Castle Knockout S03E24 (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 named Castle, 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 favors 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.

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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Castle is hyped because a graphic novel based on Derek Storm just came out. Beckett is busy visiting Lockwood in prison. She learns that one hour ago, Lockwood was released into gen pop. He is going to kill McCallister. He manages to kill him before he is stopped. It’s an inside job.

During arraignment, Beckett spots some fake cops. They are going to break Lockwood out. He gets away in a helicopter. Wow, that must have cost a pretty penny. Lockwood is after someone else, that’s why they broke him out. Lockwood is after the 3rd cop involved. He’s in town. The Captain tells Esposito and Ryan to put a detail on Beckett and not to hesitate to put Lockwood down if they get the chance.

They find the chopper. It was stolen before it was reported missing. It belonged to a hedge fund manager.

Jim Beckett, Beckett’s dad, comes to see Castle. He wants him to convince Beckett to back down. He doesn’t want to lose her.

They checked financials on all of the people who could have forged the prisoner transfer into gen pop. It’s Ryker. He got $50K. They find him dead in his place. The money came from the Dubai branch of a Swiss bank. They check him up. He looks clean. They found him the same way that Beckett did. They ran financials on everyone at the prison to locate someone with financial difficulties like Ryker. The 3rd cop is the one holding Lockwood’s leash. He got this info. They are checking the files again to find the cop. They’ve done this a few times before and came up empty. Castle finds out a doctored file. Two other reports were altered. A name was changed to Napolitano. A new typewriter was used. It’s not the same as the original.

Castle asks Montgomery to take Beckett off the case. The case is going to get her killed. Montgomery says that he can’t do that. The only one who can make her back down is Castle. The Captain tells him that. He goes to see Beckett. She doesn’t really listen to him and tells him to leave.

Esposito and Ryan find Yanavich, the sergeant in records who could have altered the reports.

Lockwood pays Montgomery a visit. Montgomery knows who Lockwood is working for. He promised to keep Beckett on a leash. He wants Montgomery to set her up so that they can take her out. Montgomery is the 3rd cop involved with Raglan and McCallister. The next day, it looks like Montgomery puts his affairs in order.

Beckett has been ignoring Castle’s calls. Well, Montgomery is luring her to the hangar. Esposito and Ryan find out that Yanavich bought a bar. They check it out. He tells them about Montgomery. McCallister and Raglan trained him. He altered the records. Esposito has trouble coming to grips with the info. They know that Beckett is in danger. Meanwhile, Beckett is at the hangar. They text her. Montgomery is waiting for her with a drawn gun. Montgomery says that he isn’t going to jail. He talks about some big guy, who took the money and became even bigger. Roy says that he used her to lure them here. Castle is here. Roy tells him to get her out of here. Castle carries her out. The Captain goes out shooting. As he lays dying, the captain tells Lockwood that he saw to Beckett’s safety. He shoots Lockwood dead. Beckett comes running and finds the carnage.

Beckett, Castle, Esposito and Ryan kept Montgomery’s involvement from everyone. The show ends with Montgomery’s NYPD funeral. During her speech, Castle sees a reflection. It’s a sniper. He shoots Beckett. It looks like she dies. Before she expires, or because Castle thinks she does, he tells her that he loves her.

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