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'Castle' fan recap: The return of 3XK

Season 7 | Episode 14 | “Resurrection” | Aired Feb 9, 2015

Castle is a good show. Most of the time, Castle is a great show. But when it really puts its mind to it, Castle is flat-out fantastic, like in tonight’s breathtaking episode, “Resurrection.”

The return of Jerry Tyson, aka 3XK, has been long anticipated by Castle. Ever since he saw Tyson seemingly fall to his death after being shot, Castle has sworn he was still alive. And alive he is, but we’ll get to that later.

It all starts when Susan Watts is found strangled in an alleyway. Lanie has a suspicion right off the bat about Watts; she seems familiar to Lanie, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. And while I will admit it is quite a large leap for Lanie to see a victim and just “sense” that she had the same sort of plastic surgery as a past 3XK victim named Pam Hodges (you remember, the one made to look exactly like Lanie in the season-six episode “Disciple”), I’ll go with it if that leap takes us right back into the 3XK fold.

Lanie’s hunch proves to be correct when Watts is linked to a nonprofit plastic surgery clinic where none other than Dr. Kelly Nieman works. You’ll remember Dr. Nieman as 3XK’s partner in crime, the doctor who treated him in prison, became his girlfriend, altered the appearance of two victims to look like Lanie and Esposito, and helped disappear every single case file and piece of evidence linking Tyson to any 3XK murders.

Given Castle’s history and knowledge of Tyson and the 3XK case, Captain Gates reluctantly agrees to let him back on in a consulting capacity. Just like old times!

Of course, Dr. Nieman denies knowing the victim Watts—even when street-cam footage later pulled reveals another woman who looks exactly like Watts leaving her clinic. No coincidence there are two identical women out there fitting 3XK’s MO (young, pretty, blond); Dr. Nieman’s handiwork yet again. But the big shocker comes when the footage reveals just who this New Susan Watts (we’ll later find out her real name is Amy Barrett, a woman Dr. Nieman made to look just like Watts) gets into a car with: Jerry Tyson, 3XK risen from the dead.

With visual confirmation that Tyson is alive and well, the case kicks into high gear. Castle and Beckett track down the owner of the truck Tyson and Amy Barrett were last seen in, one Michael Boudreau. But they’re in for more than they bargained for when they capture not Boudreau but Tyson himself. At least, someone who looks like Tyson.

In questioning, Castle and Beckett are practically drooling with satisfaction that they’ve got the most elusive serial killer to escape their custody right in front of them. It’s fantastic.

MIchael Mosely as Jerry Tyson in ABC

But this man, the man who looks and sounds just like Jerry Tyson, swears he’s not who they think he is. He is adamant he is actually Michael Boudreau, not Jerry Tyson, renowned serial killer. He admits to getting some work done to change his appearance (come on, dude), but there’s a twinkle in his eye Castle and Beckett just can’t shake. (And for the record, neither could I.)

The only way to prove this man is Tyson and not Michael Boudreau through DNA. Only problem is all of Tyson’s DNA from the 3XK files is missing. So Castle and Beckett do the one last thing they can think of and visit Tyson’s mother, thinking they can link the two and be done with the games. They test the DNA from a baby tooth found at Tyson’s childhood home, but it’s not the hole-in-one Castle and Beckett think. There is no DNA match between the man sitting in the interrogation room claiming to be Michael Boudreau and Jerry Tyson’s DNA. So if it walks like 3XK and talks like 3XK but there’s no DNA match, what then?!

It can’t be, it just can’t be. And yet it is. But evidence, shmevidence, says Castle, who refuses to buy into the idea that this man is really Boudreau made to look like Tyson. Castle knows it’s 3XK, Beckett knows, and we know. Which is what makes the smarmy smile on Tyson-claiming-to-be-Boudreau’s face and the heartbreaking revelation that there’s no match that much harder to shake off. The blow is a big one to Castle, who can’t wrap his head around letting Tyson go once again.

Meanwhile, Beckett heads off to find Amy Barrett, who frantically called with feigned fear that she was in trouble. It was so very clearly a trap that I’m a little bummed Beckett didn’t see it coming. (Also, why does she ALWAYS go places alone?! Backup, Kate. Back. Up.) Beckett arrives to lend a hand to Barrett, but someone gets the jump on her and injects her with a sedative, rolling her away to God knows where.

With Captain Gates, Esposito, Ryan, and Castle all watching, Dr. Kelly Nieman and “not Jerry Tyson” Michael Boudreau walk out of the precinct hand in hand. Then it dawns on Castle: This entire thing was a setup from the very beginning. The homeless man who called in Susan Watts’ dead body at the top of the episode? His name was Ed Turner, which Castle points out is an anagram for “returned.” He calls Beckett over and over with no answer, and just as he realizes what’s happened, he watches as Dr. Nieman and a winking 3XK catch a ride out on the elevator, off into the smoggy New York night.

Oh, and by the way:

  • How gross is it that Castle is probably totally right in thinking that Dr. Nieman gives patients plastic surgery to perfectly fit 3XK’s victim type? She essentially hand molds young women to look like his mother once did so he can then strangle them to death. Oof.
  • If this episode was a bit confusing, here are the CliffsNotes: Susan Watts and Amy Barrett are made to look exactly the same by Dr. Kelly Nieman, Watts is murdered by Tyson, Barrett is in cahoots with Tyson who pretends to be Boudreau, Castle and Beckett know he is really Tyson/3XK but can’t prove it, somehow Tyson manages to fool the DNA test, Tyson (still pretending to be Boudreau who looks like Tyson) leaves with Dr. Nieman, their plan of capturing Kate to torture/kill/maim her fully in place. Whew.
  • It was quite a leap for Lanie to get from Susan Watts to plastic surgery to Dr. Nieman, no? Again, not complaining, but still.
  • How many times did YOU get goosebumps? I can count three: When we saw Tyson in the driver’s seat of that truck, when we saw the look on Castle and Beckett’s face when Tyson turned around in Boudreau’s apartment, and when Tyson winked at Castle in the elevator.
  • But really, though, how did Tyson fool the DNA test?
  • I love any and all 3XK plots and am super happy to see such a great episode, but I’m a little concerned that now we have two dangling mysteries hanging over this season. And each one could be unresolved: 3XK, however it plays out, and the whole Castle was kidnapped thing. Let’s just do one giant mystery at once, shall we?
  • Castle and Beckett ever so coyly broached the topic of children. CHILDREN.

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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