This episode basically sets up the murder mystery that is revealed right at the end of the episode.
The story starts with Ayumi running and tripping in the middle of the street. A woman who lives in a nearby apartment sees her and tells her that she needs to get the scratch taken care of. The woman, who Ayumi later learns is named Saki, takes her to her apartment to treat the scratch. I kept wanting to yell “stranger danger” to Ayumi, especially since this poor girl has a history of being kidnapped by strangers. Fortunately, Saki didn’t intend any harm to Ayumi. While Ayumi is there, she notices Saki looking out the window.
For whatever reason, Ayumi later brings Conan, Ai, Mitsuhiko, and Genta over to Saki’s apartment building so they can see her. Conan notices her looking out of her window, and Ayumi mentions seeing her doing that earlier as well. The others actually get to meet Saki, but she comes across as mysterious and aloof when the kids ask her questions. She’s especially aloof when they ask her about her job. From a scene we see later when Saki leaves work, it appears she works at an establishment that’s not exactly appropriate for children. During the episode, the kids witness a car almost hitting Saki when she heads to the gym, as well as three people nearby who keep glaring at Saki.
The Detective Boys follow the three glaring people and discover that they all live in an apartment complex that Saki can see from her window. The kids ask questions of the guy who watches the door of the apartment complex that the three glaring people live in. I was actually surprised just how easily this man was answering the kids’ questions about these three people. Not only was he giving out their names and professions, he was also telling them which rooms these people live in! I know the kids need this information for the case, but this guy isn’t doing a good job of keeping the tenants safe. For all he knew, these kids could have been stalkers! I have to guess that he felt that the kids weren’t a threat to these tenants, but, come on. But if he’s willing to give this information out to a group of kids, would he also be willing to give it out to random adults? But then again, I could be objecting to this due to my perspective as Westerner. Perhaps this may be more acceptable in Japan than I realize.
Anyway, the Detective Boys later decide to talk to each of these people individually in order to ask them why they were glaring at Saki. When the apartment complex doorman tells them all three of them are out, the kids actually wait at the apartment complex to question each one. With each person they ask, I can clearly tell they’re giving BS answers… especially the guy who’s nearly drop dead drunk when they question him. While Conan doesn’t say anything out loud, I think I could tell by the look on his face that he also wasn’t buying any of their answers.
Saki is later pushed into the street and is almost hit by a car. When the kids ask her what happened, she doesn’t mention being pushed and gives an answer of spacing out and trying to cross while the light was red. While she seems like a nice person to the kids, the audience learns a little later that she’s not the nice person she comes across as, since she references the fact that these people are allowing themselves to be blackmailed.
The episode ends with Saki falling from the apartment building where the three glaring people live, and it’s determined that she’s dead. The Detective Boys are there when it happens.
The next episode will focus on Conan and the others trying to figure out how Saki died and who’s behind it.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but this particular story just isn’t doing a whole lot for me. Between how Ayumi and the others are introduced to Saki, and my issues with the apartment doorman’s loose lips, I have a hard time getting into this story and really caring about Saki or this case. I’ll obviously still watch next week in order to find out how it ends and to continue the series, but this isn’t one of the better two-part episodes that I’ve seen in Case Closed.