“Castle” Season 7 Episode 12 “Private Eye Caramba!” aired last Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) Private Eye gained a telenovela star after Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) recommended star Sofia del Cordova to her husband in order to look for a missing purse. This, however, not only allowed for the newly married couple to work together, but it allowed Castle to help his wife in figuring out the truth behind the murder of Sofia’s co-star, Anahita Menendez. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with telenovela star Anahita “Anna” Menendez hurriedly asking her neighbor to buzz her up. It seems that he had “lost” her keys which had been in her purse. However, before she could do anything else, she was seized from behind.
At the loft, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) showed his wife, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) that he had revamped his private investigation firm’s website in order to gain more clients “rife with mystery.” He had not been getting that much luck lately. She then asked him to walk her to a new crime scene, as it was on his way to his office.
There, Medical Examiner Pearlmutter was elated at the fact that Castle was not with them any longer. He then told them that Anahita “Anna” Menendez had been killed. She had been hit by a plumber pipe on the head. The neighbors also informed them that they had heard a man and a woman arguing outside at the time when Anna had been killed. Detective Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) then became a little bit starstruck since he knew who she was. He claimed that his “Tia” watched telenovelas, but it turned out that he was the fan. It was seen by the fact that when they went to the set of her Anna’s current soap opera, he couldn’t take his eyes off of the set, and from actress Sophia del Cordova (Daya Vaida. There, they discovered that Francisco Herrera, who oversaw the show for the network, had discovered Anna three years ago in Columbia. They also learned that they had recently fired her assistant, Marcus Segundo, after he recently attacked her.
Kate then questioned Sophia, who only knew that Anna was going to the “Upper West Side.” He seemed for upset about her missing purse, which she had lent Anna. The purse was just “on loan” to her and needed to be returned at 5:00 p.m. the next day. Kate then referred her to Castle, who took the case, as the purse cost half a million dollars. Castle also relished the fact that this case would allow him to be at the same places that Kate was.
At the precinct, they brought in Marcus. He told them that Anna had asked him to stage the fight so that she would be able to get a few days off. He knew that she was being secretive about something, but he did not know what it was all about. They then let him go after realizing that his alibi checked out. The sketch of the man that witnesses had seen fleeing the scene also came in, and it did not match up with Marcus at all.
At the opera house, in the Upper West Side, Castle went inside the lady’s room, where Ronnie, the usher, had told him that Anna had gone into. However, he was surprised to find that Kate had gotten there before he had. They then talked to the bathroom manager, Pam, who told them that Anna had met up with a Middle Eastern woman. The woman had slipped Anna a USB before leaving the bathroom. Afterward, they were told that she had gotten out and rode away in a white limousine.
Back in his office, Castle reassured Sophia that the limousine angle was the best bet that they had in order to get the purse back. He also told her that a woman had given her a USB. Finally, she gave in and told him to give her “an update by that evening.”
At the precinct, they identified their mystery woman as Layla Nazif (Nazneen Contractor), the daughter of a Saudi Arabian diplomat. They then learned that Layla, much to the disapproval of her father, was a fan of Anna’s and knew her, but denied that she was at the Opera the other day. They then found surveillance footage that Anna had also been meeting with a real estate magnate named Herman Eckles.
At the medical examiner’s office, Pearlmutter managed to lift a print of off Anna’s body. It belonged to a former military man named Harlan Mathis (Jackson Hurst).
That night, Kate and Castle were about to have an intimate evening in his office, when he was interrupted by Sophia. She had come to get an update in person. She then fired him and then rehired him, after he finally got a lead on the limousine. A fan had posted a picture of Anna leaving the limousine, and in it, they had the VIN number. Castle traced it through DMV, the next morning by pretending to be Detective Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever). Because of that, he was able to trace it down to a company called the Danforth Group.
Meanwhile, Kate, Ryan, and Esposito located Mathis’ apartment and barged in. They found nothing except for security credentials for the Saudi Consulate. They then were able to connect Mathis to the Danforth Group, and used the car’s LoJack to locate him. When they burst in, they were surprised to see that Castle was also there, all tied up. He had been discovered by Mathis after he broke into the limousine while looking for the purse.
At the precinct, they learned that Mathis’ instructions had been to “secure” Anna. His print was on her body as he had checked for her pulse. However, he told them that there had been no purse at all. Because of this, Castle realized that she must have “ditched it” outside of the opera house. Back there, he discovered it among the planters near a garbage bin.
At his office, he dumped all the contents and found the USB. As he was about to plug it into his computer, he realized that the purse was a knock off. Sophia then came in, pulled a gun at him, and demanded that he hand over the USB. However, Castle managed to overpower her. However, he felt less proud of himself after learning that the gun was just a prop gun.
Kate then interrogated Sophia. They discovered that the USB contained a security key for a bank account with $100,000 million. It turned out that Anna, Sophia, and Layla were business partners and that they had been planning on creating “the first Latin American female-driven network.” Anna had met up with Eckles, who would provide for sound stages. The last thing that they needed to do was to send the money in by 5:00 p.m. that day for the deal would push through, however, Layla’s father wanted to stop it. She then revealed that nobody knew about their plans as they had discussed everything in her trailer.
However, after another investigation of the telenovela’s set, they learned that Francisco Herrera had found about their plans. He had bugged Sophia’s trailer, and had tried to reason out with Anna the night that she had died. As she had refused, he had gotten angry, and killed her.
Back at the precinct, they learned that Sophia and Layla would run the network together. On the other hand, Esposito went home happy as he was able to get Sophia’s autograph.
And that was all for the recap of “Castle” Season 7 Episode 12 “Private Eye Caramba!” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Castle” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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