. Castle and Beckett are actually making concrete wedding plans, Hi8 camcorders still have a use and Ryan and Esposito are socially awkward. Mostly, though, "Law & Boarder" reminds us that
in terms of ruining relationships. They should really put a warning on the box.
Emo Bangs Make a Comeback
The victim of the week is up-and-coming professional skateboarder Logan Moore, who's gunned down by a man riding a motocross bike. He was in New York for a Street Sports Festival, so the team suspects that one of his rivals may have killed him. They focus on Manny Castro, who Logan was known to have problems with. Manny and his 2005 Warped Tour hairstyle are horrified by the suggestion that he killed Logan, and because he is the first suspect of the episode, he quickly alibis out.
Castle and Beckett talk to Tommy Fulton, who is running the festival. He says that Logan broke into the mobile office the day he died and stole Tommy's gum. He also tells them that Logan got a phone call from someone that seemed to set him off. Because Logan had a history in foster care, they think that someone from his past may have been causing problems for him.
The Usual Suspects
From here, we are introduced to a variety of suspects, all of whom we can assume are innocent because they're getting attention in the first half of the episode. First is Enver Kotta, a former boyfriend of Logan's mother that Logan put in prison. But despite this totally legit reason for hating Logan, Enver found God in prison and only wanted to reconcile with the boy. He even gave Logan $3,000 to meet with him so he could apologize. This turnaround is suspicious, but apparently genuine.
Next, we meet Carter Wexland. They're led to Carter because he used Logan's gym pass to drop something off in a locker the night Logan died. When Castle and Beckett investigate, they find some professional thief gear in the locker. Carter admits that Logan paid him $3,000 to help him break into a building. The B&E wasn't about money, though; Logan insisted that he was only "making things right for a friend who died."
Suspect #3: Brett Zaretsky, Esquire. Because he is a lawyer on a crime drama, Brett is a jackass. His law office is the building Logan broke into, but Brett denies this ever happened and refuses to be even a little bit helpful. Thus, Castle and Beckett turn instead to Logan's mother, who is also in prison. She tells them that the friend who died is Logan's childhood friend, Jay. Jay died at the age of 12 under suspicious circumstances, but there was barely any investigation into his death.
Outdated Technology for the Win!
While investigating the crime scene, the team finds the Hi8 camcorder that Logan purchased shortly before he died. They initially assumed that he'd wanted to record something, but they realize that he'd really been trying to play an old recording. The killer stole whatever was in the camcorder, but a little bit of film was left behind. Tory works her improbably effective TV tech magic and finds that the footage was shot on the day of Jay's death. Tommy Fulton is in the video, threating to kill Logan if he tells anyone what happened. How convenient!
Of course, Brett Zaretsky turns out to be Tommy's personal lawyer and the lawyer in charge of all the contracts for the festival. The team has already concluded that the tape was what was stolen from his office, but Brett remains characteristically unhelpful. Luckily, Tommy grows a spine mid-interrogation and fires him. He tells Castle and Beckett that he was filming Logan, Jay and a kid named D.K. the day that Jay died. D.K. was pissed off because he sucked at skating, so he killed the much more talented Jay in a fit of rage. Logan wanted to tell someone, but Tommy was terrified that they would get in trouble and D.K. offered them $5 million for the tape of the murder.
The only problem was that he couldn't give them the money until his trust fund kicked in on his 21st birthday, so they would have to hide the tape until then. Logan's whole reason for coming to New York was to stop the exchange and finally get justice for his friend.
It doesn't take long to find D.K., since we already met him earlier in the episode. He appeared for about 30 seconds as Ross De Koning and, in that short time, already established himself as gross. Castle and Beckett confront him at his 21st birthday party, which really kills the mood. He tries to deny being the murderer before he realizes the extent of their evidence, and then makes the always-effective attempt at running. Good plan, brah.
There are two minor conflicts coinciding with the main murder case. The first is that, when Ryan and Esposito learn that Lanie is the maid of honor at the wedding-with-no-date, they decide that one of them must be the best man. They then attempt to woo Castle through bribes, including a pen Castle really likes and Jenny's secret family recipes. Even when Lanie tells them that they're being idiots, they can't seem to stop themselves, and finally tell Castle that they'll be happy to be co-best men.
Unfortunately for them, Castle has already asked Alexis to be his best man. They do get to be groomsmen, though, and we get an entire episode of them being delightfully awkward.
The second conflict is that Beckett is apparently a Scrabble god and Castle can't handle it. She repeatedly kicks his ass in the game, throwing down words like "quixotic" with the same ease that I put down words like "the" and "at." She finally gets fed up with spending all their nights in Scrabble-induced melancholy and introduces Castle to a game in which there are no losers: strip poker. What a quixotic turn of events!