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2.01 – A Dish of Adharma [0:00 / 0:00]
Episode 2 opens with a young boy having a dream. He sees the gates to a building, a revolver being fired as well as his own body being thrown into a hole and starting to be buried. The boy wakes up sweating and frightened.
A protest is occurring and a girl has handcuffed herself to some fencing in front of a building. She is shouting that it is not an act of violence but an act of war. She says “we are at war” not just in the dark continent but at home as well. They are at war with those who deny them their rights to democracy. It is safe to assume that this protest, contains individuals fighting for woman’s suffrage and they are being challenged by others. The young boy from earlier is seen approaching the woman, holding a bouquet of flowers. He says “you murdered me” but the woman cannot hear him and asks him to speak up. He yells “you murdered me!”, takes a revolver hidden behind the flowers and shoots the woman. There is panic and confusion in the streets as people disperse. Cue title card!
In the next scene, Doyle wakes his daughter Mary, saying it is half past seven. She says she doesn’t feel well. He feels her head, but she says it is her stomach. He asks if it is a sharp pain or nausea and she says both. He is suspicious and tells her he is trained as a doctor, all while wondering what is bothering her. Mary says it’s not fair that she has to study housewifery and Kingsley doesn’t. Doyle agrees he shouldn’t have to. Mary says because he is a boy but Doyle counters with the fact that he is only eight and he would destroy the place. He says there is a trade-off, and there are things she can do that he can’t like wear dresses and braid her hair. In a more serious note, he says that she will be able to experience childbirth. Both notice that it wasn’t that big of an advantage, but Doyle says for now he needs Mary to grin and bear it. Doyle leaves Mary alone. Elsewhere in the house, Doyle meets up with Kingsley, who asks if Mary is staying home. Doyle says no and Kingsley said he thought she was ill. Doyle says he is a very good doctor. Doyle picks up the paper and reads the headline “Boy Avenges Past Life Murder”.
In Inspector Merring’s office, he is reading the paper and talking to Sergeant Gudgett. He says he used to go home every day to a meal on the table and then some spinster decides women should vote. Gudgett says men should show them who is boss, but the Inspector reminds him he hasn’t met Mrs. Merring. Merring continues saying this murder will fuel the demonstration and as he looks up he notices Houdini and Doyle walking towards his office. Both Merring and Gudgett are less than impressed. When Doyle enters, he says that the article caught his eye while Houdini says he knew it would and has been waiting outside for 15 minutes. Inspector Merring is wondering if Houdini and Doyle’s investigations will be a regular occurrence. Houdini says that given the fact they solved the last crime, Inspector Merring is welcome. The Inspector doesn’t know what they see in the case and says the boy was obviously hired to kill Lydia Belworth by one of her many enemies. Doyle says possibly, but if there is any truth to the boy’s story, it could offer evidence of life after death. Gudgett says the boy isn’t talking, and he is searching through the reports with just the description to go on. The Inspector seems to be scheming and says that he could use both their help.
2.02 – Soul Factory [4:16 / 4:14]
We see Doyle searching through records while Houdini just stands waiting with his hands behind his back. Doyle tells Houdini this would go faster if Houdini would help. Houdini says that it would just help Doyle misinterpret evidence and support the theory of reincarnation. Doyle explains that some cultures accept the fact of reincarnation even though it may sound silly to others. He says if Houdini had been born in India he would have accepted it prima facie. Houdini says there are a billion more people in the world than there were 200 years ago, so where is the soul factory? Doyle says Houdini doesn’t understand. It’s about becoming perfect, returning to Earth over and over again slightly more evolved each time until you get it right. Houdini doesn’t agree, but Doyle says there must be an explanation as the boy had to pick the flowers, signaled her out and said: “you murdered me!” Doyle questions why. Houdini makes it clear that he has been trying to escape handcuffs the whole time, and finally escapes them. Houdini wonders why they just don’t talk to the boy and ask him the questions instead of searching the records. Doyle says while he could be more persuasive, the Sergeant will only allow officers to interrogate the boy. Houdini clearly formulating an idea, agrees.
