[Castle, Beckett, and Ryan are huddled together in the break room]
Javier Esposito: What are you guys doing?
Kevin Ryan: Hiding from creepy Beckett.
Kevin Ryan: [watching Natalie, who is dressed like Beckett, in the bullpen] We really should have a code word so we all know which Beckett to kill when her clone army attacks.
Kate Beckett: Unless we make a preemptive strike.
[in the break room with Castle, watching Natalie at the murder board]
Kate Beckett: Do I really do that?
Richard Castle: Yes... and it's adorable.
Kate Beckett: If it's so adorable why didn't you sleep with me?
[Castle looks at her in surprise]
Kate Beckett: Her-me, not me-me.
[Castle dislikes the actress playing Nikki Heat]
Richard Castle: Nikki Heat... is classy, she's complicated. She's a... thinking man's cop.
Kate Beckett: No, we can't judge a book by its cover.
Richard Castle: Yes, actually. Yes, I can, when it's my book.
[as she enters the precinct with Natalie and Castle]
Kate Beckett: And, oh... I'm so sorry everyone is staring. I already talked to them, but it's just... It's not every day we get someone famous in here.
[Castle looks at Beckett, insulted]
[Natalie has purchased a costume that resembles Beckett's outfit]
Kate Beckett: [whispers] You cannot tell me that that is *normal*.
Richard Castle: She's just committed to the role.
[Castle hurries to follow Natalie out the door]
Kate Beckett: You should be flattered.
Kate Beckett: [to herself] Yeah... sure... Until she steals my boyfriend and kills me in my *sleep*.
Kate Beckett: Can we talk for a second?
Richard Castle: Sure.
[Beckett pulls him away from Natalie as fast as she can]
Kate Beckett: She took my *coffee*, Castle.
Richard Castle: It's just coffee.
Kate Beckett: Then what's next? My soul? Everything I do, she does. Even when I'm thinking, I can feel her in my head like some kind of a brain-eating parasite from one of her movies.
Natalie Rhodes: Can I ask you a question?
Kate Beckett: Sure.
Natalie Rhodes: Is Castle gay?
[Beckett spit takes her coffee in surprise]
Kate Beckett: I'm sorry, what? No. No.
Natalie Rhodes: Then you two are an item, but you're... sworn to secrecy, right?
Kate Beckett: No, we are not an item. Why?
Natalie Rhodes: [sighs] Last night, I invited him back to my place, and he said something to me I have never from a man before.
Kate Beckett: What?
Natalie Rhodes: "No."
Kate Beckett: No?
Natalie Rhodes: I don't get it. He's into you, but you're determined not to give in to these feelings that you clearly have for him. So he *fantasizes* about you through his writing. It's literally verbal masturbation.
[after a serious misunderstanding]
Jenny Duffy-O'Malley: I hate you, Kevin Ryan!
[watching Natalie Rhodes' audition tape for Nikki Heat]
Natalie Rhodes: [as Nikki] Game over, and you lose, Tom... Drop it.
Male Actor: [as Tom] Put down the gun or I swear I'll blow his head off.
Natalie Rhodes: [as Nikki] You know I can't do that, Tom.
Male Actor: [as Tom, shouting] You think I'm kidding around here, Detective Heat?
Natalie Rhodes: [as Nikki] No, I don't. I think you feel trapped and you're serious as hell! But right now, I need you to think about the people who love you, and they need you to put down that gun.
Richard Castle: [pausing the video] I can't take it anymore.
Martha Rodgers: And your books are not exactly Shakespeare.
Richard Castle: Thank you. I was just hoping to elevate their stature... by not casting the chainsaw-wielding hooker from "Hallowscream".
Alexis Castle: Hey, I liked that movie.
[Castle gives her a look]
Alexis Castle: If I had seen it, which I haven't.
[Castle's phone rings and he looks at it]
Richard Castle: It's Beckett. She is gonna *hate* the idea of Natalie Rhodes.
Alexis Castle: Pick it up, Dad. A murder will make you feel better.
[Castle watching Natalie Rhodes' audition tape for Nikki Heat again as Alexis comes in]
Alexis Castle: Torturing yourself?
Richard Castle: [pauses video] Reconsidering... actually. I think there's more to her than I thought.
Alexis Castle: I think she might surprise you. She did this great emotional scene in "Knife 3-D". It was actually pretty moving.
[Castle give her a look]
Alexis Castle: If I'd seen it, which I haven't.
[Castle and Beckett in a room when Natalie walks wearing a sexy version of Beckett's outfit]
Richard Castle: [quietly in surprise] Just like I dreamed it.
[Beckett turns and looks at him]
Richard Castle: Did I say that out loud?