Type
Scripted
Premiered
Mar. 09, 2009
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network

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Martha Rodgers Castle

Martha Rodgers

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

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Martha Rodgers Quotes

05x14 - Reality Star Struck Season 5 / Episode 14: - Reality Star Struck

Martha Rodgers: Boy, I wish I'd had these reality shows in my day - no script, overacting, screaming at everybody, what a gig!
04x17 - Once Upon a Crime Season 4 / Episode 17: - Once Upon a Crime

Martha Rodgers: [to Castle] Oh, darling,I invited Beckett to the reading tomorrow night, so you two might want to make a date of it.
04x13 - An Embarrassment of Bitches Season 4 / Episode 13: - An Embarrassment of Bitches

Richard Castle: You have a friend named Buttons? A human friend?
Alexis Castle: Her mom called her that when she was little, and it stuck.
Richard Castle: [snorting with laughter] And now so is she.
Alexis Castle: Buttons and I bonded over being rejected from Stanford. In fact, we applied to a lot of the same schools, so we were planning to visit a few campuses together this weekend. Make a road trip out of it.
Martha Rodgers: Ah!
Richard Castle: Whoa. Okay, whoa. Where are you staying? Who's driving? And who is chaperoning?
Alexis Castle: [innocently] We were going to take your Ferrari and hook up with some boys we met on craigslist.


Richard Castle: Not cool.
Martha Rodgers: Honey, don't be such a killjoy. I'm sure Buttons' mother is going along.
Alexis Castle: She is. And she's very responsible.
Richard Castle: Yeah, except for when it comes to picking nicknames.
Alexis Castle: Look, if you want, I could have Mrs. Dutton stop by to meet you when she picks me up.
Richard Castle: Yeah, I think that'd be o... her last name is Dutton? Your friend's name is Buttons Dutton?
Martha Rodgers: That is unfortunate.
Alexis Castle: What's so wrong with that?
Richard Castle: Oh, come on. It'd be like calling me Rastle or Tassel or no-hassle Castle.


Richard Castle: Hey. No, I was just making a point. Please don't call me that.
04x07 - Cops & Robbers Season 4 / Episode 7: - Cops & Robbers

Martha Rodgers: Facing death demands celebrating life. Tonight, we feast!
04x05 - Eye of the Beholder Season 4 / Episode 5: - Eye of the Beholder

Martha Rodgers: [entering Castle's office where Castle is writing] Darling...
Richard Castle: One second. I'm just about to toss a guy off the Brooklyn Bridge.
Martha Rodgers: Oh, I am sure that... Carter Damion would appreciate a short reprieve.
Richard Castle: [finishing up] Too late, he just went kersplat. Now, how can I help you?
Martha Rodgers: I have invited my acting class to come here Friday night to do the Nora scenes from "A Doll's House".
Richard Castle: Thank you for the warning.


Richard Castle: I will make myself scarce.
Martha Rodgers: No, no, no. No, no, darling, this class could really benefit from your perspective as a... as a writer. No, you should definitely be here.
Richard Castle: Mother, what's going on?
Martha Rodgers: There's a lovely girl in the class...
Richard Castle: Oh, mother!
Martha Rodgers: ...and I just thought maybe...
Richard Castle: You're not trying to fix me up again. Haven't you learned your lesson from the last fiasco?
Martha Rodgers: Fiasco? You married her.
Richard Castle: Yes, and how did that marriage end?
Martha Rodgers: Honey, I am just trying to help you. You have to admit that your social life has been a bit anemic as of late.
Richard Castle: Now I want to throw myself off the Brooklyn Bridge.
04x02 - Heroes and Villains Season 4 / Episode 2: - Heroes and Villains

Richard Castle: Mother, prepare to feast on the finest omelette in the land. [looks up, she's dressed as a nun]... Before you... join the convent.
Martha Rodgers: I am making the costumes for my Shakespeare class. So... what do you think?
Richard Castle: I seem to recall asking you to make me an E.T. Halloween costume and you told me you didn't know how to sew.
Martha Rodgers: Details! Besides, you were 32 at the time...
04x01 - Rise Season 4 / Episode 1: - Rise

Richard Castle: [Josh blames Castle for Beckett getting shot] He's right, you know. This is my fault.
Martha Rodgers: Richard Castle, don't you dare blame yourself. You are not the one who shot her.
Richard Castle: No. But I put her in the crosshairs.
03x20 - Slice of Death Season 3 / Episode 20: - Slice of Death

