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|Turnabout Time Traveler|
September 21-23, 2028
|Defense team leader|
|Defense team assistants|
|Time of death||
September 20, 2028; between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.
|Weapon/cause of death||
Blunt force trauma from a Time Keeper clock
|Ema Skye |
|Trucy Wright |
Selena Sprocket* (allusions)
Apollo Justice* (allusions)
Franziska von Karma* (allusion)
Pearl Fey* (allusion)
Dick Gumshoe* (allusion)
Mia Fey* (allusion)
|Wright Anything Agency |
|Attorney's badge |
Flying Chapel Pamphlet
Photo of Victim
Business Card Wallet
Photo of Reception
Selena Sprocket Photo
Photo of Hold
Hold Entry Record
Key of Love
|Wow. It's been a while since I've had this much fun and excitement! A face-off against Mr. Edgeworth! A harrowing tightrope walk for the defense!|
Special Episode: Turnabout Time Traveler is an extra downloadable episode of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, set after the events of the game. The case sees the first reappearance of Larry Butz in the main game series since Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, although he also appeared in the spin-off games Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2.
At the Wright Anything Agency, Athena Cykes and Trucy Wright were discussing how the former, by agreeing to be a part-time assistant in the latter's magic show, should perform the many death-defying tricks Trucy had thought of, much to Cykes' dismay. While Phoenix Wright mused about how the office had not seen many clients lately, a familiar face came in: his childhood friend Larry Butz, whom Phoenix had not seen in years.
After Cykes got acquainted with him, Butz said he had come to the office with some "big news", allowing another person into the room: a lady in a white wedding gown. The lady introduced herself as Ellen Wyatt, a maid to the Sprocket household, as in Sprocket Aviation; a large airline company which ran Rainbull Airlines. When Phoenix asked why she was in a wedding dress, Butz claimed that he and Wyatt were getting married, much to the shock of everyone else. However, it soon turned out that this was not the case, as Butz had misunderstood Wyatt's intentions and she had only run away with him because he said he would help her escape from the police.
Wyatt explained that she was wanted by the police as a murder suspect. After finding a dead body at her wedding reception, suspicion had fallen onto her, so she had been placed in confinement until Butz helped her escape. She directed Phoenix's attention to the TV, where a news report could already be heard covering the case. Wyatt was suspected of clubbing the victim, Dumas Gloomsbury, to death in the reception hall. Butz asked Phoenix whether he would defend Wyatt in court. Wyatt swore she had not killed anyone, which Phoenix deemed to be true, as he did not see any Psyche-Locks.
Wyatt said that there was something else to her story, which might seem hard to believe – she was a time traveler. After her wedding reception, she had been attacked and almost killed, but she had then made a wish upon her pendant to go back in time. She claimed that it had actually worked, and she had gone back to just before the reception started – the only difference being that, this time, the man who was trying to kill her was already dead, and she was arrested for his murder.
Just then, police cars were heard outside. Detective Ema Skye came into the office, explaining that the large amount of police officers was due to Butz yelling something about having a bomb. She said she had to place Wyatt under arrest, but that Phoenix could head to the detention center to talk to her. Cykes asked to come along, but as she had promised to help Trucy with her magic tricks, Phoenix told her to stay behind and headed to the detention center with Butz.
Interview with WyattEdit
At the detention center, Butz eagerly told Wyatt that Phoenix would defend her, but Phoenix replied that he hadn't decided yet. Hearing this, Wyatt suddenly burst into tears, bawling about how she would die alone in a jail cell. Shocked by her sudden change in demeanor, Phoenix promised to take her case, saying he had only had his reservations because it was Butz who had introduced them.
Quickly regaining her composure, Wyatt recounted her story: her husband-to-be was Sorin Sprocket, the future president of Sprocket Aviation. On their wedding night, Gloomsbury had tried to kill her by pushing her off the vista deck; she did not know his motive, but suspected he was not happy about her getting married. She had then made a wish upon her pendant – which was a gift from Sorin, and a part of the time machine he had built – and been sent back in time, even experiencing the whole wedding reception all over again, with no one else acting as if anything strange was happening. While cleaning the hall after the second reception, she had accidentally knocked over a large decorative lantern, and it had broken, revealing Gloomsbury's dead body inside. Her in-laws had then stumbled upon the scene and assumed she had killed him.
Wyatt added that she had seen something else on the night of the murder: just after making the wish upon her pendant, she had lost consciousness, but, before that, she had seen someone strike Gloomsbury from behind. Phoenix realized that this person must be the real killer, but Wyatt had unfortunately not seen who it was. Butz then said it was time for them to head to the crime scene, the first stop being the mooring dock in Sprocket Park.
The reception hallEdit
Phoenix and Butz arrived at Sprocket Park to find a large airship belonging to Rainbull Airlines. Butz explained that the airship itself, named the Flying Chapel, was where Wyatt's wedding reception had been held, and gave Phoenix a pamphlet about it. A sign in the park was broken, which a bystander claimed to be the result of a windstorm the previous night. A familiar red sports car then arrived at the park, and Maya Fey and Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, whom Butz had called for help, stepped out. Edgeworth explained that he had picked Fey up on the way, but that he had business of his own at the crime scene, as he would be personally prosecuting the case. The Sprocket family had apparently pressured the prosecutor's office to drop the case, meaning none of his subordinates had wanted to take it. Edgeworth said Butz would have to come with him, as he had a lot of explaining to do. Phoenix and Fey then headed to the crime scene together.
Skye was present at the reception hall, having finished her investigation. She told Phoenix that Gloomsbury had been the Sprocket family's lead servant, making him Wyatt's coworker. The police's theory was that he had attacked her first and had been killed when she struck back. They suspected that Gloomsbury had been jealous of Wyatt for marrying into a wealthy family. In addition, the groom's parents had apparently opposed the marriage as well, but Sorin and Wyatt had chosen to go through with it anyway. As for the murder weapon, it was a large clock shaped like an airship called the "Time Keeper". There was no blood on it, but there had been a luminol reaction and it matched the shape of the wound.
