'Castle' Fan Columnist: Abra Cadaver
'Castle' Fan Columnist: Abra Cadaver
Nicole Bessette
Nicole Bessette
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Hey, Castle fans! Was that a great episode or what? See, what I absolutely love about this show are the never-ending plot twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, and this week's episode, "Poof! You're Dead," surely had a lot of them.  

But enough talk. Let's get recapping!

Alakazam Jackass

This week's victim goes by the name of Zalman Drake, former magician and owner of the longstanding Drake's Magic Shop who is found dead in Houdini's legendary water torture tank by his assistant.  

Thanks to some tests done by Lanie, it is discovered that Zalman did not die of suffocation in the tank but was instead asphyxiated and killed beforehand, thereby resulting in murder, which means that the suicide note left at the scene was apparently forged to cover it up.

From his twin brother Edmund and a man named Thaddeus Magnus who worked for Zalman, Castle and Beckett learn that Zalman was being paid a fortune to get away with murder and had ordered Thaddeus to construct a mechanical arm for him that would trigger a switch remotely.  

Now, putting this together with the jet oil that Zalman had been exposed to before his death -- and after searching recent explosions in the New York area because they had also learned that Zalman's new trick involved C4 -- Castle and Beckett discover that Zalman must have been working for a billionaire philanthropist named Christian Dahl.

Unfortunately for Christian, all of his accounts had been frozen, and he was being investigated by the SEC on suspicion that he had stolen most of his money. And, as it turns out, his stock returns were falsified, and he was a couple of weeks away from being indicted for massive fraud. So facing 50 years in federal prison, he hired Zalman to make him disappear. 

And this is exactly what Zalman did by causing Dahl's plane to explode in midair. Only Dahl wasn't on it, and in order to clean up all his loose ends, he killed Zalman, the only person who knew he was still alive, by smothering him with a glove.  

Esposito and Lanie

All right, so I apologize for the rather dry recap of that case, but I am just so anxious to get to all the rest of the juicy stuff that went down in this episode -- like Esposito and Lanie, for instance.

From the looks of it, these two have been getting pretty cozy outside of the office and still think that no one knows about it. Of course, given that they work with a bunch of detectives, everyone knows!  

Still, they're going to keep quiet about it a little longer, and perhaps this is for the best given that what Esposito and Lanie have going on is evidently still very new. But personally, I've thought they would make a cute couple for awhile now, so I'll definitely be rooting for them to make it in the long run.  

Castle and Gina

Thank you, Andrew Marlowe! Finally, Castle and Gina have come to an end. Oh how I wish they had never begun in the first place as it would have saved me a lot of heartache at the end of last season, but I suppose there's no reason to dwell on that now.

Yes, according to newspaper reports, Castle and Gina got into a heated argument at a restaurant called Le Cirque, and when asked why they were arguing by his mother, our dear sweet Castle replied that he just wasn't in love with her. Well, um, duh -- he loves Beckett!  

And, he totally realized this too after he and Beckett solved the case. Oh yes, Castle, we saw that look. That magic you're looking for? It's totally with her! Oh and Beckett, don't think we didn't notice that smile on your face when you heard Castle break up with Gina.  

And although you're still with Josh for now, we know it won't last forever. Besides, that was a nice thing you did inviting Castle to go eat some comfort food with you. And to top it all off you gave him flowers. How sweet!

And yes, I do realize that I am speaking to them like they are real people, but I really can't help my obsessive shipper-ness.   

Castle Gets a Fourth Season

So, in case you haven't heard yet, Castle was just recently announced as one of six ABC shows that will be renewed for another season.  This means that we'll be seeing Castle, Beckett, and everyone else for another year after this one, and I for one, like you, could not be more thrilled.  


All right, my friends, so as I've said before, this epic episode of Castle in which we revisit the murder of Beckett's mother will unfortunately not air next Monday but the following Monday, January 24th, instead.  

If you're like me, this extra week of waiting will probably feel like torture, so in case you need a pick-me-up or you just missed it, check out the promo below:

So, overall, what did you think of this episode? Did you love it as much as I did? What did you think of all the relationship storylines? Comment below!  

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