We open with a scene set in Lithuania at a convent during World War One. Some planes fly in and begin dropping bombs. In the middle of the carnage, the surviving nuns begin cursing the planes, apparently in the grip of intense fury. Then the image of the Virgin Mary appears, and this causes the circling planes to crash. Our last sight before we go to the opening credits are the nuns, who appear to be completely deranged.
In the next scene, we have Kujo and Avril in town. Kujo is reading a letter from home, where it is revealed his father is the master of backhanded compliments. They talk a little bit about what they plan to do by way of careers and Kujo goes shopping for a dessert for Victorique. (He is very carefully looking for the very best treat he can find, stating that if he does not find something good, Victorique will punish him. He does not seem to be very fearful of the possible punishment however.) Later, Kujo arrives at the library with his present, but Victorique is nowhere to be found.
Kujo notices that Victorique’s books and her pipe are right where she had left them before she had disappeared. This is enough to make Kujo worry. He begins to search every possible place she might be, but can’t find Victorique anywhere. What he does find is Cecile, who upset because Grevil and one of de Blois’ men arrived the night before and carted her off somewhere. Victorique was able to dash off a quick note before she left.
We get a brief scene involving a phone call between Grevil and his father. Grevil seems to be having second thoughts about the plan, but Albert calls Grevil weak and to do what he is told. Meanwhile, Kujo is feeling a little dazed and unhappy without Victorique around. Avril tries to cheer him up, and we discover that Victorique has been sent to a convent. Later, Kujo is at the top of the library tower and is reading the note which simply read “idiot” (which is actually secret Victorique-speak for “help, my father is creepy and insane.” Kujo drifts off for a moment and hears what sounds like Victorique’s voice saying that he won’t be able to find her, which causes him to wake up almost immediately.
Kujo decides that he is going to go rescue Victorique and goes to pack some of her dresses (obviously, not wanting to be scolded for not bringing them). He’s interrupted by Grevil, who is unexpectedly helpful. Grevil tells Kujo that Victorique is being held at a convent with the charming name of “Beelzebub’s Skull.” (Dear Japan, a convent is not ever going to be called that.) At this convent is some sort combination psychic fair and magician convention called Phantasmagoria. Kujo learns that Victorique was taken there in order to lure someone out of hiding. Grevil hands him a couple of train tickets and Kujo continues on his trip, determined to rescue Victorique.
One the train, Kujo meets an elderly gentleman heading to the convent, as well as a few people planning on attending the magician’s convention. Later that night he catches sight of Brian Roscoe, who is also apparently on the train. He follows Brian but loses sight of him, though he does find Brian’s chess doll. He examines the doll and an offhand insult results in the chess doll (or rather, the person inside) whacking him one. Kujo decides that if Brian is around, then it is a sure bet that Victorique will be where Grevil said she was.
In the dining car, he hears a story about the “Felling Maria” an apparition that had appeared at the convent during World War I. (Which we saw in the opening scene of this episode.) We will soon be learning that this ghostly visitation from the Virgin is more along the lines of the light show equivalent of the monster masked robbers in an episode of Scooby Doo as is usually the case with these mysteries. Kujo also learns that this convent had been a place that had been used by the Science Academy for their projects.
As they leave the train one of the people going to the convention points out the sluice gates. Apparently if it wasn’t for the sluice gates, Beelzebub’s Skull would be under water during a high tide. (Anyone getting the feeling that the sluice gates are Checkov’s Gun, raise your hand.) They head into the convent which has a bizarrely carnival like atmosphere, with the nuns playing ticket taker. (No, I still have no idea why a convent is hosting a magician’s convention.)
We shift to Brian Roscoe, who is mentioning to someone that the last time he was here, it was in 1914, during the Great War. (So now, we now have a good idea of who the man in the rubber monster suit is. If it hadn’t been for those darn meddling kids, we never would have found out.) Brian is meeting with Jupiter Roget and they have an oblique little conversation where Jupiter is feeling Brian Roscoe out on which side he’s on (the two sides being the Science Academy and the Ministry of the Occult). Brian states that he’s with Science because of something that Du Blois did (an “unforgivable” something). We also receive a reminder that Brian is a “descendent of the Gray Wolves.”
The Science Academy wants to create an engineering feat disguised as a miracle. (Why is not entirely clear, though I would guess it’s a way to discredit the Ministry of the Occult.) Brian says he has just the thing to pull the trick off. A little later he’s talking to the chess doll. He says that what the Academy is really after is a “memento box” from the Village of Gray Wolves, which Brian had acquired years before. Brian definitely does not want them to have it.
Meanwhile, Kujo is trying to make his way through the crowd of people having fun at the convention. He spots a very familiar figure, who immediately vanishes from sight. Kujo heads after her, calling Victorique’s name. The mysterious Victorique lookalike leads him into the building and from there, to the room where the real Victorique is being kept. (If you hadn’t figured out yet, the mysterious Victorique lookalike is actually Cordelia, Victorique’s mother.)
Victorique is completely huddled in a blanket and is initially unresponsive to Kujo’s attempts to get her attention. After sneezing and coughing, she complains that he was late. (This is Victorique-speak for “I missed you and I’m so glad you’re here.”) Kujo apologizes and tells her he brought her clothes. After an exchange where it’s discovered that Kujo is not a fashion plate and cannot distinguish between two specific shades of red, they have another exchange where it’s revealed to Victorique and Kujo that her mother is also at the convent.
We end with a cryptic exchange between Cordelia and Brian. In the next episode, there is a complicated situation as agents of both the Science Academy and the Ministry play a game of Spy versus Spy.