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Recipe for Turnabout

Maya Fey
A phony Nick!?

Episode 3: Recipe for Turnabout is the third episode in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations. Accused of killing a computer programmer by poisoning, Maggey Byrde is convicted after receiving a shoddy defense from an impostor posing as Phoenix Wright. It is not until one month later that Dick Gumshoe informs the real Phoenix Wright about Byrde's predicament, starting the process for a do-over of the case.

Trial (Dec. 4, 2018)[]

A murder trial was in its final stages. By that point, the judge was very sure of the facts of the case, with conclusive testimony and evidence. The victim was alone at his table, when he drank a cup of coffee poisoned by the defendant. The defendant denied this, claiming that there was a second man at the victim's table who poisoned his coffee. Prosecutor Winston Payne declared the case wrapped up, (somehow) finally defeating Phoenix Wright! The judge declared the defendant guilty, and the court was adjourned.

Jan. 6, 2019[]

About a month later, Detective Dick Gumshoe came to the Wright & Co. Law Offices with a magazine saying that Wright had been trounced horribly in a poisoning case he had taken a month ago, and demanded to know what happened. Wright, however, knew nothing at all about the incident, and proceeded to explain to Gumshoe that that trial had probably been led by a fake Wright. Gumshoe then demanded that Wright fix his "mistake" and went to request a retrial.

Wright and Maya Fey then went to the detention center to meet with the unfortunate defendant who had landed a phony lawyer: Maggey Byrde, who had one year previously been a client of Wright's. After explaining the current situation to her, Wright proceeded to ask about the details of her case. Byrde had, since last year, become a waitress at a French restaurant called Trés Bien, which had led to the whole mess. She claimed it had started with two men drinking coffee at a table. One of the men had slipped some poison into the other's cup, and after the victim died from the poisoned coffee, Byrde had subsequently passed out from the shock. She told them that she had never seen the victim before.


The other man Byrde saw.

Byrde went on to say that no one else had seen the other man. Everyone at her trial had testified that the victim was alone at the table the entire time. She then went on to say that the police had found some incriminating evidence in her pocket, a bottle of poison. However, since she had passed out, the killer could have slipped the poison in her pocket while she was out cold. Byrde said that she had taken the coffee to the two men. She had noticed a CD on the table, but did not remember its title, other than the letters "MC". Maya then asked about the killer, but all Byrde could recall was a young, well-built man.

Wright then showed Byrde the magazine article on her trial and asked her about the fake Wright who represented her. Byrde said that he had met her in the detention center following her arrest and had been worked up and passionate about defending her. Wright wondered how she could have failed to identify the fake, having met the real Wright before. Byrde then recalled a number of strange traits that the Wright she knew didn't have, but the fake did have Wright's signature suit and hairstyle. There had also apparently been uncertainty in everyone else in the courtroom, but no one had spoken up about it. Wright and Maya assured Byrde that she could get a retrial and vowed to catch the fake who had gotten Byrde convicted for murder. Byrde told them the crime scene's location to kick off their investigation.


The sports paper.

Trés Bien greeted Wright and Maya with a flowery smell and no sign of people. Wright found a sports paper stuck behind a magazine rack, with doodles on it, most notably "MC Bomber" and the number 100,000, crossed out. Maya assumed that the number was an amount of money, and Wright then discovered that the paper was dated from the day of the murder. They returned to Byrde to ask Byrde about the paper they found. Byrde replied that the restaurant didn't get newspapers, so Maya suggested that a customer had bought it, and Wright showed Byrde the "MC Bomber" doodle. Byrde remembered this as the name she saw on the CD. She suggested that the $100,000 drawn on the paper was a down payment for a record deal. Wright deduced that the paper had belonged to the victim.

Upon returning to Trés Bien, they encountered an effeminate Frenchman, who introduced himself as the restaurant's owner. Seeing Maya and Wright looking fatigued, he gave Maya some bath oil, and Wright some perfume. He recognized Wright from the previous trial, and gave his name, Jean Armstrong. When Wright and Maya questioned Armstrong about his restaurant, the latter described the atmosphere and food as "very good" (in French) but admitted that the restaurant was not as popular as he would prefer. He added that losing Byrde had left him short of labor, and he had since been running the place on his own whilst looking for a replacement.

