Case Closed: Episode 963 – “Mori Kogoro’s Grand Lecture (Part Two)”

The episode opened with a brief recap that got right to the point, and then the episode continued on from right where the previous one had ended.

At the end of the previous episode, Kogoro had thought he had solved the locked room murder… but, instead, he had solved another murder that he didn’t even know had happened. After the confession for this other murder, the police check on this, and determine that this other murder did indeed happen and found the evidence they needed to support the confession.

But now they’re stuck on the locked room murder, since everyone had an alibi for the time the murder was thought to take place, and the police were back to trying to figur out how the locked room murder became a locked room.

While Conan and Ai are investigating, they find pages from the same magazine with a rock on top on the windowsill where the locked room murder took place. It seems to be someone trying to give clues. They also find more at the crime scene for the other murder. Just then, Mei (the gal on security who’s a mystery buff) appears and encourages them to take this to Kogoro. Unfortunately, when they do, Kogoro waves it away as a prank and a waste of time.

But it’s interesting to see how much Mei was throwing out in the way of hints and clues as the police are investigating. In the end, it’s through her hints that the locked room mystery is solved and a confession is made by the murderer.

Conan, like myself, was feeling suspicious about Mei. She seemed to be constantly popping up and getting herself involved in the investigation, especially with how her hints were right on. I started to feel there was more to her than she was letting on.

Near the end of the episode, it’s revealed that since one of the panelists was murdered, and the other was arrested for murder, that it would only be Kogoro and his ex-wife, Eri, on the panel. But just as it seems like the panel may fall apart, the staff brings Mei in to be part of the panel. Hmmm… that doesn’t seem suspicious. That doesn’t seem suspicious at all.

This mystery actually extends into a third part, and the preview for Part Three seems to give away Mei’s reason for wanting to be on the panel. And what’s also intriguing is that the hint for the “Next Conan’s Hint” bit at the end of the episode is Eri. Hmmm… this could be get quite interesting. And it should also be pointed out that the very last shot of the episode seemed rather ominous… a shadow person holding a knife while standing next to torn out pages from a magazine with a rock on top of them. Hmmm…

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