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Episode 7 starts in a church confession booth. A woman is confessing her sins and begs for forgiveness. She says she feels a darkness that compels her to do things. She doesn’t want to say what as it brings her shame. The priest tells her that she must acknowledge her sins before she can be forgiven but she says she is weak. She says she is afraid but the priest says she is the child of God and to not be afraid. She says she is not afraid for herself but for the priest. She breaks through the wall attacking him. He cries out, exiting the confession booth holding his ear. The woman exits herself, tackles the priest and climbs on top of him. She says she is his flesh and proceeds to bite the nose of the priest. At that moment a man rushes in, grabbing a cross. However, before he can hit the woman, she pushes him away. Another man tries to attack her but she pushes him away as well. At this point there are many people gathered around trying to stop her. She stands up and starts chanting in a different language. She bends backwards in a freakish way and falls to the floor. Another man crosses himself and the camera pans in to reveal the lady on the ground, her back arched, and dead. Cue opening title.
In Doyle’s office, he is still having writers block. He sits at his desk frowning while looking at his typewriter. He opens his left desk drawer and finds a photo of a boy outside a door. He picks up a piece of paper from his desk and starts to read it. It is from Wickbold Estate Agents, and it’s a deed for the home of Charles Doyle. He pours himself a shot and drinks it quickly.
At the church our trio is investigating the scene of the crime. As Doyle stands over the body examining it, Houdini and Stratton talk between themselves. He whispers, asking her if she found out anything more about Nigel Pennington. Stratton sternly corrects him, saying its not the place to discuss the matter. Houdini asks if she has requested the coroner’s report and that it could be anything. Stratton changes the subject, asking Doyle what he has discovered. Doyle says that the distortion is “the symptom of stress-provoked ventricular fibrillation which flooded her heart with adrenaline.” He summaries it says she was frightened to death. Houdini says Doyle looks worse than usual and Doyle says the children were up late. Stratton says the witnesses report the girl having strength of several men. Houdini says it is because of the adrenaline. He says it can make people to extraordinary things such as his Michigan stunt. He says the whole thing was frozen, he dove into a hole but couldn’t find his way back. He says he punched out of 8 inches of ice. At this point Houdini is clearly excited telling his story but Stratton interrupts saying that the police say she was possessed by a demon. Houdini says the only thing that possessed her was a sick mind. Stratton questions whether Houdini believes in evil and he says only human devil. There is a moment and silence and Houdini asks her does she believe in the devil. She says she believes in God so why not Lucifer? He says just because you believe in one fairy tale doesn’t mean you have to believe them all. He says she suffered from insanity and Doyle says being obsessed may have looked insane. He points at the skin on her neck saying it is urticarial but he has never seen such a configuration. Stratton says she is wearing a nice ring. She also finds the initials B-R-H on her clothes. It stands for Bethlem Royal Hospital in which Doyle says its only known as Bedlam. Stratton confirms that the clothes she is wearing is given to patience once they have been released. Houdini says she just got out of the looney bin. Doyle says anyone behaving at all out of the ordinary can be committed and gives an example of jumping to a frozen lake. Stratton and Doyle leave Houdini momentarily alone as they walk off.
Our trio stands in front of BRH and Doyle asks them to imagine the atrocities committed there. He says Bedlam awaits and they enter the building. The doctor giving them the tour says Molly should not have been released as she had a weak heart and a history of delusions. Houdini says he never went to med school but wonders if the doctor means he is right and Doyle is wrong. Doyle says a weak heart doesn’t necessarily rule out possession. Stratton wonders if the doctor giving them the tour authorized her release but he says no, it was doctor Randall. He says Randall has been working on a cure for fear itself and he has had glimmers of promises. He says that he takes a more substantive approach than Randall. They turn to see a patient limping, hunched over and being helped to walk down a hallway by another physician. The doctor says that electroshock and lobotomies has been very effective. Doyle says he is turning people into house plants. The doctor tells Doyle that he should understand the brain is an organ like any other. Doyle replies saying he would hate to hear the kidney’s ideas of a symphony and walks away. This time leaving Houdini and Stratton behind.