Wright then asked Armstrong about the murder. Armstrong told him that on the day of the murder, the victim had suddenly fallen ill due to the poison in his coffee, which Byrde had taken to him. Upon leaving the kitchen, Armstrong found the victim dead and Byrde passed out. Armstrong then confirmed that the victim was alone and added that a customer in the restaurant at the time, an old man, had said the same thing.

The three of them then discussed Byrde. After going over her past job, Armstrong stated that he wasn't surprised that Byrde was the main suspect in this case. When she took the coffee to the victim, something happened, but he would not say what. Maya asked what motive the prosecution had had for Byrde, but three Psyche-Locks appeared over Armstrong's heart. Wright automatically reached for his magatama, only to discover it had disappeared. He assumed that it was nearby, as he could see the Psyche-Locks.

Wright then asked Armstrong to confirm once more that the victim was alone at his table. Armstrong told him that he would have to ask the old man himself to find the answer and directed him to Vitamin Square, the park behind the restaurant. There, they found the old man throwing seeds at pigeons. Looking around the area, they found a jobs magazine. Upon picking it up, the old man chastised them for picking up his rubbish, and demanded he give it back. Wright declined.

Wright tried to talk to the old man, but he was "busy" throwing seeds at the pigeons. Eventually, Wright deduced that he was a regular at the restaurant. Maya voiced Wright's question, but the old man responded by attacking the pigeons again. Maya suspected that he was hiding something. Wright and Maya then headed back inside the restaurant and showed Armstrong the old man's job magazine. Armstrong took this to mean that Maya wanted the waitress job and hired her on the spot, taking her to his kitchen. Wright then headed to the Criminal Affairs Department, alone, to talk with Gumshoe. Gumshoe offered Wright all the help he needed and told him the retrial had been approved with Godot as the prosecutor.

Wright and Gumshoe talked about Byrde, and Wright discovered that the victim was a computer programmer, Glen Elg, and that he wasn't a regular customer at Trés Bien. Wright asked about Byrde's motive, but Gumshoe was unable to help him. He told Wright that Byrde was no liar, but her claim that another man was with Elg during the murder did contradict both of the witness testimonies. Then there was the matter of the CD; although Byrde had talked about a CD, the police investigation had failed to find it. They had found a radio though, but the fake Wright never explained this contradiction.

Wright showed Gumshoe the sports paper. Gumshoe seemed to remember the name MC Bomber, and asked to borrow the paper, intending to do a handwriting analysis of the scribbles. Gumshoe was also convinced that Armstrong was involved in the case somehow. Wright questioned him further, but Gumshoe told him to investigate Trés Bien himself, and tell him about anything suspicious. Wright did so and briefly encountered a girl with her head bandaged and a dark aura around her. He then ran into Maya, who convinced him to have something to eat at the restaurant.

After briefly talking about her new job, Maya convinced Wright to order a lunch set. Wright found the price to be rather high, but Maya ordered it regardless. Upon tasting the food, however, both of them quickly discovered the other reason for the restaurant's unpopularity. Maya then offered to let Wright look around the kitchen. There, Wright found his magatama and, among Armstrong's aromatherapy oil collection, a green bottle that differed in appearance from the others and wasn't oil. Maya suggested that they take it with them.

Tigre Angry 1

"Aaaah! Who is that?!"

Wright then headed out to the park alone. The old man was gone, but he saw something else that caught his eye: a pink scooter with damaged mirrors, wheel guard and light. He was then accosted by an extremely aggressive man with spiked hair similar to Wright's, who turned out to be the scooter's owner. The man vowed to get a group of lawyers to make Wright pay, and Wright then introduced himself. At this, the man claimed that he was Phoenix Wright, and quickly left. Wright wondered if he was the fake Wright and made a note about the scooter. The old man reappeared; he was hiding in the strawberry. Now armed with his magatama, Wright saw three Psyche-Locks around the old man upon asking again about his patronage at Trés Bien.

He then returned to Criminal Affairs, where Gumshoe told him that the handwriting analysis of the sports paper had been completed. The writing was Elg's, implying that he had taken the paper to the restaurant the day of the murder. Wright then showed Gumshoe the green bottle that he had taken from the Trés Bien kitchen, and Gumshoe took it to analyze the contents. Gumshoe then revealed that he had discovered Armstrong's secret. Because of the high cost and poor quality of the food, Trés Bien had never been popular, and so Armstrong had accumulated a debt of $500,000.

