Recap / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies

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    Turnabout Countdown 

Day 1 - Trial

Athena Cykes is standing in the defendant lobby, anxiously waiting for the trial of her close friend Juniper Woods to begin. Juniper is accused of blowing up a bomb in Courtroom No. 4 of the District Court. In stumbles Apollo Justice, very badly injured as a result of the bombing and on the brink of collapse, desperate to lead the defense and find Juniper Not Guilty. However, Athena convinces him that he's too injured to take the case and instead she offers to go in by herself as her first solo trial.

As the trial begins, Athena finds herself facing off against the "Rookie Humiliator", Gaspen Payne. Payne is a snide and arrogant man who quickly pushes Athena's buttons. The prosecutor lays out the state's case: Juniper Woods is accused of detonating a bomb concealed inside a stuffed animal and resulting in the death of a detective who was helping evacuate the courtroom, Candice Arme. Athena stands ready to begin her counter the arguments but finds herself paralyzed with fear with flashes of a trial from her childhood rushing back to haunt her. The case almost seems lost until the courtroom doors burst open and the legendary turnabout attorney Phoenix Wright enters the courtroom. He informs Athena that Apollo called him down and he takes over the case, pointing out critical points that the prosecution did not address and must be further examined before a verdict can be handed down.

The first witness called to the stand is Ted Tonate, a member of the bomb squad for the police. He claims that he saw the bomb activate, so he was able to warn everyone else in Courtroom No. 4. Phoenix points out the bomb was in a stuffed animal, so Ted shouldn't be able to tell. Tonate corrects himself by saying that he heard the bomb activate.

Juniper is then called to the stand, but she has trouble trying to testify about the events surrounding the bombing due to her fear. Using the Mood Matrix, Athena is able to display Juniper's actual emotions, giving Phoenix a way to jog Juniper's memories. Juniper first remembers how Apollo saved her during the explosion, then recalls that she lost her Bum Rap Rhiny doll during the evacuation. With this new information, Phoenix points out that the evidence pointing to Juniper, a vinyl tail with Juniper's fingerprints, could actually belongs to her Rhiny doll and not the Phony Phanty doll that contained the bomb.

Court is adjourned for the day. Phoenix and co head for the ruins of Courtroom No. 4, where Apollo is searching for evidence. However, to their horror, they only find the attorney in red unconscious on the damaged floor.

Day 2 - Trial

Juniper's trial resumes with both Phoenix and Athena both despondent over Apollo's assault. Payne then surprises everyone by claiming that it was Juniper who attacked Apollo in order to cover up her role in the bombing. As proof, he shows a picture of bloody writing that was found next to Apollo, and it says "WOODS". Payne says Apollo had written the name of the person who attacked him.

Juniper is called to testify about what she and Apollo did yesterday in Courtroom No. 4. Juniper states that before she called to testify, she and Apollo were there to search for her Bum Rap Rhiny doll, and Apollo first checked the area around the witness stand. Phoenix points out that there's a large piece of debris in front of the witness stand, so Apollo couldn't have searched there. Another photo is presented into evidence that shows the "debris" is really the bomb transport case that was used in the trial that got interrupted by the bombing. Juniper recalls that she actually saw the case to the right of it's current position, which would place it on top of the bloody writing Apollo supposedly wrote.

Phoenix declares that it meant Apollo didn't write anything in blood, as the case would be in the way. It was only moved after Apollo was knocked out, as indicated by the tire tracks on his bandages. But it couldn't be written by the culprit, as Apollo didn't bleed enough to have enough "ink", as it were. Phoenix suggests that it could actually be Candice Arme, the bombing victim, who wrote the message, and that she actually wrote "L10015", aka Ted Tonate's ID number. Phoenix claims that Candice was trying to point to Tonate as the real criminal and Tonate, being the first person to discover her body, had the opportunity to cover up the message with the bomb transport case and later alter the message to read "WOODS" when Apollo was searching the courtroom.

Ted Tonate is called back onto the stand, while a DNA test on the bloody writing is performed. Tonate claims that he found Arme's body near the entrance by some pointy rubble, but Phoenix notes that the autopsy report says something flat struck Candice's head. The DNA report then comes in, confirming that Arme wrote the message. Tonate is forced to admit that he saw "L10015R" written in blood, and states that Arme was mistaken about him being the bomber. Phoenix jumps on the fact that Tonate saw his full ID number, since this means it had to be written before the explosion, as there was only partial traces of an "R" due to the floor being broken in that location.

