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Captain Roy Montgomery (Character)
from "Castle" (2009)

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"Castle: Kill the Messenger (#2.8)" (2009)
Captain Roy Montgomery: Do we know what was in the package?
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: The courier company's looking into it right now. Whatever it was, somebody thought that it was worth killing for.
Richard Castle: Off the top of my head, I'm gonna go with nuclear launch codes, Dick Cheney's soul on its way to the devil...

NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: Sir, are you okay? You seem a little distracted.
Captain Roy Montgomery: No, I'm focused. Focused on the precinct being up for review, and our case closure rate being just under 1PP's new mandated minimum. Which, of course, doesn't take the budget cuts into consideration. Now how the hell am I supposed to catch more bad guys with fewer detectives?

Richard Castle: [watching Beckett with the victim's sister] How does she do that?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Better than anyone I know.
Richard Castle: You okay?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Her brother died trying to get something to me. No, I'm not okay.

NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: We still have the original murder from ten years ago. Everything started there.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Two fresh bodies, and you want to look at a murder ten years cold?
Richard Castle: Uh... when I'm writing a story, the beginning is always the hardest. But if you nail that, the rest of it could just fall into place.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Castle, this is not one of your books.
Richard Castle: No. But it is a mystery, and all mysteries are the same. Motive, opportunity, cover-up, conscience. These murders today were to cover up one ten years ago. That's where your leads are gonna be. Come on, Captain, what do you say? Let's take a little trip down memory lane.

Sara: You want to exhume my niece's body?
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: We believe that there was evidence overlooked during the autopsy that could lead to her killer.
Sara: Well, you told me you caught the man. You told me it was over.
Captain Roy Montgomery: I thought it was. But whoever killed Olivia just murdered two more people. Your niece deserves justice, and so do they.

Captain Roy Montgomery: [Esposito and Ryan bring in the corrupt prison guard] If there's anything I hate, it's a dirtbag in uniform.


"Castle: The Dead Pool (#3.21)" (2011)
Kevin Ryan: Check out the text messages that Bridget fired off to Zack on the night he was killed.
Richard Castle: Ooh! Not a lot of "LoLs" in there.
Kate Beckett: "Zack, if you leave me, I swear to God I'll kill you."
Richard Castle: She has a way with words.
Kate Beckett: And a record to go with it.
Kevin Ryan: Disorderly conduct. Mostly minor stuff. Uniforms are bringing her in now.
Captain Roy Montgomery: It says here she's 5'2". You really think she could overpower Zack?
Kevin Ryan: Uh, no. But her brothers could. In grand Irish tradition, she has four of them. Each over six foot, each with his own claim to fame. Assault.
Richard Castle: Ooh.
Kevin Ryan: Ag assault.
Richard Castle: Bad.
Kevin Ryan: ADW.
Richard Castle: Yee.
Kevin Ryan: Battery. Assault on a city employee, parking enforcement.
Richard Castle: Doesn't count.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Easy.
Kevin Ryan: Dude.

Captain Roy Montgomery: [watching Beckett in Interrogation] She's like a tiger in there. I never get tired of watching her.
Richard Castle: Me neither.

Lorraine Dinovi: [about her son] First day I put him in the pool, he was two years old. Took to it like a fish. You have kids?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Two daughters and a son.
Lorraine Dinovi: It's what we do for them, right? When his dad left and I was feeling lower than dirt, you know what he told me? He said "I'm gonna be someone one day, for you, Ma. So you can walk down the street and be proud."


"Castle: Knockout (#3.24)" (2011)
Richard Castle: "Continue mission"? If Lockwood isn't going after the third cop, then who's the mission?
Captain Roy Montgomery: I put a protective detail on her. Plainclothes. These guys are good.
Richard Castle: Good enough to stop Lockwood? She's not gonna stop. And the next time he sees her, one of them is gonna die. Take her off the case.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Castle, did Beckett ever tell you how we met?
Richard Castle: No.
Captain Roy Montgomery: I was working late one night, went down to archives to locate some old reports, and there she was with a flashlight and a Bankers box open on her lap, studying this unsolved. She was a patrol cop then, she wasn't even authorized to be down there. When I asked her what the hell she was doing, she told me this was her mother's case. And she'd found some things that didn't add up. Now, I could have written her up, right then.
Richard Castle: Why didn't you?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Because I knew it wouldn't stop her. It was there in her eyes, man. And I thought "With this kid's tenacity and some training, I mean, she'd make a hell of a Homicide."
Richard Castle: That tenacity's gonna get her killed.
Captain Roy Montgomery: I cannot make Beckett stand down, Castle. I never could. And the way I figure, the only one who can... is you.

