*Note: Time-stamps are for USA iTunes Release / U.K. DVD Release respectively.
1.01 – The Maggie’s Redress [0:00 / 0:00]
The story opens in London, England in the year 1901. A horse-drawn carriage passes by, and we see a convent from the outside. Inside this same building, a nun is walking through the dark hallways, carrying a lantern. The nun notices a reflection of light on the wall and goes to investigate. She knocks on a door and calls for Sister Fabian. There is no answer so she uses her keys to gain entry. As she enters, there is a chair back on to the nun, facing a fireplace. Beside the chair is a small table, with half a bottle of alcohol on it. The nun closes the bottle, eye rolling as if Sister Fabian had drank too much. As she walks around to the front of the chair, she sees Sister Fabian, and notices her throat has been cut and she is dead. Behind her comes a noise and as she turns, a ghostly figure appears and the nun screams. Cue title card!
After the title card, a police photographer is taking pictures of the crime scene and another officer by the name of Sergeant George Gudgett is interviewing two nuns. The first nun is Sister Mathilda and she is head over the convent. She asks Gudgett to hurry it up because she would like to put it behind her, telling him that “her girls” are known for hysteria. The nun who found the body is introduced as Winnie and Sergeant Gudgett asks if there is anything she would like to add. She is hesitant and looks at Sister Mathilda for help. Sister Mathilda encourages Winnie to tell Gudgett if she has anything to add. Winnie replies the person who did it was Lucy Allthorpe. It is then revealed that Lucy was a resident in the convent until she died six months ago.
Harry Houdini is seen being suspended upside down in his famous “Chinese Water Torture Cell.” He is in front of a live audience struggling as a curtain covers the tank. There is an orchestra playing dramatic music while his stage hands count up the minutes. As the time increases the people in the audience become more concerned and call for his release. After four minutes and twenty seconds, when the audience can take no more, the curtain is raised, and Houdini is seen on top of his chamber, safe and celebrating. He is lowered from atop of the tank and walks off stage with the audience applauding. As he does, a female stage hand, Florrie, tells him she is sorry about his ankle and understands the lock is still sticking. Houdini tells her she is beautiful which is the only reason why he is not firing her. Another man is seen slightly off screen reading a newspaper. Houdini snatches the paper from his hands, and we see the headline “Ghost Killer Stalks Convent” headline.
Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is walking through a building reading the same article in the paper. Someone announces his entrance, and an audience starts congratulating him. Someone stops Doyle, shakes his hand and thanks him for bringing back the “beloved Sherlock Holmes”. Doyle replies that Holmes is dead, not coming back, and asks the man to remember the falls (referring to Reichenbach Falls). At this point, Doyle notices a large sign on the wall which says “Welcome back Sherlock! The great sleuth returns!”. Doyle begins to question a man named Conrad, which is assumed to be his publisher. Conrad tells Doyle that he notified him that he was launching a new book. It is revealed that the story in the new book is eight years old, and Conrad tells him he had added the story that they had not published. Doyle seems upset and tells him it was a new story, not a new book. Furthermore, he asks where Conrad has put his new book, “The Great Boer War.” Conrad tells him it is in the back and stresses how much the people love Holmes. Conrad asks if it would be so wrong to give the people what they want to which Doyle replies he would rather give them what they need, hope.
