The episode begins with a scream of horror, but it is not Ciel punishing a swindling employee. It is Grell, Madam Red’s butler, who is hurtling down the hall on top of a cart full of dishes and tea. Grell and the cart barrel through the door of the dining room, heading straight for poor Finni who isn’t able to get out of the way in time. Grell gets knocked to the floor, soaked in tea in the process. Grell trying to clean Finni up, reaching for a napkin, but manages to tear the entire tablecloth off of the table, knocking everything off of it, severely annoying Ciel.
Bardroy asks why Grell is here, stating that Grell is an incompetent. Ciel notes that a Bardroy has no room to talk. It turns out his aunt, Madam Red imposed upon Ciel to take Grell in so that Sebastian could help Grell become a better butler. (Grell seem especially at creating disasters.) Ciel had thought Sebastian would be the on actually inconvenienced by Grell being a walking disaster area, not himself. (Silly kid, you should know by now that kind of reasoning will only cause you trouble.)
Grell leaps into apologetic dramatics, but is stopped in the process by Sebastian in an evilly gentle yet sarcastic way that Grell takes as kindness. (None of the servants agree about this, being long familiar with Sebastian’s smile of “I am trying hard not to kill you.” Tanaka also agrees, nodding and laughing as he drinks his tea. Sebastian gently instructs Grell in making tea, and the servants frantically scribble notes.
Ciel gets served a “proper” cup of tea, and then indicates that a carriage is waiting for him, then Sebastian instructs the servants to clean up. After that, he advises Grell to just sit and rest, with an added suggestion should Grell with to rest eternally. Again, Grell thanks Sebastian, and then we go to the opening theme.
The errand Ciel is running is to get a new cane (the previous one having been destroyed by Finni). This scene mostly introduces an arc involving the Jack the Ripper, and gives us more of an introduction to Grell. The store owner or desk clerk thinks that Ciel is picking the cane up for his father at first, but Sebastian informs him otherwise. Store clerk makes a comment about the can and Ciel being a child, and soon finds the cane’s business end in his face, wielded by Sebastian who makes a not very veiled threat as he admires the cane’s workmanship. Cane paid for, Ciel and Sebastian head out of the shop.
Meanwhile, Grell is working in the garden, asking admiring the manor. Tanaka turns up in his non-chibi form, which the other servants identify as “Real” Tanaka. (Apparently, he can only rarely be “Real” Tanaka in the anime for brief periods of time. Usually he is in the chibi form.) Tanaka explains the history, and after he is back in chibi mode, everyone realizes that Grell is pruning the hedges into giant skulls. (How they managed to miss this, since the entire garden is now filled with skull trees and bushes, I do not know.)
Horrified, Grell has more dramatics, which are interrupted.
When Ciel and Sebastian return from their errand, they discover that Ciel’s cousin (and fiancé) Elizabeth has come to visit–and redecorate. Her idea of decoration is early “little girl’s Disney princess bedroom,” by the way. Ciel and Sebastian are equally horrified. Then the three servants all come running up in tears because Elizabeth has forced them to dress in “cute” costumes.
They reach the epicenter of the horror and find Grell hanging from the ceiling. Ciel tells Sebastian to get him down, but before he can get to Grell, the cause of the cute-pocalypse descends on Ciel in a blur of banana curls and cute dress. Ciel is very surprised and unhappy, and protests being hugged. He is not happy with this explosion of “cute” and is very, very annoyed with Elizabeth. Lizzy however is mostly oblivious. She wants to cheer Ciel up and have fun with him.
Unfortunately a young lady without a chaperon at the house of a young gentleman (even if they’re technically engaged to be married). Is Just Not Done, and Ciel is understandably worried about this. (Lizzy again is oblivious.)
Lizzy wants a ball and she is determined to have one, no matter what, and rolls over every objection.
Confronted by this determination, he does the only thing he can do–he hides in his office, hoping Lizzy will go away. It turns out that not only does he not want his mansion “decorated,” he also doesn’t actually know how to dance. Sebastian decides it is time he learned, pointing out gentlemen were supposed to know how to dance. Sebastian tries to give him a quick lesson, but Ciel seems to have two left feet.
When Ciel gets down stairs to play along with her request for a ball, Lady Elizabeth became upset that he did not wear the ring she gave him. She does not realize that the ring he is wearing is the Phantomhive signet ring. She manages to break the ring, which horrifies Ciel to the point he nearly slaps Elizabeth, however Ciel is stopped by Sebastian, who gently explains to Elizabeth the importance of the ring.
Then Ciel steps over, picks up his ring, walks to a window, and throws it away. Elizabeth asks why, and Ciel makes the grand statement that it was “just an old ring” and of no importance to him. Elizabeth is crying, and Ciel acts a little impatient and scolding as he lends her a handkerchief. Then he turns on the charm, and invites Elizabeth to dance. Sebastian has a violin suddenly, and is playing it, Grell happily sings along, and Elizabeth and Ciel dance, and a good time is had by all, despite wearing ridiculous costumes.
Once Elizabeth goes home, Ciel has turned moody again. Sebastian and Ciel talk, and it’s revealed that somehow, he has managed to completely repair the ring. There’s some more talk, and Sebastian stays with Ciel until he falls asleep. When he leaves the room he seems amused by something, and the scene takes a sinister turn as he heads down the hall and everything goes dark.