ABC’s murder mystery show “Castle” continued to take twists and turns to lead viewers to an unexpected ending for its November 8th episode “Murder Most Fowl.” Starring Nathan Fillion as mystery writer Richard Castle and Stana Katic as Detective Kate Beckett, the pair began the show by investigating a shooting in Central Park, but quickly find the stakes are much higher as a kidnapping in progress means a young boy’s life is on the line.
BMX racers charging through night-time Central Park accidentally run over the body of a slain inventor and subway worker, Leonard “Light Bulb Len” Leavitt. The man had been shot three times and had an unusual feather in his pocket. The ever imaginative Castle quickly suggests that the murderer must be “The Falcon Killer”, a theory quickly squashed by Beckett who suggest maybe he just picked up a feather. However it happened, it seems certain he was hunted and killed.
Beckett and Castle discover that Len is a light bulb changer in the subway and was responsible for a box that shuts down energy in tunnels for safe electrical maintenance, a “Len Box”. Later, Leavitt’s supervisor is found to have been involved in a scam selling old incandescent light bulbs to Costa Rica, but his involvement in the murder is determined to be a dead end.
Back at Castle’s apartment, daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) is “ratsitting” for her boyfriend Ashley. Her charge is a five-year old white rat named Theodore, Ashley’s childhood friend and pet. Unfortunately for her and for her ratphobic grandmother Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan), Theodore gets loose and can’t be found.
Continuing to follow up on leads, they discover that Leavitt oversees sightings of unusual birds in Central Park, including a pair of reported red-tailed hawks. While checking into the bird sighting, Leavitt apparently also witnessed and photographed the kidnapping of young Tyler Donegal. Tyler’s father, Dean, is a maintenance worker at a high-rise which includes a bank. Initially suspected to be the abductor, it is revealed that Dean Donegal is expected to use his elevator access to the bank to help thieves break-in- and if he goes to the police, Tyler dies.
Initially unwilling to assist, Donegal is persuaded by Beckett to cooperate with police. He goes into the elevator at work where he is quickly corralled by a pair of bank robbers. Beckett and Castle realize, thanks to a proof of life video, that Tyler is being held under the building in the subway system. Using the “Len Box”, Beckett is able to blind the kidnapper and rescue Tyler. This enables the team upstairs to apprehend the robbers.
At home, Alexis is nervous about how Ashley will react, but is pleasantly surprised when he assures her that, while upset about the lost pet, he isn’t angry with her. A startled cry from upstairs from Martha cues Castle and viewers that Theodore has been found after all.
“Murder Most Fowl” was episode 8 of season 3. “Castle” airs Mondays at 10 pm ET on ABC. Episodes can be viewed on Hulu.com.