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3.01 – In Manus Dei [0:00 / 0:00]
Episode 3 begins inside a large tent pitched on a field. Inside a man named Elias Downey is preaching, and he says that The Bible teaches all things are possible to those that believe. Elias asks the congregation if they believe in the Almighty Father and they all cheer in agreement. He says he has witnessed a miracle first hand. When he was 11, the Devil came to their house and tried to take his sister away. She was dying from pneumonia, nothing more could be done, and they were told to start planning the funeral. He loved his sister more than anything. He went beside her bed, took her hand and prayed. He asked God to heal her. He felt a warmth through his body. It was God, and he was accepting his plea. During this whole speech we see a man in the audience, known as Frank Batch, clearing losing his cool and not believing Elias’s story. Elias calls his sister, Jane, on stage, saying his prayer was answered. He goes on to stay that was the moment God chose him to be his vessel. That’s why he is there helping the congregation now. He calls a member of the audience up on stage and says he has been told that the woman suffers from a heart condition and is in much pain. He asks her if she has faith that the Lord can heal her, and she says she does. Elias asks the God to end her suffering and for the demons to leave her. The lady screams and falls to the floor while the audience gasps. She comes to and says “my pain, it’s gone”. Elias shouts “Hallelujah!” and everyone starts applauding. Frank shouts at Elias, saying that it is a load of rubbish. The audience falls quiet. Frank’s wife also scolds him but he accuses the lady on stage of being an actress. Elias tells Frank that if he doesn’t want to be there, he suggests he leave. Frank’s wife is pleading with him to stop, but he continues calling Elias a fraud. Elias tells him that if he disparages him, he disparages God. Frank tells Elias that God is as big a fraud as Elias himself. The audience is getting very upset and Elias says he will be punished for lack of faith. Elias continues calling up another man that has been blind since birth. Frank however starts to cough. Eventually falling off his chair, coughing up blood and dying as the audience watches. Cue title card!
Doyle, dressing in a mirror asks a woman if it is too late to decline their dinner invitation. The lady tells him he is a bright one and no doubt he can conjure up a few hours of polite conversation. He helps her with her dress and starts kissing her neck. She turns to kiss him, and they head to the bed. She gives him a few final kisses and then leaves the room. The warmness of the scene quickly turns cool, showing that Doyle was day-dreaming about his wife. In the present, he is packing his wife’s belongings into boxes. Mary catches him and asks him not to because her mother will come home.
3.02 – Quackery [4:49: 4:39]
At the police HQ, Inspector Merring is reading a newspaper with the headline “Local Man Struck Down by God.” Houdini says he has a headline for him “People that go to faith healers are already sick.” He seems proud of his own joke, but the room falls silent. Doyle asks if this fellow Batch just suddenly died when Elias condemned him. Houdini quickly takes Merring’s handkerchief and with a wave of his hand causes it to catch fire, disappearing. Merring angrily tells him that it was a gift from his wife. Houdini pulls the handkerchief out of his jacket pocket, wipes his forehead with it, and asks “what’s this?”. Merring snatches and closely checks to see if its still in one piece. Doyle asks Houdini if he is suggesting the faith healers are doing tricks like him? Houdini disagrees and says his tricks doesn’t endanger people’s lives. He says guys like Downey provide quackery over medicine. When someone comes to them with a condition like the French gout, they offer prayer instead of sending him to a doctor. The sooner they stop Downey, the better. Stratton on the other side of the room agrees. Houdini flirts with her calling her beautiful and smart. Doyle questions the fact that she is a Catholic but don’t believe in the hand of God. She says she does believe but doesn’t think just anyone can channel it. He says according to the paper Downey cured a man with cancer and gave a blind man his vision back. Houdini laughs and asks if he has ever regrown a lost limb, something that you can witness. Doyle says he understands a lot of faith healers are charlatans, but this man seems different, he doesn’t even charge for admission. Houdini says he bets he accepts donations, though. Doyle says if they can prove Downey can heal people, imagine the possibilities, the lives that could be saved. Houdini says if you want to save lives they need to prove Downey is a fraud. Stratton says they first must prove that Batch did die of natural causes. Houdini suggests an autopsy. Merring reminds them that he is still in charge, and he won’t authorize an autopsy unless they can prove a crime has been committed. He says Batch was a sick man who died, and that’s it. He kicks them out of his office. Houdini, Doyle and Stratton agree that Merring more or less said that they could investigate.
