Penny Johnson Jerald teases "Gates´ big hour"






As far as the plot, there is a murder, as there is on CASTLE. And it’s coming out of [Gates' sister's] office. And we finally meet for the first time in a long time. And when that initial meeting happens, it’s explosive.
Is there room for her to return beyond this episode?
PJJ: If you’re asking if this is a one-off, I never like to say that. I always like to believe that there’s more to come, because we created this fabulous backstory — or at least Salli created [one]. I could see her coming back. I hope she definitely does come back at some point, because of how much fun we had during [filming] the episode.
Now that you’ve gotten this episode, are you talking with the writers about when we might get to learn more about Gates again?
PJJ: I think it’s the beginning of more to come. I have a sister. I want to see this infamous husband. I have children — at least I look at pictures of them in my office. It probably won’t happen this season, since we’re wrapping it up and looking at something wonderful and adventurous to happen between the Castle and Beckett characters.
But hopefully next year, we’ll see something [more] about Gates. Every time I learn something, like I have a sister, or I like dolls, or this insight into who I am, it’s making Gates more and more human. That’s what I’ve been trying to get at her from the beginning. And I think it’s happening in a great way.
Are all these little tidbits changing how you play her?
PJJ: I’m like an elephant; I don’t forget anything. Even if the writers forget something — which sometimes they do, because they have everybody to be concerned with, so truly, I have to [only] be concerned with myself — but I do [remember]. I keep all of those stories you’ve been exposed to in my diary. I keep a diary so if I’m doing a scene and there’s a reference to something, I can go, “Didn’t that happen in…?” Or “Don’t I…?” It’s a reminder of just another layer of Gates. I think it’s working, because the fans enjoy her, and how she’s unfolding and becoming this real, whole person.
So to answer your question, yes. I borrow from every script I get the information from. And it does impact what I do at that moment.
It’s great that you’re so excited for this — from what I’ve been hearing, the fans are excited to learn more about her, too.
PJJ: I had a ball. They were like, “What is she on?”
I blame it on Stana [Katic (Beckett)]. She has this coffee that’s unbelievable, so I call it the Crack Coffee. Not only did I have that every day, it is wonderful to be working every day, all day long. I get pleasure out of really working for my paycheck. I think Monday night, it will deliver.
I know you can’t say too much about what you’re filming right now, but is there anything you can tease about what is coming up?
PJJ: [Laughs] I can tell you about the episode we shot after [Monday's episode]. I learned something else about myself in that episode, and boy, was it fun! It was great to be able to go from this tense reunion with [her] sister to something that was like, let the hair down, have some fun with [in the following hour].

In the episode we’re about to start [filming] tomorrow, boy, they sure know how to wrap up a season. I mean, I could hardly take it reading it while I was on the treadmill; I thought I was going to fall off this morning! I think it’s all good. Really exciting

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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