Many Upper East Siders keep a few secret items in their safes along with the family jewels. But this is the first time we’ve seen one holding a woman’s corpse!
Castle and Beckett meet Ryan at the Upper East Side apartment of victim Susan Delgado. No sign of forced entry, same as three previous home invasions.She was shot at close range and the thieves then removed her wedding ring—along with her finger. Ouch!
At the precinct, the cops try to connect the four recent home invasions. They were all in different high-end neighborhoods, targeting wall safes and expensive jewelry.The thieves have been speeding up their timetable, we learn. But, more worrisome, they’re also becoming more violent. Castle thinks the home invaders must somehow know their victims.
[break] In the bullpen, we hear Esposito and Ryan update Montgomery.None of the other theft victims knew each other. But according to the forensics report, they found brass shavings in the lock mechanism on the front door of Delgado’s house, meaning someone used a bump key to break in.Esposito once busted a guy who specializes in bump keys:Evan Mitchell. And as it turns out, Mitchell got out of jail two weeks before the first heist.
They grab Mitchell and find a pistol in his waistband with the serial numbers drilled off.Alas, we find out Mitchell has an alibi. Then it’s more bad news from Montgomery—the ballistics from Mitchell’s gun doesn’t match the bullet that killed Mrs. Delgado. Furthermore, Mitchell was being arrained on an unrelated burglary charge the same day the thieves first struck. Curses! He’s not their guy.
We watch Castle pore over photos of the jewels, and he realizes the stuff is so high end, you’d need someone with impeccable taste and connections to top buyers to be able to move the stuff.Martha wonders whether he means Caine Powell, the model for the jewel thief in Castle’s book Storm Rising. They haven’t spoken ever since Castle blew Powell’s cover by thanking him in the acknowledgements page.He couldn’t still be mad, could he, we wonder? After all, even bad press is good press.
[break] Powell welcomes Castle to his cozy garrett with a sucker punch that knocks him out. When he awakens, Powell offers him a glass of wine, claiming all is now forgiven. By the time his cover was blown, Powell was ready to retire. We watch as Castle shows him the insurance photos, and Powell declares the jewelry the kind one dusts off only for special occasions, and he surmises that the thieves knew about the goods probably by moving “among their victims” when these pieces were visible.
Back at the precinct, the cops write out the names of charitable organizations below a list of the victims’ names. Castle spots one common to all four victims:M.A.D.T.—the Metropolitan American Dance Theater.
Next we see Castle and Beckett interview Anne Greene—the company’s director—who assures them her employees go through extensive background checks. She agrees to provide a list of all employees who have access to donor records. She’s not as forthcoming, however, about her donors. Looks to us like they’re going to need a court order.
Castle asks Beckett if she noticed how the M.A.D.T. board members consist of half the judges in town. Fortunately, we learn Castle has tickets to their upcoming fundraiser. All the major donors will be there—as will the perp.
[break] At the gala, Castle meets Rachel Maddox—the charity’s Head of Development—and her boyfriend, Paul. Rachel surprises Castle by asking about Alexis. She explains that they try to know as much as possible about their donors so they can match their interests with the appropriate programs.
Castle heads over to Beckett to share this discovery and takes her out on the dance floor. Our hearts pitter-part, until Castle says this is the only place they won’t be overheard. He suddenly sees Paul stealthily taking pictures of a bejeweled crown that’s up for auction.
After a background check turns up a long list of felonies, Castle and Beckett arrest Paul.During his interrogation, Paul confesses that he was working for Karl Nadir, a violent criminal he befriended at Green Haven Prison. After they both got out, Nadir found Paul and, threatening violence against Rachel, forced Paul to help him rob the rich.
[break] The cops storm into Nadir’s apartment, where they find the kind of gear one would use in a home invasion.But the only sign of the perp is a still-warm coffee mug. As Beckett steps into the apartment hallway, she spots Nadir running off and gives chase.
Outside, Castle waits impatiently in Beckett’s unmarked car. Suddenly we see Nadir’s body land on the hood! Nadir’s face matches the police sketch, which happens to be on the dashboard. Castle and Nadir wrestle around, until the guy manages to punch Castle in the face. Then, just as Nadir is reaching for his gun, Beckett appears, staring down the barrel of her own weapon. “Go ahead.I need the practice,” she dares.
[break] Afterwards, we see Beckett stop by the loft to return Martha’s necklace, only to find Castle making eggs for Alexis and his mother. Castle pulls up a chair and insists Beckett stay. She did save his life after all. And they’ve only heard Castle’s version of what happened. Beckett obliges, and we leave them gathered around the breakfast table.