They show up at Fred Batch’s funeral and speak to his wife. She says that he did have a mild case of the flu, but the reason they went to the show was because they were having trouble bearing a child and wasn’t sure whose fault it was. She says it was difficult because Fred traveled a lot for business and she had been trying for three years so she knew something was wrong. Downey as their last hope. Doyle points out that her husband didn’t share her beliefs, but Mrs. Batch says that Fred went to the faith healer to appease her, but he couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Doyle questions whether she thinks Fred had brought this on himself. She says he evoked the wrath of God and the sooner they get him into the ground, the better.
Downey enters the church and gives Mrs. Batch his condolences. She asks for forgiveness, and he says there is nothing to forgive as the Lord knows the strength of her faith. Houdini makes a smart remark, and Downey introduces himself. Houdini says that he has seen his work and comments on his nice suite. He says that the sick and desperate must pay well. Downey is taken back by this and says it’s unwise to insult a servant of God, especially in a church. Houdini asks if it’s a threat but there is no answer. Houdini becomes loud and boisterous, asking people to gather round and watch as Reverend Downey strikes him down before their very eyes. People start to gather, but Downey stays quiet and still. Houdini taunts him asking if he will turn him to stone? Summon a hoard of wild animals to tear him limb from limb? Or a good old fashioned lightning bolt? As Houdini is taunting him, Doyle and Stratton both check out the body. Doyle does a quick medical examination and finds a tan line on his arm less than a month old. Stratton says he didn’t get the tan in London. Back to Houdini, still taunting Downey, asking the audience who doesn’t love the wrath of God? Doyle opens up the buttons on Batch’s shirt only to find a rash. Stratton reminds Doyle that his wife said he traveled for work, perhaps somewhere tropical she suggests. Doyle says he doesn’t think he had the flu, and it might have been dengue fever because if it is left untreated, it could be fatal. Doyle tells Stratton that he may have died from natural causes, but Stratton finds it weird that Mrs. Batch didn’t mention the rash. Doyle suggests Fred Batch may have downplayed his illness because he didn’t want her to worry. Stratton says she will ask around at his work and suggests others might be infected as well. Houdini is still taunting Downey. He says if God really gave a damn there would be no illness in the first place. Downey says they cannot begin to understand his plan. Houdini says that maybe God is just a louse who gets a divine thrill out of watching people suffer. Downey says God knows what is truly in his heart. Houdini gives Mrs. Batch his condolences and three of them leave the church.
At the police station, Stratton says she is still waiting to hear back from Batch’s work to see if anyone else was infected or sources of dengue fever. She notes that he wasn’t the first non-believer to be struck down. A man in Liverpool burned to death, a woman in Bristol was electrocuted, a man in Manchester was trampled by a horse and carriage. They seem like accidents, but all of them died just after disparaging Downey. Doyle says it cannot be a coincidence and Stratton agrees that it seems heresy lead to their demise. Houdini says if anything these accidents suggests foul play with the good reverend as the main suspect. Doyle calls it wild speculation and if he didn’t know better he would say Houdini had a grudge against the man. Houdini says he knows his kind, and they have to shut him down before more people are killed.
