'Castle' Recap: Best of 'Head Case'
'Castle' Recap: Best of 'Head Case'
This week on Castle the team nearly fell to pieces trying to solve a murder case without a body. That is, until Castle and Beckett found a few too many bodies. Turns out the murder victim was set to be cryogenically frozen, so sometime in the distant future he could party with Walt Disney. Closer to home, Alexis gets a rejection letter from Stanford and spirals into a needy, sweatpants-wearing funk.

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The Murder with No Body

Castle and Beckett get called out to a fairly unconventional murder scene. Mostly, it's unconventional because there is no dead body, just a creepy pool of blood. The only thing they have to go on is a briefcase pattern and the fact that the blood belonged to a male. While Castle rattles off the male/female ratio of New York City, Captain Gates decides she's voting for anyone else but the current mayor if it means getting rid of Castle.

Their one break in the case is a van spotted nearby which leads them into an abandoned warehouse you'd see in any good torture-porn movie. But before you can say Human Centipede it turns out that where they really are is just the creepiest cryogenics laboratory of all time.

Turns out their murder victim was a client of theirs wearing a watch that sent out a signal when he expired and the lab just picked up his body for freezing. Finally Castle and Beckett have their murder victim's identity, a professor Lester Hamilton, who was working on extending life by at least ten years with his Ambrosia Project. Sadly, they still don't have his body because the lab refuses to let them take it. Bummer.

Girls Gone Crazy

Beckett shows off some impressive lawyer knowledge when the cryo firm threatens to sue if they take the body, but it leaves them without much to work with. Instead of getting information from Lanie they have to investigate the old fashion way, by looking into Hamilton's life. Hamilton was close to a breakthrough with his life extending project and one of his investors was Beau Randolph, a sleazy pigeon shooter that makes off-brand Girls Gone Wild videos called "College Girls Gone Crazy."

Castle isn't into this anymore because Alexis is now almost college-aged so suddenly he wants to alter all the girls' hemlines. Of course, to be in 'College Girls Gone Crazy' I'd assume you'd have to actually be in college, so maybe he doesn't have to worry. Sorry, low blow!

Clearly Randolph is so sleazy and gross that he's not the actual culprit, despite the fact that he argued with Hamilton. Neither is a student that trashed Hamilton's office trying to get a better grade. Both are obvious red herrings but at least the creepy environment of Randolph's exploitation empire leads to some super cute Caskett flirting.

When Castle asks Beckett if she would get the life extension "implants" she looks down appraisingly at her ample lady business. "I don't think I'd need them," she says and Castle agrees sweetly. You kids, just get on with it already! They discuss whether they'd take ten more years, with Beckett on the side of 'treasure what you have' and Castle on the side of 'the more the better'! What WE all can agree on, however, is that they are adorable.

Love is the Culprit

The team finally gets the OK to examine Hamilton's body, as long as they don't disturb his head. Of course, after another cute Caskett brain storming session Lanie needs to interrupt with a bone saw, it turns out they need the head as well. But not so fast, because Hamilton's former best friend has absconded with it.

This leads to a hilarious chase scene that involves fire escapes, dropped heads and Castle jumping into a garbage bin for really no good reason. Turns out Hamilton had a stage-five brain tumor he was hiding from everyone.

Or was he? His wife found out and didn't agree with his decision to work on his research until the very end, which would let the tumor ravage his brain and make it useless for cryogenics storage. Instead, she shot and killed him so they could be together at some point in the distant future, when technology can make whole new bodies and we're all flying around in spaceships trying to avoid the Alliance and dressing like we're in a western. Oops, sorry. That's Firefly. I got Nathan Fillion shows confused again.

After they catch her, Castle and Beckett wonder if it was a crime of love or insanity. Beckett says the two can be pretty close and then gives Castle that "I remember" look that I imagine she'll be sporting all season. But they don't have too long to look into each other's eyes because the cryogenics people get another weird watch buzz ... from INSIDE the building. It's Hamilton's wife, who used her Lucrezia Borgia ring to poison herself in order to join Hamilton in the future.

Standing for some reason in the cryo lab again, Castle and Beckett wonder if Hamilton and Lady Hamilton will see each other again. It seems like long odds. But Beckett thinks the great love stories are about beating the odds. Casket shippers, all together now: awww!

Rejection

Meanwhile, Alexis get a rejection letter from Stanford and starts on a Rory Gilmore-esque downward spiral. Unlike Rory Gilmore, who stole yachts and got arrested, Alexis just boxes up her trophies and wears a lot of sweatpants. It's still pretty grim. It is the curse of the level-headed, adored by everyone child that when things don't go their way they completely unravel.

Castle is really worried about her, especially when she starts trying to throw out her old spelling bee plaques and baseball trophies, wondering if she ever really earned them. Castle is worried that he created a very smart, sweet, well behaved monster incapable of dealing with rejection.

They finally have a heart to heart where Alexis wonders how Castle dealt with rejection. How does he deal with the framed first rejection letter on his wall? Castle tells her it just makes him want to try even harder. It's not the rejection but what you do afterwards that counts. Alexis seems to take this advice to heart.

Overall, it's a very sweet story between the two of them that's actually very realistic. Alexis is totally the kind of smart over-achiever who is so used to getting what she wants that she would crumple at the first roadblock. But we've also seen that Alexis is one tough cookie (I'd refer you to her honey badger fighting performance in the premiere) so it makes sense that she'd be able to pull herself out of it eventually. It'll be interesting to see what she decides to do next.

I'm guessing it involves a school in New York so we can continue seeing her next season. Castle's home life is a big part of what makes this show so great so it's nice to think she won't be jetting off to Stanford midseason.

What did you think of tonight's episode? Not enough Caskett moments? Where will Alexis go to school now that Stanford is out? Sound off in the comments!

Morgan Glennon
Contributing Writer

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