Recap: The Greater Good



“The Greater Good” – Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a Wall Street trader, but the case takes a shocking turn when the they discover the victim was an undercover informant for the U.S. Attorney’s office. To complicate matters further, the U.S. attorney involved is Elizabeth Weston (guest star Salli Richardson-Whitfield, “Eureka”), Captain Gates’ estranged sister, on “Castle,” MONDAY, MARCH 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.


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A few first thoughts | This is the last episode before the show heads into a mini hiatus for the final four episodes of the season.  This was a fine filler episode that gave viewers a glimpse into Captain Gates’s past. This is not a standout episode in that the story itself was pretty straightforward with not a lot out of the ordinary surprises. As a whole, this episode will rank somewhere in the middle-lower pack of season six episodes. The casting of Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Elizabeth Weston, Captain Gates’s estranged sister was brilliant.

The case | A commodities trader named Peter Cordero  is found dead in his apartment. His apartment is trashed but the victim shows no signs of a struggle—which in writer’s speak means he knew his killer. The team learns someone called the murder in and they have a picture. Back at the precinct, Beckett and Castle are briefing Gates when they are interrupted by Weston and her gal pal Stephanie Goldmark. Cordero was their informant getting the skinny on his uber corrupt boss. Turns out Cordero told his boss about the investigation and was about to skip out and return to his native Venezuela. That’s not where the case ends, however. Cordero was leaving because he found out he was squeeze on purpose by Goldmark. And it was Goldmark who killed Cordero. Editor’s note: Thanks to the editing of this episode, the killer was revealed early on in the episode.

A frosty reunion | The reunion between Gates and her sister likened by Castle to that of the Polar Vortex. So what lead the sisters to not talk to each other in what appears to be 16 years? Turns out, Gates was the head of Internal Affairs and her sister was in the District Attorney’s office back in 1998. Elizabeth was working a case involving an undercover drug operation when it was learned the undercover cop was taking smack. Gates, being Gates, would not back down and brought charges against the cop. This screwed up Elizabeth’s case and sent the sisters on the outs. Of course, families being what they are the two reunite at the end.

A little girl talk | The last time Beckett and Gates had talk was in “Valkyrie.” One has to wonder if there is some foreshadowing on the horizon. Gates opens up to Beckett about what happened so many years ago. It was a definite weight lifted from Gates’s shoulders and letting Beckett get a glimpse of who her captain is. In “After the Storm,” Gates knew her detectives were protecting Montgomery and hoped she would one day earn that respect. She definitely earned Beckett’s respect. And it is probably safe to assume the two are more a alike than what has been realized before. Is Beckett going to open up to Gates about her mother’s murder and seek her help?

[quote_right]“Hairy is my middle name. It sounded a lot better in my head,”— Castle[/quote_right]Wedding invitations | If anyone is keeping a checklist of wedding planning events then you can cross off the wedding invite list. The middle part of the episode has a nice little scene between Beckett and Castle as they try and sort out who they want to invite to their wedding. Martha has a nice little scene where she steals Castle’s wine and offers up her own list. At the end, the two of them realize they should only invite the people who matter most.

A few closing remarks | Overall, this was a nice way to end the recent crop of episodes before heading into the finale arc. Viewers finally got a look at Gates’s family (and they even earned a spot on Beckett and Castle’s wedding invitation list). Plus viewers got a treat to more Beckett and Castle wedding talk.

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