1.02 – Killer Ghost [5:10 / 4:46]
Houdini is seen entering the office of Chief Inspector H. Merring, holding the paper and asking where did the story come from. He is outraged that the police told the press there was a killer ghost out there. Sitting back on to Houdini is Doyle, and when Houdini notices who it is, he asks the Inspector what Doyle is doing there. Saying he should be working on one of his “Shylock” Holmes books. Doyle says it’s wonderful to see him again, and Houdini says he loves the Brits way of lying in the name of politeness. Doyle explains that he is there because he can contribute information about the supernatural and this case provides the opportunity to prove it. Houdini dismisses the claim saying he bets $10,000 American dollars that Doyle cannot prove anything. Doyle accepts the bet, but instead of money, he will put up a first edition of his new book “The Great Boer War.” Sergeant Gudgett interrupts telling the Inspector that he can solve the case himself, without help from a writer and a magician. Doyle tells the Sergeant that he is familiar with police protocols. Gudgett agrees and tells Doyle he regularly mocks them and the police force in his stories. Merring agrees, and Houdini asks if he is still upset about “their photo”. A quick flashback occurs, showing a newspaper article stating “Jailbreak! Houdini Outwits Police”. An accompanying picture shows Houdini smiling and the Inspector looking less than impressed. The Inspector asks if there is nothing else. Houdini says he will have to play the “Nicky card.” Inspector Merring questions if Houdini is going to call Sir Nicholas Hampstead, the head of Scotland Yard just because he won’t facilitate a bet. Merring thinks there is more to it than just the bet and questions why both of them care so much about the murder. Doyle explains that every time you arrive at the scene of bloody murder, you have to find the ones left behind, the ones who have not been physically harmed but those on which all the pain will land. He continues explaining that those people are the ones who had loved ones taken away forever. Doyle questions what if that wasn’t the truth? He explains that religions have told people that death is not the end and thanks to science he may be able to prove it. He explains that nothing is as it was ten years ago, not even death. Houdini dismisses his statement again, saying it is a load of crap and stating death should be scary. Houdini claims that con artists and fools shouldn’t be able to use the word “science” in defense of a dream. The Inspector interrupts and agrees to allow both of the men to work on the case as long as they are assisted by one of his officers. He asks the Sergeant Gudgett to fetch Constable Stratton. As Gudgett leaves, Houdini and Doyle smile at each another.
Gudgett walks through the police station, and through a long hallway, with what seems like cells with rowdy inmates on each side. Through a door, he approaches a girl on a typewriter stating that Merring wants to see her. The girl enters Merring’s office, and Houdini asks her to get him a cup of coffee. Merring smiles and introduces her as Constable Stratton. Doyle introduces himself, and they shake hands. Stratton tries to shake hands with Houdini, but he is still surprised and asks if she is really a cop. Stratton tells him that it is one of the many wonders of the new century. Merring’s explains that Stratton will be assisting them with their investigation of Sister Fabian. Stratton seems taken back and confused, but agrees saying she will not disappoint. Houdini makes a comment about how he is going to like this “new century.” The three start to leave but Merring stops Stratton from leaving and tells her that it is an unnecessary case. He says while Houdini and Doyle play detective, she will play nursemaid and nothing more. She confirms she understands.
We see Houdini, Doyle and Stratton outside of the convent and Stratton explains it’s Magdalene Laundry. The convent takes in young women, and in return, the girls work in the laundry. The trio introduce themselves to Sister Grace, and she can hardly believe that Stratton is a policeman, but after a few seconds she lets them in. As they walk through the convent, young women can be seen washing clothes, some coughing, and overall they seem disheveled. Sister Grace explains that some of the girls started seeing Lucy just after she died and says she must be a very restless soul. Doyle says it makes sense, but Houdini calls him on it saying that it would make sense that a murderer would take advantage of the ghost stories. The trio are causing the girls to peer and wonder curiously, but Sister Grace tells them to get back to work. We see some nuns walking through the hallways with children, even one with a crying baby and Houdini stares. As they arrive outside one of the rooms, Sister Grace asks for an autograph and Houdini turns to give her one. She interrupts stating that she meant Dr. Doyle. Houdini quickly takes himself out of the situation, entering the room with Stratton following.
