Last night’s episode of “Castle ” featured everything from Freemasons to a felonious monk. It was a fast moving scavenger hunt/murder investigation that ended with an actual hidden treasure. Meanwhile, Castle had his own issues at home or rather at Alexis’ new home.
Everyone loves an historical treasure hunt; especially Rick Castle. The elaborate murder of an accountant and odd collection of books in her apartment are enough to get his conspiracy theories flowing from the start of the investigation. The bulletin board set up in the victim, Susanna’s living room even features photos of pentagrams and other pagan symbols.
Beckett brings Susanna’s cousin into the precinct to see if he has any idea why his cousin developed a sudden interest in the occult days before her death. He doesn’t provide any clues, but does mention that she wanted to meet on the night she was killed.
Ryan and Esposito uncover a surveillance video of what appears to be a monk following Susanna hours before her death. Castle is immediately convinced that she was involved in a real life “Da Vinci Code. “
The similarities continue when Susanna’s phone records reveal that she had called a professor that researches ancient symbols. Beckett and Castle pay the professor a visit at his university office. After a quick Freemason and “National Treasure ” history lesson, the professor gives them a photo of a letter Susanna brought with her when she came to his office. The handwritten letter by Theodore Rose contains clues in Latin, and Castle gets to work on translations.
Back at the precinct, Ryan and Espo use scars that can be seen in the surveillance footage to track down the monk. It turns out that he has a criminal past, but is now a full fledged member of the Franciscan Order of Perpetual Hope. He claims he was only following Susanna to protect her from a man that harassed her in while she was in the church.
Castle and Beckett aren’t convinced of the monk’s innocence, so they follow up with another monk at his church. While there, Castle notices that the prayer candles are described in the clues from Rose’s letter. On the wall, they find one of the symbols that Susanna had on her bulletin board.
The next clue leads them to a blacksmith shop that has been around since the 1700’s. After an impressive sword fight, the blacksmith reveals the next symbol, and the fact that he is just a hired actor. The New York Historical Institute is conducting a scavenger hunt as a fundraiser, and clues have been hidden all over the city. Castle goes home to sulk over his lost treasure hunt and discovers that all of the symbols Susanna had pictures of fit together perfectly.
The symbols lead he and Beckett back to the chapel. They find the enlarged version of the symbols in the prayer chapel. After a quick Roman Holiday spoof, Castle opens the hidden door, and they venture into a crypt. After solving one last clue, they find the hidden treasure. A sack of the first coins ever minted by the United States. Castle explains that these coins are worth a fortune and picks up the bag to take back to the precinct as evidence.
Anyone that has seen Indiana Jones knows this is a very bad idea. All of the doors to the crypt immediately shut, and Castle and Beckett are trapped. They eventually find cell signal, and Ryan and Esposito come to the rescue.
Beckett brings the head of the Historical Institute back in for questioning and he reveals that Susanna was a direct descendant of Theodore Rose. The coins were a family legend. Beckett puts two and two together and realizes that the Susanna’s cousin is the murderer. He entered the contest under a fake name and followed Susanna until she collected all of the clues. He confesses he killed her to keep the money for himself, and the treasure is given to the monks. The monks however, donate the treasure to the Met and by doing so fulfill Susanna’s original hope of giving the coins away.
Not everything on last night’s episode had such a happy ending. Castle has been going head to head with Alexis’ boyfriend, Pi, all season. And he was not happy when Alexis informed him they would be moving in together. In “Get a Clue,” Castle and Martha pay their first visit to the lovebirds’ new apartment.
Castle tries to at least hide some of his dismay over their living arrangements and Pi’s new job as a Bee Counter, but Alexis picks up on the negative attitude. When Castle approaches her at the end of the episode to apologize, Alexis doesn’t accept his apology. It looks like they’ll have plenty of time to work it out though in next week’s episode, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”
So what did you think? Were you surprised that Castle’s theories have been proven right two weeks in a row? Do you think all of these wild cases will make Beckett start taking Castle’s theories more seriously? Let us know in the comments below!