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Martha Rodgers Castle

Martha Rodgers

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Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress, with credits in daytime and ...

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Martha Rodgers Quotes

08x08 - Mr. & Mrs. Castle Season 8 / Episode 8: - Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Richard Castle: [to Alexis and Martha] Ah, my two favorite redheads. And what are you doing here?
Alexis Castle: We wanted to know how your anniversary went.
Martha Rodgers: And we came prepared either way.

Martha Rodgers: Tears, or...

Martha Rodgers: ...cheers. Which one is it, kiddo?

Richard Castle: Guys, it was great. And when I say "great", I mean after the last few weeks, it was *great*.
Alexis Castle: Does this mean you and Beckett are back together?
Richard Castle: Uh... well, no, this means, uh... we're making progress. And I'm gonna, you know, keep the mojo going by wriggling my way into her homicide cases.
08x08 - Mr. & Mrs. Castle Season 8 / Episode 8: - Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Martha Rodgers: I am so pleased about you and Katherine.
Richard Castle: Thank you.
Martha Rodgers: Try not to blow it.
08x08 - Mr. & Mrs. Castle Season 8 / Episode 8: - Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Martha Rodgers: I told you, if you can't tell your mother what you're doing, you should not be doing it.
Richard Castle: Yes, when I was eight.
Martha Rodgers: Well, exactly. And you should know better by now.
Richard Castle: My wife is in trouble. I have to know what's going on. I have to help her. I have to protect her.
Martha Rodgers: No, you have to trust her.
Richard Castle: But it's finally starting to make sense. Don't you see, mother? Beckett broke up with me right after Allison Hyde's death.

Richard Castle: That's also when she partnered with Vikram.
Hayley Vargas: So we have to ask ourselves what if Allison Hyde didn't kill herself? What if she was murdered?
Richard Castle: Yes. By the same people who murdered Senator Bracken and Beckett's former team at the A.G.
Hayley Vargas: And of course, Vikram used to work at the A.G.'s office. What if Kate brought him in to secretly help her investigate those murders?
Richard Castle: Can you hack Vikram's firewall?
Hayley Vargas: Sure. It'll take a while.
Martha Rodgers: Richard... Look, regardless of what Katherine is doing and why, are you sure that you want to do this? Because if she finds out that you are spying, you may just have crossed a line you cannot uncross.
Richard Castle: She may just get herself killed. She's left me no other choice.
Martha Rodgers: There's always another choice.
Hayley Vargas: So, what's it gonna be, Rick?
Richard Castle: I have to know. No matter the consequence. Do it.
08x07 - The Last Seduction Season 8 / Episode 7: - The Last Seduction

Richard Castle: So, let me get this straight: you want me to see a divorce attorney tomorrow, on my wedding anniversary.
Kevin Ryan: To pose as a client.
Martha Rodgers: No, no, no. I don't think so, Richard. Does Katherine know about this?
Kevin Ryan: Uh, no. No. And, um, she's not going to. Best to give her, uh, plausible deniability in case this thing goes sideways.
08x06 - Cool Boys Season 8 / Episode 6: - Cool Boys

Alexis Castle: DEFCON 1. Slaughter is here.
Richard Castle: Here? Like right behind the door here?
Alexis Castle: Yeah.
Richard Castle: What does he want?
Alexis Castle: I don't know. He just said he was an old friend.
Richard Castle: That can't be good.
Martha Rodgers: Is that the old friend who almost got you killed a few years ago?
Richard Castle: Yeah, like six times.
08x06 - Cool Boys Season 8 / Episode 6: - Cool Boys

Martha Rodgers: How you holding up, kiddo?
Richard Castle: [wearily] Ohh... this separation thing is getting really old.
Martha Rodgers: I know. But Katherine is at a crossroads. The loss she suffered when she was young has just changed her in ways that she's just now beginning to realize. Can your mother give you a little unsolicited advice?
Richard Castle: No.
Martha Rodgers: Too bad. I need to work on my material.
Richard Castle: Your material?
Martha Rodgers: Didn't I tell you? I'm writing a book. "Unsolicited Advice" by Martha Rodgers.
Richard Castle: That's... that's actually a great idea.
Martha Rodgers: I know, isn't it? Oh, and your agent loved it, too.
Richard Castle: My agent?
Martha Rodgers: Never you mind that. Just listen: have faith. Things between you and Katherine have a tendency to just work themselves out. I think it's probably good that she's out of town for a couple of days, because a little time apart is just what you need.
08x06 - Cool Boys Season 8 / Episode 6: - Cool Boys

Det. Ethan Slaughter: We got some business to discuss.
Martha Rodgers: What kind of business?
Det. Ethan Slaughter: Ma'am, I don't believe we've had the pleasure.
Martha Rodgers: Don't "ma'am" me, darling. I'm Martha Rodgers. Richard Castle is my son, and the last time you two did business together, he was on anti-anxiety medication for a month.
Richard Castle: [seeing Slaughter's expression, trying to laugh it off] She's kidding. Kidder.