At another faith healer gathering, our main trio are seen entering the tent. Doyle says Downey draws a bigger crowd than Houdini. Houdini says he doesn’t use the fear of God to fill seats. As they enter, the congregation is singing, and a man approaches them. He tells Houdini that it is not a good idea for him to be there, considering what happened to the last doubter. Jane Downey refers to the man as Joseph and tells him it’s okay, and that everyone is welcome. Joseph leaves and Stratton thanks her. She tells Stratton that she is alive today because of him and that his abilities are real. She motions them to follow her and clears a seat in the one of the front rows for them and suggests they can see for themselves. Downey is on stage saying all things are possible, and the crowd starts to chant with him. Houdini tells Stratton that he is putting them in a suggestive state, like a placebo effect. He says charlatans have been using it for years, and scientists have finally put a name on it. If you believe you’re going to feel better, you will and this tent is full of people wanting to believe in miracles. The last quip was towards Doyle, who says there is nothing wrong with that. Houdini laughs, and the man next to him starts to groan. Houdini asks what is wrong, and the man says his stomach. Houdini starts to feel around on the outside of his shirt, removing a bloody worm-like object from the man’s stomach. The main asks what it is. Houdini says the source of his pain, a tumor. The man lifts his shirt, and there is no blood or wound. He is happy and says God bless you, excited to be healed. Stratton says the tumor looks suspiciously like a chicken gizzard. Houdini says slight of hand, faith healer tricks and when all else fails they use plants. A woman on crutches is waiting off stage and Stratton tell Houdini that the woman lives near her. She’s been fainting for two years, and she is not a plant. Houdini says he is afraid she is not walking out of there. A man is onstage currently being blessed of his cough/chest condition. After the blessing, he takes a deep breath and says his lungs are cleared. The audience cheers but Houdini is less than impressed sarcastically quipping that coughs are always fatal. Houdini starts grabbing his stomach, falling to the ground a throwing up all over Stratton’s shoes. Stratton asks if he is alright and he says it is just food poisoning and leaves to find a bathroom. Stratton and Doyle both seem concerned. After Houdini leaves the lady on crutches is blessed on stage. She drops her crutches and is able to walk alone without any support. Doyle calls to Mrs. Downey and says he would like to discuss something with her brother, the reverend.
3.03 – Quackery [13:21 / 13:17]
Doyle brings Downey to the hospital where his wife, Touie, is in a coma, and we see Downey giving her a blessing. As Doyle is looking at his wife, Downey tells him he can’t expect a miracle if he doesn’t have faith. Doyle says he does, and Downey asks him to prove it. He leaves the room and Doyle kneels by his wife, taking her hand and praying. He looks up towards God and says aloud that he is not in a position to ask for favors, especially since he turned his back on the church. He didn’t turn because of God but because of the fools in the Vatican. He says he hopes he doesn’t hold it against him or the fact that he killed Holmes but says God probably preferred, Dickens. He says he is rather partial to him himself. He says he needs God’s help, the children need their mother, and they miss her, and he does too. He can’t go the rest of his life without hearing her voice or laughter. He begs God to please bring her back. There is no sign of response so he replaces her hand and starts to leave. After he gets to the door, we see Touie’s lips moving, she says “Arthur” and opens her eyes. Doyle is shocked.
Doyle is sitting on her bed, and she tells him he needs a haircut. She wonders how long she was out, and he says six months. He says the children are fine, but he did entertain the idea of boarding school. She says she must look a fright, but he says she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. She says he needs a haircut and spectacles. Outside the room, the doctor tells him that it is a miracle, but they must exercise caution. She still needs plenty of rest so keep the visit brief. As he finishes with the doctor, Houdini is running up the stairs of the hospital. He says he got Doyle’s message and congratulates him. He cuts it short saying he couldn’t think this had anything to do with Downey. Doyle says he laid hands on her, and moments later she opened her eyes. Houdini says diseases do go into remission and Doyle questions if TB does. Houdini says there must be a rational explanation. Doyle says it isn’t the placebo effect and not a plant unless he is suggesting their 12 years of marriage and 2 children are a ruse. Houdini jokingly says she may have been faking it to get away from Doyle’s long-winded speeches. Houdini, serious again, says that she doesn’t trust Downey. He is a con artist and murderer. Doyle questions why he would cure his wife, and Houdini tells him he didn’t, its just a part of his scam. Houdini says Doyle is “kind of famous” and to imagine the publicity. Doyle tells him to believe whatever he wants, but something wonderful happened here and Houdini cannot explain it.
At the police station Stratton tells Houdini, she inquired at Batch’s work, and he hadn’t been anywhere tropical in months. She also says Houdini is looking a little “peaky” and Houdini replies with him saying she really does care. However, Stratton says only about her shoes. He tells her to admit she enjoyed their dinner and asks her to do it again. She says they should focus on the investigation and Houdini agrees. She tells him they have no medical explanation for Batch’s death, and Houdini says they have to get that autopsy.
