Castle Hell Hath No Fury S01E04 (ABC)

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

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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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The sexual tension between Beckett and Castle starts to heat up when she shows up at the reading of his latest book. Also, they investigate a murder.

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Some dude is dead. Castle is annoying Beckett. He’s watching her doing paperwork. Castle has got a book coming out today. He’s hiding. They go to the new crime scene.

They found a dead guy in a rug. He was killed with a .38. Castle takes some photos with his camera. Castle knows the deceased. Jeff Horn was a city counsellor. He was running for re-election. The new widow is distraught and hasn’t got much to offer.

I’m a wiseass, not a jackass.
Castle to Beckett

Castle’s mom calls him and tells him that his novel isn’t selling. It’s been on sale for two hours. Esposito finds the wallet, the money and the credit cards are missing. Beckett says that this murder was premeditated. They question his campaign manager. He last saw him the night before. Horn has been receiving hate mail from Creeson, some billionaire. Horn killed Creeson’s latest project, to develop a place into a hot happening club. The people living in that neighbourhood were against it. That’s why he killed the project. They question Creeson.

Castle tells Beckett that he emailed the crime scene to a decorator. He sent pictures of the rug. The decorator knew where the rug came from. It came from one of Creeson’s hotel rooms. They bring Creeson in for questioning. He didn’t arrive at his club until midnight. Neither Beckett nor Castle think that Creeson is guilty, but he’s connected to it.

Beckett starts questioning Creeson. He says that he was sleeping before arriving at the club at midnight. He doesn’t say much about his alibi. They can hear Castle behind the glass calling Creeson lame loudly. Creeson says that he didn’t have to kill him, he only had to wait because Bollinger was going to win the election. He had some info on Horn that would make him win the election. He hands them a folder. Horn was having an affair with some blonde hottie. They go to question the PI who found the info.

Esposito says that the rug is a dead end. Creeson unloaded a few last month. He also gave some to thrift stores. They talk with Kirby, the PI. He says that she was a pro. He shows them the prostitutes’ website. Castle calls VIP Liaisons and sets up a date with Tiffany, the girl who was in the photos that Kirby took. Beckett isn’t happy. She tried to stop him.

Castle got the squad an ultra expensive espresso machine. Later, Castle and Alexis are cutting onions by wearing some special glasses so that they don’t start crying. Castle’s mom has found a bad review of Castle’s book. That’s why his novels aren’t selling. She found it in the Syracuse Times Reader. Castle isn’t that worried, but she’s just acting up. Castle gets a call from Tiffany. He calls Beckett. They set up a date to question her. She saw him twice a week. He came to see her a few weeks ago. He couldn’t see her anymore. Someone was trying to blackmail him with photos. Horn was making payoffs. He couldn’t continue because his campaign would notice.

They go back to see Bollinger. Bollinger is worried about his seat. Laurie Bollinger is running against him. At least 300 people had access to the photos at Bollinger’s. Beckett plans on following the money trail at the Horn campaign. They tell the manager that inevitably, these sorts of things will come out in the media, not by the police, but they have a way of getting out.

Kirby was blackmailing Horn. He has a .38 as well. He admits to blackmailing Horn. He met Horn one last time. Horn wanted to make this all go away. Kirby asked for $250K. The night he was killed, he was going to meet Kirby to give him the money. If Kirby is telling the truth, Horn had a quarter of a million dollars on him when he was killed.

Alexis reads Castle some great reviews his last book got. Something she says makes him think that Laurie Horn might be the killer. After seeing all of the guys enjoy the espresso machine, and purposefully not using it, Beckett gives it a try. Castle pops in and she drops her cup.

Castle tells Beckett that Horn wasn’t wealthy. His wife was very wealthy. She financed his first campaign. According to bank records, she liquidated $300K last week. It happened a few days before he died. They talk with Laurie. She says that he forged her signature. When she found out, she confronted him. She knew that he was having an affair. That night, he phoned that said that he had the money. That was the last that she heard from her. They found the money at her house. How can she explain this?

She said that she had someone kill her husband. They arrest Frank Nesbitt, the campaign manager. He tries to do a runner when he is arrested. They find the weapon in Nesbitt’s office. He confessed. He figured if the scandal broke, he’d be ruined goods. He wanted to stop it.

Beckett and Castle get congratulations from the Captain. Castle is late for a reading. He runs to get there. His book is selling like hotcakes. Speaking of hotties, Beckett shows up in a sumptuous red dress. She makes of him. Beckett isn’t happy when she learns that the character that Castle is basing on her is named Nikki Heat.

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