Charlie is the clever thief who gassed Olivia, broke into Gavin’s penthouse and stole the mysterious red box in “A Crowd of Demons.” He did all this for a million dollar payday. His mystery employer offers to triple the payoff on one condition. Charlie is not to open the box. The phrase “curiosity kills” seems fitting here as the mastermind behind the robbery shows up at Charlie’s place to find his hired hand gasping for life. It is obvious Charlie did not follow instructions. The mystery man then gives the order to torch Charlie’s hideout before exiting with the securely latched red box.
Dr. Scott Evans makes a house call to check on Olivia. Gavin asks for the results of the blood test before his wife sees them to confirm she was drugged. The good doc agrees to play ball after Gavin offers him a $50,000 loan which will help with a secret gambling addiction. Gavin later tasks Tony with tracking down the guy who tried to run down Olivia. Speaking of Olivia, she’s approached by Victor Shaw. He’s the man who hired Charlie to steal the box. Shaw assures Olivia that he’s preparing to destroy her husband. He also suggests she get another blood test from someone who isn’t in Gavin’s pocket.
Gavin’s lawyer, Sam Steinberg, gets a little uneasy when he sees that his boss has abducted the hired hand who tried to run down Olivia. He wants no part of the interrogation, so he races into the elevator. That was a mistake. The elevator shoots him up to the top floor where Sam is trapped in a maze of endless hallways. Gavin did this to him because he knew he was behind the theft. He eventually frees his lawyer from his hallway prison because he may need to use him later. He’ll also be calling on Doc Scott, who gets a bloody $50,000 tattoo on his chest after blowing through the 50 grand.
Olivia identifies her hubby’s prime robbery suspect as the same man who approached her: Victor Shaw. A meeting is set up. Gavin gift wraps what his blackmailer believes to be a big box of money as the two men chat over dinner. Shaw wants more than cash though. He wants the Drake. He threatens the release of a past obsessive lover of Olivia’s who was imprisoned by Gavin, who then offers Shaw a chance to walk away from this fight. If he doesn’t, then he’ll end up like his once-loyal lawyer. Shaw opens Gavin’s gift box. There’s no money inside. Instead, there is only the dead head of Sam Steinberg.