Things are starting to get back to normal for Richard Castle. He and Beckett are having pillow talk, except that he and Beckett are in two different beds. They spend the morning Face Timing with one another, he in New York and she in Washington, D. C.
The morning news reports the murder of Charlie Reynolds, a former child star who made it big playing a lovable nerd in a 90s teen sitcom, “2 Cool for School.” Castle sees Ryan and Esposito on live television and decide to try and get in on the case. It take some convincing, but he manages to do so.
Until Agents Beckett and McCord show up. They are taking over the case. Ryan and Esposito, glad to see Beckett, but not happy that they are being left in the dark. The Feds know more than they are telling, even though McCord will later explain that they don’t know as much as they would like.
They uncover a pop-culture secret. Charlie Reynolds had gathered some of the old cast together to make a “2 Cool for School” reunion movie. The Russians are funding the film, because they love the old TV show.
Their investigation leads to a warehouse in Brooklyn, which is believed to be the last place Charlie went before he was killed. They traced it down by following a 9-digit number that Ryan found in Charlie’s shirt pocket. It was an invoice number for cameras shipped to New York from Russia. They find the camera cases that are storing illegal guns.
They also uncover Ethan Wright, a CIA agent, who tells them that Charlie was working for them. He places a tracking device in the camera case to catch the Russians in the act of selling illegal guns. Both the NYPD and the Feds are told to back off on the investigations. Beckett, though never voices it, is clearly not okay with it. McCord continues to say, “We don’t get the whole picture.” Beckett is a whole picture kind of person.
As such, she hands over a thumb drive to Castle as she says good-bye. The information on the drive lead the guys to discovering that Charlie had a romantic relationship with one of the actresses, who was also the Russian mob boss’ niece. They also learn that Charlie’s co-star Ramon Russo (Antonio Sabato, Jr. from Melrose Place) was not too happy with the idea of Charlie walking away from the film. They got in an argument, and Russo pushed Charlie off the building.
The truth is Russo’s greed and envy for money, wealth, and all that comes with that was greater than what it meant to be a co-worker or friend. Paul Tillich, the 20th century German theologian, talked about religion as being one’s ultimate concern. The thing that concerned a person the most, became their religion. Russo’s religion is wealth and fame. His life, he says, is not complete without all of those extras.
Beckett is uncomfortable with the way Charlie’s girlfriend is being treated with the CIA, so she leaks information about her to the press. Castle tells Beckett that this long-distance thing is not working. Beckett (and the rest of us) looks worried. Castle’s solution, however, is getting an apartment in D.C. He can write from anywhere, and his place in New York is getting crowded. Then, McCord comes by to tell Beckett that they found out to leaked information to the press, and because of that she is fired.
What will happen to Beckett now? Her desk has already been filled with a newer, messier, detective.