“And Justice for All…” is one of those Castle episodes that sends a clear message across: the United States is a melting pot whereby there’s a handful of people who exploit those in search of the American Dream.
The case of the week
This week’s victim is Eddie Ramirez a man who wants to hide from his past as a corrupt cop from El Salvador. But now, in the U.S. he is deciding to use his skills learned to help the greater good and get justice for his ESL classmates. Only that assistance ended up getting him dead instead.
Eddie is found rather unceremoniously it an exhibit of a deadly snake that makes it rather difficult to extract his body. But once it’s out it turns to the morgue where Dr. Perlmutter can barely hide his glee that Beckett and Castle have split up (which doesn’t make since, considering he’s already been around once this season) and tries to set the good captain up with his twin brother.
A mysterious text with broken English allows Castle to reveal that whoever sent it doesn’t speak our language. After the boys hit a brick wall with an ESL teacher, Castle offers up his linguistic talents to smoke out whoever sent the text. That leads them to a guy named Alistair who has history of his own as a muscle man for the mob over the pond. After Hayley deciphers his unique (and poorly executed) dialect, they figure out that while Alistair had a right to be mad about his bullet-riddled borrowed cab, he’s not their guy.
The team tracks Eddie’s movement to a sleazy club owned by equally sleazy brothers who’ve seen better days. While the boys talk to the brothers, Beckett talks things over with the friendly barkeep who lets it known that Eddie gave the brothers a beat-down because they were stiffing an ex-waitress. Turns out, our victim was indeed helping those in need. Eddie leaves with a suitcase full of cash.
The waitress in question is a woman from the ESL class and Eddie was getting her money for her so she can have a fresh start in the U.S.
Though, they’re still looking for who killed Eddie. They’re certain it was no one in the class but another student sends them on the trail of a former student who was set for deportation. That leads them to a career criminal. Marco Sutter who lawyers up.
The only thing the cops have to go on is a key from Sutter and that only brings in the Feds who are working the castle from a different angle. Beckett angles for cooperation but quickly realizes the Feds are actually investigating corruption of the highest order.
An immigration judge is in cahoots with a Texas detention facility that handles deportations. The judge gets kickbacks for each person he sends their way. A carefully orchestrated plan by Castle, Hayley and the ESL students gets the judge to confess in part to his dirty dealings but sadly he’s not the killer. Though his intel sends Beckett and the team to revisit Eddie’s past with the drug trade in El Salvador. Turns out, the drug king pin isn’t the killer but will likely find himself heading back home because his arrival in the U.S. wasn’t on legit terms.
The investigation refocuses on those closest to Eddie and the discoveries the ESL teacher betrayed his students for a few extra bucks in his pocket.
Castle’s disappearance comes hauntingly back
“And Justice for All…” kicks off a three-part-some-what-connected-episode-arc with Castle getting some fleeting memories of his disappearance They come with the tasting of Korean food. After figuring out his time was in deed spent missing in the U.S., Castle tells Beckett he has to go to Los Angeles to find out what he was doing there.