A woman wakes to find her boyfriend murdered in her apartment. She eludes police and takes hostages and waits for Castle to help her. Castle believes she has been framed, and works with the team to prove her innocence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Riggs
Aaron Stokes
Sgt. Roman
Raymond Vance
Mickey Gerhardt
Julian Carter


Ex-cop Angelo Vasquez, reformed since ten years but unemployed, was murdered in the home of his fiancée, Emma Briggs. She ran, took hostages in a dentist practice and asks only for Castle, whom she claims to trust, unlike the police, to prove her innocence of the murder. Becket now is the one officially out of the loop, yet allowed to work with the team. They find out incriminating elements from Emma's past, yet castle keeps finding interpretations potentially in her favor while believing in her being framed, so elaborately it requires brains and clout, which both turn up. Written by KGF Vissers

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The lead hostage negotiator is introduced as Sgt. Roman, a likely nod to the character, Danny Roman, played by Samuel L Jackson in The Negotiator (1998). Other pieces of dialogue are suggestive of this homage. See more »


Near the beginning of the episode, when Beckett is complaining about getting fired from her government job, she says she hasn't been out of work since she was fifteen. But in Castle: Always, she is suspended by Captain Gates and chooses instead to resign from the NYPD. And when she wants to return at the end of Castle: After the Storm, she is required to serve out said suspension for three months. See more »


[during a struggle between Emma and Mickey for Emma's gun, Castle is shot in his vest]
Richard Castle: Wow, it worked!
[looking down at where the bullet impacted]
Richard Castle: [ecstatic] She dotted the "I"!
Kate Beckett: [hugging him tightly, relieved he's okay] Yes!
Richard Castle: AHH! Chest. Ooh! That hurts.
Kate Beckett: [letting him go] All right. Yeah, well, getting hit with a projectile traveling at a thousand feet per second's gonna... sting a bit.
Richard Castle: Yeah, I think that's gonna leave a mark.
Kate Beckett: All that matters is you're okay now.
Richard Castle: Oh, I'm better than okay, Beckett. I ...
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References Misery (1990) See more »


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Written by Robert Duncan
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