Mar. 09, 2009
60 min.
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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

08x22 - Crossfire Season 8 / Episode 22: - Crossfire

Martha Rodgers: A feisty Merlot, an elegant spread, delightful company. If I wasn't scared out of my mind, this would be a lovely afternoon.
08x20 - Much Ado About Murder Season 8 / Episode 20: - Much Ado About Murder

Richard Castle: [stammering] Mother, why are you... why... why...

Richard Castle: Why were you in Zane's bed?
Martha Rodgers: Because he was late for our session.
Kevin Ryan: What kind of session?
Javier Esposito: Is that what they call it?
Richard Castle: That's enough.
Javier Esposito: Okay.
Richard Castle: Mother, are you saying you were sleeping with Zane Cannon?
Martha Rodgers: Oh, drop the gavel, Richard! I was his acting coach, certainly not his mistress. The poor boy was out of his depth trying to play Hamlet, so he was referred to me.
08x20 - Much Ado About Murder Season 8 / Episode 20: - Much Ado About Murder

Martha Rodgers: Hi, darling. I know you're busy, but is Richard here?
Kate Beckett: No. I thought he was at dinner with you.
Martha Rodgers: [sardonic chuckle] Yeah, well, he didn't show up, and his cell went right to voicemail, so I figured he must be here immersed in the case.
Kate Beckett: Well, he's probably out playing with his fancy new credit card, but let me check in on him. Alexis put new tracking software on my laptop. I'll just ping his cell.

Kate Beckett: There we go. 7th and 53rd.
Martha Rodgers: That's the parking garage across from the restaurant where we were supposed to meet an hour ago.
Kate Beckett: Uh, you know what? Just give me a second.

Kate Beckett: Hi, uh, this is Captain Beckett. I need a unit at 53rd and 7th.
08x20 - Much Ado About Murder Season 8 / Episode 20: - Much Ado About Murder

Javier Esposito: We got security footage from the garage, and it's not good.

Martha Rodgers: [she gasps in horror] Oh, my... Oh, my god.
Kevin Ryan: The Escalade is registered to a shell corp that's a known front for El Oso.
Martha Rodgers: You can track the SUV, can't you?
Kate Beckett: We can, but they probably swapped cars at least once by now, and with a two hour head start, we're looking at a hundred mile search radius, and we still have no idea what we're looking for.
Martha Rodgers: There must be something you can do. This... this is Richard's life.
Kate Beckett: [realizing something] YOLO.
Javier Esposito: That's cold, Beckett.
Kate Beckett: No, uh, Castle's new credit card. The kidnappers left his cell phone by the car, but he might still have his wallet with him. And the new YOLO card has an upgraded RFID chip in it.
Kevin Ryan: And if they passed within range of a tollbooth or a gas station...
Kate Beckett: Then it'll pick up the chip and we'll be able to track his movement.
08x18 - Backstabber Season 8 / Episode 18: - Backstabber

Martha Rodgers: Okay, ladies, I have decided that I should change my autograph. So... what do you think?
Alexis Castle: Gram, that looks exactly like your usual autograph.
Martha Rodgers: No, no, no, no, no. My usual autograph, when I am merely an actress, is like this, sort of carefree and... and whimsical...

Martha Rodgers: ...whereas the other conveys insight, wisdom. They're completely different. Can't you see that?
Hayley Shipton: [sharing a look with Alexis, they decide to play along] Insight.
Alexis Castle: Wisdom. Sure, absolutely. Good job.
Hayley Shipton: Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a business to run, especially since you know who is completely useless.
Richard Castle: [entering] I heard that. And if I'm so useless, why would Beckett ask me to consult on a murder? Oh, mother. New autograph.
Martha Rodgers: Yeah.
Richard Castle: Nice. Conveys wisdom, insight. I like it.
08x17 - Death Wish Season 8 / Episode 17: - Death Wish

Kate Beckett: [suggestively, as Castle cleans up a mess in the kitchen] You know, once you clean that up, maybe we could go for a, um... round three?

Richard Castle: Whoa. You do not have to tell me twice. Or should I say thrice?

Martha Rodgers: Good morning, my darlings!
Richard Castle: Mother. I really wish you would call before you came over.
Martha Rodgers: Well, I don't want to risk interrupting you two love birds in the middle of you know what, and it looks like I have interrupted you in the middle of you know... what, and with a melon. My, my. Not judging, but room temperature.
Richard Castle: [urging her to stop talking] Mother.
08x17 - Death Wish Season 8 / Episode 17: - Death Wish

Richard Castle: [having a romantic moment with Beckett interrupted] What... what is it you want?
Martha Rodgers: I want for my son to grant me a very simple wish. Now, it seems that my publisher says that for my self-help book to make the bestseller list, I need a celebrity endorsement. And not just any celebrity endorsement, *the* endorsement of endorsements.
Richard Castle: Mother, I would be happy to write something for your book.
Martha Rodgers: Oprah. I need Oprah.
Kate Beckett: Uh... do you even know Oprah?
Richard Castle: No, I do not.
Martha Rodgers: Well, you must know someone who knows Oprah.
Richard Castle: If I promise to try, will you leave?
Martha Rodgers: Poof. I am gone.

