Image Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCLast year, I chatted with Nathan Fillion for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test and asked him what piece of pop culture memorabilia from his childhood he wished he still had. His answer: “I had an Indiana Jones fedora that I loved. I don’t know what happened to it. I don’t know where it went. Wish I had it back. Whoever’s got it, you suck.” This episode should be a nice consolation.
The case: The associate curator at the New York History Museum was murdered with a falling gargoyle. (Were this Bones, we would’ve seen so much more of that gore.) Of course, Castle being a child at heart, he wanted to go to the museum immediately because he used to take Alexis there every weekend to pretend they were on safari in Africa, or looking for dinosaurs in China, or picking up women. Naturally, there was a fedora hanging on the wall that he could wear while he oops! opened the tomb of a Mayan king. Quickly, he found out about the curse written at the entrance to the burial chamber: “All who gaze on the face of the Mayan king shall be struck down by his wrath.” Cue a chair Castle sat on breaking and the cappuccino machine he bought the squad malfunctioning and threatening his pretty face. Both were the work of Beckett and Co., but an attack dog ripping Castle’s jeans (you know you peeked, just like Beckett) and an elevator he was riding in getting stuck (the sound effect of him dropping to his stomach made that moment) — even they weren’t that cruel.
In the end, the twist was pretty clever: It wasn’t the Mayan man who’d sent death threats demanding the artifacts be returned to his people, or the colleague with whom the victim had been sleeping. The associate curator had partnered with a former drug trafficker-turned-antiquities dealer to sell the mummy of Slave Girl No. 6, since she was destined for storage and no one would miss her. But the private buyer had sent a man in to confirm its authenticity, and he found that the mummy was less than 500 years old. Turns out it was the body of the curse’s “first victim,” a grad student with whom the top boss had been obsessed. He’d left her bloody clothes and a piece of scalp at the dig in Mexico four months ago so the authorities would believe she’d been eaten by a jaguar, dressed her as the real mummy, and shipped her back to the States. When the associate curator was tipped off that something was wrong, he had to die.
What was your favorite Fillion line delivery from the episode? (Note: I think Beckett’s “Ruh-Roh” was a little too cute for her, even if Castle had just quoted many a Scooby-Doo villain when he tried to get the killer to say, “And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.”)
– “No reason to panic. [Lights in elevator go off.] Small reason to panic.”
– “I’m gonna splash some water on my face… and then… throw up a little bit.”
– “If something were to happen to me, I want you to watch out for Alexis. She looks up to you, and if her boyfriends get frisky, you can shoot them. [Becket agrees, and smiles] And would you also go into my closet and get rid of my porn collection before she finds it?”
– “Mummified tissue? Like mummy flesh?” (He had just the right amount of really? anger in his voice.)
– “Or, maybe the mummy himself has risen from the grave and is roaming New York seeking vengeance… I’m kidding… sort of.”
– “Can we call you Mr. T?” (Very few actors could make that charming instead of groan-inducing.)
– “I’m not cleanin’ this up… I better clean this up.”
What was your favorite moment on last night’s Castle, PopWatchers?