Kate Beckett: I'm telling you, something happened, something changed. It's been weird between us lately.
Lanie Parish: Lately? Kate, it's been weird for four years.
Kate Beckett: No. This is different. He's different. It's like he's pulling away.
Lanie Parish: Well, can you blame him? He's probably tired of waiting.
Kate Beckett: Waiting for what?
Lanie Parish: What do you think? The guy is crazy about you, snd despite your little act, you're crazy about him.
Lanie Parish: Oh, what? Was that supposed to be some big secret?
Kate Beckett: [with mixed indignation and defensiveness] Yes!
Kate Beckett: [deflating, being honest with herself] No. Do you think he knows?
Lanie Parish: You remember how he used to be? Girl on either arm? You really don't see that guy too much anymore. Why do you think that is? He's waiting for you.
Kate Beckett: Yeah, but, Lanie...
Lanie Parish: I know. You're dealing with stuff. But you cannot ask him to wait forever... Unless, of course, you're okay with him pulling away.
Kate Beckett: What if it doesn't work? What if it ends up like you and Javi?
Lanie Parish: Well, at least we gave it a shot. And so it didn't work out. So what? Now we can move on. Give or take the occasional booty call.
Kate Beckett: I just, I don't wanna lose what we have, you know?
Lanie Parish: Girl, please. What exactly do you have? Really?
Kate Beckett: A friendship?
Lanie Parish: No. What you and I have, is a friendship. What you and Castle have is a holding pattern. How long can you circle before the fuel runs out?
Alexis Castle: How do you do it, Dad?
Richard Castle: Do what?
Alexis Castle: Well, that letter that you have framed in your office.
Richard Castle: My first manuscript rejection.
Alexis Castle: Yeah. How can you stand having it there?
Richard Castle: Because it drives me. And I got twenty more of those before Black Pawn ever agreed to publish "In a Hail of Bullets". That letter... that letter reminds me of what I've overcome. Rejection isn't failure.
Alexis Castle: It sure feels like failure.
Richard Castle: No, failure is giving up. Everybody gets rejected. It's how you handle it that determines where you'll end up.
Alexis Castle: My whole life has been about making sure I could get into any college I wanted. What's it about now?
Richard Castle: Give it time. You'll figure it out.