The trio plus the doctor enter another room with patience screaming, making strange noises and behaving oddly. The doctor tells them that the patients has lived in their own filth, but he had brought humanity to BRH. One of the patients walks up to Doyle sand says “Arthur Conan Doyle, we meet at last.” He puts out his hand to shake Doyle’s and says his name is “Holmes, Sherlock Holmes.” The doctor tells Doyle they currently have three patience with the same delusion. The patient finishing shaking Doyle’s hand and says according to the rules of logic both of them must be wrong. Houdini pats Doyle on the back and tells him he bets he has a lot of fans in there. Doyle says to the patient that he is honored he likes the character. The patient interrupts, still thinking he is Sherlock Holmes, saying he has noted 87 occasions in which Doyle portrayed him inaccurately and he plans to take legal action. Doyle says he will alert his solicitor and the patient gets angry, sarcastically saying “mock the lunatic”. As he gets angrier, the guards pull him away. Stratton says she imagines there are several patience claiming to be possessed. The doctor agrees, saying it is common. Stratton asks if he has ever had a case where he thought it was an actual possession. The doctor says there is one patient he has. He is a former priest named Nathaniel. He goes onto say that he had also stoked the imagination of other patients including Molly. Doyle interrupts wondering how many others and if any of them have been released. He says he is unsure. Doyle says they may be in danger and they need to see the doctor’s records. The doctor says he can’t do that. Doyle says the Lord Chief Justice owes him a favour and he will be back very soon. The trio leaves.
Back at Doyle’s residence, he is on the phone and we hear him say that he can’t wait until he is finished lunch and that he needs the court order now. The person on the other end replies but we don’t hear what is it. Doyle asks if the person on the other end told the Chief who was asking and then slams the phone. Doyle sees crumpled paper in his waste basket and stomps in down with his foot. Kingsley enters asking Arthur to play football. Doyle says he is working, and Kingsley says he doesn’t look like he is working. Doyle says he is thinking and that for a writer, thinking is working. Kingsley says Arthur is not thinking he is stomping. Doyle at this point is loosing his patience and tells Kingsley to get out. Kingsley begins to cry and Doyle tells him to stop his whining as he sits back at his desk. Kingsley leaves, crying. As Arthur sits back at his desk, we flash back to his childhood. He is standing in front of his father and his father is telling him to stop whining and nobody likes a whinger (complainer).
Back at the present we see a priest and two other men, performing an exorcism on a man chained to a bed. The priest chants a different language and says he casts the demon out of the man. The man tells him to go to hell but the priest continues. We assume the demon is possessing the man and continues to tell the priest he is weak. The priest takes holy water, sprinkling it on the man as he screams. The chained man grabs one of the men standing by his bed and head-butts him. The chained man continues to struggle as one of the standing men, tells the others to stand back. The chained main begins to shake and convulse on his bed.
We see the same man semi-concious, laying in a bed. Doyle and Houdini is standing over him. Doyle says catatonia and holds up one of the man’s shirts showing the BRH logo. Doyle says that if they had access to the records they may have been able to stop this from happening. Houdini sniffs Doyle says he smells whiskey and Doyle asks him to stop. Houdini says he also smells despair, noting that Doyle’s children are rarely rambunctious. He goes onto say Doyle has been spending way too much time with Houdini and Stratton so he must be suffering from writer’s block. Doyle says writing Holmes dead is proving more difficult than he thought. Houdini says then let him live and give the people what they want. He goes onto say more Sherlock, less Boer war, and it’s a win-win. Doyle says its more complicated than that. Stratton interrupts, looking at the victim’s neck saying that it shows a similar configuration as the one seen on Molly. Doyle says not similar, identical, pulling out a sheet of paper showing the pattern and comparing the two.
Doyle says it can’t be random and there has to be a pattern. Houdini says he doesn’t see a pattern but Doyle says he does. Houdini says its only because they were built to spot patterns, it helps us to pick out hidden predators and it forces people to see faces everywhere including the man on the moon or Jesus on a piece of toast. Doyle finishes the pattern, drawing a star shape between them. Stratton says she knows where she has seen that before.