In the Sister Fabians office, our trio of heroes have now gathered together. Doyle says the door was locked, and there is no sign of force. Houdini asks how many sets of keys there were and who has them. Stratton says two. Winnie had one, and the other was in the room. Doyle explains that since one of the sets were in the room, the theory must be someone on the outside had done it, locking Houdini outside as he is demonstrating. Houdini enters saying there is no way you could get through that door, smiling and adding “without a paper clip.” Stratton explains where the ghost appeared, how it crossed the room and how passed through a wall. Doyle says it is a very solid wall while knocking on it, as if proving a point to Houdini. Houdini says people see things all of the time, especially young women who have taken a vow of celibacy. Stratton asks if he has ever met one, obviously upset. Houdini explains the simplest answer is that Winnie did it. She had opportunity and a ghost to pin it on. Doyle questions motive in that case. Houdini says it’s because she wanted to kill her boss. He says lots of people want to kill their boss and asks Stratton if he right. She gives a long pause as if agreeing. Going through the papers, Houdini also notices the business is taking in £50 a week. Sister Mathilda enters at that point and all three stand up straight. Mathilda explains that she is taking on the duties of the later Sister Fabian. She introduces Winnie and says she will tell her story one more time. Winnie explains it was Lucy and Doyle asks what she can tell them about her. As Winnie starts, Mathilda interrupts saying that she was a vain girl, happy to show off her flowing locks, playing the piano and showing off her ability to bend her fingers back “into ungodly positions”. Mathilda continues to say Lucy did not have the ability to rise from the dead. Houdini coughs, asking for a glass of water. Sister Mathilda says she could have sworn there was a glass on the table, but this was really a trick to get Winnie alone. Houdini asks Winnie why she is lying. Winnie denies lying, but Houdini pushes her further saying she is gone (Mathilda) and that she could drop the ridiculous story. Winnie swears she is telling the truth. Stratton seemingly annoyed with Houdini asks Winnie what motive a killer would want. She explains that Sister Fabian murdered Lucy. Lucy loved music and brought joy to the convent, it made the nuns happy. All the girls loved Lucy, and that is why Sister Fabian hated Lucy. She goes on to explain they took Lucy’s baby, a little girl. Without her little girl, she was angry, stopped playing piano and changed. Winnie goes on to explain, that when Lucy talked back, Sister Fabian chopped off her beautiful red hair. She says that Fabian soaked Lucy’s clothes and locked her out for the night. Lucy died two days later. As Winnie looks out the window at a statue, she says that they buried her body in a nameless grave with all the other nameless “Maggies .” Doyle asks if she truly believes it was Lucy’s ghost that killed Fabian. She crosses herself and says yes. Houdini interrupts, asking bluntly where they keep the laundry money, the £50/week. Doyle is wondering if Houdini thinks it is a robbery. Houdini says he doesn’t believe anything without evidence. Winnie produces a small box saying Sister Fabian kept everything in it, but there is only one key and she has no idea where it is. Houdini is seen picking the lock of the box and within seconds has it opened. He rummages through its contents and says now he is suggesting it was a robbery.
1.03 – Robbery [14:17 / 13:50]
Doyle and Stratton are seen leaving the convent. Stratton says that Houdini was right, it was a robbery. Doyle says “sadly yes” and Stratton agrees. She says it is easy for Doyle as he is a brilliant writer, doctor, and a man. She says she worked twenty hour days for years until someone took a chance and made her constable and now she has a desk in the basement and is only summoned upstairs to make tea. Until today. She explains that she had hoped to work a little longer as an actual policeman, but Doyle explains theres still a matter of the money. She tells him if both of them (Houdini & Doyle) are not on the case, neither is she. Doyle says he isn’t quite done yet.
Doyle is seen visiting a medium, and asks if she can tell him anything about the Magdalene Laundry murder. The medium, replies she knows about the murders, and Doyle corrects her saying there has been only one. She replies, only one so far. She says that it is a brown man, not brown of birth, but brown of filth. A man of soot. It is a living, greedy man, and he can be found in Whitechapel where he will be discussing his exploits with a rabbit. Doyle smiles and is about to leave, but the medium stops him saying that’s not why he had come to her. There is something else. Doyle is wondering if she might be able to contact his wife. The lady replies “My dearest Arthur, I’ve missed you.” Doyle is wondering if it is his wife Touie, and she replies it is. She says she has been watching him, and he is doing a wonderful job with the children. She knows he has met a new acquaintance, but he is the darkness. He isn’t in danger, but Doyle is. He wants to know how he is in danger, but the power of the medium has seemed to have worn off. She tells him to go.
Doyle and Stratton are seen in what is assumed to be a bar/pub. She verifies with him, that they are looking for a man of soot talking to a rabbit and Doyle confirms. Stratton wonders if the medium is credible. We see a man coming into the bar full of soot. Doyle comes up with an idea. He will confront the man and if the man has something to hide he will run, if not he will beat Doyle badly. Doyle approaches the man who comes face to face. Doyle asks if his friends know that he stole the money. All goes quiet, and the man runs. Constable Stratton takes a blackjack (weapon) out of her pocket and hits the man on the head, dropping him to the floor.
