Ciel’s latest case is apprehending a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, a killer known only as Jack the Ripper. Since his Earl Phantomhive persona is too well known, he disguises himself as a girl in order to investigate one of the suspects. Complications arise in various forms.
We open with Ciel arriving at the townhouse in London with Sebastian. Ciel is complaining about the Season, and there being too many people in London. Sebastian in turn points out that at least there will be no servant-caused catastrophes at least. Then they find Madame Red, Grell and Lau busily entertaining themselves in a parlor, while trying to find where the tea is kept.
Ciel wants to know what is going on, and it turns out that Madame Red and Lau have come to find out what Ciel is up to. After Sebastian finds the tea, and sets out food, Ciel and Sebastian explain the details of the case for the two “evil noblemen.” After hearing the case, Lau does his thing where he makes disturbing and sinister comments in order to unnerve Ciel. (This is only slightly different from the thing where he pretends to know more about something than he actually does.)
Then we switch to a crime scene where Fred Abberline, a police officer with Scotland Yard tries to shoo away Ciel, taking him for a child, instead of an investigator. Ciel asks where the corpse is, and Abberline is horrified, and starts shouting at Ciel until a superior comes up (Sir Arthur Randall) to question Ciel. Ciel says that he is taking over the case (well, okay he actually insulted Scotland Yard and called them incompetent, but essentially, that is what he said). This annoys Randall, and they argue back and forth over who should handle the case, until Ciel goes, “fine” and walks away, with Lau, Madame Red and Grell in tow.
The next visit is to a very eccentric figure referred to as “The Undertaker,” who is willing to offer information about the case for an unusual fee…making him laugh. It is suddenly Vaudeville Night at the Funeral Parlor as first Lau and Madame Red make their attempts, which both fall rather flat. Last on stage is Ciel, but Sebastian volunteers with a very serious expression. He has everyone go outside, and whatever funny thing he says or does hits the jackpot, because the Undertaker is having hysterics.
The information that the Undertaker has is that while the crime scenes are very gory, the uterus of the victim is always carefully cut out, apparently by someone who knew what he was doing, which indicates that the suspect might be a doctor. Since the crime seems to be ritualistic in nature, this narrows the suspects down to doctors involved in esoteric lore and black magic. However, this is apparently a very large group, and there is no way to interview all suspects before “the Season” is over, and all suspects will have scattered. Neither Sebastian nor Ciel seem to consider this to be a potential problem, and Sebastian heads off.
When they get back to the townhouse, Sebastian has already finished his investigation. Madame Red doesn’t believe him, so Sebastian rattles off a list of suspects and their alibis for where they were at the time the crime occurred, and whether they were a member of a secret society. Everyone is stunned by this, except of course for Ciel. The primary suspect Sebastian comes up with is Viscount Druitt. (A character I just cannot stand at all.) The Viscount studied to be a doctor, but never started a practice. In addition, he holds secret parties for his associates and friends that coincide with his more open ones. It is also suspected that Druitt is also involved in occult activities.
Viscount Druitt is holding the last (one of the last?) parties of the Season, so Ciel arranges to join the party with Madame Red, while disguised as a girl. Sebastian is in turn, disguised as a tutor, acting as a chaperon for “Lady Robin.” Elizabeth also turns out to be at the party, this turns out to be something of a problem; she desperately wants to meet “the cute little girl with the cute dress.” Many feats of distraction are required from Sebastian, while Ciel attempt to investigate the Viscount. Ciel is captured, and he discovers that the “secret parties” were actually auctions, and he is the next item on the block.
He summons Sebastian, who breaks up the auction, and scolds Ciel for getting captured. There is a huffy exchange between the two, involving their contract. The subject of the conversation is about the contractor’s mark, which is also the mark that indicates that the contractor is the prey of the demon that had made the contract. The conversation manages to be very threatening on several levels, (you get a definite sense that Sebastian is somewhat annoyed with Ciel) but Ciel does not flinch at this point, merely indicates that he understands the terms of the contract and what the price of the contract is.
Ciel believes that he has solved the Jack the Ripper case, but Sebastian smiles a little oddly at the statement. (He made a similar expression just before he went off to investigate all the suspects.) Then Sebastian picks up Ciel, and carries him off into the night, jumping from rooftop to rooftop.
And when they get home, the newspaper says that Jack the Ripper has killed again.
It turns out that Sebastian had gone off on a wild goose chase, and targeted the wrong person. Ciel is enraged, and Sebastian does not look all that happy either. Next episode will reveal whom Jack the Ripper really is, and also reveal some surprising things about Grell as well.