Martha Rodgers: Oh, you know, it's so funny, darling, 'cause I have that same negligee, but of course, it's in a little tiger print, so it's...

Martha Rodgers: Well, resume your lovemaking, darling.
08x16 - Heartbreaker Season 8 / Episode 16: - Heartbreaker

Martha Rodgers: I have to say, Katherine, it is so good to have you home.
Kate Beckett: Thank you.
Alexis Castle: I second that motion.
Kate Beckett: Oh, thank you.

Kate Beckett: Lucy! What the hell? Turn it off!
Lucy: [the music stops] Whoa. Language, Kate. Is there a problem?
Kate Beckett: Oh, really? Well, then, let me make it up to you.
Martha Rodgers: [Kate picks Lucy up and sticks her into the refrigerator] Isn't that a little extreme?
Kate Beckett: No. No, actually, I-I-I don't think so. Look, uh, this... this might sound odd, but ever since I got back, it's like Lucy's been jealous.
Alexis Castle: She's an "it". A CPU wrapped in a plastic pyramid. She doesn't have emotions, and she certainly can't be jealous.
Kate Beckett: [the electricity inexplicably goes out] You were saying?
08x12 - The Blame Game Season 8 / Episode 12: - The Blame Game

Richard Castle: Guess who's about to have the best day ever?
Martha Rodgers: Could it be the fellow who just interrupted us, rather rudely, with "booyah"?
Alexis Castle: What's going on, dad?
Richard Castle: I'm sorry. I can't tell you. I'm sworn to secrecy.
Alexis Castle: Okay.

Alexis Castle: Anyway. So my psych professor said fear is an emotion, which it is, but then I argue...
Richard Castle: You're not even gonna try and pry the secret out of me?
Martha Rodgers: Darling, we are right in the middle of something here, so if you just wait for a moment, we will give you our full attention, okay? Okay. What is it, darling?
Alexis Castle: Gram, you know he's just gonna keep pouting until he gets his way. Dad, just tell us your secret.
Richard Castle: Okay. But only because you insisted.
08x12 - The Blame Game Season 8 / Episode 12: - The Blame Game

Richard Castle: I just got off the phone with the personal assistant of none other than... Stephen King.
Martha Rodgers: Whoa!
Richard Castle: He's in town visiting his New York apartment, has called to see if I'm available for a meeting to talk about a - dramatic pause - collaboration.
Martha Rodgers: Ooh!
Alexis Castle: Hold on. Isn't he still mad about... the thing?
Martha Rodgers: What thing?
Alexis Castle: The baseball thing. See, Stephen King is a huge Red Sox fan and...
Martha Rodgers: Oh, and your father is a Yankees fan. Oh, no. Richard, what did you do?
Richard Castle: It was a silly joke.
Alexis Castle: Mmm. More like a thinly veiled threat.
Richard Castle: Tomato, to-mah-to. Obviously, it's water under the bridge, because he wants to talk about collaborating on a project.

Richard Castle: "Richard Castle and Stephen King present..." Wish me luck, ladies.
Martha Rodgers: Darling, if you think you're going to get top billing over Stephen King, you're gonna need more than luck.
08x11 - Dead Red Season 8 / Episode 11: - Dead Red

Alexis Castle: What is all that?
Martha Rodgers: Oh, my lord.
Richard Castle: Somewhere in one of these bags is the perfect baby shower gift for Jen and Ryan. I just need your help picking which one. Ready? Ta-da!

Alexis Castle: No.
Martha Rodgers: Is that a bulletproof baby ve...
Alexis Castle: It's completely inappropriate.
Richard Castle: Really?
Martha Rodgers: Oh, my... so wrong.
Richard Castle: Okay. Well, then you're gonna hate the onesies that say "I'm with Officer Stupid".
08x11 - Dead Red Season 8 / Episode 11: - Dead Red

Alexis Castle: Too bad you can't go to the shower.
Richard Castle: Oh, well, Beckett got, uh, baby showers in the break-up, so...
Martha Rodgers: That's funny, 'cause you... recently, you just, uh, don't seem to be so tortured by all that.
Richard Castle: Oh, well, you know, Beckett asked for some time, so I'm just giving it to her. Every day.
Martha Rodgers: Well...
Richard Castle: [under his breath] Sometimes twice.
08x11 - Dead Red Season 8 / Episode 11: - Dead Red