While looking in a book, our trio is reading an article on Abaddon. Houdini says it is helpful because now they don’t have to round up all the demons, just the bad ones. Stratton says the points clearly suggest a pentagram, while holding up Doyle’s drawing. Houdini responds saying “and Ursa Major clearly looks like a bear.” Doyle, reading the article, says Abaddon is Lord of the Abyss. He paralyses his victims with fear so that he may feed on their souls. He then leaves the mark on his prey. Stratton says it is the demonic equivalent to stigmata. Houdini says it is skin writing. He goes onto say that some people can cause a spontaneous allergic reaction and unconsciously form into whatever they want. He explains its like getting a tattoo without a needle. Doyle asks how one consciously does something when one is unconscious. Houdini says a better question is why does Stratton have a big book of creepy symbols. Both look at Stratton and she takes the book, turning to another page. She shows them a picture and says her husband had a ring with that marking on it. Houdini explains it’s the marking of a Polish anarchist group. He goes on to say those guys have done some nasty things. Stratton passes a folder to Doyle which has newspaper clippings in it. It headlines many anarchist killings and Doyle wonders if Stratton’s husband was involved with the group. Stratton believes he was trying to stop them and that’s why he was killed. Stratton explains they left him in a study hanging, for her to find. They are interrupted by another police officer, heading them a note from the Justice’s office. Stratton thanks them and says they have their warrant.
At BRH Doyle hands the doctor the warrant saying they will see the priest first, then his records.
A physician leads them down a hallway of boisterous patents, and finally to Nathaniel’s cell. They enter and Nathaniel says he has been waiting for them, Houdini compliments him on his straight jacket saying he has one just like it at home. Stratton asks if Nathaniel knows Molly Morgan and Simon Fleming. Nathaniel says they were his one of his many acolytes. Doyle says Molly’s dead and Simon is catatonic. Nathaniel says they have fulfilled their purpose and the beast must be fed. Stratton reminds him one is still alive but Nathaniel says yes but his soul is gone. Houdini says he thinks he used hypnosis but Nathaniel says he used no such trickery. He explains he corrupts the souls for Abaddon to feed off. Doyle asks how he does it. Nathaniel says he exposes their deepest fear. Doyle asks if he knows what his deepest fear is and Nathaniel replies being condemned to the same hell as himself. Nathaniel says that he sees Doyle is weak, a prisoner of his first, and it will be long. Nathaniel lunges at them, but still chained to the wall. Doyle says that’s enough and calls for the guard to let them out. Nathaniel says it will never be enough, Abaddon’s hunger is never sated and there will be others.
In another room, Houdini says he is nothing more than a talented cold reader trying to grab credit for what happened to the victims. Doyle says no cold reading could make Molly and Simon behave as they did and Stratton adds or to make the mark of Abaddon appear on their bodies. She holds up a record saying that’s another one. There are five people in contact with Nathaniel and Doyle says they are like a time bomb waiting to go off. Houdini sees Doyle reading a record and asks him what it is. Doyle says it’s a dead patient and its not relevant. Houdini gives Stratton a look. Stratton says she will get Scotland Yard to track down the five individuals. Doyle tells Stratton and Houdini to go and that he will stay to see what Randall has to say. As Houdini and Stratton leave, Doyle hides the record in a newspaper and leaves behind them.
Doyle is seen, sitting in Randall’s office, viewing drawings of demons and skulls. Randall explains that he believes permitting one’s fears to paper has the effect to defining it and once defined it and can be targeted. Doyle asks about Molly and Simon’s condition when they were released. Randall says he thought they were cured. Doyle asks why a man like with Nathaniel was allowed contact with vulnerable patients. Randall says they were not just allowed but encouraged. Not by him but by doctor Pilsen. Randall explains that, Pilsen believes if they terrify the patients with demons they will run to God. Doyle quests whether Pilsen is using fear to manipulate them. Randall explains fear is the disease itself and that Pilsen doesn’t understand that. Doyle asks about Dr. Pilsen’s other therapies. Randall says he has assured him he has had success but Doyle says its barbaric and he knows it. At this point Doyle is looking more dishevelled in each scene. Doyle stands up and says he has a court order. He intends to search the whole place to find out what’s going on, and to stop the abuse. Doyle asks Randall if he can count on his help or his hindrance. Randall stands up and says they have much to discuss, offering Doyle tea or coffee.
