Alexis helps Castle determine that the paper dolls are cut out from replicas of famous paintings. The titles of the artwork serve as clues as to locations. It’s a solid lead, but it doesn’t come soon enough. The sniper shoots another victim through the window of a 15th floor conference room. The target is alive. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Beckett is spinning more and more out of control.
Beckett has a major PTSD episode while alone in her apartment. Esposito knows what she’s going through. He takes Beckett into a back room to show her the rifle that was used to shoot her. Esposito says she should embrace what happened and use it to give her strength. This little talk is just what Beckett needed.
Surveillance footage at the latest victim’s office building shows the sniper holding a coffee cup similar to the one the wounded woman had. The shooting victims all went to the same coffee shop. Castle realizes that all three people had recent successes. The sniper is a loner who feels anger at their good fortune. While canvassing a shooting spot, Beckett realizes the gunman likely has a physical disability. The knowing look she shares with Esposito let’s Castle know his partner is back at the top of her game.