Esposito plays Joey a video of the interrogation to show how Shane is willing to pin the crime on him. This has the kid revealing that his last job was a little odd. He was only to steal a cell phone belonging to Tyrese Wilton. Holly flipped out when she found out about this. That was last time Joey saw her. As for Shane, he has an airtight alibi. Castle wonders why the phone was stolen. It could be the key to the case.
There’s a Chinese restaurant in the alley where Tyrese Wilton’s studio is located. The producer says his cell phone was missing for awhile, but it turned up later at the party. He realizes that during the time the phone was gone, someone used it as an E-Key to break in to his studio. They downloaded Josie Lang’s yet-to-be-released album. Castle realizes it had to have been someone at the party. But who would have something to gain from downloading Josie Lang’s album?
Castle and Beckett realize that Regina Cane was MIA during the time of the murder. The aging star’s album sales have been sagging for years. She intended to leak Josie’s album online to hurt her sales. Unfortunately, Holly showed up at the studio to stop her. The two fought and Regina killed Holly. She called Shane Winters to help dump the body. Case closed.
Esposito pays a visit to Shane Winters, who is walking away from charges of grand larceny and accessory after-the-fact due to lack of evidence. He’s also being asked to walk away from Joey forever. Esposito shows him two guns. One of them is the one he’ll say Shane pulled on him. The other is the one he’ll use to shoot Shane in self-defense. The lowlife gets the message. As for Joey, Esposito offers to help him to get back on the right path. The kid has heard this type of thing before, but this time he’s hearing it from someone who means it.