They make their way towards Constable Stratton and Doyle wonders if Houdini only came up with the idea so he could talk to her. During this time, Doyle wagers Houdini ten pounds that he can’t get Stratton to go to dinner with him. Houdini says he is cheap and has no confidence in his bet, so Doyle changes his wager to twenty. As they are talking, Stratton is walking towards them and Houdini approaches her, saying sorry to hear about the murder. He pretends to be compassionate towards Lydia (the victim) and her entire movement. Doyle interrupts and says the suspect is a young boy, and God knows where his parents are and wonders if Stratton wouldn’t mind trying, as the young boy might open up to a woman. Stratton turns the tables saying if she fails it is because she is a bad interrogator and if she succeeds it is because she is a woman. She is clearly annoyed and says this is why the world needs more Lydia Belworths.
Stratton is sitting on a chair facing the boy, while he is sits on the bed. She tells him that he is lucky Lydia survived, or he would be up for murder. The boy doesn’t respond to any of her questions. She grows frustrated as Doyle and Houdini are watching. Finally, she approaches the boy, holding his arm, and tells him she understands he is afraid and asks if he wants to go home. The boy tells Stratton that he had to kill Lydia because she killed him. She put a bullet in his head. He pulls his hair upwards, showing her a bullet scar on his forehead.
In the office area of the police station, Sergeant Gudgett approaches Stratton and asks what the hell she was doing questioning his suspect. Doyle reminds him that Miss Stratton is a police officer, and Gudgett says don’t make him laugh. He starts to threaten her, but she interrupts saying his name is Martin Upton from Aldgate. He says we’ll see and leaves. As he does, the lady that was shot, Lydia Belworth, approach Strattons desk. Belworth tells Stratton it would take more than a bullet to stop the cause, revealing an arm wound. She wonders what progress has been made with her case. Houdini tells her a special group of investigators have been put on the case introducing himself and Stratton and tells Lydia that Doyle is taking notes. Lydia says that a first female constable is impressive. She is glad to see someone take a stand in the fortress of masculinity and Stratton tells her she is honored and a fan of the movement. Doyle says they have learned the boys name, but Lydia wants to know the real culprit behind her attack. Houdini ask if she is suggesting that a government official is trying to scare her. Lydia says the kid was given a ridiculous story to tell in order to distract everyone, rather than focus on the real issue, which is women. Houdini asks if the name Martin Upton means anything to her, but she says no. Stratton explains that is the little boy’s name, but Lydia confirms again that she does not know him. Before she leaves, she tells Doyle it was a mistake to kill Sherlock and that Houdini’s show fortunes are due to gullibility. After she is gone, Houdini jokingly says he wants to get the boy back on the street. As she leaves, Gudgett approaches them saying he found a record of Martin Upton from Aldgate, he was 29 years old, and he went missing 12 years ago. Gudgett tells them they are on their own and leaves. Houdini says that Martin is only missing, not dead and Doyle asks him to prove it by finding him. Our three heroes travel to his last known address with the boy in handcuffs.
When they arrive in Aldgate, they remove the boy’s cuffs and ask him to show them where he lived. As they walk down the road, the boy approaches a priest and asks if he can remember him. The boy says he is Martin Upton and reminds the priest he had married him and “Bea” seventeen years ago. The priest confirms he did marry a Beatrice Upton (Martin’s wife) and the boy tells the priest to say hi to Mrs. Gilby. The priest is confused, but Martin continues to lead the trio. While walking Doyle tells Houdini that “that” felt more specific. Houdini dismisses his claim saying it’s not hard to find out names and that if he himself were Martin, he would say anything if it kept him out of jail for the day. Doyle pretends to be shocked that Houdini would bend the truth. Houdini tells Doyle that everyone thinks they’re honest, but then they choose half truths because it’s easier. Stratton interrupts saying that she isn’t everyone. Houdini asks her for a game of “truth trade.” She agrees. Houdini asks if she is a virgin and Doyle tells him that is inappropriate, especially in front of the boy. Houdini smugly tells him he thought the boy was 29. Stratton finally says she is not. And her question to him is why did he ask her something embarrassing rather than something meaningful. Houdini says he wanted to see how she would react, and Stratton tells him it’s not even the half truth. Doyle holds back a laugh.