Doyle walks down the street and approaches the house seen in the photography earlier. He uses a key on the locks and enters. Inside, furniture is covered and the place seems a bit of a mess. We flashback to his childhood again and see the doctors taking away his father to the mental institution. His father tells a young Arthur to stop whining and this is understood to be the same scene, in context, from earlier. Back in the present Doyle looks around the house and sits at a desk, opening the file from the mental hospital. In turns out to be his father’s Charles. We see flashbacks of what had happened to his father, and symptoms such as delusions. We learn that his father had a violent escape attempt and was aggressive. We see his father in a straight jacket and Doyle takes another drink. We see his father being force fed and beaten in the hospital.
At the police station, Stratton is reviewing papers. Houdini walks in, joining her and she explains four out of the five released patients have been detained. They are still trying to find an address for the fifth. Houdini says there is still one question, what was in the file that Stratton put aside when she saw him approach. Stratton hands it over saying it’s the coroners report on Nigel Pennington. Houdini says no water found in lungs, likely strangulation. A suspicious death. Stratton explains there is no leads or suspect. Houdini asks Stratton to tell him about the guy. Stratton explains he was a friend of her husband, and his business partner. Stratton says the police say her husband gambled it all away but Nigel thought he had embezzled it and that Stratton knew where it was. Houdini says if he didn’t know Stratton she would be his suspect too. She explains that Nigel was opening an inquest into the suicide, and she wanted it too. She doesn’t think her husband gambled the money away. She explains that Ben took her to the top of the Eiffel Tower, not to see the structure or enjoy the view but just so they could kiss on top of the world. She says he wasn’t a gambler but a romantic.
Back at Charles Doyle’s house, Arthur is reading a book with writing in it. Inside he sees two pages glued together and tears them apart. Inside is a note that says:
“Dr. Pilsen is ruthless and unyielding, devoid of any redeemable human qualities. He has subjected me to one unspeakable torture after another, each one more terrible than the last. He has forced me to worship Abaddon and enabled this monster to reveal its hideous Visage to me.”
Doyle is seen bursting into Dr. Pilsen’s office, calling him a bastard. He says he knows what he did to his father, and throws the file on his desk. Pilsen says Doyle stole the file and he could have him charged. Doyle says he had tortured him to death and he follows Pilsen around his office. Pilsen says Doyle has been drinking and perhaps his wife’s condition has been too stressful. Doyle says he is fine and Pilsen offers him a tincture of laudanum but Doyle says he doesn’t need opium. Doyle stumbles over some tables and Pilsen says he needs help because he is suffering from anxiety. Pilsen starts mixing something at one of the desks. Doyle says he is not the crazy one, nor what his father. Pilsen explains that Doyle’s father suffered from “dementia praecox.” Doyle grabs the doctor and says he is going to prison for what he did. As he does, two other guard/doctors pulls him off Pilsen. Pilsen says he is committing Doyle and Doyle says he is only doing it to shut him up and protests while being dragged away. Doyle is placed in a cell and left alone. As he looks around he sees the same start on one of the walls with the initials CD.
Houdini catches up with Stratton who is walking down the hall and asks if Doyle is back yet. She says no and Houdini says now he can admit he was right. Houdini thinks there is something rotten going on at the asylum. He thinks they should go back and open every file they had. Stratton thinks they should find Doyle first.
Back in Doyle’s cell a large man enters the cell, he is a guard. Doyle demands to see his solicitor because nobody knows he is in there. The guard tells him to meet his new room mate which is the “Sherlock Holmes” (the man from earlier). Doyle protests and tells the guard what Pilsen is going is illegal and that he has to alert Scotland Yard. The guard leaves. Sherlock says he has been thinking and Doyle says he is not talking to him. Sherlock says there is no need and starts deducing the symptoms of Doyle. Finally concluding, that Doyle has been drinking. Sherlock says abuse of the Devil’s mouth wash is a symptom of fear. Doyle says of course he is scared; he is locked in a mental hospital. Sherlock keeps listing off symptoms of Doyle, saying the fear has been with him his entire life and wonders what has wounded him but more importantly why did he kill his fictional counterpart. Doyle says Holmes was a lightweight and stood in the way of something more profound. Sherlock explains that after Doyle’s father died, that is when he threw Sherlock over the falls.
