The episode opened with just enough of a recap to help the audience remember what happened in the first episode and a brief bit of Amuro’s flashback from the second episode. But the recap makes it clear that the flashback helps Amuro to get an idea of something related to the poisoning case that they’re currently investigating.
The resolution to the case itself ended up being the cliche that I feared that it would be during the first episode of this story arc. There was also a bombshell revealed about Kogoro’s rich client. However, a viewer who had paid attention to some of the dialogue in the second part would have likely pieced this bombshell together before it was revealed (which is what I ended up doing). So this revelation didn’t surprise me nearly as much as it did the characters in the episode.
But after the case is solved, we finally circle back to the opening scene of the first episode of this arc, where Amuro and Akai are facing off and pointing guns at each other. We learn that Amuro has broken into the Kudo’s home and that Akai has caught him. After a tense build up, the resolution to this scene is actually rather humorous. I’m not going to say what it is, though, in order to avoid providing spoilers.
According to the end of the episode, Case Closed will not be airing in Japan next week. However, from seeing the preview for the next episode, I’m not entirely excited to see it in a couple of weeks. It’s an episode that features the Detective Boys, and the premise that’s being presented just seems a little silly. While there have been the occasional decent episode that focused on the Detective Boys, these episodes are usually weaker than the stories that don’t have a strong focus on them. I’m hoping to be proven wrong about the quality of the next episode in a couple of weeks, but I’m going into it expecting it to be on the weaker side. Well, I guess I’ll find out in a couple of weeks!