Kate Beckett: Roy, I am over it. I mean it, I want him gone.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Okay, he's gone.
Kate Beckett: What?
Captain Roy Montgomery: You want Castle gone, he's gone.
Kate Beckett: I... what about the mayor?
Captain Roy Montgomery: [laughs] This is my house, Kate. The mayor doesn't call the shots here, I do. You ought to know that by now.
Kate Beckett: But, I...
Captain Roy Montgomery: I could've kicked Castle to the curb years ago, any time I wanted to. The only reason I kept him around this long was 'cause I saw how good he was for you. Kate, you're the best that I've ever trained, maybe the best I've ever seen. But you weren't having any fun before he came along. We speak for the dead. That's the job. We are all they've got once the wicked rob them of their voices. We owe them that. But we don't owe them our lives.
Kate Beckett: He said that we can't win this.
Captain Roy Montgomery: He's right. I've spent most of my life walking behind this badge, and I can tell you this for a fact... there are no victories, there's only the battle. And the best that you could hope for is that you find some place where you can make your stand. If this is your spot, I will stand with you.

Kate Beckett: Put the gun away, Roy.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Kate, I'm not going to jail for this. I can't put my family through that.
Kate Beckett: Why?
Captain Roy Montgomery: I was a rookie when it happened, Kate. McCallister and Raglan were heroes to me. I believed in what we were doing. We were just gonna snatch Pulgatti that night. Bob Armen wasn't even supposed to be there. Armen reached for my gun, that's when I heard the shot. I didn't even know it was my gun that went off until Armen went down. Then McCallister pulled me into the van. I remember him saying "It's okay, kid. It's not your fault. Happens in this town every day." McCallister and Raglan tried to drown it, but not me. I put it all into the job, Kate. I became the best cop I could be. And then when you walked into the 12th, I felt the hand of God. I knew He was giving me another chance, and I thought if I could protect you the way I should have protected her...
Kate Beckett: Did you kill my mother?
Captain Roy Montgomery: No, that was years later. But she died because of what we did that night.
Kate Beckett: Then who killed her?
Captain Roy Montgomery: I don't know how, but somehow he figured out what we had done, and he could have turned us all in. Instead he demanded the ransom money. He took that money to become what he is. And God forgive me, but that may be my greatest sin.
Kate Beckett: Give me a name. You owe me that, Roy.
Captain Roy Montgomery: No, Kate. I give you a name, I know you, you'll run straight at him. I might as well shoot you where you stand.
Kate Beckett: That's why you brought me here, isn't it? To kill me?
Captain Roy Montgomery: No, I brought you here to lure them.
Kate Beckett: You baited them?
Captain Roy Montgomery: [as a car approaches] And now they're coming. I need you to leave. They're coming to kill you, and I'm not gonna let 'em. I'm gonna end this.


"Castle: Knockdown (#3.13)" (2011)
Captain Roy Montgomery: The hell am I gonna do with you?
Kate Beckett: You're gonna let me work this case.
Captain Roy Montgomery: You're too close to it. It's all over your face. You're thinking "What was Raglan gonna tell me before he died?", when you should be thinking how you're gonna catch the guy that killed him.
Kate Beckett: Sir, Raglan was killed because he was gonna tell me something about my mother's case. Nobody knows it better than I do.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Yeah, but I know you. You're gonna pick up those scissors, run around the house with them. But I'm telling you now walk, don't run. Go where the evidence leads, not the other way around.

Captain Roy Montgomery: [after Beckett compromises her objectivity] As of this moment, you two are running point on Raglan's homicide.
Javier Esposito: Uh... Captain, my partner and I don't wish to be insubordinate.
Kevin Ryan: But we respectfully decline the assignment.
Captain Roy Montgomery: What does it say on my badge?
Javier Esposito: "Captain".
Captain Roy Montgomery: Now read the fine print. It says get your ass out there and solve Raglan's murder, before I bust you both back down to Traffic.
Javier Esposito, Kevin Ryan: Yes, sir.
Captain Roy Montgomery: You want to help her? Find that shooter. Solve the damn case.