It is nighttime in a graveyard, and the three are standing around a grave while two others dig. Doyle asks how Stratton got Merring to agree to an autopsy, and Stratton says with a convincing argument. Houdini makes a comment about deciding the best time was in the middle of the night, and Stratton says it was an emergency. Doyle realizing she didn’t have permission, questions whether she had asked Merring’s permission. Houdini realizes this as well and says she is a bad girl and that he likes it. Doyle says she could lose her job, and Houdini says only if she gets caught but then says that is probably what is going to happen. She says she won’t if Dr. Doyle performs the autopsy. Doyle looks confused, and she says she has a friend at the coronary office that can grant them access with discretion. He agrees but says even if they do find something it won’t disprove Downey’s abilities and reminds them of what he did with this wife. Houdini says he pulled Touie’s medical records, and this upsets Doyle. Stratton questions how and he says just from being a celebrity. Houdini tells Stratton that Doyle had forgotten to tell them that his wife had been given an experimental treatment. Her lungs were drained and injected with antiseptic, and that several patients in France were completely cured by it. Doyle says the doctor ruled it a failure weeks ago as there was not response from it. Houdini says her doctor was wrong and asks isn’t it more likely that the treatment took time to work than a supernatural force curing her. Houdini has another “attack” and Doyle looks at his back. He is covered in boils.
At his lavish hotel room, Houdini is laying down on a couch while the doctor examines him. Stratton asks if the doctor has ever seen food poisoning look like this. He says it is not food poisoning, and Houdini tells her it’s not the wrath of God either. The doctor says what he believes Houdini is suffering from “hidradenitis suppurativa”. Stratton looks confused, and Houdini says clogged sweat glands, it’s the price you pay for a good physique. Stratton wonders if it also causes vomiting. The doctor says no, but there could be an underlying infection. He says he has drained the boils and that Houdini will be back to himself in no time. Stratton says it’s the timing that makes it scary. Houdini asks her if a man was struck by a train, then a year later his brother was struck by a train, what would you call it? Stratton says coincidence. Houdini says exactly. Stratton says she could accept it happening once but every time Houdini talks about his lack of faith he is struck with another infliction. Houdini says correlation does not equal causation. He says he has already explained Mrs. Doyle’s case, the current doctor has explained his, and he is sure the autopsy will explain Mr. Batch’s.
At the coroner’s office, Doyle begins the autopsy on Batch. He notices, however, that Batch’s mouth is moving. As he looks closer, Batch’s mouth falls open, and a cockroach comes out. Frightened he jumps back but then composes himself and starts the autopsy. As he cuts into Match’s chest, a cloud of gas is released causing him to choke, gasp and fall the to the ground unconscious.
3.04 – Toxic Gas [22:05 / 22:05]
After sometime Houdini opens the door and sees Doyle on the ground. He rushes over to him feeling for a pulse. He tells Stratton that Doyle is still alive and starts slapping Doyle awake. Stratton asks if she should fetch the smelling salts but Houdini says he would rather slap him. Doyle finally comes to and says they need to get out of the room.
While sitting at a desk, sipping a glass of water, Doyle tells Houdini he was right and that Batch was murdered. Houdini says he knew that but how? Doyle says he was poisoned as it explains the rash on his chest. Also, when he cut his chest, toxic gas was released. This only happens when cyanide reacts with gastric acid. Stratton says they need to get Doyle to a hospital. Doyle says he is okay and that the dose that killed Batch was lethal, but the gas that knocked him out was not concentrated enough to cause himself any serious harm. Stratton says they need to tell Merring.
In Merring’s office, Merring is furious and says he didn’t approve an autopsy. It is grounds for an immediate dismissal. Stratton and Houdini plead with him while Doyle sarcastically agrees. Doyle says he is sure Merring will come up with an explanation as to how he uncovered a murder in a case he didn’t even want to investigate. Houdini calls for the arrest of Downey, but Doyle interrupts say he was poisoned but he doesn’t blame Downey. Poisoning is a very human way of killing for someone with other worldly abilities. Houdini and Doyle continue arguing over Downey’s abilities while Merring is getting angrier. Houdini asks if he is the only one who sees a pattern of killing with the past cases. Merring says the fire in Liverpool was due to a cigarette, the electrocution in Bristol was due to faulty wiring and witnesses in Manchester say the horse got spooked. Merring says there is no evidence of foul play, and Houdini says that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any. Merring says he hopes Houdini isn’t suggesting all police officers are incompetent, and Houdini says he hopes Merring isn’t suggesting all the murders in England get solved. Houdini says as long as everyone agrees this one is a murder he has a matinee to do and leaves. Stratton says the only thing they all agree on is Batch was murdered. If not by Downey, who did? Merring says in these cases the most obvious suspect is someone a little closer to home.
