Richard Castle: All right. So you and I are married.
Kate Beckett: We are not married.
Richard Castle: Relax. It's just pretend.
Kate Beckett: I don't wanna pretend.
Richard Castle: Scared you'll like it?
Kate Beckett: Okay. If we're married, I want a divorce.
Roger: Are you two like this all the time?
Richard Castle: All right. We're not married, but they were.
Kate Beckett: That's the difference between a novel and the real world, Castle. A cop doesn't get to decide how the story ends.
[Beckett, Ryan, and Esposito look up to see the frozen corpse in the rebar]
Richard Castle: Awesome, right? My first cold case.
[no one laughs]
Richard Castle: Come on, it's a little funny.
Richard Castle: Until tomorrow, Detective.
Kate Beckett: [fidgets uncomfortably and looks up at Castle] You can't just say "night"?
Richard Castle: I'm a writer. "Night" is boring. "Until tomorrow" is more... hopeful.
Kate Beckett: Yeah. Well... I'm a cop. Night.
Richard Castle: Night.
Kate Beckett: By the way, it was my mother, not my father.
Kate Beckett: We were supposed to go to dinner together, my mom, my dad and I, and she was gonna meet us at the restaurant. But she never showed.
Kate Beckett: Two hours later, we went home... and there was a detective waiting for us. Detective Raglan.
Kate Beckett: They found her body. She had been stabbed.
Richard Castle: A robbery?
Kate Beckett: No.
Kate Beckett: She still had her money and purse and jewelry.
Kate Beckett: And it wasn't a sexual assault, either. They attributed it to gang violence. Random wayward event. So, just like in Melanie's case, they couldn't think outside the box. So they just tried to package it up nicely. And the killer was never caught.
Richard Castle: Why do you wear the watch?
Kate Beckett: My dad took her death hard. He's sober now. Five years. So...
[points to the watch]
Kate Beckett: this is for the life that I saved. And...
[pulls out a ring hanging from a necklace]
Kate Beckett: this is for the life that I lost.
Kate Beckett: So... I guess your Nikki Heat has a back-story now, Castle.
Richard Castle: I don't know. Uh... I did kind of like the hooker-by-day, cop-by-night thing. But, uh... I guess a... heavy emotional angle could work, too.
Kate Beckett: Well, don't bewilder your audiences with substance on my account, Castle.
[while Alexis and Castle are in the middle of a laser tag game]
Martha Rodgers: Has anyone seen my purse?
Richard Castle: Mom, we are totally doing battle on the field of honor.
Martha Rodgers: How old are you?
Richard Castle: Old enough to afford top-of-the-line laser tag.
[Castle stands in front of the freezer with the door open]
Alexis Castle: You know, we have air conditioning.
Richard Castle: Hmm. I'm just trying to figure out why someone would put a dead body in a freezer.
Alexis Castle: Is this a... Nikki Heat or Detective Beckett question?
Richard Castle: Beckett.
Alexis Castle: That's right. The Nikki Heat thing was about incinerating a body in a self-cleaning oven.
Richard Castle: Mm-hmm. I mean, you put things in a freezer to keep them for later, but once they're there, you rarely ever go back.
Alexis Castle: If I was putting a body in a freezer, it'd be because I was trying to hide it.
Richard Castle: Until you stop paying for the storage space.
Alexis Castle: Did I stop, or did something stop me?
[realization dawns on Castle]
Richard Castle: It's family moments like these I will never forget.
Alexis Castle: With a good therapist, hopefully, I will.
Javier Esposito: [giving Castle the case file on Beckett's mother's murder] Remember, this never happened. I was never here.
Richard Castle: You have my word. Thanks.
Javier Esposito: If you tell her I did this, I *will* make you bleed.
Richard Castle: Understood.
Javier Esposito: Good luck.
[Castle, hanging up phone, after he called Alexis]
Richard Castle: Alexis missed me.
Kate Beckett: How did you know?
Richard Castle: Spidey sense.
Richard Castle: I ever disappear, make sure this guy's *not* on my case.
Kate Beckett: I hate cops like him. Guys like him, things only make sense if they fit in a box, so they make 'em fit and murderers go free.
Richard Castle: That what happened to your dad?
Kate Beckett: My dad?
Richard Castle: I noticed your watch. It's your dad's, right? That's why you wear it?
Kate Beckett: [Kate's cell phone rings] Beckett.
Kate Beckett: [reading the victim's file] She had a troubled childhood, drug problems in her teens and twenties.
