On this episode of Castle, Beckett and Castle investigate the murder of a psychic medium, leading the duo into an intense battle about the profession. Although Beckett is prone to follow hard evidence, Castle becomes giddy when the department receives what he believes a letter from the psychic predicting her on murder. On the home front, Martha weighs a marriage proposal from Chet, which forces Martha and Castle to evaluate love.
"If you don't believe in even the possibility of magic, you'll never find it." — Rick Castle
This week's episode put the ongoing romantic tension between Beckett and Castle aside, and focused mostly on a straightforward murder case. However, Martha's B-story carried significant weight, especially given what we know about Beckett and Castle. How do we know when the right time to connect with someone is? And once that connection feels too familiar, or as Martha puts it, when the "thrill is gone," is it time to move on?
Martha comes to Castle's loft with a huge rock on her finger, a gift from the always unseen Chet, who asked her to marry him. Martha, however, has some reservations, and asks for some time to think about it. Poor Alexis, who we know is just beginning to experience how love can change your view of the world, is saddened by Martha's slightly negative view. Alexis warns Martha not to give up on love because the thrill is gone, noting that it can come back. Case in point: Castle's reunion with Gina, who Castle says brought "high maintenance and shopping" back into his life along with the thrill.
Sadly, the day after he proposed to Martha, Chet dies of a stroke. Martha feels terrible for being indecisive, fearing that she sent a man to his grave feeling unloved. Chet's family tells her otherwise, saying that she made their father's last days his happiest. Even if Martha didn't see it, Chet had found the spark he needed, and probably died at peace knowing it. Finding that someone sometimes can feel a bit like magic, but as Martha learns — and as Castle warns Beckett — you have to be believe in magic to find it.
You see, Beckett is somewhat cynical like Martha. She doesn't believe in a psychic like Vivian Marchand's ability to see the future or commune with spirits from the next life. (She also doesn't believe in double rainbows and hasn't believed in Santa Claus since she was 3 years old, because her house didn't have a chimney.) So, when a letter is sent to the NYPD, presumably from Vivian predicting her own death, Castle squeals with excitement while Beckett believes the letter is the work of the murderer. Beckett also isn't open to accepting ideas from Penny, Vivian's daughter who claims to have a bit of the gift herself
Beckett begins to prove that Vivian is more of a skilled researcher than a psychic. She interprets information, intuits problems in her clients' lives, and then uses the information they divulge to her to make them believers. She used this ability to make herself famous, when she sent a man named Steve Adams to jail for murdering his wife. It turns out, however, that Vivian simply knew that Steve was having an affair. When his wife turned up dead, people believed Vivian when she said Steve was guilty, simply because she had predicted his infidelity.
Sounds like motive, right? Sure, but Steve's post-jail involvement with Vivian was only related to a reality TV show, where victims confront the people who ruin their lives. Fearing that she would be proven a sham, Vivian made a deal with the reality TV producer for a new show, one in which she would catch a murderer. But then she wound up dead.
This leads Castle and Beckett to their next lead. Vivian had an appointment with "T.J." or Toni Johnston a few hours before her murder. It turns out that Toni was sleeping with her husband's boss, who just so happens to be the deceased husband and father of two of Vivian's other clients. It's only when Becket follows Penny's advice to "ask the Masons what happened" that she catches her killer. Mrs. Casillas and her daughter were eating at Mason's restaurant, which was their alibi for Vivian's murder. But when Mrs. Casillas left the meal to "buy a bottle of wine" she went to kill Vivian. Beckett has a receipt for the wine two hours earlier to prove it.
Because Vivian knew Emilio Casillas' (like Castle says, that's hard to say!) affair, she was beginning to piece together Mrs. Casillas' involvement. When Vivian said she was going to commune with Emilio's spirit, Mrs. Casillas panicked, fearing that he would reveal to her that his wife killed him. Looks like Vivian turned Mrs. Casillas into such a believer, that Vivian ended up dead by her hand.
In the end, Beckett proves that the case could be solved with real evidence, not psychic warnings. But Castle has an ace up his sleeve: Penny told Beckett that someone named Alexander will be very important to her and might even save her life. Beckett brushes it off until she learns that Castle's real name is Richard Alexander Rodgers. (He changed his middle name to Edgar to honor Edgar Allan Poe at the same time that he became Richard Castle.). So will Beckett become a believer? It's doubtful, but I am willing to bet she is at least open to looking for some magical moments that in the past would have passed her by.
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On this episode of Castle, Beckett and Castle investigate the murder of a psychic medium, leading the duo into an intense battle about the profession. Although Beckett is prone to follow hard evidence, Castle becomes giddy when the department receives what he believes is a letter from the psychic predicting her own murder. On the home front, Martha weighs a marriage proposal from Chet, which forces Martha and Castle to evaluate love.