Phoenix and Fey looked around the reception hall. It was equipped with two fog machines, which required dry ice to function. The hall's two decorative lanterns were made in the shape of winged creatures called "Pegamoos". As Fey pointed out, both lanterns were male "Pegabull" lanterns, which was strange, as the Flying Chapel pamphlet claimed that the reception hall was to be decorated with one male and one female lantern. Inside the lantern where the body had been found, they found a note containing what appeared to be instructions for Gloomsbury's plot to murder Wyatt. The writing was smudged, but only starting from the middle of each line – Fey pointed out that this happened when a right-handed person wrote in a hurry. A flower petal was also present inside the lantern, though it did not match the appearance of the flowers in the reception hall. Phoenix also found a wallet on a table which he believed to belong to Butz, and took it, planning to return it to him later.
After finishing their investigation of the hall, Phoenix and Fey noticed a young man carrying a notebook, who had been standing there for some time. Although they tried to talk to him, he said nothing, instead throwing them a message on a paper airplane telling them to get out. Skye explained that he was the future company president and Wyatt's fiancé, Sorin. He was apparently the genius inventor who had designed many of Sprocket Aviation's business successes, including the Flying Chapel, but he was somewhat eccentric.
The duo followed Sorin to the mooring dock outside, where he continued to ignore them until they showed him Wyatt's pendant. Even after learning that they were defending Wyatt, he remained uncooperative when asked about the case, saying they would have better luck asking the police. The subject of time travel sparked his interest, however. According to Sorin, Wyatt's pendant was not itself a time machine, but only a part of it, the body of the machine being the Time Keeper. He claimed that real time travelers did exist, but that Phoenix would not understand what he meant by that. When Phoenix asked Sorin what he thought of his family opposing the marriage, their conversation was interruped by a man with a monocle and a mechanical device on his shoulder, who had been looking for Sorin. He introduced himself as the Sprocket family butler, Pierce Nichody, and invited Phoenix and Fey to Sprocket Manor.
In the Sprocket Manor foyer, Fey accidentally broke a vintage radio, which Nichody quickly repaired with his shoulder mech. He explained that the machine was the "FXR-UPR", one of Sorin's inventions. In addition to being the family butler, Nichody was Sprocket Aviation's repair department director. About the crime, Nichody said he had been one of the witnesses who had found Wyatt standing in front of the body with the murder weapon in her hands, and he had been the one who called the police. Nichody agreed with the prosecution's view that Wyatt had killed Gloomsbury in self-defense, and did not take her story about time travel seriously.
Searching the foyer, Phoenix found a key card for the Flying Chapel, which turned out to belong to Wyatt. Although she had not had a chance to return there since the night of the incident, one of the people at the manor informed Phoenix that a man in a "gaudy jacket" had come by earlier. They also found photos one of the guests had taken of the wedding reception. In one of them, the fog generated by the machines in the reception hall could be seen covering the floor. Nichody was also visible in the photo, standing behind the table at the back of the hall. Lastly, Phoenix and Fey found a framed photograph of a woman who they learned was Sorin's older sister, Selena.
When Phoenix asked him about Selena Sprocket, Nichody said she had been next in line to inherit Sprocket Aviation until her death in a car accident. Sorin had also been in the car at the time; devastated by the loss of his beloved sister, he had abandoned the company business and begun researching time travel in an attempt to bring her back, as well as compulsively writing in his notebook. Nichody believed that Sorin was stuck in the past.
Butz then came into the foyer, saying he was there to promote his new picture book character with Sprocket Aviation. Phoenix took the chance to ask him whether he had been in the Flying Chapel on the night of the murder, but Butz ignored the question and ran away.
An incredible sightEdit
After chasing Butz all the way to the mooring dock, Phoenix questioned him again, causing three Psyche-Locks to appear. Butz continued to deny having any involvement with the case, but Phoenix pointed out that he would not have been involved with Wyatt in the first place if he had nothing to do with the case. Furthermore, the wallet found in the reception hall proved Butz had been there the previous night.
Butz's Psyche-Locks were broken, and he admitted to being in the Flying Chapel. He had met Wyatt and fallen in love with her when he delivered the welcome sign for the wedding, so he had later tried to attend the reception. Unable to get in, he had spent some time wandering around the airship – presumably dropping his wallet around this time – and claimed to have seen something incredible from one of the cabin windows: a pterodactyl flying outside. Butz believed this to be proof that the airship had traveled through time. Upon mentioning this to Nichody, he had been told to never mention it to anyone again. Butz also gave Phoenix a picture of the hold he had taken before the reception; in it, Wyatt could be seen helping with the preparations. Having concluded their investigation, Phoenix and Fey decided to head to the detention center to see Wyatt again.
Phoenix found Wyatt in conversation with Nichody. He was telling her that that the marriage would have to be called off, as the next president of Sprocket Aviation could not be married to a criminal. Wyatt was inconsolable, but Phoenix proposed a deal with Nichody – that he would not stand in the way of the marriage if Phoenix could prove Wyatt's innocence in court. Nichody agreed, but claimed that proving her innocent would be impossible. After he left, Phoenix told Wyatt about the results of their investigation. It turned out that the reason she had been holding the murder weapon was because she had panicked upon finding the body and picked up the Time Keeper in an attempt to go back in time again. Phoenix returned her key card to her, not looking forward to having to propose the existence of time travel in court.
Before the trial started, Sorin stopped by the defendant lobby to see Wyatt. Although Phoenix was appalled to see him leave after simply asking her where his engine blueprints were, Sorin soon came back into the lobby, telling Wyatt to come home soon and that he was lost without her. Phoenix was relieved to see that Sorin clearly cared about Wyatt, even if he did not express it much.
With Phoenix and Fey at the defense's bench and Edgeworth as the prosecutor, the judge remarked on how nostalgic it felt to see so many familiar faces in the courtroom, suggesting that they all go out for dinner to reminisce after the trial. Edgeworth then delivered his opening statement: the victim, Dumas Gloomsbury, had been in attendance at the wedding reception, which had lasted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shortly after the reception ended, he had attacked Wyatt and tried to kill her. Edgeworth claimed that Wyatt had then fought back and ended up killing Gloomsbury. The judge appeared to be convinced that the case could be ruled as justified self-defense, with Phoenix reasoning that they could plead as much in the worst-case scenario. Edgeworth did not comment on the matter, saying that the first witness would make his view clear.
