By this time, Vikram and Beckett are gathered around the kitchen island in Rita’s hideout. As far as Rita knows, there is a dirty analyst inside the CIA. Each time Rita gets a lead, it evaporates. There is an unknown person who’s partners with Bracken. What they do know is that the partner is heavily protected. They also know that CIA resources have been used to import drugs into the country. And if that wasn’t enough, Rita then gets a notification that Bracken was just murdered in prison. The kill list keeps getting shorter and shorter. It sounds like our mystery person is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his or her anonymity.
Beckett and Vikram bounce back and forth trying to figure out the redacted memo just as Castle, Alexis, and Hayley are doing the same thing. All parties notice at the same time that LokSat has a string of numbers and letters after the word. Because this in only an hour-long show, all parties also deduce at the same time that the numbers 2011BD must be the tail number on an airplane. Beckett and Vikram arrive at the hangar that houses a small plane with that exact tail number. WHAT LUCK!
Beckett pulls a gun on the pilot. He claims he doesn’t know anything. She threatens to shoot. He doesn’t listen. Then we see a shadow creeping up from the side as Vikram raises the gun Beckett let him borrow. Castle shouts for his wife and tackles Vikram just as a shot is fired! The pilot is dead. Castle warns Beckett that Assistant AG Allison Hyde, who is helping on the case, shared information on Vikram — he’s not who he says he is and lied on his paperwork. Beckett chooses to trust Vikram. Castle chooses to trust Beckett. Then they make out in the hangar because love conquers all.
Back at his office, Castle reminds Beckett that they are best when they are working together. No more running off to save randos in theaters. He also decides that the best way to fight a faceless enemy in the shadows is to drag them into the light. He arranges for Beckett to do an on-air television interview announcing the disturbing allegations within the CIA. When he returns to the office, two bad guys follow him in, ready to fire. Espo and Ryan jump out of the secret man cave and taser the dudes to the ground. Hooray for day savers!
>Not so fast. Hayley walks in the room with another bad guy holding a weapon to her back. Castle release his spring-locked hidden gun and shoots. Another man down! Day saved again! All the men are handed over to AAG Hyde and Captain Beckett gets her first round of applause for a job well done.
Not so fast again. Vikram cracked the encryption on one of the bad guy’s phones. There’s only one number in the system that the mercenaries have been calling. You guessed it: Allison Hyde. Beckett calls for the building to go on lockdown. But Hyde is already gone.
The team traces her number to an apartment. If she’s not there, she’s in the wind. A gun shot is fired and they all rush in only to find Hyde as committed suicide. To quote Vikram, “Is this really over?”
That answer would be a big fat NO. Rita warns Beckett to go on living her life, even though the real killer is still out there. But if she chooses to meander down that particular rabbit hole, she needs to leave Castle, and everyone else she loves, out of it. Cut to Beckett with a bag in her hand and a tear in her eye telling Castle that she has to go. Castle pleads with Beckett to stay. Leaving is not the answer. She begs him to trust her and walks out the door. Whatever blood is shed at this point is on Beckett’s hands. It’s her fight now.