In this episode, Ceil has acquired a camera that is supposed to be able to reveal “otherworldly beings,” which have an emotional connection with the person being photographed. (It is further clarified that the otherworldly beings in questions are the ghosts of loved ones.) He gives the servants the job of taking Sebastian’s picture.
Of course, it becomes obvious that Sebastian is aware of what the servants are up to, and a battle of sorts ensues as the servants struggle to catch him in a moment where he is standing still for ten seconds, (that being the amount of time necessary to take the picture). The servants take a break from their mission, and complain about their various mishaps. They are interrupted by Sebastian, who assigns them the task of hiding Pluto, since a guest will be arriving at the mansion. Pluto however, turns out to be too much to handle, and Sebastian eventually has to deal with him.
Sebastian talks to Ciel, and sees that Ciel is having a little strategy session on his desk in the form of toy soldiers and a little black sheep game piece. It is obvious that Sebastian knows what Ciel is up to, though Ciel continues to pretend that nothing is going on. (It is easy to imagine that Ciel and Sebastian spend a great deal of time playing odd little games like this. I like this episode mostly for the character study elements. This episode really reveals and develops character relationships and interactions.)
Matters are complicated by the appearance of Lau, and by the arrival of the guest, who has some questions about Ciel’s toy making company. Lau attempts to help by having Ran Mao serve as a distraction. Sadly, the only person distracted is the guest. Sebastian redirects the guest’s attention, and takes him to the meeting room, where Tanaka is waiting. It turns out that Tanaka is supposed to be the general business manager, but unfortunately, he is not compos mentis at the moment. Sebastian at first translates what Tanaka saying, then takes over the business is meeting entirely, giving a thrilling presentation of the company’s business plan and work ethic. (Sebastian is truly a butler of many skills.)
After the meeting, he serves tea to Ciel, and Sebastian lets Ciel know that he knows what Ciel is up to by mentioning that the journalist had taken a picture. Ciel pretends that nothing is going on, but apparently decides that he needs to take some extreme measures, because in the next scene, he has Finny throw a garden ornament–a winged torso on a pedestal– at him. The pedestal goes flying, and then Finny panics, and runs forward in an attempt to get Ciel out of the path of the statue. When the smoke clears, it is revealed that Sebastian had been able to intervene; he had protected Ciel from the fall of the statue with his own body. (For a minute, Sebastian is framed by the statue’s wings, which was a funny moment.)
Then for some reason, there are dragon sparklers, and Lau says that Sebastian and Ciel make a nice tableau.
Ciel growls at Sebastian that he was late, and Sebastian apologizes and then gives the dinner menu. Sebastian then points out that he would have stayed still for the picture if he had been ordered to. Ciel looks annoyed and sulky, and pretends that he had not been trying to have Sebastian’s picture taken all day.
Later, the servants are developing pictures in the dark room. As they get ready to develop the pictures, Pluto enters the room (in human form). He is clearly extremely unhappy with the servants, and demonstrates that he can not only breathe fire in his dog shape, but also in his human one–which of course ruins the picture. The scene shifts, and it turns out that Pluto had been told to ruin the pictures by Sebastian.
The only surviving picture features Pluto, Ciel and Sebastian, which confuses the servants.
The end of the episode features Sebastian and Ciel having a cryptic exchange. Sebastian talks about how the pictures were an illusion, and did not matter. Then the scene shifts to Maylene and Bardroy who are both being chased by Pluto. Finny is still puzzled over the picture, but stops the shenanigans by grabbing Pluto by the snout, and throwing him over his shoulder. Finny’s cheerfulness after being puzzled by the picture inadvertently emphasizes Sebastian’s statement.