‘Castle’ Recap: Will Castle Find a Life-Saving Antidote?

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Last week’s “Castle” season premiere ended with Castle (Nathan Fillion) discovering that he had been poisoned and only had 24 hours to live. Given that his name is in the title of the show, it’s doubtful that many fans were concerned that he would actually die. This week’s story was all about how he would be saved and whether the case would cause Beckett (Stana Katic) to reconsider whether or not she wants to continue working for the Attorney General.

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The problem with Beckett’s dream job is that in Washington D.C., humor has seemingly been outlawed. In New York, Beckett and Castle tackled quirky cases with their three dimensional hilarious sidekicks. In D.C., everyone is joyless. Temporarily separating Castle and Beckett professionally is an interesting obstacle that will surely ultimately strengthen their relationship, and send Beckett back to New York, but the show is a lot less fun in an unfamiliar setting that takes away everything that makes “Castle” different from every other procedural. Let’s hope that this is the last D.C.-based episode.

The Clock Is Ticking

Beckett tells Castle the antidote to the toxin he ingested takes a week to make. Castle only has a day to live. Beckett promises they’ll find the guy who poisoned him and the antidote because she won’t let him out of the engagement. What if the poisoner doesn’t have any antidote? That possibility is never broached. Castle tells her that Esposito said that the phrase Bronson used last week, “dream world,” referred to a ghost military base. The department’s techies find a reference to the phrase in an unpublished article. Bronson was in contact with the reporter.

Beckett talks to the journalist, Brad Parker, who tells her the base is in Afghanistan, where Bronson was stationed. The Secretary of Defense, Reed, killed the story. When she and McCord talk to him, he ultimately admits that Bronson was on a mission that took out Al Qaeda’s No. 2 with a missile. He has no idea what the word Valkyrie has to do with it. Maybe Al Qaeda went after Bronson in preparation for a larger strike.

The cops find a suspect, an Afghani named Rashid. But he had nothing to do with the poisoning; Bronson was following him because the night of the missile strike, he saw Bronson leave the scene with a servant’s corpse.

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Beckett and Castle review classified documents. Everything is redacted so they can’t find the word “Valkyrie.” Castle uses his sexy knowledge of fonts to suggest searching for eight letter words that are the right length. Sure enough, it’s in the report. The techie gets the fighter jet’s audio from the strike. Valkyrie — it’s the code name for the servant. The defense secretary authorized the shooting even though he knew she was inside. Bronson is ordered to return her to Dream World. She was American. The defense secretary seems like the bad guy, but there is no proof.

He has a picture of her. Her name is Farrah Usman and she was actually a clandestine American operative. It turns out that Reed authorized the strike even though he knew she would be killed. Her body was claimed by Brad Parker, the reporter … he was her fiancee.

Castle gets permission to accompany Beckett on search of Parker’s apartment in case he has the antidote. It’s empty but they find evidence that he is on his way to Reed’s press conference. They initially assume Parker plans to murder the defense secretary, but Beckett realizes it’s a decoy to throw them off the trail. He wants to enact Hammurabai’s code by killing Reed’s wife. Sure enough, he has set up an interview with her at her house. Castle passes out when he and Beckett get out of the car to save her. She points the gun at Parker and demands the antidote. When he instead starts a fight with Beckett, McCord (Lisa Edelstein) arrives to save the day.

Nearly Happily Ever After

Castle wakes up in the hospital after being treated. He quotes Dorothy at the end of “The Wizard of Oz.” His whole family is there along with, inexplicably, Alexis’s boyfriend Pi. Castle tells Beckett at least he got to see her. The long-distance relationship is worth it because the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing. But, “Next time I say I’m dying to see you, let’s keep it metaphoric.”

Beckett is disappointed that Reed’s involvement in the missile strike will be brushed under the rug. McCord tells her things aren’t black and white in D.C. Beckett looks wistfully at Castle as he leaves, obviously missing the good old days when they solved goofy mysteries.

“Castle” airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC.

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