Esposito and Ryan find McManus. They bring him in to the station where Beckett tries to gain his trust during the interrogation. Captain Gates is confused when it seems as though her detective is accusing Bracken of killing her mother and going after her friends. Castle says Beckett is just trying to find the bomb any way she can. Gates interrupts the interrogation to say they found the device. The threat has been neutralized. Beckett isn’t so sure. The vest containing the C4 was done by a pro. She believes McManus is being set up as a patsy.
Beckett knows that her career is over if her hunch is wrong. The bomb squad comes up empty during a sweep of the hotel. Bracken is furious. He promises to take Beckett down. As the senator walks away in a huff, Beckett hears the clicking sound of a lighter. It’s the same noise she heard when Melanie Rogers was killed. Bracken’s driver is the one clicking the lighter. He walks away as the senator approaches the car because that’s where the bomb is. Beckett rushes to Bracken. She tackles him to the ground. BOOM!
An explosion rocks the night when the driver flips a remote switch. Beckett and Bracken survive the blast. Castle tackles the driver before he can get away. He later lets Bracken know that he wouldn’t have done what Beckett did. He’d have stood and watched him blow up. As for the driver, Bracken learns that he was paid off by a nemesis. He lets Beckett know that he is in her debt. He also reaps the rewards of all the publicity this incident. It’s the kind of story that could make a guy president. Beckett isn’t sure about that. Bracken will slip up eventually. When he does, she’ll be there.