OMG, WTF, LMNOP. All of them. This was quite an episode. And let’s just talk about it for a second: The kiss. It happened. Finally. But since it (of course) was initiated while trying to distract an armed guard, we have to start from the beginning.

Here’s the Beginning: A man who resembles George Carlin is about to blow his brains out. His name is John Raglan, and he was the lead detective on Johanna Beckett’s unsolved homicide case, the case that has tortured her daughter Kate Beckett for twelve years. (As they reminded us in the opening, Beckett found the guy who made the hit — Dick Coonan — last year. She was forced to kill him before finding out who his employer was.) Raglan calls the detective asking to meet at a coffee shop. “Just you, no cops.” Luckily, he didn’t say anything about writers, so she brings Castle. Anyway...

Raglan Knows Some Things: But first, he talks about his grim cancer diagnosis and coffee containers. Beckett asks who hired Coonan, and instead of just answering her, Raglan complicates matters further by saying that, 19 years ago, he “made a bad mistake” that triggered a domino effect. Speaking of triggers, Raglan is then shot through the window. (We hope we aren’t alone in thinking for a second that an exploding cup of coffee killed him.) With the use of fancy hairspray and a light, they determine the shot was fired from the fourth floor apartment across the street. No evidence in the building, but you need a keycard to enter and there are surveillance cameras. That will have to wait a minute, though, since...

Beckett’s About to Get Really, Really Upset: Gary McAllister, Raglan’s buddy from his academy days, directs the team to Vulcan Simmons, a big time drug guy who ran a ring in Washington Heights years ago. Raglan used to run dope for Simmons to pay off his gambling debts. Johanna Beckett, as it turns out, ran an anti-drug campaign in the neighborhood around the same time. Beckett suspects that Simmons hired Coonan to carry out the hit and then had Raglan, his NYPD connection, bury it. During questioning, Simmons provides a seriously creepy narration of the interrogation and says some nasty things about Johanna. Beckett throws him throws him into the mirror. Montgomery takes her off the case, and puts Esposito and Ryan in charge. They look concerned. But actually...

They Do a Pretty Good Job: Ryan makes a clutch observation on the apartment surveillance camera: A man swiping a key card from a female tenant. They score fingerprints from her unshowered arm and identify the guy as Hal Lockwood. They then track him to a Midtown hotel, where like every other criminal he has left tons of incriminating evidence around empty Chinese food containers. This includes stalkerish photos of Beckett and anti-anxiety medication. On a roll, the detectives trace the pills not to Vulcan Simmons, but to a rich kid named Chad Rodrick, who claims he never met Lockwood and actually sold those pills to a girl named Jolene from Brooklyn. But...

We’ll Get Back to Jolene From Brooklyn in a Minute: Unable to work on the Raglan investigation, Beckett and Castle go back through evidence from her mom’s case. Josh rode his motorcycle to Africa, so they can hang out in Beckett’s apartment to work. They find a roll of Johanna’s film that has undeveloped exposures from the alley where she was murdered. The pics were taken a week before she died. Why did she have them? Of course...

Castle Is Going to Figure This Out and Earn That Kiss: The super sleuth discovers that an FBI agent named Bob Armand was killed19  years ago in the same alley as Johanna, back when the building there was an old mob hangout. Armand was working undercover at the time. Mob enforcer Joe Pulgatti was arrested and pled guilty to the crime. Oh, and guess who arrested him? John Raglan. After visiting Puglatti in prison, Castle and Beckett figure out that it wasn’t a hit at all. Apparently, several upstanding NYPD officers — including Raglan and Gary McAllister — were kidnapping mobsters for ransom back in the day. When Armand was killed during one of these attempted kidnappings, Raglan pinned it on Puglatti as a cover-up. Civil rights attorney Johanna Beckett and several of her colleagues tried to put together an appeal for Puglatti years later. Dick Coonan was then hired to kill all of them, and Lockwood to kill Raglan just recently. McAllister pretty much confesses to all of this, except the hiring Coonan and Lockwood part. That was someone else, he says — a sleeping dragon that has been shaken from his slumber. OK...

Time to Talk About Jolene Again: Lockwood’s Jolene is either Jolene Anders or Jolene Granger. Castle and Beckett find Granger dead in her apartment, while Ryan and Esposito are kidnapped at the Anders residence by Lockwood. Talk about short end of the stick. The bad guys dunk Ryan’s head ice water, which Lockwood hopes will persuade one of them to confess how much they know about him and his employer. Using Granger’s cell phone records, Castle and Beckett find their location. And then, at long last...

They Kiss!: Of course, there’s a guard at said location. And of course, they distract him by pretending to be a drunk couple in the parking lot. And then Castle kisses her. This starts out as an uncomfortable kiss, then becomes a really awesome kiss, and then becomes the kind of kiss where Beckett opens her eyes in time to knock the guard out. And then it’s over. So...

Anyway, There’s a Shoot-Out: Castle saves Beckett’s life again. Ryan and Esposito make it out OK, too. Afterwards, Beckett has two very important conversations. First, she thanks Castle for having her back with no mention of the kiss. But clearly the relationship between these two has changed. After that, she promises Lockwood (whose name isn’t really Lockwood) that she will return to visit him week after week until he identifies the puppeteer behind all of these crimes. So...nothing’s resolved, really. But Beckett has never been so badass.  

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