We all know Castle and Beckett have been less than forthright regarding their feelings for each other. Things look like they are finally going to change for the better during their latest investigation. Then they don't. This is one case that proves to be emotionally draining in more ways than one. Here's why.
TV field reporter Leann West is covering a protest rally at a downtown plaza. BOOM! A massive explosion rocks the area behind her. Five are dead, many others injured. The feds are running point on the investigation. That leaves Castle, Beckett and the rest of the team to interview friends and family of the victims. It's a series of heartbreaking chats. Beckett says, "It makes you think about all those things in your own life that you don't want to put off anymore." She looks like she wants to say more to Castle before being interrupted.
The bomb went off at a lamppost. The location was all clear at least 47 seconds before the blast according a cell phone photo. The team is tasked with interviewing the 300-plus witnesses who were in the area. An woman mentions seeing a Middle Eastern man carrying a box, but the guy was simply delivering takeout. A homeless man on meds says he saw Beethoven at the scene, but the long-dead composer also has a pretty solid alibi.
The recruiter for the takeover movement was a man named Jesse Friedman. He was closest to the bomb when it detonated. Lanie says his body was covered with blue fabric that came from a canvas bag. It's a huge break in the case, but one Castle can't act on right away. He must deal with a more pressing issue. Alexis is clearly upset by all that's happened. That's why her dad knows it's time to take her home. Beckett watches as her partner rescues his daughter from the sadness and horror of the moment.