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#319 : Un homme en colère

Résumé : Lors de la plaidoirie du procureur dans le procès d'Otis Williams, condamné pour le meurtre d'une célèbre héritière, l'un des jurés se lève et s'effondre et meurt en plein tribunal. Persuadée de la culpabilité de Williams, qui gagne ainsi une annulation du jugement, Beckett doit rapidement trouver les preuves nécessaires sous la pression des médias et du procureur, un ami de Montgomery qui souhaite à tout prix résoudre l'affaire pour sa carrière politique. L'équipe parvient à conclure que le juré a été empoisonné, mais les indices soulèvent peu à peu des questions inattendues...
De son côté, Castle constate qu'Alexis lui ment, et décide d'utiliser la localisation GPS de son téléphone pour la surveiller, ce qui n'est pas sans conséquences.


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Titre VO
Law & Murder"

Titre VF
Un homme en colère

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Réalisation : Jeff Bleckner
Scénario : Terence Paul Winter

Distribution principale : 

Distribution secondaire: 

  • Jeremy Glazer (Nick Keller)
  • Jesse Hlubik (Joe Treese)
  • Bruce Davison (Lou Karnacki)
  • Houston Rhines (Stephen Atwater)
  • Jim Meskimen (Randolph Atwater)
  • Ray Stoney (Otis Williams)
  • Kwame Patterson (Wardell Williams)


At the courthouse.

Lou Karnacki: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the evidence tells us well beyond a reasonable doubt that Otis Williams is guilty. Now, he shot and killed Lila Addison. And for what? For her car. A car. But that was not the end of Mr. William's savagery. He tossed her body into a trunk and went on a joy ride . Now, the defense can make up any stories they want, but those stories do not negate the facts. And the facts are that Mr. Williams was caught in the victim's car, his fingerprints were all over it, and her blood was on his clothes. The true administration of justice is the firmest…

The sound starts to mute as one of the jurors begins to shake violently.

Lou Karnacki: Foundation of good government. Now, this should be a challenge to each and every one of you. You are the twelve people in this world that can bring justice to Lila Addison.

The juror finally loses it and stumbles out of the juror's box.

Joe McUsic: Help me! Help me! Help… Me…

The juror collapses on the floor and dies.

Judge Fitz: Order. Order! Call the paramedics.

Man: Come here and help.

Castle gags on a drink Martha gave him.

Castle: Are you trying to kill me? What's in this?

Martha: Everything you need for a healthier and longer life.

Castle pulls a leaf out of his mouth.

Castle: What is the sense in living longer if you have to drink that?

Martha: Ah, that's the stuff.

Castle: Ugh.

Alexis: Good morning.

Martha: Good morning, darling.

Castle: Hey. Hey, why aren't you in school?

Alexis: It's faculty development day.

Castle: Perfect, because do you know what's playing at the Angelica? Forbidden Planet, Leslie Nielson long before his comic glory. Do you remember how much you used to love this?

Alexis: Mm-hmm.

Castle: Want to go with me?

Alexis: I'm sorry, I can't. I made plans to spend the day in the Village.

Alexis takes a sip from the glass that Castle gagged on.

Alexis: Mm, delicious. Um, bye, Grams.

Martha: Thank you.

Alexis: Bye, Dad.

Castle: Bye.

Martha: Ahh.

Alexis leaves quickly.

Castle: Mother, did you see that? Alexis lied.

Martha: She did not. She loves my breakfast smoothies.

Castle: No, no. Not about that. About where she's going today. Her nose crinkled. That's her tell.

Martha: Oh, honey, come on. This is not the World Series of Poker.

Castle: I'm telling you, she's up to something. What about you? You want to go to the movies?

Martha: No can do, kiddo. Got to meet with my contractor at the studio.

Castle: Well, then it looks like I'm going by myself.

Castle's cell rings.

Castle: Or maybe... Not at all. For Richard Castle, press one.

Castle enters with his standard two cups of coffee.

Castle: Hey.

Beckett: Hey.

Castle: Why were there news vans out front?

Castle hands Beckett her coffee.

Beckett: Because of who our victim is. Joe McUsic.

Castle: Who?

Beckett: Juror Number Seven in the Lila Addison case.

Castle: The Addison case! Seriously, what happened?

Beckett: He dropped dead during the closing argument. Lanie thinks that he was poisoned.

Castle pulls out his phone and starts texting.

Castle: Heir to the Addison fortune is murdered and, during the trial, a juror is murdered as well. This has all the makings of a John Grisham novel.

Beckett: What are you doing?

Castle: I'm, uh, texting my poker group, calling dibs on this story.

In the autopsy room.

Lanie: It was poison, alright. Pink lividity, the smell of bitter almonds. Test strip came back positive for cyanide.

Castle: Cyanide? That is fantastic.

Lanie gives him a look.

Castle: Unless you're the juror.

Lanie: There were no puncture marks on the body, so it was ingested.

Beckett: That's an odd way to kill.

Castle: Not for Nazis or evil dictators.

Beckett: How did he ingest it?

Lanie: Brownish stains in his mouth indicate he recently had coffee. Maybe it was in there.

Beckett: After he consumed the poison, how long before he died?

Lanie: No more than fifteen minutes. According to the court clerk, Mr. McUsic arrived this morning at 8:37, and died at approximately 9:13.

Beckett: Fifteen minutes. That means that he was poisoned at the courthouse.

Castle: Mm-hmm. And who benefits from a dead juror?

Beckett: The defendant.

Castle: Then we agree.

Ryan hands Beckett a file.

Ryan: The defendant. Otis Williams. This guy's a real dirty bag's dirt bag.

Beckett: Grand theft auto, aggravated assault, attempted murder.

Castle: Dirt bag trifecta. Which means, if convicted, he'd go away for a long time.

