'Castle': The 'event' is worth the hype!

castleImage Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABCCastle has a lot to live up to after the way ABC has been promoting the two-part “event” that finds Beckett, Castle, and Federal Agent Jordan Shaw (guest star Dana Delany) chasing a serial killer who’s obsessed with Nikki Heat. Last night, Part 1 did.

Just as Castle got word that Heat Wave had been optioned for a film — James McAvoy would make a great Kevin Ryan — Beckett got a phone call from a man reporting a murder. One that he’d committed. They traced the call to Grand Central Station, where they found a dead man in a phone booth. Five shots to the chest. The bullets had letters pressed into them. Castle thought they spelled “Kinki,” but Beckett reordered them to “Nikki.” Another call: The man wanted Nikki to know the next part of his message was waiting at the Central Park Carousel. Another four slugs spelling “Will.” Enter the Feds led by Delany, looking younger than she gets to on Desperate Housewives. Castle was starstruck — she’s good at her job and has cool toys that he naturally wants to touch. Watching Beckett get jealous over losing Castle’s professional interest brought humor to the episode, as did everyone finding out that Nikki and the writer tailing her in Heat Wave have sex in Chapter 11. (Note to self: Next time I’m in the book store, find Heat Wave and skim Chapter 11.)

They thought they caught the killer when they identified pinkie prints, but it turns out the killer had bought a guy’s pinkie finger for $5,000. Is that really all a pinkie is worth?! The killer had bandaged the man’s finger, and included a series of numbers that corresponded to page numbers and words in Heat Wave: “I will kill someone else before midnight tonight unless you stop me.” Angry that Beckett hadn’t figured out how to capture him in time, the killer called again and asked, “How does it feel to know that you have failed?” Again, they traced the call and ended up at a parking garage. This time: No body. He took it with him. Beckett went home and sent away her security detail. I don’t care if you sleep with a gun, that’s just stupid. What kind of cop doesn’t want added protection? It’s called back up. You call for it all the time. Luckily, it was only Castle outside her door. He brought wine and intended to spend the night since he felt responsible for getting her into this. In the morning, he got up to make them pancakes, which, combined with the two wine glasses and bed head, was quite damning when they had to call in the troops after Castle opened her front door to get the paper and instead found the body of the third victim. While the guys pestered Castle for details (I thought he was going to bang their heads together when he pulled them close), Jordan read the situation for Beckett as more than an “I know where you live” threat: “He’s saying he’s disappointed in you. In his mind, he gave you fair warning that he was gonna kill again. If you had been smarter, you would have been able to stop him. He’s saying ‘This one is on you,’” Shaw said, as the self-doubt washed across Beckett’s face. “I’m profiling him, detective. Not agreeing with him. The guy’s a freakin’ nut bar. Don’t let him get to you!” Perhaps my favorite Delany moment.

Eventually, they realized the connection between the victims: One was a taxidermist who refused to give a guy his stuffed dog when he couldn’t pay for it, one was the dog walker who lost control of the pet that killed the killer’s dog, another was the lawyer who refused to take the killer’s case. The killer must have been reading Heat Wave when he snapped. They identified the killer, and found his apartment. I thought we found out that Jordan was a mother at that moment because the killer, who knew the police were on their way, had planted a bomb there. But maybe I’ve just seen Speed too many times. Instead, he shot himself. Or, so we thought. The police found the body and the explosives he’d been making. But later that night, after a chat with Alexis, who was sad that Martha is moving in with her boyfriend, Castle realized the man they found had the gun in his right hand. He’d been murdered by the real killer, who they’d already identified as left-handed. The real killer wanted them to think it was over, so they’d drop their guard and he could make a big scene. Castle couldn’t reach Beckett on her cell phone because she was in the shower. He kept calling as he headed to her apartment (and Martha called the police). She finally picked up and heard Castle say the killer was still alive. Then we heard the killer’s voice on a detonator. “Goodbye, Nikki” and BOOM! Her apartment was in flames.

Now, I need to issue a BIG SPOILER ALERT here. Stop reading if you don’t want to know whether Beckett survives…

I immediately thought there’s no way this show is killing off its female lead. But a piece of me — the one that had watched Kate die in NCIS‘ Season 2 finale — needed to be sure. Photos for next week’s episode on the ABC press site confirm Beckett lives. (If they were really concerned about us spoiling that, they shouldn’t have uploaded them.) So, now the question becomes how did Beckett survive? Was she staying at a friend’s? And how will the show top Part 1? Any theories?

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  • Josie

    Well my first thought, though ridiculous, was that she just jumped back in the shower. water vs. fire, no? And then I laughed at myself, and decided instead of thinking too much about it, I would wait an ENTIRE WEEK to see what happened.

    And yes, James McAvoy would make an excellent movie version.

    • Molly

      For some reason, I cannot stop laughing at this theory. Shower trumps explosion–sounds like an episode of Captain Planet or something!

      • Molly

        (By the way, I didn’t mean “laughing at” in a mean way!) :)

      • MartinSA

        shower doesn’t trump explosion–but bathtub would be very good protection.

      • mjryan

        Maybe she decided to jump in the refrigerator. It worked for Indiana Jones.

    • lettergirl

      don’t feel stupid, i thought the same thing!! of course, i was thinking that big iron bathtub should offer SOME protection. ha!! ha!!

      • bkwurm1

        Bath tube has my vote too.

    • Trish

      I think you are right, crazy as it sounds in real life, this is television and a cast iron claw foot tub has been used before to protect people from explosions (Lethal Weapon anyone?). Both her and Castle heard the detonator, so I think her jumping back into the tub when the bomb goes off is the best bet.

