Credit: Jordin Althaus and Vivian Zink/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Captain Gates in Season 4, Episode 4: “Kick the Ballistics”

If you think Captain Victoria Gates is too hard on our resident writer-turned-detective, Penny Johnson Jerald (Gates) says the 12th precinct’s ice queen isn’t going to warm up to him anytime soon.

But Gates’ cold shoulder has less to do with bringing down Castle than it does with elevating Beckett. Apparently, Jerald thinks Gates has a soft spot for her younger protégé, and wants to show her how to get a leg up in the patriarchal NYPD.

Jerald tells TV Guide it’s all “tough love.” She explains: “You have to better than the best because you’re a woman. I think she sees a little bit of herself in Beckett. So she wants Beckett to do it by the book so that Beckett isn’t the reason for her own demise.”

Still, would a smile every once in a while kill the woman?

Source: TV Guide