Esposito: Life without parole. I bet the D.A. would ask for the needle if New York still had the death penalty.

Ryan: They caught him in a stolen car with Lila Addison's body in the trunk. They got his fingerprints, traces of the victim's blood. This guy's way past guilty.

Castle: So, this is jury intimidation at its finest. You kill a juror, you not only guarantee a mistrial, but it also serves as a warning for any future jurors on a retrial. I mean, who wants to serve on a jury if there's a chance of being killed?

Ryan: But we know Otis didn't do it. He's been incarcerated since his arrest.

Beckett: He might've had an accomplice. Whoever poisoned Joe McUsic somehow did it in this building fifteen minutes before he died.

Ryan: I'll get with security, pull the surveillance footage from all the corridors and common rooms.

Esposito: I'll talk to the jurors. Someone might've seen something.

Beckett: Alright.

Ryan and Esposito take off. Beckett looks down the hall at Otis Williams with his attorney and police escort.

Beckett: Why don't we what Mr. Otis Williams has to say for himself? Counsellor! Detective Beckett. I'd like to speak with your client.

Nick Keller: Detective, anything we have to say about Lila Addison, we've said during the trial.

Beckett: I'm not here about Miss Addison. I'm here about Juror Number Seven.

Nick Keller: Okay, what about him?

Beckett: He was murdered.

Nick Keller: Murdered? I thought he died of a seizure or some other natural cause.

Castle: There's nothing natural about cyanide poisoning.

Nick Keller: Okay, look. My client doesn't know anything about that, and there's no way I'm letting him talk to you. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're due in court. Let's go.

At the courthouse.

Judge Fitz: In light of the shocking circumstances of Juror Number Seven's death, it is my belief that this particular jury is no longer capable of reaching a fair verdict. Therefore, I have no choice but to declare a mistrial.

Lou Karnacki: Uh, Your Honour, the people intend to re-file charges.

Judge Fitz: Noted. Until then, Mr. Williams will be remanded. This hearing is adjourned.

Randolph Addison: You call this justice, Your Honour?! After what he did to my daughter?!

Judge Fitz leaves the courtroom in a hurry. Randolph turns to Williams.

Randolph Addison: You monster.

Stephen stops his dad from attacking Williams.

Stephen Addison: Dad! Dad. Don't. Let's go home.

Castle: Looks like Otis's plan is working.

Beckett: Yeah, for now.

Ryan goes over the courthouse surveillance footage.

Beckett: Ryan, you find anything yet?

Ryan: Not yet. The building has a lot of cameras. Even though we have a very narrow time frame, it's gonna take a couple hours to get through all of it.

Esposito: Maybe we're wrong about the defendant. Maybe we should be looking at a juror.

Beckett: What do you mean?

Esposito hands Beckett a file.

Esposito: Tony Mueller, Juror Number Four. He's been missing since the murder. He was no show for one of our interviews, he's not answering his cell, and neighbours saw him leave his apartment with an overnight bag.

Beckett: Alright, keep an eye out for him on the video.

Esposito: I already got an APB out on him.

Beckett: Oh, you do?

Esposito: Mm-hmm.

Beckett: Good.

Montgomery: Beckett. The brother of your dead juror's here.

In the interview lounge.

Eddie McUsic: Thought courtrooms were supposed to be safe.

Beckett: I'm so sorry, Mr. McUsic. We're doing everything we can to figure it out.

Eddie McUsic: Man, who would want to hurt Joe?

Beckett: Well, you know, it might not have to do with your brother. It might have to do with the jury that he served on. Did you know that he assigned the Addison trial?

Eddie McUsic: No. No, I just knew he had jury duty.

Beckett: Can you think of any reasons why your brother might've been biased either toward or against the defendant?

Eddie McUsic: When he was a kid, my brother had a few scrapes with the law. But he cleaned his life up. He believed in second chances. That's why he ran the halfway house. What he didn't believe in were third, fourth, fifth chances. He'd been out there long enough to know some folks can't be rehabilitated.

Beckett: Do you know if your brother had any problems with anyone at work? I mean, given the kinds of people that he dealt with.

Eddie McUsic: No. Joe had a way with folks. He'd look out for people.

Castle and Beckett exit the break room with mugs of coffee.

Castle: Do you think Joe was chosen at random? Or do you think he was killed because of his background?

Beckett: Well, since this isn't, in fact, a Grisham novel, I thought I'd keep an open mind. Hey, Ryan, can you look into Joe McUsic's halfway house, see if he had any problems with anyone there?

Ryan: I already spoke with his staff. They don't remember any conflicts, but they're sending over a list of residents in case.

Esposito: Yo. Our missing juror? Troopers picked him up crossing the GW bridge. They're bringing him in now.

In the interrogation.

Beckett: You were leaving town in a hurry, Mr. Mueller. Any reason why?

Tony Mueller: Isn't it obvious? I'm marked for death, man.

Castle: Marked for death?

Tony Mueller: I didn't ask for jury duty. I was summoned. They said show up at this time at this place. They failed to mention that the defendant's homeboy was gonna kill me.

Castle: The defendant's homeboy?

Tony Mueller: Yeah. This big, scary, black guy.

Beckett: Exactly what happened, Mr. Mueller?

Tony Mueller: Yesterday, this guy follows me into the courthouse bathroom and starts chatting me up about the trial.

Beckett: Did he give you his name?

Tony Mueller: No. No, but he's going on and on about how Otis Williams is innocent, and how he's being railroaded by the system. And then this morning, I see the same guy on the defendant's side of the gallery in the front row, eyeballing me.

Beckett: Have you ever seen him with Joe?

Tony Mueller: Yes! Which is why, when I saw Joe bite it right in front of me, I knew I was next! And why should I die? I was only trying to fulfill my civic responsibilities!

In the hallway.

Beckett: Thank you for coming in, Mr. Mueller. Now, do you think you'll be able to describe to our sketch artist?

