Castle Dial M for Mayor S04E12 (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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A woman is found dead in a town car that was on loan to the mayor. Her name is Laura Cambridge. She was strangled between 8 and 10PM last night.

They talk with him, he’s got an alibi. One of his staffers reported the car stolen last night. The car was checked out by Elizabeth Watson.

These investigations are like juggling wet dynamite.
The Captain

The vic didn’t own a cell phone or a credit card. She was a professor of literature at Hudson. She quit 6 months ago in mysterious circumstances.

She went from professor to janitor, that’s like Good Will Hunting in reverse.
Castle

The super a guy leaving Laura’s place last night. He describes a Caucasian male. They talk with her sister. The sister says that she got a call from her and she said that she was in trouble, but didn’t elaborate.

Laura worked as a phone sex operator. Laura asked the central dispatcher the contact information of a client. It was against regs, but the dispatcher complied. His name is Edgar Navarro. She wanted some digital files ripped from a hard drive. He says that she heard something bad on a call and that she needed the copy for evidence.

They go check the database and find that the calls for the last two months have been stolen.

That’s going to be like looking for a needle in a needle stack.
Castle

The mystery man calls Castle about Beckett’s safety. He gives him a number to call when he needs help. It means that this investigation is linked to something bigger.

We can narrow out suspect down to rich men with impeccable taste.
Castle

Laura activated a pay-as-you-go number a couple of days ago. She also called a book agent named Trevor Haines. He was her agent. They signed her on six months ago. She took all of those menial jobs for research. Her book was about a privileged young woman who gives up every comfort to experience life below the poverty line. She called him earlier this week about an explosive story involving a prominent New Yorker.

She was at a TV station watching B-roll footage of the mayor. They see Laura on the footage next to the mayor. He denied knowing her and he’s wearing the coat that matches the traces they found on his body.

Laura was fired from the Reading Foundation where she worked as a volunteer for copying sensitive files. The foundation recently found that $2.3 million were missing from their accounts. They are running an internal investigation. When Beckett mentions the mayor, the woman in charge implies that he might be implicated.

Once Gates knows about this, she’ll immediately get rid of Castle. Gates tells her to ask the Mayor for this coat without filing the warrant. If he refuses, then she should file it.

The Mayor refuses to hand over the coat. He also knows about the missing money in his charity. The Mayor thinks that this is a conspiracy against him because he’s getting ready to launch a campaign for governor.

The Mayor gives a conference. Castle calls the mystery man. The man tells him to listen to the evidence. The calls? The calls.

Castle calls Beckett and asks her to come to the phone sex place. Castle says that Laura was trying to listen to the tapes, not watch them. She was trying to identify someone from her sex calls. It’s Jordan Morris, deputy assistant to the mayor’s chief of staff.

He was texting numbers to a burner cell, banking numbers that allowed the people behind the conspiracy make it look like the Mayor embezzled funds from the foundation. Jordan called a number to make Laura disappear, after he confessed what was going on. Before he can reveal the name, a lawyer shows up. He gets Jordan out before he can reveal the names.

The Mayor talks with Ricky and tells him that he realized that he won’t be running for Governor or President anytime soon. People have decided that he is only going to stay mayor.

The mystery man says that the Mayor was disgraced so that Castle can keep an eye on Beckett so that she doesn’t poke into her mom’s investigation.

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