“Castle” Season 3 Episode 1 “A Deadly Affair” begins with Castle inside a room filled with mirrors getting shot at. He flees through a door into an alley to be confronted by Beckett with a gun. A gunshot ensues.
Flashback three days. Spoilers follow.
It is three or so months since Castle absconded to the Hamptons to finish “Naked Heat” under the supervision of his ex-wife and editor. Beckett is still put out and her associates, Ryan and Esposito, are trying to balance an egg and walk on eggs shells where Castle is concerned.
Naturally, a murder intervenes. No more time for ruminations. Time to go to work.
The first victim is a chemistry teacher named Chloe, having been shot and having fallen out the window of her apartment down to the street. Her bags were packed and there is a piece of paper with an address in her hand.
The address belongs to a sculptor named Mia. Beckett and company enter the apartment to find Mia dead and none other than Castle standing over the body with a pistol in his hand.
It looks really bad. Beckett does not have to be annoyed with Castle to cuff him and take him down town. The interrogation goes something like this:
Why did you kill Mia?
I didn’t. I found her that way.
You never called.
Maybe I was waiting for you to call.
Ballistics proves that the gun in Castle’s hand was not the one that killed Mia or Chloe. Castle is free to go and make mischief.
Some phone records and a taxi receipt lead Beckett to a man named Todd McKutchin, an ex con who runs a vending machine business. A visit to Todd’s apartment finds him dead and-guess what-Castle standing over him. This is getting to be a pattern.
Now what connects a chemistry teacher, a sculptor, and a vending machine businessman? If Castle finds out first, he can commence solving murders with Beckett again. If Beckett finds out first, Castle must go away and leave her alone forever.
Some tax cab records and a number on Chloe’s hand leads Beckett and Castle to a strange club that is like a circus with alcohol. It seems that Chloe, Mia, and Todd were frequent visitors of the club, which is run by a dubious lady named “Miss Kitty” who doubles as a tattoo artist by day.
The upshot is that an interview with a loan shark and a check of some of the money in Chloe’s purse leads Castle to discover the connection between the three victims. They were running a counterfeit operation. Todd provided stacks of one dollar bills. Chloe used chemicals to wash away the ink. Mia built a plate to make higher denomination bills.
And Miss Kitty provided the ink.
Which leads Beckett and Castle back to the club and Castle to the room of mirrors. Kitty and her gentleman friend Earl are in the process of absconding. Out in the alley, Beckett and Castle fire, each hitting Kitty and Earl, who were behind them.
Case solved. And since Castle did discover what connected the victims first by hitting on the counterfeiting angle, he and Beckett have a fun-filled season ahead of them of solving murders and bantering.
Except Beckett had already figured out the counterfeiting angle and had chosen not to tell anyone. It seems that she likes solving murders and bantering with Castle, an irritating man, but someone who grows on one.
Source: Castle, A Deadly Affair, TV.Rage