Tony Mueller: He… He's a big, scary, black guy.

Castle: It might help if you're just a little more specific.

Tony Mueller: Uh, okay. Um, well… Like I said, he's a… He's a big, he's… Scary, black guy... Named Wardell Williams, the defendant's cousin.

Beckett: I didn't… I thought you didn't know who he was.

Tony Mueller: I didn't, but there he is!

Mueller points to the TV screen mounted behind Beckett.

Ryan: W… Are… Are you sure?

Tony Mueller: Yeah.

Beckett: Why?

Ryan: While you guys were in the box with Mr. Mueller, I found this on courthouse surveillance. See, that's Joe the juror at the coffee machine roughly fourteen minutes before his death, right in our kill zone.

In the video, they see a man approach Joe at the vending machines.

Beckett: Cousin Wardell.

Ryan: And watch this.

Wardell hands Joe his coffee cup.

Castle: Looks like he makes a killer cup of Joe.

Beckett shoots him a look.

Castle: Too soon.

Beckett shows Wardell the coffee vending surveillance video.

Wardell Williams: You're not trying to accuse me of murder with this half-assed version of a Zapruder film?

Beckett: You and Otis were more than just cousins. Grew up in the same household. More like brothers.

Wardell Williams: Yeah, me an O tight. So, what?

Castle: So, it makes sense you'd do anything for him, including kill a juror on his murder trial.

Wardell Williams: Man, y'all reaching.

Beckett: Are we? You talked to jurors. That's jury tampering.

Wardell Williams: So, accusing one black man of a murder he didn't commit isn't good enough for you. What y'all trying for the deadly double? And I talked to a gang of folks in that courthouse. How'm I supposed to know which one of them is a juror?

Castle: Well, the juror badges on their shirts might've been a hint.

Beckett: Using video surveillance footage, CSU managed to pull Joe's coffee cup out of the garbage. They're testing it for cyanide. Why don't you just come clean while we still got a deal to make.

Wardell hits the table and bolts out of his chair.

Wardell Williams: Man, I told you! I ain't do nothing!

Beckett: Wardell, sit down! Before I make you sit down.

Wardell Williams: So, obviously, you must be the bad cop. Guess that makes you the good cop.

Points to Castle.

Castle: Actually, I'm not a cop.

Wardell Williams: Oh, you not a cop?

Beckett: Mr. Castle is a writer. He consults with the department on occasion.

Wardell Williams: Oh. So, that's how you two do it.

Points to Beckett.

Wardell Williams: You tell the lies…

Points to Castle.

Wardell Williams:… You print the lies? Man, y'all framing me just like they did my cousin. Man, this whole damn thing's a conspiracy.

Beckett: Wardell, be serious.

Wardell Williams: 'Ch'y'on't think I'm serious? Then tell me, why of all the lawyers in the city, the District Attorney is trying Otis's case? You don't think it's 'cause he's running for mayor and he wants to lock my cousin up so all his rich, powerful, white friends can feel safe?

Beckett: Look, you're not doing yourself any favours right now.

Wardell Williams: Now, you just got it all worked out, huh? Man, you got my cousin, O, pulling a bigger Thomas. And you got me poisoning this man to get him off.

Castle: Looks that way.

Wardell Williams: Well, looks don't make it so. Looks like I'm poisoning this man's coffee. And really, all I did was hand it to him.

Near the bullpen.

Beckett: Hey, Esposito.

Esposito: Mm?

Beckett: Can you get a warrant for Wardell's place? See if there's any traces of cyanide.

Esposito: You got it.

Castle: And, as they say in legalese, asked and answered. It's too bad. I was hoping there would be a little more to the story than that.

Castle checks his phone.

Castle: Hmm.

Beckett: "Hmm," what?

Castle: Alexis said she'd be in the village today, but she's over in Williamsburg.

Beckett: Well, how do you know she's in Williamsburg?

Castle: GPS tracked her phone.

Beckett: You tracked her phone?

Castle: Yeah, super cool app I just downloaded. I can see where she is at any time.

Beckett: Does she know that you're doing this?

Castle laughs.

Castle: What, are you kidding? No, she'd kill me.

Beckett: And be justified.

Castle: I'm her father. If something's going on, I… I need to know. A lot of parents will go through their kids' drawers or computers.

Castle holds up his phone.

Castle: Far less intrusive.

Beckett stares at Castle in disbelief.

Beckett: Beckett.

At the autopsy room.

Lanie: Joe's cyanide laced coffee cup. CSU found both Joe and Wardell's prints on it, but there was something very important missing. Cyanide.

Beckett/Castle: Really?

Lanie: Really.

Beckett: Well, how was he poisoned?

Lanie: During the autopsy, I discovered cyanide residue in a prescription time-release capsule.

Castle: So, Joe had a prescription for cyanide?
Lanie: No. He had a prescription for corticosteroids. According to his physician, he took one every morning for symptoms from lupus. It looks like the killer switched out the contents of Joe's capsule, and replaced it with the cyanide.

Beckett: Okay. So then, when Joe was taking his medications, he unknowingly poisoned himself.

Lanie: But here's the rub. Since the cyanide was in a time-release capsule designed not to dissolve in stomach acid, but in the intestines…

Castle: Our timeline is all screwed up.

Beckett: Ugh.

Lanie: Yep. Turns out Joe was poisoned almost one hour before his death, at 8:13 this morning.

Beckett: That's before he even got to the courthouse.

Castle: Which means the killer probably wasn't there, either.

Beckett: So then, Joe's death might not have anything to do with the trial.

Castle: Well, we learned three very important things. Firstly, our killer is diabolical. You let someone unwittingly kill themselves? Pure evil. Second, our killer knew Joe, or at least knew his habits. Third, our killer was a woman.

Beckett: Hmm?

