Castle and Beckett are lured into a deadly game in Castle season 8 episode 12, “The Blame Game.” The two find themselves held captive in identical rooms with strangers, and the only way out alive is to play their captor’s twisted games.

Here are the best quotes from “The Blame Game.”

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“Darling, if you think you’re going to get top billing over Stephen King, you’re going to need more than luck.”

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Castle: “‘Richard Castle and Stephen King present.’ Wish me luck, ladies.”
Martha: “Darling, if you think you’re going to get top billing over Stephen King, you’re going to need more than luck.”

“What am I, in kindergarten again? So where’s Mrs. Finch? You are not Mrs. Finch.”
– Castle, upon waking up in a classroom

“It’s a serial killer. I’ve seen stuff like this on Dateline and it never ends well.”
– Simon

“It’s power not to play.”
Todd: “We’re powerless in here.”
Castle: “No, we’re not. It’s power not to play.”
– After finding a gun with a note that the last one standing goes free

Castle 812 2.jpg“If this isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is.”
– Meadow, wanting to break the emergency glass to the ax

“Well, this certainly is stressful.”
Patricia: “Something about this feels familiar.”
Beckett: “What do you mean?”
Patricia: “Identical rooms, the tasks. In grad school, I read a case study that examined separation anxiety in stressful situations.”
Meadow: “Well, this certainly is stressful.”

“I take back every bad thing I’ve been thinking about you.”
– Meadow to Beckett after the Captain finds the key to the lock

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“We’re going to change the rules.”
Patricia: “What are we going to do? This is all a game to our captor. We’re being manipulated.”
Beckett: “We’re going to change the rules.”

“Yes, because clearly you were helpless without us.”

Castle 812 3.jpgBeckett: “Thanks for rescuing us.”
Hayley: “Yes, because clearly you were helpless without us.”
– After the police burst into the room and Castle and Beckett already have the mastermind in their custody

“You would too if Richard Castle was your dad. I mean, the guy’s abducted, what, twice a year? I think that’s a tad above the national average.”
Hayley: “You worry a lot about your father.”
Alexis: “You would too if Richard Castle was your dad. I mean, the guy’s abducted, what, twice a year? I think that’s a tad above the national average.”
Hayley: “Yet, he always comes home. Do you know why that is?”
Alexis: “Yeah. He’s really lucky.”
Hayley: “No. He’s really good at what he does.”
Alexis: “Is he as good as you?”
Hayley: “Good heavens no. Why would you ask such a thing?”

“When Stephen King does call, at least you’ll have one hell of an icebreaker.”
Castle: “I was really looking forward to the prospect of collaborating with Stephen King.”
Beckett: “Well, you know, Castle, look on the bright side. When Stephen King does call, at least you’ll have one hell of an icebreaker.”  

Castle season 8 airs Mondays at 10pm on ABC.

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