Stratton and Doyle are seen questioning Mrs. Batch. Stratton says the Batch’s had trouble conceiving and wonders if it caused problem. Mrs. Batch says they have had a few fights, but Stratton says she heard it was more than that. Neighbours said they heard screaming and glass breaking. She says Frank dropped a box of her mother’s china, and she got upset. Mrs. Batch questions whether they think she had something to do with Fred’s death while Doyle looks around. He notices they she has a new gramophone and questions whether it was expensive. Stratton says Mrs. Batch recently received £2000 from her husband’s life insurance policy. Mrs. Batch wants to be excused to meet some ladies from her church but Stratton says just a few more questions. Doyle asks can he used the bathroom. On his way he searches bottles, sniffing everyone he can find. He also finds a notebook and rubs a pencil over it to see the last note. He takes it, and they both leave.
Once outside he shows Stratton what he found. He could only make out a few words but on of them is definitely apple. The seeds of an apple are usually used in cyanide and suggest she could have taken a recipe from an apothecary. Stratton says it is definitely a note but suggests it’s for apple fritters. She sees the words flour and eggs. Doyle says he has never been a fan of fritters, would rather a plum pudding. Stratton says they shouldn’t rule her out as a suspect as the insurance money is an excellent motive. Doyle says she had opportunity as she was with him for hours leading up to his death. If she was going to poison him what better place to throw off suspicion. Stratton says at the funeral she didn’t seem upset about losing a loved one. Doyle asks how one should act. Stratton says non-stop crying, walking around in a fog and explains that when her father passed her mother never recovered. Doyle says he is sorry. After a brief silence, Doyle says he also found something in Mrs. Batch’s bedroom. It was a pencil from the Rosewood Hotel and Doyle wonders why she would have a pencil from a local hotel when she lives in the town.
3.05 – Seizure [29:22 / 29:39]
On stage Houdini is performing his water torture cell trick which looks the same as the opening in Episode 1. However, this time, when the curtain rises Houdini is still inside struggling. Florrie takes an ax from the stage hand and breaks the glass. Audience members gasp and scream as Houdini’s upside-down body falls outwards while his feet are still shackled.
Across town, Doyle brings Mary and Kingsley to visit their mother. Mary says she knew her mother would wake up. All are in good spirits, and Touie says they have grown. Doyle says Kingsley is eating them out of house and home and Touie says she done a wonderful job. Kinglsey says except for the fire and Mrs. Doyle is shocked. The children go on to say that Mr. Doyle was cooking lamb chops and caught the curtains on fire. The fire department was called, and there was water everywhere. Touie says she never liked those curtains anyway, and they all laugh. Touie seems to have some mild pain and Doyle says that they must go soon. The kids want to say, and Touie says the sight of their faces makes her feel better. The kids crawl on her bed and start telling her stories as a nurse delivers a note to Doyle. Doyle’s face drops, and he goes to visit Houdini.
In the next scene, Doyle slaps Houdini, and he wakes up. Doyle says thank goodness and slaps him again. He goes on to explain Houdini had a seizure in the middle of his performance, and Florrie saved his life. Houdini says he loves that girl and Doyle says he thought Houdini fancied Miss Stratton. Houdini says he can’t figure her out and Doyle wonders if they will have dinner again. Houdini says maybe and Doyle questions if she turned him down. Houdini says he was a complete gentleman and thought they had a good time. He suggests perhaps she enjoys the company of women. Doyle is analyzing Houdini’s x-rays and says everyone of his bones has been broken and most not even set right. Houdini says he can’t do his show in a cast, and Doyle says he must be in agony every single day. Houdini says he has a high pain tolerance. Doyle says Houdini’s temperature is dangerously elevated, and his previous doctor’s treatment must not be working. Houdini suggest they try something else, but Doyle says they can’t treat something unless they know what it is. Doyle wants Houdini to visit Downey because Doyle himself believed and got his wife back. Houdini asks if Doyle thinks his lack of faith caused his illness. Doyle says Houdini won’t believe in anything without any tangible evidence. Houdini says God was invented to explain things people don’t understand, now they have science. He gets of bed still wearing his hospital gown. Houdini says if he beats whatever is wrong with him, it will be because of science. Doyle says if Houdini’s temperature keeps rising his brain will shut down, and he will die. Stratton enters the room saying Houdini should be in bed. Houdini says he’ll hop back in if she’ll join him. She says she checked on the pencil. Mrs. Batch was at the Rosewood hotel the night before her husband was murdered and wants the two boys to guess who she was visiting?
