The first scenes intersperse a conversation between Ciel and Madame Red with Jack the Ripper (only seen in shadows) getting ready to commit a murder. Ciel is angry that he failed to find the murderer, and his aunt is trying to calm him down, and tells him to let Sebastian handle it. Ciel on the other hand says that Sebastian is his chess piece, and he is therefore ultimately responsible. Madame Red continues to talk about how worried she is about Ciel and his position as “the Queen’s Watchdog” and invokes the name of Ciel’s mother (her sister). Madame Red continues on about how she is sure that his mother wanted more for him than just being an “evil nobleman.”
She asks if Ciel is after revenge for the death of his parents but Ciel denies this. Instead, he states he is looking for revenge for himself, and everything he’s lost. Madame Red seems sad about this and continues talking to him, concerned for his well being, and stating that she thinks of him as a son. Ciel again states that he will continue to investigate, which seems to upset Madame Red.
Later that night, Sebastian enters the room with the files from the case. He notes that he cannot seem to find any other suspect with the information he currently has. (This conversation is a setup by the way. Someone is not happy about how Ciel is handling the case, and for a change, it is not just Scotland Yard.) From Sebastian’s investigation, neither Viscount Druitt nor any human at the party could be Jack the Ripper. Ciel starts to say that they will continue the investigation tomorrow from a different angle, when he suddenly realizes that Sebastian had only investigated humans. Furthermore, Sebastian had operated only on specific criteria Ciel had provided, and Ciel made the mistake of not having his parameters extend to non-humans. Sebastian points out that this is a stupid thing to do, because Ciel should know that something nonhuman or demonic could have made a contract with a human suspect, or could be the main suspect itself.
Sebastian is extremely not happy about this.
After re-assessing the parameters, they find a place to stake out. Sebastian however, is extremely distracted by the presence of a cat. (He loves cats, they are his favorite animal because they are beautiful, elegant, noble, graceful, charming and supremely adorable creatures.) Ciel is annoyed (and also cold and frozen since it is raining) and yells at Sebastian, who is cuddling an alley cat. Then they both hear a scream coming from the house they are staking out and move in. Ciel slams the door open, and everything goes slow motion as he sees the body, the murderer, and a splash of blood lands on him.
Sebastian hauls him back, covering his eyes, and Grell comes stumbling out of the house, covered in blood. Grell denies being responsible for the murder. Sebastian calls Grell out, identifying Grell as non-human, and says that Grell up to now has been very adept up until now at playing a butler. This causes Grell to grin very widely with a set of teeth that would unnerve a shark. (Note: I had been avoiding gendered pronouns up to now. Grell is a she.) She states she is an actress, and her performance was top-notch. She removes her disguise, and is revealed to be a “death god” or grim reaper–a being that is supposed to judge whether someone is going to die or not.
There is some chatter back and forth, with Grell pointing out that Sebastian is under disguise as well. (Grell also flirts, which Sebastian seems to be slightly annoyed by.) Sebastian questions why a reaper would be posing as a butler, and Grell readily confesses that she was bored with her normal duties of judging souls. She made an alliance of sorts with a woman who was killing prostitutes, and they became partners. Grell’s human partner turns out to be Madame Red who is harboring some severe resentment toward certain women who choose not to have children due to circumstances beyond their control.
Thought the culprits have been discovered, they don’t plan on being arrested quietly. Grell attacks Sebastian, armed with her “scythe.” (It’s a chainsaw. She is ridiculously proud of it.) She also turns out to have an immense crush on Sebastian, which does not stop her from trying to kill him. While Grell and Sebastian are fighting, Madame Red attacks Ciel. At first, Madame Red is very determined, but in the end, she cannot kill Ciel, who looks so much like his mother. She drops the knife, and we see some flash back imagery of Ciel as a child, and of Madame Red’s sister, and Ciel’s father Vincent. Grell at first tries to get Madame Red to snap out of it, and rather irritably points out that she sliced up so many women, she shouldn’t have any trouble killing the boy, who will get her in trouble if she doesn’t kill him. Madame Read says she cannot kill Ciel, and Grell becomes annoyed by this, and kills her, and her Cinematic Record appears.
Angela Barnett’s (Madame Red’s) Cinematic Record reveals that she had loved Vincent, Ciel’s father because he had always been kind and supportive. However, Vincent married her sister Rachel. Since she loved them both, she had managed to hide her envy because she loved them and her nephew. Angela eventually married another man, but lost her husband in a carriage crash that also made it impossible for her to have children. On top of this tragedy, Vincent and Rachel both died in the fire that destroyed the Phantomhive mansion. She harbors a secret and terrible anger toward Ciel because he apparently survived the disaster, when her beloved sister and brother in law had both died.
Grell judges that the drama of Barnett’s life is trite and boring, and walks off. Ciel is not willing to let the case drop when it is only half finished however, and sends Sebastian after Grell. The next episode will continue the battle with Grell, and end this story arc.