Last night’s episode of “Castle” featured the title character in a new role. Castle found himself in the line of fire as a hostage negotiator, and Beckett was forced to watch from the sidelines.
After being fired from the FBI and finding out that the NYPD is in a hiring freeze, the episode opens with Beckett at Castle’s apartment trying to figure out what to do with her day. However, she doesn’t have long to think over her options before Castle gets a call from the Chief.
A woman, Emma Riggs, has taken a dentist’s office hostage after fleeing from her boyfriend Angelo’s murder scene. All signs point to her as the killer, but Molly has a plan. She tells the hostage negotiator that she won’t talk to anyone but Richard Castle. When Castle arrives on the scene, with a civilian Beckett in tow, he negotiates to go inside to talk to Riggs if she will release the youngest hostage and her mother.
When Castle gets inside, Emma explains that she knows all about Castle’s crime solving abilities and she wants him to prove that she’s innocent. Beckett joins Ryan and Esposito to go collect evidence at the crime scene. Everything they recover suggests that Emma is guilty. Angelo’s cell phone has texts from Emma in which she accuses him of cheating, and Ryan finds medicine that suggests that she may have some serious mental health issues.
Castle figures out that Emma didn’t write the texts to Angelo, and he leaves the dentist office to get her phone fingerprinted. Back at the precinct, Castle and Beckett hash out theories about Angelo while Beckett tries to figure out how her former desk became a pigsty.
Castle heads back into the dentist office where one of the hostages is getting restless. Beckett calls to let Castle know that they unsealed her juvenile record and found out that she has killed before. Emma realizes what is happening and explains to Castle that she was framed by another foster kid in her group home. They also realize that Angelo wasn’t going out of town to cheat on Emma. He had broken into Emma’s former foster home to steal her adoption records and had planned to give it to her for her birthday. While Castle talks to Emma, a hostage tries to sneak up on her. In the struggle, her gun goes off and hits Castle squarely in the chest.
The police immediately move in. Luckily, Castle is wearing his handy bullet-proof vest and the bullet only made it far enough to dot the i in “Writer.” Back at the station, the detectives decide to head the courthouse to see who unsealed Emma’s records without a subpoena. A young aide admits that he was paid by a lawyer to release them. They question the lawyer but have no luck getting any additional information from him.
After an additional search of Angelo’s apartment, Esposito finds Emma’s adoption records were already wrapped for her birthday dinner. He brings them back to the station and explains to everyone that Emma’s biological father is a prominent business man and politician, Aaron Stokes.
They bring Aaron in for questioning, but he doesn’t know anything about the murders. When they mention that it was his lawyer that unsealed her records, he is immediately skeptical. It turns out that the lawyer they questioned earlier is also Aaron’s son-in-law. They search his house and find evidence tying him to Angelo’s murder. He had found out that Emma was Aaron’s son and wanted to protect his wife’s inheritance.
Aaron Stokes is so pleased with the Chief and Beckett’s work that he makes a call to the Police Commissioner to get Beckett hired back as a detective despite the hiring freeze. She’s back and by extension Castle is allowed back as a consultant.
What did you think, Castle fans? Are you excited to see Beckett actually get back to work? Do you think Detective Sullivan will stick around now that she’s back? Let us know in the comments, below!