Castle: Statistically speaking, poisonings are almost always carried out by the fairer sex.

Beckett: Ah, but you are missing one very important detail, Castle.

Castle: Enlighten me.

Beckett: Our killer had access to Joe's medications. Medications that he did not keep on him. So, therefore, our killer had access to…

Castle: His apartment.

Beckett: Bingo.

Ryan knocks on the door as he and Esposito enter.

Ryan: NYPD.

Esposito: You know, the murder of Joe the juror is a real tragedy.

Ryan: Isn't every murder a tragedy?

Esposito: Yes, every murder's a tragedy, but Joe is special. He was a juvenile delinquent who reformed himself. A born again citizen who believed in the system and helped out ex-cons. And what did he get for his trouble?

Esposito shows Ryan the prescription in the medicine cabinet.

Ryan: Hmm. Pill full of poison.

Esposito: Mm-hmm.

Ryan: Cowards die many times before their death, the valiant never taste of death but once.

Esposito: Bro, you're not Castle.

Ryan: Yeah, I know I'm not Castle.

Esposito: Then stop trying to talk like him.

Ryan: What? I'm not allowed to reference the Bard?

Ryan and Esposito move into another room and see a door close. They draw their guns.

Ryan: I'm a renaissance man.

Esposito: Memorizing one quote does not make you a renaissance man.

Ryan: What if I memorize two?

Esposito: Have you memorized two?

Esposito moves to the side of the door. Ryan hangs back to cover him.

Ryan: No, but what if I did?

Esposito: Depends on the quote.

Esposito starts to open the door. A man pushes the rest of the way out and tries to make a break for it. Ryan flips him over his shoulder.

Esposito: Now, who the hell are you?

In the interrogation room.

Ryan: Hank Ponzell, former resident of Joe McUsic's halfway house. Until you were kicked out when Joe denied your extension.

Esposito: That had to make you mad, huh, Hank?

Hank Ponzell: You don't understand.

Esposito: Oh, no, I think we do. Joe kicked you to the curb and you poisoned him. Lab report shows that every one of these capsules tested positive for cyanide.

Hank Ponzell: If I poisoned him, why would I still be in his apartment?

Ryan: To take the rest of the poison and pills away, so we couldn't find them, so you could hide your tracks.

Hank Ponzell: I was out of the apartment all day. Anyone could've gotten in there. And I would never hurt Joe. He was my friend.

Ryan: Friends like him, huh?

Esposito: Right.

Hank Ponzell: I didn't poison him. Joe was letting me stay there, okay? I maxed out my time at the halfway house and didn't have a place to go. Joe broke the rules and let me crash with him.

Esposito: Then why were you playing hide and go seek in his closet?

Hank Ponzell: I'm a felon on parole. I hear cops and my ex-con instincts kick in.

Esposito: Okay. If you were there on the up and up, tell us, was Joe in any kind of trouble?

Ryan: Look, buddy, I don't think you appreciate the situation you're in. You are on parole, and you're up to your neck in a homicide investigation. Now, you better start talking, or we're gonna have you back in Sing Sing before the evening roll call.

Hank Ponzell: Alright. Joe had me run errands for him, okay? Pick up laundry, go to Bodegas, stuff like that. A few weeks ago, he gave me an envelope and told me to take it to this lady.

Esposito: What was in the envelope?

Hank Ponzell: Cash. Like two grand. But I don't know what it was for, I swear. Joe always talked about how he got out of the criminal life, but maybe he still had a foot in.

Esposito: Who was this lady that you were delivered the envelope to?

At the courthouse.

Beckett: Miss Jenkins?

Sandy Jenkins: Yes?

Beckett badges her and Sandy has an "I'm busted" look on her face.

Beckett: Do you live at 3751 West End Ave?

Sandy Jenkins: Yes.

Beckett: We need to chat.

Sandy Jenkins: I did it. I did it, I did it.

Castle: You killed him?

Sandy Jenkins: Oh, my god, no! Of course not! Why would you think that?

Castle: Because you just said, "I did it."

Sandy Jenkins: Oh, no, no, not murder. No, god. I… I did something else. Something awful.

Beckett: Miss Jenkins, you're the court clerk. Why did Joe McUsic give you that much money?

Sandy Jenkins: He paid me to put him on that jury.

In the interrogation room.

Sandy Jenkins: Joe McUsic came to me and said he wanted to serve his jury duty. I didn't see the harm.

Beckett: Sure, I mean, especially if you're gonna make a profit.

Sandy Jenkins: My roommate moved out two months ago. I needed the cash for rent, and I figured, who's gonna know? I mean, it's jury duty. Please, please, don't send me to prison. All day long I… I see the women who get sent there and I can't hack it. I'll be some lifer's bitch before breakfast.

Beckett: Okay. Joe specifically asked to be on Otis Williams' trial?

Sandy Jenkins: Yes. He was insistent about getting on that jury pool.

Beckett: Did he tell you why?

Sandy Jenkins: No. It was the Lila Addison case, so I figured maybe he wanted to write a tell all book about it or something. I swear, all I did was put him in the pool. He got through jury selection on his own.

At Montgomery's office.

Beckett: Ryan and Esposito looked at Joe's computer. There's no evidence that he was writing a book or even taking notes on the trial.

Montgomery: So, our murdered juror just bought himself onto the jury, and we still have no idea why?

Castle: A murder, a mystery, wrapped up inside a courtroom thriller? I can't believe John Grisham hasn't written this book.

Montgomery: Wish he had. Maybe then we'd know what was so special about that trial to Joe.

Beckett: Well, maybe Joe had a personal connection to the trial, to the victim Lila Addison, or to the defendant, Otis Williams.

Montgomery: Doesn't Joe have a juvie record?

Beckett: Mm-hmm.

