“Castle” Season 7 Episode 1 “Driven” aired on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and Detectives Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) investigated the car accident and the disappearance of author Richard “Rick” Castle (Nathan Fillion), after his car was found in flames on the way to his own wedding. However, uncovering the truth proves to be difficult as they discover that everything is not at all what it seems to be. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode picked up right from where the Season 6 finale left off, with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) running towards the scene of the car accident that her soon to be husband, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) was involved in. However, as the flames around the car subsided, it was revealed that Castle was not in the car.
Later on, Detectives Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) discovered that Castle was taken from the car in a black SUV Escalade. The FBI was able to remotely activate Castle’s cell phone for a short time. Because of that, they were able to get a signal and some coordinates as to where his phone was.
Kate, Ryan and Esposito tracked down Castle’s phone to a junkyard, where the SUV was crushed. However, they were able to arrest a man named Gary Duffin who had fled the scene. However, the interrogation of Duffin proved to be unfruitful, as he did not give up the name of the man who had ordered him to crush the car.
Kate then met up with FBI Special Agent Connors who promised to help them and suggested that Kate create a list of possible suspects who might have wanted to exact revenge on both of them. At the same time, the FBI set up a station at Castle’s loft, where his daughter Alexis Castle (Molly C. Quinn) and his mother Martha Rogers (Susan Sullivan) live.
As she started compiling a list, Esposito handed her a cup of coffee. However, as that was what Castle usually does to her, for a moment, she thought that Esposito was Castle.
Kate then listed down a number of possible suspects, including Senator Bracken and the 3XK Killer — all criminals and adversaries that they have crossed paths with before. However, Ryan came up with a lead, as they had discovered that a New Jersey mob boss, Vincent “Vinny” Cardano, had been the one who had ordered the car to be crushed.
They brought him in as a suspect as several years ago, he and Castle ran into some problems with each other because Castle had accused him of murder. However, according to Cardano, the two had reconciled long before. He then told them that he usually has clients who come to him when they want cars to disappear, which what happened. However, this time, he claimed that he did not know who the client was as it was done anonymously and that he picked up the money at a drop point.
The team then tracked down the location of the drop off point. However, the security feed of a nearby building revealed that it was Castle himself, not a fake one, was the one who made the drop. Because of this, Esposito and the FBI started to believe that Castle had staged his own abduction, especially as the FBI discovered that the bills used to pay Cardano were the same bills that Castle had withdrawn right before the crash. However, Ryan refused to believe that this was so. Back at the loft, Kate presented what she had found to Martha and Molly and asked if Castle had any misgivings about marrying Kate. To this, both replied that he had no misgivings whatsoever. Kate then told them that she did not believe that Castle would do that to her and to them.
Two months later, and Castle still hasn’t been found. In fact, Castle has now become the subject of Kate’s conspiracy board at her place, where she used to tack up evidence and clippings regarding her mother’s murder. However, they were able to get a lead on the case when the US Coast Guard discovered Castle unconscious and floating around in a dinghy, with several bullets in it, in the Atlantic Ocean. He was rushed to the hospital, and he was stabilized quickly. However, he was still unconscious and recovering from the effects of exposure and dehydration. Martha and Alexis were also contacted, and the three ladies were overjoyed to see that Castle was well and alive.
However, Kate decided that she and the two boys should continue on looking for clues regarding the dinghy that Castle was found in. Before she left the hospital, she asked their good friend and medical examiner Dr. Lanie Parrish (Tamala Jones) to aid in the investigation by examining Castle and his clothes. She was able to find some clues, however, the clues don’t match up. She had found a key sewn into the lining of Castle’s plants, with the number 38 engraved onto it. She also found his bloodwork strange as it contained dengue antibodies. This meant that he had had the aengue in the past two months — a disease usually found in the tropical regions of the world. Moreover, Lanie had discovered that a bullet had grazed Castle’s skin, but the skin around it revealed that the wound had healed weeks or a month ago.
Thanks to some detective work by Ryan and Esposito, they were able to trace the dinghy to a private dock in Massachusetts belonging to a man with a mobile home named Henry Jenkins. He revealed that he only came to the mobile home once in a while and that he had seen a man with Castle’s description by the dock. They then discovered a tent that belonged to Castle. A search of the tent and some lab testing on the prints inside the tent revealed it to be Castle’s.
At the hospital, Kate was informed that Castle had woken up and had asked for her. After talking to him seriously, Kate discovered that Castle only remembered that there was a car accident; and then the next thing he knew, he was in the hospital bed. He looked surprised when Kate told him that he had been missing for two months. However, he could not remember anything at all besides what he had told her. After talking to the doctor, Kate discovered that the cause for the memory loss could be because of emotional trauma, or it could have been drug induced. Another possibility was that Castle could have simply just walked away from his life and could be pretending to not know what happened.
As a way to jog his memory, Kate brought Castle to where they had discovered the tent. After looking at it and his surroundings, Castle told her that he does not recall the place. He also told her that he would have never chosen the spot where his supposed tent was to set up a camp as his research for a scrapped Derrick Storm novel, “A Tropical Storm,” left him with a phobia of tsunamis. He would have camped on higher ground, and that was the reason why his house in the Hamptons was inland.
However, Kate told Castle that there was a witness. After she knocked on the trailer for Henry Jenkins, an elderly man appeared, and told them that he was Jenkins and that he had not been in his mobile home for months. After a background check, they discovered that the first person they had met was an impostor. They then deduced that Castle was set up to make it appear like he had staged his own abduction. However, they still don’t know who or why it had happened.
Back at the loft, Castle proposed a toast to homecomings and to the three ladies in his life. He also told them that whoever had taken him had the means to alter his memory, placing him in the center of a conspiracy.
Later, before they went to bed, Kate promised Castle that they would find who had done this to them and revealed her secrets on how she kept on hoping that Castle would be found.
She revealed that she used to stare hard at his picture on the murder board, hoping that if she did, he would come to life. Another thing was that she refused to let anyone touch his chair at the precinct.
As the two embraced, Castle remarked that they could not just go back to the wedding and how things were because of this. Kate agreed, but Castle reassured her that they would be able to “find their way home” together.
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