When we last saw that ever-charming Englishman Merritt Grieves, he was being violently choked on a train. That's what happens when you don't travel first class. Now Grieves is back at the boarding house minus a suitcase full of cash and tending to the bruises on his neck. Though his attacker was unseen, Grieves does recall the scent of cinnamon, the very spice Greggy Stiviletto added to those waffles he whipped up to seduce Henley.
Henley Boone has three pet peeves: 1. She has zero tolerance for thieves. 2. She doesn't like when her friends get strangled on trains. 3. She really hates dudes who refer to themselves in the third person. Hey, we all hate number 3. Greggy Stiviletto has hit the trifecta, so Henley tasers him. Then she tortures him with a good mallet-pounding before eventually realizing that Peggy Haplin is using her to lure someone else to town.
Now, as we mentioned, Merritt Grieves can be very charming. His charismatic ways even seem to have pierced the icy exterior of Peggy Haplin, who accepts Merritt's invitation to dinner. The evening goes well enough to lead to second date. Peggy invites Grieves to a weekend party at Weeping Wall. That should make Henley happy, as she's looking for a way to get closer to her nemesis.
Dan Farmer drives to the middle of nowhere to deal with the stowaways in his camper. He uses truth serum to determine why Georgia and Andrew snuck into the back of his trailer. He also wants to know what Georgia saw at the pond the night of Jerry Friddle's murder. The kids are surprised to learn that Farmer is a borderline crazy cop who only wants to catch a killer. Once Handsome Dan determines the kids don't know anything, he cuts them loose while warning them to stay mum about all that's happened.
John Haplin is brought in for questions regarding the disappearance of Lauryn Ward. This missing mistress from his past was also sleeping with Greggy Stiviletto. While John admits to the affair, he still blames Lauryn's disappearance on the Magic Man. That's fine. Because Tommy and Hobbs suggest that maybe HE is the Magic Man.
When tire tracks found near Mac's Pond match Andrew Haplin's car, Hobbs no longer thinks John is the Magic Man. But he does think he killed Jerry Friddle. Tommy knows Big Dave is the real killer and pleads with his best buddy to turn himself in. Big Dave agrees to appease Tommy, but then tries to sneak out of town. While traveling through the woods, he falls into an open pit where seven cages were kept in an underground prison.
Hobbs knows John Haplin didn't kill Jerry Friddle. He was only using him to force Tommy to bring in his buddy. Dave tries to convince Tommy that he found the place where the Magic Man kept his victims, yet he can't seem to find the makeshift dungeon. Big Dave is desperate, haphazardly waving a shotgun back and forth.
Tommy tries to calm Dave down by pulling something from his pocket. Big Dave thinks it's a warrant for his arrest. He's losing it as he raises his rifle. Tommy has no choice but to draw his gun and fire. BANG! Big Dave is down. Tommy watches as his misguided friend fades away.
Back at home, Rachel finds the item Tommy was trying to give Big Dave. It was a plane ticket out of town. Tommy was going to let him go free. After all, the only thing Big Dave ever wanted to do is catch the evildoer who has terrorized Haplin for so long. In a way, you could say the Magic Man has claimed yet another victim.