Castle Head Case S04E03 (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.

The fourth season just started and needless to say that Beckett is still alive, although she’s different. The precinct is different too, thanks to a new female Captain. Breckett was incommunicado for a while, but when she comes back she’s surprised to learn that the investigation was shut down by Gates and that it made no progress. Castle helps her out, and they are warned by a man who received Montgomery’s files to stop investigating Beckett’s mother’s murder. It doesn’t stop Castle from continuing the investigation on his own.

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Alexis doesn’t get into Stanford.

A van ran over a body. All they have is a big trail of blood, no body. At 6:40AM, there were gunshots. The van was seen fleeing the scene at 7AM. They trace the suitcase to a make. It’s pricey, so rare.

They trace the van to some storage facility close to the murder site. They find some kind of lab. It looks like someone is freezing people cryogenically.

They find a lot of bodies frozen. The company is called Passageway. His name is Lester Hamilton. They were made aware of his death thanks to a biopulse watch. They took the body to have it frozen. Dr. Ari Weiss is there with his attorney.

The can’t get the body without a warrant and the DA won’t grant them one.

Hamilton’s office was broken into and his computer was smashed. The wife won’t release the body. The briefcase contained his research on the Ambrosia project. It’s missing. Lester was developing implants that would cause the body to produce young cells instead of old ones. He expected to extend life by about 10 years. Most of the money would have gone to Beau Randolph, a porn mogul. He fancies himself as a VC.

Randolph and Hamilton had a falling out. Hamilton preached an open-source approach, while Randolph wanted to rake in the billions.

Hamilton was having breakfast with Randolph at 6:30AM. There was a lot of screaming involved.

They go question him. He says that he knows who killed him. Randolph thinks that Hamilton went ahead with human testing, after the NIH refused human trials. Then he told Randolph to take a hike.

His gun was fired this morning. Randolph wants a lawyer. He says he shot at some pigeons.

They make a deal with Passageway to obtain the body. Since it was damaged, it’s of no use. They keep the head. The bullets don’t match.

Esposito has got a dead pigeon that was found on Randolph’s roof. It has a slug in it.

The prints in Hamilton’s office match Eddie Peck, one of his students. His father works for Smith Briar Pharmaceuticals. They question him. He wanted him to change his grade, not steal his grade. He followed Hamilton to some seedy hotel. He offered to change Peck’s grade after he saw him there.

The seedy hotel is filled with medical equipment. It’s an operating room.

The DNA on lab equipment is all of Hamilton’s. Laney even found brain matter. They get a warrant for the head. They find his head missing.

Beckett is going hard at Weiss. There was a break in. It was taken by Dr. Boyd, Hamilton’s colleague. Beckett gets the good doctor.

Hamilton had a stage 4 brain tumor. He wanted Boyd to operate on him. He did 5 procedures over a month. The treatment failed.

Boyd has got an alibi for the day that Hamilton was killed. They now think that the wife is responsible because the tumor would have destroyed Hamilton’s brain, so cryogenic preservation wasn’t an option. She killed him in order to have another lifetime with him.

They talk with her. They found her husband’s briefcase in her building. It had traces of her husband’s blood on it.

The wife commits suicide after confessing.

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