Case Closed: Episode 901 – “Counselor Kisaki’s SOS (Part One)”

The episode opens with Kogoro refusing to go see the latest Yoko Okina movie with Ran and Conan, because he doesn’t like the plot of the film and the fact that he will likely see Eri Kisaki, his wife (whom he is currently separated from). Ran suddenly gets a friend request on a messaging app from her mother, which confuses Ran because they’re already connected on the app. Conan thinks it might be Eri’s secretary playing a joke, so Ran accepts it and starts a group chat. Suddenly, both accounts for Eri Kisaki claim to be the real one. What a mess!

After the opening credits, the story goes back to two hours earlier, to show what happened to Kisaki leading up to the scene we saw before the credits. When I saw the preview for this episode last week, I thought for sure that the Black Organization was making a move since it’s been established that Kogoro is now one of their targets. While Eri is indeed kidnapped, like the preview indicated, these individuals do not appear to be part of the Black Organization. Sigh. That’s a little bit of a disappointment.

The episode shows how Eri manages to slip from her abductors’ clutches, but she’s in a position where she can’t get out of the building she’s in. She uses a trick that was referenced in an earlier story in order to hide her whereabouts, and we see how Ran, Conan, and Kogoro find ways to communicate with Eri without tipping off her abductors as to Eri’s whereabouts. It’s quite the conundrum, though. The three of them want to save Eri, but know that they have to be discreet in order to try to keep Eri safe.

Right at the end of the episode, it appears that the kidnappers may have determined where Eri is hiding. That’s the cliffhanger the episode ends on, so we’ll have to find out next week whether or not she’s discovered.

While I’m a little disappointed that this kidnapping does not appear to be the work of the Black Organization, the episode is still well-written and leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat when it comes to Eri trying to stay hidden from her captors. I’m actually looking forward to seeing how this story continues next week.

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