Ema Skye took the stand, explaining how the Time Keeper had been used to bludgeon the victim. Gloomsbury had been struck twice – the first blow, to the back of the head, had knocked him unconscious and caused him to fall over into the lantern. The second, fatal blow had been delivered to the side of his head afterwards. Edgeworth claimed that, by striking a man who had already been rendered unconscious, Wyatt had killed any chance she might have had to plead self-defense. Phoenix realized that the trial would not be as easy as he had thought, but he went on to point out a problem with Skye's testimony nonetheless: since Gloomsbury had been struck from behind, he should have fallen into the lantern facedown, but his body had been facing up when it was found. Skye argued that Wyatt could have moved the body, but Phoenix said that this was impossible, as there were broken bits of the lantern lying on top of the body, meaning it must have been inside the lantern before it even broke. As the lantern had been whole during the reception, this meant that the body must already have been inside since before the reception.
Phoenix argued that, if the murder had occurred before the reception, then the lantern with the body inside it might have been moved, opening up the possibility that the murder had occurred somewhere else. In fact, there was another piece of evidence that pointed to the real location of the murder: in the crime scene photo, there were flower petals on top of Gloomsbury's body that did not match the appearance of any of the flowers in the reception hall. However, similar flowers could be seen in Butz's photo of the hold, indicating a high possibility that the murder had occurred there.
Edgeworth said that there was a problem with Phoenix's claim, asking Skye to testify on the matter. Skye explained that the autopsy report placed the estimated time of death after the reception, and that the estimate could not be wrong. However, Phoenix reminded her of the fog machines in the reception hall – they functioned with dry ice, meaning that they could have been used to keep the body cold, thus falsifying the time of death.
Edgeworth acknowledged the possibility of the murder occurring in the hold, but he then directed the court's attention to another piece of evidence. To enter the hold, it was necessary to use a key card, which left a record when used. According to the hold entry record, the last three entries on the day of the murder were Dumas Gloomsbury, Pierce Nichody, and Ellen Wyatt, in that order – Edgeworth argued that, since Wyatt had been the last one to enter the hold, she must have been the one who moved the body. Phoenix suggested that Nichody could have been the culprit, but Edgeworth said this was not possible, as he had been escorting guests at the time.
Left with only one argument that could counter Edgeworth's claim, Phoenix suggested that someone else could have used Wyatt's key card to enter the hold and move the body, having a good idea who could have done so – Larry Butz himself, who had admitted to being on the Flying Chapel that night and claimed to have a found a way to sneak into the hold. Phoenix announced that Butz was watching from the gallery and that they would need to have him testify. The judge agreed, declaring a fifteen-minute recess before they heard Butz's testimony.
Cykes greeted Phoenix in the defendant lobby, saying she was there for moral support. She claimed to have run away from her role as Trucy's assistant, as the latter was putting her life in danger. However, Trucy soon appeared in the lobby to chase after her, saying it was time to practice "human combustion magic". Watching them, Fey reminisced about how she, her cousin Pearl, Phoenix, and Detective Dick Gumshoe used to investigate crime scenes together, which Phoenix recalled as him doing all the investigating by himself.
Court reconvened with Butz taking the stand. He delivered his "testimony", which consisted entirely of calling Phoenix a jerk for suspecting him and stating that their friendship was over. After several futile attempts to drag relevant testimony out of Butz, Phoenix told him to stop wasting time, reminding him that Wyatt would be found guilty if he did not cooperate. He asked Butz directly whether he had been the one moved the lantern to the reception hall; Butz replied that he had "never moved any bull lantern". Phoenix realized that Butz had made a slip-up; he claimed not to have attended the wedding reception, and no one in the courtroom had mentioned the sex of the lantern that was moved, meaning he should not have known it was a Pegabull lantern. Butz said he knew both lanterns in the reception hall were Pegabulls because he had seen it in the Flying Chapel pamphlet, but Phoenix pointed out that the pamphlet actually said that the reception hall was to be decorated with one Pegacow and one Pegabull. The only way Butz could have known both lanterns were in fact Pegabulls was if he had moved the lantern himself.
Butz said it was true that he had snuck into the wedding reception, but claimed that the Sprockets had caught him and locked him up in one of the airship's cabins, which had been when he made the drawing of the pterodactyl. Edgeworth asked Phoenix whether he was actually accusing Butz of being the murderer, but Phoenix denied this, as Butz had no reason to kill Gloomsbury. The judge asked Butz to testify truthfully about his actions on the night of the murder.
Butz admitted to moving the lantern. He had been looking around the hall before the reception started when he spotted a broken lantern with a note saying, "Exchange with the one in the hold. --Ellen," and decided to exchange the lantern as a favor for Wyatt. However, he had made the mistake of replacing the Pegacow lantern with a Pegabull, which was why there had been two Pegabulls. The judge accepted this as proof that Gloomsbury really had been killed before the reception, and Edgeworth went on to say that the note was yet more evidence pointing toward Wyatt's guilt, claiming that she had left it to manipulate someone else into moving the body for her. Wyatt said she had simply left a note as a reminder for herself, but Edgeworth did not believe her.
Phoenix asked Butz when exactly he had been caught and locked up in the cabin. Butz answered that it had happened the first time he tried to crash the reception; he had later broken out of the cabin and returned to the reception hall, which was when he had replaced the lantern. Phoenix was confused, saying that this contradicted Butz's earlier claim that he had moved the lantern before the reception, and asked which was actually true. Butz said he swapped the lantern both before and after the reception – he had been caught trying to sneak into the first reception, but Wyatt's pendant had then caused time to rewind to before the reception, which was when he had swapped the lantern.
The judge and Edgeworth asked Phoenix what exactly Butz was talking about. Realizing that he did not have much of a choice, Phoenix told the court Wyatt's story, proposing that she and Butz had both traveled back in time. An unamused Edgeworth quickly dismissed the story as "absolute rubbish", but Phoenix said Sorin Sprocket had been researching time travel, meaning that there was a possibility that, unbeknownst to them, Sprocket Aviation had already succeeded in creating a time machine. Butz agreed with this, saying that the pterodactyl he had seen was proof that time travel was real.
Edgeworth still refused to accept any of this as proof, but Butz said he had more evidence to support the story: a photo he had secretly taken of the first reception. Looking at the photo, Phoenix pointed out that the bouquet Wyatt was holding was red in Butz's photo, but yellow in the photo taken by one of her in-laws he had seen at the manor. This was proof that there had been two wedding receptions, just as Wyatt and Butz claimed.
