Castle returned this week for an episode called ‘Swan Song.’
The episode begins with a band called Holy Shemp’s lead guitarist dead. James Swan and the band are the is focus of a documentary film. The show must go on – so Beckett and the rest of the precinct will now be part of the film.
As Beckett works the crime scene, Castle works the camera to let everyone know that Frozen Heat is in stores now.
Some key clues:
- The victim has the word “observe” tattooed on his arm.
- He was killed with his guitar.
- A groupie named Butterfly was passed out when the killing took place, but she heard the sound of horse hooves crunching in the snow at one point during the evening.
- A white van was in the area.
- Tension among the band
The band claims that James was paranoid that someone may have been following him lately.
Documentary footage shows James talking about a mentor who meant a lot to him. A bearded man can be seen in the background, he has shown up in the background of several of the photos. Is he a stalker?
Esposito and Ryan arrest the stalker suspect who has rope and duct tape in his van. Esposito is trying to make an impression for the documentary so he goes hard at beard man during the interrogation, but the man is not a killer, he is Butterfly’s worried father who was just trying to rescue his little girl from the groupie life. The desperate dad lets the detectives know where the victim was just before his death.
James Swan went to a bank and an abandoned building before he was killed. Lanie learns that the victim never had any of the standard immunizations everyone gets as kids. She calls Beckett and Castle down to let them know of her findings – again something she could have done on the phone but she wanted her five minutes of fame on the documentary
A stop to see a suspect who was suing the guitarist over a song doesn’t pan out, but it leads Castle to believe Swan was planning to go solo. Could that be another clue?
We learn Keith, another member of the band, whose boots make sounds like horse hooves walking in the snow. Keith denies killing James, but says his band buddy hasn’t been the same since a gig they did in Ithaca. Keith has an alibi, a video showing Keith having sex with a groupie.
Ryan learns that James was raised in a cult located in Ithaca. That explains the lack of vaccinations. It also sheds light on the “observe” tattoo on the victim’s arm. It originally read “serve.” James added the extra letters after he escaped. He didn’t want to be recognized. The cult’s violent leader, John Campbell, did 10 years for murder before starting a church that doubles as a marijuana farm. He was also in town the day James Swan was killed.
Castle and Beckett are caught on camera having a moment. Not good. Captain Gates will be going through all the precinct footage shot by the documentary film crew – when the investigation is over. Oh no.
We learn Campbell swore he’d get revenge on Swan, who may have been trying to buy his freedom for $25,000.
The team learns that a guy named Buck Cooper went missing the day after the band played in Ithaca. He was Swan’s best friend and he is also the same guy who was passing himself off as roadie Hank Rogers. Swan was trying to buy his buddy’s freedom from Campbell, who actually didn’t murder anyone.
Castle and Beckett learn that Buck was the mentor James Swan had mentioned. The plan was to bring him into the band which means someone else was on the way out. That would be the less-than-talented bass player Zeke, who killed Swan when he learned he was going to be replaced. Case closed.
Captain Gates looks at the footage of the show and calls Castle and Beckett in to reprimand them for what she saw in the precinct footage. Gates missed the moment because she was upset that Castle was goofing off behind her during a speech.