Popular murder writer Richard Castle is called in to answer questions when the New York Police Department notes that two murders are left in situations that are strikingly similar to those of plots in his books. He volunteers to help on the case, much to the displeasure of the lead detective in charge.
When a body of a young woman is found inside the dryer at a laundry room, Castle and Beckett uncover that the young woman worked as a nanny in the upscale building. Meanwhile, as Castle works on his "Nikki Heat" novel series he watches Beckett's actions as she works the murder case.
Tommy Fields -- Come On In, Pink
-- So What
When a teenaged boy whose family has recent fallen on hard times is found dead in a boat in Central Park, Castle and Beckett must piece together the mystery behind the boy's final moments. Meanwhile, Castle mulls over leaving Martha home while he chaperones Alexis' trip to Washington, D.C.
Alex & Sam -- Buy Your Side, Eric Hutchinson
-- Food Chain, Brighton, MA -- Graceland '02, Two Hours Traffic -- Jezebel
The body of a New York City Councilman up for reelection is found murdered and rolled up in a rug, sending Beckett and Castle deep in to the world of politics. Meanwhile, Castle's final novel of the Derrick Storm series arrives at bookstores, sending his mother out looking for any sign of failure.
Songs: Amp Fiddler -- If I Don't, Annie Stela -- Lovesong, 1990s -- You're Supposed to Be My Friend
A woman, frozen solid, is found hanging on the exposed rebar at a construction site. The body is identified as that of a long-closed missing persons case. The slapdash manner in which the case was handled and subsequently closed touches hard against some of Beckett's own personal experiences with shoddy police work, revealing some of her background to Castle.
When a ritualistic murder takes place which has all the earmarks of a Vodou rite, Castle and Beckett must probe into the Nigerian roots of the deceased. Castle is well prepared for this, having researched the religious practices of Vodou for one of his books. He is less well prepared when his first ex-wife, Alexis's mother, announces an interest in returning to New York City to find acting work.
Beckett must enter into Castle's mileau of celebrity and money, portraying his date at a formal social event in the hopes finding those behind a rash of high society home invasions and thefts, the latest of which ended in a brutal murder. Castle finds his own problems when he seeks the assistance of a presumably retired, but dangerous master thief he used as a character model, who at one time made threats to Castle's life. Does he still bear a grudge? Is it him behind the robberies?
The Rosenbergs -- Birds of a Feather, Civalias
-- No Escape, Fatboy Slim
-- Wonderful Night, Joel Evans and Patrick Maier -- You're The One For Me
A woman was found murdered inside a transient hotel in a bathtub full of motor oil as Castle and Beckett investigate. After uncovering the dark past of the woman, they decide they'll need to seek the help of a crime journalist who may know more about this woman than he is telling. Meanwhile, Beckett uses her best poker face as she squares off against Castle, with both money and pride at stake.
When a little girl is kidnapped, the lead FBI agent in charge of the case asks for Beckett to assist. He asks this because he was an old flame of Beckett. The ensuing testosterone battle as Castle and Sorenson face off over their different approaches, as well as Kate, is not pretty.
Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a plastic surgeon who disappeared and was found a week later dead in the front seat of his vehicle parked curbside. While delving into the world of surgery obsessed patients and secret operations, Castle has a fatherly experience as Alexis attends her first prom. And as Castle looks back into Beckett's past, he discovers information which could stop their relationship forever.
Songs: Greg Laswell
-- Comes and Goes (In Waves), Minnutes -- More to Luv, Minnutes -- Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, Tyler Lane -- Please Don't Go