‘Castle’: Da Vinci’s Scavenger Hunt

by | October 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Castle, Recap, TV News

From Left: Myko Oliver, Molly Quinn and Nathan Fillion on "Castle" (Photo: ABC)

This week’s episode of “Castle“, “Get a Clue,” inexplicably was not a Halloween episode. “Castle” is a show made for Halloween. Castle (Nathan Fillion) dressing as Mal from “Firefly” on a previous Halloween episode was one of the show’s greatest moments. Why deprive fans of the pleasure of seeing the engaged Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle in a thematically appropriate couples costume like Nick and Nora Charles? That gripe out of the way, “Get a Clue” had a fun case of the week, involving a potential Da Vinci code style conspiracy. The B-storyline, involving Castle and Alexis’s relationship was awkwardly shoe horned in, and surprisingly serious.

Local Treasure

The victim of the week was Suzanne, an accountant who was stabbed in the throat. Her apartment was filled with photos of mysterious symbols. Surveillance footage revealed that she was followed by a monk shortly before she was killed. Castle, of course, was ready to believe that the Illuminati were involved. They track down the monk, who turned out to be an ex-con who turned his life around and believed he was protecting the victim from someone who was following her.

The monk’s church was filled with the same Freemason symbols that were in Suzanne’s apartment. In a back room, Castle encountered a guy wearing a period costume who pointed a sword at him and mentioned that the treasure had been in his family for hundreds of years. Castle turned out to be an expert fencer. The two dueled until Castle knocked him down and the guy revealed he was an actor, following a script. What Castle thought was a conspiracy was really a giant scavenger hunt sponsored by a historical society.

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The director of the historical society explained that he based the clues on a 200-year-old letter written by a man named Theodore Rose. Castle realized that the symbols from all the clues fit together to form a puzzle. The scavenger hunt may have been fake, but there really is a treasure. The puzzle led to a panel on the church wall that opened up into a secret room. Inside were coins that predated the American Revolution. They were worth millions of dollars. Unfortunately, when Castle picked up the coins, the motion triggered a sensor. The door shut, locking Castle and Beckett inside. Unlike previous times when the duo were trapped together, all it took to escape was for Beckett to find a spot where she got cell phone reception and could summon help.

It seems that Suzanne, a descendent of Theodore Rose, had figured out that the clues were real. She planned to find the coins, then donate them to museums. Her cousin entered the scavenger hunt in disguise so he could kill her and get the coins for himself. He could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he just figured out the clues before she did, but the murderers on this show rarely have logical plans or motivations.

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Castle Eats Humble Pi

When Castle had dinner at Alexis (Molly Quinn) and Pi’s (Myko Olivier) new apartment, he was a total jerk. Though the apartment was quite nice, especially for a college student, he criticized the furniture. He also mocked Pi’s job counting bees for an environmental project. Considering that Castle spends most of his time pretending to be a cop, he’s really not in a position to judge. His real issues were that he, like the audience, hates Pi, and that he can’t deal with his daughter growing up. Objectively, Pi is a gainfully employed guy who treats Alexis well and whose main vice is papaya. Alexis could have done a lot worse. Alexis was hurt by his behavior. When he attempted to apologize, she called him out on being insincere. It turned out that she was also upset that she found out Castle was engaged through Martha. She told Castle that she was not sure that Beckett was the right person for him, but she accepted their relationship and wanted him to extend her the same courtesy. Given how close she has been to Beckett, that’s a bit of a stretch, but it was a good argument. The episode ended with them still at odds, which based on next week’s promo, seems like a set-up for Castle to get back in her good graces next week by proving a death-row inmate is innocent. He was hoping he could fix things by buying her ice cream.

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