Richard Castle: I know.
Kate Beckett: How do you know?
Richard Castle: I read the case file. She kicked the habit. Met and married Samuel Cavanagh. She worked in a restaurant. He managed a bank. They have two kids.
Kate Beckett: When did you read the case file?
Richard Castle: [Beckett picks up Castle's cup of coffee] That... When you were in the little girls' room.
Kate Beckett: I was gone for like a minute.
Richard Castle: Speed reader. Something I picked up from my years stranded in the New York Public Library.
[Beckett picks up the file and covers her face to ignore him]
Richard Castle: [peeking over the top of the folder] Would you like the CliffsNotes, or in this case, the CastleNotes?
Kate Beckett: [lowering the file] Castle, how do you know you didn't miss something important?
Richard Castle: Like, after Melanie disappeared, her husband waited a day before he called the cops?
Kate Beckett: A day? That doesn't make any sense.
Richard Castle: Until you get to the third paragraph. Before Melanie was married, she was what is now referred to as as a runaway bride.
Kate Beckett: According to her husband, she ran away a whole two weeks before their wedding day.
Richard Castle: Mm-hmm. And then she came back. Three years happily ever after, she disappears again. Comes back. Lather, rinse, repeat three times. No indication of where she went.
Kate Beckett: Well, she must have had a reason for running away.
Richard Castle: Hmm. I'm not judging her. Some people love the institution, hate the day-to-day.
Kate Beckett: Are you one of those people, Castle?
Richard Castle: I guess I just haven't met the right girl.
Lanie Parish: Melanie Cavanagh, 34 at time of death. Turns out COD was blunt force trauma to her head.
Kate Beckett: How'd you get her ID?
Lanie Parish: Her fingerprints were in the system.
Kate Beckett: For...
Lanie Parish: Misdemeanor drug possession.
Richard Castle: She doesn't look like a junkie.
Lanie Parish: No. She's in pretty good shape, considering. But judging the lack of frost and tissue degeneration, I'd say wherever she was stored, the temperature rarely varied.
Richard Castle: Like a freezer.
Lanie Parish: Freezer would do the job.
Kate Beckett: How long has she been dead?
Lanie Parish: Well, considering how long she's been like this, factoring decomposition, I'd say she probably was frozen within twenty-four hours of being killed.
Kate Beckett: What do you mean "How long she's been like this?"
Lanie Parish: According to the records I pulled, this woman's been missing for over five years.
Kate Beckett: [leaving the crime scene] Get a close-up of her face. I want to run her through Missing Persons.
Richard Castle: Oh, cool. Like on the Discovery Channel, where you plug the photo into a facial recognition database?
Kate Beckett: [sarcastic] Yeah. Just like that.
Richard Castle: Yes!
[cut to the precinct; Beckett places a large stack of folders onto the table in front of Castle]
Kate Beckett: Welcome to the department's official facial recognition database.
Richard Castle: [Ryan and Esposito bring in two more stacks just as big] By hand? That's like life before TiVo.
Richard Castle: I don't buy it. There's got to be an explanation. A story that makes everything make sense.
Kate Beckett: Okay, Castle. What's our Jane Doe's story?
Richard Castle: Well, I don't know how it starts, but I know how it ends. Frozen at a construction site. So, flying monkeys aside, what's the first question? How'd she get there?
Kevin Ryan: Considering she was frozen solid, she had to have been kept pretty close.
Richard Castle: Not necessarily.
[pointing to a map on the board]
Richard Castle: Here is the site. Her body might not have been kept as close as you might think. It takes a long time for a frozen body to thaw.
Kevin Ryan: What, you, uh, freeze a body once for one of your books?
Richard Castle: No. But I cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving. It was a 28-pounder. It took all night to unfreeze.
Kate Beckett: She's a person, Castle. Not a turkey.
Richard Castle: Just making a point.
Javier Esposito: [Beckett is surprised to see Castle at the crime scene] He was here before I was.
[Castle comes up with a theory to explain both murders]
Kevin Ryan: I don't believe it.
Richard Castle: Give me 250 pages, I bet I could make you.
[entering Castle's office at his apartment]
Kate Beckett: Wow... I fell like Alfred... in the Batcave for the first time.
Richard Castle: Hmm. Batman fan. Figures.
Kate Beckett: Why?
Richard Castle: Similar origin stories. Loss of a loved one leads to a life of fighting crime.
Kate Beckett: Yes, well, you are the multi-millionaire crime fighter.