This episode concludes the “Hope Diamond arc” and leaves us with more mysteries. (Such as, what were the writers thinking when they came up with this?)
We open with Elizabeth remembering how Ciel had disappeared and his parents had died. Despite being a very cheerful, slightly silly girl, Elizabeth’s main motivation is to try to make Ciel happy, because she loves him. These sad thoughts are accompanied by a montage of sad memories and burning houses. The last scene before the opening credits is Elizabeth looking entranced and very doll-like. When her head moves, there is a mechanical click.
The scene then shifts to the scene where the previous episode ended. Sebastian is perched on the window ledge in the room with the mysterious symbol. He makes several snide comments about how much Ciel has lost, and when Ciel snaps back at him, Sebastian reminds Ciel of their conversation during the Frost Fair. Sebastian apparently senses that Ciel is strongly affected by his memories, and quotes Ciel’s words about having been shattered and reborn at him. Ciel’s temper flares and he shakes off whatever unease he had been feeling.
Next, the hurdy gurdy guy sends more of the steel and iron dolls after Ciel. The dolls turn out to be controlled by the song “London Bridges,” and Sebastian takes advantage of this, causing the dolls to destroy themselves. The hurdy gurdy guy appears and declares that Ciel belongs to the hurdy gurdy guy’s boss. Ciel denies this vehemently, but the hurdy gurdy guy states that Ciel has the ring that is sent out to the next victim, therefore, Ciel will be made into a doll.
Sebastian can’t be having with this kind of talk, and snatches up Ciel, then jumping out the window to escape.
Ciel is deeply unhappy about having been rescued, and slaps Sebastian. The conversation that ensues involves the difference between an order and a contract. Because Sebastian automatically places a higher value on Ciel’s life, he is not going to follow an order that will endanger Ciel. Our anti-hero thinks about this for a moment, and slips the ring onto his finger, stating that protecting him will become more difficult, now that he has two rings. Sebastian is about to make a snappy comeback when he is interrupted by Pluto, who is howling.
Since Elizabeth was not anywhere in the mansion, the next likeliest place is a nearby abandoned tower. Pluto is heading for the tower with Grell in tow. Grell is of course very happy to see Sebastian, and flings herself at him. She is beaten to the punch by Pluto, who leaps onto Sebastian, who is less than impressed. It turns out that a “seal of the underworld” has been placed on the tower, and the only one who can open the door is Pluto, which he does.
They find Elizabeth inside, sitting in some kind of work room. She looks as if she’s already been turned into a doll, but responds when Ciel speaks to her. The hurdy gurdy guy however uses marionette strings to force Elizabeth to attack Ciel. Sebastian manages to hold Elizabeth off, and convinces Grell to cut the strings. (Grell is reluctant until Sebastian starts flirting with her.) Grell cuts the strings and Elizabeth falls to the floor, unconscious.
The hurdy gurdy guy comes out and manages to snare everyone in his marionette strings. Sebastian asks him what he’s made of. The hurdy gurdy guy becomes confused, and Sebastian is easily able to defeat him. The hurdy gurdy guy turns out to be another doll, and seems incensed by the hurdy gurdy guy’s total lack of “butler style.” The hurdy gurdy guy turns out to be Drossel Keinz, the missing soul that Grell was looking for.
Elizabeth wake up long enough to wring a promise out of Ciel–she wants to throw a birthday party for him–and Ciel agrees.
Ciel is at first under the impression that the case is closed, but is interrupted by Drossel, who gets to his feet and wobbles off to report to his master. Ciel and company follow after Droll where they reach the room where the dolls master is. They find Pluto lying down in front of a chair, apparently very happy to see whoever is sitting in the chair. Ciel attempts to question the person, but “the master’s” answers make no sense and then take a sinister turn, the doll’s master states that Ciel should never have been born, and Ciel is “unclean.”
Outraged, Ciel moves in to confront the mysterious “master” but there is only an adult-sized ragdoll sitting in the chair. In the ragdoll’s lap is a small wooden puppet. The weird little puppet jumps off and runs away. Ciel tells Sebastian to go after the little puppet, but Sebastian says that the owner of the puppet not around.
The scene eventually shifts to Abberline, who is attempting to do some research on Ciel. Abberline is interrupted by his superior, Sir Arthur, who makes snide and aggravated comments about Ciel. It is clear (to me at least) that the records he’s looking at don’t include what happened to Ciel when he was kidnapped, otherwise Abberline wouldn’t have made a comment to the effect of, “is there such a thing as a child who doesn’t like his birthday?”
We see that Elizabeth does in fact get to give Ciel his birthday. All of the servants are wearing random cute things, and Ciel doesn’t look happy about it, but Elizabeth got what she wanted, and it’s the thought that counts. (Right?)
The last scene shift reveals the little wooden puppet, which is still running along. A very familiar person picks up the puppet; Angela. She’s a woman with a mission, and it’s one that Ciel definitely won’t care very much for.
The next episode will introduce Prince Soma and his extremely excellent butler Agni.