Beckett is in Washington, DC for a job interview in the Attorney General’s office for a post she learned about in “The Human Factor.” She meets with Anthony Freedman, who is impressed with everything she brings to the table. Back in New York, Castle is trying to decide on a cover art color for his upcoming “Deadly Heat” novel. He opts for magenta. Castle expresses concern about his daughter’s impending trip to Costa Rica. Alexis says she can’t stop living her life because of what happened in Paris in “Target” and “Hunt.” Castle agrees to write a check for the trip right after he solves another pesky murder.
Erika Albrook’s dead body was dumped into the water supply tank of her rundown hotel building. Most folks in the building figured her to be a prostitute. Actually, Erika was an honors student at Harvard. Her parents thought she was off backpacking through Europe. Surveillance footage shows the victim going up to the roof, but she never came back down. Erika led everyone to believe she was a hooker entertaining clients when, in reality, she spent all night working on her laptop. She was a hacker. The computer she was using is missing.
Erika’s friend said the victim was on some kind of mission. All signs point to involvement with a law firm. Erika hacked into their server to access information. She had been meeting with Ian Blaylock, an attorney who had been fired by the firm. The team finds the guy dead in his apartment. Lanie says Ian was actually killed before Erika. Someone posing as Blaylock lured Erika out of hiding. This all may have something to do with Pam Bonner. She was Erika’s friend and an intern at the law firm. Pam was killed in a car accident last summer. Erika doesn’t believe her friend would ever drive drunk as the police report suggested.
Castle believes Erika may have hid the missing laptop. Ryan lets Esposito know that Jenny is pregnant as they conduct a search. It’s great news, as is the fact that they find the missing laptop. Back at the station, Captain Gates receives a call from the Deputy Director of the FBI. She lets Beckett know she gave her the highest of recommendations. With any luck, Erika Albrook’s murder could be her last homicide case. Beckett gives Lanie the 411 on how her life would drastically change if she takes the job. It would mean leaving her current life behind, including Castle.