Richard Castle: [coming home to find Martha comforting Alexis] What happened?
Martha Rodgers: Alexis decided to crash Lauren's party, against our better judgment.
Richard Castle: And I take it that the, uh, party crashing didn't go so well?
Alexis Castle: None of this would have happened if Lauren wasn't the most conniving bitch in the entire world.
Richard Castle: Whoa!
Martha Rodgers: [waving it off] It's warranted.
Alexis Castle: When the band was performing, Lauren brought Ashley up on stage with her, and she kissed him. In front of everyone!
Richard Castle: [shocked] Bitch!
03x18 - One Life to Lose Season 3 / Episode 18: - One Life to Lose

Martha Rodgers: Did you say 1777 21st Street?
Richard Castle: Yeah, there was a murder there. Why?
Martha Rodgers: Oh, I know that address. That's Gemstar Studios. That's there they film "Temptation Lane".
Richard Castle: The soap opera you used to be on.
Martha Rodgers: Oh, I hope it's nobody that I know. Maybe I should go with you.
Richard Castle: [laughs] It's a crime scene, mother. For trained professionals.
Martha Rodgers: Richard Castle, you are neither trained nor a professional.
Richard Castle: [uncomfortable pause] I'll text you with updates.
03x18 - One Life to Lose Season 3 / Episode 18: - One Life to Lose

Richard Castle: [Martha has unexpectedly shown up on the "Temptation Lane" set] What are you doing here?
Martha Rodgers: Grieving.
Richard Castle: You didn't even know the victim.
Martha Rodgers: Darling, a loss for a show like this is a loss for anyone who was ever part of its history. And I think I can be of help here.


Martha Rodgers: I think I could be your inside source. I can get the scoop on what's really going on here.


Martha Rodgers: Oh, ho ho. And what better place to start than Lance Hastings.
Richard Castle: You know him?
Martha Rodgers: He was my love interest thirty years ago, on screen. And off. After my character married his character, Joseph Fox, she was kidnapped, buried alive, trapped in a cave with bears, uh... kidnapped again, and held hostage in the sewers of Paris.
Kate Beckett: How long were you on the show?
Martha Rodgers: Three weeks.
03x17 - Countdown (Part 2) Season 3 / Episode 17: - Countdown (Part 2)

Richard Castle: I need you girls to do something, for me. But I don't want you to ask any questions. I want you to go to the Hamptons. I want you to stay there for the weekend.
Martha Rodgers: Richard, what is this about?
Richard Castle: Did you not... that's a question. look, there might be, um... an event that would make it very dangerous to stay in the city.


Richard Castle: What are you doing?
Alexis Castle: Calling Ashley.
Richard Castle: No, no, no, no. You can't tell anybody. Okay? You can't tell anybody. You tell Ashley, he'll tell his parents, they'll call someone they love, and a panic will make this thing a thousand times harder to stop.
Alexis Castle: Dad, he's my boyfriend.
Richard Castle: I know.
Alexis Castle: This isn't fair. You can't...
Richard Castle: Fair has nothing to do with it. I need to you go. Now.
Martha Rodgers: But you'll come, too?
Richard Castle: I will when I can. But I need you to go. Now.
03x16 - Set Up (Part 1) Season 3 / Episode 16: - Set Up (Part 1)

Martha Rodgers: [to Richard] You haven't heard of the Serenity?
03x14 - Lucky Stiff Season 3 / Episode 14: - Lucky Stiff

Richard Castle: Looks like you made a serious dent into your surprise inheritance? Is it safe to say there is not an animal print left in any store in New York City?
Martha Rodgers: Very funny... [looks down herself, nods] Probably true.
03x13 - Knockdown Season 3 / Episode 13: - Knockdown

Martha Rodgers: I heard about the shooting on the news. It could have been you. You know that, don't you?
Richard Castle: Yeah, but I'm fine. It wasn't me.
Martha Rodgers: Richard, this isn't one of your books. You don't know the ending. You were just lucky yesterday.
Richard Castle: You're overreacting, mother. Where is this coming from?
Martha Rodgers: How the hell can you ask me something like that? Think about how much you love Alexis, and that is how much I love you. And don't you dare ask me where this is coming from. You have gotten through most of your life on your wit and charm and no small amount of talent, but that is the real world out there, and you can't charm your way out of a bullet.
Richard Castle: You think I should quit?
Martha Rodgers: I think you should be honest with yourself about why you're doing this. You have written twenty-two novels before you met her, and you didn't need to spend every day in a police station in order to finish them.
Richard Castle: It's not about the books anymore.
03x03 - Under the Gun Season 3 / Episode 3: - Under the Gun

Martha Rodgers: This is Alexis we're talking about. She has never met a challenge that she hasn't attacked like Attila the Hun!
03x01 - A Deadly Affair Season 3 / Episode 1: - A Deadly Affair

