The Top Floor, Part 2
Eugene Meltsner, Leonard Meltsner and Jason Whittaker are on a plane to New York. Eugene leaves a phone message for Katrina stating that they're on their way to New York hoping to retrieve the box. Eugene and Leonard begin discussing Dalton Kearn. Dalton formerly worked with Leonard as archaeologists. Leonard explains some background on what happened between him and Dalton.
Eugene, Leonard, and Jason arrive at the Hotel where Dalton Kearn lives. Jason tells them that they have the hotels whole cooperation. He reports that Dalton only has control over the top floor. Dalton isn't in the building but he has security guards. Jason tells them that there are only group of people that they let into the floor; cleaning people. They agree to go undercover to sneak into the floor and retrieve the box. The trio head to the floor and meet the security guard. Jason and Leonard split up, and Eugene stays with the guard striking up a conversation.
Jason and Leonard continue their search and Leonard finds a door covered with African masks. He tries to get in, but it's locked. Jason plants a phone bug, and then Leonard bumps into Dalton's son named Everett. Everett tells him that the door is voice activated and only Dalton can open it. They say their farewells to the security guard and leave the floor contemplating how to get the door open.
Eugene calls Katrina and Whit at Whit's End to see if they have any thoughts on how to get it open. Soon after, Dalton comes through the door at Whit's End. Whit talks with Dalton, and Dalton asks about Eugene. Whit explains that Eugene isn't around. Katrina comes out and introduces herself to Dalton. She then pulls Whit back into the kitchen. When Dalton said his name, Eugene recorded it.
Dalton is suspicious about Whit's edginess. He decides that he needs to find out more information about Eugene by looking for him in the phone book and visiting his house. They break the window, and climb through. The only thing they find is a note card called "Things to discuss with my father." The last item on the list said Dalton Kearn. Doyle and Kearn decide that Eugene must be related. Dalton proceeds with their search and notices that there's a message on the answering machine. He plays it and hears that Leonard is with Eugene in New York. He concludes that both Meltsners must be looking for him. He and Doyle decide to go back to New York.
As Leonard and Jason head to the elevator to go to their floor, Everett yells to have them hold the elevator. He joins them, and has some conversation with them. He shows them a picture of his mother before she died. Leonard looks at the picture and is surprised by what he sees.
Back at the Meltsner house, the police arrive at the scene only to find that the burglers are gone. Whit plays a recording from the mic he placed in the phone. They hear that Dalton knows the connection between Leonard and Eugene and that he knows they're in New York, and that Dalton is headed to New York. They decide to warn the trio in New York.
Eugene hears from Katrina and passes on the news to Jason and Leonard. Leonard seems to be in a shocked state. Leonard tells Eugene that the picture Everett showed him was of Leonard's wife. Leonard then realizes the truth: the boy up there is Everett, Leonard's son. (Continued in #613: “The Top Floor, Part 3”)
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- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- This episode marks Officer O'Ryan's first appearance in almost 200 episodes. He was last heard in #417: “Not-So-Trivial Pursuits”, though his image appeared in a Room of Consequence program in #445: “No Boundaries”.
- Officer O'Ryan suggests to Katrina in this episode that a traditional audible alarm that would scare away trespassers would be superior to their silent model. Roughly 14 years earlier, however, in #169: “Hold Up!” he told Whit that it was a good thing he installed a silent alarm in Whit's End. (Although it may be that this is because the two cases are different: in "Hold Up!", the perpetrator was still inside the building and could be apprehended, but in "The Top Floor" Dalton Kearn had gotten away.)
- In this episode, Jason asks Eugene "when have you ever been at a loss for words?". Whit, Jason's father, makes a similar remark in #178: “Room Mates”, saying "Eugene, I've never known you to be at a loss for words, ever."
- Dalton Kearn's use of the interjection "get this" before naming Whit's End to his henchman in this episode was previously used by Connie in a letter to Marcy in #7: “Promises, Promises”.
- Dalton, in his conversation with Whit in Whit's End, references Whit's time in Israel — even naming the Aharoni dig Whit was revealed to be at in #355: “The Search for Whit, Part 1”.
- Katrina makes a rare use of the term of endearment "babe" with Eugene in this episode.
- The newspaper article Dalton reads in this episode references the events of #607: “The Undeniable Truth”.
- The index card Dalton finds in Eugene's house in this episode is from #596: “Cover of Darkness”.
- The motion sensing microphones in telephones were first seen in #548: “Sounds Like a Mystery”.
- The building where Dalton lives, Rock Rimmon Tower, is a reference to the street where Nathan Hoobler, the writer for this episode, lives. This street is named after a rock referenced in the Bible in Judges 20:45.
Eugene Meltsner: So what are you suggesting, Jason?
Jason Whittaker: Eugene, what do you think? Today the cleaning staff just hired three new janitors!
Eugene Meltsner: They did? So you're suggesting that we find them and maybe they can get us into Dalton's floor?
Jason Whittaker: Eugene, I mean that we're cleaning the place!
Eugene Meltsner: Oh. Spy lingo, cleaning. Ten-four.