New York is one of those places where a car is not a necessity. Plenty of other means of getting around are available for those who wish to use them. A bike messenger racing through city streets is hardly worth a second glance. Like a mail truck, these people are quite common and nobody thinks twice about it. The death of one, however, is a different story. Time to get NYPD involved.
I have to say, the opening scene went on far too long to be relevant. A low number of cars means there are taxis, bikes, scooters, etc. sharing the same space on the streets and sidewalks. The collision should have come sooner than it did.
Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) have little to go on other than the delivery never made. A check reveals who sent the package, but a bigger can of worms is then opened. The woman who sent for a courier acted on behalf of of her nephew, Brady. He wanted it delivered to Captain Montgomery (Ruben Santiago Hudson)! Since Brady got arrested years earlier, the question of whether or not he was framed is a consideration.
Perhaps the more intriguing part of the story is not any of the cases themselves, but the political family connected to the whole thing. This is not mere guesswork on the part of the police, but rather a relevant clue. The reason has to do with a certain article of clothing. Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives) does a nice turn as Blake, the Wellesley man currently in office, intending to run for yet another term. Gregg Henry takes on the role of Winston Wellesley, the man with a whopper of a secret. Considering the modern day, little shock value exists when things finally reveal themselves.
Arye Gross must be an actor with several episodes on his contract since his medical examiner character took over once again for Lanie, played so well by Tamala Jones. The contrast between the two characters is striking, just because they are two different people. Jones brings a sassiness to the show which offsets the rigors of trying to solve a case. Gross, on the other hand, suggests his medical examiner is only telling the cops what they want to know because it's his job.