Richard Castle: [Wondering if his daughter is speaking to the boy she met over the summer] Is that... ?
Martha Rodgers: Yeah... been on the phone for over an hour.
Richard Castle: So who called whom first?
Martha Rodgers: What does it matter? As long as they connected.
02x24 - A Deadly Game Season 2 / Episode 24: - A Deadly Game

Martha Rodgers: I almost forgot to tell you - James Patterson called, he's going to be a little late for the poker game tomorrow.
Richard Castle: He probably wants to use the time to write another book.
02x17 - Tick, Tick, Tick... (Part 1) Season 2 / Episode 17: - Tick, Tick, Tick... (Part 1)

Richard Castle: Wow, one of your old wedding videos.
Martha Rodgers: [watching video of The Incredible Hulk] Are you kidding? This guy's a push-over compared to my ex-husbands.
02x10 - One Man's Treasure Season 2 / Episode 10: - One Man's Treasure

Richard Castle: [Castle to his mom] Did that every happen to you with me? One day you look and see your boy is all grown up?
Martha Rodgers: I'm stil waiting for that moment, actually.
Richard Castle: I set you up for that, didn't I?
02x08 - Kill the Messenger Season 2 / Episode 8: - Kill the Messenger

Martha Rodgers: I have two words for you: "hairline" and "receding".


Martha Rodgers: [snickering] Made you look.
02x01 - Deep in Death Season 2 / Episode 1: - Deep in Death

Martha Rodgers: Ahh, they remake Fame and A Christmas Carol. Has Hollywood totally run out of ideas?
Richard Castle: Well, they just optioned Asteroids, the video game, so my guess is yes. But Ryan Reynolds is playing the wee triangle and he's good.
01x10 - A Death in the Family Season 1 / Episode 10: - A Death in the Family

Martha Rodgers: Nothing you say will change how we feel. What men don't understand is the right clothes, the right shoes, the right make up, it hides the flaws we think we have, and make us look beautiful to our selves, that's what makes us look beautiful to others.
Richard Castle: Used to be all she needed to look beautiful was a pink tutu and a plastic tiara.
Martha Rodgers: We spend our whole lives trying to feel that way again.
01x07 - Home Is Where the Heart Stops Season 1 / Episode 7: - Home Is Where the Heart Stops

Martha Rodgers: Why won't you tell me where you're going?
Richard Castle: [as if the answer is obvious] Because you'll show up.
01x06 - Always Buy Retail Season 1 / Episode 6: - Always Buy Retail

Martha Rodgers: And does she honestly think she's just gonna show up with a reel of what? According to Jim guest spots?
01x05 - A Chill Goes Through Her Veins Season 1 / Episode 5: - A Chill Goes Through Her Veins

Martha Rodgers: Has anyone seen my purse?
Richard Castle: Mom, we are totally doing battle on the field of honor.
Martha Rodgers: How old are you?
Richard Castle: Old enough to afford top-of-the-line laser tag.
01x03 - Hedge Fund Homeboys Season 1 / Episode 3: - Hedge Fund Homeboys

Richard Castle: Reading the paper? You are gonna lose all of your wired-teen-hyper-texting-nano-gizmo street cred.
Alexis Castle: I'm a rebel. I kick it old school.
Richard Castle: [referring to cup of coffee on counter] Is this...
Alexis Castle: Cream, two sugars.
Richard Castle: Thanks. Style section. Anything I need to know?
Alexis Castle: The '70s are back.
Richard Castle: Hmm. They're like the Highlander, they just won't die. [pause] Morning, Mother. You're dressed early.
Martha Rodgers: Ah! I have class.
Richard Castle: I believe that's a matter of some debate.
Martha Rodgers: At the New School, funny man. Look, it's not that I don't appreciate everything you've done, but, a girl has to stand on her own two feet.
Richard Castle: What's the class?
Martha Rodgers: "Introduction To Life Coaching". It's always been my desire to make a difference, wether on stage or off. And I've had cards made.
Alexis Castle: [stammering] That's my ID... It says here I'm your client.
Richard Castle: Well, of course you are. Haven't I been telling you what to do your whole life?
Alexis Castle: Oh, uh, Dad, Julie Schmidt's father's back in rehab, so a spot just opened to chaperone the D.C. trip.
Richard Castle: Where is the... How did you know Julie's dad was back in rehab?
Martha Rodgers: Must be a wired-teen-hyper-nano thing. So what do you say?
Richard Castle: Sorry, kiddo, but with you away, my chaperoning duties reside here. Or are you forgetting what happened the last time we left her alone?
Alexis Castle: So she had a little party.
Richard Castle: There were lime shards embedded in the walls.
Martha Rodgers: It was Cinco de Mayo.
Alexis Castle: Exactly.
Richard Castle: [phone rings, plays "Dracula" theme] I hear dead people. [answers phone] Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?
01x03 - Hedge Fund Homeboys Season 1 / Episode 3: - Hedge Fund Homeboys

