When Castle and Beckett are abducted and forced to solve deranged puzzles and mind games with strangers, Alexis and the 12th precinct race to save them.
Written by: Michal Zebede | Directed by: Jessica Yu
Castle is excited. He has a meeting with Stephen King about working on a book together. Or do they? That sets up “The Blame Game.” Castle is lured to some dive to meet up with the famous horror writer. His meet-up shares a connection the 12th Precinct’s latest case, the murder of a television producer. He’s kidnapped and then Beckett is “summoned urgently” to meet with Castle, but she too soon faces the same fate as her husband.
The case of the week
Emma Matthews is a news producer who was just promoted but was working on something on the side. She had confided with a co-worker she had found some sort of proof and share it once she had more information. She was digitizing old VHS tapes of two kids—a boy and a girl—solving puzzles.
The case of the week plays directly into Castle and Beckett’s situation… they along with two other couples and a single guy are locked in separate classroom… the game, be the last survivor.
One of the women Beckett is locked up with read a study about separation anxiety which becomes key later on as the episode progresses. The women are smarter than the men, they don’t set off any of the traps, unlike the men who spring everyone. The men are now down by one after a gun discovered inside the room backfires.
Alexis alerts the boys to Castle and Beckett’s disappearance. They track down that Emma worked as a dog walker for a couple of researchers who were study separation anxiety that involved their twins—Fay and Brandon Northcliff. Fay committed suicide, sending Brandon on “he hates the world free-for-all, blaming everyone for his miserable existence.” The parents are later rescued by police who reveal their son Brandon is behind the game.
Back to the game, Beckett’s mad-skills also include bomb making because she uses, the gun powder, some other type of stuff found in the classroom and Play-Doh to blow a hole in the door to get out.
Outside, Castle and Beckett reunited and alerts her to the rigged to gun.
Just when they think they can make a getaway, another trap is sprung locking the group inside a room. Three levels, six people—which means one couple has to separate. But that’s not going to happen with Castle and Beckett.
With Castle, Beckett and Brandon locked in the room together. They figure out why the game is being played. Emma wanted to expose his parents for their tests, but that wasn’t enough. Brandon wanted vengeance.
The case hit a nerve with Castle and Beckett. The system let the Northcliff children down… the schools, police, the people they trusted—their parents.
“The Blame Game” also shows that Castle and Beckett work better together as a team.
A lot of people are taking issue with Hayley serving as a role model to Alexis. The problem is, is that Hayley serves a different purpose in the storyline. While Beckett may serve in some capacity, it’s Hayley that showing Alexis how to find her place in the world. And that’s okay.