The newest episode of “Castle” brought the team back together again in New York and added a few new faces to help solve the case of a former child actor’s gruesome death.
Castle starts out enjoying a leisurely morning but is quickly roused from bed by Pi, Alexis’ live-in hippie, making terrible sounding smoothies. On TV, the news reports the death of Charlie Reynolds. Martha immediately recognizes him as a star of a ’90s teen sitcom “2 Cool for School.” Castle wants in on the high profile action, and after Esposito denies his call, he heads down to the scene.
Castle is able to talk his way onto the case with Ryan and Esposito. Beckett’s replacement, Detective Sullivan, tracks down their first lead who turns out to be Reynold’s long-suffering talent agent. She claims that she left him a string of angry voicemails because she suspected he was booking his own gigs on the side.
The guys head back to the precinct to look into Reynold’s suspicious finances to find some unexpected faces. First, they encounter Captain Gates, back a day early and not at all happy to see Castle. Gates hardly has time to kick him out before everyone’s favorite federal agents, Beckett and her partner Rachel McCord, swoop in and take over the investigation. Their only explanation for the switch in jurisdictions is that it is on a “need to know” basis.
Ryan, Esposito, and Castle continue following up on some leads found by Sullivan and eventually wind up at the acting class of Reynolds’s former co-star Ramon Russo. Russo reveals that he and Reynold’s had been working on a secret reunion movie for “2 Cool for School.” During a set visit, the director of the reunion movie, mentions that the movie is being funded by backers from Russia, where “2 Cool for School” is oddly popular.
With no other leads to go on, Ryan and Esposito convince Castle to try to find out what information Beckett and McCord have. Beckett recognizes the ploy immediately and leaves with McCord to follow up on a lead.
The guys are able to piece together enough from some earlier clues to track down a suspicious russian camera shipment for the movie. The cameras turn out to have guns in the cases. Beckett and McCord aren’t far behind but before they can decide who get’s to take the guns as evidence, a CIA operative informs them that he’ll be taking over.
It turns out, Reynold’s was spying on a Russian crime family for the CIA on his promotional visits to Russia. The officers of the 12th quickly get to work trying to find out who discovered Reynold’s secret, but they find another secret entirely. Reynold’s was in love with Svetlana, A member of the family he was spying on. She was not involved with the smuggling and they were planning on running away together. She claims that they were planning to leave that night and Reynold’s had gone to meet with his old co-star Russo the night he was killed.
Russo quickly confesses but Beckett is more concerned with the fate of Svetlana. With Reynold’s gone, the CIA wants to use her as a mole to get information about her family. Beckett knows that this will put Svetlana in danger if the family ever finds out. She leaks to the press that Svetlana is being questioned about her ties to the gun trade so that she won’t be able to be used by the CIA.
With the case solved and Svetlana out of danger, Beckett and Castle head back to his place. Castle admits that the long distance relationship isn’t really working and surprises Beckett with a key to their new apartment in D.C. A knock at the door interrupts their celebration. McCord is there to let Beckett know that the Attorney General’s office knows she leaked to the press and she’s been fired.
Well Castle fans, Did you expect Kate’s federal career to end so quickly? Do you think Detective Sullivan will be cleaning off his desk to make way for her return? It looks like next week’s case has everyone working together again so we’ll have to tune in to see. Let us know what you thought in the comments below.