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Season 7 | Episode 21 | “In Plane Sight” | Aired Apr 27, 2015

It’s about time Castle had itself a nice bottle episode!

After the absolutely insane events from last week’s “Sleeper,” “In Plane Sight” sets Castle and daughter Alexis 35,000 feet in the air on a flight to London. Unfortunately for them, they can’t outrun murder, even on an airplane.

When Castle senses something is amiss with the flight crew, he approaches them to find out what’s up. They tell him something is, in fact, very amiss: The air marshal on the flight, Kyle Ford, has gone missing. With their only means of law enforcement nowhere to be seen, the flight crew enlists the help of Castle to track him down.

They all go back over the plane in search of Ford, but Castle hits the jackpot when he finds Ford dead, shoved in a trunk in the cargo hold. Ruh-roh.

With Ford dead and his killer at large, Castle and Alexis call in the help of Beckett and Lanie back at the precinct. Alexis takes the tough job of investigating the body, video chatting so Lanie can see the wound.

Meanwhile, Castle and the flight crew hatch a plan to put a timeline to Ford’s movements on the flight. By way of a series of selfies Castle goes through on a newlywed couple’s phone, he finds Ford in the background of one of the videos. He notices Ford checking out a fellow passenger—one Beckett discovers is not who he says he is. The passenger is traveling under a false name, but by using some MacGyver tactics, they’re able to snag a fingerprint off of his wine glass and send it to Beckett to find out his true identity. His real name is Aiman Haddad (Nick Greene), and he’s on the no-fly list because he has links to ISIS. Ruh-roh again.

Naturally Castle, Alexis, and the flight crew automatically assume the worst: Haddad is a terrorist on a suicide mission. It’s up to Castle to interrogate him to find out his true intentions, which is where things get complicated.

Haddad proves unhelpful when he flat out denies any involvement in Ford’s death. But then he flips the story on its head when he tells Castle that he saw Ford receive a barrage of texts shortly before rushing down to the cargo hold.

With the help of Beckett and the team in New York, they are able to find out that Ford actually had a second phone on the plane: his own personal cell. Using an app to pinpoint the location of the phone, Castle finds it and sees that Haddad was telling the truth. There’s a threatening text exchange on Ford’s phone, and the team is able to trace those incoming texts back to his girlfriend, a former Oceanic Air employee. When Castle and the crew question her after finding the phone and gun in her purse, she also denies any involvement. She also seems genuinely shocked when Castle tells her Ford is dead, which leads Castle to invoke his Spidey sense. The gun, the phone, the credit card used to purchase the phone … it’s all too convenient. He fears she really isn’t involved, and that she was set up by the real killer, who’s still out there.

Following his instinct, Castle enlists Beckett and Co. once again. They’re able to dive into Ford’s records a bit more, and they uncover a major clue: Ford was actually paid to marshal that particular flight by a wealthy German industrialist, who hired Ford as protection for a $13.3 million watch that was being transported to London. Ford was to serve as muscle to ensure the safe passage of the courier wearing the watch and the watch itself, but things went awry when the courier fell asleep midflight.

And just then, Castle and Alexis put it together like the brilliant father-daughter duo that they are: Someone on the flight found out that the watch was on the plane and wanted to steal it, but in order for the heist to go off without a hitch, Ford had to be taken care of. Just as Castle and Alexis come to their conclusion and declare that the multimillion dollar watch had already been stolen and replaced with a fake, the real perpetrator reveals herself: It’s charming and polite flight attendant Debbie (Paula Newsome), who had been helping with the investigation the entire time. She pulls a gun on Castle and Alexis, waxing on about how she feels slighted by Oceanic because her pension was taken away after she was this close to retiring. Usually, it’s Castle who can talk down a deranged suspect, but this time it’s all Alexis. She appeals to Debbie’s true self, the one that would never do anything like this, and she’s able to get Debbie to lower the gun and be taken away and arrested for the murder of air marshal Kyle Ford.

Like father like daughter!

*cue theme music*

Oh, and by the way:

  • The pencil-lead turned fingerprint-powder was some excellent Alias-level espionage.
  • More Alexis, please!

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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