Wright then returned to the park to question the old man. The old man claimed that he came to Trés Bien for the food, but Wright pointed out that the food was terrible and overpriced, and that no one in their right mind would eat there. The old man simply claimed that he was rich, and to him, the food was cheap. However, the opposite was the case, as evident from the jobs magazine. The old man then claimed that he went there for the cappuccino and the free newspapers, but the only paper in the restaurant was a month old; the restaurant didn't have free newspapers. Wright then told the man the real reason for the old man's visits - Maggey Byrde, or more specifically, her outfit - breaking the last Psyche-Lock.

The old man admitted that Wright was correct, and he introduced himself as Victor Kudo, but he refused to tell Wright anymore. Wright thought to bring Maya, in her waitress uniform, to loosen Kudo's tongue, but the man found her too young to be appealing. She then channeled Mia, who proved much more attractive to Kudo, prompting him to talk. Kudo told Mia that Elg had definitely been sitting alone when Byrde brought him his coffee. After taking a sip, he had collapsed, dead. Kudo claimed to Mia that he enjoyed the restaurant's food very much. Mia then asked him about his visits to the restaurant; Kudo said he enjoyed it but warned her to be wary of Armstrong. The man was an ex-con who had a habit of stealing from customers and had been arrested once for it. Kudo then gave Wright a note about Armstrong's history, in the form of a haiku poem. Wright thanked Mia for her help, but Mia simply expressed disbelief at being channeled for such a purpose.

Wright returned to Trés Bien to break Armstrong's Psyche-Locks and retire for the day. Armstrong offered to tell them what had happened on the day of the murder. He stated that a lottery ticket was the cause; Elg had won $500,000 on the lottery, but after he was killed, his ticket disappeared. The prosecution in the trial claimed this was Byrde's motive for committing the murder. Wright asked Armstrong why he didn't tell him this earlier, and then deduced that Armstrong had taken the ticket. Armstrong denied being a thief, but Wright proved him wrong with Kudo's note about Armstrong's habit. Armstrong refused to give up and demanded more proof. Wright presented his magatama, which had turned up in the kitchen. At this point, Armstrong admitted he had kleptomaniac tendencies, but he insisted that he had no reason to steal a $500,000 lottery ticket. Wright then pointed out that he had a loan for exactly this amount of money, giving him a good reason to steal it.

Wright asked Armstrong how he knew Elg had a $500,000 lottery ticket. Armstrong explained that Elg had been listening to the radio with an earpiece, when he suddenly let out an excited outburst, having won the lottery. Wright asked Armstrong if he had poisoned Elg, but Armstrong claimed he only took one of Elg's tickets. Maya reprimanded Armstrong for doing so, thereby causing Byrde's arrest, but Armstrong denied taking the winning ticket. Just then, Godot appeared. He had apparently come earlier for some coffee. Godot stated that while Armstrong had stolen one of Elg's tickets, that ticket was worthless. Wright asked where the winning ticket had gone, but Godot said he would answer the question at tomorrow's trial. Wright threw away Kudo's note and resolved not to let Byrde suffer any more.

Jan. 7[]

Trial, first session[]

It was time for the trial to begin, with Wright, Maya and Maggey Byrde waiting in Defendant Lobby No. 2. Byrde was unhappy that no one had corroborated her story. Just then, Gumshoe burst in to check on Byrde, and urged her not to become too unhappy. He then told Wright to win the case or else he would try and have him arrested. He also urged Wright to expose any and all contradictions in his testimony.

In the courtroom, there was minor confusion as to whether the real Wright was defending, but Phoenix Wright insisted that he was the genuine article. Godot then stated that he intended to find out whether he was facing an actual lawyer in the trial. Wright acknowledged that Godot hated him for some reason.

Godot then called Dick Gumshoe to the stand. Gumshoe first outlined the case, presenting the autopsy report. He then presented a floor plan of the restaurant, showing Glen Elg's position, and showed how Byrde had allegedly brought the poisoned cup of coffee. Upon taking a sip, Elg died almost immediately. At the time of the crime, only Armstrong and Kudo were in the restaurant. Gumshoe then gave his testimony. Elg was alone at his table when he was poisoned and was listening to the radio. Traces of potassium cyanide were found in his coffee cup. He finished with Byrde apparently having a motive.

