This episode begins with an apparent rat infestation at the Phantomhive manor. The servants are taking a hands on approach to rat killing instead of you know, setting out poison or traps. (Finni tries to kill one rat with a nearby piece of decor…he misses it, of course.) Meanwhile, Ciel is entertaining some visitors in the billiard room. The conversation turns a little sinister, because Ciel’s guests are “the evil noblemen” among whom are nobles and others who are engaged in criminal activities, or preventing foreign criminals from gaining territory in England. (I think this is a very interesting and kind of funny parallel.
Some complaints about a secondary situation (veiled as a conversation about the rats) comes up, various people at the meeting wondering when Ciel will deal with whatever problem has come up that Ciel hasn’t dealt with yet. One lady present states that “he” never takes action unless he can take them out with one blow. She suggests that Ciel take the next turn with the billiard game, but Ciel demurs, leading to a gentleman asking with Ciel will take action.
Ciel states what amounts to, “I’m already in position; my target is already within reach.”
One guest, a blond man with a rough appearance appears to become irritated with the statement, and misses his shot. When the shot taken fails, the scene pans over to Ciel, who states that it will take tame until he can find the “rat’s nest.” Another guest is annoyed by Ciel’s confidence, and there is some interplay between Ciel and the man.
The conversation indicates that Ciel has a strategy in place, and he requires that one of the people there to apprehend the criminals and to clean up the mess. Ciel then takes his turn at the billiard table, and manages to sink all of the balls. (Okay, I just have to say I love all the verbal and visual parallels in the beginning of this episode.)
The next scene is teatime, with Lau and his “sister” Ran Mao, and Ciel’s aunt Angelina, known as “Madam Red”, who is one of the “evil noblemen.” (Also, her butler Grell is there, and seems to hero-worship Sebastian.) There is some conversation about the “rat” problem. It descends into an argument between Lau and Madam Red, which gets loud and annoying enough for Ciel to leave the room. Sebastian asks if he will come to tea (a deep dish raisin and apple pie will be the featured attraction) and Ciel states that Sebastian should bring it to his office, because the guests are annoying him. Ciel reaches the office, but unfortunately, gets himself kidnapped by the bad guys.
Sebastian discovers that Ciel is missing, and notes that the afternoon tea will go to waste.
Cut to where Ciel is, with the kidnappers. He seems surprisingly calm and amused despite being the one tied up.
The following scenes follow Sebastian as he dodges bullets from snipers, and hands off the pie he’d been carrying to the servants. (Who then agonize over whether he meant to give them the pie, to eat, or put it away. It is notable they do not otherwise feel concerned about the situation.)
Sebastian over takes the criminals fleeing in their car, and forces them to tell him where Ciel is. The criminal leader appears to have an awareness that there is something unusual about the butler (even without the knowledge that he apparently over took two of his underlings by foot) and orders his men to take up battle stations. He manages to reassure himself that no one could get past his people. But as soon as they set up their perimeter, Sebastian is already going up the front stairs, noting that the mansion is very fine looking.
This leads to an extensive battle seen as Sebastian rushes in, and tosses kitchen cutlery and a dining room table worth of china at them as he swings through various parts of the mansion, and dodges bullets. When he reaches his intended destination, the gang leader manages to “fill him up with lead,” with the help of his men. His efforts appear successful, and Sebastian falls over. Ciel is startled, then annoyed, and he orders Sebastian to stop playing dead. The leader assumes that Ciel has cracked at first, but Sebastian stirs, which freaks out the gangsters. Sebastian notes that guns are much more effective than guns from a hundred years ago, and gets up, spitting them out into his hand. (I think this episode should have been called “His Butler, Durable.”)
Sebastian says that he’ll return the bullets, and takes out the gangsters by throwing a few of the bullets at them. Then he sadly notes that his clothes are now ruined. Ciel notes that he deserves getting his clothes ruined for goofing off. The exchange continues while the gang leader’s is frantically trying (and failing) to regain control of the situation (which he never had.) But the exchange between Ciel and Sebastian continues.
Finally, Sebastian very gently (and evilly) points out that Ciel needs to say the magic words in order for Sebastian to take action. Ciel’s eye, which is usually covered by the patch, and for all this time closed, snaps open revealing a bright glowing purple pentagram in his eye. He angrily orders Sebastian to kill the gang leader.
The leader is angry and terrified, not understanding the exchange here at all. He fires his gun at Ciel’s head, but nothing happens except a glare from Ciel (most likely glaring at Sebastian for continuing to goof of) because Sebastian has caught the bullet. He drops the bullet into the gang leaders breast pocket, and the leader is suddenly contorted back as if someone has pulled back (and broke) his arm. Sebastian picks up Ciel and begins to walk away, but the gang leader has the audacity to attempt hiring Sebastian on the spot. Sebastian ignores him as he frees Ciel from the various restraints.
When Ciel is free, Sebastian refuses the offer, and then his face is shadowed and his eyes glow bright red. The room fills with shadows and feathers, and Sebastian looks even more ghastly. The gang leader is absolutely terrified as the shadows expand. Eyes still glowing, he takes off one of his gloves, revealing an identical purple glowing pentacle on the back of his hand. Ciel says “game over,” and everything fades to black.
Next and final scene is Sebastian carrying Ciel back to the house. It is evening, and for a moment Ciel sees a mansion burning–but it is only the sunset. He’s greeted by the servants, who seem to think it’s very sweet he’s being carried by Sebastian. Ciel is immediately embarrassed demands that Sebastian puts him down. Sebastian does, and as Ciel scolds the other servants, Sebastian goes to one knee and very sincerely apologizes…for dinner being late.
And that’s how the episode ends.