*Note: Time-stamps are for USA iTunes Release / U.K. DVD Release respectively.
4.01 – Spring-Heel’d Jack [0:00 / 0:00]
Episode 4 opens with a paper boy shouting “read it here first…motorcars in, horses out to pasture”. The headline on the paper reads “City Purchases Motorised Omnibuses”. A man and wife passing by, purchases a paper from the kid and starts to read the article. The expression on their face tells they are excited about the news. The scene changes inside an apartment where we see a contract for the motor bus order from the London General Omnibus Company. The man and wife we saw earlier are celebrating, and he pops a bottle of champaign. He toasts to the future, a bus on every street and a motorcar in every household. She asks if he is being presumptuous but he says in 10 years’ time the streets will be flooded with motorcars. They kiss but as they do, a shadow can be seen under the apartment door, and a note slipped underneath. The man gets up to check. Opening the door, nobody is there, so he returns to the room, opening the note. His wife takes it and reads it. It says “From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee”. She asks if it is a threat and he says it’s a quote from Moby Dick. She notices there is no signature, but he says he has an inkling of who sent it. We fast forward to the middle of the night, and the man and wife are asleep in bed. The man awakens to hear a bird/bat-like sound coming from outside his window. He opens the window and leans out to check but doesn’t see anything. Suddenly the same sound comes from above. As he turns his head up to look, a large black, bat-like creature swoops down from the side of the building, knocking the man out of the window and letting him fall to his death below. Cue title card!
Doyle walks into the dining room where his children are currently eating breakfast. They seem sad, but he tries to keep an upbeat voice and greets them good morning. They don’t respond, and he tells Mary to eat her toast as she has only been playing with it so far. He tries to keep happy and asks Kingsley if he is working on school work. The boy seems focused on some papers in front of him and he says it is just a story. Doyle asks what kind and Kingsley replies it’s about a knight battling a dragon. Doyle questions if the knight is protecting his kingdom or rescuing his one true love from the clutches of the dragon. Kingsley says no, the knight just likes to kill dragons. Mary asks if Doyle as able to visit her mother and Doyle tells her there is no change. Doyle tells her tuberculosis can’t stop Touie and she’ll be back to her old self any day now. Kingsley wonders if he could read his story to her, and Doyle says it depends if the knight succeeds in killing the dragon. Kingsley confirms that he do and Arthur says she’ll love it. The whole time at the breakfast table Doyle is struggling not to break down. He receives a phone call to which he answers and later meets up with Houdini.
We see Houdini viewing a large poster (roughly 12’ x 9’) of himself on the side of a building. It is a picture of his face and it says “Europe’s Eclipsing Sensation HOUDINI The World Famous Houdini performs his most incredible escape yet.” Doyle comes from behind and tells him it is very understated. Houdini says he agrees, and it needs to be flashier. He starts suggesting changes such as “most hair-raising escape” or “heart-pounding escape.” Doyle suggests “death-defying”. Houdini agrees and tells him she should be a writer. Doyle tells him that Stratton is waiting for them.
In front of the apartment, we see a worker mopping up a bloody mess. Houdini asks how high up was he and Stratton responds the 7th floor. Doyle says it is clearly not suicide as Stratton wouldn’t have summoned them for a suicide. She says the man, now known as Barrett Underhill, was a businessman brimming with optimism and a rising star in the motorcar industry. Doyle questions whether she thinks it was a simple murder, and she starts to pass him the note. Harry snatches it away from her and reads the quote aloud “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee”. Harry pretends to pass the letter back to Doyle and pulls it away, again and again, teasing him. Until on the third try, Doyle snatches it away from him. Stratton says they have no idea who sent it and the doorman didn’t notice anyone going up to the room. He says his wife was with him, and that since they were celebrating earlier, she slept through the whole ordeal. Houdini asks if Stratton believes her and she says that Sergeant Gudgett does. Doyle takes a long sniff of the letter and passes it back to her. She goes on to say that Gudgett believes it was an accident, the wife was quite distraught and there is no evidence of a struggle. Houdini asks why they would be helpful or interested or is it just that she wants to continue working with him. Stratton says she doesn’t know if he’ll be helpful but he will be interested. She calls over Mr. Gaines, a door man, who is standing off to the side. She introduces him, and he immediately notices Harry Houdini and says he tried to get tickets for his next show, but it was all sold out. Houdini says yeah it’s because he got the last two tickets and makes two tickets appear in the man’s jacket pocket. Gaines gives a smug smiley, and Houdini taps him on the shoulder laughing. Stratton asks him to repeat what he had already told Gudgett about last night. He says certainly and goes on to explain as we flash back to the events. He was standing on the sidewalk next to the building, it was dead quiet, and there wasn’t a soul in sight. A man falls to the ground beside him, and he looks up to see a man/creature flying over head. Houdini questions if it were a man and Mr. Gaines says he doesn’t know, only God knows but whatever it was, it defied gravity. Doyle looks up and seems somewhat intrigued.