A dog runs to the boy barking, and the boy calls him Scamp. He pets the dog and tells him he is a good boy. Martin tells the others that he got him when he was a pup. Doyle sarcastically tells Houdini that he hates when pets pretend. The boy continues to play with the dog while Houdini and Doyle talk privately. Houdini is wondering if Stratton is married or promiscuous. Doyle says she was probably trying to shut him up. Houdini says that would be a pretty big lie and Doyle counters saying shutting him up is a pretty big task. Houdini agrees. The dog runs off, and as the boy looks up, we see the gates of a building found in the boys dream at the beginning of the episode. We start to see flashes of the dream and flashes of real time, confirming they are in the same place. The boy walks past the gate, and the trio follow. Martin finds a place on the ground where he was buried in his dream and tells the others that this is the place where she (Lydia) buried him. Doyle gets a shovel and starts to dig, Houdini helps with a pickaxe. After sometime, bones are revealed, namely a skull.
2.03 – Inscription [13:58 / 13:57]
Gudgett is seen picking up a ring found in the grave while a large audience has now gathered. He hands the ring to Stratton, and she reads an inscription on the ring. It says “To: M.U. – From B.U.” Doyle congratulates her on finding Martin Upton, but Houdini says that perhaps Lydia wasn’t the boys first victim. Doyle agrees but says judging by state of composition the body had to die at least 10 years ago. Houdini frustrated walks away saying that the killer must have shown the boy where the body was. Doyle asks him why a killer would do that? Houdini says he doesn’t know yet. Stratton says they must tell the next of kin while Martin says she is just “over there”. The boy and the dog run off with the trio following. Martin leads them to an apartment building and proceeds to #3. They knock on the door but there is no answer. Doyle asks Houdini can he get in but Stratton reminds them she is a police officer. While they continue to argue, Martin obtains a key and opens the door.
Once inside Martin looks around and says Bea has not changed a thing. Doyle is sympathetic towards the boys but Houdini states that he just tried to kill someone and then tries to explain it with mumbo jumbo. The dog is seen eating out of a bowl with the name “Scamp” written on it. Houdini tells Doyle he is working on trying to explain it. Stratton finds some paintings of a woman in the apartment and says they are really good. Martin thanks her and says that’s how he has made his living. Doyle finds evidence of professional painters nearby (Camphene – a type of fuel used in a lamp) while Houdini asks if the girl in the paintings look familiar. They recognize the lady in the picture as Lydia Belworth and just as they do, they hear a cocking of a gun. Suddenly the group is held at gunpoint. Stratton tries to calm the situation by saying she is a police officer, but the lady is stubborn. Martin approaches her saying it’s me, Martin. The lady drops the gun and the trio start to explain their story.
In the next scene we see Stratton confirming the body they found as the lady’s (Beatrice) husband. Stratton gives her the ring, and Beatrice seems grateful after all these years of not knowing. Houdini questions her about the paintings. Beatrice says Martin had a wandering eye and that Lydia was a beauty. Martin was smitten with Lydia, but Beatrice confirms she wasn’t the only one. She says she prayed she could be a better wife to him in order to keep him around. The only fight they had was the night he went left, and Beatrice starts to recant her story. Martin broke a mug, it was an accident and Beatrice hit him. Martin hit her back for the first time. It scared Martin so much that he ran out the door. Beatrice now seems more saddened because the last words she had said to him was “I never want to see you again.” Houdini says the pistol on the table looks old and starts to accuse Beatrice of shooting Martin. Beatrice says she didn’t kill her husband and that everyone loved Martin. Houdini says Lydia stole Beatrice’s husband, and she must hate her for that. Houdini accuses her of finding the boy somewhere, feeding him a bunch of bull and talking him into killing Lydia. Beatrice denies it. She says she has not seen the young boy before today. Stratton says Mrs. Belworth has some explaining to do. The boy approaches Beatrice and tells her that she was the only one he had ever loved and touches her on her face.
