Will finds himself in David's darkened office, surrounded by his stupid good luck charms that clearly didn't work. He takes a rabbit's foot, then slowly walks over to the desk and turns a light on. And then he stares at David's screensaver for like ten minutes, which is more interesting and moves faster than this show does, so I can't blame him. I'd rather watch it than this show, too. But I can't, because a phone rings. Will stares at it for a while. It rings again. And again. And again. FINALLY, Will decides to answer it. Before he can say anything, the guy on the other end says "knight to king's bishop three." Not even a hello! Will says nothing. The guy repeats his chess move. Will finally asks who he is. The guy wants to talk to David and probably feels stupid for assuming that David answered his own office phone and didn't check to see who it was before going ahead with his chess game. "Where's David?" the guy asks. Will pauses, then gets out "well ... no ... uh ... " before the guy hangs up on him and/or falls asleep from boredom.
In search of answers, Will types "chess" into David's computer, but there is no "active game" in session. Way to password protect your confidential information there, David. Will tortoises around the office for a while until he comes across a globe. He opens it to reveal a chess board inside with a game in session. He moves the knight to king's bishop three, then notices an inscription on the board: "from one pawn to another. -- E.B." Will backs out of the office, leaving his evil murderer boss watching from his office across the hall. Is he trying to be slick? Because I can totally see him. He's standing in the doorway in plain sight.
Will approaches a plain-looking house in a gritty New York neighborhood. He rings the doorbell, and a man answers. He's Ed Bancroft, a.k.a. E.B. and the man who called David's office and hung up on Will. Now Will is on his doorstep to repay him for his rudeness and lull Ed into a boredom coma! Ed lets Will inside, where he sees another chessboard sitting on, like, an ottoman. Just put the board on a solid table, man! Seeing it balanced precariously on an upholstered surface like that makes me nervous for some reason. Ed's walls are painted a rather daring shade of green that you wouldn't expect to be an old retired guy's taste. Will cuts right to the chase for once: "David's been killed," he tells Ed. Ed's jaw drops. He takes a moment, then offers Will some tea. "I'm addicted to Earl Grey," he adds. FASCINATING. He knows of Will, as David mentioned him in the past as being one of the brightest guys at API, which isn't that much of an accomplishment considering his competition. Will says that Ed is a "legend" at API, which explains how he knew to find him based on just those initials. Then again, the writing was in white, so maybe it actually meant E.B. White??? And he's in on the conspiracy with Will Shortz??? WHY IS NO ONE MAKING THESE IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS? Ed asks Will what the legends about him are. "You were a genius at cracking codes ... until the codes cracked you like an egg," Will says. Yeah, I think he could have kept that last part to himself. Show some tact, Will. "Like an egg ... " Ed echoes. "Not my metaphor," Will says. Yeah, I'm sure it's the metaphor that Ed had a problem with there. Ed says that David was his only former co-worker who kept in touch. They talked and played chess. Yes, that makes sense. After all, Ed certainly seemed friendly with him when he didn't even bother to say hello when he called David's office.