4.02 – The Phantom [5:32 / 5:44]
In Merring’s office, Stratton, Houdini, and Doyle are gathered. Merring asks her when did she think she had the authority to invite Houdini and Doyle onto a case without his approval. She says she only sought their opinion on the phantom that the doorman witnessed. Merring angrily asks Gudgett what phantom and Gudgett replies that it wasn’t worth mentioning. He asks why not but Houdini answers instead saying because it was crazy. He says it was late, the door man’s tired, maybe he was drinking and then there is a dead guy on the pavement. He says the doorman was probably traumatized, its dark, his heart is pounding, he seen something leaping which could be a large bird taking flight. Gudgett agrees saying grey herons are nesting all over town, and one of them white-washed (a.k.a. pooped on) his shirt on his way to church. Houdini agrees. He says again that it was an accident, that Mr. Barrett was drunk, lost his balance, and fell out of the window. Stratton asks about the note slid under his door. Was it just a coincidence? She says that Barrett Underhill just struck a motorcar deal with the city, and she is sure there are plenty of stables upset with him. Doyle says it’s an excellent place to being their investigation. Gudgett questions whether it is his investigation to which Doyle replies he isn’t as quick to dismiss the possibility that a crime was committed whether by human or phantom. The law must be upheld. Merring questions why Houdini, thinking it was an accident, would join him? Houdini says he too would like to uphold the law, of physics. He says Underhill was killed by gravity not by some phantom defying it. As they are leaving the police HQ, Stratton receives a note from a fellow officer. She reads it, and her face turns to disapproval. She says they will have to get started without her and that she will join them shortly. Doyle asks if something is wrong and she says some medicine she ordered as arrived at the pharmacists and she will pop over and fetch it. Doyle asks if she is ill. She is taken back, but Doyle reminds her he is a doctor and could help. She says just a catarrh and that she is fine.
While driving down the road, Houdini asks Doyle what catarrh is. Doyle tells him it is excessive mucus, caused by the common cold. Houdini asks if she looked sick to Doyle because she didn’t to him, not even a sniffle. Doyle seems really sad, and Houdini asks how Mrs. Doyle is. He says it must be tough on the kids. Doyle says they’re all fine and managing quite well. Houdini tells him it’s okay to not be fine and that he doesn’t have to always go around with a stiff upper lip. Doyle says “infinitely preferable though wallowing in self pity”. He is very sad and is now showing it more than usual. Houdini just sighs with compassion.
They arrive, at a stable yard and find men fixing a wheel and axel on a carriage. A man walks towards them. He looks at their car and says “that’s a heap of rubbish”. Houdini agrees saying Detroit makes a far superior product. Doyle introduces himself and Houdini to the man who is known as Mr. Tuttle. There is an awkward silence before Doyle tells him they are inquiring on the death of Barrett Underhill. Tuttle asks are they police officers to which Doyle says they are working with the police. Houdini is surprised the man doesn’t recognize him and Doyle tells Tuttle to imagine his head 100 times larger. The man doesn’t respond and starts to walk away. They follow him into a stable, but Tuttle says he is a very busy man. As Doyle questions Tuttle, Houdini checks around the stables. Doyle says Mr. Tuttle’s livery is the largest in London which means he has the most to lose from Mr. Underhill’s omnibuses. Tuttle explains that the business has been in the family for 70 years, and it will be there in another 70. Doyle says he has also been very outspoken to the press, and he has made many ill-spoken comments about Underhill. Tuttle says it is no secret he hated him, but he had nothing to do with his death. In the meantime, Tuttle notices Houdini looks at files on his desk. He asks what he is doing, but Houdini just responds telling him that they have just invented a thing called the filing cabinet. Doyle asks if Tuttle sent a note to Underhill’s flat but Tuttle says he had not and that he has better things to do with his time. Doyle asks what better things he was doing last night. Tuttle seem to shut down and says if they are police officers he wants to see some identification and if they’re not then he wants them to leave before he throws them out. An intense stare down occurs between Tuttle and Houdini. They both leave and Houdini cranks the car to start. As he gets in the car, Houdini says he changed his mind, it was a murder and Tuttle is responsible.
