One of the best plots of (any) fictional crime show.
**This review may contain spoilers** In this excellent episode of RIS Police Scientifique, following happens. Ilusionist Marcija Machado performs her trick in theater when dead body falls out the casket. ID's identify man as 46 year old Henry Dumas. He was probably killed in less than an hour, during pause. Marcija and one of her assistants have no alibi for that time. One assistant does: he was making an interview. Peanuts are found in his pocket. He was stabbed once in right thigh. There is no knife. Soonly, one thing confuses members of R.I.S.: how could killer pull out the murder weapon without causing blood splatters anywhere in casket or in theater? Victim lived with his amnesional mother. His father died a year ago. Search of his room reveals that he used to be a magician, and that he wrote a book in which he reveals and explains some famous magic tricks. During autopsy, it is confirmed that stabbing wound was cause of death. Since victim was overweight and had lots of fat tissue on the thigh, it is possible that he didn't even feel a thing. It is also revealed that victim was allergic on peanuts: somebody else was in theater with him. Scar on his wrist points out that he had fist surgery years ago. Surgery was badly performed, and it caused damage on his fist. Because of that, his carrier as magician was ruined. Victim's fingerprints are found on casket, which points out that he came there himself: possibly in order to escape from his attacker. One hand print found on casket isn't human; it belongs to chimpanzee. Team searches the theater again and found the chimpanzee, with digital camera on top of it's head. It seems that victim used chimpanzee to videotape Marcija's tricks. With that in mind, police interrogates Marcia, who denies killing Henry or knowing about his plan. They get search warrant for knives she uses during her performances. Shape of blades on some of them match to stabbing wound. Victim's blood was found on one of her knives, but only on (removable) handle, not on blade. Surgery on victim's fist was performed by surgeon Lois Killer, who was murdered in 1997. His wife at first said that she heard noise, walked downstairs and saw man stabbing her husband to death, but he fled and she couldn't get good look at him. When her fingerprints were found on murder weapon, she changed her story. She said she killed her husband because he wanted a divorce. She was sentenced on eight years in prison; she escaped after serving three and was never re-captured. Victim's soon, now 17, who lives with his aunt since the murder, was on Marcija's performance that night. When interrogated by head of the R.I.S., he denies killing Henry. Head of the R.I.S., however, picks up one of his hairs and gives it on DNA analysis. When DNA profile recovered from that hair is compared with Marcia's DNA, it is revealed that he is her son. She was wife of Lois Keller who was sentenced for his murder. She is arrested. Head of R.I.S., however, thinks that victim, Henry Dumas, maybe killed her husband as revenge for fist surgery fiasco. They re-examine the evidences and found something on shirt Lois was wearing when he was killed; lie called Pediculus humanus. Henry's chimpanzee had same lies on his body. Experts confirm that chimpanzee got lies from it's owner, Henry Dumas, he owe chimpanzee at time of Lois's murder. That proves that he killed Marcija's husband, not her. When interrogated, she says she confessed because she was feeling guilty: she tried to help her dyng husband and she pulled knife out his body (hence the fingerprints on murder weapon), causing him to bleed out. She confesses she escaped from prison and traveled in Spain when she saw photograph in newspapers, of Henry Dumas meeting with illusionist Antonio Machado; she recognized Henry as man whom he saw killing her husband. She hoped to found him, but instead, she became Antonio's apprentice. When he retired, she toked job as illusionist. She confesses that she killed Henry, but team thinks that she tries to protect her son. Finally, secret is revealed: killer made impression of blade on one of Marcija Machado's knife, poured water in it, and freezer it. He stabbed the victim, and knife later melted; this is how knife disappeared without blood splattering. It also helps killer to make an alibi. Team immediately suspects on Portal, Marcija's assistant who was the only one to have alibi for time of Henry's death: he was making interview. Trace is found inside victim's wound: Prolifan, allergy medicine. When Portal's room is searched, bottle of it was found. He says he was jealous on Marcia taking over Antonio's job instead of him. However, he didn't want to kill her; he wanted to make her suffer. In bar, he met Henry, who helped him to So he made ice copy of her knife, putted it on removable knife handle tooken from Marcija's collection, and, before making meeting with journalists, he stabbed Henry and putted handle back. However, he made fatal mistake: he sneezed while making ice blade, leaving traces of Prolifan. In the end, boy is re-united with his mother. This is great episode. This time, victim is far from innocent: he killed man, let innocent woman to rot in jail and later tried to destroy her again., but you can't help to feel sympathy for, at least, his mother. Marcija Machado is great character: strong, attractive, passionate and brave woman. This is one of my favorite episodes so far.
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