New Zealander Laurel Hubbard made history this week as the first trans athlete to compete in a solo event at the Games. Hubbard, 43, became the first ever trans athlete to compete at the Games earlier this week, an appearance which has been highly controversial.
However, the debate by panellists on Rossiya's 60 Minutes programme was filled with derogatory language and insults levelled at Hubbard. The show's presenter Olga Skabeyeva did not challenge any of the guests. She even suggested that the European Union had withdrawn funding from Hungary and Poland because 'the majority is against homosexuality' in these nations. As well as mockingly wearing a wig, the host Anatoly Kuzichev branded trans people 'psychopaths' and said they needed psychiatric treatment.
Tom Daley competing at Tokyo on Friday. He won a gold medal in the men's 10m synchronised diving for Team GB. State-backed homophobia is rife in Russia where many of Vladimir Putin's supporters and his allies in the Orthodox Church take a firm stand against gay rights. Putin has previously described it as his 'duty' to prevent gay marriage to 'reinforce families.
In April, he said Russia would not legalise gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He said he would not let the traditional notion of a mother and father be subverted by what he called 'parent number 1' and 'parent number 2'.
Castle and Gina got back together at the end of season two, However, due to their fighting all the time, Castle breaks up with her in episode twelve "Poof You're Dead" of season three, having concluded that the relationship had lost its magic. Josh Davidson Victor Webster is Kate's boyfriend in season three. He is a cardiac surgeon who often spends time in under-privileged countries. Castle refers to him as Doctor Motorcycle Boy.
In the two-parter of season three, Kate tells Castle that she does not like the huge distance between Josh and her. They rarely see each other due to their jobs. In the fourth-season premiere, a critically injured Kate is brought to Josh's operating room after being shot in the heart. He begins emergency surgery and operates on her until another doctor can take over for him and violently confronts Castle in the hospital waiting room, blaming him for Kate's injuries.
Later on in the episode, after a three-month time jump, Kate tells Castle that she has broken up with Josh, admitting that while she "really liked him", she could not give herself to another while focusing on her mother's case. Michael Smith, better known as Mr. Smith Geoff Piersonis a mysterious old friend of Roy Montgomery who first appeared in the season three finale "Knock Out".
He is believed to have saved Montgomery's life, which convinces Montgomery that Smith is trustworthy. When Montgomery was killed by men working for the man responsible for Beckett's mother's murder, Not Responsible - Tom Jones - On Stage (Cassette) sent incriminating files to Smith.
These files had the potential to be very damaging to Montgomery's killers, and Smith used the files as leverage against them. In exchange for Beckett's life, Smith keeps the files out of the public arena on the condition that Beckett stops her investigation into her mother's murder. Smith makes his next appearance in the season four premiere "Rise", contacting Richard Castle and asking him to convince Beckett to stand down, though Castle himself continues the investigation.
It is unknown if Smith is his real name. Smith appears again in "Dial M for Mayor". When Castle and Beckett investigate a murder connected to the Mayor of New York City, Smith points Castle in the direction of evidence that leads them to an aide in the mayor's office.
After they arrest the aide, Smith sends him legal counsel, effectively stopping the investigation. Castle is enraged, but Smith points out that if the case went any further, the mayor would either be removed from office or voluntarily leave to pursue a campaign for state governor.
With the mayor out of office, Victoria Gates' first act would be to have Castle removed from the 12th Precinct, and without Castle, Beckett would have no protection against her mother's killers. In the season four finale, "Always", a break-in at Captain Montgomery's house reopens the case and leads to Smith contacting Castle to try to get Beckett to back down again. However, this time, Castle fails and walks away.
At the end of the episode, Cole Maddox—an assassin sent by the killers—shows up at Smith's house. Maddox wanted to recover the files that Montgomery had sent Smith as his employer no longer wanted to live blackmailed.
Maddox wants the information, promising that he would kill Beckett as soon as he gets it. Smith is later found dead in the fifth-season premiere "After the Storm", having been tortured by Maddox. However, he had laid a booby trap on the files that kills Maddox though Beckett is able to reconstruct them enough to learn the identity of Bracken. His exact relationship to Montgomery remains unknown, and there has been no explanation of how he came to be in a position to stop the conspiracy from harming Beckett.
In the season six semi-finale "Veritas", it is revealed that Smith had faked his death and had gone into hiding to find a new way to implicate Senator William Bracken, the man behind the whole conspiracy.
At first he found a consultant working for Bracken who could prove that Bracken's campaign funding in his bid for president was corrupt, but his contact was killed off before that could happen. Smith later attempted to turn one of Bracken's employees, Jason Marks, but Vulcan Simmons killed him before that could happen. Soon after Beckett connected the dots between Simmons and Bracken, Simmons was killed off to frame her.
