You better watch out! Santa Claus needs to put himself on the naughty list as he speeds down the street (in a car, not a sleigh) firing gunshots at a man on the run. BANG! BANG! The running man is hit. Santa hops out of his hot rod. BANG! One more shot and the victim is dead in a display window. For more information on this case, check out the Castle-Cap for the “Bad Santa” episode of Castle below.
There Will Be Blood: Castle realizes that the murder victim was a mob doctor. He was involved with the Carlucci crime family. Castle knows the guy who runs things with them. Dino Scarpella helped him with research on a Derrick Storm novel. Castle is asked to find the real killer. Dino will vouch for him giving him access to connections no cop could ever hope to have. It’s an offer Castle can’t refuse. Dino makes him take a blood oath. They’re family now.
Meet the Parents: Lanie asks Esposito to meet the parents. After all, the two of them are engaged! Well, that’s what Lanie told her parents. It was just easier that way. Of course, now they need to keep this little white Christmas lie going. Ryan is more than happy to help by concocting an over-the-top proposal story.
Relationship Shift: Their fake-engagement role playing has Lanie and Espo realizing that they are crazy for each other, but not in the same way her parents are. This gives them some clarity about their future together.
Holiday Blues: Castle was working with known members of organized crime. This doesn’t reflect well on him with the D.A. when the prime suspect is killed. Captain Gates tells Castle that he is no longer permitted to work with the N.Y.P.D. There is barely time to digest this when Beckett approaches with her draft of her holiday poem. Castle does his best to put on a happy face, but inside he knows that Christmas just became a little less merry.
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