Tick, Tick, Tick ...
Season 2 | Episode 217 | Aired 03/22/2010
Castle cracks the code as page numbers and words in Heat Wave! They decipher the message, which reads: “I will kill someone else before midnight tonight unless you stop me.” The killer calls again to tell Nikki Heat that he’s disappointed she hasn’t caught him. Now someone else has to die. After tracing the call to a parking garage, the team finds a woman’s shoe, strands of hair, four shell casings and lots of blood. But where’s the body?
[quote-left]Worried about Beckett, Castle spends the night on her couch. No, really. He never left the sofa. The next morning, he opens her front door to find the missing dead woman falling at his feet. The bullets in this body have letters that spell “burn,” which means the whole message reads, “Nikki will burn.” Not good.
The third victim is Sandra Keller, a taxidermist who argued with a customer matching the killer’s sketch. The customer’s dog was killed when Michelle Lewis, the 2nd victim, lost control of the Rottweiler she was walking. The customer had his dog stuffed, but couldn’t pay for it. Two nights later there was a break-in. The dog and a bunch of formaldehyde went missing. The lawyer, Alex Peterman, is also connected, having declined a lawsuit over the dead dog. The client? Benjamin Conrad, a man whose DMV photo matches the sketch of the killer.