Richard Castle: It's just... It was just a few weeks.
08x06 - Cool Boys Season 8 / Episode 6: - Cool Boys

Det. Ethan Slaughter: [Castle has declined Slaughter's offer to consult on a case] Okay. You don't have to tell me twice. I got it. Great to see you again, Sherlock. I had some stories I was gonna tell you to help you with your next book, like this time I was chasing this cartel hit team through the sewers for three days. But that's just gonna have to be for another time. Ciao.

Richard Castle: [tempted] Cartel hit team?
Martha Rodgers: Be strong, Richard.
Richard Castle: In sewers?

08x05 - The Nose Season 8 / Episode 5: - The Nose

Mia Laszlo: [in awe of meeting Martha] Martha Rodgers.
Martha Rodgers: Yes. I'm sorry, have we met?
Mia Laszlo: Uh, May 19, 1999. I saw you perform in "Pippin".
Martha Rodgers: [gasp] Oh, my god... you remember that? Oh, yeah. Off-off-Broadway.
Richard Castle: Uh, mother, that was New Jersey.
Martha Rodgers: Off-off-Broadway, as I said. Well, isn't this nice? So you liked the production?
Mia Laszlo: No. Hated it. Plus, the theater smelled like limburger gravy on a hot summer's day. But you... you were amazing.
Richard Castle: Really? So, all day with a best-selling author, nothing. Twenty seconds with my mother, you're a tweener at a Taylor Swift concert?
Martha Rodgers: Don't be a hater, Richard. It's the power of theater.
08x03 - PhDead Season 8 / Episode 3: - PhDead

Richard Castle: Good morning, my lovelies. Isn't it great to be alive?
Martha Rodgers: Richard, are you feeling okay?
Richard Castle: Never better. Because I know how to win Beckett back.
Alexis Castle: Is she wanting to be won back?
Richard Castle: When we first met, it was my roguish charm that caused Beckett to drop her guard, but it was my Sherlockian skills that made her fall in love with me. I just have to solve a few cases with her to show her that together, we are still magic.
07x23 - Hollander’s Woods Season 7 / Episode 23: - Hollander’s Woods

Richard Castle: [putting a large portrait of himself on the counter] Boom! "Hello. I'm serious and brooding Richard Castle."

Richard Castle: "And I am friendly, accessible, ruggedly handsome Richard Castle."
Alexis Castle: Wow, dad, could your head get any bigger?
Richard Castle: Can you blame me? I'm accepting the Poe's Pen career achievement award. It is the biggest honor a mystery writer can get. I am joining the pantheon of greats to whose heights I have always aspired, so... which big head?
Kate Beckett: Uh... I like the ruggedly handsome, smiling giant you.
Alexis Castle: Hmm... I like the serious, brooding giant you.
Richard Castle: Oh. All right, mother, you are the tie breaker. Which of these should be hanging behind me at the ceremony next week?
Martha Rodgers: Darling, you know I refuse to play favorites. I love both of my son's big heads equally.
07x22 - Dead From New York Season 7 / Episode 22: - Dead From New York

Richard Castle: [Reading Twitter reviews of her preview on Broadway] Martha Rodgers is amazeballs.
Martha Rodgers: Yeah, now, about that. Is that amazeballs a good thing?
Richard Castle: It sure is. Congratulations.
07x22 - Dead From New York Season 7 / Episode 22: - Dead From New York

Richard Castle: So, previews tonight. Pretty exciting, huh? Come on. "Is he dead?".
Martha Rodgers: Wrong question. Am I dead? You know, I don't know what I'm thinking. Eight performances a week, major play, on Broadway.
Richard Castle: You've been on Broadway before.
Martha Rodgers: Yeah, well, for... not since the Clinton administration. And now it's all viral; bloggers, tweeters. You know people actually come to the previews, record the show on their phone, put it online, and make comments.
Richard Castle: And you don't feel your performance is ready?
Martha Rodgers: Well, I just... I... I'm still honing my performance. That's what a... that's what previews are for, and I just... I just don't want to be humiliated. When I got this part, I thought "Well, hey, there's a chance, you know. This could be my second act."
Richard Castle: It is.
Martha Rodgers: No, it isn't. It isn't. I'm not gonna have a second act. I... I think what I need to do is just drop out, let my understudy take over. She's...
Richard Castle: [interrupting] Oh, absolutely not! You will not, and you know why? Because you're a fighter. What have you always told me? "No one will give you anything in this life. You must earn it." And look at you; almost twenty years later, and you're back on Broadway? You have earned this.
Martha Rodgers: I have, haven't I?
Richard Castle: You have. Please don't let some idiot with a cell phone take that away from you.
07x20 - Sleeper Season 7 / Episode 20: - Sleeper

