Castle: Probable Cause
by Stephen Janes (@stephenkjanes)
This article WILL contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk.
The fifth season of Castle has seen its ups, but not its downs. This latest episode had my heart pumping so ferociously that I thought I overdosed on caffeine, but really it was a steady feeding of suspense and probably the biggest curveball I didn’t see coming.
During the investigation of this week’s murder victim (Tessa), all evidence suggests that protagonist Richard Castle is behind a sadistic, ritualistic murder. Fingerprints found at the scene, security footage and murder weapons all have Castle’s name on it, but he proclaims he is innocent and knew nothing of the victim or anything of the crime. Beckett, in a rather touching scene, tells Castle that she believes him and will stop at nothing to figure out why her boyfriend is being framed for murder. Despite this being the first major obstacle for ‘Caskett,’ it doesn’t look like they are going down so easily.
I have always found it interesting that a department full of detectives has been unable to unveil the secrecy behind ‘Caskett’ since this season started. In the last episode (see “Murder, He Wrote”) however, Detective Ryan makes the startling discovery of Castle and Beckett’s relationship and decides to keep it to himself. That is, until he informs Detective Esposito of the situation. Now both knowing of ‘Caskett,’ they inform Beckett of their discovery and inform Beckett her relationship is secure. Beckett, although somewhat surprised by this breakthrough, is glad to hear this information and continues her investigation to help Castle.
Remember Jerry Tyson, the “3XK” serial killer? He surprisingly makes an appearance this episode and is the reason everything was turned upside down. We learn that it was Tyson who killed Tessa, and planted evidence to suggest Castle was the suspect. Tyson even went as far as to hire a lookalike of Castle who was filmed on security cameras, further linking Castle to the crime. Tyson reveals himself to Castle while in custody, who claims his escape years ago (season three) allowed him to kill again, and now he wants Castle to suffer for ruining his plans so long ago. The reveal of “3XK” was completely unexpected as we haven’t even heard his name since his last episode. My heart is still going ballistic just typing this out.
After Castle executes a brilliant escape plan to get away from police custody, he meets up with Beckett again as the two put all the pieces together and are finally able to prove Tyson was involved in all of this. They go to an abandoned warehouse where Tyson had his evil scheme laid out, thus ending the investigation and proving Castle was innocent the entire time. As ‘Caskett’ are leaving the scene, they are rear ended by Tyson on a bridge in a final attempt for revenge. Just as Beckett seemingly shoots and kills Tyson, he springs back up and holds Beckett hostage, waiting for Castle to emerge from Beckett’s demolished car. Castle appears with Beckett’s gun from behind and shoots Tyson until he dropped into the water below. The next day, investigations turned up empty as no body or remains of Tyson were found, prompting Beckett to believe him dead. Castle, however, believes that Tyson planned all of this in order to disappear so he could start killing again. Beckett attempts to reassure Castle that he was dead and done with, to which Castle replies, “for now” as the episode ends.
I honestly thought the investigation would damper the relationship between Castle and Beckett, but it only seemed to make them stronger. There was even evidence of Castle having an affair with the victim Tessa, but Beckett refused to believe it and trusted the word of her incarcerated boyfriend. Having Esposito and Ryan aware of the relationship between the two will add for a new comedic element this season, as I’m sure there will be jokes. I still firmly believe that their relationship will become public knowledge by the end of this season, which would be an interesting plot point given that their relationship isn’t exactly encouraged by Captain Gates or human resources, for that matter. Normally, episodes like this have me hunched over on my couch anticipating what will happen next. When “3XK” made his season debut, I about jumped from the couch and stayed on the floor for the remainder of the episode. The level of intensity was about the same as the season premiere, but the twist was better than anything M. Night Shymalan could have conjured up. Most likely Jerry Tyson will not be heard of for another season or two, but his sudden arrival and even quicker departure made for one interesting ride.
I mentioned in the recap how this episode would continue the fantastic trend that has been Season Five. I hate to say it, but I told you so.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars