Castle Sucker Punch S02E13 (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.

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Beckett’s latest case ties back to her mother’s murder. She wants to run with it, even if it is somewhat painful to do so.

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Coonan, an enforcer for the Irish mob, was found killed. He was armed and ready with a shotgun. Someone managed to kill him.

They go see his brother Richard, who builds school in Afghanistan. Beckett and Castle visit the Westies, an Irish mob outfit. Rourke is in charge, but he’s not talking. They find some Irish dudes beating Mario Mendoza, some drug dealer that was just released from jail. Mario isn’t talking either. He ran dope for the Latin Kings.

Coonan’s killer was over 6’ tall, so it’s not Mario. Lanie is acting weird. Castle picks up on this.

Coonan was talking to the feds. A fed comes calling when Beckett makes a call. Coonan wasn’t an informant. It never got that far. Beckett thinks that they need to talk to Rourke again.

Rourke says that he sent Jackie to find the bastards who brought in the drugs into his neighborhood. Only they punished him instead. They both spot a girl named Molly looking at them. She follows them out a few minutes later. She knew Jack and she knew that he wanted out. She gives them a key to a bus locker. Jack instructed her to give it to the cops if anything happened to him. The locker is filled with some motivational DVDs. Inside the packages, they find heroin.

The DVDs are of Johnny Vong, a motivational speaker. His DVD boxes are packaged in Hong Kong. They must make their way from there to here. He tries to do a runner but Esposito and Ryan get him quickly.

Vong is from California, not from Laos. He’s a Harvard MBA. He plays a role and admits to importing dope for someone. He’s so scared that he won’t talk.

Lanie brings in Dr. Clark Murray, a forensic pathologist. Castle knows him. They think that a professional killer is behind the kills. He kills with a single blow and tries to camouflage his skill with other post-mortem strikes. The knife used is one that Special Forces favored in the 1st Gulf War. There are 5 kills in total. This goes back 10 years. Coonan was killed by the same man who killed Beckett’s mother 10 years ago.

Beckett is livid that Lanie kept this from her. Lanie told her when she knew it was 100%. The captain asks her if she wants to stay on this case. She says no.

Beckett goes to see her dad. He gives her a pep talk. She goes to see Castle. Martha gives her a hug. Beckett says that she wants to find the man who killed her mother. Castle says that they need to break Vong. It’s easy. He says that he works for Dick Coonan.

Dick hired a professional killer to kill his brother. His name was Rathborne. They go back to see Coonan. They get him into the precinct. Coonan wants transactional immunity and only then will he cough up Rathborne. He gets it.

Beckett wants Coonan to call in a hit on Vong. The problem is that it will cost $100K. Castle offers it up for Beckett so that they can catch the bastard. They try to catch him but utterly fail. Later, Castle realizes that Coonan knew all about Beckett’s mother. They know that there was no Rathborne. The killer was Coonan.

Coonan takes Castle hostage. The captain notices something wrong and pulls his gun. It’s going down. Castle headbutts Coonan in the face with the back of his head and Coonan reels back, his face covered in blood. Beckett shoots him.

Before he was shot, Coonan said that she would never find who ordered the hit on her mom. They were too well protected.

Castle is sorry, but Beckett tells him that he makes her job easier. She’s got a very hard job and having him around makes it more fun.

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