Phoenix declares that Candice Arme actually died before the bombing, and states that Tonate bludgeoned her with the bomb itself, since it had a cube-like shape with flat surfaces. Tonate points out that the bomb blew up, meaning Phoenix can't prove it. Phoenix realizes that Tonate had to hide Candice's body before the trial began, and accuses Ted of hiding the dead detective in the bomb transport case. Cornered, Ted threatens to blow everyone up if he isn't allowed to leave in peace, claiming the "training bomb" he was holds is actually the bomb from the other trial, and the bomb that blew up the courtroom was something he built. This scares Payne and the spectators into fleeing. However, Phoenix calls his bluff, pointing out the real bomb had a cracked display as a result of it being used to kill Arme. For the coup de grace, Phoenix opens the bomb transport case to reveal blood stains.

After breaking down, Ted Tonate finally confesses, saying that Arme caught him trying the steal the bomb for himself.

The trial is finally over, with Juniper declared not guilty. But there is still one mystery left unsolved. What happened to the remote switch used to trigger the bomb?

Behind the Turnabout

Ted Tonate is a bomb specialist, but more than that, he's completely obsessed with bombs. While trying to steal an inactive bomb that was to be evidence during a trial, he was caught by Detective Candice Arme. Arme scolded Tonate for trying to steal the bomb, and in a panic, Tonate killed her with the bomb and hid her body in the bomb's carrying case, but not before she was able to write down Tonate's ID number.

Meanwhile, trial was in session in Courtroom No. 4, and Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes were on the defence, while Juniper Woods was sitting in the gallery. Suddenly, a bomb was about to blow, and Tonate evacuated the courtroom. Tonate saw this chance to make the Arme's death look like a casualty from the bombing, and hide her body in the rubble.

During Woods' first trial session, Justice went to investigate the crime scene, but was caught by Tonate in the act, and was knocked out by him. Tonate then used Apollo's blood to manipulate the ID number Arme wrote down with her own blood to blame Woods.

    The Monstrous Turnabout 

Day 1 - Investigation

Day 2 - Trial

Day 2 - Investigation

Day 3 - Trial

Behind the Turnabout

Florent L'Belle made a line of seeming successful beauty products, and spent quite a lot of money on advertising them. However, there was one small problem with his marketing strategy... he never actually sold them to the public, believing them to be good for mere "peasants." His terrible marketing drove him further and further into debt, so much that he finally had to act.

As he was Mayor of Tenma Town Damian Tenma's aid, he knew of the truth behind the legend of Tenma Taro; that is was not a yokai at all, but rather, a large gold ingot hidden within Alderman of Nine-Tails Vale Rex Kyubi's manor. Seeing it as an opportunity for easy money to repay all his debts, he concocted a scheme that would make even the best of Rube Goldberg machines jealous.

First, he blackmailed Mayor Tenma to force a merger for the two settlements, threatening harm upon Damian's daughter, Jinxie. Although it seemed to be worked, Damian secretly opposed the merger via the wrestler The Amazing Nine-Tails. With that failed, he decided to go a more.. direct route. Knowing that the Damian and Kyubi were meeting soon, he acted. He drugged their coffee and and killed Mayor Kyubi with one of his own spears. However, the gold ingot was already gone by this time, and so he still needed to cover up the murder. For this he dressed up as Mayor Tenma and putting on the Amazing Nine-Tails mask, knowing that Jinxie would not take the mask off, but would know who should be under it. According to plan, Jinxie found them, and he told Jinxie that he (meaning Damian) had murdered Kyubi. With the deed done, he replaced Damian at the scene of the crime, and Damian Tenma was promptly arrested.

    Turnabout Academy 

Day 1 - Investigation

Day 2 - Trial

Day 2 - Investigation

Day 3 - Trial

Behind the Turnabout

Aristotle Means was a defence attorney and defence course teacher at the prestigious Themis Legal Academy, a high school specialising for students going into the world of law. He had a very pessimistic and amoral viewpoint of "the end justified the means," where in the Dark Age of the Law, using any means necessary for the preferred verdict was more than acceptable. However, judge course teacher, Constance Courte, disagrees with this, holding a philosophy that "the truth matters more than the verdict." The academy was split into two sides, and became rampant with corruption.