On the subway, Stratton says Doyle’s father was a patient at Bedlam where he died 8 years ago. Houdini says that would explain Doyle’s behavior and the file.
Back in the cell Sherlock says Doyle’s father loved when he became a doctor but hated when he became a hack. Sherlock reminds him that a little creativity stirs the juices. Doyle says he is not insane. Sherlock says his surroundings suggests otherwise and wonders if Doyle’s father ever acknowledge him as a writer. Doyle says he needs to get out of there but Sherlock says he could embrace this opportunity and investigate from the inside. Doyle says he supposes he could find proof that his father was right, and proof for Abaddon. Sherlock tells him to tone down the Abaddon rhetoric and just focus on Nathaniel. Doyle asks what he knows about the case and Sherlock tells him when people think when you’re crazy there is no discreetness. He says in fact he has already solved the case. Doyle asks who did it and sarcastically suggests Professor Moriarty or an evil stepmother. Sherlock explains the victims died in a great state of fear and also exhibited dry gangrene and paraesthesias. Sherlock asks Doyle did he ever think they could have been poisoned like the fear inducing poison in “A Study of Scarlet”. Doyle says ergot causes terrifying hallucinations.
At Doyle’s residence Houdini and Stratton are looking around his office. Houdini notices an empty flask in the garbage and also the deed to Charles Doyle’s house. The maid comes into the room saying she thought he was sleeping in buy his bed is untouched. She says he must have not come home last night. Kingsley comes in looking for his Dad. Stratton introduces herself and says Doyle has told her much about him, she doesn’t like broccoli either. She promises Kingsley and her and Houdini will find his father.
In the cell, Doyle says he needs to talk to Nathaniel. Sherlock says he has devised a way to get Doyle into his cell. He clarifies saying he has devised five but four of those end up giving the guard a concussion. Doyle tells Sherlock to go with number five and he starts shouting for the guard to come quick. He yells that doctor Doyle is ill and its possibly consumption but there are at least eight other ailments which manifest the symptoms. Sherlock tells Doyle to look ill, he doesn’t change his look but Sherlock says perfect anyway. Doyle lays down and as the guard comes to check on him, Sherlock knocks the guard out. Doyle says he thought it wasn’t going to involve knocking him out but Sherlock says they all did but knew Doyle wouldn’t approve. They grab the keys and leave the cell.
As they enter Nathaniel’s cell, Doyle says he needs medical treatment. Nathaniel says its too late and Abaddon has come for him. Doyle tells him his followers Molly and Simon were poisoned. Nathaniel says they were poisoned with fear because Abaddon feeds off of it. He also says Doyle’s father reeked of fear. Doyle wonders how Nathaniel knew about his father since it was eight years ago, before Nathaniel was there. Nathaniel says Abaddon has always been there. He’s everywhere troubled souls gather. He continues going on about Doyle’s Dad and Sherlock has to step in and stop Doyle from hitting him. Nathaniel explains Pilsen answers to Abaddon and that’s why he had brought him here and also Doyle. Nathaniel screams and turns his neck around 180º breaking his own neck. Doyle looks shocked and says its impossible. Sherlock says its not. Pilsen enters the room, thinking Doyle had done it. Doyle says he never touched Nathaniel and some force wrenched his neck. Doyle looks to Sherlock for support but he says Doyle dragged him in there and he had no idea he was going to do that. Doyle gets agitated and is restrained by two guards. The doctor gives him a needle in the neck and he goes to sleep.
We see Doyle in a room, strapped to a chair and his head in a device. He sees Dr. Randall sorting his instruments, and saying he liked his father. Randall then turns into Pilsen and says he failed his father. Pilsen goes on to say if he had given him a lobotomy he is sure he would be alive today. He holds an instrument towards Doyle as Doyle screams in protest.
Houdini and Stratton are seen looking at Charles Doyle’s house. Houdini shouts for Doyle but there is no answer.
