It's a case with many twists and twirls when Odette Morton, a contestant on the hit competition TV show A Night of Dance is found shot to death in her dressing room. One of the early details we learn during the investigation is that Lanie once dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina. Things changed when she felt the world wasn't ready for such a top-heavy dancer. Castle and Ryan disagree.
The victim was killed moments before the dance show started. While questioning some of the other contestants, Ryan wonders why a pretty female participant doesn't seem to notice him. Esposito says it's the curse of the wedding band. His partner better get used to looking invisible to single women. More on that later.
The two men and one woman who serve as the opinionated judges of A Night of Dance (sound familiar?) say Odette had trouble with another contestant, Eddie Gordon. The guy had motive to kill since he can now return to the show to fill the open slot. Eddie alibis out, but provides the team with a sketch of a man Odette met in an alley. There's a theory that the victim may have been falling back into old bad habits.
Odette's brother talks about how his sis started hanging with a bad crowd after their grandfather died. She turned her life around after a near-death experience during a train derailment. Odette's business manager, Samuel Lynchberg, says that her reckless spending binges stopped after the train accident until recently. A worker at the show was being paid to keep her mouth shut about a possible relationship with the show's host, Brad Melville, who was keeping the secret that he saw Odette shooting up in her dressing room.