Case Closed: Episode 946 – “The Cursed Tears of Borgia (Part One)”

The episode begins with a pair of construction workers at a dried out dam, and one of them comments that the area is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. They have discovered a car, and inside is a skeleton with a fruit knife sticking out of it. Naturally, the police are called.

It turns out the body found in the car belongs to a woman who had disappeared 40 years earlier, when she was an assistant working on a drama program and was supposed to be transporting a famous ring to a shooting location. At the time, she was accused of stealing the ring.

The woman’s granddaughter goes to Kogoro to ask for help, in the hopes that they can determine what happened to her grandmother. We learn that one of the men who discovered the body is a drinking buddy of Kogoro’s, and he learns about the knife being in the body through him (since the police didn’t release that piece of information to the media). From talking with the police, Kogoro learns that because of the condition of the car, there’s really no evidence to show what truly happened. While the knife could show she was murdered, it could also be that the woman killed herself. Kogoro says there’s nothing he can do to help.

But Conan and Ran end up taking up the case on their own. The studio where the drama was shot is in the process of being torn down, so they go there to see if they can discover anything. While there’s nothing left of the building, they run into an older gentleman who mistakes the granddaughter for her grandmother (they have an eerie resemblance, which serves as an important plot point). The gentleman worked on the production with the grandmother, and he lets them know that no one on the crew thought the grandmother was a thief. He also explains a bit about the drama and how production on it was done. An important detail is that the grandmother worked directly with the lead actress, who was the daughter of one of the sponsors who had terrible stage fright. To help calm her nerves, the grandmother taught the actress how to peel apples. The actress now lives in a nursing facility because of trauma she experienced.

Conan, Ran, and the granddaughter go to see the actress to try to talk to her. When the actress sees the granddaughter and mistakes her for her grandmother, she goes into hysterics and starts screaming out apologies. The staff ask the three of them to leave. As they leave, they encounter the professor who was hired to declare that the famous ring was legitimate and not a fake. Well, this guy apparently had the hots for the grandmother, since she was the only one who believed him when he said that the famous ring was just a legend and never existed. And since he keeps mistaking the granddaughter for her grandmother, it becomes an awkward situation talking with him.

Near the end of the episode, Kogoro goes to see his drinking buddy, because he apparently called and said he had information about the ring. But when Kogoro goes to see him, his friend doesn’t answer. In the process of going through the building, he’s caught in a fire. The episode ends with Ran getting a call from Inspector Megure informing her of what happened with Kogoro. The final shot shows the building in flames, and the audience is left wondering how Kogoro is doing.

There’s a lot to unpack here, and right now, from what we’re shown, it appears that the actress may have somehow been involved with the grandmother’s death. But at the same time, that just seems too easy and convenient. Could this professor have somehow been involved, perhaps too obsessed with either her or with the fact that the sponsors didn’t want to believe that the ring was fake? And what about this fire at Kogoro’s drinking buddy’s location? Obviously someone wanted to shut him up, or at least make sure Kogoro doesn’t try to track down the truth. But who?

I think next week’s episode is going to be quite interesting, because Conan needs to piece a lot together before he can make his deduction. As you can see from the previous paragraph, I really can’t make any guesses as to what the truth could be. I can’t wait for the next episode to find out what really happened in regards to this mystery.

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