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'Castle' recap: Mystery in Montreal

Season 7 | Episode 2 | “Montreal” | Aired Oct 6, 2014

The inherent issue facing Castle’s seventh season is the fact that the mystery of what happened to Castle and the questions surrounding his disappearance are always going to be more interesting than the murder of the week we get with each episode. Not that that’s a bad thing; it just means Castle is going to have to be very careful about how and when it parses details and clues to the bigger mystery, to make them that much more impactful, even while everyone involved is also running interference on a lesser whodunit.

“Montreal” is a really excellent balance of the classic Castle homicide Beckett and company are working, and Castle’s quest to find answers for what happened to him during his disappearance. The murder victim this week is Wallace Williger, a toy-company CEO whose body is discovered by a group of rowers.

After a burner phone and a set of keys lead to a possible mistress and a secret apartment, we learn Williger has actually been in contact with Natalie Mendoza, a special-effects makeup artist who was hired by Williger to teach him how to apply old-age makeup. Turns out, after the sudden and inexplicable death of his beloved pooch, Wally was CEO–turned–undercover boss. He had been working as a part-time janitor in his own company’s warehouse under the disguise of the elderly Joe Meyer because he had grown suspicious of some seedy activity he believed was happening right under his nose. He had connected the dots that his dog had died from a drug overdose, an overdose suffered by accidentally chewing through her favorite toy, which—you guessed it—was filled with drugs.

But Wally’s keen eye and super-sleuthing eventually got him killed by his trusted assistant, Matt Monroe (Brian Tichnell), who was actually behind the drug-smuggling operation, using Williger’s most popular toy to smuggle in heroin from Asia. When Wally figured it all out, Monroe killed him.

Meanwhile, in search of answers to Castle’s disappearance, the clues lead to … Canada, of all places. After an on-air ambush by a TV reporter, Castle offers up a $250,000 reward for answers about his disappearance. The usual deluge of crazies and nutters call with fake tips and insane theories, but when Castle is about to admit his plan might just be a failure, a sweet newlywed couple comes to the station with an actual, real-life, honest-to-goodness clue.

They were going through their honeymoon photos when they noticed none other than Richard Castle in the background of one of their snapshots. In the photo, taken in front of Montreal Global Bank (Montreal!!), Castle is seen talking with Fake Henry Jenkins (whom you’ll remember from “Driven” as Scandal‘s Matt Letscher). Of course he has no recollection of this, but Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) offers up a solid idea: Perhaps the key found sewn into Castle’s pants upon his rescue belongs to a safety-deposit box there. So it’s off to Montreal he goes, Alexis in tow. (Beckett has that pesky murder to investigate, remember?)

Their theory pans out, but there’s no way Castle or Alexis were prepared for what they find inside that box. In it are three letters, one each addressed to Alexis, Beckett, and Martha (Susan Sullivan), and all containing a single memory card. The cards each contain a video message from Castle that essentially boils down to: If you’re watching this, I’m probably already dead/I’m sorry/I love you. Castle’s message to Beckett is heartbreaking, but not more heartbreaking than the look on Beckett’s face after she watches it.

With the help of the precinct’s tech guru, Castle is able to pinpoint the location the goodbye videos were taken. It’s back to Canada, but this time he goes alone. There he runs into none other than Fake Henry Jenkins, who speaks in cryptic vagaries that only serve to further deepen the mystery of Castle’s abduction.

“Some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved,” he says. “It’s over now.” Fake Henry Jenkins tells Castle it was his choice to not remember, that Castle asked for his memory to be wiped, and that he risks everything in finding out a truth that should just stay buried. This makes no sense—but thankfully Castle doesn’t keep this part a secret from his family, telling them everything. Unfortunately, it does nothing to lighten Beckett’s heavy heart or Castle’s deep desire to find out what happened to him.

Oh, and by the way:

  • Lanie (Tamala Jones) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) are back together! Cute.
  • Castle: “It’s Canada. How risky can it be?!”
  • Hilarious Gag #1: When Castle and Beckett find special-effects makeup artist Natalie Mendoza looking like she’s had her throat slashed open, but she’s actually just taking a nap.
  • Hilarious Gag #2: When Esposito shoves assistant-turned-murderer Matt Monroe across the giant keyboard in the Williger’s toy office.
  • When Fake Henry Jenkins is telling Castle to leave this whole thing alone, he recalls a story that Castle allegedly told him during the two months he was missing. It involved a “February day” when Castle was 11, and is apparently the “real reason he became a mystery writer.” Color me very intrigued.
  • Wallace (Wally) Williger is the most toymaker name of all time.
  • Beckett’s face when Castle kisses Captain Gates (Penny Johnson Jerald) because he’s so happy that people are calling in with tips is epic:

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 Castle, rated TV-PG, airs Mondays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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