We see our trio at a restaurant, approaching Downey. Downey says Mr. Houdini looks quite ill and wants to know if he came to be healed. Houdini says he is not a healer, he is a murderer. Doyle says he discovered cyanide in Mr. Batch’s stomach, and Downey says he didn’t poison anyone. Stratton says they know Mrs. Batch came to see him the night before her husband was murdered. Doyle asks if they were having an affair but Downey declines. Houdini accuses him of hatching a plan to off the husband so the two of them could be together. Downey says Mrs. Batch did come to see him, but it was for prayer and to warn him that her husband might cause a stir at the performance. Doyle asks if Downey warned her of repercussions. Downey acknowledges he did and says Mrs. Batch promised to try to keep him under control. Stratton says if Downey knew Batch would be there, that would give him lots of time to purchase cyanide. Downey stands up and says he has been blessed by God. He questions if he wanted to kill someone why would be relying on poison. Houdini says that might work on Doyle but for the rest of them he has a test. He loudly announces he has a bottle of cyanide. He wants Downey to prove his power by drinking it and walking away okay. Doyle tries to interrupt, but Houdini says he is a vessel of God, and he will be fine because he won’t drink it. Downey grabs the vial and drinks it. Doyle shocked states they need to induce vomiting. Downey says it won’t be necessary and that he is perfectly fine. Everyone looks on in shock.
Later we see Doyle retrieving his hat from the doorman and giving him a tip. He questions Houdini on if he gave Downey cyanide at all. It is revealed that it was a test but says the fact that he drank it doesn’t mean he is the real deal but just crazy enough to think he is. Houdini says it does mean he wouldn’t use poison to kill someone, and it rules him out as a suspect. Doyle mentions that that means Houdini was wrong. Coming out of the hotel, Stratton says Mrs. Batch is still a suspect and if they can establish where it came from they could tie it to her. Doyle mentions some pharmacies stock it and it’s used topically to treat wounds but you have to request it from the pharmacist directly. Stratton suggests going through the records of every pharmacy in town to see who ordered cyanide recently. Meanwhile, Doyle is looking sicker by the minute.
In the hospital where Mrs. Doyle staying, we see her playing cards with Mr. Doyle, and he is losing. He says cleanup was more his game. She tells him he is good at many things, but cards just isn’t one of them. He tells her he missed this. She asks him to sneak out of there, has dinner and walk along the Thames. The doctor overhears her and asks if she is plotting her escape. The doctor examines Touie’s chest while Doyle sits across from her at a table. He says her lungs are showing improvement, but she has a long way to go, and he suggests she stay under their watch. He says he will check in on her tomorrow. She looks down sadly and Doyle tries to cheer her up. He suggests they have dinner there tomorrow, just the two of them. She asks if he is going to try and cook again but he says he will ask Vera. She says if they are going to have dinner she wants to dress the part but he says she can set a trend with the hospital frock she is wearing. She says she was thinking about her black evening dress with the black trim. Or the grey silk if he prefers. Doyle looks sad. He said he gave up on her, but she reassures him saying it was his faith that brought him back and he has nothing to be guilty about. She says unless he has taken up with Vera, to which he responds he likes her plum pudding.
We see Houdini at his hotel, condition worsening. Blisters all over his body and sweating. He tried reaching for his pipe but knocks it off the night stand. He sits up, breathing heavily and picks a blister off his arm. It drains, starts to bleed, and he starts scratching it furiously. He hears his mother’s yelling “Eehrie [Eric]” get back in bed and realizes the draining boil was a dream. He is still in bad condition but not picking his boils. She fixes his bed pillows, and he tells her he is burning up. She says she brought him some chicken soup and feeds him, saying it will make him better. He thanks her and asks dabs a cloth over his face. She tells him that he is not going to leave her, he is the great Houdini, and he can escape anything. He whispers that he will be okay and that he promises.