Back in the chair, Doyle begs for the doctor not to operate as he has to write. He hears a female voice telling him to relax. It turns into a male voice and says just to relax. Sherlock bursts into the room and asks the doctor to not drill into his friend’s brain. The doctor yells for an attendant but Sherlock tells them they have been rendered unconscious. He also apologizes in advance for rendering the doctor unconscious as well.
As they run through the halls, Sherlock apologizes for his behavior earlier. He says he had six different ways out of it but the cowardly retreat led to the most satisfying conclusion. Doyle tells him to wait explaining that ergot was in an earlier cut of “A Study of Scarlet” and wonders how Sherlock would have known about it. Sherlock tells him to forget about it as they are making a thrilling escape. They find their exit but as they make their way through the light at the end of the tunnel, they find themselves locked up in the same cell as before.
Back at Charles’ house, Houdini finds Doyle unconscious and foaming at the mouth. We assume now they all Doyle’s side of the story is taking place in his mind.
Back in the cell, Doyle says there must be a logical answer and nothing is possible. Sherlock tells him to remember the line he stole from him, “Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains.” Doyle says everything there is impossible, therefore, everything there is a figment of his imagination, even Sherlock. Doyle says he is like the other victims, he has been given ergot and he is hallucinating but the real him is dying.
Doyle is seen in a hospital bed and the doctor is listing out his symptoms. Convulsions, shock, and edema. He says his best guess is some sort of poison but its impossible to tell which one. Houdini says ergot and the doctor agrees it could be. Stratton wonders how Houdini knew but Houdini says lucky guess. Kingsley enters the room looking for his father and sees him unconscious. Stratton tries to block his view, saying they will make his father better. The doctor says the children are not allowed in there. Mary says they are not leaving their father. Houdini starts whispering and asks if the doctor is going to throw them out. The doctor whispers back telling him without an antidote there is nothing he can do. Houdini says they will get one and the children look on in fear.
In the cell, Sherlock tells Doyle he needs to find a way out of his nightmare. To the side, Touie appears. He floats towards her and tells her he hasn’t given up. He says he has been searching the world for a cure but she tells him to stop searching because she feels wonderful.
On the subway Stratton says that ergot peaks after 12 hours which means the victims had to be in Bedlam when they were poisoned. Houdini says Nathaniel was in his cell so that lets him off the hook. Stratton wonders why anyone else would want to scare someone to death. Houdini says the only other people with access to the victims were Pilsen and Randall. Stratton says the only time Doyle saw Pilsen was with them. Houdini continues the thought says the only time Doyle wasn’t with them was when he met Randall.
At the hospital Stratton and Houdini are interrogating Randall. He questions whether they think he poisoned Doyle. Stratton says she is trying to figure out why anyone would want to kill another in such a torturous way. Stratton says that Randall is a scientist and he is not trying to kill them with fear he is trying to cure them. Houdini continues saying the way Pasteur inoculated people for rabies by given them a small dose. Randall wonders how they think he administered the poison. Houdini says its called ergot and they were wondering the same thing. Houdini says how would he administer a rye poison to someone. Stratton says drinks like beer or alcohol. As Randall drinks from his mug, Houdini suggests tea. Stratton says he wouldn’t experiment with something he couldn’t control. Stratton says he must have an antidote. Randall starts to get flustered, standing up, and saying why would he have an antidote to a poison he doesn’t have. Houdini says he had better have it because he laced his tea with ergot. Houdini says he does that sort of thing professionally. Stratton says they had to stop him before he could poison anyone else. She puts him in handcuffs and he says they are trying to kill him. She says that she hopes not and he will give them the antidote before then. He says his cure works. Houdini says others have died for his cause and wonders if he is willing to as well.
Houdini is seen running out of the hospital with a bottle of antidote in hand.
As the hospital, a doctor is examining Doyle who is still in the bed.
Doyle, in his dream state, is seen having a picnic with Touie. She says he had told her he knew how to sail and he agrees saying she told him she knew how to ski. They laugh about it. Doyle tells her she isn’t real.
Back in real London Houdini is running through the streets.