At Underhill’s flat, Houdini is examining the window. He returns to Doyle, who is inspecting the bed and tells him he borrowed an invoice from Tuttle’s livery. He and Doyle compare the writing on the invoice to the writing on the note slipped under the door. Houdini says he doesn’t have a knack for handwriting analysis, but both agree on a similarity. Houdini says he wrote the note because his business was being threatened and he fought back. Doyle questions the fact that Tuttle threatened Underhill, climbed down the side of the building, and tossed him out the window. Houdini says he would be strong enough and had enough block and tackle to lower himself from the balustrade. Doyle wonders how he would have jumped to the next building. On their way to the elevator, Doyle tells Houdini that it is eerily similar to a phantom that stalked the streets many years ago. They called the phantom “Spring-Heel’d Jack”, and it is one of London’s greatest unsolved mysteries. When the elevator door opens, there is a man on board, and Houdini is surprised to see him. The man says “be still my beating heart if it isn’t Europe’s eclipsing sensation.” They shake hands and Houdini says “look what the cat coughed up.” He introduces the man, Lyman Biggs to Doyle. When he does, Biggs says aloud “Toss me in the hole and carve my stone. Here lies a blessed man to have met the great Arthur Conan Doyle.” He says he has read everyone of Doyle’s books and wants to know what he is working on now. Doyle says he is sworn to secrecy and Biggs tells him he is a slave to the pen himself. He says he just finished his first novel and wants Doyle to have a look while handing him a stack of papers. Lyman Biggs is from the ½ penny papers and wrote flattering articles about Houdini. He says he can’t wait to do a write up on Houdini’s next show and that he is better than the circus freaks he usually cover. Doyle excuses himself and enters the elevator. Doyle wants to know if he should hold the doors and Houdini says yes. As the door closes, Houdini and Biggs continue talking. Biggs says he heard about the story but also that Houdini was helping with the case. Houdini says he is. Biggs says the cops told him it was an accident, but he spoke to the doorman who said he had seen a phantom flying away. Houdini says there is no phantom but Biggs wants to know who the Spring-Heel’d Jack character is that Doyle just mentioned. Biggs wonders if he is related to Jack the Ripper, the case from a few years ago. Houdini says he has no idea. For the next little while, Biggs goes on about the phantom and spirits, but Houdini says its nothing like that and to keep writing about Houdini because he is a big story. Finally, he turns to get in the elevator but realizes Doyle left minutes ago. He turns and starts walking towards the stairs.
At a park, we see Stratton walking along a path and finally to a man sitting on a bench. As she watches, a lady approaches the man, he kisses her hand and seems generally happy to see her. Stratton looks disappointed.
4.03 – Magic Trick [13:10 / 13:22]
At Doyle’s residence, we see him sat behind a desk sorting some papers. He hears laughter and in another room, and we see Harry with Mary and Kingsley, showing them a card trick. There is a card in the bottom of the deck, and Houdini asks Kingsley if it is his card. It is the Ace of Hearts. Doyle snoops around the corner watching what is happening. He makes the card disappear, and the kids start to guess where it went. He tells them to go look for it, but it is on the back of Mary’s dress the whole time. Kingsley wants to know how its done, and Mary wants to see another trick. As Houdini looks around the room, he sees an object on the table. Mary says it was given to her father when he was a Sargent on the S.S. Mayumba. Houdini says impressive, but glory is fleeting. He covers the object with a red cloth, seconds later dropping it and the object is gone. Mary wonders where it went while Doyle is still looking on from afar, smiling he whole time. Houdini asks if they children want to be a magician when they grow up. Kingsley says no he wants to be a writer which puts a bigger smile on Doyle’s face. Houdini makes eye contact with Doyle and then questions Kingsley’s answer, saying he will be sitting behind a desk all day, getting flabby. Doyle interrupts immediately telling the children to run along. Houdini says great kids and wants to know who owns them. In the office, Doyle and Houdini are at a desk, and Doyle is showing the pictures of Spring-Heel’d Jack. He tells Houdini that he terrorized parts of Kensington in 1889. Another report goes back further 1855 and describes him as a phantom that leaps across roof tops and leaps without warning. Another goes back over 100 years, and many think Spring-Heel’d Jack is a demon who feeds on fear. Houdini says interesting and wonders what sane people think. Doyle tells him no arrests were ever made and to make matters worse, each Spring-Heel’d Jack appearance proceeded a great communal tragedy and gives examples like the Crimean war, cholera outbreak, and even a financial panic. Houdini shows a crude drawing of the creature found in the files and asks if it is “police files” he is looking at. Doyle stands up and says what concerns him is the attack came in waves and all follow the same pattern. The phantom would terrorize neighborhoods, assaulting people for weeks and then disappear. He would then return years later and start the circle again. Doyle says he will strike again. Houdini says when he returns they will follow the trail of horse poop. He stresses again it was Tuttle and not some demon who feeds on fear.