Smith later met clandestinely with Castle and Beckett, who were on the run, revealing that Bracken was searching for a tape containing audio evidence proving he ordered the murders, including that of Beckett's mother, but he had no idea where it could be.
Smith then departed their company, warning them not to contact him again. After remembering her first encounter with Montgomery, Beckett realizes he'd given the tape to her mother and finds it in her mother's old elephant figurines on her desk.
With this new evidence, Beckett is finally able to arrest Bracken as he announces on live TV his intention to run for president. As the Triple Killer, he periodically returned to New York to terrorize the city, strangling three women in a week, dumping their bodies in alleys, and then leaving the city without a trace after three weeks.
At some indeterminate point, he would return to the city and repeat the process. Roy Montgomery was part of the original task force assigned to catch him, and Richard Castle researched the Triple Killer's original crime spree when he was writing one of his novels, When It Comes to Slaughter. No law enforcement agency has ever come close to catching Tyson, and it was widely believed that he was dead as he has been away from New York for an extended period of time.
It is only through Castle's efforts that the police are able to put a name to the Triple Killer when Castle realizes that Tyson's absence from the city and his killing pattern was because he was in prison. Nevertheless, Tyson successfully escapes even after he is confronted, overpowering Kevin Ryan and stealing his service weapon.
He is later directly responsible for the events of "Kick the Ballistics" when he hands Ryan's weapon to an enemy under the guise of friendship, knowing that the man will use the gun in a future crime and attract the attention of Beckett and her team.
Tyson makes his second appearance in the season five episode "Probable Cause", where he frames Castle for the murder of a young woman and plans to have his contacts in prison kill Castle as soon as he arrives after his arraignment. He also plants suggestive e-mails on Castle's computer with the intention of having Beckett believe Castle has been unfaithful to her.
When Castle breaks out of custody and proves Tyson's involvement in the young woman's murder, Tyson confronts both him and Beckett on a bridge. Castle shoots Tyson, who falls into the water below.
Police divers are unable to recover his body and he is formally listed as missing and presumed to be dead. Castle, however, believes that Tyson orchestrated the encounter to stage his own death in front of Beckett, whose account of events will be used to lend credibility to the belief that Tyson is dead. In the season six episode, "Disciple", Castle suspected Tyson to be behind murdered doppelgangers of Lanie and Esposito and is proven right when it is discovered that the doppelgangers were used to steal all the 3XK files from police records.
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When her life is threatened, he goes back undercover and brings down mobsters he knew once. He and Siobhan reconcile and she leaves for witness protection, then he learns his wife is pregnant.
Ryan takes on extra jobs out of hours offering private security. When one of the congressman's aides is killed, Ryan is driven to solve the crime - even to the extent of arresting his brother-in-law, risking a family rift.
In season eight, when he learns that Jenny is once again pregnant and seeing both Beckett and Gates promoted, Ryan and Esposito both take the sergeant's exam. Unfortunately, Ryan does not pass, which leads to conflict and jealously with Esposito, who did pass. The following are the medals and service awards worn by Detective Ryan, as seen in "Knockout" and "Rise". Lanie Parish Tamala Jones is a medical examiner who has a friendly outlook. As a friend of Beckett's, she is one of the few people Beckett can talk to easily and without reservations.
She is also one of the few people who notices the personal connection between Beckett and Castle, and occasionally urges her to act on it. They make attempts to maintain a low profile, unaware that the rest of the team already knows and approves of their relationship. They have recently taken a break in their relationship after an awkward incident during a double date with Ryan and Jenny, where Jenny, oblivious to the fact that the other couple was not in that stage of their relationship, asked when the two were going to get married like she and Ryan were about to in the very near future.
Captain Roy Montgomery Ruben Santiago-Hudson seasons 1—3 was Beckett's boss who appreciates Beckett's determination and diligence but maintains a close watch to make sure the investigation goes smoothly. He is amused by how much Castle annoys Beckett, but also appreciates how effective the two are when they work together. He has also demonstrated a strong attachment and respect for Beckett, commenting to Castle that he has never known anyone who can comfort the victims of violent crimes better than Beckett, and arguing with the governor to accept a deal that would have allowed a known drug trafficker Not Responsible - Tom Jones - On Stage (Cassette) walk free when he offered information that would have allowed them to capture the man who murdered Beckett's mother although the deal was revealed to be fake when it turned out that the drug trafficker was the killer.