    • Fiction Addiction

      My theory on how Beckett survived is that, since she was on her cell phone, she didn’t necessarily have to be in her own apartment. Therefore, I believe she may have been at her new boyfriend’s house and he just happens to also have a claw-foot tub. They don’t show much of the surroundings as she answers the phone, although a brown leather chair is in the background. Her sofa is fabric. It’s just a theory, but it would explain her survival.

      • slavco

        I think it’s classical mix up I was supposed to be at home , but I wasn’t or I was suppose to be at the precinct but I was at home. I also think agent Shaw is doing all this things. Notice how Kate is surprised that Shaw is a mother????

      • Amy

        Firstly – I think the boyfriend thing was just made up to make Castle jealous.

        Second – we hear the detonator saying “goodbye Nikki” in the background — the same way it did in the supposed bomber’s apartment. She was definitely in the room. I figured she just hid behind furniture, and it’s through the miracle of tv she survives. :)

    • Nora

      So if she jumped back in the tub, does that mean Castle is going to find her safe and sound and sans clothes?

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Thank you for posting about this FABULOUS EPISODE!!!!

    • LibbyP

      Yes, where’s the weekly recap? Please??

      • Karen

        If they don’t want to do it here, I continue to do it over at thetwocents(dot)com. :-) Enjoy!

  • Melanie

    Castle’s daughter’s name is Alexis, not Molly. (Though the actress who plays Alexis is named Molly.)

    • CindyC.

      Mandi’s not the best proof-reader. Actually, she might be one of the worst…

      • Canadian fan

        Amen to that. Proof-reading and decent editing, to say nothing of decent writing, is a lost art. Unfortunately.

  • Crystal

    Dana Delaney was GREAT. I loved that Kate was miffed that Castle was doing his “talk at the same time mind meld” with Agent Delaney.

    I’m thinking she was staying at Lanie’s apartment.

    • Yesenia

      Loved it too. Dana was amazing

  • Erika

    Thanks for highlighting (you guys really need a Castle recap–Nathan’s one-liners are worth it). I thought it was a nice, dramatic episode for a show that, while it doesn’t need to be heavy on drama, just gets better by trying new and different things. The look on Castle’s face when Beckett’s apartment blows up was chilling. Can’t wait for next week!!!

    • bkwurm1

      Fillion does drama wonderfully and when he gets to be mad or upset the contrast with his normal Castle goofiness just highlights and makes those moments better.

  • Jonathan

    I thought the deliberate shower scene, the showing of the clawfoot tub, etc. was a foreshadowing of how she survives. Maybe she jumped back in the tub and was shielded (at least on the sides) by the cast-iron tub and that’s what saved her. We shall see next week…

    • Trishka

      There is scuttlebut about a love interest for Det. Beckett. Since she answered her CELL, and not her land line, I’m guessing she was at a BF’s house that Castle didn’t know about. ‘Ya know, catch a killer, get a little R&R…. that’s how she survives, she wasn’t home.

      • mari

        yep, i thought that too. she’s probably in some guy’s house.

      • GS

        But she heard the detonator. She had to be there. Or I’m hearing things one.

      • Magickmanfl11

        She answered her cell because that’s the phone that Castle called her on.

      • Skaene

        Its not uncommon for people not to have landlines anymore. I don’t, and I cant think of lots of others as well.

  • Beth

    THANK YOU for finally doing a Castle recap! I haven’t watched it yet, so I’m not going to spoil myself, but I love seeing the show get some love!

  • Kate

    I loved the episode! At the end, I also was saying, “Well – that was defintiely an event!” It was so good!

  • GS

    Awesome episode! It’s just getting better and better! I can’t wait for next week. Curious to know how Kate survives and how Jordan (Delaney) gets caught (that was in the previews). It was nice to see Dana Delaney lighten up a bit from her work on Housewives. And I loved, loved, loved the jealousy from Kate!

  • Anei

    Last night’s episode was amazing. Even with all that hype, the show managed to surpass expectations. As for Beckett’s survival… Well, I’m just assuming there was a bit more time than they implied between Castle’s warning and the Big Boom, giving her just time enough to dive behind something strong – perhaps back in the tub? – but it’s going to be a long week’s wait to find out for sure!

  • talkin’

    Oh yes – that was a great episode.
    Thanks for the re-cap. They will be re-showing this one Sunday, the night before showing part 2. Would have been more humane for viewers to show it that way originally!!! :)

  • Jackie

    Mandi, next time you’re in a bookstore, don’t skim through Heat Wave, buy it! Totally worth it. Fantastic episode, I can’t wait for next week!

    • Magickmanfl11

      I agree about the book, though I’m still wondering who the “ghost writer” is.

      • Eileen

        Look at the endorsements on the book cover. My guess is those are the writers. :)

      • david

        Read that one of the writers who is some kind of award winner is the writer. the article I read gave several options as to who the real writer is but a process of elimation left this one guy. there are several writers but I do not remember his name.

  • Lindsey

    Yes! EW totally needs to do more recaps of this awesome show. And it was a great episode. Castle playing with the taser in the car had me howling.

    My guess is staying at Lanie’s apartment as well…but we’ll see.

    Thanks for giving this great show some love!

  • Kristi

    Thank you for the recap, last night’s ep was AMAZINGGG, and the ratings were through the roof too! Castle beat an all new CSI which is such an accomplishment. Page 105 is where it’s at when you decide to buy Heat Wave. ;)

  • greg

    first off.. castle has become one of my fave shows after lost and cougar town.. next.. love the cast, loved last nights episode, of course i am never disappointed when it comes to this show.. thanks for giving it its proper dues

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