The Other Side of the Glass, Part 2
Bernard Walton and Wooton Bassett are at the See Right Glass Company to talk to Leonard Corelli about the windows and the symbol. Bernard is only interested in hearing that they'll get the symbols off, while Wooton wants to ask questions about how the symbols got there. Mr. Corelli explains that one of his employees came in during the manufacturing process and tampered with the glass. He then offers Bernard some compensation for his troubles, along with a form for Bernard to sign. Wooton says it's a payoff, and Bernard says that he doesn't need any money from Mr. Corelli. After Bernard refuses the compensation and form and Wooton accuses Mr. Corelli of hiding something and bribing Bernard, Mr. Corelli throws them out. Bernard and Wooton go to Bernard's truck. Wooton is still convinced that someone used the symbol, to say that they need help. A security guard from the company informs them that they need to leave the property or be fined for trespassing. Bernard attempts to start the truck, but it sputters and refuses to start. Mr. Henderson says they can push them out on the street and then contact a local towing service.
The tow truck arrives and tows them to a local repair shop. While there, Wooton notices the Power Boy help symbol on the wall of a railway tunnel. Bernard leaves Wooton, and Wooton talks to a couple boys to try to find out about the symbol. One boy tells Wooton about someone called "Freddy C." The boy, named Joseph, tells Wooton that if he really wants to help, he should go to the "glass place" at midnight.
Bernard thinks that it is crazy to listen to the boy, but Wooton is determined to go to the Glass Company at midnight. He states that there's too many "coincidences" strung together for it to be just coincidences--he is suspicious that God is trying to pull them toward something. At this explanation, Bernard grudgingly agrees to go with Wooton. At Whit's End, Bernard tells Whit about their decision. Whit is hesitant at first, but then agrees that it wouldn't hurt to go and offers to keep Bernard company.
Bernard, Wooton and Whit stake out the company from the parking lot across the street. Whit grabs the pair of binoculars and sees two unmarked trucks delivering workers, many of whom are barely teenagers. A moment later Mr. Henderson knocks on the window and informs them that they are trespassing on See Right property. The trio drive away from the property. Whit decides to call around and find more information about See Right, Wooton is going to try to find Joseph in the morning, and Bernard is going to sleep on it.
The next day Wooton talks to the mechanic that fixed Bernard's truck. He asks the mechanic about Joseph, and then Joseph comes in, sees Wooton and runs out. Meanwhile, Whit and Bernard talk with an agent with the state department of labor. Whit tells the agent what they saw and asked if there is anything on record about See Right using underage workers. The agent replies that they didn't and that they can't press the issue without evidence. The two agree to go back that night and get tangible proof to put See Right under.
Wooton pursues Joseph and after chasing him for a while Joseph finally stops. Joseph explains that Freddy C disappeared right around the area that they're standing. He goes on to say that he was so much trouble to the guys at the See Right Company that they made him "disappear". Joseph explains that the trucks that Wooton saw were delivering workers for the factory, and company representatives travel to poor countries and promise the people there good jobs, then confiscate their passports and force them to work by threatening to turn them in to the authorities as illegal aliens. Suddenly, Mr. Henderson appears, having heard the essential parts of the exchange, and as Wooton tells Joseph to run, Henderson and his men take Wooton to the factory.
- How did Mr. Henderson know Whit's name at the stakeout?
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- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- The expression "leave well enough alone" was previously said in a mystery in #39: “The Case of the Secret Room, Part 1”.
- Mr. Henderson facetiously suggests that Wooton write a letter to The New York Times to expose See Right.
Wooton Bassett: My name is Wooton, by the way.
Joseph Fredrick Corelli: That's a funny name.
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, I know. It's Old English for "village by the wood."
Joseph Fredrick Corelli: Your parents were Old English?
Wooton Bassett: No, they were just old.