[Beckett enters Castle's loft]
Kate Beckett: [off-screen] Castle?
Richard Castle: [softly] Crap.
[Castle enters the living room from the bedroom]
Kate Beckett: Hey. So, I thought I'd see if Alexis remembers anything more about the man from the sketches.
Richard Castle: Yeah, about the man in the sketches... um... There's something you should know about him.
[Castle indicates she should follow him into the bedroom]
Kate Beckett: What?
[Castle leads her back to the bedroom, where Jackson is stitching up his gunshot wound]
Richard Castle: He's your future father-in-law.
[showing up on Castle's doorstep]
Jackson Hunt: Sorry to miss our meeting, but, uh, I was a little busy getting shot.
Kate Beckett: Castle, what if it rains?
Richard Castle: On our wedding day?
Kate Beckett: Mm-hmm.
Richard Castle: That's supposed to be good luck. But we'll find a venue that has an indoor area, just in case.
Kate Beckett: Even if we find the perfect place, it's not gonna be available until at least October.
Richard Castle: October! Harvest season. Perfect.
Kate Beckett: Perfect, except if you want my dad to walk me down the aisle. He's gonna be in Europe on the research project.
Richard Castle: Oh. Fine, we'll have a winter wedding.
Kate Beckett: Didn't we say we wanted to do it outside?
Richard Castle: Right. Yeah, frostbite isn't very festive. How about we get hitched, uh, spring of next year?
Kate Beckett: And what if I want to get married...
[grabs his rear]
Kate Beckett: ... sooner?
Richard Castle: Who could blame you?
Kate Beckett: Well, looks like the CIA wrapped all this up in a neat package.
Richard Castle: Yeah, with a bow, courtesy of my father.
Kate Beckett: At least Ted's killer was brought to justice, you know, in a... in a way.
Richard Castle: Yeah, Blaine killed Ted, but left his body at Coney Island. It was my *father* that moved the body. Now, he could've put it anywhere, but he took it to Ted's apartment. Do you know why?
Kate Beckett: To bring him into our jurisdiction.
Richard Castle: He wanted us to catch the case so he could work me for information.
Kate Beckett: Well, maybe he was just looking for a reason to see you again, and... this was his way.
Richard Castle: I keep making the mistake of thinking he's family. But he's not... You are... September.
Kate Beckett: What?
Richard Castle: We're getting married in September. It won't be too hot, it won't be too cold. It's in the Goldilocks zone. It's perfect.
Kate Beckett: Wait, wait. Castle, what about your book tour?
Richard Castle: Screw it. September.
Kate Beckett: I don't know, Castle, maybe we're being too ambitious. Well, maybe we should consider the spring of next year.
Richard Castle: I thought you didn't wanna wait that long?
Kate Beckett: Nah, I just... I want to be flexible.
Richard Castle: You already are flexible.
Richard Castle: You see what I did there?
Javier Esposito: [approaching] What's so funny?
Richard Castle: Well, actually, did you know Beckett can lift her...
Kate Beckett: [interrupting] No. Nothing. Hello? Nothing.
Richard Castle: I'll tell you later.
Javier Esposito: [in the victim's apartment] I don't get it. Why would the killer risk moving the body back here from the crime scene?
Richard Castle: Sounds like a case of "Weekend at Bernie's" gone wrong. No. No, wait. That would have to mean there's such a thing as a "Weekend at Bernie's" gone right.
Kate Beckett: We need to speak with Anderson Cross.
Receptionist: Let me see if he's available.
Richard Castle: [his phone rings] Excuse me.
Kate Beckett: Yeah.
Richard Castle: [answering phone] Castle.
Jackson Hunt: [on phone] Richard, something is about to happen, but you cannot react.
Richard Castle: I'm sorry. Who is this?
Jackson Hunt: Lives are at stake. Don't react.
Receptionist: Sorry, Mr. Cross isn't picking up. Oh, here he is. Mr. Cross, these people are here to see you.
[Cross enters - it's Jackson Hunt]
Jackson Hunt: Hello, there... I'm Anderson Cross.
Kate Beckett: Hi, I'm Detective Kate Beckett, NYPD.
Jackson Hunt: Detective Beckett, so nice to meet you.
Kate Beckett: And, uh, this is Richard Castle.
Jackson Hunt: Sorry, I didn't get the name.
Richard Castle: Uh, Richard. Richard Castle.
Jackson Hunt: So, why don't we go on into the conference room where we can talk?
Kate Beckett: Yes.
[Beckett heads in, leaving Castle and Hunt alone]
Richard Castle: [whispers] Dad?
Jackson Hunt: [firmly] Not a word.
Kate Beckett: Were you able to narrow down where Ted was killed?
Lanie Parish: No, but I did check his stomach contents and I can tell you this, approximately fifteen minutes before his death, Ted ate clams and funnel cake. Can you believe that? Ugh.
Kate Beckett: Lanie, you slice open dead people for a living and you're grossed out by that?
Lanie Parish: Even I have my limits.
Kate Beckett: Okay, fine. Clams and funnel cake. That sounds like he had amusement park food.
Richard Castle: Right. And the hydraulic fluid and red paint on Ted's clothes? He was at an amusement park and I can tell you which one.
Lanie Parish: How?
Richard Castle: Well, as a... connoisseur of carny food, there's only one amusement park that has both fried clams and funnel cake, and that park is...
Lanie Parish: Okay, you two creep me out when you do that shared brain thing.
Jackson Hunt: Let's run this just so we know we're all on the same page. Richard, what do you do?
Richard Castle: As soon as the Kingfish network goes online, I log in, I download the list.
Jackson Hunt: You don't just log in, you gotta be first.
Richard Castle: Right.
Martha Rodgers: But why does he have to be first?
Richard Castle: Because it locks out the Iranians from downloading the list.
Kate Beckett: Right. And while Castle's downloading, I'll track the signal using the Wi-Fi analyzer on my phone.
Martha Rodgers: You can find a spy on your phone?
Richard Castle: Mother, there's an app for everything now.
[Beckett discovers Castle and Martha harboring his father, a wanted fugitive]
Martha Rodgers: [sighs] Katherine, I want to say this isn't what it looks like, but it is.
Kate Beckett: Hey! Look who's back from paternity leave. So, how's Sara Grace?
Kevin Ryan: Oh, man, I tell ya, she is just my perfect little angel.
[shows Beckett and Esposito a picture on his phone]
Kate Beckett: Oh, she's so cute. Wow. Is it me or, or does she... look a lot like Esposito?
Javier Esposito: Yeah, she does.
Kate Beckett: Wow.
Kevin Ryan: Really, Beckett? I expected that from jackass, but not from you.
Richard Castle: Hey! Beckett, we got something.
[cut to them in a room with Tory]
Richard Castle: Now, Ted's laptop is like Fort Knox on steroids. But Tory found some unscrambled artifacts in the registry to a service set identifier.
[Beckett give him a look]
Richard Castle: I don't know what that means, either, but she got really excited about it.
Tory Ellis: And here's why. Yesterday, at 7:19 p.m., Ted connected to a dedicated server of a private computer network. I traced the network. It belongs to... Universal Banking Solutions. They're based in Chicago, but have satellite offices all over the world, including Manhattan, which is where Ted connected.
Richard Castle: Now, according to the website, Universal Banking Solutions handles strategic and tactical procurements for international clients.
Kate Beckett: And what does that mean?
Richard Castle: I-I don't know. I was just reading the screen there.
Kate Beckett: I don't know, Castle, maybe your mom's right. I think elopement's a great idea. There's no planning, no lists. All we do is, we just get married.
Richard Castle: Beckett, I promise you, there is a perfect date for our perfect wedding and we will find it. Trust me.
Kate Beckett: I do.
Richard Castle: Oh, wedding humor. Nice.
Jackson Hunt: Ted Rollins, your victim. What have you learned?
Richard Castle: What have I lea... I'm sorry, until a year ago I had no idea who you were, and now you come out of the blue and the only thing you have to say is, "What have you learned?" How about a, "Hello, son. How you been?"
Jackson Hunt: You're getting emotional. And now's not the time.
Richard Castle: Really? 'Cause it's been about forty years. So when would be a good time?
Jackson Hunt: With what I do? Never. Or did you forget what happened in Paris?
Richard Castle: No. How can I forget?
Jackson Hunt: Well, then stop acting like you did. You know what I do. You know who I am. I let my guard down, people die.
Martha Rodgers: Richard, look... the only thing we really know about him is that we don't know him. Me? I had... one night with him. You? A day in Paris. Lean on the people you trust. Call Katherine. Tell her what's going on.
[someone knocks on their door]
Martha Rodgers: I'll get that.
Richard Castle: And what if he's telling the truth?
Martha Rodgers: [off-screen] What if he isn't?
[having been shot and talking Castle through removing the bullet]
Jackson Hunt: Okay, now make an incision through the wound, about an inch long.
[Martha hands Castle an X-Acto knife]
Martha Rodgers: Here you go.
Richard Castle: Okay. About an inch.
[Jackson grunts as Castle makes the incision]
Richard Castle: Okay.
Martha Rodgers: Ooh.
Jackson Hunt: All right, now here comes the fun part. Carefully, and I do mean carefully, pull the slug out.
