In a special airing of Castle on Valentine’s Day, the crew heads to the courtroom where Rick Castle has to testify at a murder trial. It seems like a slam dunk until the defense attorney brings up the writer’s memory loss and lost time from a year ago. The gang heads back to the murder board to find more evidence only to discover the person on trial may not be the actual murder. “Witness for the Prosecution” is a case-driven episode more than character driven, though a few developments come up.
Case of the week
Sadie Beakman is well-known journalist who was killed at a book reading hosted by Joanna and Roger Masters featuring Castle reading his latest book, Driving Heat. The writer stumbles Beakman’s murder with the suspect Nina O’Keefe standing over the body.
During his testimony, Caleb Brown rips him apart, casting doubt on what he saw. It damages the case to the point where they have to find more evidence to shore up the case. They turn to Nina’s former cellmate who provides a little help.
The gang (Castle, Beckett and the boys) think they get the break when they realize the victim and the suspect were having an affair and it appears to be a lover’s quarrel gone bad. But a misplaced basketball hoop casts doubt on their theory.
Castle gets himself tossed into jail for contempt of court for trying to delay the trial. He talks to Nina about the case. He gets the intel he needs to solve the case. Sadie wanted Nina to steal a champagne glass to get Roger’s fingerprint. They wanted to unlock a safe to get a tape revealing Roger and Sadie finding a duffle bag filled with millions of dollars while in Iraq. Sadie went back to get the money and Roger found out and blackmailed her. When he blew the through the money, he threatened to go public.
Brown accuses Beckett of being a “typical cop” and using Castle to talk to his client. During their conversation, Beckett finds Brown’s weak link to get to him. The public defender is dedicated to getting justice for people wronged by the system (sound familiar?).
After Brown calls Castle to the stand where points out Sadie’s husband as the killer, he and Beckett spin the actual murder in true classic fashion.
Sadie’s husband, Lloyd, killed her because of the affair with Nina and making a fool out of him.
Things to takeaway
This episode was completely case driven. There is minor LokSat connection with Brown being a guy who may have dark secrets seeking to do good. A guy with evil intentions may not be all that intent on saving some stranger from being sent to jail. He wants justice for people who’ve been wronged by the system. That’s his weak link that Beckett and Vikram will exploit as they get further along in the investigation.