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Recap/Review – Castle – “Under Fire” – 1/6/14

castlerecap113smallAn arson case puts the lives of two detectives in danger.


Jenny calls Beckett, looking for Kevin, and Beckett doesn’t have any good news to share.

Flashback to 12 hours earlier…

They’re all headed to a crime scene within a burned building, and Castle is excited. Jenny’s called three times today; she’s three days past her due date and insists on checking in with Ryan every few minutes. Mark Kimball, building inspector, urges the detectives to get out of the building as soon as possible because of the shaky foundation. The victim was burned to a crisp, making ID a little more difficult. The fire investigator, Delia, is still searching for the source of the blaze.

The owner, Art Turino, has no clue as to who the victim might be; his building has been abandoned for quite some time. And he’d recently stopped renovating his highly insured building. Beckett thinks that he torched his own place, as he was formerly part of the Maneri crime family, but he says he has since turned his life around.

Lanie determines that the cause of death was a gun shot wound, but still can’t identify the body. He had a metal plate in his left leg, and Lanie plans to use this to track down some information, but she won’t have to, as Delia identifies the body as Blake McCann, a fire investigator and her former partner.

Delia found the source of the fire and matched it to ten other arsons in the area. McCann was working on identifying the arsonist; he even took some vacation days to investigate it. She sends over his files. All of the previous buildings were empty at the time. He made note of one name—Adam Ferguson—and Beckett brings him in.

Ferguson, another serial arsonist, one that McCann had arrested, was also the last person to speak to him. According to Ferguson, McCann phoned him the night prior to his death to ask for help in identifying the unknown arsonist in exchange for cash and photos of the fires. Ferguson looked up to the Phantom; his fires were large and encompassing, with little accelerant. He told McCann that any arson artist would be nearby after setting a fire.

Esposito found McCann’s car, and inside are files for buildings McCann suspected would be the next target. He was right about the one he died in, so Esposito and Ryan check out the next building on his list.

Ryan is antsy, checking his phone every two seconds.

Before they leave, Ryan notices that the old building has an oddly shiny new lock inside. Once broken open, they find blasting caps and loads of accelerant, as well as an alarm. Scratch that. BOMB. They run out, with two seconds left to spare.

Castle finds footage of the fire, and it’s on the arson site, Pyroligious. Milo Pavlick owns the site and claims that the file was sent to him anonymously. While chatting with Beckett and Castle, he receives a text alert about a factory that is now up in flames. They leave Milo once they realize it’s the same building Esposito and Ryan were supposed to check out. By the time they get there, the flames are still going strong.

The fire chief can’t send any more guys inside until the fire is more contained. Jenny phones Beckett because she can’t get in touch with Kevin, and Beckett is forced to tell her about the explosion.

The whole department is now on the arson case. Esposito and Ryan are alive, but Ryan’s legs are stuck underneath debris. Esposito is able to unearth Ryan, but they’re in a subbasement and the firemen have all moved away from the building.

Jenny’s arrived on scene and is in labor, but refuses to leave.

Ryan finds a phone in the basement and is able to contact Beckett. The subbasement isn’t on the building’s plans, leading Castle to believe that the basement was created as an escape route.

The captain interrogated Milo for any clues leading to the identity of the arsonist. He said that he’d communicate with the arsonist online, but didn’t know his real identity.

Ryan is able to talk to Jenny while she lies in the ambulance. He wants to name the baby Javier, if it’s a boy, and Sarah Grace, if it’s a girl. Awww.

Esposito uses his last bits of oxygen for a joke. “You’re going to name a white, Irish kid Javier?!”

Delia finds the connection between all of the buildings: the building inspector, Mark Kimball, signed off on all of the buildings, and he’s there now, filming the catastrophe. After some gun-to-the-head prompting, he tells them of the escape route. The firemen take both Esposito and Ryan out, alive, just in time for Kevin to meet his new baby girl, Sarah Grace.

I adored this episode, and I’ll admit, I teared up watching the scene with Jenny and Ryan on the phone and LOLed with Esposito’s Javier comment. Very well-done episode, considering the fact that we knew (okay, were almost positive) that they wouldn’t kill off my favorite bros.

– Lindsay

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Recap/Review – The Good Wife – “Goliath and David” – 1/5/14

thegoodwiferecap112smallAlicia and Cary take on a copyright case; Eli presses Marilyn for the identity of her baby’s father.


We get to relive the lovely moment where Eli spits out his wine after learning that Marilyn plans to name her son Peter. She claims she’s naming him after the father, not Peter Florrick, another Peter that needs his privacy.

Alicia approaches the two, and Eli is having trouble diffusing the obvious tension.

The band working the party approaches Alicia with a case. A Glee-like TV show, Drama Camp, recently covered a Rebel Kane song, “Thicky Trick.” But the show’s cover sounds exactly the same as the band’s cover, except they’re not making a profit. Alicia and Cary aren’t sure they want to take the case until they learn that the song is a hit and they could take a percentage of the earnings.

Burl Preston is representing the network for Drama Camp and looks for Alicia in her old office. While he searches, Diane and Co. hold a quorum to determine whether new clients should be solicited. Will loses this debate and seeks out Burl Preston anyway. He wants to help him beat Alicia.

Eli heads to Kalinda to help find the father of Marilyn’s baby.

