BANG! BANG! BANG! Someone’s shooting at Castle. He races through a room of mirrors as they explode with each passing bullet. Castle barrels into an alley where Detective Kate Beckett is waiting, gun drawn. She screams for him to drop to the ground. But Castle remains standing, pointing a gun in Beckett’s direction. BANG! BANG! What just happened?! Let’s jump back three days earlier to find out.
Castle promised he’d be back in the fall. Well, it’s the autumnal equinox and he’s MIA. Maybe he’s still working on his book. Nah, Castle’s new novel is definitely a done deal. How do we know this? Well, Beckett and her team investigate the murder of a woman named Chloe. The crime scene is near a bookstore where a life-size cutout of Castle advertises the upcoming release of Naked Heat. You can even meet the author at the store this Friday. Guess Castle is back in town. He could have called!
The murder victim’s boyfriend, Evan, says Chloe taught chemistry at a prep school. Beckett, Ryan and Esposito check out an address that was written on a cocktail napkin found in Chloe’s hand. The team enters the apartment, guns drawn, to find someone standing over the dead body of Maya Santori. This mystery man has a gun. And we’re being literal when we call him a mystery man because it’s Castle! Beckett has no choice but to arrest him for murder.
Beckett interrogates Castle. Her questions are certainly about the murder, but she also seems to be trying to glean some personal info. Castle is doing the same and is shocked to hear Beckett broke up with Detective Demming. Again, he would have known this tidbit if he would have called, right?!