Martha Rodgers: Good gracious, Richard, you look positively ghastly.
Richard Castle: Good morning to you, too, mother.
Martha Rodgers: No, no, no. I'm speaking as a concerned mother. You sure you're not coming down with anything?
Richard Castle: Not at all. Never better.
Martha Rodgers: Well, good. Then my work here is done.
07x20 - Sleeper Season 7 / Episode 20: - Sleeper

Martha Rodgers: Richard is completely obsessed, and I am concerned about him.
Kate Beckett: I know. Me, too.
Martha Rodgers: He never spoke to me, about the missing time. I thought he was at peace with it. Didn't you?
Kate Beckett: Well, I guess the dreams made him realize that he wasn't at peace.
Martha Rodgers: He chose to forget those two months. He must have had a very good reason for wanting to do that. I think looking into this is a bad idea.
Kate Beckett: Martha, I... I don't think that this is a choice for him. I think that he needs to know the truth.
Martha Rodgers: What if he never finds out the truth? What if he never learns anything? Or worse, what if he finds out something awful?
Kate Beckett: I'll be with him. Wherever this leads, and I promise you, I'm not gonna let him go too far.
07x12 - Private Eye Caramba! Season 7 / Episode 12: - Private Eye Caramba!

Kate Beckett: Martha, what do you think of Rick's P.I. venture?
Martha Rodgers: Well... it's always been a big fantasy of his to be a private investigator, and he says that things are picking up. He's getting more calls at the office every day.
Kate Beckett: Yeah, from fans wanting to meet him. Or people with crazy theories about where he disappeared to for two months. Or cases that aren't even worth looking into, like missing cats.
Martha Rodgers: Hmm... well, that does seem a bit beneath him.
Kate Beckett: You know, he did this because he was hoping that we would be able to work together again, and he thought he might have some interesting cases to solve, but right now it doesn't seem like he's getting much of either.
Martha Rodgers: Well... and if I know my son, then, uh...

Martha Rodgers: ...he may be sticking with it because he's too proud to walk away.
07x12 - Private Eye Caramba! Season 7 / Episode 12: - Private Eye Caramba!

Richard Castle: Good morning!
Martha Rodgers: Well, you're in a good mood.
Richard Castle: That's because I have retooled the Richard Castle Investigations website.
Martha Rodgers: Aha.
Richard Castle: Now the entire world can have access to my savvy detective skills, though I will take only the most compelling cases, rife with mystery and intrigue.
Kate Beckett: Castle, the site looks amazing.
Richard Castle: My clients deserve only the best.
07x11 - Castle, P.I. Season 7 / Episode 11: - Castle, P.I.

Martha Rodgers: Richard! You're dressed.
Richard Castle: Well, it is morning, isn't it?
Martha Rodgers: Well, it's just that ever since you were banned from working cases with Katherine, you and your pajamas have seen an awful lot of each other.
Richard Castle: I think you're exaggerating. I admit I've taken the occasional day off to recharge, but I hardly think it's fair...
Kate Beckett: [entering] Wow. Castle, you're dressed?
Richard Castle: Yes! I'm dressed. I did not think it would be such an event.
07x11 - Castle, P.I. Season 7 / Episode 11: - Castle, P.I.

Kate Beckett: Does this mean you have something special planned for today?
Richard Castle: As a matter of fact, I do have something special lined up. A... surprise, actually. For you.
Kate Beckett: Really? What kind of a surprise?
Richard Castle: Well, now, if I told you that, it wouldn't be a surprise. But trust me, you're gonna love it.
Kate Beckett: Okay, now why does that scare me?
Martha Rodgers: Because you're smart.
Kate Beckett: Hmm. Come on, Castle. Spill.
Richard Castle: Master interrogator like yourself and that's the best you've got?
Kate Beckett: Maybe I'm just getting started.
07x10 - Bad Santa Season 7 / Episode 10: - Bad Santa

Kate Beckett: You guys, I completely forgot. He said that it wasn't a big deal, but I think it actually kind of is.
Alexis Castle: It's a very big deal. We even get a little competitive.
Martha Rodgers: I started working on mine in July.

