Castle Tick Tick Tick S02E17 (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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A serial killer goes after Beckett because she is Nikki Heat to him. Castle feels guilt and the episode finishes with a bang.

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Castle tells Beckett that his book Heatwave will be turned into a movie. Beckett gets a call from someone reporting a murder. He says that he’s a fan of Beckett and that he committed the murder. The phone call came from Grand Central Station. They find a body nearby. He was shot with a .45.

They have sort of a witness. The victim is Alex Peterman. Beckett says that he got the impression that the murdered did this for fun.

Martha tells Castle that she is thinking of moving in with her boyfriend.

Castle goes to the morgue. They find letters engraved in the bullets. They spell out Nikki for Nikki Heat. Back at the station, they get another call from the killer. The second murder is at the Central Park carousel. They head over there and find another body. She was shot 4 times with a .45. The letters on these bullets spell out Will. Castle feels responsible, but Beckett makes him rethink his problems. The feds arrive to take jurisdiction. Special Agent Jordan Shaw will take over.

The latest victim is a dogwalker named Michelle Lewis. Shaw has got an iPhone app to scan prints. Back at the station, Agent Shaw has set up a war room. It’s pretty incredible with those gigantic board-like touchscreens. I wonder if they are real. They find a match through some prints.

Beckett says that Castle has been surprisingly helpful on her cases. Shaw finds this interesting and is surprised that they aren’t sleeping together. Castle catches the suspect by tasering him. His pinkie finger is missing. He tells them that he found an online ad for a pinkie. He got paid $5K. The killer warned him that he would plant his fingerprint at a murder scene, so this dude has got an alibi. Beckett finds a code on the bandage.

They haven’t been able to crack the code. They are missing a reference key. Castle decodes it. He says that the numbers reference are for pages and words for Heatwave. The killer warns them that he is going to kill someone tonight before midnight if they can’t stop him.

The lab found traces of embalming fluid. He must work at a mortuary. They find 6 matching names. Shaw starts to understand why Beckett mentioned that Castle was helpful.

They get the mortuary employees, but it was just another bait. He calls the station. He wanted her to stop him.

They trace the call and find some trace evidence. Some hair and some blood, as well as some shell casings. They haven’t found a body yet. Beckett finds a blood trail. He put the body into his trunk.

Shaw sends Beckett home for a rest. Castle is worried about her. He goes by her place with a bottle of wine. Castle sleeps on her couch to protect her. The next morning, she finds him making breakfast. When he goes to get the paper, he finds the body of the woman leaning against his door. Esposito and Ryan want to know more about the night Castle spent with Beckett. Even Shaw makes a little comment. The last bullets spell out Burn. Nikki will burn. The dead girl is a taxidermist. The killer and the latest victim are connected. Her name is Sandra Keller. Some guy wanted his dog stuffed. Sandra and the client had a run-in. Michelle walked the Rottweiler who killed his dog. It had to be put down. Peterman was an attorney. He refused to take the case. The killer is Ben Conrad. They’ve ID him.

Shaw is a mom. Beckett is surprised. While they get ready to raid his place, Beckett gets a call from Conrad. He knows that the feds are there. He’s actually in his apartment and he’s got a gun. He shoots himself in the head. Conrad was planning a cellphone detonator. He was extracting cyclenite from the formaldehyde, a military grade explosive. He was planning on destroying the precinct, with Beckett.

Alex has trouble with her grandmother leaving. Castle says that she’ll be back in 6 months.

Castle figures out that the evidence was planted to lead them to Ben Conrad. This means Beckett. This is because the writing on the bandage was left-handed and Ben Conrad killed himself with his right hand. Someone was pulling his strings. She picks up the phone just long enough for him to warn her. She hears a recording saying Goodbye Nikki and we see her apartment explode.

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