However, Edgeworth said that there still a problem with Phoenix's argument – none of the other guests present had mentioned anything about the reception occurring twice. Even if they had been sworn to secrecy due to time travel being classified technology, it seemed strange that Wyatt, who was marrying into the family, would not have been asked to keep quiet as well. Furthermore, Edgeworth maintained that time travel was just not logically feasible and too unconvincing an argument to be used in a court of law. Phoenix then proposed that they disregard the idea of time travel and consider the simplest possible explanation: the reception had simply been held twice; as evidenced by the two photos. For some reason or another, everyone at the reception could have conspired to keep this fact a secret.
At that moment, someone was heard clapping. Nichody walked up to the witness stand, congratulating Phoenix on his deduction, and admitted that everything had happened just as he had described. The reception had been held twice – according to him, it had been Sorin's idea, and the reason for it had been to make it appear as if the murder Wyatt committed had never happened. Nichody claimed that Wyatt had killed Gloomsbury after the first reception, and Sorin believed that she would think it had all been a dream if she experienced the whole reception again. Only a few people had known the reason for holding the second reception; most of the guests had simply attended two receptions without knowing why, as they would do what Sorin told them to do. Hiding the body in the lantern had also been part of their plan to cover up the crime, but Nichody said that the court had gotten one thing wrong, as the real scene of the murder had not been the hold, but the vista deck.
Edgeworth was satisfied with this explanation, claiming that they had finally arrived at the truth and that Wyatt was in fact the killer. However, Phoenix realized that if the murder had really occurred on the vista deck, it meant Wyatt's recollection of events was correct, and informed the court of the third person she had seen striking Gloomsbury from behind, whom he believed to be the true culprit. He said they could not simply take Nichody at his word, not after he had admitted to conspiring and lying to fool the court. The judge agreed that there was not enough information to render a verdict yet. He told Nichody that the Sprockets' attempt to cover up the crime would be brought to a separate trial after the resolution of the current one, and announced that he would end the proceedings for the day to allow for further investigation of the case.
Having returned to the Wright Anything Agency, Phoenix discussed the recent developments of the case with Fey, Cykes and Butz. They agreed that the most important issue at the moment was uncovering the identity of the person Wyatt had seen on the vista deck. Butz said that the airship had been deserted when he had been wandering around between the two receptions, so Phoenix concluded that Nichody must have gathered the guests somewhere to come up with his cover-up plan during that time. Butz soon left for a book signing and Cykes went to help Trucy, leaving Phoenix and Fey to return to the detention center to see Wyatt again.
Phoenix learned from Wyatt that Nichody had been working as the family butler for about a year, making him wonder how someone who had held the position for such a short time could have enough influence to orchestrate such an elaborate ruse. Wyatt was still surprised by the fact that the second reception had been staged, saying Sorin took his time travel research very seriously and would not use it for something like that. Upon hearing that Phoenix was considering Sorin a suspect in the case, Wyatt was scandalized. She said he would never kill anyone and added, in tears, that she would rather be found guilty herself than see him come under suspicion. Phoenix promised not to cause him any unnecessary trouble during the investigation.
The next stop was the Flying Chapel's hold, as it was one of the parts Phoenix and Fey had not investigated yet. Arriving there, they met Skye, who was conducting an independent investigation. She informed them that the floor of the hold doubled as a large lift that was used to access the vista deck. Phoenix noticed a candelabra on a table which had some fingerprints on it; Skye told him that she had dusted it and found that the prints were from Gloomsbury's left hand. When Phoenix handed the candelabra back to her, the candles slipped off, revealing that one of the pins was broken. Suspecting that there was something strange about the candelabra, Skye did a luminol test on it, revealing that the broken pin had blood on it. Since it would take considerable force for it to break, Phoenix wondered whether Gloomsbury might have stabbed someone with the candelabra.
Phoenix and Fey took the lift up to the vista deck. Although there was no new evidence to be found there, they did find a large bloodstain on the side of the lift. Skye said the blood probably belonged to Gloomsbury, but Phoenix doubted this, as he had been clubbed to death and not bled much. Putting two and two together, he deduced that the bloodstain on the lift and the blood on the candelabra might be from the same person. Skye quickly did a test which confirmed this, and they realized that the bloodstain could substantiate Wyatt's statement about a third person being at the scene of the crime. Phoenix said he wanted to have another look at the reception hall, but as it was currently being investigated by the forensic team, he decided to head back to Sprocket Manor with Fey to ask Sorin some questions. Skye said she would try to repair the broken Pegabull lantern in the meantime.
Returning to the manor, Phoenix found Sorin still unwilling to assist with the investigation. However, upon being shown the bloodstained candelabra, Sorin, appearing to recognize it, suddenly became pale and collapsed. Noticing that his stomach was bleeding, Phoenix and Fey quickly called for help. Sorin was taken to the hospital, dropping his notebook in the process. Thinking that it might contain information relevant to the case, Phoenix decided to look through the notebook. He noticed that Sorin had originally used the notebook to write down ideas for his inventions, but that the contents changed drastically after a certain date – March 8th of the previous year. After that date, Sorin had started down writing down every single detail of his life, so minutely that the notebook resembled a database more than a diary. Phoenix wondered whether something had happened on March 8th to make Sorin change.
Fey tried to take the notebook from Phoenix, but accidentally dropped it in the pool of Sorin's blood, rendering two pages unreadable. Phoenix decided to put it away before anything else happened to it, but Fey then noticed a newspaper article sticking out of the diary. The article was about the car accident that had killed Selena Sprocket, which, as it turned out, had happened on March 8th, the same day the notebook had changed. Furthermore, the article said that Gloomsbury had been the driver at the time of the accident.
Believing that Nichody might know something important, Phoenix and Fey went looking for him, finding him at the mooring dock. They returned Sorin's notebook to him and asked him about the accident. Nichody explained that Sorin had been the one who insisted on not firing Gloomsbury despite his mistake, suggesting that it might have been Selena's kindness that influenced him. Nichody went on to talk about Selena, saying that he had been present during her last moments in his professional capacity. The accident had happened on the way to her engagement party. Gloomsbury had suffered only minor injuries; whereas Selena and Sorin had both been taken to the Sprocket family's regular hospital in critical condition. The surgeon in charge had managed to save Sorin, but Selena had not survived. The last words she had said to Nichody were, "Please help Sorin." Since then, Nichody had attended Sorin, trying to help him in any way possible. As for the surgeon in question, he had been none other than Selena's fiancé, and the shock of failing to save her had been so great that he had quit the profession.