Wright pointed out that Byrde's testimony differed from the others, but Godot maintained that her testimony conflicted with those of the witnesses. Wright suggested that the witnesses could have missed the other man Byrde mentioned, but Godot disproved this, presenting a photo of the crime scene from Armstrong's viewpoint, clearly showing Elg's table.

Wright asked about the poison traces. Gumshoe said that the poison was a powder. Wright suggested that the poison was in some sugar, but Gumshoe replied that Elg had no sugar in his coffee. Wright then asked if Elg had drunk any coffee. Gumshoe jumped on this, but Godot told him if he had time to waste, he could present "THAT" piece of evidence. Gumshoe asked what that evidence was, and Godot responded by throwing his current cup of coffee at Wright. Gumshoe understood and presented Elg's coffee cup. There was a coffee stain on the cup, proving that Elg had drunk from it. Furthermore, the only prints on the cup were those of Byrde and Elg.

Wright then asked about Byrde's motive. Gumshoe believed it had been exaggerated, but Godot warned that he could always call another witness, if Gumshoe didn't keep to the facts. Gumshoe said that Byrde's motive had apparently been the $500,000 lottery ticket, which had gone missing from the crime scene. Wright declared that the missing ticket did not implicate his client, but Godot then presented the ticket, which had been found on Byrde.

The judge then announced that the case, once again, seemed clear to him. Byrde had an opportunity to commit the crime, there was strong evidence suggesting she had done it, and the $500,000 lottery ticket was a credible motive. Godot then announced he would wrap up the case with one last piece of evidence: Byrde's apron, which she was wearing at the time of the crime. It had coffee and a red substance spilled on it, and the poison had been found in the pocket, with only Byrde's fingerprints on it. Oddly, Godot only seemed to notice the coffee stain on the apron. The judge inquired about the red substance, believing it to be a bloodstain, but Godot claimed there wasn't one. Wright began to wonder why Godot couldn't see something as obvious as the stain but paid it no big deal when Gumshoe stated that the stain was just ketchup.

Tres Bien Map

Where the murder happened

The judge asked Gumshoe to testify further about the crime scene and investigation. Kudo had reported the crime at 2:55 p.m. Byrde had been found passed out from the shock. Elg had no identification in him, but the police were able to figure out who he was quickly. Byrde was searched, and the lottery ticket and poison were found on her. Wright asked how the police had identified Elg. Gumshoe explained that he had a prescription bag with him, which the police had used to discover his identity. Wright asked about the medicine, but Gumshoe said the bag was empty. After Gumshoe testified that nothing else was missing from the scene of the crime, Wright presented the prescription bag and asked Gumshoe if the officers recovered the medicine from the crime scene later. Gumshoe, who seemed happy that Wright finally found a contradiction in his testimony and saying that Wright was too cool, answered with no. The judge said that the prescription bag wasn't mentioned in the last trial and Gumshoe happily said that he must have been careless. Wright then claimed that the medicine in that bag must have been the lethal poison itself.

The judge brought order to the court with his gavel then asked Godot about his opinion. Godot seemed cool and asked Wright to read the name of the clinic on the prescription bag. Wright read the name "New Ear Otolaryngological Clinic". The judge asked what kind of illness that was. Godot said it was hardly an illness but rather a bitter war wound. He then explained that, the day before the crime, the victim had found himself in a fight, taken a blow to the side of his head and ruptured his eardrum, and the medicine he was given was a cream that was to be applied topically inside his ear canal and not to be ingested. Godot also said that it was mentioned in the fine print of the autopsy report that they found traces of the medication in the victim's left ear. It proved that the victim had applied his medication at Trés Bien.

The judge said that the medication was irrelevant to the case after all, but Wright made a quick move and said that if the victim had applied his medication at Trés Bien, then the medicine should have been found at the restaurant.

The judge then asked Godot if he had any other witnesses to testify. Godot, who seemed to have lost his cool now, didn't reply but Gumshoe said that they had Victor Kudo ready to testify as a witness. The judge declared that the court would adjourn for a 10-minute recess and then they would hear the next witness.