In another area of town, we see a woman in her room putting on makeup. Outside there is a creature in the shadows. She keeps looking out but sees nothing. She finally goes to the window, this time seeing a creature with flowing red eyes. A blast of fire comes out of its mouth and towards her window. She screams. The creature breaks the window and grabs the girl as she is yelling for help. Her maid finally comes to her rescue and she holds her tight in order to stop the creature from pulling her out the window. The creature flees and the two ladies are left panicked and shocked.
The next morning, we see the same paperboy as in the beginning. He is selling papers but this time the headline reads “Spring Heel’d Jack Claims Second Victim” and the article is written by Lyman Biggs. The boy is shouting the same types of banter “read it here first!”, “Spring Heel’d Jack strikes again”, and “woman molested in her own home.” In a voice over we hear Houdini say “looks like Biggs agrees with you”. Then we see Houdini and Doyle enter a dwelling. Sargent Gudgett is holding the door for them and Doyle asks if Constable Stratton will be joining them. He shakes his head and says apparently her catarrh has worsened. He says that’s to be expected when you hire those of a fragile nature. As they enter the living the room, the woman, Natalia Kroshenko, a Russian lady, is surprised and gasps “Harry Houdini!?”. Houdini smiles, and sarcastically says, you think I would get tired of that. Doyle sighs and beside a broken window asks if that is where the assailant came in. She says he was like the devil, eyes burning red and blue flames from his mouth. Doyle says it doesn’t sound like Tuttle, but Houdini says it should like someone in a mask. Natalia is surprised they mentioned the name Tuttle and Houdini asks if she knows Tuttle from Tuttle Livery. She says she hired a carriage from him, they had an argument over the bill. Houdini tells Doyle that would be motive, but Doyle disagrees saying if he is going to attack everyone that disagrees with him, half of London is in danger. Doyle asks what happened next. Natalia says it broke the window, they fought and then it ran, leaping off the wall and into the night. Houdini sees a vial on her cabinet and asks if its medicine, Doyle says it is nerve tonic. Natalia says she recently had a stay at West Riding Pauper to which Gudgett says a lunatic asylum. Doyle stops him before he can suggest anymore. The maid says she is telling the truth and says she saw it too with her own eyes.
Outside the house looking in, Doyle tells Houdini her story supports the Spring-Heel’d Jack theory and that Natalia was suffering from neurasthenia. Houdini asks what Underhill feared? Doyle says perhaps the note slid under his door frightened him more than he let on to his wife. As he asks the question, Gudgett is seen joining them and while staring into the yard says only the devil himself could make a leap like that. Houdini looks at him as if to say I can do it, and starts running towards the wall. With ease, he runs to the wall, jumps up onto it and back down the other side. Both Gudgett and Doyle look on in shock. They exit a door in the fence and ask Houdini where he is going. Houdini says he is going to keep an eye on the devil himself, and $50 says he answers to the name of Angus Tuttle.