The third partyEdit
Nichody said he had to get back to work, but Phoenix still had a question to ask him, and showed him the candelabra. When Nichody said he knew nothing about it, three Psyche-Locks appeared. Phoenix explained what he had put together regarding the case: the fact that Sorin was wounded, paired with Gloomsbury's fingerprints on the candelabra, seemed to indicate that Gloomsbury had stabbed Sorin with it. The bloodstain on the lift, belonging to the same source, proved that Sorin had been at the scene of the crime and must have some sort of connection to the case. As for a motive for Sorin to kill Gloomsbury, the latter had been responsible for the car accident, making it plausible that Sorin held some sort of grudge toward him. With this information, Nichody's Psyche-Locks were broken, and he agreed to tell Phoenix what he knew. Gloomsbury had attacked Sorin and Wyatt in the reception hall following the first reception. Sorin had tried to stop him from taking Wyatt away; in the struggle, Gloomsbury ended up stabbing him with the candelabra. Sorin had still gone after Gloomsbury in spite of his injury, meaning that he had indeed been at the scene of the crime, but Nichody claimed that the murder had already been committed when Sorin arrived there.
As they had no more questions for Nichody, Phoenix and Fey headed back to the reception hall, which the forensic team had finished investigating. Skye had finished repairing the Pegabull lantern; upon examining it, they found that the wheel handle on the back had blood on it. Fey suggested that it might have gotten there when the killer put Gloomsbury's body inside, but upon comparing it with the other lantern, they realized that Skye had mistakenly switched the inside and outside handles. This meant that the blood had gotten on the handle from inside the lantern. On the table where the Time Keeper had been on display, Phoenix and Fey found a heart-shaped key. They asked one of the maids about it, and she explained that it was the key used to activate the Time Keeper, in a part of the wedding ceremony called the "First Startup of Love". The bride and groom each used a symbol of their love for this ceremony, with the key being one of them.
Sorin suddenly arrived at the reception hall. He was in a state of utter panic, saying he could not find his notebook anywhere, but quickly calmed down when Nichody appeared with the notebook and returned it to him. As Sorin was in no state to be questioned, Phoenix and Fey returned to the Wright Anything Agency to go over what they had learned. They concluded that the third person Wyatt had seen on the vista deck had most likely been Sorin. Phoenix knew that it would devastate Wyatt if Sorin were found guilty, but he could not allow an innocent person to be convicted, so the only thing to do was pursue the truth and hold on to whatever hope there was that the two of them could still live happily ever after. Phoenix returned to the detention center to break the news to Wyatt, who begged him to find a way to prove both her and Sorin innocent.
The trial opened with Edgeworth recapping the two points that had been brought up at the end of the previous session, namely, the cover-up attempt orchestrated by the Sprockets and the defense's theory that a third person had been present at the scene of the crime. It appeared that he had anticipated the defense's movements, having predicted not only that Phoenix would attempt to indict Sorin as the culprit, but that the past year's car accident would be the proposed motive. To clear things up, Edgeworth asked to have Sorin summoned to the witness stand to testify about his actions around the time of the murder.
Sorin testified that he had been stabbed by Gloomsbury in the reception hall following the first reception. Gloomsbury had then taken Wyatt and the Time Keeper away; the next thing Sorin had seen was Gloomsbury on the vista deck, attempting to throw Wyatt off the airship. Sorin had hurried to the vista deck to help Wyatt, but upon arriving there, he had found Gloomsbury dead. As much as he did not want to believe it, he could not think of any explanation other than that Wyatt had killed him. Upon hearing Sorin say this, Wyatt was devastated, as she had thought at least Sorin would believe in her. Edgeworth did not relent, saying that the truth could be cruel.
Beginning his cross-examination, Phoenix asked Sorin why it had taken him so long to get to the vista deck, considering that it was just on the other side of the glass window in the reception hall. Edgeworth objected and said that Phoenix had clearly investigated nothing, as the vista deck was not directly accessible from the reception hall – to get there, it was necessary to take the lift down to the hold, then take the other lift up to the vista deck, all of which would take at least ten minutes. However, Phoenix countered that Sorin could not have taken this route, as his name did not show up on the hold entry record. He asserted that Sorin must have gone to the vista deck by a different route. Edgeworth asked whether another route existed at all, and Phoenix answered that there was one – the outside of the airship, accessible from the emergency escape hatch in the reception. It would have been a much faster route to the vista deck, and despite the extreme danger, Sorin's love for Wyatt could have made it possible for him to take it.
Edgeworth dismissed Phoenix's theory, stating that regardless of the "power of love", the spinning propellers on the side of the airship would have blown Sorin away if he had tried to take that route. Phoenix maintained that it would have been possible if the propellers weren't turning – in other words, if at the time of the crime, the airship was not flying in the sky, but moored to the ground. He asked Sorin whether his theory was correct; Sorin nervously said he did not remember. Edgeworth, still unwilling to accept Phoenix's explanation, asked for proof that the airship had been moored to the ground. Phoenix then directed everyone's attention to the drawing of the "pterodactyl" Butz had drawn on the night of the murder. What Butz had seen was not a flying dinosaur, but a piece of the sign in Sprocket Park that had been broken by a windstorm on that night. This proved that the airship had been close to the ground at the time of the crime.
Edgeworth rebutted that, even if the airship were moored to the ground, it did not prove Sorin had gone to the vista deck via the escape hatch. It would still be possible that he had taken the route through the hold if Nichody had opened the door for him, as the latter's name appeared on the hold entry record. Sorin admitted that this was true and that Nichody had been accompanying him at the time; he had kept it a secret to prevent his butler from coming under suspicion, but maintained that the rest of the story was as he had told earlier. Deciding to try another angle of questioning, Phoenix asked Sorin about his wound, with the latter answering that the "knife wound" was quite deep. Phoenix reminded Sorin that he had been stabbed with a candelabra, not a knife – it seemed odd that he would mistake the weapon used to stab him when he himself had described it to Nichody. Edgeworth and the judge both thought of this a simple memory slip, but Phoenix proposed that it was more than that, and that Sorin had made the mistake because he had no memory of the incident at all. Furthermore, he believed that Sorin suffered from some sort of memory disorder.
