Castle Cuffed S04E10 (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.

The fourth season just started and needless to say that Beckett is still alive, although she’s different. The precinct is different too, thanks to a new female Captain. Breckett was incommunicado for a while, but when she comes back she’s surprised to learn that the investigation was shut down by Gates and that it made no progress. Castle helps her out, and they are warned by a man who received Montgomery’s files to stop investigating Beckett’s mother’s murder. It doesn’t stop Castle from continuing the investigation on his own.

This whole unrequited love between Beckett and Castle is getting a bit old. It reminds me of Bones and Booth in Bones. When will they get it on? Pretty cool episode that involves Castle and Beckett cuffed to each other as well as a tiger. It will end in tears.

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Beckett wakes up next to Castle in bed. They are cuffed. They were drugged and abducted. They have trouble remembering what happened this morning. They are in some room.

The action starts up again earlier in the day. They come across Esposito and Laney having an argument. There is a dead body in a seedy motel. Someone burned off the vic’s fingerprints. He registered as Jack Sparrow. The dead guy has a similar injection as Beckett has on the small of her back.

They find the address of a café in the DB’s pockets. From the note, they get an address. It leads them to a house in Queens. The house is deserted. They hear something calling for them. It’s an old lady in a cage. She smiles creepily at them. That’s the last thing that they remember.

The John Doe turned up at the café with some dude with a goatee. Esposito tells Ryan that his upcoming Christmas road trip to her family’s place in Florida is a relationship test. Beckett finds the light switch. They are in a creepy room. There is a freezer in the room. They find a hatch.

The dead guy was smothered. He was sedated. Ryan and Esposito are getting worried about Beckett and Castle. They find her squad car. It was dumped. The guy was picked up by another man.

Castle is trying to open the combo lock on the freezer. After a few times, they manage to open it. They find a lot of cuffs and some bloody kill tools.

Laney is able to recover some partials, which they match up to the envelope piece. It comes back to Harvey Spooner. He’s gone missing as well.

Agent Chuck Martinez from the DEA comes looking. He was the guy with Spooner at the café. He thinks that Spooner was smuggling drugs from the Mexican cartels. They set up a sting but it backfired. Spooner agreed to tell them everything if they guaranteed his safety. By the time he got the approval, it was too late. Spooner told Martinez that the rig isn’t filled with what they think. They find the rig. Inside, they find a box filled with air holes and blood.

Some scary looking dude closes the hatch. They hear some Arabic. It sounds like human trafficking. They start digging through the one wall that’s not cinder blocks. On the other side, they find a tiger. The tiger breaks through the wall.

Spooner was smuggling some people.

Ryan finds the barcode of the postal code. They storm the place in Queens. They find a hatch. Some brothers were living here. Also, Spooner came over with his rig. A neighbor heard the truck. This isn’t the first house that they were squatting in. There was another house to which Spooner made a late night delivery a few months ago. They cross-reference the known facts and come up with 11 possibles. They divvy up the list and check them out.

Esposito and Ryan hit pay dirt after a few houses. They hear Castle and Beckett shouting. They find them. They are cornered by the animal smugglers. They let them go and free Castle and Beckett. They arrest the smugglers.

They were breeding tigers in Texas, where it is legal.

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