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Season 7 | Episode 8 | “Kill Switch” | Aired Nov 24, 2014

A routine murder investigation turns into a hot mess quicker than usual on “Kill Switch,” the eighth episode of Castle‘s seventh season.

Castle and Beckett embark on their first murder investigation since returning from their dude ranch honeymoon, but they quickly find themselves knee deep in a tense hostage situation when their prime suspect turns out to be an unstable activist with a bone to pick with the elite 1 percent.

When the body of Government Accountability Office investigator Paul Reeves is found in the park, the team begins to try to connect the dots to catch his killer. They discover he had received a phone call shortly before his death from Jared Stone (Will Rothhaar), a known computer hacker and former Occupy Wall Street activist.

But when Esposito and Ryan head to Stone’s apartment to find more clues, they run across Stone fleeing in the subway station, so Esposito decides to follow him on foot. He follows him onto a train car to ask him a few questions before inevitably bringing him down to the station, but that’s when things start to get interesting.

Stone doesn’t take too kindly to being questioned by Esposito, and when he realizes he’s about to be in a world of trouble he hijacks the gun off the nearby transit officer and commandeers the entire train car at gunpoint. To make matters worse, Stone also reveals he’s covered himself with an elaborate explosive, one that is rigged to detonate should Stone’s hand leave the trigger.

With the situation on the train car going from bad to worse, the team back at the station is desperate for a way to rescue Esposito. Luckily the train car has been rigged with a camera, so every move Stone and the hostages make is visible to the vigilant team trying to save them.

Negotiations begin and Stone reveals his one and only demand: release his girlfriend and former hacker partner in crime Erin Wilson, who’s serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison for some serious computer trespassing.

Fortunately for Esposito and the hostages on board, the Hostage Rescue Team and the Caskett team back at the station are a few steps ahead. They’ve planned an elaborate rescue mission to save everyone on board, the details of which have been delicately sneaked to Esposito via the pizzas delivered by the Hostage Rescue Team. Everyone’s in place, Esposito is on board. All. Systems. Go.

Unfortunately for everyone on board the train car, Stone’s no dummy. He catches wind of the agents trying to storm the train, and upon realizing he’s been on camera this whole time, shoots the camera down, rendering Beckett and team blind.

But all is not lost! Although the rescue mission was a bust, Esposito is nothing if not excellent at his job. So he gets the help of the transit cop, and together they ambush Stone, securing the kill switch, and saving everyone on board the train car. Huzzah!

Meanwhile, Ryan is able to drum up some evidence linking Stone to the victim Paul Reeves. Reeves had been investigating a breach at a pharmaceutical lab in which a single vial of a rare and deadly flu-like virus had been stolen. Records indicate that the lab had also recently purchased over 10 million vials of the vaccine to the virus, which must have raised a huge red flag for Reeves. He questioned it, knowing the only reason for such a purchase by a lab like that would be because they were anticipating such an outbreak, which would also mean they were behind the stolen vial that, when injected into the right person, would lend itself to a nasty epidemic of the virus. The unlucky fall guy? You guessed it: Jared Stone. Poor Jared was deliberately infected, with the intention to have him unknowingly infect thousands of others when he made his way around the city.

Turns out Paul Reeves’ supervisor at the GAO was in bed with the dirty pharmaceutical company and had been in on the plan to monetize the deliberate outbreak of the deadly virus, banking on raking in big cash for all the vaccines they were sure to administer as a result of their evil plan. Paul Reeves had merely been asking too many questions, and when he had figured it out, was murdered.

Whew. Close one, you guys.

Castle 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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