"Castle: Suicide Squeeze (#2.15)" (2010)
Captain Roy Montgomery: [Beckett finishes questioning a suspect] Well?
Kate Beckett: We'll check his alibi, but my gut tells me it's not him.
Richard Castle: We should get a warrant, run his subscribers against any hate mail that the Vegas might have gotten.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Sure you got no cop in the Castle family tree?
Richard Castle: No, us Castles are mostly con artists and circus folk, sir.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Oh, I think there's a little cop in there somewhere.
[Montgomery leaves, while Beckett and Castle head back to her desk]
Kate Beckett: Con artists and circus people, huh?
Richard Castle: Yup. And mind readers.
Kate Beckett: Really? So tell me what I'm thinking.
[Castle stumbles, feigning pain, then puts his fingers to his temple]
Richard Castle: Ahh! You're thinking... you don't care and you want me to stop talking.
Kate Beckett: Ooh, that's uncanny.
Richard Castle: It's in the blood.

Captain Roy Montgomery: Let's find out why Vega comes back from Cuba and suddenly needs 200 grand.
Kate Beckett: Okay.
Javier Esposito: So where do you want to start?
Kate Beckett: You guys look into Vega's financials, see if we missed anything. Castle and I will start with Cuba.
Richard Castle: Cuba! Good idea. I'll bring the mojitos, you get the beach towels.
Kate Beckett: Oh, I don't know, Castle. Me in a swimsuit under the hot, blistering sun...
Richard Castle: I'd be happy to rub lotion on you.


"Castle: Deep in Death (#2.1)" (2009)
NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery: [after the morgue... mobile is hit by a car, Lanie the Medical Examiner is seeing if Castle is okay] Well?
Lanie Parish: [after flashing a light in Castle's eyes and pinching his ear] He'll live.
Kevin Ryan: What, no brain damage?
Lanie Parish: If he has some, it happened before tonight and it was probably self-inflicted.
Richard Castle: Ahh, good times.

NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery: [Beckett is, once again, mad at Castle] We had a deal, Beckett.
Kate Beckett: The deal is off.
NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery: What's the problem?
Kate Beckett: Not only does he have the bachelor party cop twins out there using him as a stripper pole while I make nicey-nice with the press, but you know what he said?
NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery: No.
Kate Beckett: He said that he has been instrumental in helping us solve crimes.
NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery: Well, hasn't he?
Kate Beckett: [avoiding the question] That's not the point.


"Castle: Law & Murder (#3.19)" (2011)
Captain Roy Montgomery: All the years I've been in command of the 12th Precinct, you know how many times the District Attorney has shown up? Once. Today.

Captain Roy Montgomery: I need that package, Lou. The one Joe McUsic sent you. I know you didn't get rid of it; it's not your style. Not the Louis Karnacki I know.
Lou Karnacki: Word of advice, Roy: just let this one pass you by.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Did you know Lyla Addison was murdered by her brother?
Lou Karnacki: First rule of being a lawyer is never ask a question you don't want an answer to.
Captain Roy Montgomery: I guess it's good I'm not a lawyer.
Lou Karnacki: Yeah, well, that's the problem with you cops, you live on the corner of black and white. But over here, on this side of the street, it's just gray.
Captain Roy Montgomery: You just put an innocent man up for murder. What's gray about that, Lou?
Lou Karnacki: Oh, come on, you gonna sing "Kumbaya" for Otis Williams? Otis Williams, what, theft, uh, aggravated assault, attempted murder. That's just the stuff we got him on.
Captain Roy Montgomery: But he didn't kill Lyla, Lou. He didn't kill her.
Lou Karnacki: It's for the greater good, Roy.
Captain Roy Montgomery: What, your run for the mayor's office?
Lou Karnacki: Think of what I can do for this city when I'm elected. Now, it takes money to get there. And the Addisons are keeping the war chest well-stocked. It's just how it's played. You know that.
[Montgomery reveals a wire under his tie]
Lou Karnacki: Listen to me, Roy. Listen to me: Roy Montgomery, Police Commissioner. Now, when I am elected, I will appoint you, I promise. You have my word on that. Think of what we could do for this city. You gotta let this go. Please.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Give me the package Joe McUsic sent you, and I'll put in a good word for you.


"Castle: Wrapped Up in Death (#2.19)" (2010)
Captain Roy Montgomery: There's no upside in screwing with things that you can't explain.