Martha Rodgers: [seeing Castle's gift ideas for Jenny's baby shower] Richard, I... honestly, why can't you just buy a simple tradition... why is this so difficult for you?
Richard Castle: It's not. This next one is perfect. Trust me.
Martha Rodgers: Okay.
Alexis Castle: [Castle reaches into one of his bags] Is it a baby-sized lightsaber?
Richard Castle: [laughing it off] No.
Alexis Castle: [Castle reaches into another bag] Please tell me that's not the creepy robot nanny that sings Leonard Cohen lullabies.
Richard Castle: What's wrong with Leonard Cohen lullabies?
Martha Rodgers: It's more like "Silence of the Lambs" than "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Oh, don't worry, sweetheart. Fortunately, Alexis has purchased the perfect baby shower gift.
Alexis Castle: [she hands over a gift basket with more traditional baby gifts] All you have to do is sign the card.
Richard Castle: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find machine-washable Kevlar? Why didn't you tell me this before I went shopping?
Martha Rodgers: Because we would have so missed torturing you. You are our favorite reality show.
Richard Castle: [sarcastic] I'm so happy I could entertain you.
08x10 - Witness for the Prosecution Season 8 / Episode 10: - Witness for the Prosecution

Richard Castle: Nina's back was to me. I didn't actually see the death blow. I... you got to believe me, you guys. I-it really looked like she did it.
Martha Rodgers: Mm-hmm. Well, I believe you. It's just, honestly, it sounds to me like Nina killed her.
Alexis Castle: Me, too.
Richard Castle: I have to find out for sure.
Alexis Castle: Dad, there's no way to do that.
Richard Castle: I know.

Richard Castle: Or is there? I've got it. And I'd only have to do two things. One, delay the trial so I have a chance to investigate, and two, have a one-on-one conversation with Nina.
Alexis Castle: Uh, Nina's lawyer will never allow it.
Richard Castle: Which is why I'm going to have to be very clever with how I go about this.
Martha Rodgers: I take it you have a plan.
Richard Castle: You know I do, mother.
Martha Rodgers: Might I ask you what it is?
Richard Castle: I'm gonna get thrown in jail.
08x09 - Tone Dead Season 8 / Episode 9: - Tone Dead

Alexis Castle: [finding a lead with Castle and Martha] Shouldn't we call the cops?
Martha Rodgers: Yeah, that's a kind of dangerous neighborhood.
Richard Castle: Ladies, with all the gentrification going on, there's no such thing as bad riverfront property.

Richard Castle: Okay. Maybe I was wrong. Watch your step. Maybe we should be texting Espo and Ryan.
Alexis Castle: I already called them. They're on their way.
Richard Castle: I don't know whether to be happy or hurt by your lack of faith in me.
08x08 - Mr. & Mrs. Castle Season 8 / Episode 8: - Mr. & Mrs. Castle

Richard Castle: 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 Shipton: 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 Shipton: 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 Shipton: 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 Shipton: 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.
08x05 - The Nose Season 8 / Episode 5: - The Nose

Martha Rodgers: Hello, darling.
Richard Castle: Lucy should have told me we had company.

[Lucy: That costs extra]
Martha Rodgers: Well, according to your... little mechanical friend here, you have been drowning your sorrows in frozen pizza, online shopping...
Alexis Castle: And Dolph Lundgren marathons.
Richard Castle: Et tu, Lucy? Is nothing private?

[Lucy: Not without the proper setting]
Martha Rodgers: [gesturing to the wine bottles Castle brought in] Darling, I... I mean, I know it's difficult for you without Katherine, but really? Is... isn't it a little early in the day for this?
Richard Castle: These are for Ryan and Esposito. They get the results of their sergeant's exams today, so I thought I'd drop down to the precinct, surprise them a little later on.
Alexis Castle: And if Beckett happens to be there?
Richard Castle: All the more reason to celebrate.
08x04 - What Lies Beneath Season 8 / Episode 4: - What Lies Beneath

Kate Beckett: Martha? Is everything okay?
Martha Rodgers: You tell me, kiddo. Last time we were together, you and Richard were, uh... "ha ha", you know? And now just a few short weeks later, you and Richard are "pfft", you know?
Kate Beckett: It's complicated.
Martha Rodgers: Mm. So were his last two divorces.
Kate Beckett: Oh, god. Martha, we're not getting a divorce.
Martha Rodgers: Well, call me old-fashioned, but don't married couples live together?
Kate Beckett: Yes, but it... it's complicated. And... and I'm working through a few things.
Martha Rodgers: Richard told me that. Right before he declared he was going to win you back. Look, as you know, my son if a lot of things; some of them good, some of them not so good. But he is someone you can always count on. And that is a rare thing, kiddo.
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.
08x03 - PhDead Season 8 / Episode 3: - PhDead

Martha Rodgers: You're getting too old for drinking games, kiddo.
Richard Castle: It was for the case.
Martha Rodgers: The one that Katherine keeps throwing you off of?
Richard Castle: I didn't win her love overnight the first time. I'm making progress.
08x02 - XX (2) Season 8 / Episode 2: - XX (2)

Martha Rodgers: Richard?
Richard Castle: In here.
Martha Rodgers: [entering with coffee cups] Ah. I thought you two might need a pick-me-up. Oh, and look who I found downstairs.
Hayley Shipton: [entering] Hey.
Richard Castle: That's funny. Last time I saw you, you said we were done.
Hayley Shipton: Look, I feel bad about what happened. If I had known I could have used you as bait, I would have stuck around and followed your kidnappers.

Hayley Shipton: It was a joke.
Martha Rodgers: Not a very good one.
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.

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