“Castle” Season 7 Episode 18 “At Close Range” aired last Monday, Mar. 23, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Detective Javier “Javi” Esposito (Jon Huertas) helped Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) solve a murder that happened while he was moonlighting with his brother-in-law on the security detail of Congressman Alex Lopez (Ricardo Chavira). Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with a very upset Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever). He had blood on his shirt collar, and punched the mirror in frustration.
Six hours earlier, his brother-in-law, Frank Kelly (David Conrad), a retired cop and the owner of the private security firm hired to protect Congressman Alex Lopez (Ricardo Chavira) alongside his Chief of Staff, Megan Brooks (Ali Hills) and his wife. He briefed Ryan on what to do, and offered him a position in his private security firm if he ever wanted to retire from the force.
At the event, the only major threat was an activist who was going to throw blood on the congressman. Backstage, Ryan kept on eye on the congressman while he talked to the host of the charity event, Carolyn Decker (Annie Little) of Pure Water Now. After a few seconds, three shots were fired, killing Carolyn as it hit her in the back. He then chased after a man in a gray suit who fled. He was stopped as the New York Police Department came on the scene.
Later, he began to blame himself for what happened. He told Frank that their suspect had a media pass, but they later couldn’t identify him as the organizers had extra passes on hold.
Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then told him that Carolyn had died. Thanks to Ryan’s suggestion managed to get a description of the suspect’s face from the congressman, whom they later matched to Eric Chambers, a blogger an activist. At the hospital, however, Kate and Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) ran into the State Party’s Chairman, who told her that she had a good reputation in Washington DC.
After they picked him up, he refused to say anything and insisted that the government had set him up.
After Tory Ellis (Maya Stojan) made a map and timeline of Eric’s whereabouts during the event, they discovered that Eric, thanks for a witness that they found, had talked to Carl Shelton (David Andrews) in the storage closet for five whole minutes. However, he denied it.
The next morning, Kate, Castle and Ryan, thanks to the ballistics mock up that Castle and Ryan had set up at the hotel, told Captain Gates (Penny Jerald Johnson) that Eric wasn’t their shooter. He only had a side view of Carolyn, which meant that he couldn’t have shot her in the back. They then discovered that the shot had been fired from the lighting scaffolding. They tried to pick up Frank after they discovered that Ryan didn’t know where exactly where he was during that time. It was because Tory discovered that he had given Eric the extra pass. When Kevin tracked him down, they discovered that he had been selling access for extra money and that someone had paid him $5,000 to give Eric the media pass.
Meanwhile, Kate went through Carolyn’s things and felt that she wasn’t making a difference like Carolyn. They then ran the envelope with the cash that was given to Frank with Mrs. Lopez’s (Reiko Ayelsworth) print as Carolyn and Alex were having an affair. They later realized that the culprit was the only other person who had access to the envelopes- Megan. She had killed Carolyn, Alex’s secret adviser, as Carolyn had wanted her off Alex’s team if ever he was to make a bid for the presidency.
Afterward, Castle learned that Kate was planning on taking the Captain’s Exam, and Ryan brought Frank home to his wife, Gwen (Heather Mazur), who welcomed him back with open arms.
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