Later, Stratton and Doyle meet up with Houdini at the theater and he wonders if the man confessed. Stratton says it is only a matter of time and that Gudgett is quite effective with his techniques. Doyle says he was only able to catch the man with the help of a medium. Houdini says if that’s the case then the guy isn’t the person they are looking for. He says he has been doing some investigating himself and asks Doyle for a game of “whiff-whaff” which is like like ping-pong with square paddles. Houdini bets a hundred bucks on the game and Doyle tells him they both have different currency. While they talk, Houdini wonders why rob a nunnery unless you know there is money? He figures its an inside job. Houdini says he went back to the Sister’s record book, most of it being boring, except for the ones that don’t add up. He figures someone has been embezzling and that the dead nun had caught them. That someone had to have access to the books and the box. Doyle wonders if Houdini is accusing Sister Mathilda. Stratton agrees it may not be that far-fetched. She tells them that Mathilda’s real name is Bernadette Downie and when she was 19 she was caught for pick-pocketing. After she served her time, she joined the sisters. Doyle is getting frustrated that they are ignoring Winnie as a ghost witness and smashes the whiff-whaff ball, telling Houdini they call it ping-pong (in England). Doyle is in the middle of speech when suddenly the lights dim, loud screaming noises come from above and a figure flies overhead. When the lights come back on, there is blood on the ground, and the letters “MATHI” appear, which Stratton deduces that its probably Mathilda. Doyle tastes the blood and says it is corn syrup and food coloring, a.k.a. stage blood. Houdini smiles and admits setting it up with the help of his stage hand, Florrie. Stratton wonders how he did it, but Houdini tells her it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the fact he was able to set it up proving that someone could be behind the spirit sightings. Houdini and Doyle go back and forth defending both the supernatural aspect and science aspect of the case. Doyle begins to leave and Houdini wonders who he has lost to make him chase the dead. Before they come to blows Stratton steps between them. As she does, Sergeant Gudgett interrupts, telling them there has been another murder. Sister Mathilda.
Back at the convent, Doyle wonders if the man Stratton and he arrested is still incarcerated. Gudgett confirms. Both Houdini and Doyle admit they have been wrong about the case so far. Gudgett annoyed, makes a comment about letting the professionals do their work. Doyle says yes they have made a mistake, but if there were any police presence there at all, there wouldn’t have been a double murder. On the other side of the room, Stratton is investigating and notices something on the window. She blows her hot breath on the window and sees the phrase ““All things come in threes.” Houdini says someone wants to make it a triple murder.
1.04 – Busy Little Ghost [22:35 / 22:17]
Our trio start to question Winnie again, asking her why Lucy would want to kill Sister Mathilda. She says she was part of it, she stood by while Lucy was locked outside. Houdini wonders who else Lucy would want to kill. Winnie says, Sister Grace. Winnie says Grace just let Lucy die. Stratton says she will put a guard on Sister Grace, but Houdini tells her that Winnie is becoming a suspect as well. Stratton is going to go through the records for the girls with children, saying that many girls probably hold a grudge. Doyle says they should split it up as it could take time. Houdini says 50-50 sounds fair, meaning he won’t be helping, and leaves. Stratton and Doyle both get to work looking over the records.
Doyle shows up at the convent telling Gudgett that he needs to have a look in Fabian’s office. Gudgett tells Doyle he is glad Sherlock Holmes is dead, saying that a four-year-old knows more about crime solving. Gudgett eventually allows him entry. Doyle scrounging in the dark notices flowers on a desk. Two daisies to be precise. He also notices a loose floorboard. After some digging under the floor, he finds a box.
At the Metropole Hotel, Stratton barges into Houdini’s room, telling him he is not going to believe what she found. However, as she does, she notices an ongoing party taking place. She is under-dressed for the environment and feels embarrassed. She tries to leave, but Houdini won’t let her. In the room, she sees Yates, Churchill, and Tesla. She also notices the King. Houdini tells her that Yates and Tesla will show up anywhere that has booze, but the King is an actor and not to tell his mother. At that moment his mother enters the room, showing off her jewelry and Houdini tells Stratton her necklace was a birthday present. Houdini says they didn’t have much growing up but now he can give her the life she always wanted. He is saddened by the fact they were so poor, and we see how much he loves his mother. Houdini and Stratton go to another room to see what information she has brought him. On the wall of the room, there are many strange pictures (i.e. a man with a had in his hands, a woman with a spirit coming from her body). Stratton asks who the people in the photos are and Houdini replies that they are bloodsuckers. Mediums that prey on the grieving, taking advantage, and that it is up to him to stop them. Stratton shows him a blueprint of the convent. There are many secret exits and passages but one in particular runs from Fabian’s office to the courtyard where Lucy is buried. Stratton says it wouldn’t make sense for someone to travel there, but it was Lucy’s escape route. Houdini asks if a ghost can pass through a wall why does it need a passageway at all? Houdini is annoyed by Stratton’s belief in the supernatural, telling her to quit her job and go find a man that will buy her pretty dresses. Stratton is equally mad, telling him that this might be a stupid bet for him, but for her, it is her life. She goes on to explain that there are many helpless girls in that convent, it’s not just a job and hopefully they can stop anything like this happening in the future. Houdini agrees, telling her well said, but still admits it is a stupid idea. Houdini gets a phone call and when Stratton tries to leave he stops her and tells the person the phone that they will be right there.