Montgomery: What if he knew Otis from back in the day? They could've gotten arrested together, or maybe spent some time in the same juvenile hall.

Beckett: That's a good idea. I'll look into it.

Montgomery: Meanwhile, I'll have Lila Addison's case file sent over from seven four. And you should check in with the family. Could be a connection there.

Beckett: Okay. Goodnight, Castle.

Castle: Night.

At Castle’s loft.

Alexis: Hey, Dad. Writing?

Castle: Yeah. How was your day? D'you have a good time in the Village?

Alexis: Yeah.

Castle: Go anywhere else?

Alexis: Uh, no. Just stayed in the Village.

Castle: Really? I mean, New York is a big city. Lots of boroughs.

Alexis: Yeah, but I just stayed in Manhattan.

Castle: So, you didn't go to, uh, Brooklyn? Williamsburg is beautiful this time of year.

Alexis: How did you know?

Castle: A friend of mine told me. You went there, he saw you.

Alexis: What friend?

Castle: Close friend. JJ. Adams.

Alexis: Nose twitch. That's your tell. You're lying!

Castle: No, I'm not.

Alexis: Then who's JJ Adams?

Castle: He's a friend of mine.

Alexis: Wait. JJ Adams was Leslie Nielsen's character name in Forbidden Planet. You're totally lying! How did you know where I was? Are you having me followed? Monitoring my metro card? Checking my credit ? My phone. Dad, tell me you are not tracking my phone.

Castle: Okay, look, this is not about what I did. It's about what you did. You lied to me.

Alexis: Says the man who violated his daughter's civil rights.

Castle: Okay, technically I would have to be the government to violate…

Alexis: You're tracking my every move!

Castle: Not you're every move!

Alexis: Welcome to George Orwell's 1984 with my father as Big Brother.

Castle: This isn't about…

Alexis: What's next? A chip in my brain?

Castle: Whatever it takes when you're keeping secrets from me.

Alexis: You know what? If you're so interested in what I'm doing, why don't you ask your phone? I'm sure there's an app for that.

Alexis storms up the stairs.

In the hallway.

Beckett: You had it coming, Castle. I mean, you have the best kid in the world and you treated her like a common criminal.

Castle: Maybe she is, though. I still don't know why she lied about going to Williamsburg.

Beckett: And you probably never will. Unless you plan on water boarding her.

Castle: Honestly, is what I did so wrong?

Beckett: I don't really think that it matters to Alexis. I mean, you broke her trust.

Castle: Yeah. I know. So, what do I do now?

Beckett: Win it back. Come on, Lila's family's waiting.

Beckett shows the family a photo of Joe McUsic.

Randolph Addison: No, I've never seen him outside of the jury box. Then again he was a...

Lou Karnacki: A juror bribing his way onto a trial. I've never in my twenty-five years as a prosecutor seen anything like it.

Montgomery: Mr. Addison, is it at all possible that your daughter knew this man?

Randolph Addison: No. Stephen?

Stephen Addison: I know most of my sister's friends. He's not one of them. And if he was, why would he have done this? Why would he put my sister's shot at justice in jeopardy?

In the hallway.

Lou Karnacki: Roy, I don't think I need to tell you how catastrophic this could be to the city's legal system. Now, I need Joe McUsic's murder solved.

Montgomery: How bad are things Lou?

Lou Karnacki: It's pretty bad. Just this morning at Voir Dire I had potential jurors expressing fears for their own personal safety. Now, the people of New York need to be assured that they are protected. Keep me in the loop.

Montgomery: All the years I've been in command of the Twelfth Precinct, you know how many times the District Attorney has shown up? Once. Today. You heard the man, let's get to work.

Beckett: Yes, sir.

The team flips through files.

Castle: There is no Joe connection to Lila Addison. There's nothing in her financials, her murder file, her e-mails, her texts, not even her yearbook. Joe and Lila have absolutely nothing in common.

Beckett: It's like the two of them didn't even live on the same planet.

Esposito: Same goes with Joe and Otis.

Beckett: There's no Joe connection in the juvie files?

Esposito: No. Not even close. Joe and Otis were sent to different juvie halls at different times and they ran in opposite neighbourhoods.

Beckett: So, why the hell did he want to get on that jury so bad?

Ryan: Wait a minute. I think I got something.

Beckett: You have a connection?

Ryan: According to his credit card, Joe purchased a pay-as-you-go cell phone from an electronics store a couple months back.

Castle notices something about the photo sitting on the table in front of him.

Esposito: So?

Ryan: So, he already had a cell phone. What's he need a burner phone for? Especially an anonymous one. And if he is using it, where is it?

Castle pulls out his phone and starts to look for something on it.

Beckett: Alright, take a crew to his apartment, see what you can find. That might be the break that we need.

Esposito: Yeah.

Beckett: Castle? Castle, can you stop playing around?

Castle: Actually, I'm not playing around. I'm a little busy blowing this case wide open. This is a photograph of the Lookie-Lous at Lila's crime scene. This has a little magnification app.

Castle uses his photo app on the photo.

Castle: Recognize anyone?

Beckett: It's Joe! He was at Lila Addison's crime scene.

Esposito: Why would he be there?

Castle: Only three reasons for a civilian to be at a murder scene. One, they're dead. Two, they just happen to be in the immediate area. Or three, it's out killer and he couldn't resist the compulsion to return to the scene of the crime. And which number do you think Joe is?

Beckett: I'm gonna go with three.

Castle: He's our victim and our killer.

Esposito: Nice.

Esposito slaps Castle on the back.

Castle: Ah.

Esposito: Sorry.

Near the bullpen.

Castle: Joe McUsic, victim and killer? This is the best twist yet. Joe served on the jury of a murder he committed.

Beckett: Yeah, but if Joe literally got away with murder, why would he risk it all and bribe his way onto the jury?