"Castle: Nanny McDead (#1.2)" (2009)
Captain Roy Montgomery: Esposito and Ryan pulled security tape from an elevator in the rear entrance.
Kevin Ryan: Front door has a 24-hour doorman.
Javier Esposito: This is the elevator's cam. Our victim gets on the elevator with the laundry basket. Takes it down to the basement, to put the kid's laundry into the washer.
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: Mm-hmm.
Javier Esposito: Few minutes later, gets back on, goes all the way back up to the apartment. Then about forty minutes later, rides the elevator back down to the basement again.
Kevin Ryan: We figured probably to take the kid's clothes out of the washer, put 'em in the dryer.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Camera never picks her up again.
Kevin Ryan: Only other person to ride the elevator down all the way to the basement during the next hour was the old lady who found the body.
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: So whoever attacked her must have used the stairwell, otherwise the camera would have caught him.
Kevin Ryan: We got... three maintenance workers on duty that day. We'll run their names tonight.
Richard Castle: Why only run the workers' names? Why not run all the neighbors' names?
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: What are you basing that on?
Richard Castle: I'm basing that on... the neighbor would make a better story.
[the group snickers derisively]
Richard Castle: No, come on. What do any of us know about our neighbors in this city? You think the guy living next door to the Son of Sam knew he was living next door to the Son of Sam?


"Castle: Little Girl Lost (#1.9)" (2009)
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: Sir, what's going on?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Two year old girl, Angela Candela, reported missing by her parents about 8:00 this morning.
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: Where'd they find the body?
Captain Roy Montgomery: They haven't found her. She was abducted. Father was in the other room painting.
Richard Castle: Kidnapped from her home?
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: I don't understand, sir. If this isn't a murder, why am I here?
Captain Roy Montgomery: The feds requested you to be on the task force.
Richard Castle: Feds?
NYPD Detective Kate Beckett: FBI has jurisdiction over child abduction cases.
Richard Castle: Then why call me?
Captain Roy Montgomery: 'Cause I like pissing off the FBI. And because you think outside the box. That's something the Feebs rarely do.


"Castle: One Man's Treasure (#2.10)" (2009)
Captain Roy Montgomery: Is that our vic's wife?
Kate Beckett: Fiancée.
Richard Castle: The wife is over there.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Come again?
Kate Beckett: [she and Castle nudge their heads one way] Fiancée.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Mm-hmm.
Kate Beckett: [she and Castle nudge their heads the other way] Wife.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Mm-hmm. Oh, boy.
Richard Castle: [excited whisper] I know. Isn't it delicious?


"Castle: A Deadly Affair (#3.1)" (2010)
Kate Beckett: [Castle was discovered at a crime scene with a gun in his hands] So you, being the expert veteran of dozens of crime scenes, decided to pick up the murder weapon to what, ensure that we had your prints?
Richard Castle: Maybe you missed the part where I said she was shot dead. When I heard the noises coming from the next room, I thought whoever killed her was coming back. So I picked up the gun to defend myself. It seemed like a very good idea at the time. That's when you, Esposito, and Annie Oakley come bursting through the door.
Captain Roy Montgomery: [in the observation room with Ryan and Esposito] Annie Oakley?
Kevin Ryan: I... kind of almost shot Castle.
[seeing Montgomery's look]
Kevin Ryan: What? He had a gun.


"Castle: Famous Last Words (#2.7)" (2009)
Richard Castle: Do you still have truant officers?
Roy Montgomery: [shrugs] Budget cuts.
Richard Castle: You are so lucky.
Javier Esposito: Found your stalker. Franco Marquez, AKA Frankie Markie. Hayley filed half a dozen complaints against him. Says here that he even tried to break into her apartment and when she filed against him he showed up in court and called her a...
[stops, looks at Castle and Alexis]
Javier Esposito: B-I-T-C-H.
Richard Castle: She can spell, Detective.
Kevin Ryan: Probably better then you!


"Castle: Slice of Death (#3.20)" (2011)
Captain Roy Montgomery: Did I hear right? You found a body in the oven at Terrific Nick's?
Kate Beckett: Authentic Nick's.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Authentic Nick's?
[relieved]
Captain Roy Montgomery: Oh, thank God. The wife loves Terrific Nick's. I didn't have the heart to tell her it now came in full-bodied flavor.


"Castle: Home Is Where the Heart Stops (#1.7)" (2009)
NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan: Why do you writers always call them "perps"?
Richard Castle: Isn't that what you call them?
NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan: Ah, we've got a whole lot of names for them. Pipehead, pisshead, orc, creep,
NYPD Detective Javier Esposito: Crook, knucklehead, chucklehead,
NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan: Churd, turd,
NYPD Detective Javier Esposito: Destro, scall,
NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan: Skexy, slicko, slick,
NYPD Detective Javier Esposito: Mope,
NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan: Sleekstak.
Richard Castle: [scribbling in his notepad] Slow down, slow down!
Kate Beckett: Suspects. We call them suspects.
Captain Roy Montgomery: I'm old school. I like dirtbag.
Richard Castle: Classic.