Martha Rodgers: Now does this look like a wild group? For your information, I am hosting a seminar for my life coaching class, "Be the Change You Want To See".
Richard Castle: How very Zen of you.
Alexis Castle: Dad, come on, be supportive. She's trying to help people.
Richard Castle: Yeah, to my liquor cabinet.
Martha Rodgers: No. This is going to be a very civilized affair. Now, off, off, off, off. Have fun! [behind a closed door] Haha! Okay! Who wants a drink? [cork pops, crowd cheers]
01x03 - Hedge Fund Homeboys Season 1 / Episode 3: - Hedge Fund Homeboys

Richard Castle: Reading the paper? You are gonna lose all of your wired-teen-hyper-texting-nano-gizmo street cred.
Alexis Castle: I'm a rebel. I kick it old school.
Richard Castle: [referring to cup of coffee on counter] Is this...
Alexis Castle: Cream, two sugars.
Richard Castle: Thanks. Style section. Anything I need to know?
Alexis Castle: The '70s are back.
Richard Castle: Hmm. They're like the Highlander, they just won't die. [pause] Morning, Mother. You're dressed early.
Martha Rodgers: Ah! I have class.
Richard Castle: I believe that's a matter of some debate.
Martha Rodgers: At the New School, funny man. Look, it's not that I don't appreciate everything you've done, but, a girl has to stand on her own two feet.
Richard Castle: What's the class?
Martha Rodgers: "Introduction To Life Coaching". It's always been my desire to make a difference, wether on stage or off. And I've had cards made.
Richard Castle: [stammering] That's my ID... It says here I'm your client.
Martha Rodgers: Well, of course you are. Haven't I been telling you what to do your whole life?
Alexis Castle: Oh, uh, Dad, Julie Schmidt's father's back in rehab, so a spot just opened to chaperone the D.C. trip.
Richard Castle: Where is the... How did you know Julie's dad was back in rehab?
Alexis Castle: Must be a wired-teen-hyper-nano thing. So what do you say?
Richard Castle: Sorry, kiddo, but with you away, my chaperoning duties reside here. Or are you forgetting what happened the last time we left her alone?
Alexis Castle: So she had a little party.
Richard Castle: There were lime shards embedded in the walls.
Martha Rodgers: It was Cinco de Mayo!
Alexis Castle: Exactly.
Richard Castle: [phone rings, plays "Dracula" theme] I hear dead people. [answers phone] Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?
01x03 - Hedge Fund Homeboys Season 1 / Episode 3: - Hedge Fund Homeboys

Richard Castle: Reading the paper? You are gonna lose all of your wired-teen-hyper-texting-nano-gizmo street cred.
Alexis Castle: I'm a rebel. I kick it old school.
Richard Castle: [referring to cup of coffee on counter] Is this...
Alexis Castle: Cream, two sugars.
Richard Castle: Thanks. Style section. Anything I need to know?
Alexis Castle: The '70s are back.
Richard Castle: Hmm. They're like the Highlander, they just won't die. [pause] Morning, Mother. You're dressed early.
Martha Rodgers: Ah! I have class.
Richard Castle: I believe that's a matter of some debate.
Martha Rodgers: At the New School, funny man. Look, it's not that I don't appreciate everything you've done, but, a girl has to stand on her own two feet.
Richard Castle: What's the class?
Martha Rodgers: "Introduction To Life Coaching". It's always been my desire to make a difference, wether on stage or off. And I've had cards made.
Richard Castle: [stammering] That's my ID... It says here I'm your client.
Martha Rodgers: Well, of course you are. Haven't I been telling you what to do your whole life?
Alexis Castle: Oh, uh, Dad, Julie Schmidt's father's back in rehab, so a spot just opened to chaperone the D.C. trip.
Richard Castle: Where is the... How did you know Julie's dad was back in rehab?
Alexis Castle: Must be a wired-teen-hyper-nano thing. So what do you say?
Richard Castle: Sorry, kiddo, but with you away, my chaperoning duties reside here. Or are you forgetting what happened the last time we left her alone?
Alexis Castle: So she had a little party.
Richard Castle: There were lime shards embedded in the walls.
Martha Rodgers: It was Cinco de Mayo!
Alexis Castle: Exactly.
Richard Castle: [phone rings, plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor] I hear dead people. [answers phone] Who was murdered, and was it gruesome?
01x01 - Flowers for Your Grave Season 1 / Episode 1: - Flowers for Your Grave

Martha Rodgers: Hang on, Sweetie. [Looks at a man among the guests] I just got a hit on my graydar. Bingo. No ring. Stand back, kids. Momma's going fishing.

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