The team learns that a guy named Buck Cooper went missing the day after the band played in Ithaca. He was Swan’s best friend. He’s also the same guy who was passing himself off as roadie Hank Rogers. Swan was trying to buy his buddy’s freedom from Campbell, who actually didn’t murder anyone. Castle and Beckett learn that Buck was the mentor James Swan had mentioned. The plan was to bring him into the band which means someone else was on the way out. That would be the less-than-talented bass player Zeke, who killed Swan when he learned he was going to be replaced. Case closed.
Captain Gates makes sure she looks good on camera as she commends the team on a job well done. She then calls Castle and Beckett in to reprimand them for what she saw in the precinct footage. Gates missed that lovey-dovey moment because she is only upset because Castle was goofing off behind her during a speech. There’s more fun taking place as Ryan and Esposito join some band members for an impromptu precinct concert. As for the seemingly camera-shy Beckett, she invites the film crew behind closed doors for an exclusive. Actually, she locks them behind the closed door of the janitor’s closet. Love it!