Famous Last Words
Season 2 | Episode 207 | Aired 11/02/2009
Beckett agrees that for Hayley, “Death” meant change. And who symbolized the most change for her? Bree Busch. It turns out that Hayley’s new producer had purchased the exact shade of lipstick that was later found painted on Hayley’s lips in a parody of Hayley’s music video. Bree admits that she’d tried to bribe Hayley with drugs but she refused them. They argued and then Hayley stormed out. Beckett doesn’t buy it, especially after Castle notices a bullet hole hidden behind one of the panels in the studio.
When Castle catches Alexis listening to Hayley’s last song again, he has a revelation. They may have the wrong killer. At the precinct, Castle and Beckett explain to Bree and her husband how Hayley’s lyrics lead them to realize that Ian had forced himself on Hayley. Ian sent texts pretending to be Bree in order to get Hayley back to the studio. There, he and Hayley had struggled until he broke her neck. He set her body up in that alley way, hoping to make it look like her stalker had done it.
Things end on a bittersweet note as a drug-free Sky sings Hayley’s last song, Threshold, at a memorial concert for her sister. Castle, Beckett, Martha and Alexis attend the candlelight tribute to the fallen Hayley Blue.