Hugh O'Conner was supposedly a genius student, but he was actually rather average. In fact, his parents were paying off Professor Means to make him pass. Professor Courte found out about this bribery via her personal "snitch," O'Conner's friend, Juniper Woods. Afterwards, she confronted him about it at the stage where the school festival was to begin, but Means wasn't about to be found out by her, of all people, and so he stabbed her. Knowing that Woods' mock trial script won, and having read it, he decided to frame her by making Courte's death look exactly like her script.

    The Cosmic Turnabout 

Day 1 - Trial

Day 2 - Investigation

Day 2 - Trial Former

Day 2 - Trial Latter

Behind the Turnabout

Yuri Cosmos was the head director of the new HAT-2 rocket launch, years after the initial HAT-1 launch was sabotaged by a spy, with the pilot of the ship, Solomon Starbuck, only making it back by a miracle. As he was preparing for HAT-2, he received a very similar call.. one from the same spy.

Knowing he had to act fast, he first tried to call the launch off, but the government wasn't having that. Defeated there, he decided to plan a scheme to make the rocket not launch at all. Before the launch, he swapped the launch pads (one of which was actually now a museum), and astronauts Clay Terran and Starbuck would board the replica in the museum. While Terran knew exactly what was going to happen, Starbuck didn't and was drugged, as Cosmos knew he couldn't trust Starbuck with the sensitive information. For extra protection, Cosmos called in Detectives Bobby Fulbright and Candice Arme for police back-up.

However, the spy knew all, as he tapped Cosmos' phone. Acting first, the spy blew up tha HAT-2 rocket. Terran escaped with Starbuck and the Hope Probe, but was killed, and Starbuck was arrested for his murder. With neither Starbuck, Cosmos or Arme (even though she was murdered before she could testify), the true killer remained unknown to anyone.

    Turnabout for Tomorrow 

Day 1 - Investigation

Day 1 - Trial Former

Day 1 - Trial Latter

Apollo testifies on how Athena is most likely Clay Terran's killer, given the revelations from Starbuck's trial and Apollo's own suspicions. Phoenix presses Apollo, asking him why doesn't he believe in his fellow co-worker's innocence. Apollo admits he wants to, but the evidence is all stacked against her. In fact, he actually wants Phoenix to exonerate her.

Remembering a dead leaf in the Space Museum hallway, Phoenix proposes that the killer leapt out of the museum in mid-transit and onto the emergency ladder that Aura Blackquill was using. Edgeworth points out that it couldn't be possible: the distance between the bays and the main building was 20 feet, and the corridors was 50 feet in the air. Not to mention having to run and jump at the right moment in order to land on the ladder. Anyone would be too scared to attempt such a feat.

Phoenix points out there was someone who could, the Phantom responsible for the recent Space Center bombing. With no emotions holding him back, the Phantom wouldn't hesitate making such a dangerous jump. The bombings in the main building are in fact part of the Phantom's plan to secure an escape route. The only problem is that the Space Center had multiple emergency ladders, so how would the Phantom know which ladder was going to be used ahead of time?

Phoenix then remembers that Aura was ordered by someone to lower the emergency ladder in her lab, and ensured that everyone only used that ladder. That someone was the detective on the scene, Bobby Fulbright. He's the Phantom that everyone's searching for. Everyone is shocked that the goofy detective is really an international spy. Apollo, in particular, is dismayed that Fulbright used the lighter to make him doubt Athena. Phoenix calls for Fulbright to testify, to which the judge agrees. A recess is called to get things ready.

In the defendant lobby, Apollo and Athena make up, while Edgeworth announces that Aura has freed the hostages. Aura herself appears, wanting to see Simon before she is sent to prison, and as well as acknowledge her trust in the lawyers present to catch Metis's killer. Simon is freed and it set to take over for the prosecution, while Edgeworth leaves to do some research into the possible suspects. Before court reconvenes, Phoenix asks Apollo to join him behind the defense bench. Apollo takes up the offer, taking off Clay's jacket and his bandages to signify his return to the Agency.