Later that day both Doyle and Houdini bump into each other while checking on Constable Stratton. Doyle says he thought Houdini was investigating Tuttle to which Houdini replies that Doyle was hunting infuriating demons. Doyle says that he wanted to check on her first because he is a doctor and Houdini says he is her dearest friend. Houdini knocks on the door, but there is no answer. Doyle says perhaps she is too ill to come to the door, or perhaps unconscious. Houdini picks the lock and Doyle gives him a look to which he quirkily responds “what?”. Both enter her house. Doyle calls for her but no answer. He tells Houdini she isn’t there, and they should leave. Houdini says he is absolutely right, pushing by him and rummaging in her cupboards. Doyle asks what he is doing and reminds him it is trespassing. He tells Doyle he stepped off the moral high ground once he stepped through the door and now he is just worrying about getting caught. Houdini continues to rummage through the drawers and some papers. Doyle goes to a room and does the same. Doyle says odd, there is no medicine. Houdini finds a ring, a man’s ring as Doyle says. There is a symbol on it and Houdini asks what kind of symbol it is. Doyle has no idea. They continue looking, and Doyle finds the note that Stratton had received the day earlier. He says it’s from a Nigel Pennington. The note says “You’re wrong about me. Please let me explain.” Doyle says something tells him that Nigel is not a pharmacist. Through the window, Houdini sees Stratton coming down the stairs outside, takes his flowers and walks into the other room leaving Doyle to be found. Stratton sees Doyle and scolding him. Doyle fumbles with his things and says he is sorry. He explains that he and Harry were worried. Harry enters and says “what the hell? You broke into her home?” Stratton sarcastically agrees and says yes, Doyle is quite the picklock. Houdini says it’s nice to see she recovered from her illness long enough to go out for a stroll. She explains she was looking in on three other livery stables, and the owners have all provided alibies for the nights of the attacks. Houdini is taken back and says oh, well done then and passes her the flowers. Houdini looking at Doyle says still one without an alibi. Stratton now furious screams “Get out of my house!” Both leave. Doyle comes back to get his hat and briefcase and whispers goodbye.
4.04 – Message [21:16 / 21:48]
At Tuttle’s, Houdini is seen waiting for him to leave his work and then follows him. Tuttle looks suspicious as he is walking, looking around to make sure nobody is seeing him/following him. He finally enters, and building and Houdini follows.
At Doyle’s, Kingsley is looking around his Dad’s office and finds the papers on his desk. He lifts a few of them and sees the drawing of Spring-Heel’d Jack. Doyle catches him and asks “looking for me?” Kingsley replies that the delivery boy just brought a message from Houdini and passes his father the note. Doyle takes the note, and Kingsley asks if he is investigating Spring-Heel’d Jack. Doyle says he is working with the police, and Kingsley said Wendell said three people in his neighbourhood were attacked last night. Doyle is surprised as he heard nothing of it and asks who is Wendell. He says a boy at school that heard it from another boy. The victims had their eyes gouged out, and were forced to eat them. Wendell also says Spring-Heel’d Jack is a demon from Hell. Doyle tells Kinsgley to tell Wendell the probability of this being a demon is the same as it being a dragon. So quite low indeed. Kingsley says so there still is a chance? Doyle tells him he has nothing to be afraid of. Kingsley says he is not afraid, and Doyle tells him he is a good man.
Doyle is seen running into a building. It seems like a sort of strip club-like atmosphere. The women touch and grope him, and he asks them not to as he is a married man. He seems to be looking for someone. He tells one of the girls he is looking for a gentleman that said they should meet there. He finally sees him, and it is Houdini. Houdini asks what took him so long, and Doyle wonders why he couldn’t have met him outside. Houdini says he could have, and asks the girl next to him, Sophie, to tell him about Tuttle. She says he is upstairs if you want to say hello and Houdini says knock first. Sophie says he is there many of nights, and it turns out during both nights of the murders Tuttle was there at the strip club. Doyle understands why he didn’t want to tell them about his alibi. Sophie says if Tuttle’s wife ever found out she would gut him like a crap. Doyle wonders about the threatening note sent to Underhill’s flat and Sophie tells him Mr. Tuttle had written it. She also tells Doyle that he had written it at the club, and had one of his stable boys deliver it. Houdini thanks, Sophie and hands Doyle the $50 that he owed him from the bet. Houdini reiterates that Tuttle is not their Spring-Heel’d Jack, and Doyle says that means he is still out there.
In another part of town, a man is seen leaving a building and someone following him down the street. It is dark and rainy, and as he hears someone behinds him. He turns to look and as he does blue flames come from the figure, and the man starts to fun. He is screaming for help and some wrought iron fencing.
