPTIONIST
Sure.

CASTLE
And did you send over any Richard Castles?

RECEPTIONIST
Let me check.

[Castle looks over at the faux-Jack Nicholson, faux-Bono, and faux Lady Gaga sitting in the waiting room.]

RECEPTIONIST
Just one.

CASTLE
Great. We'll need his information as well.

--
[34:38, EXT. STREET - DAY]

BECKETT (on cell)
Okay, thanks.

[Beckett hangs up and closes her car door.]

BECKETT
So the P.O. Box the agency sent the headshots to was paid for in cash and rented for a month. The owners gave no forwarding address. It's a dead end.

[they enter a coffee shop.]

CASTLE
Well, Tyson might be a dead end, but Richard Castle isn't.

[They see a waiter's profile.]

CASTLE
Look, it's me.

[Beckett and Castle look at each other.]

--
[34:54, INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY]
[Beckett and Castle sit at a table with the waiter/actor. Castle inspects the man's face.]

IMPERSONATOR
Yeah, people come up sometimes, asking me to sign your books. So I figured I'd submit. I never heard back.

CASTLE
You know, uh, now that I'm up close, I really don't see it.

BECKETT
Uh... So, uh...

[Beckett pulls out a photo of the jewelry store surveillance footage.]

BECKETT
I--is this you?

IMPERSONATOR
Yeah. That was for a reality show on store security.

[Beckett smirks at Castle.]

IMPERSONATOR
It was an odd gig. They sent me in to buy earrings.

CASTLE
And was this man involved somehow?

[Beckett shows him a photo of Tyson.]

IMPERSONATOR
He looks a little like the show's producer.

BECKETT
CASTLE
You wouldn't happen to have his contact information, would you?

--
[35:27, INT. PRECINCT, BULLPEN/INT. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY - EVENING]
[Beckett and Castle call Esposito on her cell. She holds it on speaker.]

ESPOSITO (on phone)
What do you mean, "He's with you"? How did he escape?

BECKETT (on speaker)
Espo, not now. I need an address.

ESPOSITO (on phone)
All right, well, the address for the show's producer is another dead P.O. Box, and the phone number's defunct.

BECKETT (on speaker)
Okay, what about his paycheck?

ESPOSITO (on phone)
Well, I talked to the bank, and the corporate account that cut the check is closed. And the corporate contact, Joseph Vacher, well, doesn't seem to exist.

[Beckett and Castle sigh in frustration.]

CASTLE (on speaker)
Yeah, he exists, all right. Or at least he used to. Joseph Vacher is a famous French serial killer from the late 1800s.

ESPOSITO (on phone)
So he's got a sense of humor.

BECKETT (on speaker)
Have any other checks been written from that corporate account?

[Esposito does a TrakFund search on his computer.]

ESPOSITO (on phone)
Yeah, cut to a...Kurtzman Insurance.

BECKETT
Tessa worked for them.

[Castle nods.]

--
[36:05, INT. PRECINCT, CONFERENCE ROOM/INT. NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY - EVENING]
[Beckett and Castle talk on the phone with Ryan as he looks through some files.]

RYAN (on cell)
So there's no mention of Vacher in her policy files...

[Ryan puts them on speaker so he can sort through the files.]

RYAN (on speaker)
But there was an entry in her calendar. Yeah, here it is. Six weeks ago. "Site visit with a J.V."

CASTLE (on speaker)
Well, that's him. It has to be.

BECKETT (on speaker)
Did she write anything else with it -

[Castle notices an old woman stare at him as she passes by.]

BECKETT (on speaker)
...a phone number, e-mails, an address?

RYAN (on speaker)
No phone number, but there is an address. Maybe where they went for the site visit. Looks like it's in northern Manhattan near the bridge.

[Beckett turns to Castle.]

BECKETT
Castle, he was posing as a building owner looking for insurance. He probably found an empty property. Could be worth a look.

[Beckett holds the phone closer to her mouth and Castle looks over at the old woman pointing him out to the librarian.]

BECKETT (on speaker)
Kev, hook up with Espo and meet us there.

RYAN
You got it.

[Beckett hangs up and Castle turns back to Beckett.]

CASTLE
Someone saw the news. We gotta go.

--
[36:39, EXT. ABANDONED PROPERTY - NIGHT]
[Beckett and Castle pull up in her unmarked police car. Ryan and Esposito meet them, wearing their police vests.]

RYAN
Owner says it's unoccupied. Hasn't been a tenant for nearly a year.

[Beckett looks up at the light in the window.]

BECKETT
Then who's up there?

ESPOSITO
Could be someone or it could be just a light.

[They see a shadow move in the window.]

CASTLE
Did you just see that?

BECKETT
All right, guys. Let's move. Come on.

--
[37:00, INT. ABANDONED PROPERTY - NIGHT]
[The team enters, armed with guns, flashlights, and bulletproof vests. They find the room with the light under the door. They enter and find an empty room with sheets over the windows.]

ESPOSITO
It was nothing. Just a sheet.

[Beckett sticks her gun behind one of the sheets and finds a police uniform hung up.]

BECKETT
You guys. Over here.