Castle: Maybe he felt compelled to save an innocent man. Maybe he wanted to create reasonable doubt in the deliberation room to get Otis off, just like Henry Fonda in Twelve Angry Men.

Beckett: Or maybe he got onto the jury because he wanted to make sure that an innocent Otis got convicted of his crime.

Castle: No, I like my killer with a conscience theory better.

Beckett: Yeah, well, like your theory all you want. Mine is less convoluted and contrived.

Esposito: Hate to burst bubbles, but you're both wrong. Joe didn't kill Lila. He had an alibi. I did background on the halfway house. On the night Lila was killed, Joe was at a fundraiser
Beckett: He was there until midnight.

Castle: And Lila was killed between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Esposito: So, if he didn't kill her, why did he want to be on the jury so bad?

Beckett: And why was he at the crime scene?

Castle: Okay, so we know that Joe was a juror with a hidden agenda. He was embroiled in a high profile case being tried by the D.A. himself. But before he could accomplish what he set out to do, he was struck down by powerful, shadowy forces.

Beckett stares intensely at the murder board photos.

Castle: What?

Beckett: There's gotta be something that we're missing. There has to be a tangible connection between Joe and our defendant, or Joe and our victim.

Ryan: Or between Joe and somebody else entirely. I found the phone. It was hiding behind some books in the bookcase. Joe made fourteen calls with it, all to the same number. District Lou Karnacki's office.

Castle: Looks like the D.A. was out of order.

In the interview lounge.

Beckett: Mrs. Craig…

Dawn Craig: Oh, please, call me Dawn.

Beckett: Dawn, you are a District Attorney's administrative assistant?

Dawn Craig: Yes, ever since he came into office.

Beckett: Do you remember ever receiving any phone calls from a Joe McUsic?

Dawn Craig: Ooh. Uh...we get hundreds of calls every day and that name doesn't sound familiar.

Castle: We have reason to believe he called numerous times. He may have said it was regarding the Otis Williams case.

Dawn Craig: Oh, uh, yeah, I did get a series of bizarre anonymous calls from a man claiming that Otis Williams was innocent.

Castle: That would be Joe. Did he ever speak to the D.A.?

Dawn Craig: No. I never put him through. I figured he was a wacko. You know, we get a lot of these calls and half my job is to filter out the legitimate calls from the crackpots.
Beckett: Did he ever mention anything else?

Dawn Craig: Yeah, he said he had evidence that would exonerate Otis Williams and how he was gonna mail it to the District Attorney's office.

Castle: Did you ever get that package?

Dawn Craig: Not that I know of.

Beckett: Uh, Dawn, most of these phone calls are under two minutes long, but then there's this one at 10:14 p.m. It's over ten minutes long. Is there any chance that you took that phone call?
Dawn Craig: Oh. No. I never stay past seven.

Castle: How late does the D.A. work?

Dawn is about to answer when the D.A. bursts into the room.

Lou Karnacki: This conversation is over.

Dawn stands up surprised and nervous. She gathers her things and hurries out.

In the hallway/At Montgomey's office.

Lou Karnacki: This the way you keep me in the loop, Roy?

Montgomery: It's a fast-moving case, Lou. My team just followed the evidence where it led them.

Lou Karnacki: Don't give me that! We've known each other too long!

Beckett: Mr. Karnacki, Joe McUsic made several phone calls to your office; one of them lasted over ten minutes. Did you speak to him, sir?

Lou Karnacki: The dead juror?

Beckett: Yes.

Lou Karnacki: No. 'Course not.

Castle: Did he send you any evidence that was relevant to the Otis Williams case?

Lou Karnacki: Excuse me, I don't think we've been introduced. I'm the guy that can get you banned from this precinct.

He turns on Beckett next.

Lou Karnacki: And I can have you transferred to the harbour unit!

Montgomery: Lou. You said you wanted this murder squared away. That's all we're doing.

Lou Karnacki: No, what you're doing is sneaking around behind my back. Now, the next time you want an interview, you call. And don't you ever, ever drag one of my staff down here without my knowledge again!

Lou storms out.

Montgomery: You called in the D.A.'s personal assistant without informing him?

Beckett: Sir, I'm sorry. I was… I…

Montgomery: It was a smart move. Don't you see what just happened? He could've called and asked why his assistant was here, but he came in person.

Beckett: He wanted to stop the interview.

Castle: He's hiding something.

Near the bullpen.

Castle: Wardell Williams was right. It's a… Conspiracy.

Castle enters and sees Beckett already writing "conspiracy D.A. Karnacki" on the murder board.

Beckett: I agree. I know, weird.

Castle: Yeah. Weird. But good, because that's just the tip of the iceberg. Are you ready for the Titanic?

Beckett: Yes?

Castle: I did a little digging on the internet. Guess who the D.A.'s largest campaign contributors were on his last election?

Beckett: Who?

Castle: Randolph and Andrea Addison, Lila's parents. Here's what I'm thinking. Devastated parents demand justice, insist that the D.A. try the case personally, maybe even suggest to Karnacki that he needs to put Lila's killer away in order to secure their political support.

Beckett: Of course. And Karnacki agreed because it was gonna be an easy case. I mean, they already had Otis Williams. It was open and shut.

Castle: Until Joe starts calling, insisting that Otis is innocent, which is bad for Karnacki. Actually, in the end, bad for Joe.

Beckett: You know, but it's still doesn't explain why Joe bought into the jury pool or why he thought that Otis Williams was innocent. I mean, if he had exonerating evidence, where is it? We've looked everywhere. We've talked to everyone.

Castle: Not everyone.

Beckett and Castle sit across from Otis and his attorney.

Nick Keller: As I said before, we're not here to discuss the Lila Addison case.

Beckett: Neither are we. We're here to talk about Joe McUsic's murder, Juror Number Seven.

Nick Keller: You're not still suggesting that my client had something to do with that?