Stratton says there are two daisies, but Doyle says there was only one after Sister Fabian was killed. Doyle also tells them that Lucy’s baby was named Daisy and Stratton exclaims that Lucy added a daisy each time she killed. Houdini wonders why the doctor called him all the way out there. Doyle tells Houdini he was right about embezzlement but wrong about the robbery. He shows them a box and says Sister Fabian was putting away money for herself. All the missing money is in the box. Houdini agrees and says they are now back to Winnie or any of the other girls who knew Lucy, the name of her baby and liked to pick flowers. Suddenly we see a spirit circling around the three and hear a distant crying baby. All are shaken. Houdini says it wasn’t him.
Three of them are seen leaving the convent. Stratton says it was Lucy, but Houdini says it could have been a shadow or a reflection. Doyle says no matter what it was, it was proof of the paranormal. Doyle says that he was wrong about Houdini, it’s not that he thinks too much of himself, it’s that he thinks too little. He says Houdini thinks that if there is something more, he won’t be worthy of it. Houdini storms off, but Stratton wonders how you are supposed to stop a ghost.
Back at the medium, Doyle tells her that she was wrong about the man but right about the second murder. He also wants to know about Lucy Allthorpe and wonders what she wants. The medium says it’s not about vengeance it’s about making peace, about redress, making things right. She slips back into a trance, letting him talk to his wife. She asks Doyle to promise to keep coming back. Since she has died, she has been lonely. Doyle questions “since you died?”. Doyle stands up and storms out.
Eventually he makes his way to a hospital to visit a patient. It turns out it is his wife, and she is in a coma. He kisses her and sits with her, crying.
At the Metropole Hotel Houdini is getting a back massage by Florrie, but notices his wine glass on the table, shaking and flickering. There is something about the lighting and it’s as if he has an idea.
1.05 – Epiphany [32:53 / 33:07]
The next morning Doyle is seen with his children eating breakfast. One of his children, a boy named Kingsley, is playing with tin cans and string. Kingsley asks how the Italian man can send a message across the sea. Doyle says it is Marconi and most people thinks he can’t. The little girl, named Mary, asks if Doyle was able to talk to her mother. Doyle says he will keep trying and the little girl says he had better. Doyle says she is just like her mother, then suddenly, as if having a revelation, gets up from the table saying he will be back later. As he is leaving his house, Houdini is waiting for him and says he has an epiphany. Doyle wonders if Houdini knows who the murderer is. Houdini says no and Doyle says his epiphany trumps Houdini’s.
Houdini and Doyle are seen on a subway and Doyle says they should have taken his car. Houdini tells him he will be there in less than six minutes. Doyle says he wouldn’t know that, and Houdini bets $100 on it. Doyle shakes his head.
Doyle and Houdini barge into the convent telling Gudgett they needs to speak to Sister Grace. Gudgett tells Doyle all he needs to know is that she is safe and sound. Doyle tells him that he thinks he knows who the killer is, and Gudgett starts to tease him about Baker Street and Sherlock Holmes. Doyle punches Gudgett in the face, dropping him to the ground. Houdini smiles and says damn. Doyle tells him it was necessary because “time is of the essence and all of that.” Sister Grace comes around the corner and Doyle says he was looking for her. He notices she walks with a limp and takes a hold of her hand, bending her fingers back. He says she has Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, characterized by hyper flexible joints and a faint limp. He explains it is hereditary, and one might expect if Sister Grace were to have a child, they may be double-jointed or even red-headed. Houdini pulls off her head garment revealing red hair. Houdini realizes Lucy was her daughter, while Doyle adds that he thinks all of the killings were a mother’s revenge. She says it wasn’t revenge but a mother’s love. Grace tells them it destroyed her when her baby was taken away, but she committed a moral sin. She tried to put it behind her by changing her name and coming there to start a new life. When her daughter showed up with a child of her own she wanted to rush to her but she was a nun and could not admit to be a fallen woman. She asked God why but when they started torturing her daughter, she understood. Watching her daughter die was her penance for a sin she thought she could escape. She had to sacrifice her only child. She had failed Lucy in life, but when the girls started seeing her ghost, she knew she had to kill those responsible to avenge her death. To give her peace. Houdini asks if she left the message on the window, to make them think she was the third victim. As he does, she starts to run away. Houdini asks if she is going to out limp them. Houdini and Doyle chase after her and fall through a grate. They splash into the deep water below, and Sister Grace locks them in from above with the water rising below them.