2.04 – A Pariah [19:55 / 20:09]
Houdini, Doyle and Stratton pay a visit to Lydia’s office while handcuffing Martin to the railing outside. Houdini explains they had found the paintings and wonders why she lied. Stratton tells Lydia that the boy’s attack on her may be connected to Martin Upton’s murder. Lydia seems confused when they tell her Martin had been murdered, and they found his body. Lydia explains it had been a lifetime ago, and Martin was handsome, they had an affair. She knew it was a mistake, and she ended. She is nervous now as it may reflect her reputation and says the differences between sexes are unfair. Lydia tells them that her affair with Martin was not the only one of his. There was another blonde, a heavy set girl, and that’s all she could say. She leads them out of her office. Houdini approaches the cuffed boy and is surprised he is still there. With a quick swipe of his hand, he unlocks the cuffs. He says “Voilà!”, which he explains, means “Wow!” in French.
On the subway, Stratton says they need to find the mysterious blonde and wants to cross reference reports from Aldgate. Houdini says that Lydia lied to them before and thinks she is lying about the blonde. Stratton says she had a good reason for lying. Houdini says this would be a good time for another game of “truth trade.” After some encouragement, she agrees. Houdini says that from his experience a woman works for three reasons – she is broke, can’t land a husband, or is desperate to make a statement. He starts to inspect her ring, and says given her beauty, what is she trying to prove? Doyle says he is ashamed to be a man. Stratton says she is trying to prove that women have nothing to prove. Now it’s Stratton’s turn. She says that he is one of the greatest entertainers in the world, beloved by millions and yet she senses a feeling of unhappiness. Pain like that can only come from a great wound, and she has seen how much he loves his mother. Her question: What exactly did his father do to him? Clearly upset, on the verge of tears, he says nothing and that he loves his father very much. He rushes to get off the train saying it’s his stop.
Back at the Doyle residents one of the maids informs Doyle that Mary had been absent from school that day and that she is in her room. Doyle barges into her room very angry, saying he will not put up with her playing truant (skipping school) and asks what is going on with her. She starts to cry. Doyle shows compassion and says he is worried about her and doesn’t want her running away to Aldgate. Mary is confused, but Doyle says it was just an example. Doyle tells her if she promises she will go tomorrow he will forget all about what happened today. He turns off her light and puts her to bed, kissing her before leaving.
At the police station, Gudgett angrily approaches Constable Stratton, asking where she left the boy. She tells him she had left the boy at the custody desk in handcuffs, 10 minutes ago. Gudgett shows her the empty handcuffs and storms away. Later in Inspector Merring’s office, we see Gudgett reassuring Merring he will find him and lock him up. Merring is furious with Gudgett but Stratton interrupts, saying it was her fault. Houdini interrupts her saying he showed him how to escape the cuffs. Doyle agrees it is nobody’s fault. Merring, still having a go at Gudgett, says it was his fault, and he will be reporting to Lydia that he let her attempted murderer escape. Inspector Merring says he may be trying to finish the job he started, and Doyle tells him that may not be the only job he is trying to finish and that there is reason to believe there is another woman involved in this case. Stratton tells him this lady is a heavy set blonde to which Merring sarcastically tells Gudgett to put a guard on all the heavy set blondes in London. Merring asks if they found the boy’s parents, Gudgett says no, but Stratton says she has had some luck. She noticed the boy straining to see things and figures he may wear glasses so she doubled check the reports and believe his name is Peter Bennett. Peter Bennett’s parents filed a missing person report a few days ago. Merring tells her to follow it up immediately and find him.