[Beckett rips down a sheet in the middle of the room and finds a table filled with the materials Tyson used to frame Castle, including lots of surveillance photos of Castle.]

--
ACT FIVE
[37:45, INT. ABANDONED PROPERTY - NIGHT]
[CSU sweeps the scene. Ryan briefs Gates on the situation.]

RYAN
Once he'd obtained Castle's print from his loft, he used a binding agent and some rubber cement to build a latex model of his fingerprint.

BECKETT
Surveillance photos, architectural plans for Castle's loft...

RYAN
A precinct map, including the locations of all of our video cameras. He orchestrated everything right down to the last detail.

BECKETT
He even implicated Kurtzman to make it look like Castle was covering his tracks.

GATES
I don't get it. Why go through all this just to set you up?

CASTLE
Because death only takes a moment. The preparation and pageantry, that's what he loves.

[Gates's eyes widen and her eyebrows go up.]

GATES
Well, Mr. Castle, it looks like you're off the hook. I've spoken to the D.A., and they'll be dropping all charges.

CASTLE
Thank you, sir.

GATES
For this, at least. There's still the matter of your escape from custody.

[Castle is about to speak up.]

GATES
However, under the circumstances, I'm pretty sure you can negotiate down to time served.

[Castle processes that turn of events.]

GATES
Uh, Detective, why don't you take him down to the station, start the paperwork?

[Beckett gives Castle a brief smile. Esposito enters.]

ESPOSITO
Yo. So the tactical team searched the whole building. No sign of him.

GATES
When CSU finishes, fall back and put the building under surveillance.

CASTLE
What if he's already seen us and he doesn't come back?

GATES
Every cop in this city is looking for him. He won't get far.

[Castle nods, looking slightly anxious.]

--
[38:54, EXT. LIFT BRIDGE - NIGHT]
[Beckett and Castle wait in her car for a boat to go under the bridge. Beckett sees Castle staring out the window.]

BECKETT
You okay?

CASTLE
Yeah. Just finding that stuff of Tyson's...it seems lucky.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, sometimes luck is all you need. He can't hide now. We'll find him.

CASTLE
Thank you.

[Castle smiles a little.]

BECKETT
For what?

CASTLE
Believing in me. I mean, given my reputation, my history...when you saw those e-mails, it would've been real easy not to.

BECKETT
Yeah, well, things have never been easy between you and me.

CASTLE
Maybe that's what makes it all worth wh--

[Castle and Beckett jerk forward as their car is slammed from behind. A dark van keeps driving behind them, forcing their car through the safety bar and barreling towards the drop off. Beckett's car turns and they slam into the side of the bridge. Castle and Beckett recover from the jolt and Beckett sees Tyson step out of the van in her side mirror.]

BECKETT
It's Tyson. Castle, get down!

[They duck as Tyson shoots through the back window. Beckett opens her car door and returns fire. Tyson falls backward into his van and Beckett continues walking forward and firing like a robot. She approaches the van, seeing Tyson's limp body, but he bolts up when she reaches the window, knocking her to the ground. He gets out, throws her gun away, and lifts her to her feet.]

TYSON
Come here, Kate. Come here. Castle!

[Beckett cries out from Tyson's grip.]

TYSON
I got your girl!

[Beckett groans.]

TYSON
Are you watching? I want you to see this!

[Tyson points a gun into Beckett's ribcage. Castle tries to see them through the busted out back window.]

TYSON
You think that I'd let you live after everything you've done?

[Tyson inches forward with Beckett in his grasp, sidling up to Castle's door.]

TYSON
Castle! Come on. I want you to watch. I want you to watch as I take her life.

[Tyson reaches the door, but Castle isn't in the car.]

CASTLE
Over here.

[Castle shoots Tyson multiple times in the chest, making Tyson stagger backwards and fall into the river. Castle and Beckett look over into the water.]

--
[41:15, EXT. LIFT BRIDGE - DAY]
[A police diver surfaces in the spot where Tyson sank. Beckett stares down at the water.]

POLICE MEGAPHONE (O.S.)
Move that perimeter back on the beach another four or five.

[Beckett rejoins the Castle, who's staring off into space.]

POLICE (O.S.)
The water's pretty murky. Haven't seen anything yet.

BECKETT
They still haven't found the body.

CASTLE
They won't. He's not dead.

BECKETT
Castle, what are you saying?

CASTLE
This was never about me. This was about him. Those initials in her date book? He's not that careless. He wanted us to find that place. He wanted us on this bridge. Tessa's murder, the frame up - all of it was to get us here so we could help him do what he couldn't do for himself...disappear so he can start killing again.

BECKETT
You think he planned this?

CASTLE
How does a wanted man stop being wanted?

[Castle points a thumb over his shoulder at the police cars and the edge of the lift bridge where Tyson fell.]

CASTLE
It has to be public and it has to be final.

BECKETT
Do you know how crazy that sounds?

CASTLE
No one's gonna be looking for him anymore.

[Beckett doesn't buy his theory.]

BECKETT
You shot him. He's dead. It's over.

[Beckett walks away. Castle continues brooding.]

CASTLE
For now.


<<< previous episodenext episode >>>



>>> SCRIPT LINE INDEX <<<

Tags:

?

Log in

No account? Create an account