Doyle scratches a match on the grate and Houdini tells him he would kill for a paper clip. Doyle starts to laugh saying he is picturing tomorrows headline “Houdini Can’t Escape Watery Grave.” Houdini says it will be rich that the headlines will be about him and not Doyle. Houdini asks if Doyle is wearing a fixed collar and celebrates because he has collar stays. The water is rising, and Doyle has to light another match. Houdini is fiddling with the collar stays in the lock and loses it in the water. He calls for Doyle to give him the next one and fiddles with the lock again.
1.06 – Sister Grace [38:08 / 38:38]
After some intense moments, Stratton opens the gate, saving them both. Houdini still insisting he had it all along. Stratton tells them, Sister Grace had told her where they were and she had said they didn’t have to die. Doyle wonders where she went and Stratton tells her she had gone to Sister Fabian’s office. Doyle tells her she is the killer and the third victim! Three of them rush up the stairs and to the office, catching Sister Grace with a razor to her throat. She says she has to die. Houdini says for Doyle to talk to her since he is Catholic. Doyle says Lucy wouldn’t want this, and wherever she is now, there is no anger nor hatred. Houdini starts to gasp and says he can feel her. He can feel her love. He can feel her forgiveness. He talks to Lucy the spirit, telling her that her mother is there. He asks her for forgiveness and asks her to show herself. There is fluttering, the lights shimmer and we hear rattling noises. Suddenly we see a flash of Lucy’s face. Grace hunches over in sadness/shock and Stratton gets the razor from her. All seem relieved.
Grace is arrested, and Doyle wants to know what happened with Houdini. Houdini tells him that it was subsonic vibrations. You can’t consciously feel or hear them, but the waves stimulate the inner ear, causing fight or flight response, “the chills.” Doyle says it could also effect the fluid in the eyes, causing disturbances in peripheral vision. Houdini adds the fleeing ghost. Stratton asked how he knew it would happen. Houdini says the sound waves had to have a source such as the subway station up the street. Doyle adds that London Bridge Station was built less than a year ago, about when Lucy died. Houdini adds since then, every 17 minutes a train passes below, and Lucy’s ghost appears, that’s why Houdini needed to stall. Luckily it was running on time or they would have another nun to mop up. Stratton wonders if it was only an illusion, why does everyone including them think it was Lucy? Houdini shows her the disappearing coin trick and Doyle adds that the eyes only see what the mind lets them.
Doyle admits to Harry, that he is impressed and Houdini thanks him but then says “despite you being an insufferable ass the entire time”. Doyle asks Stratton how she knew Sister Grace was the killer and she says it was due to hand writing analysis. The similarity between the writing in the window and the records in the book. They were by a person with the initials A.C. Sister Grace’s real name is Alice Carlaw. Doyle says equally impressive, and Houdini is less than impressed. Stratton reminds him she did save his life. Houdini tells her he escapes from liquid coffins four days a week and twice on Sundays. Upon leaving Houdini tells Doyle that he is looking forward to his new book because his dining room table is lop-sided. Stratton leaves and Doyle notices three daises in the vase.
Back at the police station the Inspector meets with Stratton and tells her he is moving her upstairs. Houdini thinks she had done a good job and therefore assumes she is having an affair. He says when he has proof he will not only fire her but will make sure no woman is ever hired again. She smiles when he leaves, happy to be promoted.
With some dubbed over music we see Doyle sitting at a table talking to another medium.
At Houdini’s hotel room, he opens a package and it is a book. It is the first edition as Doyle had promised, and inscribed inside it says “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” He places it on the shelf and it is revealed he owns every other first editions of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. Houdini starts to light a pipe but hears a piano playing. When he goes to the room, the piano stops. Ominous music plays as the episode ends.