Castle S6 Ep9 – Disciple

Well, I should have guessed we were in for something out of the ordinary, with a cryptic episode title like that.

Didn't have space to mention their cute honeymoon location discussion, but I enjoyed it. Especially the Hobbit comments.

Didn’t have space to mention their cute honeymoon location discussion, but I enjoyed it. Especially the Hobbit comments.

We begin with a security guard, played by William Mapother, discovering the body of a woman who looks startlingly like Lanie. She’s strung up with fishing wire around her throat. At this point, I was suspicious of Recognizable Guest Star as a mere security guard, but we’ll get to that. Lanie is understandably creeped out. This feeling increases when her autopsy reveals that the woman had plastic surgery done to look more like her, as well as getting the same tattoo in the same location. (By the way, a conversation in the morgue reveals that Lanie & Espo apparently got back together offscreen. I like them together, so I have no problem with that.)

The Lanie lookalike’s plastic surgeon, played by Annie Wersching, seems to know more than she’s letting on. But when the team finds another strung-up dead body – this time looking exactly like Esposito – their first worry is whether someone is targeting the team or just warning them. Beckett suspects the sinister Dr. Kelly Nieman (Wersching) as the killer, but Castle thinks there’s more to the story. In fact, he thinks it has something to do with 3XK. You know, the recurring baddie serial killer who was supposedly killed last season? In that convenient way that left no body behind? It’s about time for him to turn up again, I guess.

Beckett is willing to believe it has something to do with 3XK, after all of the precinct’s files on him go missing. I’m really glad no one suspects Esposito for more than a few seconds when they find that it was ‘his’ signature on the forms for the files. Of course it was his double’s signature, not his. And ‘Lanie’ also signed out some physical evidence for the 3XK cases, as well. Uh oh. At this point, I was sure that the prison files on the guy would have been signed out by a ‘Detective Kate Beckett’, who we would then find strung up in some other location. But I’m glad I was wrong. That would’ve been over-the-top. (Although it would’ve provided plenty of opportunities for Castle/Beckett angst, I suppose!)

Poor Lanie & Espo. I wonder if their renewed relationship can survive looking at each other and seeing two dead people, as Lanie put it.

Poor Lanie & Espo. I wonder if their renewed relationship can survive looking at each other and seeing two dead people, as Lanie put it.

After more searching, it turns out that – surprise! – William Mapother’s character, Carl Matthews, wasn’t just a random security guard. In fact, he confesses to having killed Fake Lanie and Fake Esposito, in addition to other victims who were killed with that MO. But Matthews refuses to admit that the killings had anything to do with 3XK, though he’s an “admirer” of the guy’s work. Ugh. However, 3XK’s prison records show that his doctor in prison was none other than Dr. Nieman. By the time they go back to her office, everything there is all gone. Except a pen, and a handwritten note: “Better Luck Next Time.”

Overall, this was a tense, tightly-written episode that gave Tamala Jones some well-deserved time in the spotlight. I only have minor gripes, such as wondering how Castle would be allowed to take the pen Dr. Nieman left behind back to his apartment. Shouldn’t it have been in evidence, seeing as how it’s, y’know, evidence? But I have to compliment the writers on that final scene: “We’ll Meet Again”? SO creepy and effective. And Stana Katic’s terrified reaction there – perfection.

So what did you think? Ready for another round of cat-and-mouse with 3XK? Want to see Annie Wersching come back again? Let us know in the comments!