“Castle” season 5 continued Monday, Oct. 29, on ABC with episode 5, “Probable Cause,” which saw Castle (Nathan Fillion) become the main suspect of a murder. What was the real story?
How was Tessa killed? Tessa’s roommate found her wired to the ceiling, a symbol carved into her forehead. There were no signs of a struggle or forced entry. She knew her killer. She was drugged and strangled, and her body was hung postmortem. The killer knew what he was doing.
Error or evidence on “Castle”? Castle’s fingerprints were found on the doorknob and doorframe—and they were taken before he got to the crime scene. He said he had never been there before, and Beckett assumed the prints were taken later. They did get a possible suspect in a mystery man Tessa was seeing who bought her jewelry. A neighbor saw her boss pay her a visit the night before she was killed, and when they questioned him and showed him the sketch, he became flustered and asked for a lawyer. Beckett (Stana Katic) noted that the killer was meticulous; Tessa’s boss was too flustered (and later on, it turned out he had an alibi: he was with a hooker). They were led back to Castle when they traced the jewelry back to the store and saw Castle on the security tape. Though no one believed Castle did it, Ryan pointed out they had to look into it. Once they were alone, Ryan told Esposito about Beckett and Castle. They had to prove the evidence wrong.
Castle, arrested. They went to Castle’s with a warrant, and Beckett told him about the jewelry and photo. That same day, he withdrew that same amount of money as a cashier’s check. Though he said it wasn’t him in the photo, they arrested him after they found something else: a bag with wire, hooks, and blood-splattered shirt—matching Tessa’s blood—inside. Though even Gates couldn’t believe Castle was guilty, they had to do their jobs, and that meant looking into Castle. Beckett began telling Ryan and Esposito about them, only to find out they knew. She was supposed to be with him that night, but he said he needed time to write. As Gates interrogated Castle, who insisted he didn’t know Tessa and said he was home writing alone that night—no alibi, Beckett talked to Alexis and Martha.
Castle, locked up. Beckett visited him at his cell and told him she’d figure it out. But then Ryan and Esposito pull her aside to tell her they found a file deleted from his computer about committing the perfect murder—a crime scene so bizarre, right down to the strange symbol. They also found emails between Castle and Tessa; he was having an affair. Later, Beckett talked to Lanie about it. The affair supposedly started a couple of weeks after they got together, and when he tried to break it off, Tessa threatened to tell his girlfriend. But she told Lanie she knows Castle. He insisted the emails and “perfect murder” file were fake. So what was going on? That was answered when 3XK paid Castle a visit in holding.
3XK returns. Tyson (Michael Mosley) hacked the security system, so no one could see or hear them. He wanted revenge, and he had been watching Castle. Even if Beckett believed he was there, she didn’t have time to save him. He had people waiting once Castle headed to central booking. Beckett’s punishment would be knowing he was innocent and being unable to stop it. There was no evidence of Tyson’s visit, but Beckett still believed him, and in a touching moment, they held hands through the bars. Beckett went to Gates about Tyson, and though they tried to get a delay, the DA wouldn’t hear of it since they had no evidence. Esposito knew exactly what would happen once Castle got to the tombs in central booking; it was so crowded, he wouldn’t be safe. They needed something to stop the transfer. Was Tessa seeing Tyson? However, they don’t have time to prove that because the officers have arrived to transfer Castle. Beckett was the one to get him from holding, and he reminded her of the first time she cuffed him—in the library. He wished he was there now. After she brought him to the officers at the elevator and they left, the real officers showed up to transfer him.
Is Castle a fugitive? Castle never got to booking, but he’d been labeled a fugitive. He technically was, as Beckett found him at the library—where she first cuffed him. He figured out that Tyson put out an ad looking for a Richard Castle look-a-like, and once they found that guy, he confirmed he bought jewelry for a reality show—and Tyson looked like the show’s producer. Not only that, Tessa had an appointment scheduled with Tyson, who was posing as a building owner looking for insurance. Once at the “site” address, they found Tyson’s work—everything he needed to frame Castle. All charges were dropped, but there was still paperwork to be done, and Gates sent Beckett and Castle back to the office. However, that was where they ran into trouble.
Is it over? As Castle and Beckett were having a nice conversation about her believing in him while waiting for the bridge to rise to let a boat pass, a car slammed into them from behind. It was Tyson, and though Beckett shot him, he popped up and took her hostage, wanting Castle to watch him kill her. However, Castle wasn’t still in the car; he was behind them, and he shot Tyson until he fell off the bridge into the water below. They didn’t find his body, and Castle wasn’t expecting them to. Tyson had planned it so he could disappear and start killing again. Though Beckett insisted he was dead and it was over, Castle ominously said, “for now,” to end the episode.
“Castle” continues Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC 7 in Queens. What did you think of “Probable Cause”?
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