[Martha hands Castle a pair of pliers]
Jackson Hunt: But do me a favor. Try not to make *my* nose light up, huh?
[Martha laughs sarcastically]
Richard Castle: Right. Okay.
[he digs into the wound for the bullet]
Richard Castle: I think I have it... I got it.
[he pulls the pliers out, empty handed]
Martha Rodgers: Oh!
Richard Castle: I don't got it. Sorry.
Martha Rodgers: Careful, Richard.
Jackson Hunt: Now that you know how not to do it, why don't you try the other way?
Richard Castle: So, you wanna tell us how you got shot?
Jackson Hunt: Not particularly.
Richard Castle: What about the three guards you murdered while escaping from prison? You want to tell us about that?
Jackson Hunt: Don't believe everything you read.
Richard Castle: So you didn't kill 'em?
Jackson Hunt: I work outside the system. Which means I need an effective cover. Hired assassin, wanted by Uncle Sam... opens a lot of doors.
Richard Castle: I was gonna tell you, I swear.
Kate Beckett: *When*? After you *patched* him up, sent him on his merry way? He's wanted by the government. You are harboring a fugitive!
Richard Castle: That's just his cover.
Kate Beckett: And you know that how? Because *he* told you?
Richard Castle: Because of Paris and because he's my father.
Kate Beckett: He is not your father. He made that choice a long time ago. This man is *my* suspect. Now, you know what I have to do, right?
Jackson Hunt: Well, there was a massive breach at the CIA. Someone hacked the files containing the identities of our deep-cover operatives.
Richard Castle: Do you know who?
Jackson Hunt: No. But it was an inside job at the highest level. That's why they called me. Because I'm outside. My orders were to find the mole and recover the files.
Kate Beckett: What does any of this have to do with Ted?
Jackson Hunt: Ted was one of my best guys. I recruited him to help me find Gemini.
Martha Rodgers: Gemini?
Jackson Hunt: Code name for the mole. He was planning on selling the DCO list. But we couldn't find him. If these files get out, the consequences will be very real. Then yesterday we had a breakthrough. Ted identified the buyer, and he signaled me to meet so he could tell me who it was, but, uh...
Richard Castle: But Gemini got there first. *He* killed Ted.
Jackson Hunt: Leaving me SOL. Until you told me about the Iranian rial.
Kate Beckett: You... You told him about the rial?
Richard Castle: I...
Jackson Hunt: Ted left that as a fail-safe message... about the buyer.
Richard Castle: Right. It's old-school spy craft. But... Gemini knows all the old tricks, so he took that coin to throw you off his scent.
Jackson Hunt: Yeah. Once I found out the Iranians were involved, I traced Ted's trail back to an apartment on East 38th Street across from the Iranian mission. Only Gemini got there ahead of me.
Jackson Hunt: And he ambushed you.
Jackson Hunt: From a rooftop across the way. Soon as I opened the door, all hell broke loose. But I'm good at hell. And I made my way back to the car, but he was right on my tail. I had to drive into the East River just to get away from him.
Kate Beckett: Look, this is an *incredible* story and I can see where Castle gets his talent, but it doesn't mean that any of what you said is true.
Jackson Hunt: You don't believe me?
Kate Beckett: Mm-mm.
Jackson Hunt: Well, turn on the news.
Richard Castle: You've got under two minutes.
Kate Beckett: Castle, I'm at the stairs and the signal's gotten weak again. Did I pass him?
Richard Castle: Wait a minute... Wait, we are demonstrating two-dimensional thinking here, like Khan in "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan".
Kate Beckett: Khan didn't realize that the "Enterprise" was below him.
Richard Castle: Right. So if we are the "Enterprise", that means Gemini is...
Kate Beckett: Is above us.
Jackson Hunt: Well, after the shootout at the apartment, I knew I was blown. But I still had to recover this list.
Richard Castle: So to keep the upper hand, you let Beckett and me walk into a trap. We could have been killed.
Jackson Hunt: I would never let anything happen to you two.
Richard Castle: The way you never let anything happen to Ted?
Jackson Hunt: There are reasons I have to do what I do, Richard. One day you'll understand.
Man on Phone: [on phone] 911. What's your emergency?... Hello? Is anybody there?... Do you need assistance? Are you in danger?
Richard Castle: Okay, I boiled everything, just like you said. But I have to warn you, my only other experience with surgery involved a board game and a guy whose nose lit up when I made a mistake.
Jackson Hunt: Martha, hand me the needle and thread.
Martha Rodgers: Uhh... Okay, here it is. And here we go.
[gives them to Hunt]
Martha Rodgers: All right. You've stitched yourself up before, I take it?
Jackson Hunt: At least this time I got a needle.