“Castle ” got back to it’s crime solving roots in the 8th episode of season 6, ” A Murder is Forever.” With the “case of the week” firmly in place, we got to see a little more of Castle and Beckett working out some of their personal squabbles.
Beckett can put up with a lot, but even she has limits. One of them seems to be sleeping within eyeshot of unnerving art. Castle has long been partial to “Linus,” the lion print on his bedroom wall, but Beckett is hoping to change his mind. She suggests, for both their sakes, that Linus prowl in another area of the apartment so she can relax. It takes some convincing throughout the episode but she eventually wears Castle down. He even surprises her with a collection of shells from their first trip to the Hamptons together.
Things don’t go as smoothly for several of the other relationships in the episode. Castle and Beckett are called to a crime scene for the murder of best-selling relationship guru, Alice Clark. After noting that her car and office have been ransacked, they assume that whoever killed her was looking for something. A little more research reveals that Alice was ready to leave town and disappear. They are able to use license plates to track down an infamous criminal-for-hire, Barrett Hawke, but they don’t have enough evidence to charge Hawk and have to let him go.
They will need to figure out who hired Hawke to be able to pin anything to him. After a little more research, they find a hotel room that Alice rented just a day before her death. After a quick search, Castle notices the safe is locked. When they get it open, they discover a big-as-your-fist, hunk of a diamond.
Ryan and Esposito take it to a lab to be inspected. So far, no one can find any record of the stone existing at all; much less being stolen. On the way back to the precinct, masked gunmen attack Ryan and Espo, but the officers are able to hang on to the diamond and escape on the subway.
Beckett’s research turns up a client that has connections to the diamond trade. Steve Warner, a manufacturing CEO, runs a foundation that delivers immunizations to Africa. On it’s own, it’s not quite enough to bring him in for questioning but when Beckett looks up a picture of the CEO she discovers that his wife wore the diamond as a necklace to a recent gala event.
When the couple is brought in, they insist the diamond is a costume piece but some additional research reveals that they have been in contact with Hawke. Hawke comes back into the precinct and claims that he was only hired to find the diamond and did not kill Alice. It turns out the diamond was stolen in a mugging after the gala event. Only a few people knew that the diamond was real. Alice was one of them.
Not only is the diamond real, a call from the gemologist running the tests on the stone reveals that it is flawless. Since nothing in nature is flawless, this means that the diamond is man-made. A flawless man-made diamond of this size is unprecedented and could put the mining and diamond cartels out of business.
After a second interview with Alice’s boyfriend, the story becomes a little clearer. Alice stole the diamond to help her long-time love fight the cartels’ stranglehold on the diamond market. Steve Warner comes back in and confesses to creating the diamond. He developed the technology in college and it was bought by a major diamond producer so it wouldn’t hurt their bottom line. He wanted to get the diamond back so he wouldn’t be sued for breach of contract. His wife however took things into her own hands and confronted Alice in her car. She claims they struggled for the gun and it went off, killing Alice instantly.
What did you think? Though this case was fairly straight forward by “Castle” terms, next week’s looks like it wanders back into the mystical mystery realm. Did you miss Alexis and Pi? (No) Are you surprised Beckett hasn’t moved in with Castle yet? (Yes)
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