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'Castle' fan recap: Big trouble in little Chinatown

Season 7 | Episode 17 | “Hong Kong Hustle” | Aired Mar 16, 2015

When Henry Graham is found shot to death in the park and the lead suspect is identified as an Asian female, Becket, Castle, and Co. hop to it to find her. Little do they know she will turn out to be Detective Inspector Zhang, a cop from Hong Kong who’s actually in New York to track down the killer of her friend, Henry Graham.

Zhang admits to knowing Henry and that she had flown to New York to meet with him because they hadn’t seen each other in many years. Henry mentioned he was in trouble and needed help. She found him in the park already dead, and fled to begin her own investigation into her friend’s death.

Zhang’s prestigious experience makes her the ideal partner for Kate, and the two begin working together to track down Henry’s killer. Their first lead takes them to Chinatown, after Henry’s boss said he went to lunch the day he was killed and returned agitated before leaving work early. Their venture to Henry’s favorite restaurant, the Jade Temple, provides more clues, which lead the team to uncover that he had had an argument with a man that day and left the restaurant in a hurry.

Zhang is able to track down the man whom a Jade Temple waitress says Henry was fighting with. He turns out to be Michael Glassman, an FBI agent. He denies knowing or ever meeting with Henry, only complicating the case even further.

But their big break comes in the form of security-cam footage (shocker!) from Henry’s apartment that shows Henry being abducted by William Hicks, a known drug kingpin responsible for bringing Henry into the life of crime so many years ago. But just as soon as Beckett and Zhang break the case and head out to capture Hicks, Captain Gates says the FBI put a halt on their investigation.

The team does the math and figures out that Glassman was investigating Hicks to build a case against him. Glassman’s argument at the Jade Temple was likely about trying to get Henry to roll on Hicks.

But Zhang doesn’t take orders to back off on finding her friend’s killer, and she goes after Hicks on her own. Much to Beckett’s dismay, she Hicks at his gym beaten and bloody—and Zhang about an inch away from seriously injuring or even killing him. She gets Zhang to step back, and the two question Hicks together.

Hicks informs them he knew about the FBI investigating him and that Henry had even told him they were trying to get him to snitch on him. Henry wouldn’t roll on Hicks, but instead asked for his help in securing a half-kilo of cocaine. Unsure of what he needed it for besides “helping a friend,” Hicks hooked him up, no questions asked.

The next place Henry was seen was uptown, where he snagged a luxury car belonging to real estate tycoon Jeffrey Wadlow. Coincidentally enough, Wadlow had just gone to prison for being found in possession of—you guessed it—a half-kilo of cocaine. So why on earth would Henry plant cocaine in a real estate developer’s car?

Turns out Wadlow had been snatching up properties in Chinatown right and left, always beating out another company for highly coveted properties. That included one owned by Mimi Tan, the owner of Henry’s favorite restaurant, the Jade Temple. Tan has long been linked to organized crime, and with this mounting evidence, Castle, Beckett, and Zhang pay her a visit.

She denies any involvement until the waitress reveals that Mimi Tan had been forcing her to work off her debt she owed to the people who smuggled her into America. She also reveals that she and Henry were in love and he was planning on paying off the rest of her debt so that they could run away together.

Since Henry didn’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off Suyin’s debt, Mimi Tan offered him a different deal: Plant cocaine on Wadlow. With him locked up, she could buy up all the hot Chinatown properties and grow her empire. One would think Mimi Tan would have then killed Henry to shut him up, but that’s not exactly the case.

Another waitress is the final detail in solving the murder of Henry Graham. She also had a debt to work off, and couldn’t let her only friend in the whole world run away and leave her all by herself. So she killed Henry. Pretty twisted, right?

Oh, and by the way:

  • You know how sometimes Castle has a tendency to try to shoehorn in small nuggets about our heroes’ daily lives? Like when Castle and Beckett barely touched on the topic of children a few episodes back, or when the apartment became too cramped for everyone living there so Martha decided to move out. Usually it’s a small mention at the top of the episode; the crime of the week is sprinkled with hints of parallel storytelling, concluding with another tiny resolution or mention of that small topic after the murderer has been put away. This week, it’s different. There are two main stories going on in “Hong Kong Hustle” that play off each other in a nice way and they’re both given ample screen time. It’s delightful.
  • That storyline is Kate’s unprecedented jealousy and admiration for Inspector Zhang. She’s a mother, wife, established cop, head of an organized-crime task force, sharpshooter—you name it. Kate waxes on about how she’s not sure she’s accomplished enough, and seeing someone her age with so much “more” than her really hits home. It’s nice to see this get so much screen time because it’s a real issue for a lot of people, and comparing ourselves to one another is only human nature. I can’t help but think this is the beginning of Beckett trying to see what mountain she should climb next.

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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