Alexis Castle: Welcome to the family.
Martha Rodgers: [snickering] Yeah.
Kate Beckett: So, what do I have to do again?
Alexis Castle: Write six funny, poignant, and eloquent lines describing highlights of the past year, for you.
Kate Beckett: [slightly relieved] Oh, yeah.
Alexis Castle: And they must rhyme.
Martha Rodgers: Yeah.
Kate Beckett: [worried again] What word rhymes with "I'm screwed"?
07x04 - Child's Play Season 7 / Episode 4: - Child's Play

Richard Castle: Oh, my god. Ice cream? Are you trying to kill me?
Alexis Castle: At least you'll die happy.

Alexis Castle: Kate?
Kate Beckett: [swallowing the bite of food in her mouth] Mmm. Oh, no, thanks. I couldn't. Not after this amazing meal that you guys just stuffed us with.
Martha Rodgers: Oh, darling, dessert is not optional. Not after I traipsed all over town to find Richard his favorite flavor of ice cream.
Richard Castle: Potato chip fudge?
07x02 - Montreal Season 7 / Episode 2: - Montreal

Martha Rodgers: [the doorbell buzzes] Aha! That will be my date.
Richard Castle: Ooh, you have a date?
Martha Rodgers: Uh-huh. Robert. We met at the grief counseling group, when you were presumed...
Richard Castle: You... you picked up a man at grief counseling?
Martha Rodgers: Yes. Now, I will thank you to go into the other room.
Richard Castle: Why?
Martha Rodgers: Because at the moment, our relationship is based on mutual loss, and if he finds out that you have returned and are alive, it will just... it will ruin everything.
Richard Castle: Mother, you realize I was on television this morning?
07x01 - Driven Season 7 / Episode 1: - Driven

Kate Beckett: [at the scene of Castle's car crash] It's empty. He's not here! He's not in the car!
Javier Esposito: You sure he's not in the car?
Kate Beckett: Even with a fire that hot, there'd still be a body. He's got to be nearby.
Martha Rodgers: You really think he...
Kate Beckett: He's here. He has to be. We have to start a search.
Kevin Ryan: We could use more men.
Kate Beckett: [running over to a patrol cop] Sergeant! I'm Detective Beckett, NYPD. The man that was in that car is one of our own. We need to scrub every inch of this area.
Sgt. Taggert: I'll get my men on it.
Kevin Ryan: You have search and rescue dogs?
Sgt. Taggert: I'll call them in.
07x01 - Driven Season 7 / Episode 1: - Driven

Kate Beckett: Was he going through anything that I didn't know about?
Martha Rodgers: Like what?
Kate Beckett: Pressure that he was under that he kept to himself.
Alexis Castle: Of course not. Right, Gram?
Martha Rodgers: No, no, no, no. I would've noticed.
Kate Beckett: And what about the wedding? Did he have any misgivings?
Martha Rodgers: Misgivings? Katherine. That was the farthest thing from his mind. He couldn't wait to be married to you.
Alexis Castle: You don't think he'd just walk away, do you?
Kate Beckett: No.
Martha Rodgers: Then what's going on here?
Kate Beckett: I don't know. But there's got to be another explanation.
06x23 - For Better Or Worse Season 6 / Episode 23: - For Better Or Worse

Martha Rodgers: 297 wedding guests. It's a minor miracle, our final total is below 300.
Richard Castle: There. I am done. Five hundred autographed copies of "Wild Storm". My pre-wedding signing obligations are finished.
Alexis Castle: Good. Now sign this.
Richard Castle: What's this one?
Alexis Castle: Final payment for the rooftop venue.
Richard Castle: You mean the perfect venue. A 360-degree view of Manhattan. The stars above us, the world at our feet. It's too bad Beckett didn't want to bungee jump off the side of the building for our big exit. Now, that would have been cool.
Alexis Castle: The tuxes will be in tomorrow evening. Did you tell Esposito and Ryan?
Richard Castle: I did. They will be here to try them on and to collect them. You are the most adorable best man a groom could hope for.
Martha Rodgers: [the front door buzzes] Ah, probably the concierge with more gifts. Ah, hi, Gerard. Put them over there with the others. Thank you.
Richard Castle: [picking up his jacket] All right. I'm out.
Martha Rodgers: Bye.
Alexis Castle: Dad! Don't forget the forms for the marriage license.

