As a bestselling mystery writer, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) has a pretty good idea of just how to make sure people continue to purchase his novels. He's charming, which helps. In the looks department, others are drawn to him for one reason or another. Perhaps the biggest reason is just how dedicated he is to the craft of putting pen to paper. Considering he writes about crime on a regular basis, he has enough common sense to be named as a consultant to the New York Police Department.
Working with Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle gets a solid working knowledge of how to write his cop characters effectively. In return, he offers a fresh perspective on how a crime might be committed. On occasion, it comes in handy when Beckett and her team are stumped. Even as good as Det. Kevin Ryan (Seamus Deaver) and Det. Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) are at catching crooks, a new set of eyes can crack the case wide open.
Castle comes upon his latest case, one might say, in a manner not exactly expected. When he appears on a late night talk show to do a bit of promotion, Bobby Mann (Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars), the host, leans over during a break and suggests he is marked for death. Before Castle can discover more, a hitch arises. Martha (Susan Sullivan), Castle's mom, informs him Mann has died of an apparent heart attack.
Try to forget Bergeron is a little young to have that happen realistically. This, after all, is television. Facts get smudged sometimes. What is more important is Sullivan's sorely lacking amount of screen time. This actress is perhaps the best part of the whole show. The lighthearted banter between her and Fillion gives a balance to the gritty deaths coming on a regular basis.