This week’s episode of “Castle” was Halloween-themed in that it featured a Halloween classic: Haunted houses!
The murder of a ghost hunter in a haunted house sends Castle into a whirlspin as he is determined to find the paranormal activity behind it. Beckett, of course, does not believe ghosts and demons are actually behind the killing of a man. Skeptical or not, the duo find that (of course) there was a perfectly logical reason behind the ghost hunter, Jack Sinclair’s, murder. Well, kind of.
The McClaren House has been known to be haunted – there have been a few killings, a few furniture movements, etc. that people have witnessed. When Sinclair was eleven, he witnessed a murder in that house. Not knowing it was a murder, he assumed it to be ghosts and spent the rest of his life trying to prove it. The owner of the house had hired a detective to find the missing person, Matt Benson, who supposedly killed his wife in that house. While in the house investigating, Castle and Beckett find a secret passage where they also find Benson’s body – which had been up there for about 20 years.
Figuring he did not kill his wife, nor Sinclair, Beckett and Castle next look to the only person who could have known about the passageway – the owner of the house. Wanting to set him up retrieving the body, they post themselves outside the house and catch him in surprise. But they are surprised to find that it is not the owner, but the detective who worked the case who killed the Bensons and Sinclair. The detective had been having an affair with Mrs. Benson, and killed her (and her husband) when she wanted to end it. In what I thought to be a very clever Scooby-Doo reference, he “would have gotten away with it” if it hadn’t been for Sinclair, the ghost hunter, who knew too much about the house and had to be killed to keep the Benson secret safe.
The detective claimed a demon made him do it – obviously to try and cop an insanity plea – but Castle gets Beckett to admit that maybe there is some paranormal stuff out there. “Maybe,” he suggests, “Jack Sinclair’s ghost helped us solve his own murder!” Beckett agrees to believe that that could be possible if Castle agrees there are no such things as demons, which he does.
The best part of this episode (besides the awkard double date between Ryan/Jenny and Esposito/Lanie) was Castle and Beckett investigating the haunted house. In horror movies, the female character is scared and nervous about ghosts while the male character is her hero, telling her there’s nothing to be scared of. The roles were reveresed here. Castle was seemingly freaked out when the lights went out, a rat touched Beckett, and a dead guy fell on him. OK, that last one may have been justified, but it was Beckett who brought him back to reality – as she usually does.
“Castle” can be seen Monday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC, channel 8 in Hartford, CT.