Picking up the morning after Castle and Beckett’s romantic time-out from their time-out, “Mr. & Mrs. Castle” is about a cruise ship entertainer found dead in the water. Written by series veteran Christine Roum and directed by Jeff Bleckner, the fall finale centers more on Castle and Beckett than on the investigation itself into the case of the week, which also segues into the whole LokSat investigation. This was a promise signed, sealed and delivered by the showrunners earlier in the season. And it’s also clear that Beckett and Castle come to a clear understanding, ending their separation with this episode, even if it’s not in public.
The case of the week
Laura Madden is this week’s victim who left her cushy job with an environmental firm to take a job as a dancer on a cruise ship. She does this, as we later learn, is to find out who is dumping trash illegally into the water. But she stumbles upon a drug-trafficking ring which settles squarely Beckett’s secret investigation into Vulcan Simmons drug operation. Madden was killed because she witnessed one of the crew members, Acosta, sealing up the drugs that will later be transferred over to the trash company for sale on the street.
After he’s taken into custody, Acosta’s lawyer gets him confess to Madden’s murder. But even so, things still aren’t adding up. Beckett and Vikram follow the drug lead to an empty warehouse where the drugs were delivered. It’s empty, the drugs already cleared out.
Acosta wasn’t working alone. His partner, Leo Longarzo, is a South American import/export guy (read, drug cartel), killed Madden to keep her quiet. Longarzo is later killed by Ryan and Esposito, shutting down a solid lead for Beckett into LokSat.
Castle learns the truth
Castle’s suspicions rose about Beckett’s decision to leave the loft and their marriage reached a fever pitch with “The Last Seduction” where he sees the message sent to Beckett’s phone. He asks Hayley to go down a road of no return and hack into Beckett’s phone. Kitten videos and system nukes aside, Castle learns that Beckett is looking into LokSat on the down-low and behind his back. Of course, he doesn’t take this sitting and down and learns the truth. Beckett also knows he’s onto her.
There’s a confrontation at the precinct where Castle gets a lot of things off his chest, including accusing Beckett of not trusting him. And he is right, she could have just come to him and told him and they could have broken up in public but worked together to take down LokSat.
The problem is, Beckett doesn’t think like that, she never has. When it comes to those people she cares about, she pushes them away and tackles the big problem on her own. That’s been her character since day one. Even in “Veritas” she wanted to keep the boys away from what she and Castle were doing and even when Beckett was accused of killing Simmons, she tried to push Castle away.
Castle tells Beckett that she needs this obsession (taking a cue from Bracken but perhaps deep down, something he knew all along) because she likes being broken. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t fix that, only she can. He leaves her to ponder his words.
Later at the end of the episode Beckett apologizes to Castle and says she needs him. Apology accepted, life lives on.
The LokSat investigation
Beckett’s plan to find a way into whoever took over Simmons’ drug operation blows up when Longarzo is shot dead. However, Beckett did find away into it by focusing on the public defender, Caleb Brown, who goaded Acosta into admitting he killed Madden.
Here’s what we learned: The warehouse where Beckett and Vikram tracked the drugs is owned by a shell corporation in the Caymen Islands. The articles of incorporation were written up in 1999 by Brown, who at the time was working for a major corporate law firm. A short time later, he gave it all up to work as a public defender. That gives him access to a boatload of drug dealers and other henchmen to pass instructions to and from the inside and outside. Or so we think that’s the case.
There’s a takeaway in this investigation… who else thinks the 1999 connection isn’t just a random year just tossed out there? Given the significance the year has in Beckett’s history, that’s probably not a coincidence. In writing, a major plot point that like is there for a reason. Maybe we’ll find out who Brown truly is… a foe or a friend?