The band’s manager isn’t the brightest. He purchased the compulsory license, but not the derivative rights, because it was cheaper that way.

So Alicia and Cary set out to purchase the derivative copyright from Rebel Kane. He’s unusually agreeable and sells the boys the copyright for $5.

But nothing is ever that simple. The network, represented by Burl Preston and Will Gardner, are now suing the duo for $800,000.

Damian wants to know why Kalinda is following him and is worried that she’ll find out some sordid information, though he won’t let on about that info just yet.

On the first day in court, Alicia begins to question Mr. Canton (Matthew Lillard) about when he wrote the melody to the song. Will interrupts and objects at every possible moment, simply to throw Alicia off her game.

Cary encourages Alicia to use the same tactic against Will, and she does so with a simple change of clothes.

While Will questions the creator of Drama Camp about his inspiration for creating the new melody for “Thicky Trick,” his thought process is deeply interrupted with memories of his and Alicia’s first night together.

Kalinda follows Marilyn to the OB-GYN, but is interrupted by Jenna. Kalinda doesn’t take too well to Jenna’s interference with her work, but an apology and dinner will surely make up for it.

Back in court, Will questions Mr. Canton and determines that he was on the lot of Drama Camp before he came up with the melody for “Thicky Trick.” Judge Marx halts the proceedings to determine that, yes, the creator of Drama Camp did steal the work, but as it was unauthorized, the band stands to gain nothing from it and Preston’s suit can still go forward.

After dinner, Kalinda searches for clues as to the whereabouts of the other Peter, with Jenna by her bedside. She finds photos from a reunion, one of Marilyn with a Peter. Jenna receives a call, presumably from Damian, upsetting Kalinda.

Now Alicia and Cary are claiming that the band satirized the rap song, and a work of satire would automatically be protected.

Will attempts to draw the quorum together again by threatening some of the new partners, but Diane sees right through it and disassembles it quickly.

It turns out Peter from the reunion is married and didn’t hook up with Marilyn at the reunion. He says she was called to work at the Sheraton in Springfield. Guess where Peter, the governor, was that night?

The defense and the prosecution put two opposing musicologists on the stand, and they accomplish nothing really.

Rebel Kane is next on the stand, and he does little to help matters; he says his song is already satirical.

Kalinda went to the Sheraton looking for security footage from the night of September 7th, and sure enough, that disc is missing.

Alicia sets Robin up to look for any forums that agree that the band’s version of the song is satirical.

Eli tries once more to get Marilyn to cop to the identification of the father, but she’s sticking to her guns.

While checking the forums, Robin reads a comment that points out the bowling pins heard in the clip played on Drama Club.

After the quorum debacle, Diane heads to Will’s office for a pep talk. She’s worried about how Alicia’s departure is affecting Will. He’s not thinking clearly.

Anne Stevens of The Tribune phones Eli, asking for a comment on some video footage she’s just received.

Robin plays back the tunes for everyone to hear, and there it is: the bowling pins. The band recorded the song in a bowling alley, and Drama Camp sold that version on Swedish iTunes before cleaning it up.

Kalinda wants to cool things off with Jenna because she’s not so happy with her need to share things with Damian.

Eli comes in to watch the video, and it’s not hotel footage; it’s evidence of Peter buying the election. A few moments later, Marilyn decides to bring the real Peter to light: it’s Peter Bogdanavich! That matters little now.

Ah, the guest stars. Matthew Lillard is phenomenal, and I nearly choked when finding out the answer to the baby daddy drama!

I missed the later episodes of last season and have to catch up on this buying-votes fiasco, but it sounds wonderfully juicy!

– Lindsay

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Recap/Review – Major Crimes – “All In” – 12/9/13

majorcrimesrecap129smallThe squad investigates the murder of a country club member; Flynn needs a favor.


Two boys are in for the shock of their lives when, as they’re searching for golf balls to sell back to the country club, they encounter a dead body in a pond.

The victim’s name is Dennis Dietz, and he’s been dead for at least 2 days. He has no criminal record, but recently registered a complaint against an app developer, claiming that he scammed Mr. Dietz and his friends out of $2 million. His wife reported him missing when he didn’t show up for dinner two nights ago, but protocol dictates that a search not start until an adult is missing for 72 hours.

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Recap/Review – The Good Wife – “The Decision Tree” – 12/1/13

thegoodwiferecap1214smallA former client has left Alicia a large sum of money; the Florrick/Agos Christmas party creates problems for Eli.


Kalinda’s trailing Damian yet again in what looks to be a high-speed chase. He’s stopped at Florrick/Agos to hand Alicia her $150,000 refund for her capital contribution. It is Damian, so he isn’t going to make it easy; first, she must sign off on the novella that is her exit contract from LG. She hands it off to Clarke Hayden to uncover any hidden traps before signing it.

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Recap/Review – The Good Wife – “Whack-a-Mole” – 11/24/13

thegoodwiferecap121smallDiane and Will go up against Cary and Alicia in court with a new, shady face at LG. Jackie butts heads with Eli…again.


Florrick/Agos and LG are having problems. One has too many clients and too few lawyers, and the other, too few clients. Robyn suggests throwing a Christmas party to increase their client load.

Will is vetting new lawyers and won’t settle for just anyone. He’s interested in the one lawyer his headhunter doesn’t recommend: Damien Boyle. His top clients are in prison, and it’s rumored that he has ties to the mob.

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