Wow, I did not see that coming. The episode was rolling along with a typical story laced with humor and a bit of action, and then there's the bombshell that the victim was killed in the same way Beckett's mother was. I haven't been following Castle spoilers lately, so that totally caught me by surprise. Laney was acting weird all episode, but an episode focused on Beckett's main problem in the middle of the season came out of nowhere.
The victim's brother, is caught having placed the hit, and he wants to cut a deal to bring in the hit man named Rathborn. The only catch is that Rathborn wants money upfront and Beckett can't get it. Luckily, Castle is exceedingly rich, so he gives her the money, only Rathborn doesn't show up to the hit. Beckett figures out the hit man was actually the brother, and he pulls a gun, taking Castle hostage. He ends up dead before revealing any new information, so now all Beckett has is a body, and no new leads.
Castle wants to stop following her, because he blames himself for the mistake. For the first time, Beckett reveals how she really feels--she enjoys having Castle around. I know it's no surprise to the viewers, but actually telling Castle this is a big step.
I loved Johnny Vong and his Engrish. Even though his accent was fake, you had to appreciate how great it was, and that he was using it so people would join his scam.