The next morning there is a crowd gathered and Doyle is pushing his way through. He arrives at the wrought iron gate, and we see the man impaled on top of it. Sometime later we see him being taken away on a make-shift stretcher while Houdini and Doyle are examining the gate. While they do, Stratton is seen taking statements. She returns to them and says his name is Herbert Ogilvie, and he is the landlord of the local slum. Someone got a glimpse of him being chased by a shadowy figure but didn’t see the actual death. Houdini says landlords have enemies starting with everyone who rents from them. Stratton says he was described as a weasel of a man, and he was paranoid that everyone was out to get him. Doyle reiterates that Herbert lived in fear and would be a perfect target. Stratton says that everyone is living in fear now. She also says they are getting more calls of people hearing things on the roofs or tapping on peering through windows. Houdini asks Doyle how he would stop Spring-Heel’d Jack from attacking again, and does he expect people to eliminate living in fear. Reporter, Lyman Biggs approaches them and asks them did they know he is an actual demon who escaped Hell. Houdini tells him there is no demon, just a killer with a flare for the dramatic. Biggs says that he must be strong too considered he was able to skewer the man like a shish kabob. He then notices Stratton and asks her who she might be. Houdini says Constable Adelaide Stratton, Scotland Yard’s first female police officer. Biggs continues on with his banter, saying she is pretty and what not. He asks her to sit down with him for an interview, and she declines and leaves. He says he is a patient man. He asks Houdini if he is “basting that bird” and Doyle calls him vile. Biggs tells him to calm down, and they are only having a laugh. Doyle tells him not just his comments but everything he does. He goes on to explain that Biggs’s reckless exaggeration is creating panic. Biggs says he is only doing his job and like Doyle he just hooks the audience by spinning yarns. Doyle says that Biggs writes the news and that the press has the responsibility to report the facts not spin yarns to sell more papers. Biggs says the fact is that there is a demon and Houdini interrupts saying not a demon! Biggs continues saying people need to know about it for their own protection. He says if Herbert Ogilvie had read his story he would probably be still alive and leaves. While he walks away, Doyle says “of course he is a friend of yours” to Houdini, who says not anymore.
Back at the police station, the rooms are filled with people filing complaints. Merring is seen telling Gudgett, double foot patrols, around the clock shifts. Merring says not just there but hospitals are “reporting people seizing with violent fits, after being assaulted by this so-called Spring Heel’d Jack”. Stratton reports four more attacks, two of them minutes apart and miles away from each other. Merring says that now this Jack is not only capable of jumping roof tops but now bounding from one side of the city to the other. Gudgett reports gangs of vigilantes trying to catch him. Merring asks what’s wrong with Houdini, who seems to be scratching himself all over. Houdini says he doesn’t know just a strange itch. Houdini starts smelling gas in the air. Merring says the air is fine and blames the new reports on copy cats. Doyle says that they could be in fact dealing with a phantom that’s not human. He says that Spring Heel’d Jack has been attacking London for over a hundred years. All the while Houdini is itching furiously. Doyle continues explains about the appearances preceding a tragedy. Houdini notices Gudgett itching too and others in the building. Gudgett tells people to open the windows and that they are being gassed. Houdini tells people to wait. He says there is no itch and there is no gas, he just made it up. Doyle tells everyone that Harry’s act showed them what is called emotional contagion, or mass hysteria. Houdini says there is no demons, not even copycats just people running from shadows. Doyle says it could be mass hysteria but there is something real going on because they have two dead bodies. Doyle continues to say there is something out there attacking people and Houdini says let’s catch him and then the hysteria will vanish! Stratton offers to compile a list of Ogilvie’s recent evictees and hopes to find a connection with other victims. Doyle offers to help, but she declines saying that she can manage. She snatches the folder from Gudgett and leaves.
4.05 – Are You Following Me? [29:28 / 30:20]
We see Stratton riding in a train. Then she is walking down a foggy path. People are looking out their windows, closing curtains, etc… There is a group of people gathered and police officers are shuffling them along. Stratton made the way down some stairs, looking over her shoulder. We see her being followed and she hides around a corner waiting for the figure to catch up. As he passes she hits him with her blackjack (weapon). When she recognizes him as Doyle, she asks if he is following her. He says he was worried about her walking alone but she says she can take care of herself. Doyle apologizes again for breaking into her house, but they thought she was ill. He then questions whether she is ill at all. He says if there is anything troubling her or if she needs any help, but she cuts him off saying she doesn’t need any help and can take care of herself. She leaves and walks around the corner. Doyle sighs and starts to walk away but hears foot steps. He turns to see a man starting to follow her but stops in his tracks and walks the other way.