He has also commented that Castle is surprisingly good at police work, once speculating that Castle may have some police in his family history on his unknown father's side of the family. In the season three finale, he is revealed as the third cop who was indirectly involved in the murder of Kate Beckett's mother. Montgomery sends files concerning that murder to a mystery man who later contacts Castle and tells him that those files are the leverage that Montgomery was using to keep himself, his family, and Beckett safe from the man who was behind everything.
The mystery man then asks Castle to help him keep Beckett safe: the deal with the murderer was that the files would remain secret if Beckett stayed away from her mother's case. Lockwood tells Montgomery to hand Beckett over to him; initially, he asks Beckett to meet him, however he does this to inform Beckett of the situation and gets Castle to drag her away and leave Montgomery to face Lockwood and his men off by himself, despite Beckett's pleas that he does not need to put himself in this situation because she forgives him.
Castle carries her away and following a brief conversation with Lockwood, Montgomery kills all four of Lockwood's hit squad, before being shot by Lockwood twice; however Montgomery shoots Lockwood before succumbing to his injuries.
Afterwards, Beckett, Castle, Ryan and Esposito agree to keep the truth about Montgomery's death a secret and he is buried as a hero.
Eventually Montgomery's files are destroyed by Cole Maddox and Smith, the man he sent them to apparently killed, but Beckett is able to reconstruct enough of them to identify the man as Senator William Bracken. She pretends there is another copy of Montgomery's files to keep Bracken off her back.
While this eventually fails, she discovers in "Veritas" that there was more evidence that Montgomery had that implicates Bracken: a recording of a conversation with Bracken in which he admits to blackmail and murder and his plans to kill Johanna Beckett if she does not back off. Montgomery had given it to Johanna Beckett before she was killed and in his first meeting with Kate Beckett, had tried to hint to her to look for cassette tapes for clues.
Beckett did not catch on at the time, but remembers the encounter in the present and locates the tape in elephant figurines of her mother's that she kept on her desk. With Montgomery's tape, she is finally able to arrest Bracken for the murder of her mother as he gives a live interview in which he announces his intention to run for president.
At her own insistence, she is called "Sir" rather than "ma'am" by the officers who report to her and Castle. Formerly with Internal Affairs, Gates, known to some as "Iron Gates", is more interested in career advancement and the reputation of the precinct, and by extension, the NYPD, than in the finer points of interpersonal dynamics, making decisions based on the political impact that they would have.
This contrasts with the style of her predecessor, who made decisions based on how they would affect people for example, concealing a policewoman's vigilante activities because of the potential political backlashand takes a dimmer view than her predecessor of the Beckett-Castle working relationship. In the episode "Still", Gates reveals that she was aware that Castle and Beckett were in a relationship, but tells them that she did not say anything in order to maintain her own plausible deniability, and she promises to continue her silence on the condition that the two be professional on the job.
In "Dial M for Mayor" she encourages Beckett to perform her duties objectively and dispassionately, stating her attitude in IA and Homicide was not because she hated police officers, she works hard to hold people accountable so NYPD officers like her father, uncle, and subordinates can bear the cost of serving the people of New York free of corruption.
The two have a tense relationship as years before, Gates had to bust a corrupt cop involved in one of Elizabeth's investigations despite Elizabeth's protests.
They reunite over another case and put aside some of that bad feeling. On May 29,Penny Johnson Jerald revealed through her Twitter account that she is no longer a cast member of Castle. She stated that she was surprised and saddened by this occurrence. Sidney Perlmutter Arye Gross is a medical examiner, rotating the role with Lanie although Lanie is more regularly featured.
He is shown to have more than a few quirks, such as eating lunch off of his autopsy tables—reasoning that the disinfectants used in the morgue mean that it is Not Responsible - Tom Jones - On Stage (Cassette) "the cleanest room in the city"—and always has a sarcastic remark. He sometimes teases or insults Castle at crime scenes when Castle tries to do his job.
Jenny Ryan Juliana Dever is Ryan's girlfriend, and later wife. She is first mentioned in season one, but does not appear until the season two episode "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice". She often helps Beckett's team by Not Responsible - Tom Jones - On Stage (Cassette) and assessing the data on computers belonging to suspects and victims.
Detective Tom Demming Michael Truccois a handsome robbery detective with whom Beckett briefly becomes involved. Castle and Demming often had a rivalry and tried to outdo each other for Beckett's attention. Despite being a 'good-on-paper' boyfriend, Beckett ultimately breaks up with him because of her unresolved feelings towards Castle in the season two finale. Gina Cowell Monet Mazur is Castle's publisher and second ex-wife.
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