‘Castle’: Murderer Is Not An Adjective, It’s a Setup

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Castle Season 6 episode 4 hostages Castle: Murderer Is Not An Adjective, Its a Setup

There’s nothing like going to the dentist for your biannual cleaning only to be taken hostage by a manic woman who claims she’s being set up for the murder of her boyfriend. Unless you’re Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), the woman’s favorite author, who gets called in as hostage negotiator. That may have been preferable to having his mother, daughter, and his daughter’s new boyfriend invading his and Beckett’s (Stana Katic) privacy back at the homestead.

Aside from the odd request for Castle to prove Emma’s (Alicia Lagano) innocence, the other point of interest in the opening minutes of “Number One Fan” is that Beckett didn’t automatically get her job back with the NYPD after being fired by the FBI on last week’s episode of Castle.

Instead, she spends the episode as more of a tag-along, while Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald), Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) – who were sidelined during the D.C. arc – get the job done. And Lanie (Tamela Jones) gets her first appearance in season 6. Go team!

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Meanwhile, all Castle has to do is talk, and true to Beckett’s assertion, he excels at that despite high-strung kidnapper Emma who insists she didn’t kill her boyfriend no matter what the evidence says. Evidence that is stacked to the roof, with this most recent killing mirroring one that was sealed in Emma’s juvenile record, along with a long list of circumstantials. Only Castle’s Spidey sense keeps the cops from taking her in.

Over and over, however, one location keeps popping up: Scarsdale. And it proves to be the scarlet tread that weaves the sordid tale together. That’s where her boyfriend was going when she thought he was cheating on her. Where he – illegally – picked up her birthday present. A birthday present that got himself on the radar of a prominent lawyer. A lawyer married to Emma’s half-sister who views Emma as a threat to his rich father-in-law’s trust fund. And Scarsdale is just outside the Home for Girls where Emma’s biological father and mother left her as an infant.

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Plenty of action is provided in this episode, including a loose-cannon hostage named Mickey (Billy Miller) who takes things into his own hands. The end result of that debacle is the police bursting in on Emma brandishing a gun over a fallen Castle. Fortunately, this third setup proves to be the charm and sets the team on the path to find the truth. There’s also a great scene with Ryan and Espo putting the screws to and getting a confession out of the real killer, lawyer Raymond Vance (Patrick Heusinger).

As it turns out, the whole episode is something of a setup that places Beckett and Gates directly in the favor of Aaron Stokes (Tom Amendes), Emma’s father and a golfing buddy of the police commissioner in charge of hiring. One happy coincidence and a cashed in favor later, and Beckett is back on the force. And Gates’ engagement present is allowing Castle back, too, so all’s well that ends well.

How about you? Any favorite one-liners that appealed to you? Anything you wish had been done differently? And how long do you think Marlowe and company will drag out this engagement?


Castle returns next Monday with “Time Will Tell” @10pm on ABC.

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  1. Haven’t read the review yet… but I did watch the episode… I thought I had missed a chapter considering (SPOILER ALERT) ….

    …. Kate is all of a sudden out of a job and the whole FBI thing is just, POOF, over. WHAT THE HECK??? I mean… I know it wasn’t going to last, but they didn’t even address it at all. Like they just threw out the entire (GIANT) story arc of Kate leaving everything to chase her dream… and then bam… it’s over with zero explanation?

  2. HAHAHAHAAHAHA… WOW. Just remembered I never finished last weeks episode!!! Holy crap. That all makes sense now. Just came back to me that I got interrupted half way through the “Hubba Hubba” child star murder. … Guess I should go finish it. :)

  3. think we will have a year of set up ending with a cliff hanger wedding
    then the patter of little castles after a session of the pregnancy then years crime solving as don’t want it to end they are so few family friendly shows with heart out their

  4. best episode of what is turning out to be the best season so far IMO. Cheeseburgers! :)

    • “No cheeseburgers, no cheeseburgers!”

  5. Easily the best episode of the series dating back to season 4. The characters were at their best, with Castle proving why he’s the central character (and shelving his childish ‘Big Rick’ persona). The supporting players each were given a chance to make an appearance but never took away from the heart of a rather touching, fun story. The episode had a couple of twists and red herrings, but was clever in achieving the end result.

    “She dotted the I,” may have been the funniest line spoken this season.