Maya said that they were really close to failing and Wright agreed. Byrde came in and said that she couldn't believe Detective Gumshoe and how he had betrayed them like that after he said he would help, he set her up. Wright tried to say that Gumshoe didn't mean to do that, and he had to do his job as a detective. But Byrde didn't want to hear it and said that she had gotten used to betrayal and lies but this time it really hurt her. She said she hated Gumshoe and she didn't want to see him again.

Trial, second session[]


The collapsed victim.

The trial resumed and Godot called the next witness, Victor Kudo. Kudo took the stand and told them his name and started talking about honor. Wright told Kudo that they only needed his occupation. Kudo said that he was from a family of kimono embroiderers and had worked at a burger joint, and that he was currently unemployed. After being asked for his testimony, he began to testify.

Kudo testified about what he had witnessed. He said that the victim was reading a sports paper, then the serving girl had brought him a "Javaccino" after putting something in it. The victim took one sip from it and collapsed. Then he claimed that the waitress that gave him the coffee was Byrde, the defendant. Wright asked Kudo to tell them more about the "something" that the waitress had put in the victim's coffee. Kudo said that he had seen her putting white powder in the coffee for sure. Wright then demanded that he add that to his testimony.

Wright then asked Kudo how he was sure that the defendant was the one who had put the white powder in the coffee and if he remembered something about her features, saying that it was not enough for him to just remember the outfit. Kudo said that he did remember other features. The judge asked him to add it to his testimony. Kudo testified that there was a ribbon in her hair and her apron's straps were loose.


The "waitress" Kudo saw.

Wright pressed him and said that he hadn't told them about her face. Godot said that if the witness remembered the ribbon, then he should remember the face. Wright pressed further and said that the features Kudo was describing where things people would see from the back. Wright then said that Kudo had never seen the waitress from the front. Kudo denied it. The judge then asked Kudo to add what he saw about her from the front. Kudo testified that there had been nothing that had caught his interest about her from the front. Wright revealed to Kudo the ketchup-stained apron and asked him if he had ever seen it before. Kudo answered that he didn't; he would not have forgotten something as dirty as that. Wright then told him that this apron was the apron worn by the defendant in the day of the poisoning, which means that Kudo had never seen the waitress from the front, or he would have recognized the apron.

Godot said that didn't change anything since Byrde was the only waitress there that day and Kudo saw the waitress putting the poison in the coffee. He then asked Kudo to testify about what he remembered about the victim, as a test of Kudo's memory.

Kudo testified that the victim was wearing a broken pair of spectacles. He had a newspaper in his right hand and was also listening to the wireless radio. The serving girl brought him his javaccino, which the victim then picked up his cup with his free hand. Wright raised an objection regarding the coffee cup. He said that Elg was holding a piece of paper with his right hand, while drinking with his free hand, which made it his left. Due to the mark left by Elg's lips, it indicated that he had drunk it with his right hand.

Kudo insisted that the victim had drunk the coffee with his left hand and asked to testify more. The judge refused, but Godot agreed to hear more. Kudo testified that the victim had been wearing the earpiece on the same side as the green lens of his specs, and that he kept fiddling with it all the time. Kudo insisted that the victim had used the same hand to pick up the cup. The judge then asked about the strange eyewear the victim was wearing. Godot explained that eye piece Elg was wearing was actually an HMD, a small computer monitor Elg used at work.

Wright pointed out there was something really wrong with what Kudo just described. As revealed in court earlier, Elg had ruptured his left eardrum, as proven by his prescription, which meant the witness had seen the victim placing an earpiece over an ear with which he could not hear. Combined with the previous contradiction regarding the coffee cup and only seeing the criminal from the back, Kudo's testimony was useless.

It looked like Wright had proven Kudo's memory to be shot and completely unreliable, a fact that made Godot frustrated. The judge decided to adjourn court for the day. However, Kudo, getting angry, wasn't planning on giving up yet. He wanted one more chance to prove himself. He was allowed to testify one last time.

Kudo first stated that he wanted to stress that this might be nothing, as he wasn't too sure himself. The young boy slumped over the table as soon as he took one sip of his javaccino. He knocked the vase on his table right over, breaking it, getting the strip of cloth covering the table completely soaked. Wright pointed out that on the crime scene photo, the vase was still intact on Elg's table. Kudo then remembered that the vase was on his table, as he was the one who had knocked it over when he was startled upon seeing the victim collapse. He asked one more time for a testimony, but the judge had the bailiff escort him out of the courtroom. The judge announced that there would be more investigations into what had happened that day, and that the recent witness insisted on providing copies of his latest testimony.


Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey were in the Wright & Co. Law Offices when Wright asked Maya what she thought, and they decided to go visit Maggey Byrde and investigate Kudo's testimony.

Wright and Maya went to the Criminal Affairs Department, but Gumshoe wasn't there. Everyone seemed in panic and there was a strange atmosphere. They then went to the detention center to talk to Byrde, but she was being questioned, so they decided to visit later.

Wright and Maya went to Trés Bien. They found Gumshoe, who was listening to the radio. He seemed worked up and it seemed he was betting on something. Wright talked to him about the day's trial and Byrde. After Maya told him about what Byrde said, Gumshoe seemed sad about it and started banging his head to the wall. Wright then asked him about the lunch special he was having. Gumshoe said it tasted really bad, and he hardly even had enough money to buy it, but he seemed to be hiding something. Wright then asked about the radio he was listening to. Gumshoe claimed that it was an exercise program and looked nervous. A Psyche-Lock appeared.

Gumshoe didn't want to tell what he was listening to. Wright presented the victim's lottery ticket. He was obviously listening for the winning lottery numbers wanting to win the lottery, but he didn't get it. The Psyche-Lock was broken, and Wright asked Gumshoe about the radio again. The latter admitted that he had been listening to the lottery. Gumshoe told Wright that Elg worked in a place called Blue Screens, Inc. He then gave Wright directions to the company.

After going to Blue Screens, Inc. Wright and Maya were greeted by a woman who introduced herself as Lisa Basil, the company director. She allowed Wright and Maya to examine Elg's desk. Wright found some papers on the floor, all of which looked like losing horse race tickets. He noticed Elg's calendar on his desk and Maya pointed out that December 3, the day of the murder, was marked on the calendar, saying "Meet with the Tiger". Wright then asked Basil about Elg. She told them that he was a genius, but three Psyche-Locks appeared.

Wright then went back to Trés Bien's Kitchen. He and Maya saw Armstrong, talking with the creepy girl Wright had seen the previous day. It looked like Armstrong had promised her not to talk to anyone, and she seemed to be threatening him to say how much she loved fire. She then took her leave.

Wright asked Armstrong about the woman they had just seen, but Armstrong didn't want to talk about it. Wright showed him the loan contract. Armstrong said that he needed a lot of money so to pay his loan, and "they" kept harassing him about something before he finally gave in. He had no choice but to help "them". Wright asked about the woman again. Armstrong revealed she worked at a loan bank called Tender Lender, from which he had borrowed 500,000 dollars. Wright asked about Tender Lender. Armstrong said the owner was known as "The Tiger", and that he had spiky hair just like Wright's. Wright and Maya assumed they were closer to find Wright's phony. Armstrong said Tender Lender was just beyond Vitamin Square.

The duo then went to Tender Lender to find the same woman they had seen earlier. Here, they came across evidence that changed the course of the case dramatically: an exact replica of Wright's blue coat and a fake attorney's badge, convincing the two that The Tiger was the fake lawyer. They also found the copy of the MC Bomber disc. Just then, an enraged Furio Tigre confronted the two; accusing them, livid, of knocking over his ashtray, but when the woman, who Tigre addressed as Violetta, admitted to doing it, he immediately softened up and left. While conversing with Violetta, she said Tigre had "saved her life"; but four Psyche-Locks appeared.

Wright and Maya met Kudo again. He acknowledged that there was a period of time where he had been out of the restaurant, calling the police. Could Armstrong and the killer have had some sort of agreement? A conversation with Byrde made them more suspicious, since she said that there was actually another customer in the restaurant, a woman she described as "creepy" and having a "cackling laugh", like Violetta.

Wright talked to Gumshoe at the Criminal Affairs Department. He said that that MC Bomber disc they had found was a high-potential computer virus that, due to its destructive nature, could sell for millions on the black market, and that this mysterious Violetta woman was actually Viola Cadaverini, the granddaughter of Bruto Cadaverini, the head of the most powerful and dangerous crime family in the city.


Tigre's car crash.