The trial of Athena Cykes resumes with Fulbright at the witness stand. Fulbright is shocked at being accused as the killer, but reiterates that the evidence still points to Athena as Clay's murderer. Phoenix asks him to clarify on the fingerprint evidence, and Fulbright reveals that they were from Athena's right hand. That conflicts with what Aura witnessed, as she saw the culprit holding the lighter in his left hand. Fulbright, although shocked, argues that Aura saw a reflection of the killer, as she saw the Earth emblem on the lighter. The emblem could only be seen if the lighter was being held in the right hand.

Apollo objects, as he had perceived Fulbright rubbing his left thumb on his holster every time the Earth emblem was mentioned. The defense requests that they be able to examine the lighter. Upon receiving it, Phoenix discovers that the Earth emblem is a button. They press it, only to be shocked as the lighter transform into a small gun. Undoubtedly, this is the gun that fired the .10 caliber bullet discovered at the scene. A lighter that transform into a gun is something only a spy would have on hand. Fulbright still won't admit to anything, and it doesn't change that Athena's fingerprints were on it.

Apollo realizes that the fingerprints may be deliberately forged, and asks Phoenix if Fulbright did anything funny. Phoenix realizes that Fulbright had been too helpful regarding his fingerprint data, and requests the court that the fingerprints be retested against official police data. The lighter is retested, and the prints are found to be from the victim, Clay Terran. Blackquill recalls that Fulbright had personally taken the victims prints for identification, which were when the prints on the lighter were forged.

Fulbright finally confesses... to being an undercover agent tracking the Phantom. However, the Phantom had caught him, and blackmailed him into helping him. The ladder and the forged fingerprints were the Phantom's most recent request. The Phantom also wants to eliminate the voiceprint analysis as well. As for the Phantom, well, the spy has a lot of assassins after him, so he's been careful not to reveal his identity. Blackquill states that he believes Fulbright is telling the truth, and Fulbright is overjoyed at being forgiven.

Athena interjects, claiming Fulbright's joyful expressions were faked, as there were no emotions behind them. In fact there was no emotion in anything he stated, as revealed by the Mood Matrix. Blackquill's claim of forgiveness was in fact false, as he wanted Athena to expose Fulbright's lack of emotions. Annoyed, Fulbright hacks into the Mood Matrix, to which Taka puts to a halt to. Then suddenly, emotional responses appear all over the place, as Fulbright claims that he can actually control his emotions. Through the mess of Mood Matrix data, Phoenix found a small expression of fear when Fulbright mentions the stolen moon rock. Phoenix suggests that the moon rock could be connect to the Phantom's identity.

Fulbright challenges the court, claiming emotional analysis isn't actual evidence, especially in the dark age of the law. Fulbright even taunts Athena into listening to the distrust in the crowd. The judge admits that by itself, the analysis isn't evidence, but having seen Athena at work, the analysis can bring up new leads of inquiry. Beaten, Fulbright testifies that the Phantom had no reason to fear the moon rock. Phoenix objects, stating the Phantom did have a reason: the Phantom was unexpectedly stabbed by Athena 7 years ago. Its possible the blood had gotten onto the moon rock, so he needed to dispose of it. Since he couldn't take it out of the Space Center due to the security, the Phantom placed it in the space capsule. He knew after all the space capsule was to be loaded onto the Hope Space Probe, which was to be launched from the sabotaged HAT-1 rocket. If it weren't for Starbuck pulling off his "miracle", the moon rock would have been destroyed with the HAT-1. Instead it remained intact in space for the past seven years, returning to Earth when the Hope Space Probe itself returned.

The moon rock being in the capsule also explains why Clay Terran had been killed. The Phantom was trying to recover the rock in order to dispose of it, but Terran got in the way. Fulbright demands that the trial be halted for an investigation, but Blackquill insists he won't let Fulbright leave. Before the two could come to blows, Edgeworth returns with some important findings. While Fulbright didn't match up with the first responders to Metis Cykes's murder, Fulbright himself was discovered to be dead. The man in the witness stand is an imposter.