Asked for proof of his claim, Phoenix drew attention to the notebook that Sorin always had with him, in which he wrote down every detail of his life. While this alone did not prove Sorin needed it to retain memories, Phoenix and Fey had accidentally gotten a page stained the previous day. Phoenix suggested that the stained page had been the one with the details of the stabbing on it, and erasing it had essentially erased the event from Sorin's memory. Remembering the date when Sorin had first begun writing down his memories, Phoenix said that the car accident may have caused his memory disorder.
Sorin admitted that Phoenix's theory was correct. The accident had affected his mind somehow, and since then, he lost his memories every time he went to sleep; when he woke up, the most recent thing he could remember was the day of the accident. This was what he had meant when he said time travelers really existed, in that he was a time traveler who was constantly going back to the day he lost his sister. The reactions of the people around him had made him aware of his condition, so he had decided to write down his memories in a notebook to be able to move forward. Phoenix said that all of this gave Sorin a clear motive to want to kill the man responsible for both his sister's death and his condition. However, when he insisted that Sorin must have killed Gloomsbury in revenge, Wyatt, desperate to protect Sorin, took to the stand and confessed to the murder.
Sorin asked Wyatt why she would cover for him after he had suspected her and testified against her. Wyatt admitted that she had been shocked at first, but that all she wanted was for him to be happy, and that no disorder could change the fact that he was still the same person she had always loved. Hearing this, Sorin told the judge that he wished to clarify two things. He withdrew his statement about believing that Wyatt had committed the murder, saying that his lack of memories had made him take the police completely at their word. Secondly, he stated that he had never felt any anger or resentment toward Gloomsbury at all, because Gloomsbury had not caused the accident. The one who had actually caused it was Sorin himself. To protect Sorin's reputation, his father had convinced Gloomsbury to take the blame in exchange for money and the position of lead servant. This meant that it was Gloomsbury who must have held a grudge against Sorin rather than the other way around, and he must have attacked Wyatt in revenge for being made into a scapegoat.
The judge asked that Sorin submit his notebook into evidence so that he could confirm that everything had transpired as he described. Phoenix, however, was still reluctant to accept the notebook as official proof of anything, and asked to examine it. Noticing that the last page with writing on it had been torn out, Phoenix realized that he could discover what had been written on it by using fingerprint powder on the blank page behind it, rendering the indentations left by the writing visible. Doing so revealed a hurriedly-written message:
"I struck and killed Dumas."
Wyatt passed out from shock. Sorin, however, was relieved that this proved she was innocent, even if it meant that he was the killer. He did not remember writing the confession in his notebook, but reasoned that he must have, since no one but him ever touched the notebook. Sorin asked the judge to give his ruling while Wyatt was asleep, to spare her the pain of watching him be arrested in her place. With no further objections from Edgeworth, the judge prepared to render his verdict.
However, Phoenix – knowing that this was his last chance to find a way for Wyatt and Sorin to be happy – objected to the verdict, believing that they had not yet uncovered the whole truth. There was still one question that had yet to be answered, namely, why the page had been torn out in the first place. Had Sorin actually committed the crime and intended to cover it up, he would need to remember that he had done it. Phoenix deduced that the only explanation was that someone else had torn out the page. Sorin insisted that this was not possible, as he kept the notebook with him at all times, but Phoenix said there was one person who had had the opportunity. During the previous day, the notebook had spent some time in Nichody's possession.
Phoenix said that Nichody must have been tampering with Sorin's memories. The facts of the case fit this conclusion, as he had been the one who orchestrated the cover-up and the second reception. Sorin began leafing through his notebook in a panic, wondering how long Nichody had been altering his memories and which of them were real or fake, until his jetpack activated, taking him up to the roof of the courtroom. Upon coming back down, Sorin collapsed, and was taken to the infirmary.
Phoenix asked to have Nichody summoned to the stand, claiming that he was the only person who knew the whole truth and was surely still hiding something. Edgeworth accused Phoenix of trying to invent a third suspect so he could exonerate both Wyatt and Sorin, but eventually agreed to let Nichody testify, and court was adjourned for a twenty-minute recess.
In the defendant lobby, Fey wondered whether Nichody might be the culprit they were looking for, but Phoenix thought it was still too early to say. Butz, who apparently thought he still had a chance with Wyatt, angrily called Phoenix out for not pinning everything on Sorin when he had the chance, much to his friend's repulsion. However, Butz admitted that he was not serious and that he had already given up on Wyatt; all he wanted now was for her to be happy. Phoenix prepared for the confrontation with Nichody as the bailiff called him back into the courtroom.
As soon as Nichody took the stand, Phoenix asked him, without beating around the bush, whether he had torn out the notebook page to tamper with Sorin's memories. Unfazed by the accusation, Nichody admitted that he had. He said he would testify about his reasons for doing so, but that his testimony would go against Sorin's wishes.
Nichody testified that he had rushed to the scene upon seeing the commotion on the vista deck. As it turned out, Sorin had not gone with him – Phoenix's explanation of events had actually been correct, and Sorin had headed to the vista deck alone via the escape hatch. Upon arriving, Nichody claimed to have found Gloomsbury dead, Wyatt unconscious from shock, and Sorin writing in his notebook. He said that, while Sorin had struck Gloomsbury with the Time Keeper, that blow had not been the fatal one, and Gloomsbury had attacked Sorin in retaliation, at which point Wyatt had dealt the fatal blow from behind. According to Nichody, Sorin had written the confession in his notebook in order to take the blame for Wyatt. Phoenix understood what he was getting at: to Sorin, everything in the notebook was true, meaning that, by writing a false confession, he was altering his own memories to make himself think he had done it. Nichody said that it was his job to dispose of anything that might tarnish the Sprocket family's reputation, which was why he had torn out the page. After doing so, he had taken the still-warm body down to the hold and hidden it in the lantern, which Butz had later brought up to the reception hall.
Upon hearing that the body was still warm at the time, Phoenix realized that there was one avenue left to explore, and suggested that Gloomsbury might still have been alive when he was placed in the lantern. To back up his claim, he pointed out the bloodied wheel handle on the lantern – as it had been originally located on the inside, it must have been Gloomsbury who gripped it with a bloody hand while trying to exit the lantern. Edgeworth believed this did not change the facts of the case, claiming that Wyatt had still dealt the fatal blow even if it had taken some time for Gloomsbury to die of his wounds. Phoenix, however, presented another possibility – that the fatal blow had been dealt after Gloomsbury exited the lantern. This would open the possibility of someone other than Wyatt or Sorin being the culprit.