Doyle and Touie kiss. She says the feelings are real and that’s enough. Doyle says he must go back. She says he will have to watch her die and he says she knows. She questions why go back to all that torment and he says because its real. If the pain is real then so is the joy. Touie asks what about her. He says she is a beautiful dream. She says goodbye and fades away. Sherlock appears behind him and the sky/lights start flickering. Sherlock tells him its because of his dying brain and that ergot is flowing through his veins. Doyle says euphoria. Sherlock says it would spike calcium levels to constrict peripheral blood vessels. Doyle says it would probably kill him but Sherlock says it’s the only thing that could physically stop the ergot. Doyle wonders how to feel euphoria in the place. Sherlock asks whats causing all the dark memories of the house. A voice behind him says go on say it. It’s his father. Doyle asks if he is dead, and his Dad says no, he is just losing his mind.
We see the doctor trying to stop Doyle from seizuring. Houdini is running through the hospital halls with the antidote. He bumps into a man in a chair, falls and breaks the antidote vial. He starts screaming no.
Back in the dream, Charles says he supposes Doyle blames him for all the problems. Doyle asks if he had the faintest idea on how to bed a father. Charles say he was a terrible father and asks if its all better now. Doyle calls him a bastard. Charles wonders what this is all about and finally says its about Doyle’s work. They start to argue over Sherlock Holmes. He was an ass of a character but Doyle says most fathers would be proud. Charles says Sherlock Homes was a fictional character that was contemptuous with everything he was. He blames Doyle for creating a character with the sole purpose of hurting him. Doyle admits he wanted to hurt his father because he was an alcoholic madman and says the best day of his life was the day they took his father away.
The doctors are still trying to calm Doyle from shaking. Houdini looks on in sadness.
Back in the dream, Charles says the alcohol was his fault but the madness wasn’t. Doyle says it was miserable to have a certified lunatic for a father. Charles asks if Doyle knows the horror of losing one’s mind. Charles says first, he tried to justify it as a quirk of creative brain. Then tried to hide it with alcohol saying he his bottles in the piano. He kept sinking deeper and deeper until it took everything from him. His work, wife, and family. Doyle asks would it be different if he was a doctor. Charles says probably because it wasn’t until he read his work and he begin to despise him.
Doyle’s friends and family look on in horror as Doyle is convulsing.
Doyle asks if his work was that awful? Charles says no, his father and brothers were acclaimed artists and he was the disappointment. Charles says Doyle came along and it was so easy. He was brilliant. He says his death didn’t even warrant a single obituary in the newspaper but the whole world mourned the death of your cartoon. Doyle asks why he couldn’t tell him and Charles says because he was petty. Charles continues saying he didn’t despise Doyle he despised himself. He says its too late but wonders if Arthur will allow him to do something that he wish he could have done when he was alive. Doyle agrees and Charles hugs him. Doyle starts to cry as Sherlock looks on.
In real life, Doyle stops shaking and Kingsley runs to Stratton holding her hand. Mary follows. Houdini looks down saddened. Doyle opens his eyes and Kingsley approaches him. Arthur tells Kingsley to approach. He says he was never cross with him or Mary but only cross with himself. Houdini approaches saying he gave Adelaide and the kids quite a scare. Doyle says it was Pilsen, it was Randal. Stratton wonders how he knew. Doyle says Sherlock Holmes cracked the case. Stratton says in the real world, Houdini solved the cases figuring he was poisoned with ergot. Doyle wonders how Houdini could know, but then a smile comes over his face. Houdini says he doesn’t know what he was thinking but to wipe the smile off his face. Doyle says he must have communicated to Houdini telepathically. Houdini says it came to him in one of his frequent bursts of inspiration. Doyle wonders where the inspiration come from? As Houdini responds, Stratton asks him to let Doyle have the last word.
Doyle is seen signing the deed to the house. He walks around sighing. We flashback to the piano and find bottles hidden in the top. Further down we find a note. It is called the Teller’s Tale and was written by Arthur Doyle, showing his father cared all along. He exits the house and walks down the street. We flashback to the older house.
Stratton, at her desk is looking at more files. We see a newspaper clipping of the “Body Found in Thames” with a note to her saying, “DROP THIS OR DIE”. Stratton looks worried.