Castle Kill the Messenger S02E08 (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 dead bike courier leads them to a convoluted case. Beckett and Castle are in full form.

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A bike courier gets nailed by a car. Beckett calls Castle. They’ve got a case. The courier’s bag was stolen. The package was sent by a known terror suspect. The captain calls a full tactical company. Some bozo at the courier company wrote down the name wrong.

They break down the door of the apartment where the package came from and find an old lady named Niederman. She doesn’t know what was in the package. The company wrote down the name wrong. Her favorite nephew gave her the package 10 years ago. Brady called this morning to send it to Montgomery. He was the one that sent him to jail. Brady got shanked in prison this morning. Montgomery wants to investigate his wife. The bike messenger’s sister arrives at the station. Beckett informs her about her brother’s death.

They hear the dead man’s phone calls to his aunt and wife. He warned his wife and son to leave the house. Brady was the model prisoner. Montgomery thinks that it was hit.

They managed to trace the wife and the son. Her husband got $7,000 every month for taking the fall. She says that the package contained his insurance policy, which exonerated him in some fashion. The payments started being late and short. That’s when Brady decided to messenger the package. This amounts to almost a million over the last 10 years. Someone was also monitoring his phone calls. This means that someone at the prison is involved. Beckett and Castle want to investigate the original murder, the one that Brady took the fall for. The ME found something strange in the autopsy report from 10 years ago. Brady lied about killing her and what he killed her with. He wants to exhume the body.

The captain talked with Olivia’s friend. Olivia is the girl that Brady apparently confessed to killing. She came to a club 10 years ago and had a heated argument with Jeff Delahunt. He’s got a multi-million dollar trust fund. He’s got an alibi. He was arrested with some cousins that night. He shows them a photo of the Wellesley’s. That night, Olivia went to the Pearson Club. They were having some kind of Wellesley family party. She had a heated argument with someone. Delahunt points them in the right direction of the Wellesley’s, all of whom wore the same getup for that night, dictated by their family matriarch.

They trace him thanks to Olivia’s friend. They find Trent Wellesley. He says that he had seen his uncle with her before. They ask Winston for his alibi. He hasn’t got one. He makes hasty exit. Castle thinks that he was having an affair with Olivia, but that’s not enough for motive.

Olivia’s aunt says that Winston Wellesley paid for her funeral. She also approves the exhumation order. Montgomery was able to find the prison guard roster.

Blake Wellesley is running for senator and comes to see Montgomery. He wants to create interference, but Montgomery isn’t having any of it. Castle approves of how he rebuffs the senator.

It turns out that the coffin is empty. Someone removed her body at one point. The mortuary must have switched the body out at some point. Castle remembers that these high-end coffins had a little drawer in them. They see a photo of Edna Debiasse. She worked for one of the Wellesley’s campaigns in 1978. She was Olivia’s mom.

During the campaign, Casper had his sons Winston and Blake ran his campaign office. They must have crossed paths. Winston was lying once again. Olivia found out that her father was a Wellesley. He is her father. He was on the verge of telling everyone when she died. He is surprised that her body was missing. Esposito and Ryan found out that Winston was with a lover that night named Stanley.

They have the prison guard. He’s been depositing large amounts of money into his account.

It’s highly unlikely that Winston is the father. They question Blake again. He slept with Edna in 1978. Winston lets it slip that his mother was involved. They talk with her. She says that Olivia came to see her. She gave him Winston as her father. She took care of killing her.

Frank Davis is the one who killed them. He was the family fixer. Frank couldn’t make the payments when the matriarch lost her faculties.

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