Back in his hotel suite, Houdini is smoking his pipe when a knock comes at the door. He sprays perfume in the room making it seem like he was smoking when he wasn’t supposed to, or smoking something illegal. He opens the door to see Doyle and says he shouldn’t be out and about with a demon on the loose. Doyle walks into his room and says “your humble abode”. He tells Houdini he has discovered something about Nigel Pennington, the man who sent that telegram to Constable Stratton. He goes on to say he’s a businessman and known to be quite a philanderer. Houdini asks if it’s her boyfriend but Doyle doesn’t know. Doyle says that he seen him that evening, spying on Adelaide. Houdini questions how he knew and if he was spying on her as well. Doyle ignores it and says it was very sinister with him lurking in the shadows, if it was him. Doyle says he asked her if anything was wrong but she ignored it. Houdini wonders if the ring they found was his. Houdini wonders why Stratton is being so secretive and thought she would trust them by now. Doyle wonders if its concern or jealous Houdini is showing. Houdini says he has nothing to be jealous about. Doyle tells Houdini he doesn’t have to hide the opium. Doyle goes on to describe Houdini’s symptoms and how he knew. He asks if Houdini smokes to ease the pain that he “doesn’t” have. Or if it’s to eliminate his fears. Houdini says you can’t eliminate fear nor should you ever want to. Doyle says it’s a harsh world, and they should confront those cruelties with strength. Not withdraw into cowardliness. Houdini agrees. Doyle continues saying fear erodes strength and that it makes people vulnerable. Houdini questions if that would be weakness to demons but Doyle says to anyone seeking a victim. Houdini goes on to say fear is a good thing, it helps people survive. He goes on to say that every time he is put in the tank, his heart is pounding. He says that every beat reminds me that he is more alive than when scared half to death and that it’s only when you admit that you’re afraid, the fear loses its power over you.
At the Doyle’s residence, Kingsley is seen sleeping. His window blows open, and Kingsley rushes out of bed, pounding on the door and screeching for Doyle. When Doyle finally gets the door open, Kingsley Sping-Heel’d Jack came for him. He says he touches his arm and opened his window then shut the door. Doyle says that it just the window blowing open the window and shutting the door. He tells Kingsley not to be afraid and tells him to go back to bed. Doyle takes a look out the window just in case.
The next morning, we see the paper boy again. He is shouting his usually slogans but in a much less excited manor. There is nobody on the streets, and it seems like a ghost town. The boy looks up to make sure no creature is going to attack.
4.06 – The City’s Paralysed [35:44 / 36:58]
Outside the London Daily, Houdini and Stratton are waiting for Doyle. As he exits, Houdini tells him the housekeep said he was there. He guesses that Doyle was in there trying to get Biggs gagged, fired, or killed but Stratton says judging by the expression he failed all three. Doyle says it’d only going to get worse. Stratton hands him a paper, saying let’s shut him up. It’s a list of Ogilvie’s recent evictees, and they notice a name, Vladimir Palinov, another Russian.
The trio go back to Natalia Kroshenko’s house and ask her about Vladimir. She confirms she knows him. She goes on to say he emigrated there two years ago and wanted to date her. He bought her gifts he could not afford. Stratton wonders if she shared her affections. Natalia denies it and says she wanted to be delicate, but he was furious. Houdini says that Palinov was angry at Natalia for jilting him, and Ogilvie for evicting him. Doyle wonders why kill Underhill so they decide to ask Palinov. Stratton asks if she knows where they can find him and she says yes.
Elsewhere, in a field we see wagons and circus performers set up in a camp-like environment. Houdini reads one of the signs and finds out Palinov was a gymnast. Stratton calls to one of the wagons, and asks Palinov to come out. He wants to know what she wants. She says she is from Scotland Yard. Houdini calls him Spring-Heel’d Jack and Doyle wants to know if he has heard of recent events. Houdini wonders how good of a gymnast he is and Stratton says it has come to their attention that Palinov know two of the victims in the attacks, Herbert Ogilvie, and Natalia Korshenko. Palinov tells Stratton that Natalia wishes his arm since he rejected her. Houdini says she had it the other way around. Stratton says there was another victim, Barrett Underhill, and wonders if Palinov is familiar with him. Palinov says he doesn’t know him, and he is at the circus camp every night and asks her to speak with people he works with for verification. Meanwhile, Doyle is looking around and takes a bottle off a table and starts to smell it.
