Castle When the Bough Breaks S02E05 (ABC)

Castle title card via Wikipedia

Castle title card via Wikipedia

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.

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.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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.

ABC has started to release chapters of Richard Castle’s new book Heat Wave on its website. They are up to chapter 8 and I haven’t started yet, but it’s a pretty cool tie-in to the show.

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A recent Eastern European immigrant was found dead. They are able to trace her ID and this leads them to a strange case that involves a doctor and a child. Castle’s new novel is doing extremely well. An initial offer to do some James Bond books lead to an even bigger one to do more Nikki Heat novels.

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Castle’s book agent shows up at his house early in the morning. She’s got some big news. She says that they want him to write three new James Bond books. Beckett calls. Castle doesn’t answer in time. They found a body in side a manhole. She was killed by a BFT. Castle arrives. She’s a Jane Doe. She’s an Eastern European immigrant. They trace this through her dental work. A note was found on her body. It was covered in Polish letters and from a candy wrapper.

The owner recognized the photo. They trace her home. Her name is Aliska Sokol. The super shows them the apartment. The vic hated someone. They find a photo with a woman’s face scratched out.

Martha mentions that if he gets that Bond book deal, he’ll be out of Beckett’s hair since he’ll have to postpone writing another Nikki Heat novel. Martha says that Beckett probably did fine without him. This kind of disturbs Castle. When he arrives at the precinct, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have already done all of the legwork from the photo they found. They found the park in which it was taken and they are trying to find the woman. Castle’s suggestions are irrelevant. He feels superfluous.

They trace the woman to a building. The building manager says that Aliska worked here in client services. Aliska was fired because of an incident with Mrs. Talbot. The Talbots say that Aliska gave Zane a lollipop. She seemed overly familiar with Zane. Mrs. Talbot mentioned this to the manager, and she didn’t know that she was fired until now.

I think that Zane might be Aliska’s child. Esposito used to be married to Hyek, an abusive ex-husband. He does a runner. They catch him. He ran because his visa expired years ago. They tell her that Aliska is dead. He doesn’t have an alibi. The domestic disturbance was because she wanted to leave him. He didn’t want him to go. He reminded her of their son. He died 3 years ago. He shows them a picture of his family.

The ex-husband’s alibi checks out. The neighbors say that they saw him go to bed. They go back to the building for another canvas. A neighbor saw her arguing with her. The sketch is of Talbot. He says that he was having an affair with Aliska. They met when she was working at a hospital. He tried breaking if off with her, but she wouldn’t. She started getting familiar with Zane, as if she was getting ready to become part of his family. It just got too much. It was a relief when she was fired. Zane and Mrs. Talbot arrive. He’s got an alibi. Someone filed a complaint against Aliska.

Ryan and Esposito go to Heat Wave’s launch. Beckett arrives. The captain is there as well. He says that Castle will be happy to see her. Debra tells him that he got an official offer from the Bond people. The dedication was to Kate Beckett and his friends at the 12th precinct. They get into a little tiff over Nikki Heat and James Bond. Can someone say sexual tension? The next day, they are still at it. Aliska was seen hanging around a park and talking to a kid. Someone paid her rent after she was dead. A friend picks up her mail every day. It’s Melissa Talbot. They stake out the place and find her going for the mail. It’s not Talbot, it’s the nurse from Talbot’s medical practice. Talbot wanted her to get the checks that he sent Aliska. She recants Talbot’s alibi. He left at 6PM. This means that he could have killed her.

The woman that filed a complaint had a baby at the same time as Aliska. They get the Talbots to the precinct. Aliska swabbed Zane’s mouth. Aliska sent two swabs to a lab in New Jersey. Talbot says that he is sorry. He says that their baby was sick so he switched it for another. Talbot killed Aliska. Zane wasn’t Talbot’s child, he was Aliska’s.

Hayek meets Melissa. He wants to be a part of Zane’s life and Talbot is letting him. This is really messed up. Talbot wants to know about her son who died. He gives her the photo.

Beckett thanks him for his help. They shake hands. Their phones start ringing. Heat Wave is selling novels. He gets a big offer to do three more Nikki Heat novels. Debra already spoke to the mayor. This deal is going through.

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