06x23 - For Better Or Worse Season 6 / Episode 23: - For Better Or Worse

Martha Rodgers: Who is Rogan O'Leary?
Richard Castle: A guy she met freshman year at Stanford.
Kate Beckett: Oh, I think I'm gonna be sick.
Alexis Castle: And you married him?
Kate Beckett: Not really.
Richard Castle: Except she did. The two of them drove to Vegas, had too much to drink, and thought it would be a riot to take a cab to a drive-thru wedding chapel.
Martha Rodgers: You didn't.
Richard Castle: She did.
Kate Beckett: Yeah, I did. But I never thought that it was for real. And I broke up with the guy a couple of weeks later, after I found out he was a compulsive liar, degenerate, and a thief.
Richard Castle: Yes, but not before you tied the knot. And here I thought you were a one-and-done kind of girl.
Martha Rodgers: Does your father know about this?
Kate Beckett: I really am gonna be sick.
Richard Castle: [the doorbell buzzes] And that'll be my lawyer.
06x23 - For Better Or Worse Season 6 / Episode 23: - For Better Or Worse

Alexis Castle: We lost our venue? How is that even possible?
Richard Castle: They had a circus party there tonight, with some first-time fire breathers. Now our rooftop venue does not have a floor.
Alexis Castle: This is a disaster.
Richard Castle: I have no place to get married and no one to get married to. I think "disaster" is an understatement.
Martha Rodgers: So-called disaster is merely opportunity in disguise. We'll just find another place to hold the wedding.
Richard Castle: Are you kidding? Where are we gonna find a venue in Manhattan that holds 300 people, in less than two days?
Alexis Castle: [getting an idea] Ooh! We already have one. Not in Manhattan. We can move the whole party to our house in the Hamptons.
Richard Castle: [liking the idea] Yes. Yes! We've held larger parties than this out there.
Alexis Castle: We rent luxury buses to shuttle our guests and pay the vendors' transportation costs.
Martha Rodgers: Brilliant! I will call the housekeeper first thing in the morning and have them start getting the place ready.
Richard Castle: Do you really think we can pull this off?
Martha Rodgers: Oh, please! I once staged "A Chorus Line" on a subway platform when our company lost its space. I think I can move a wedding. Alexis will help with everything. You just make sure Katherine finds that deadbeat husband of hers.
06x23 - For Better Or Worse Season 6 / Episode 23: - For Better Or Worse

Lanie Parish: [seeing Beckett in her wedding dress] I must say, your mother had great taste.
Martha Rodgers: [entering] Yes, she did. Look at you. I believe you're the most beautiful bride I have ever seen.
Kate Beckett: Thank you, Martha.
Martha Rodgers: Lanie, darling, could you just give us a minute?
Lanie Parish: Oh, sure. I'll just tell your dad that it's perfect.
Kate Beckett: Thanks, Lanie.

Kate Beckett: Martha, I... I... I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am to you and Alexis for... for putting all of this together.
Martha Rodgers: And I want to thank you for making my son so very happy. I brought you something, in case you didn't have something blue.

Kate Beckett: Oh, wow. They're... beautiful.
Martha Rodgers: They were given to me by my mother to wear on my wedding day, and by her mother before. Only women of substance have worn these gems. They've been waiting, Katherine. For you.
Kate Beckett: I am so honored, Martha. Thank you.
Martha Rodgers: [Beckett hugs her] Oh, darling, they look exquisite on you.
06x23 - For Better Or Worse Season 6 / Episode 23: - For Better Or Worse

Lanie Parish: It's been an hour already, and the natives down there are getting restless.
Martha Rodgers: Where do you think he is?
Kate Beckett: I don't know. When I spoke to him last, he said he was less than twenty minutes away.

Richard Castle: [voicemail] This is Richard Castle. Leave me a message.
Kate Beckett: [hanging up] Straight to voicemail.

Kate Beckett: Hello? Yes, this is she.

06x21 - Law & Boarder Season 6 / Episode 21: - Law & Boarder

Richard Castle: H-O-I-V-L. "Hoilv". "Vlohi". Hovil! No, that's not a word, either.
Kate Beckett: Did you seriously stay up staring at this Scrabble board all night instead of going to bed?
Richard Castle: With these five remaining tiles, I have to craft a word scoring nine points. Then I turn defeat into victory.
Alexis Castle: [coming downstairs] Oh, my gosh. Did you really beat dad at Scrabble?
Richard Castle: I concede nothing. Except that I need more coffee.
Martha Rodgers: That is quite an accomplishment, young lady. Nobody beats him, ever.
Kate Beckett: Oh, yeah, he's mentioned that. Repeatedly.
Martha Rodgers: Ah, how the mighty have fallen.
Richard Castle: "Richard Castle, one word short." I cannot allow this to be my epitaph.

Richard Castle: I saw that.

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