Detective Conan (1996) s01e19 Episode Script

An Elevator Murder Case

A COLDFUSION & BAARO RELEASE My name's Conan Edogawa! High school student Shin'ichi was forced to take a drug that shrunk him.
Although smaller, my mind remains that of a sharp detective! Today's case takes place in a high-rise building! These elevators bear a crime! Even when hidden behind double doors, there's always only one truth! The first end of the century in 100 years hyakunen-buri no seikimatsu Created by Gosho Aoyama "Detective Conan" Serialized in Shogakukan's "Weekly Shonen Sunday" nake to iwarete boku wa waratta When told to cry, I laughed instead Planning Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV) Character Design Masatomo Sudo Art Director Yukihiro Shibutani Art Design Hiroyuki Mitsumoto The first end of the century in a long, long time hisakata-buri no seikimatsu We're leaping into a wide open world hiroi sekai e tobidashite-yuku Directors of Photography Hironobu Horikoshi Takahisa Ogawa Sound Director Katsuyoshi Kobayashi Music Katsuo Ono Music Producer Hiroki Horio (PolyGram) kodomo no koro ni wakarikaketeta-koto ga The things I tried to understand as a child Opening Theme "Mune ga doki-doki" (Kitty Enterprises) ZIGGY Juichi Morishige Juichi Morishige ZIGGY Performed by Lyrics Music Arrangement Ending Theme "Step by Step" (Mercury Music Entertainment) THE HIGH-LOWS Hiroto Komoto/Masatoshi Mashima Hiroto Komoto/Masatoshi Mashima THE HIGH-LOWS remain a mystery even as an adult otona ni natte wakaranai mama Story Editor Jun'ichi Iioka Editor Teramitsu Okada (JAY FILM) Color Key Reiko Hirayama Associate Producer Satoshi Kojima eraku mo nai shi rippa de mo nai I'm neither a hotshot nor especially great Planning Support Toyohiko Okuyama Mitome Asai Director Kenji Kodama All I understand is the pounding of my heart wakatteru no wa mune no doki-doki It's neither an answer nor the truth kotae de mo nai hontou de mo nai Producers Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV) Kazuhiko Yagiuchi (Tokyo Movie) Masahito Yoshioka (Tokyo Movie) All I have faith in is the pounding of my heart shinjiteru no wa mune no doki-doki Presented by Yomiuri TV Tokyo Movie That, and nothing else mune no doki-doki dake A COLDFUSION & BAARO RELEASE A COLDFUSION & BAARO RELEASE tor Mu Elevator Murder The Elevator Murder Case The Elevator Murder Case The Elevator Murder Case The Elevator Murder Case The Elevator Murder Case The Elevator Murder Case "Emergency Exit" "Fitting Room" Come on, it's a holiday! Why's there so much traffic?! Are you sure it wouldn't have been faster by train? Being a model for Ashiya-san's clothing— it's like a dream come true! You're sure this is Eiko Ashiya, right? You know that she's— —one of the top fashion designers in Japan right? Wasn't Eiko Ashiya the one whose fashion show was cancelled recently? A rival company announced a winter clothing line very similar to the latest line that she was going to have at her show.
So she had no choice but to cancel it.
You sure know a lot about her! Don't tell me you're actually an Eiko Ashiya fan! I had no idea, Dad! Don't be silly! A detective must always expand his horizons to keep on top of what's going on in the world around him! Sure Here it is! That's one big building You're not going to be a model yourself, you know.
I know that! You're really starting to get on my nerves! Excuse me! My name's Ran Mouri Ah, we've been expecting you.
The company president will be back soon.
Please wait over there.
Sure! It certainly is quiet! Yes, today's a holiday, so there's no one else here.
I'm so sorry to keep you waiting, Ran-san! No, that's okay! Hey What? Are big purses the latest style now? Her life revolves around all the up-and-coming fashions! I'm sure it'll catch on soon! I'm really sorry about that.
This is my father and Conan Edogawa-kun.
They absolutely insisted on coming with me Kogoro Mouri, at your service.
Thank you for giving my daughter this opportunity— Kogoro Mouri? The famous detective?! Oh, you've heard of me! What an honor this is! These are a token of my admiration.
Please accept them.
Ashiya-sensei? Sorry.
Thank you.
Good morning.
This is my secretary, Mika Taniguchi-san.
Nice to meet you.
This is Ran Mouri-san and her father, Kogoro-san.
And this here is Conan Edogawa! Right! Conan-kun! Sorry to call you here on a Sunday.
That's okay.
I'll just quit as soon as I can.
After all, I am being forced to work on weekends now.
Whatever you like.
I'll just go put these flowers in my office and bring back the paperwork.
Please have a seat there with your father and Conan-kun while you wait.
Certainly! Mika-san.
Go to the eighth-floor fitting room and get ready.
See you shortly.
Excuse me, but is that secretary quitting? Yes.
She's apparently already turned in her letter of resignation.
They seem on such bad terms, but she still pushed the button for her.
"Direct elevator to the 15th floor" "Direct elevator to the 8th floor (Stops at each floor coming down)" Well, let's wait over here.