"Castle: 3XK (#3.6)" (2010)
Roy Montgomery: [profiling the triple killer] The feds say he's a white male, twenty-five to forty-five years old.
Richard Castle: [under his breath, to Beckett] Could be me.
Roy Montgomery: With a dysfunctional relationship with his mother.
Richard Castle: [sotto] Still me.
Roy Montgomery: He has a menial, unimportant job.
Kate Beckett: [sotto, to Castle] Definitely you.
Richard Castle: Just for that, I base my next book on Esposito.


"Castle: Lucky Stiff (#3.14)" (2011)
Richard Castle: Hey, Ryan, what would you do if you won the lottery?
Kevin Ryan: Winery.
Richard Castle: [to Beckett] See? Everyone thinks about it.
Captain Roy Montgomery: [approaching] Everybody thinks about what?
Richard Castle: What they would do if they won the lottery.
Captain Roy Montgomery: A big-ass boat, 60-footer. Monster spinnaker hanging off the bow, two deep-sea rods hanging off the stern.
Richard Castle: Sweet.
Kate Beckett: Okay, while you guys are fantasizing about the size of your rods, I'm gonna go and interrogate our suspect.


"Castle: To Love and Die in L.A. (#3.22)" (2011)
Captain Roy Montgomery: You heard from Beckett?
Javier Esposito: No, sir.
Kevin Ryan: Yeah, me neither.
Captain Roy Montgomery: She's not answering her cell.
Javier Esposito: Maybe she's airborne.
Kevin Ryan: Yeah, that would explain her phone being turned off.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Oh. You know, I'm trying to decide who is the worse liar. Him or you.
[Esposito nods at Ryan]


"Castle: Veritas (#6.22)" (2014)
[Beckett has found the recording Montgomery left for her]
Senator William H. Bracken: [on the recording] Raglan, shut the door. You three got a lot of balls coming here.
Captain Victoria Gates: Is that...
Richard Castle: Senator Bracken. Back when he was still Assistant D.A.
Captain Roy Montgomery: [on the recording] Look, we just want to make sure we're all on the same page.
Kate Beckett: And that's Montgomery.
Captain Roy Montgomery: You took us for a lot of money, Bracken. We want assurances.
Senator William H. Bracken: Hey, be happy I haven't busted the three of you for your little mafia extortion ring.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Whoa! Relax.
Senator William H. Bracken: No, no. You want assurances? Here you go. I assure you that as easily as I pinned Bob Armen's murder on Pulgatti, I could just as easily put it on the cops who actually did the deed.
Captain Victoria Gates: Bracken just admitted to blackmailing them.
Richard Castle: He sure did.
Captain Roy Montgomery: Pulgatti knows he's been framed. What if someone gets onto this?
Senator William H. Bracken: Then I'll handle them.
Captain Roy Montgomery: You? How?
Senator William H. Bracken: I know people, Roy. Dangerous people. Anyone gets too close, like that bitch lawyer Johanna Beckett who's been poking around, I'll have them killed. I've had people killed before.


"Castle: Pretty Dead (#3.23)" (2011)
Captain Roy Montgomery: Beckett, you're a woman, right?
Kate Beckett: Sir, I have no idea what to get your wife.
Richard Castle: Still no luck on the gift?
Captain Roy Montgomery: Keep coming up empty.
Richard Castle: The best thing to give a woman is something she said she wanted when she didn't think you were listening.
Captain Roy Montgomery: What if I wasn't listening?
Richard Castle: Gift certificate?


"Castle: Fool Me Once... (#2.4)" (2009)
Kevin Ryan: You know what I don't get?
Kate Beckett: Mm-hmm?
Kevin Ryan: Why go to so much trouble to create such an elaborate scam? Fletcher must have spent weeks going through all the prep work.
Kate Beckett: I can give you 50,000 reasons why.
Richard Castle: Yeah, but for con men, it's not just about the money. I mean, for them, it's about the game. The... the thrill they get from pulling a con, it's like a drug high.
Captain Roy Montgomery: [approaching] Con man was on drugs?
Kate Beckett: No, sir. Castle is just giving us psychological insight based on his extensive experience as a fraud.


"Castle: Hedge Fund Homeboys (#1.3)" (2009)
Kate Beckett: Look, I know everyone likes the violent drug dealer for this...
Captain Roy Montgomery: No, we love the violent drug dealer for this.
Kate Beckett: Only the violent drug dealer's story makes more sense than our witness's.
Richard Castle: Plus, and I know I'm new here, but aren't you supposed to arrest the right guy.