3.06 – Evidence [37:06 / 38:00]
At the police station, Stratton gives Doyle information on a pharmacy that was robbed. Doyle guesses the robbers stole cyanide, and Stratton says it was just around the corner from Downey’s hotel. Doyle seems surprised that police collected fragmentary evidence. Stratton says that some constables embrace the methods of Sherlock Holmes, but Doyle says the majority renounce them. It turns out a dark hair was recovered from the window, and it was 18 inches long. Stratton says the thief was a woman, but Mrs. Batch is a blonde. Doyle says another item was stolen, a box of goa powder. Stratton asks what that means, and Doyle tells her he knows who the killer is.
Back at the gathering tent, we see Doyle and Stratton interrogating Jane. Downey (Elias’s sister). She says she is not the only dark haired woman in London. Doyle agrees but says she is one of the few with psoriasis, a condition treated with goa powder. Mrs. Downey denies she has psoriasis. Mr. Downey says this is a misunderstanding and that they have the wrong person. Doyle says Mrs. Downey’s nails are cracked and brittle, classic symptoms but she blames it on washing dishes after every show. She also says she doubts Doyle’s hands have ever touched a bar of lye. Stratton also says the she noticed the show was quite hot, yet Downey still wore a scarf. Mr. Downey defends her saying his sister is a woman of modesty. Stratton asks her to prove them wrong by removing her scarf. She says it’s madness but Mr. Downey says it’s alright and to show them she has nothing to hide. She also says if she had psoriasis why wouldn’t she ask her brother to heal her? Doyle says it’s because she knows he has no healing powers. Jane says it’s not true and that when she was a child, he brought her back from the brink of death. Doyle says in all likelihood her pneumonia got better on its own, the timing was just coincidence. Mr. Downey says Doyle saw it with his own eyes, he drank cyanide, and nothing happened. Stratton says it was water, a test. Mr. Downey said he cured hundreds of people, made them see, took away their pain. Doyle says it was because they believed and when they didn’t his sister made an example of them, like Fred Batch. Stratton says Mrs. Batch warned Mr. Downey that her husband might act up, so Mrs. Downey offered him a refreshment at the show, one laced with cyanide. Doyle says what a good way to make people believe than to show them what happens to those that don’t. We see flashbacks of all this happening. Mr. Downey asks if they know what they’re saying and Stratton pulls out her cuffs telling him that his sister is a murderer. As this is happening, Joseph is walking up to them, and Jane asks Elias to believe her. He tells her to remove her scarf. She asks if he is going to take their word over hers. Downey pulls the gun from Josephs coat, pointing it at his sister. He says if he has powers like she says he does, he can heal her. Mrs. Downey says that’s not the way to prove it. She questions whether he will kill her. He reaches and removes her scarf, showing her psoriasis. He says it was all a lie, but she says he helped so many people because they made them believe in Elias. He blames her for saying he had a gift. She says his gift is his faith, and it gave people hope. His faith made them better, and they really got better. He asks her about Mr. Batch and the others. She says they had to give their lives so others would believe. As long as people has faith in his powers, they can be healed, and there is no higher calling than that. He says their blood is on their hands. Houdini walks in with a cane saying no need to spill anymore blood. He says if Downey shoots her, she is no better. After some hesitation, he drops the gun which Doyle collects and Stratton arrests Mrs. Downey on the charge of murder. Doyle asks Houdini if he is alright and Houdini passes out.
Houdini wakes up in the hospital. He opens his eyes and sees Doyle. He complains that every time he opens his eyes he has to see Doyle’s face. Doyle says good afternoon to him too. Stratton says the doctor had said his fever has broken, and Doyle says his boils have gone. Stratton says Downey loses his faith and Houdini has a miraculous recovery. She says maybe subconsciously Houdini did believe in his powers. Houdini says his mother’s chicken soup could cure anything. Doyle asks why he went to the tent? Doyle says Houdini didn’t know Stratton or Doyle would be there so he figured Houdini went there to ask Downey to heal him. Houdini says he lost his cufflink at the show, and it costs more than most people make in a year. Doyle says he’s sure it will turn up.
Back at the hospital, Doyle is happy and on his way to visit his wife. However, when he gets there the doctor is doing blood work and his wife is back in a coma. The doctor says he can’t explain it. A gospel choir starts singing [voiced over] and Doyle is shown at home crying. Mary sees him and interrupts, touching his shoulder. She takes a dress out of the boxes Doyle was packing up earlier and gets him to help restock the wardrobe with her mother’s clothes.