Exposed, 'Fulbright' pulls of his mask to reveal... Starbuck? Blackquill objects, saying Starbuck was in the HAT-1 during the incident 7 years ago. 'Starbuck' responds by taking off his mask to reveal... Professor Means? As it turns out, the man on the stand is a master of disguise, capable of impersonating anyone he comes across. However, he's been constantly impersonating other people that he's forgotten his original identity. After destroying the voiceprint analysis, he points out that the capsule was destroyed in the courtroom bombing, leading Phoenix and the others to realize it was the Phantom who triggered the bomb during Starbuck's trial. In any case, did this mean the moon rock was lost forever?

Phoenix presents a photograph of the collected bomb components, as among them, a piece of the moon rock could be seen. Phoenix requests that bomb evidence be searched for a moon rock piece with blood on it, while Blackquill insists the witness on the stand provide a blood sample for comparison. It wasn't long that the results of the tests are brought to the court: a rock piece with blood has been found and the blood belongs to the witness.

The witness objects, having removed his Professor Mean's mask to reveal a Phoenix Wright mask. The witness claims that the rock could be a rock that was from the courtroom and that he bled on it while in there. There's no proof that it's the actual stolen moon rock. Phoenix state that there is proof: Athena's earrings. They were a gift from her mother and carved from the same moon rock. They can compare the earrings to the rock pieces to see if they have the same composition. And if they match, it would undeniably prove once and for all the witness was the Phantom.

Behind the Turnabout

The phantom is a dangerous international spy known for being able to replicate another person flawlessly, and for not being able to experience emotions like normal people. Dr. Metis Cykes, a psychologist working for Cosmos Space Centre, figured the latter out by analysing a voice sample that Director Yuri Cosmos received from him. The phantom knew this could reveal him, and thus plotted to get the reports back. However, when he killed Dr. Cykes, he was attacked by her young daughter, Athena, with a knife, slicing his hand open and his blood splattering on a nearby moon rock that got launched into space in the Hope Probe. With his blood out there, he tried to sabotage the Probe's launch, but failed, resulting in the HAT-1 Miracle.

Meanwhile, Simon Blackquill, a prosecutor who dabbles in psychology, returns to the Space Centre, only the find Dr. Cykes' corpse on the robot repair table and Athena, covered in blood. Simon, not wanting Athena to get arrested for her mother's murder, manipulated the crime scene to pin the blame on himself, and eventually was arrested and sentenced to death. Athena would go to Europe, traumatised, but she studied hard to become a defence attorney to save Simon.

Seven years later, history would repeat itself when the Hope Probe returned to Earth. The phantom, now in the guise of Detective Bobby Fulbright, attacked Clay Terran, killing him, but still failed to retrieve the Hope Probe. When the probe was presented as evidence at Terran's murder trial, he blew the court up, destroying most of it but a small section of it. The phantom then proceeded to pin the blame for Terran's murder on Athena Cykes, now back in America as an attorney, whom was passed out at the space centre on the day of the murder.

    Turnabout Reclaimed 

Day 1 - Investigation

Day 2 - Trial Former

Day 2 - Trial Latter

Day 2 - Investigation

Day 3 - Trial Former

Day 3 - Trial Latter

Behind the Turnabout

One year prior to the case, animal trainer Azura Summers died mysteriously during one of her shows. The public believed that the whale that she was performing with, Ora, killed her, and the events were recorded by nonfiction writer; Norma De Plume.. However, the truth was that Summers had a heart condition that killed her, but no one knew, least of all her boyfriend, Marlon Rimes, an aquarist.

Ora was to be put down, but Jack Shipley and Herman Crab, the owner and vet of the Shipshape Aquarium instead hid her away at the nearby Supermarine Aquarium, and her sister, Orla, was to replace her, and Summer's protege, Sasha Buckler, was to replace her. However, Buckler had the same heart condition as Summers...

Rimes was more than pissed at Ora, and plotted to kill her, however he didn't know that it was actually Orla there, not Ora. For this, he drained the pool that Orla was in, but was found by Shipley, who tried to stop him. However, Shipley tripped, and fell off into the bottom of the huge pool, but was caught by Rimes. Shipley told Rimes that Summers' death wasn't Orla's fault, and his Rimes' grip loosened, and Shipley fell to his death.

Despite Shipley's accidental death, he knew he still had to get revenge on Orla, no matter what. To this end, he invited De Plume back to the aquarium under the guise of giving her new information, intending to create a witness out of her. When she arrived, she watched Orla "attack" Shipley's already dead body, and his plan was put into motion.

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