Notice the look of anxiety on Castle’s face? I’m sure it’s because he couldn’t wait to see the credits roll on this episode. The writer called this yawner The Fifth Bullet and about halfway through the show I was wishing for a sixth round to fire into my TV screen. And I thought some of the past episodes were boring…
Anyway, on with the review of police procedure and forensics.
– The amount of blood spatter on the wall and ceiling forty feet, or more, from the victim was unbelievable.
Even this close-up stuff was a little over the top, but the blood drips and runs on the other side of the room, at the top of an extension ladder, was silly.
Just curious. Why is Beckett staring at the victim’s rear end? There’s no bullet wound there.
– Detectives located five casings, but only found four bullets, so immediately they began to make a big deal about not finding the “fifth round.” They even said the round had to be inside another victim. Why? That bullet could have been anywhere. A museum is a huge place. It didn’t have to be in the immediate area. That sort of tunnel vision can really lead an investigation down a long and costly wrong path.
– Fortunately, the fifth bullet was found inside a book that was in the pocket of a man who was experiencing amnesia (Something the writer really overdid. They just went on and on about this. Maybe a seventh bullet would have been in order). I guess the amnesia was supposed to be the big plot twist.
As soon as the detective looked at the bullet, he said, “9mm.” You cannot tell the caliber of a bullet that has been fired from a gun merely by looking at it, especially when over half of the round is buried in the pages of a novel.
Again, he assumed something. He said the bullet was from the museum shooting, so the amnesia guy had to have seen the shooter. There’s no way to know this. The guy could have:
a – found the book
b – stolen the book
c – been the shooter and was pretending to have amnesia
d – been a collector of books containing bullets
– Castle said, “Good thing the book wasn’t written by Nicholas Sparks.” Funny line implying that a bullet would have passed through one of Sparks’ very thin and shallow books.
– Why didn’t Beckett check the amnesia guy’s hands for gunshot residue? He could have been the killer.
– Going to the pound to check the dog tags of Amnesia Dude’s pet was a good thing. Police have used stranger methods to ID suspects, or to find clues.
– The medical examiner said, “The victim has gun residue on him.” Did that mean he had metal pistol parts (trigger, sights, barrel) all over his body? Or did she mean to say gunshot residue (burnt powder).
Oh, the medical examiner, Lanie Parrish, did a pretty good job this week. She wasn’t goofy at all. Of course, her role was almost a walk-on part, but that’s okay. It worked this week. However, even with a limited role, the writer still managed to botch one of her lines (the gun residue thing). Like they say here in the south, “Bless her heart. She tries.”
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