But first I need to use the bathroom! Same here! Hurry up and go! That feels much better! Did you both remember to wash your hands? Eda-san! What is it?! I called Mika-san's cell phone from my office, but she won't answer! Will you come look with me? Of course! Why's she so worked up about someone not answering their phone? That's strange.
The elevator Taniguchi-san used is stuck on the 8th floor.
Could something have happened to her?! For now, let's take this elevator up and see for ourselves.
What's the matter, Eiko-san? The secretary, Mika Taniguchi-san Wait! There are footprints on the floor! Footprints It would seem they were made by dust from the emergency stairs! A robber must've broke inside! They snuck in, found Mika-san, and then stabbed her! It's almost like she knew this would happen to Taniguchi-san Eda-san! Could you stop the door? Right! I can't believe this These footprints Stabbed through the heart.
Died almost instantly.
Inspector! These footprints are 26 centimeters in length.
It must've been a man.
There's a blood stain on her shoulder And what's this crease doing on the shoulder of her jacket? Would someone working in the overly-conscious fashion industry wear something with a crease like that there? But the strangest thing is that Taniguchi-san is lying on the ground facing away from the elevator.
If she was stabbed as she got off the elevator, she would have collapsed inside it! In which case, the killer must've purposely pulled her into the hallway.
But why would they need to do that?! You and Taniguchi-san were riding in different elevators, correct? Yes.
That elevator was the one I took.
The 15th floor? This goes non-stop to the 15th floor? Yes, that's right.
And this center elevator is the one Mika Taniguchi-san took? That one's non-stop to the 8th floor, and then it can go floor-by-floor, all the way to the 15th floor.
And then the one we took just now stops at the 8th floor, then comes back down in single-floor increments That's correct.
Only two elevators can go to the 15th floor.
How much time passed from when Ashiya-san first got into the elevator and until she returned here? Two minutes.
No, a little more than one minute, I think.
A little under two minutes Inspector.
The emergency stairwell exit on the 1st floor was unlocked.
When did you last do your rounds? About 2 hours before the incident.
I'm certain the door was locked then! Did anyone enter or leave the building afterwards? Nobody except the company president.
Yes, I needed to check something.
I arrived about an hour ago and was in my office for half an hour.
After that, I left to get some coffee.
I left through the main entrance, of course.
Inspector! I think Eiko-san is right— this was the work of a burglar breaking into the building! The killer unlocked the 1st floor emergency exit from the outside and took the stairs to the 8th floor.
Then, just as he passed by the elevators he ran into Taniguchi-san.
He murdered her, then escaped back down the stairs.
Alright! Search the nearby vicinity immediately! Also, I'll need to take your fingerprints, Ashiya-san.
Are you implying that I'm the murderer?! Nothing of the sort! It's to distinguish between the killer's fingerprints and yours! Besides, there's no way you could possibly have been the murderer! Why not? Are you stupid or something?! Pay attention, now.
Eiko-san and Taniguchi-san got in different elevators at the same time.
Eiko Taniguchi Taniguchi Eiko Eiko Taniguchi Taniguchi-san arrived at the 8th floor and was murdered immediately after the doors opened.
Meanwhile, Eiko-san was on the 15th floor and there was no elevator to take her to the 8th floor! So how could she have killed Taniguchi-san? But that doesn't clear her of all suspicion— You're just a kid; don't tell a pro how to do his job! That's no excuse for hitting him, Dad! But he just won't learn! What a lost cause! Can't depend on him at all! Here goes! Conan-kun! Where are you going?! Forget about him! If I'm right, the key to solving this case should be on the 15th floor! Wow! The company president's floor sure is nice! What fancy carpeting! A flower petal? Pollen What's this?! Tape marks! "President's Office" It's the same pollen.
Why? Why was there a flower petal and pollen here? She wouldn't have passed by here if she went straight to her office Taniguchi-san was killed inside this elevator, on the 8th floor.
Eiko Ashiya-san was all by herself for just over a minute.
Taking the stairs to the 8th floor, killing her, and then coming back up would take at least 4 or 5 minutes.
Meaning that the question here is where exactly she was killed.
The way her body was lying on the ground The blood stain and the unnaturally crumpled part of her jacket The flower petal lying on the floor And the tape marks around the call button for the elevator that Taniguchi-san was in That's it! Now I get it! This is an alibi trick involving elevators! Taniguchi-san's murderer was indeed Eiko Ashiya! No fingerprints at all? Nope.
There were none on the knife nor on the 1st floor emergency exit.
Excuse me, Inspector.
Would it be all right if I went home? Of course.
That should be enough for today— Oh no! If she goes, she'll dispose of the evidence! I have no other choice! I'll have to use the old man again! Ran-san.
Yes? Sorry, but can we do this another day? No problem! Well, I'll just be going now Allow me to see you to the door.
Not again Which is what I would like to say, but we cannot allow you to leave.
The reason being that you're the one who murdered Mika Taniguchi-san! Dad! What are you talking about, Mouri-kun? You were the one who just explained why she couldn't have done it! Yes, that I did.
But that was a trick.
