And then shit really starts to get stupid. Maddy uses the Eye to find out that Horton had a research assistant who was the same age, height and build, and all mention of him stops just before Horton's pilgrimage. She also researches crimes around that time and discovers news of an unidentified dead male found in a park. "He didn't just steal his identity, he killed him," she says. And Horton's there, creepily telling her that this kind of reading material will give her nightmares. He's prevented from doing anything more than intimidating her when someone else comes in to use the Eye. Maddy doesn't ask this guy for help or anything -- she just runs out. And then she's chased through the market by Horton (who has to keep pretending to limp) and doesn't call for help, but just keeps running through a crowd of dozens of people.
We take a break from this ludicrous plot to visit Willie's house, where they've found just one empty bottle of Azimeth. Willie claims first to have used the rest (except he'd be in a coma) and then to have sold it. Under extraordinarily minor prodding (literally, with the butt end of a paintbrush by Jim) Willie folds and confesses him that Boylan wanted him to take the rap for it. Jesus, who else would it be? Jim and Wash should always just make Boylan's their first stop from now on.
Anyway, I guess because of the chase, Maddy's late to pick Zoe up? And despite the fact that she was ahead of Horton -- who has to pretend to limp -- he got there first and picked Zoe up? When this all settles out, I hope the teacher is replaced, especially with the slight attitude she gives Maddy, all, "I'm sorry... he said you knew." And then she doesn't appear to wonder why Maddy is all frantic about this and goes racing off to the orchards (not that Maddy tells her to get help or anything).
So: Maddy finds Zoe with Horton in the orchard, and he lets Zoe go in exchange for Maddy, who instructs her little sister to tell Jim she'll be home in time to make the asparagus. And despite this obviously being some sort of code, Horton lets her go and is about ready to kill Maddy (despite -- or maybe because of -- her babbling about how she understands his motives) with a poisonous spider, all the while talking about how she would have hated the real Horton, who was a jerk. Then Jim shows up and knocks Horton down with one punch.