The episode opens with Kogoro getting a phone call from a woman named Mayako who is seeking his help. Conan is right there in the room and can overhear what’s being said due to how loud Kogoro is being. From what he overheard, Conan is able to find information on the client, which includes the fact that her husband has a history of being unfaithful. But it turns out Mayako isn’t wanting help with her marital situation. Instead, she’s concerned about a mysterious suitcase that her husband brought home from work and hid in their garage. When she went to inspect it, it was heavy, but it was locked so she couldn’t see what was inside.
When Mayako is a half hour late for a scheduled meeting with Kogoro, he begins to worry. Meanwhile, as Ran is heading home, she sees a woman standing nearby who looks like she’s lost. When Ran asks if she needs help, the woman quickly leaves. Shortly after, a man who is trying to hide his identity with the clothes he’s wearing, follows the woman. Shortly after, Kogoro then gets a call from Mayoko, saying that she’s being followed by her husband. She hangs up quickly, and it’s at this time when Conan learns that Mayako always calls from a pay phone because her husband, who has a short temper, checks her cell phone. A little while later, she calls again, saying she’s at a nearby park. As Mayoko talks, she suddenly screams out and the line goes dead. Kogoro, Ran, and Conan rush to the park, where the find Mayoko murdered by the pay phone. Kogoro sees her husband cowering nearby, and the husband runs off, screaming. The man who was following Mayoko earlier bumps into a woman riding a bicycle.
When the police arrive, Megure gives his usual snarky comment when he sees that Kogoro is involved with this case. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t help but snicker a little every time Megure does this to Kogoro. Mayoko’s husband is found by the police and brought to the scene of the crime, where he keeps insisting he’s innocent. The disguised man makes an appearance and reveals himself to be one of the husband’s co-workers and tells the police about the husband embezzling from the company.
Between what’s revealed here, as well as other things Conan has picked up on, he’s figured out the truth behind what happened. Of course, he has to utilize the usual sleeping dart and bowtie trick to bring everything to light.
When all was said and done, I thought this was a decent mystery. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything outstanding, either. It was a pretty standard anime-exclusive murder mystery for the series. From the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like we’re going to have another anime-exclusive mystery.
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