2.05 – Truant [27:26 / 28:08]
The trio are seen in a horse-drawn carriage with Houdini clearly frustrated with how long it is taking. Doyle breaking the tension asks Stratton if she had every played truant when she was younger. Houdini claims that either Doyle’s daughter is skipping school, or he is picturing Stratton in her uniform. They both ignore the comment and she says she has. Once for a bad haircut and the other was when her best friend talked her into going to the fair. Houdini says he skipped all the time, and if he had stayed in school he would be a teacher making $15 a week, a truly successful, self-made man. Stratton gets annoyed with the emphasis on man. She says without an education a woman has no chance. Houdini wonders what Doyle’s wife said to which Doyle reveals his wife has tuberculosis and has been in a coma for months. Both Houdini and Stratton seem compassionate but do not know how to react, apologizing instead.
They exit the coach and make their way inside a building. The trio are seen meeting with Peter’s parents, and they tell them they have no idea where he is, but he is connected to the shooting earlier in the week. His father seems shocked. His mother says she knew he was troubled. He used to be a happy, creative child, but a year ago he changed. He became distant, missing school and it is becoming more and more frequent. This seems to have an effect on Doyle as he is processing it all and clearly thinking about his daughter Mary. The parents tried talking to Peter, but it didn’t help, he started talking to them like strangers, and they hoped the phase would pass, but it didn’t. Houdini asks if they have any idea on why he would attack Lydia but the parents have no idea. They search Peter’s room and find professional drawings. Houdini finds a journal on a wardrobe saying he searched there because that’s where he used to keep his French postcards. Reading the journal, we find it is not Peters but Martin Upton’s. Stratton figures Peter had taken it from Beatrice’s house. Houdini says Peter broke into her house, stole her journal and learned everything there was to know about Martin Upton. Houdini says it’s not about reincarnation but an obsession. Inside the journal they find a picture of the blonde.
Later that night Houdini is seen breaking into Lydia’s office and cracks her office safe. Elsewhere we see a Peter loading a revolver.
Back at the police station Stratton is sitting at her desk, and Houdini comes to visit. He said he seen the light on in the office and hoped it had been her. She says she hasn’t found anything yet, and Houdini says he has something that may help. Houdini says she can have it if they can play another truth trade. She looks annoyed, but he says they can both answer the same question and gives her a piece of paper. He says they will write down their answers and then swap the pieces of paper. Houdini states the question: What is your biggest fear? Both scribble an answer and then trade. Constable Stratton’s answer is “being unloved” while Houdini’s answer is the same. They seem to have a small moment, but Stratton dismisses it and asks about the evidence. Houdini explains that Lydia was married to Edward Belworth who died two years ago and left her a fortune. Stratton says she knows that, and he was thrown from her horse so Lydia can’t be blamed. Houdini asks does she know about her first husband who also died? Houdini explains the safe in her office proves she has a lot of money or a lot of secrets. She has both. The first marriage was in 1890 to Gilbert Moreau, and three years later she buried him. Stratton asks her maiden name and Houdini tells her Eloise Lydia Durst. Stratton cross references the name to Upton’s diary and finds an entry. Apparently, Durst and another lady by the name of Maguire knew about Upton’s affairs and were upset. So upset that they had a heated argument. Stratton says she thinks that the blonde is Maguire, and all they need is an address.