Castle: Uh, we are open to the idea that Mr. Williams may not be guilty of either murder.

Beckett: Look, we think that you might be able to help yourself by helping us find the real killer.

Keller turns to Otis. Otis nods. Beckett slides a photo across the table.

Beckett: This is Joe McUsic. Had you ever seen him before the trial?

Otis Williams: Mm-mm.

Castle: He claimed to have evidence proving your innocence. Do you have any idea what that evidence might be?

Otis Williams: How am I supposed to know?

Beckett: He bought his way onto the jury in order to get you acquitted, and then he got murdered for it.

Otis Williams: Well, look, I'm sorry he's dead. I appreciate my man putting himself out like that for me, but I don't know how to help y'all.

Beckett: Mr. Williams, if you didn't kill Lila, then we need to figure out who did.

Castle: You were first on the scene. Any detail you can remember, no matter how obscure, might help us.

Otis looks at his attorney. Keller nods.

Otis Williams: A'ight. It was late. Just got off my job, you know? Walking home when I saw that sweet 760i just sitting there, keys in the ignition. I knew I should've passed it by, but I always wanted to drive a 760. So, I jumped in.

Beckett: I'm sorry, we need details. So, did you see anyone?

Otis Williams: No.

Castle: Was there anything around the car?

Beckett: Anything that might suggest someone else had been there? Cigarette butts? Uh, chewing gum?

Castle: Shoe prints, heel prints...

Otis Williams: Nah, nothing like that.

Beckett: Okay, um...what happened next?

Otis Williams: I slid in the ride, pulled the seat up, hit the ignition…

Beckett: Wait, wait. Did you say that you pulled the seat up?

Otis Williams: Yeah.

Beckett: Are you sure?

Otis Williams: Yeah, I'm sure. That bad boy was all the way back. So, I hit the button on the side to move it up.

Beckett: Lila was all of five foot nothing. There's no reason for that seat to have been all the way back.

Castle: Somebody else was driving that car. Most likely, our killer.

Beckett: And our killer would have to press the seat back button in order to move it. Did CSU check for prints?

Nick Keller: The steering wheel and the dash. The only prints they found were my client' s. So, when they caught him behind the wheel, I don't think they put much effort into it.

Keller hands the file to Beckett.

Beckett: Lila's car's still at the impound pending the trial. We can still have CSU print the seat controls.

Beckett's on hold on the phone.

Castle: The seat back button. What a great detail for a murder mystery.

Beckett: Only if we get a print.

Castle: Yes. Otherwise, we'll just be looking for tall people.
Beckett: Yeah.

Beckett sees Alexis enter behind Castle.

Alexis: Dad.

Castle: Uh… Hey. Everything all right?

Alexis and Castle walk arm in arm through the precinct.

Alexis: I'm sorry for yelling at you last…

Castle: No, no, I… I violated your trust. I shouldn't've spied on you. It was wrong. And I want you to see this.

Castle pulls out his phone.

Castle: I am deleting that app now and forever. Okay? Gone. So...I'm sorry. Forgive me?

Alexis nods.

Alexis: But will you forgive me?

Castle: Of course. So, tell me, what happened in Williamsburg?

Castle and Alexis sit down on a bench.

Alexis: Two days ago, a bunch of us went to Kina's of Brooklyn; it's a boutique. And my friends thought it'd be cool if we all took something a couple things.

Castle: You shop…

Castle stops for a moment as a Uniform passes by.

Castle: You were shoplifting?

Alexis: I couldn't, but my friends did and they said I was chicken.

Castle: So, you went back to finish the job to impress your friends.

Alexis: No, I went back to pay for what they stole. I couldn't just let someone get cheated like that. I took money out of my savings and went back to the store.

Alexis pauses as another Uniform goes by.

Alexis: When I got there, I put cash on the counter with a note and ran out as fast as I could.

Castle: I don't know whether to be angry or proud. What friends were you with?

Alexis: Doesn't matter.

Castle: Well, of course it matters. How would you hang…

Alexis: Who I was with is off the table. I'm not gonna nark on them.

Castle: Again, angry and proud. One question, though. If you didn't take anything, why did you feel responsible?

Alexis: Because they're my friends. I guess somebody had to. It was the right thing to do.

Castle: Don't you think...they should be the ones paying…

Alexis: Dad.

Castle: Why are you even friends with these girls in the first place?

Alexis: It's not that simple.

Castle takes Alexis's hand.

Castle: No, you're right. It never is, is it?

Beckett walks around the corner and stops to back out of their private moment.

Beckett: Oh, sorry.

Alexis: Uh, no, Detective Beckett. Stay. I was just leaving. It won't happen again, Dad. Promise.

Alexis puts her hand on her Dad's shoulder and walks down the hall.

Beckett: You okay?

Castle: Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Beckett: Mm, tell me about it.

Beckett indicates the paper she's holding.

Castle: Is that the CSU report?

Beckett nods.

Beckett: Two sets of prints on the seat controls. Otis's are on the seat up button.

Castle: And on the seat back?

Beckett: Go look for yourself.

Beckett hands him the file.

Castle: You gotta be kidding me.

In the interrogation room.

Beckett: This is the fingerprint that we pulled off of Lila Addison's car seat controls and this is your fingerprint that we have on file. They are a match.

Eddie McUsic: There must be some mistake.

Beckett: There is no mistake. You were in Lila Addison's car the night that she was killed.

Eddie McUsic: I didn't even know Lila.

Castle: Yeah, you did. We showed your picture around. You're a bartender at the Kiwi Seven Lounge. They pay you under the table cash.

Beckett: Lila's a silent partner. You still want to go with the story that you don't know her? I think that you killed her, and then you dumped her body in her trunk.

Castle: What you didn't count on was the guilt. You had to get it off your chest, so you told Joe. But your brother, he was an honorable man.

