This week’s “Castle” featured story books that weren’t written by Richard Castle. The case focused on a young woman found dead in the park – dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. Castle, of course, jumps to the conclusion that she was in an adult role-playing society where adults dress up like fairy tale characters (Bo Peep seemed to be a personal favorite.)
Then the case got weird when another girl, dressed as Snow White, turned up dead. Tracking down the costumes, Beckett and the boys discover there was a third costume purchased, that of Sleeping Beauty.They identify the possible third victim as Charlotte, a girl who attended an underground rave with the two previous victims. They go to Charlotte’s apartment to find her unconcious, but still alive. At her apartment they find a photo of her and the two victims with another boy, Owen, who was killed seven years ago. Due to the famous “Castle” twists and turns, they discover Owen’s brother and first victim Amy’s sister are married. Owen’s brother found out that the three girls were with Owen the night he died, and the brother blackmailed the girls to pay him money or else he’d tell they were with him. But, in a surprising twist, Owen’s brother did not kill the girls – but Charlotte did. She was the one who, accidentally, killed Owen seven years ago, and when the other two girls wanted to spill the secret, Charlotte killed them and faked an attack to derive attention away from herself.
“Castle” is good at having the killers be people you forgot about. They introduce characters in the first five minutes and then BAM, they are the killer and by the 53 minute mark, you’ve forgotten all about them. This episode had that (who remembered he was the victim’s brother-in-law? Not me) but then also had a double suprise at the end.
Best part of the episode, of course, was Martha’s one-woman play. She hired a playwright to write a one-woman play about her life – with many exaggerations added. Castle was not happy about this but showed up to support his mother anyway in a private showing with him, Alexis, the playwright, and Beckett. (Hand holding, for the win!)
“Castle” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC, channel 8 in Hartford, CT.