Castle S6 Ep19 – The Greater Good

This week’s episode focuses on Captain Gates and the importance of family. Of course, that last part is true for a lot of Castle eps (which is not a bad thing).

Penny Johnson Jerald did an excellent job this week, and the actress playing her sister was good, too.

Penny Johnson Jerald did an excellent job this week, and the actress playing her sister was good, too.

The episode starts with the murder of Peter Corderro, a young, rising-star investor at JP Morgan Chase Harding, one of the biggest and most successful Wall Street firms. The team quickly finds out that he was a confidential informant for Elizabeth Gates, Captain Gates’ younger sister, who is a big-shot US attorney trying to take down Peter’s boss (also the boss of JP Harding). Castle, Beckett, Ryan, & Espo also quickly find out that Gates and her sister are not on the best of terms. This is because of a previous case of Elizabeth Gates’ wherein Captain Gates – then head of Internal Affairs – refused to not prosecute a key witness of her sister’s, causing her case to collapse.

Meanwhile, the B plot is Castle and Beckett trying and failing to narrow down their possible guest lists for the wedding. At one point Castle actually turns to his mother for help cutting down the list – but instead Martha wants to add her own long list to theirs. Heh. How did you not see that coming, Castle? Or Beckett, for that matter?

As it turns out, though the head of the Wall Street firm is definitely shady and dishonest, he isn’t the one who murdered Peter. In fact, it’s Elizabeth’s partner, because she found out Peter was trying to run away back to Venezuela, after she framed him for cocaine possession. Naturally, after the case is solved, the two Gates women decide they should put the past behind them, and they go out for drinks. Aw.

Some of my favorite moments from the episode: Castle’s line about Peter, when they go to talk to his boss at JP Harding – “Maybe the invisible hand of the market killed him. That would explain the lack of defensive wounds.” Hee! Also both Beckett’s and Castle’s faces when Martha announces that she has her own extensive guest list suggestions were just priceless. And lastly, Ryan’s line about how he and Jenny dealt with not being able to afford to invite all of their relatives.

I'm glad you're both on board with both of you being at the wedding. Otherwise that could be awkward.

I’m glad you’re both on board with both of you being at the wedding. Otherwise that could be awkward.

Another cool little bit of trivia about the episode: according to Penny Johnson Jerald from her Twitter account, the secretary at the big Wall Street firm where Peter worked was played by her real-life sister. They must have had fun being on set together!

At first I thought maybe the final scene with Beckett & Castle meant that they’re going to elope, but I guess we still have to wait and see how the big day will turn out for them. I’m predicting right now that it isn’t going to be that small of an affair…

Agree or disagree with my wedding prediction? Tell us your guess in the comments!

 

Watch “The Greater Good” on Amazon Instant Video.