Case Closed: Episode 770 – “The Tense Tea Party (Part One)”

Case Closed sees Shinichi Kudo, a high school junior mystery buff with incredible abilities with his power of observation and intuition, being given an experimental poison by a criminal organization. Instead of killing Shinichi, it shrinks him back down to his six or seven year old self.

As his new younger self, Shinichi takes on the name of Conan Edogawa, and poses as a relative of his neighbor, Dr. Agasa. As Conan, Shinichi ends up living with his childhood friend Ran Mori and her father Kogoro. Kogoro is a bumbling private investigator who used to be part of the Japanese police force. Shinichi believes that he can use Kogoro’s resources to track down the men in black who poisoned him in order to get an antidote that will return him to his normal size.

Episode 770 sees Ran’s mother, Eri, admitted into the hospital for surgery and recovery from appendicitis. While they’re at the hospital, Kogoro and Conan encounter Bourbon from the Black Organization who is also a talented detective. They stumble upon a mystery when a woman visiting a patient at the hospital suddenly collapses and her friends scream. It’s pretty lucky that Kogoro, Conan, and Bourbon just happened to be walking nearby when the women screamed and they could be the first ones on the scene.

After Inspector Megure becomes involved, it’s revealed that this is a murder by poisoning, with the suspects being high school classmates of the victim. As each suspect is questioned individually, it becomes readily apparent that all three of them had a motive to kill the victim. But thanks to questions posed by both Conan and Bourbon, Conan seems to have already determined who the guilty party is. Unfortunately, he still has to figure out just how the suspect poisoned the victim’s tea. I think I may have already figured out the answer, thanks to the “Conan’s Hint” that appeared at the end of the episode. I’m curious to find out whether or not my guess is right.

So this case brings us another murder that takes place in a hospital. However, this act was done in a way that differentiates it from the previous murder cases that happened in hospitals. And we get the added benefit of having Bourbon included as part of this case, which is something I hadn’t seen in one of the previous hospital mysteries.

I was so happy to see Kogoro play an important role in the series again, but I was especially pleased to see Ran finally get a few minutes of screen time. Poor Ran had been all but absent in the previous seven episodes that have aired this season. Hopefully, after this case is over, both Kogoro and Ran will be more visible again.

I suspect that the murder case will be solved in the next episode of Case Closed, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Conan figures out everything he needs to know and be able to reveal the true culprit.

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