Castle S8 Ep13 – And Justice For All

This was another fun, engaging episode, continuing pre-Stupid-Storyline levels of goodness.

Oh yeah, he's totalement Quebecois! Look at the scarf!

Oh yeah, he’s totalement Quebecois! Look at that scarf!

The victim this week is Eddie Ramirez, a former crooked cop from El Salvador who uses his new chance in the USA to help fellow ESOL students who are facing problems in their lives. But he ends up dead at the zoo where he works, bludgeoned and then dumped in a terrarium full of snakes. The other students in the class aren’t excited about talking to cops. Many of them come from countries where the police are openly corrupt. So Castle – naturellement – decides to go undercover as a French Canadian named Jean-Luc. His original goal is to find the student whose strange grammar made it into a threatening text on Eddie’s phone. Fillion’s portrayal of a Quebecois guy was very amusing, whether authentic or not.

Since the ESOL teacher is one of those “Hey, it’s that guy!” actors, I figured he was involved in the case somehow. And it turns out, through a complicated chain of events, he is. See, the teacher has been funneling students of his who are in the country illegally toward a federal judge who gets kickbacks from a private detention center in El Paso. The FBI has been watching the judge for a while, trying to build a case against him. After some tension, these agents are persuaded to work with Beckett & company. And once the teacher is nailed for Eddie’s murder (with some help from the other students as well as the continually awesome Hayley Shipton), the teacher rolls on the judge. Justice, as the episode title hints, is now served for all.

Another plotline: when “Jean-Luc” tries some kimchee made by a Korean student in Eddie’s class, it triggers a memory for Castle of some of his missing time. At first he thinks he must have been in Korea for part of it. (He also buys $400 worth of kimchee to try to track down what kind, specifically, he had before, which leads to a hilarious exchange with Beckett.) But then that night, he dreams more of the memory. He wasn’t in Korea after all – he was in Koreatown in LA. So we’re heading to California next week! Not sure what kind of contrived-ish reason we’ll get for Beckett to come with him, unless she just takes vacation and goes in secret, to maintain their “separated” fiction. But it should be intriguing, anyway.

Hayley's translation of the Geordie dialect for our two bemused boys was fun.

Hayley’s translation of the Geordie dialect for our two bemused boys (including Espo in his weird Captain Kirk sweater) was fun.

But as for this week’s ep, I can’t forget to mention that at the end, Castle invites the whole ESOL class over to his loft for a celebration of justice being served. BTW, Alexis is going to take over teaching duties, apparently. (Huh? I like Alexis, but when did she get a teaching certificate? At least her father has an English degree. Whatever.) And then Martha invites them all to partake in some “American” food – which is to say, food from many of the different immigrant cultures that built up and formed our country. Yeah, it was cheesy, but I still teared up.