Laundry chutes are very convenient things. Open the door and toss in linens and they slide down the ramp and into one big pile to be washed and sorted for future return. Most rooms in a hotel use sheets which look the same, so there's no need to be careful about which room gets which set of sheets. After a dead body is discovered in one on Castle, however, it is up to Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) to figure out the messy details.
Part of the process is easy enough. The victim has identification on him. Lanie (Tamala Jones) puts the cause of death as gunshot injuries (personally, I get the distinct impression the guy was dead before falling down the tunnel of soiled linens). Nice to see Jones back! She's only been gone a couple of weeks, but I've missed her dearly.
There is a problem which quickly arises in the case. Two women stake a claim on being the dead man's next of kin. Ordinarily, this would not be a cause for concern. Sarah (Abigail Spencer, Mad Men) claims to be the victim's fiancee, while Helen (Perrey Reeves, Entourage) says she is his wife. Whoops! Det. Ryan (Seamus Deaver) and Det. Esposito (Jon Huertas) are asked to help find out exactly what the victim was doing.
On a related note, Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) has a search of her own to conduct. As a part of her civics class where volunteer work is require, Alexis opts to spend time in the police department. She is given the monotonous task of organizing the property room, and when all is straight, a photo album remains left over without a home. Alexis opts to find the proper owner.
There is a Desperate Housewives reference included in the episode this week, and I have to smiling thinking back on it. Fillion says it, a good nod to the series he was last on. Don't remember him? He was introduced with Dana Delany's character, as her husband. An Alias reference also appears during this episode. The line is said during an interrogation and is a toast to a former ABC show. Maybe they're trying to get Jennifer Garner, she might make a nice guest star. One last reference this week - Martha (Susan Sullivan) is given some Black Hawk Down verbiage when Castle's toy chopper crashes.
They fixed the credits! For some time, the actor playing the murderer has been credited in the first guest star slot right after the regular cast, making it all too easy to figure out whodunit. This week that didn't happen, hopefully they continue to rotate the murderer's position in future episodes.