A trick?! But first, allow me to explain those footprints in the 8th floor hallway.
Have a seat, if you would.
That was a ruse she concocted to make Mika Taniguchi-san's murder look like the result of a burglar breaking in.
Try to remember what those footprints looked like.
Normally, someone would run away after committing a murder, correct? This would cause the footprints to be far apart.
However, these footprints were made by someone walking on both their way into and out of the building.
I see.
Now that you mention it, you're right Eiko-san.
You entered the building an hour before the murder, made the fake footprints, and then unlocked the 1st floor emergency exit from the inside.
After this, you hid the sneakers that don't fit you inside your large purse and then left the building.
You came back 30 minutes later, after you had disposed of the sneakers.
And then as we looked on, you headed for the elevator hall with Mika Taniguchi-san.
You were the one who pressed the call button.
The reason being that you needed her to use the center elevator instead of the one that was nearest to her.
Inside the elevator, you started dialing her number on your cell phone.
After getting off on the 15th floor, you pressed the dial button.
It's hard for cell phones to connect while inside elevators, you see.
You told Taniguchi-san to come to the 15th floor right away.
Meanwhile, you taped a coin to the call button on the 15th floor.
You did this to make sure the elevator doors wouldn't close while you were killing her.
Hold on! Mouri-kun! The victim was found dead on the 8th floor! Now we come to the main point of the trick.
Didn't you find the direction she was lying strange? If she had been stabbed by someone as she was getting off the elevator, she would have fallen back into it.
But she was lying outside of the elevator, facing away from it.
Now that you mention it Eiko-san stabbed Taniguchi-san on the 15th floor, got behind her, and then turned her in the direction of the hallway.
Then she pressed the button for the 8th floor and removed the tape from the call button.
She then propped Taniguchi-san up in a sitting position and sent her down to the 8th floor.
I can't believe she would do such a thing There were two keys to unraveling the mystery behind this alibi trick.
The first was the crease on the shoulder of Taniguchi-san's jacket.
It was created when the jacket was caught between the elevator doors.
The second key was in the flower petal and pollen left on the carpet when Eiko-san put the bouquet on the floor so it wouldn't get in the way of killing Taniguchi-san.
That's an interesting story.
But it's nothing but a theory.
Besides, if Taniguchi-san rode the her fingerprint should have been on the 8th floor call button.
Well, Inspector? Any fingerprints on the call button? No.
No fingerprints at all.
Sorry, Mouri-san.
Mika-san didn't go to the 15th floor.
Your theory has been disproved! Indeed.
Because you removed her fingerprint yourself.
Truly stupendous execution, it was.
In order to close the elevator doors, you pressed the call button and then removed her fingerprint by wiping it off.
Wait a minute! Does that mean there's no proof?! Oh, there's proof all right.
Inside Eiko-san's purse! What kind of proof?! The bloody gloves she used when committing the murder.
Time-wise, she shouldn't have been able to dispose of them.
And she couldn't dare hide them inside the building.
You were more than confident about your elevator alibi trick.
In other words, the only possibility is that the bloodied gloves are in your possession! The one who stole your design and sold it to that rival company was Mika Taniguchi-san, wasn't it? You're right.
The evidence is here, too.
But I did it because she had betrayed me.
She said she didn't care if I went to the police because after canceling my fashion show, doing so would only damage the Eiko Ashiya brand name even more.
"Letter of Resignation" Then she tried to quit the company.
I decided to kill her while she was still with the company.
And that was today When I heard your father was the famous detective Kogoro Mouri-san, I didn't know what to do.
But I didn't have a change of heart.
Just my imagination Playing with threads around my finger while drinking lukewarm tea samekaketa koucha nominagara yubi ni karamu ito o asobase bossa nova no rhythm de keikai ni arukou Let's walk lightly to the bossa nova rhythm The puzzle pieces are in my hands puzzle no piece wa te no naka sa sou sa Ah-Ah-Ah- That's right raishuu mo ore wa chigau fuku de onaji basho ni iru sa I'll be in the same place next week but with different clothes Step by step, there's no reason to be anxious Step by Step aseru-koto nante nai no sa Case by case, I don't care if you laugh Case by Case warawareta-tte kamawanai Beyond the countless days, she's waiting for me kazoekirenu hibi no mukou ni aitsu ga matte-iru kara I gotta go my own way Ran-san.
You may not believe me, but I was telling the truth when I told you why I wanted you as a model.
I wanted someone with a healthy mind and body such as yourself to wear Eiko Ashiya clothing.
I'm so sorry, Ran-neechan You almost had your chance to be a model No, that's okay.
Huh? Come to think of it, where's Dad? Whoops! I left him there, asleep! It looks like this case has taken its toll on him After all, he's a fan of Eiko Ashiya-san, and he just exposed her crime! If he found out I was the one who exposed her crime, he'd murder me! Next episode's hint right after this! NEXT EPISODE Mitsuhiko! I've figured it out! You're the ghost! Next Conan: The Haunted House Murder Case Next Conan's Hint: Eerie basement Look forward to the next episode Next time, it's a somewhat spooky story!