With Smitty, his trusty intern, out of the picture, Panceliss turns to a reject from the great unpaid intern hunt to sniff out more about the kidnapping. But is he barking up the wrong tree? Meanwhile, Smitty copy edits his own ransom note.
After the delivery of a mysterious note concerning the heretofore unnoticed disappearance of Smitty, Panceliss and Sgt. McAdams, his biggest rival and known bird-hater, confront each other about what neither knows.