Beckett: He wasn't gonna rat you out, but he wasn't gonna let an innocent man go to jail for life.

Castle: So, he called the D.A. When that didn't work, he got on the jury. But you-- you found out, and you realized you wouldn't be safe as long as he was alive.

Beckett: And then you slipped into his apartment, and you dosed his meds with cyanide.

Eddie McUsic: Dosed his meds?

Castle: Making you the worst brother since Cane.

Eddie McUsic: That isn't what happened.

Beckett: Then what happened?

Eddie doesn't say anything.

Beckett: K.

She and Castle get up and Beckett gathers her papers.

Eddie McUsic: Whoa, wait, wha... Wait!

Eddie bolts out of his chair.

Eddie McUsic: I was there, but I didn't kill her! And I didn't kill my brother! But it doesn't really matter what I say, you won't believe me anyway!

Beckett: Well, considering you're other choice is murder one, I would roll the dice.

They sit back down.

Eddie McUsic: Stephen killed Lila. Stephen Addison, her brother. And we had talked about Joe's condition. Stephen must've seen Joe on that jury and killed him, too. Stephen and Lila were a pair of rich, spoiled, coke-fiends who needed to make a drug run. So, they had me drive. Stephen screwing around with this gun. This little trust fund gangster thinks he's so badass till we hit a pothole an bang!

Castle: The gun went off and hit Lila.

Eddie McUsic: She died instantly. I freaked, but Stephen threatened to point the finger at me if I told the truth.

Montgomery watches from Observation.

Eddie McUsic: I'm so scared. I'm… I'm just a nobody! He's got million dollar lawyers! We put her body in the trunk.

Beckett: And you dumped the car?

Eddie McUsic: Stephen said, if we left it in the ghetto, the cops would think it was a carjacking gone wrong.

Beckett: And then what happened?

Eddie McUsic: We tossed the bloody clothes in a dumpster. And I went to see Joe at his fundraiser and I told him what happened. He said we couldn't leave Lila in a trunk like that. But by the time Joe got there, the cops had already pulled over that black guy. So, Joe went to that dumpster and got Stephen's bloody clothes as insurance.

Castle: That must be what Joe sent to the D.A.

Eddie McUsic: It's all my fault. My brother's dead and it's all my fault.

Beckett: We can place Stephen at Lila's bar that night, but without physical evidence, all we have is Eddie's word. What do you think we should do, sir?

Montgomery: I'm sorry, Detective. Looks like there's nothing you can do.

Castle: What are you saying? Just let them get away with it?

Montgomery: Did I say that?

Beckett: Sir, where are you goin?

Montgomery: To see an old friend.

In the District attorney's office, Montgomery enters.

Lou Karnacki: Hey. How'd you get in here?

Montgomery shows him the badge on his belt.

Montgomery: Used my key to the city.

Lou Karnacki: Ha. You, uh, you want a drink? I just got my hands on this brilliant bottle of 1875 Saint Miriam.

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.

Montgomery: Did you know Lila Addison was murdered by her brother?

Lou Karnacki: First rule of being a lawyer's never ask a question you don't want an answer to.

Montgomery: 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 grey.

Montgomery: You just put an innocent man up for murder. What's grey about that, Lou?

Lou Karnacki: Aw, 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!

Montgomery: But he didn't kill Lila, Lou. He didn't kill her.

Lou Karnacki: It's for the greater good, 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, 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 flips his tie, revealing a microphone wire.

Lou Karnacki: Listen to me, Roy. Listen to me.

Karnacki grabs Montgomery's arm to make him stay.

Lou Karnacki: Roy Montgomery, Police Commissioner. Now, when I am elected, I will appoint you. I promise. Have my word on that. Think of what we could do for this city. You gotta let this go. Please.

Montgomery: Give me the package Joe McUsic sent you and I'll put in a good word for you.

Ryan cuffs Stephen Addison and he and Esposito escort him down the hall.

Beckett: Preliminary lab results indicate that Stephen's clothes had Lila's blood on it.

Castle: Eddie was telling the truth.

Beckett: And CSU found traces of cyanide in Stephen's apartment.

Montgomery: Young Mr. Addison is going down for both murders. Negligent homicide for his sister, and murder one for poisoning Joe McUsic.

Castle: What happens to Eddie?

Montgomery: We'll charge him with accessory after the fact, but I'll push for probation. I'll call the D.A. Well, whoever the Mayor appoints as acting D.A.

Beckett: Sir, I'm sorry about your friend.

Montgomery: Yeah. I mean, Lou screwed up, he did, but that doesn't take away from the good he's done.

Castle: It's unfortunate that, despite all that good, he's only gonna be remembered for this one bad thing.

Montgomery: Nice work, you two. Goodnight.

Montgomery exits quickly.

Castle: So, plans with Josh tonight?

Beckett: No, he's on shift. I was thinking of sneaking off to the Angelica. Forbidden Planet's playing.

Castle: Forbidden Planet, is, uh, is that the one with the robot?

Beckett: You've never seen Forbidden Planet?

Castle: More of a Star Wars, Matrix guy myself.

Beckett: Oh, my gosh. Castle, this is the movie that inspired those two. That's it, I'm taking you. My treat.

Castle: Oh, no, no. I… I have plans.

Beckett: Nope. Not anymore.

Castle grins behind her back as he follows her to the elevator.

Castle: Alright, well, can I have, uh, candy and popcorn?

Beckett: Sure. Oh, Castle, you're gonna love this. This is Leslie Nielsen before he became a comic genius.

Castle: Really?

Beckett: Yeah.

Castle: Can we stop at Remy's for burgers after?

Beckett: Now you're pushing it.

Castle: Oh, I'm kidding.

Beckett: Okay. So, it starts off with this...

They step into the elevator and Castle grins impishly as the doors close.

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