Edgeworth seemed none too bothered by Phoenix's theory, recalling the very reason why Wyatt had come under suspicion in the first place – the moment when she had been found holding the murder weapon in front of the victim's body, after the second reception. He claimed that the murder had occurred at that moment as initially suspected, meaning that Wyatt was the culprit after all. Backed into a corner, Phoenix realized that the only thing to do was present evidence that proved the involvement of a third person. Fortunately, he had just the thing – the note found next to Gloomsbury's body, which had struck him as odd from the moment he first saw it. Gloomsbury was left-handed, as shown by the fingerprints on the candelabra, but the way the writing was smudged meant that the note had been written by a right-handed person. Phoenix had realized that Gloomsbury's entire plot had seemed too premeditated for a crime of passion. The note had not been a murder plan written by him, but rather, instructions to kill Wyatt, written by someone else.
Phoenix pondered who the mysterious person could have been. It seemed unlikely that someone could hold a grudge against Wyatt, meaning that, as with Gloomsbury, their motive must have been tied to the car accident caused by Sorin. The ones who had lost the most then were Selena, who had lost her life, and Sorin himself. However, Phoenix realized that there was one more person: the surgeon who had treated Selena and was her fiancé. Having lost the love of his life to that accident, he could have tried to murder Wyatt in order to make Sorin feel the same pain he had felt. Phoenix said that Selena's fiancé must have been present at the reception, and that one piece of evidence would help them identify who he was: Selena's pocket watch, visible in the photograph of her. Phoenix noted that it was exactly the same as the pocket watch Nichody always carried with him. Phoenix outlined his theory: Nichody had once been engaged to Selena Sprocket. He had cooperated with Gloomsbury to murder Wyatt in order to exact his revenge on Sorin; however, things had gone wrong when Sorin struck Gloomsbury unconscious, so Nichody had finished him off to prevent his plan from being exposed.
The real culpritEdit
Nichody's demeanor changed. He admitted that he had been Selena's fiancé and the surgeon beside her deathbed, and glanced thoughtfully at the pocket watch, which he said was a memento of her, though it had stopped working at the time of the accident. An indignant Edgeworth asked why he had not been informed of this, but Nichody told him to shut his mouth, calling him useless for getting the prosecutor's office involved with the case and letting him come under suspicion. Placing his FXR-UPR mech on the witness stand, Nichody made his handkerchief into a surgeon's mask and removed his cuffs to reveal surgical gloves, then began operating on the mech, threatening to use the Sprocket family's power to have Phoenix and Edgeworth incised from the legal world.
Phoenix said it was time for Nichody to testify to the truth, but the latter invoked his right to remain silent. He said he would answer if Phoenix had any specific questions, but that he had no intention of making any voluntary statements. Phoenix decided that the best thing to do would take the direct approach, and asked about Nichody's actions on the day of the crime. Nichody said he had been in the company of others or in someone's line of sight during the whole night, leaving him with no opportunity to approach the lantern with Gloomsbury inside it or commit the murder. However, Phoenix realized that there had actually been one and only one opportunity: during the second reception, when the mood fog engulfed the reception hall, Nichody, who was standing at the back of the hall and right next to the lantern, could have killed Gloomsbury without anyone noticing.
Edgeworth said Phoenix had driven himself into a corner, as his claim depended on him being able to prove that the murder had been committed during the reception. Nichody encouraged Edgeworth to force the trial to end right then, saying that victory was within his grasp, but Edgeworth retorted that victory was meaningless to him and he was only interested in the truth. He asked Phoenix whether he could prove his theory. Phoenix reviewed the facts of the case and realized that the Time Keeper used to bludgeon the victim had been activated during the reception as part of the First Startup of Love. If they tried activating it again, they might find proof that the crime had been committed at that moment.
Activating the Time Keeper required two symbols of the bride and groom's love. The symbol of the groom's love must be the Time Keeper itself, and, remembering what Sorin had told him, Phoenix figured out that the symbol of Wyatt's love must be the pendant she always wore around her neck. He tried fitting the pendant into a spot near the bottom, inserting the Key of Love into the pendant, and turning it. Doing so caused the top of the Time Keeper to open and reveal a glass covering underneath, as well as the conclusive evidence Phoenix had been hoping to find – a crack and a bloodstain in the glass, which proved the murder had been committed during the reception. Nichody insisted that Wyatt had killed Gloomsbury, but even Edgeworth now told him to give up, as there was no way she could have possibly committed the murder with everyone watching her. The only person who had the opportunity was Nichody. Panicked, Nichody began frantically operating on his FXR-UPR mech, saying he could repair anything, until he dropped his tools, cursing himself for having listened to Selena when she asked him to save Sorin instead of her. Clutching at his chest, Nichody collapsed.
Nichody confessed to committing the murder as part of a scheme to get revenge against Sorin. He had gotten a job with Sprocket Aviation and waited for his chance at revenge; as Gloomsbury also nursed a grudge against Sorin, it had been easy to convince him to cooperate with the plan. Edgeworth asked Nichody why it had been necessary for him to kill his own accomplice; Nichody explained that his plan had been compromised when Sorin reached the vista deck and struck Gloomsbury with the Time Keeper, so he had hidden the unconscious Gloomsbury in the lantern to buy time to think of his next move. Upon seeing Gloomsbury regain consciousness and exit the lantern during the second reception, Nichody had instantly thought of a plan to kill him and pin the blame on Wyatt, seeking to separate the couple by making the bride out to be a murderer. Edgeworth called Nichody's actions despicable, asking him whether he thought what he did would have made Selena happy. Nichody admitted that it wouldn't, but that it had become unbearable for him to watch Sorin enjoy his happiness, inheriting the company and marrying the love of his life, both things that should have been Selena's.
Wyatt then spoke up. She told Nichody that, if Selena were there, she would have wanted him to make the most of his time and leave this ill will behind. Nichody said it was too late for him, as time would never advance for him again. However, at that moment, a sound was heard coming from Selena's pocket watch. To his surprise, Nichody realized that it had started working again.
|I see now, Selena... What I did... was wrong...|
After Nichody was taken away, Sorin asked the judge for a moment before he handed down his verdict. Addressing Wyatt, he told her he would understand if she wanted to call off the marriage, as she had been put through something terrible because of him, and would likely face more difficult times in the future if they stayed together. He explained that he intended to tell the public everything about both the present incident and the past year's car accident. The company's reputation would probably suffer and he would be heavily criticized, but he felt that he could only start over if he did so. Sorin finished by saying he had something to ask her. He began writing a message in his notebook, but stopped and put it away before addressing her directly.
|A life with me probably won't be very easy, but... ...will you marry me?|
|............Yes, of course!|
The judge asked Sorin and Wyatt whether they pledged their eternal love for each other to the goddess of justice, Themis; they replied that they did. With the case resolved and no objections from either side, Ellen Wyatt – or rather, Ellen Sprocket – was declared not guilty.