As Biggs is leaving The London Daily, we see he is being followed by a figure jumping off rooftops. Eventually, the figure jumps in front of him, breathing fire at him and startling him. He asks what the figure is doing because he almost dropped a brick in his trousers. Biggs tells the figure that they need to lay low for a while because of all the cops on patrol so he will tell him when it’s time for the next job. He also tells the figure to ditch the suit before he/she gives them away. The figure removes the mask and it is Houdini! He says it’s too late. After a few quite moments Stratton and Doyle emerge from the shadows. Doyle says Strontium aluminate. It’s a luminescent powder, and if you mix it with candle wax, you can make glowing red eyes. He also shows him a vial of ethanol saying when you mix it with fire it burns with a blue flame. Stratton says his friend the gymnast denied responsibility but when presented with the evidence they had, soon confessed. Doyle adds that Palinov was partially correct when he said he wasn’t the person responsible and that it falls on the man who hired him (alluding to Biggs).
On the street corner the next morning the newspaper boy is back with his exciting calls again shouting that Spring-Heel’d Jack had been arrested. A man approaches the boy, and buys a paper.
In jail, Biggs is seen dressed in a black and white stripped pants and shirt. He approaches Houdini, who is sitting down and asks if Houdini had come to gloat. Houdini says he came to show him his paper. He shows the newspaper which headlines “Spring Heel’d Jack Caught” and a picture of Biggs and the Palinov. Biggs says he is now famous as Arthur Conan Doyle. Houdini congratulates him and says he can sign autographs for the other convicts. Biggs says nobody was supposed to get hurt, he said he hired Palinov scare some people, and get a story. He says the landlord got killed by accident. He was trying to get away, climbed the fence, and slipped. Houdini wonders if Underhill slipped too. Biggs tell Houdini he had nothing to do with that one, but Houdini accused him of showing up at the crime scene and getting window o the investigation and asking if Houdini knew about Spring-Heel’d Jack. Biggs tells him he didn’t know anything about Spring Heel’d Jack until he heard Mr. Doyle mention it to Doyle. Houdini corrects him and says Doctor Doyle.
At the Doyle’s residence, Arthur enters Kingsley’s room showing him the newspaper and says the dragon has been slayed. Kingsley tells him it’s alright and then he is not afraid to which Doyle responds of course you aren’t.
The next morning Doyle is seen following Stratton around again, and she descends an outdoor stairway. She approaches a man and begins to argue with him. Doyle compares the man he sees to one in a picture that he has in his hand. Stratton argues with the man for another moment and then continues on her way. Doyle walks down the stairs while the man is walking up. He calls him by name, Pennington, and introduces himself as Arthur Conan Doyle to which the man replies, the author? Doyle says he is also a colleague of Constable Stratton. He asks if he can inquire into the nature of the conversation he was just having with Stratton. Pennington tells him to ask the Constable. He turns to walk away, and Doyle says he won’t let him harm her. Pennington says he does’t want to harm her, and he is just a friend of her husband.
Houdini is standing outside the building in which Underhill had died. Next to him is Doyle, who tells him Stratton is married. Houdini says both men saw her flat and asks Doyle if it looked like anyone else lived there. Doyle says no and Houdini says maybe they are divorced or separated and wonders why not tell them that? Houdini explains Biggs had nothing to do with Underhill’s death and that he hired the gymnast to play Spring-Heel’d Jack after Underhill was killed. He says they are not back where they started, but perhaps Underhill did fallout of the window, by accident. He also offers that all those other attacks throughout the years started the same way, strange accident, triggering mass hysteria. Doyle says perhaps Spring-Heel’d Jack was responsible. Houdini says if he was, what great communal tragedy did this appearance foretell? A omnibus drives by. Doyle looks at the wall and says oh yes, this is much better. We see Houdini’s face on a poster, twice the size of before and it says “Houdini – His most death-defying escape yet!”. From the rooftops, looming above Houdini’s, sign we see a dark shadow overlooking the road.