Castle Nanny McDead S01E02 (ABC)

Stana Katic on the left and Radha Mitchell, über-hotness
Stana Katic on the left and Radha Mitchell, über-hotness

[For more about the incredible Radha Mitchell]

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. Unlike most of my other recaps, this is one that I did the day after, by memory. I believe that this way, you get a distilled version of the show.

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.

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.

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I thought that his episode was pretty good. Castle knows how to look for criminals, but Beckett knows that crimes don’t always follow the same rules. They make an interesting combo.

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Castle has to sign some documents so that he can follow Beckett around. She goes to her next case. A nanny named Suzanne Manning was found spinning in a dryer in a building in downtown. Beckett has footage of her arriving via the CCTV cameras in the elevator, but she never left.

She suspects the other workers, but Castle has her reconsider. Anyone in the building might be the killer. They check everyone out but they don’t find any leads. Manning was a nanny for the Petersons. The husband was having an affair and he used Suzanne to cover for him with his wife.

Suzanne got the job thanks to Chloe a friend. She noticed that Suzanne wasn’t coming home on the days that the husband was there. She made them think about him as a suspect. He mentions her ex-boyfriend, who’s got a cast-iron alibi. Even if they have some voicemails from him, there is nothing that they can do. It turns out that he also knew about the fact that she had someone new in her life.

Castle notices from the CCTV footage that it took Suzanne longer to go down to the basement the last time. She also didn’t have a phone. They investigate the 15th floor and come upon the Harris family. Chloe is their nanny. They quickly find Suzanne’s cell phone in the Harris bedroom. Ian was having an affair with her.

What they didn’t know is that Ian was also having an affair with Chloe. It was too much for the girl. She must have killed Suzanne. They have footage of her arriving at the basement. They rush to her apartment, only to find her gone to the Harris place. They arrive and Chloe has knocked out Ian. The Harris family is fine, but Chloe has gone to the basement.

Beckett is able to talk her down and to surrender to her. Castle appreciated how she did this.

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