Castle Hedge Fund Homeboys S01E03 (ABC)

Stana Katic on the left and Radha Mitchell, über-hotness

Stana Katic on the left and Radha Mitchell, über-hotness

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I’ve been a Nathan Fillion fan for quite a while. Ever since Firefly, I was really impressed by his acting. Since he is starring in a new series which premiered last Monday, I took it upon myself to watch it weekly. Unlike most of my other recaps, this is one that I did the day after, by memory. I believe that this way, you get a distilled version of the show.

Anyway, what do I like about Castle? Well it stars an obnoxious, womanizing novelist. Detective Kate Beckett is a closet hottie, played by Stana Katic. Her hotness is kind of hard to explain. The actress is quite hot, but in Castle, she toned it down. She doesn’t wear much makeup and favours a natural look, kind of like “Oh I’m hot, but I could be the girl next door, BTW, FYI, I’m still smoking hot.” That’s how I described her in my mind. She’s kind of got the ex-catwalk model look going for her, which is quite good.

So that’s a good point. Plus she’s Canadian and a good actress. That’s always a good combination. Molly C. Quinn plays Alexis, Rick Castle’s 15-year old daughter. I don’t really know how old she is, but she’s a striking looking young lady. She reminds me of my wife, who’s a redhead as well. So I have a bit of a weakness for them.

The show centers around a novelist who is brought in to help deal with a string of murders which seem to be taken from the pages of his novels. At the same time, Castle has hit massive writer’s block after killing off the hero of his mystery book franchise, Derek Storm. Through Beckett, he is able to write once again.

Halfway between a drama and a romantic comedy, Castle is a fun show to watch. The characters play around a lot, making the viewer wonder when or if they will ever get together. It didn’t take Castle long to find out what makes Beckett tick. He uses clues and his imagination deftly.

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Another pretty good episode. I like how Stana Katic actually changes outfits during this show. Usually, in TV series, people don’t.

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A body is found in a boat in Central Park. Castle has his morning routine with his family. Alexis wants her dad to chaperone some trip, but he can’t. He gets a call from Beckett. The kid was from some hot prep school. Beckett and Castle question the parents. Donny’s father worked for Lehman Brothers and lost his job. They had to downsize since. They lost everything.

Donny was on scholarship at Redding. The Kendalls couldn’t afford the tuition anymore. He was a strong student. Beckett and Castle question his friends. Donny apparently fell apart because he couldn’t cover the costs of hanging out with his friends. They say that he started dealing to make money.

They have found a large pool of blood. He was lying there for a while. The body was dragged to throw off the cops. They want to throw the scent off a potential drug deal gone wrong. A witness picks out a guy who might be the one. Castle is watching the interview. He learns how Beckett structures her interviews in order to build a case for the DA. She gets him to admit that he was at the crime scene. He wants immunity. Scoval says that he saw Donny. He says that he sold to Donny and his little buddies. He sold to his friends.

Beckett goes back to question the kids. They are guilty of obstruction. They admit to being there. They were trying to stop him. They say that some guy came to see them. He wanted his money. Donny owed them $200. He shot him. Romy identifies Scoval as the shooter.

Castle asks Alexis if she does drugs. She says that she doesn’t do drugs and in the end, her friends would bail her out. That’s what friends do. This gives Castle an idea. These kids are always flush with cash. The kids are covering for one of their own. One of them killed Donny.

Scoval says that Donny and his buddies were dealers for him. He says that when he heard the gun shot, he ran.

They go see Romy again. They check her purse and find more than $200. Romy says that they were playing Russian roulette. It was Spencer’s gun. She says that Max shot Donny by accident. They go to arrest him and find that he shot himself in the prak.

Castle wakes up and finds Alexis looking at him. She says that she jumped a turnstile. She swipes her card twice the next day and didn’t ride. She’s all in tears over nothing. Castle is relieved. Someone moved Donny’s body, but they don’t know who did. That means that someone else was involved. The ME says that it wasn’t a suicide. His blood alcohol level was .28. Someone helped him kill himself. One of the other kids put a bullet in the gun and had Max kill him. Max didn’t know it.

They question Spencer. He’s got an alibi with Brandon. He was at his dad’s club. Max confirms this. He says it too quickly, like it was rehearsed. He says that he’s got proof. Amanda shot a video of Donny getting shot.

Later Castle and Beckett talk. He thinks that Max was pretty smart to keep this video. Castle thinks that the only reason that they filmed was because they knew something happen. Donny and Amanda were dating up until a month ago. That’s when he broke up with her. They question Amanda. He broke up with her because she hooked up with Brandon. Castle tells her that Brandon told her to shoot the video. She says yes. They go see Brandon. He says that he took a walk that night and asked Spencer to cover for him. He isn’t worried. He’s pretty confident that they can’t prove anything. Castle doesn’t like him.

Castle says that Brandon had this all planned. If they were together that night, their phones would have synched. Romy’s dad hooked them up with some kind of a file server through Bluetooth. When one of them shoots a video, they all get it.

Brandon is in the interview room. He is so arrogant that he hasn’t got a lawyer or a guardian present. His phone places him near Max the night he was killed. It places him within 20′. Castle makes Brandon confess.

Castle goes to chaperone his daughter’s trip. Grandma is having another party.

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