2.06 – Not Expecting You [35:05 / 36:14]
In the streets, we see shadows on the buildings in the night atmosphere. There is someone sneaking around, and they enter an apartment building. They enter apartment #2 which is Margery Maguire’s and a lady is standing back on. The intruder pulls his weapon and shoots her 3 times in the back. As the intruder turns to leave Doyle stops them and grabs the gun. The intruder ends up being Lydia Belworth. As we see back into the apartment, it is actually Houdini dressed as a lady. He was wearing a protective vest and tells Lydia she has set her movement back 100 years. Stratton says Lydia has played into the hands of her detractors. Lydia says that’s why she had to go there. When they found Martin’s body she knew it wouldn’t be long before the truth was discovered. That would be the end of her life but more importantly her work. She couldn’t let it happen. Doyle says he understands and that once she threw suspicion on Margery, she had to kill her before she could clear her name. From the apartment comes a girl’s voice. Sarcastically she says that Lydia was very noble and calls her a filthy bitch. The girl being revealed as Margery Maguire. She says she loved Martin, and it wasn’t just a fling like Lydia was having. Lydia responds saying it wasn’t a fling and that she was carrying his baby. When Lydia told her and asked him to marry her, he laughed in her face. That’s when she came back with a gun. The day she she gave birth was the end of it. Stratton says the birthdate being March 3, 1890. Lydia tells her the baby was stillborn, and her mother had seen it with her own eyes. Houdini says not to trust anything you don’t see with your own eyes. It is shown through flashbacks the baby lives and Peter is Lydia’s son. They need to find the boy and Doyle say he knows where he would be.
They creep in on the boy sleeping and Doyle snatches the gun beside him before the boy can reach it. Stratton wonders how he knew Peter would be there. Doyle says he remembered the boy smelled like camphene and figures Beatrice would have kept it in the cellar due to its volatility. Houdini says “child-like” but Doyle says he prefers “elementary”. On the way out Houdini touches the boy’s shoulder and says he was right. He says Lydia did kill Martin Upton, but he is not his reincarnate, and that the boy is actually Martin’s son. Stratton rehashes the story saying that the boy was adopted a year ago and set him into a tailspin. When he discovered who his father was, he became his father, and wanted to avenge his own death. Houdini tells him that his Mom was Lydia. Peter seems upset that his father is dead, and his mother is a murderer, but Doyle assures him his parents are waiting for him to come home.
Peter arrives back at his adopted parent’s house, and they all seem happy. Stratton says that Lydia is dropping all charges against him, and the parents thank Stratton. While walking away from the house, Houdini says everything has been explained, and they didn’t have to rely on the paranormal to do it. Doyle says except for his birth mark and Stratton adds plus the fact he knew of the burial site. Houdini says it’s not attributed to reincarnation. Doyle agrees it could be proof of spirit guides. Doyle asks Houdini if he doesn’t take any comfort at all thinking we get a second chance. Houdini replies that he takes the same amount of comfort knowing that the safety net below him is imaginary and insists on a final truth trade. He wants Stratton to join him for dinner. He asks would she, and she smiles in agreement.
Doyle arrives home with the maid greeting him. He says not again referring to the fact that Mary may have skipped school. She says yes, but he needs to see something. She shows him a pamphlet she has found in Mary’s backpack. It says “Mrs. Tompkin’s Housewifery Class Welcomes Mothers this Week”. The reason Mary has not been going to class is because it is mother’s week and her mother is still in a coma. Doyle visits her in the room and says he is sorry for being thick, any fool should have known it was about her mother. Mary quickly gives him a hug, and he says he forgets anyone could miss her (Touie) as much as he did. He starts crying on her shoulder.
Houdini and Stratton are seen eating dinner together. He says he has a confession to make, and she says she knows date was a bet. He looks at her wondering how she knew. She says he was too persistent, and Doyle was too interested. Houdini notes that she came anyway. Stratton wants to know if the unloved note was a trick. He pulls notes out of his pocket, one says losing family, another says losing a child, and says not a trick as much as an illusion. After some time, he says it was too bad about Lydia. Houdini tells Stratton he idolized Robert-Houdin, the greatest magician who ever lived. He even named himself after him. However, the more he studied his act, the more he realized he wasn’t using real skill, just relying on cheap tricks. In short he was a fraud. Stratton says it hurts. Houdini tells her to remember skeletons in one’s closet doesn’t make your cause any less worthy. He tells her she should be the next face of the movement. Stratton asks how he knows she doesn’t have any skeletons in her closet. Houdini says he doesn’t know, and they clink their glasses together in cheers.