This week on Castle
, the US government is corrupt, Gates has a hot sister and Castle and Beckett continue to make every case about their wedding. Let's get to it!
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Good" opens with a Wall Street tycoon found shot to death in a hotel room. He's
Peter Cordero, a Venezuelan native who had since become a US citizen and crazy
rich guy. The only helpful evidence they can get initially is a picture from
the payphone where the crime was called in.
Beckett go to Peter's place of work in hopes of gaining more information. Here
they meet his boss, Jamie Berman. He's a stereotypical Wall Street jerk that Freud
would probably describe as overcompensating for his masculine shortcoming by
using overly dramatic violence metaphors and throwing around piles of cash like
an idiot. Or maybe I just don't like him. In any case, he says that Peter was a
good guy, but had received a mysterious package at work that week from a gang
member. He didn't think much of it because he doesn't care if his employees
are all strung-out on drugs as long as they turn a profit. You, sir, are the
Cold as Ice
still isn't doing very well in terms of leads when the woman from the payphone
photo walks into the station. Her name is Stephanie Goldmark and she works for
the US Attorney's office. She also happens to be accompanied by her coworker
Elizabeth, Gates' sister.
Stephanie explains that she called in the murder from
a distance because Peter was working undercover for the Attorney's office and
she didn't want to compromise the investigation. They had been trying to
convict Berman of various crimes for years, but it wasn't until they found
Peter that they started getting any good evidence.
perhaps isn't the best word. "Caught with cocaine and made an immunity deal
with" is probably a better description. Peter's cousin swears that Peter hated
drugs and hadn't been near them since his troubled teen years, but he was
arrested for possession and agreed to work undercover in order to avoid jail
time. Gates and Elizabeth eye each other coldly all through this bout of
exposition, and suddenly the source of this winter's polar vortex is apparent. Kiss
and make up already so I can be warm again, dammit!
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on the bullet that killed Peter link the gun to a crime from a while before.
One of the suspects from this crime matches the description of the gang member
Berman saw with Peter. He turns out to be Peter's childhood best friend, Hector
Nunez. Though they hadn't spoken in about a decade, Hector still considered
Peter his best friend and is visibly upset when he finds out about his death. He
admits to delivering a package to Peter, but says it contained the gun used in
the shooting, not drugs. Peter was afraid for his life for some reason, and
Hector gave it to him as protection.
know exactly why Peter felt he was in danger, but he does know that it had
something to do with banks. Before he was killed, Peter had Hector make a
mysterious bank transfer. When the team manages to access the account, they
find that $25 million had been transferred out of the account to someone named
Let's take a
pause and talk about the family drama unfolding. Gates and her sister have some
serious issues. When Gates asks Elizabeth for the tapes Peter recorded while
wearing a wire, she is spectacularly unhelpful. Gates thinks that she doesn't
want any of the information about Peter's drug use and scandalous money transferring
to come out because that would discredit him as a witness. She thinks Elizabeth
is planning to use this case to boost her own career and is willing to
compromise the murder investigation to do it.
indeed worried about Peter being discredited as a witness, but she says it's
because without him they won't be able to take Berman down. It's in the interest
of "the greater good" to focus more on getting Berman than on finding Peter's
killer. Gates is having none of this moral compromising and takes her down in
true big sister fashion. I can't tell if it would be awesome or terrifying to
be related to her, but right now I'm leaning towards terrifying.
after much attitude and staring at cute childhood pictures, the Backstory Fairy
graces us with an explanation. In the late '90s, Gates and Elizabeth were in a
similar situation to their current one, in which Gates had evidence that would
prove a witness corrupt and Elizabeth wanted her to withhold it for "the
greater good." But Gates don't play that, and they've been in a tiff ever
since. It seems a little extreme to have a 16-year fight over one case, but
these ladies do seem pretty intense.
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finds out that right after the transfer, Peter made a call to the Venezuelan consulate.
They ask an official there what he knows about him and Armando Garcia, and he
informs them that Peter and Armando are the same person. Drama bomb! Armando
Garcia was Peter's birth name, but he changed it when he moved to the United
States. He had contacted the consulate because he was trying to regain his
Venezuelan citizenship. Castle and Beckett realize that Peter was planning to
change his identity entirely, and transferred the money to himself to help him
start a new life.
the question of why he would need to start over, which is answered pretty
quickly. Security footage shows that Berman was the one who transferred the
money into the mystery account in the first place, and the team realizes that
it must have been a payoff. Though Berman will confirm nothing, they figure out
that he had learned about Peter's involvement with the Attorney's office and
was feeding the wire false information in order to embarrass them in court. The
payoff was so that Peter would play along with him.
clear that they're not going to be able to arrest him on any of this. But they
do learn that Berman saw Peter make his last wire drop-off, which the Attorney's
office said never took place. The team assumed that whoever killed Peter did it
to steal the wire off his body, but it was already gone by the time of his
murder. And the only person who had seen it was Stephanie Goldmark. They found
the once-deleted recordings on her computer, and in them Peter says that the government
planted drugs on him to force him into working with them. This totally
shattered any remaining illusions of the American dream that he had, and he
decided to get out of dodge.
stares and questioning from both Gates sisters, Stephanie folds and admits to
killing Peter. If he had run away like he'd planned, he would have been
discredited as a witness, and everyone would have found out that she ordered the drugs planted on him. She claims it was for "the greater good" (can you find
the theme of this episode?), but Gates one and two are having none of it. She gets
arrested, and the sisters finally make up. God help the next person who has to
face this team.
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crisis of this week: the guest list! How many people should they invite? Are
they willing to have family and friends hate them forever by cutting them from
the list? Is this really Martha's wedding as much as their own? And most
important, how exactly do they think they'll be able to get married in the
next month or so when they haven't even made a guest list?!
hour of oscillating between whether or not to invite Stephen King (the answer
is yes) and drinking a lot of wine, Castle and Beckett finally decide that the
only people they really need at their wedding are each other. Naturally, family
and close friends will be there, but mostly they just want to make each other
happy. It's very sweet, but my feeling is that if you have the chance to invite
Stephen King to your wedding, you invite Stephen King to your wedding. You know
he would give the greatest toast in wedding history, and that would make
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