Castle The Double Down S02E02 (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 which premiered last Monday, 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 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.

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 back for another season. Beckett relents and lets him back on the squad after some groveling. Castle and the other detectives have bets running on who will solve their case first. It turns out that the murders are related, though there seems to be no connection, even though they have physical evidence.

It takes Castle’s and Beckett’s magic in order to solve this case.

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It’s pandemonium as usual at the precinct. Castle is having fun while Beckett slowly sips her coffee. Hookers are having a catfight. It’s a full moon. Castle is waiting for a case. They get a call.

Ashley Cosway was a couple’s therapist. The husband found her. She was shot a few times. Her face was covered in text. This implies that a patient killed her. After talking with the husband, they deduce that the therapist knew with whom she was having dinner with.

They have got another DB Uptown. Frank Anderson was a retired teacher. He was shot from behind.

Castle and the other cops make a bet on who solves their respective cases first.

Mrs. Rossi had dinner with Ashley. They were friends. She needed her advice as a lawyer. Something bad happened last Friday. She wanted to know how to get a restraining order. She didn’t say against whom. By running the patient names, they find out that Hal Ross had multiple assaults on his record. He was meeting Ashley at 2PM with his wife on Friday. Ross says that it was the appointment before his. A guy was swearing at Cosway fierce. Evan Hinkel had that appointment. Another cop wants in on the betting action. Esposito told her about the bet.

Kinkel canceled his appointment an hour before seeing Cosway. Cosway was going to have lunch with her husband instead. So this means that she was screaming at her husband. Beckett finds out that Ashley’s husband Jason was making a scene at a restaurant.

Beckett finds out about the betting pool. She isn’t happy about this. The husband took out a 3 million life insurance policy last month. Beckett says that she’s betting a 100 on them. They get Jason in for questioning. Jason is being evasive about his alibi. They don’t have enough evidence. Beckett is getting a warrant. Esposito and Ryan find him on the footage of the game since he was seated right behind the bench of the players. It’s an airtight alibi.

Alexis has trouble with her boyfriend.

The ME calls all detectives. They think that both cases are connected. Both victims had direct contact with the same body of water. Frank was murdered by the same person as Ashley. The salt water fish tank sent salt into the air. Anyone spending time in her office would have trace amounts on them. Frank had some. It was a transfer from the killer. They interview the families again. Frank’s daughter recognizes one of the names on the patient list: Grovner. He was involved with Frank in some incident at a school. School security had to get involved.

Ashley testified against Grovner for child abuse. He got 5 years. He was just released. Grovner has got an ankle band with GPS on his foot. He can’t leave his home.

Alexis’ problems with her boyfriend Owen are explained. He’s got a weird stalker. She knew of Owen from a girl who went to camp with him and pretended that she went there as well. It was staged.

The water sample from the fish tank didn’t match. It was another body of water. Castle has an idea. He thinks that Jason and Eric committed each others murders. The murders are connected, not the victims.

Castle and Beckett question Jason again. His alibi doesn’t really stand up. He gives them a clue without knowing. They found the body of water. The Hudson River. Both Eric and Jason take the water taxi together. The water samples match.

The detectives use an age-old interrogation tactic by pitting one suspect against the other. Eric was the weak link. They told him that Jason broke and copped a plea. Eric confesses that Jason planned everything.

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