In the defendant lobby, Phoenix congratulated both Sorin and Wyatt on the verdict. Wyatt, crying tears of joy, thanked Phoenix for figuring out the truth and managing to save both of them. Sorin said they would be holding their true wedding ceremony in the near future and that they would be honored if Phoenix could attend; Phoenix promised that he would be there. He said that, after overcoming the trial together, they would surely be able to handle any obstacles that the future might bring, and added that there was someone who would always be watching over them, showing them the photograph of Selena. Sorin and Wyatt both promised to live life to the fullest, for Selena's sake as well as theirs. Carrying Wyatt in his arms, Sorin flew them both out of the courthouse with his jetpack.
Fey and Cykes then showed up, with the latter having finally slipped away from Trucy. As they began to talk about the upcoming wedding, Phoenix wondered whether they might be able to convince Sorin and Wyatt to invite Edgeworth, remembering that it had been thanks to his help that they had managed to take down Nichody. Butz, who had been quiet for some time, lamented that time was moving too fast for him and that things would have gone differently if he were ten years younger.
One week after the trial, Phoenix arrived at Sprocket Park for the true wedding reception of Sorin and Wyatt, which was to be held on the Flying Chapel again. The bride and groom had invited not only him and Fey, but also Edgeworth, Skye, and even Butz, while Cykes had sort of invited herself. Remembering the old proverb which said the third time was the charm, Phoenix hoped that things would really end happily ever after this time.
After the reception, Fey, Cykes, and Skye prepared to catch Wyatt's bridal bouquet as she tossed it into the air, but it ended up inadvertently landing in Butz's hands. Butz proudly announced that he would be the next to marry, until Edgeworth drew his attention to Fey, Cykes, and Skye glaring at him. As the three women angrily chased after Butz, Sorin embraced Wyatt, telling her that he was blessed to have her.
References to other casesEdit
- When Fey first appears, she does an impression of Edgeworth with this line: "I trust you've been well, Wright?". This is exactly the same line Edgeworth first said in Turnabout for Tomorrow.
- The murder weapon in this episode being a clock harks back to the The First Turnabout, where the murder weapon was also a type of clock. Incidentally, both episodes featured Phoenix Wright and Larry Butz as main characters. While Butz was introduced for the first time in The First Turnabout, this episode subsequently reintroduces Butz into the main game series after his last appearance in the original trilogy.
- When Phoenix presents the photo of the hold and points out the flowers in the photo, Edgeworth initially dismisses it, but Wright later claims that Edgeworth doesn't know much about flowers, leading Edgeworth to retort, "This from the man who only knows the names of three types of flowers!" The three flowers in question may be a reference to an earlier conversation from Recipe for Turnabout, where Phoenix states that he only knows sunflowers, tulips, and roses.
- Investigating the piano in the Wright Anything Agency leads to Fey asking if she could play it, but Phoenix retorts that the hotel next door would complain. This could be a reference to how Fey played the piano in the movie and to the Gatewater Hotel.
- When explaining the time travel that Wyatt and Butz experienced, Phoenix tells Edgeworth that it was the conclusion he came to "using that logic ability you love so much." This could be a reference to the logic gameplay element in Edgeworth's games.
References to popular cultureEdit
- When talking to Wyatt in the detention center with Butz, he'll tell her that she "broke his achy breaky heart." This is a reference to the country song "Achy Breaky Heart".
- When examining Edgeworth's car, Phoenix says that "it's time he pimped it out." This could be a reference to the American TV show Pimp My Ride, where people take their cars in for restoration and customization.
- Presenting the attorney's badge to Fey results in her eventually referring to Phoenix as "RoboWright". Phoenix then thinks to him, "I guess that makes me a RoboLawyer?" This is most likely a reference to the 1987 movie RoboCop.
- Fey and Skye compare Wyatt's marriage to Sorin as a modern-day fairy tale, possibly referencing the fairy tale Cinderella, a fairy tale where a young servant girl ends up marrying a prince (in this case, a maid marrying the heir of a wealthy business).
- When complaining about being Trucy's assistant, Cykes states how she would rather "Take toilets for $200, please", a reference to what contestants on the game show Jeopardy! would say when selecting a question.
Typos and mistakesEdit
- When talking to Fey and Sorin outside of the Flying Chapel, Fey will say "I don't why..." instead of "I don't know why..."
- When speaking to Cykes at the agency, Phoenix says "...might have be Sorin Sprocket." when sharing information to Cykes.
- This episode contains the only trial in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice that lasts more than one day, as The Rite of Turnabout and Turnabout Revolution both consist of two separate trials lasting one day each, while The Foreign Turnabout, The Magical Turnabout, and Turnabout Storyteller each consist of a single trial lasting one day.
- Although this episode is depicted as a reunion between major characters from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, it has been uncommon for more than two of them to appear in the same episode in their usual roles.
- Turnabout Goodbyes and Bridge to the Turnabout are the only other episodes in the Ace Attorney series in which Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth, and Larry Butz all make an appearance, and Edgeworth does not play the role of prosecutor in either episode.
- Other than the aforementioned, The Stolen Turnabout is the only other episode in which Wright, Fey, and Butz all make an appearance.
- Turnabout Sisters and Turnabout Samurai are the only other episodes in which Edgeworth plays the role of prosecutor and Fey stands beside Wright as co-counsel.
- Larry Butz and Ema Skye have never appeared together prior to this episode. Both make appearances in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Gyakuten Kenji 2, albeit in entirely different episodes.
- Fey and Skye have never appeared together prior to Spirit of Justice, other than in The Kidnapped Turnabout and The Grand Turnabout, in which Fey only makes a cameo appearance.
- Rise from the Ashes is the only episode prior to Spirit of Justice in which Wright, Edgeworth, and Skye all make an appearance that is not merely a cameo.
- Japanese - 時を越える逆転 (Toki o Koeru Gyakuten; lit. "Turnabout Across Time")