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Season 7 | Episode 3 | “Clear & Present Danger” | Aired Oct 13, 2014

There’s absolutely zero news on the Mystery of Richard Castle in this episode, so let’s get right to the murder at hand.

“Clear & Present Danger” is a wildly fun episode of Castle, perfectly blending the impish and nerdy charm of Castle with an impossibly confusing murder mystery, and throwing in some adorable Caskett bedroom hijinks for good measure.

When an insurance claims adjuster turned pool hustler is murdered by a pool cue in his own apartment, it’s up to the team to track down his killer. Problem is, they don’t have much to go on, seeing as every clue leads them to an invisible being. That’s right: This is the Invisible Man episode! (Can’t you just picture the glee on Castle’s face now?)

The victim is a one Will Fairwick (Nick McCallum), claims adjuster by day, big-time pool hustler by night. Fairwick often worked the most upscale clubs in town, targeting the deep-pocketed players and usually walking away with a pretty penny nearly every night. Which makes sense, seeing as how the team found an unexplained $20,000 in his apartment following his murder.

When the team checks out the security footage from Fairwick’s apartment, they’re faced with an improbable scenario: They see the front door open and close by itself, even though every window in the victim’s apartment was locked from the inside and the footage showed no one enter or exit before or after the murder. Naturally, Castle feels the most logical explanation is that this is the work of the devil, seeing as how Fairwick insists he made a deal with the Dark Prince so many years before anyhow. Either that or the Invisible Man, obviously.

In true Castle form, Beckett is unamused, but even she can admit that this case might just be one for the books; she can’t agree it’s the devil, but she sure as heck doesn’t have a promising lead otherwise. (And, oh boy! Seeing the two of them back to their old selves is probably one of the best things about this episode.)

An employee at one of Fairwick’s regular haunts offers up a possible lead after the team watches the baffling security footage. Fairwick had recently begun to frequent some not-so-upscale clubs in Brooklyn, leading him into an unfriendly tiff with notorious lowlife Jiggy Michaels. Apparently, Michaels was the one Fairwick had hustled out of the $20,000 found in his apartment. But after Michaels accused him of cheating, Fairwick offered to give the money back in exchange for some information on a brownstone he wanted to break into. The inhabitant of said brownstone is Tom Talmadge (Chad Michael Collins), owner of the Über/Lyft knockoff transportation service Hytch, and he was coincidentally, recently beaten up by—you guess it—an invisible being.

If you’re keeping track, that’s two people (seemingly) attacked by an invisible being.

Soon after, Fairwick’s phone records lead the team to his girlfriend, Donna Brooks, a university marine biology professor. Brooks was a former classmate of Fairwick at MIT, who tells Castle and Beckett that Fairwick had recently reconnected after going radio silent for years following his mental breakdown their first semester at MIT.

Castle and Beckett have hit yet another dead end. The duo venture back to Fairwick’s apartment to confiscate his work keycard, convinced his day job at Greenblatt was merely a front for something far more nefarious.

While at the victim’s apartment, both Beckett and Castle are attacked by the Invisible Man! (I mean, an invisible force; you know what I mean.) The force tries to snatch the keycard, but Castle (after briefly believing Beckett is faking it, in a truly LOL moment) is able to outwit it and keep the card.

The card leads to a mysterious office space that turns out to be a top-secret government facility. Turns out, Will Fairwick was not mentally unstable and he didn’t drop out of MIT due to a mental breakdown (that was a cover), and he most definitely was not an insurance claims adjuster. Castle and Beckett find out he was a quantum engineering scientist at this government facility—one that specializes in the research and creation of an invisibility suit. BUT OF COURSE!

A series of clues in the code for the invisibility suit leads Castle and Beckett to none other than Fairwick’s neighbor Henry (Tate Ellington). It’s revealed that Henry and Will actually were more than just neighbors; they worked together on the aforementioned top-secret science stuff.

When the two of them managed to complete a working invisibility suit, they began to use it for their own gain. The $20,000 hustled out of thug Jiggy Michaels? That was Henry and Fairwick using the suit to pull one over unsuspecting challengers. So when the two of them realized the suit was too powerful and couldn’t possibly be left in the hands of the government, they decided to sabotage the lab. But Henry had other plans first, and he used the suit to attack former colleague (and invisible-being attack victim) Tom Talmadge for allegedly stealing his idea for Hytch. It seems as thought Henry is the culprit, but he inadvertently turns them on to the real killer by revealing a crucial piece of evidence linked to Fairwick’s research concerning a fish. This is a fish that a very special marine biology professor has in her possession …

Castle and Beckett confront Donna Brooks, who confesses to killing Fairwick because she was so outraged over his betrayal; he used her for her research and abruptly dismissed their relationship.

But when Brooks escapes and dons the invisibility suit, Castle and Beckett have to not only find her, but capture her as well.

With a classic Caskett mind meld, the two use fire extinguishers to reveal Brooks’ whereabouts in the suit and arrest her. No Invisible Man, but a fantastically fun resolution nonetheless.

Oh, and by the way:

  • Beckett: Our killer is not Spider-Man.
    Castle: Agreed, because it’s the devil.
  • Ryan is working a second job at a male strip club called “Menhattan.” Okay.
  •  Seriously, though, both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion are on fire in this episode! It is so nice to see them fall into the groove after Castle’s disappearance.
  • No more on the Mystery of Richard Castle, but I think you and I both know that story is not over yet, so stay tuned!

Get more of Brandi’s take on all things entertainment over at ReelSnarky.com!

 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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