Knowing that this virus was a high-value asset, and that Glen Elg was desperate for money, Wright was able to unlock Lisa Basil's Psyche-Locks, confirming that Elg owed Tigre a debt of 100 thousand dollars. After unlocking Viola's Psyche-Locks, she told Wright that her head bandage was the result of a car accident several months prior, and that Tigre had caused the accident when he had crashed his scooter into Viola's car. In order to protect himself from Viola's terrifying grandfather, Tigre had agreed to pay for her 1,000,000-dollar operation. Viola gave Wright her medical papers. At this point, Wright deduced that Tigre was a poisoner and a traitor and was determined to stop him.

He then went to Trés Bien, where he found Tigre and Armstrong, proving that Armstrong was aligned with Tigre somehow. Tigre demanded Wright return Viola's medical papers to him; Wright's refusal got him punched. As Tigre was about to flee the scene and burn the stolen papers, Gumshoe barged in and was able to save Wright and the papers. Wright was now up for an intense courtroom battle the next day.

January 8th[]

As Wright and Maya spoke with Byrde about the case, Gumshoe entered the defendant lobby with some news. The green bottle found at Trés Bien contained medicine for use on ears, meaning it was Elg's missing prescription. As for the fingerprints on the bottle, there had been a screw-up so no analysis had been done on it.

Trial, former session[]

The retrial of Byrde resumed with the judge asking if the inconsistencies between Kudo's description of the victim and the actual crime scene could be resolved. Godot claimed that his next witness, Armstrong, would be able to clarify everything.

Armstrong testified that on the day of the crime, he was experimenting with the décor of the restaurant, and this included a large mirror between the tables. Kudo could have actually seen the crime by looking at the mirror. Wright pointed out that if that were the case, Elg would have to wear the HMD over his right eye in order for it to be over the left eye in the mirror image and fit with Kudo's testimony. The HMD should appear on his right eye in the mirror image, not his left. Godot objected with an argument saying the HMD left an impression on Kudo, and he ended up associating the earpiece with it. Armstrong was asked to speak more on the mirror.

Armstrong explained that the mirror was placed in the middle of the restaurant, so, in order to see the victim, Kudo must have been sitting at the table next to Elg's. After the incident occurred, Armstrong had moved the mirror away from the scene. Wright stated that this contradicted Kudo's testimony that he had knocked over the vase on his table. The crime scene photo depicted Elg's table and the table next to it, and the vase was seen still standing. Either Armstrong had lied about not moving anything else, or there had been no mirror, with Kudo actually sitting across from Elg.

With the mirror explanation completely shot down, the judge asked what could explain the oddities of Kudo's testimony. Wright suggested Kudo had actually witnessed someone pretending to be Elg getting poisoned, and the imposter had made a mistake by putting the earpiece over the wrong ear. The reason for this act was to have Kudo see the waitress put poison in the coffee, so it would look like Byrde was the culprit. Godot pointed out that if some sort of set-up played out at Trés Bien, the chef should have witnessed it. The judge requested that Armstrong tell the court what actually happened that day.

Armstrong claimed that the victim had entered the restaurant and Kudo had come in later. At the time, there had been no other customers. Elg had yelled in joy at winning the lottery, which was followed by him getting poisoned five minutes later. Armstrong insisted there had been no set-up of any sort. When he was asked for the time Kudo arrived, Armstrong stated it was around 2:00 to 2:05 PM.

Wright revealed to the court that the Millionaire Radio show began at 1:30 PM and only lasted ten minutes. Elg could have not been listening to it at 2:20, meaning the Elg that Kudo witnessed was definitely a fake, and the real Elg had been dead for a while. Godot challenged Wright's argument, asking him what had happened to Elg's body after his murder. Wright suggested that Elg's body had been in the kitchen, proven by the fact that his medicine had been found there.

Armstrong confessed that he had indeed hidden the body in the kitchen. He had been forced to do so by a man who he could not refuse. However, Armstrong insisted he wasn't the killer. Since Armstrong wouldn't say who the man was, Wright told the court about Tigre and how Armstrong was unable to pay back the loan he had received from Tender Lender. Armstrong admitted that Tigre had met with the victim at Trés Bien that day to discuss the latter's debts. He didn't know why Elg had been killed, only that he was forced to hide Elg and Byrde in the kitchen.

The judge declared that Tigre would have to be summoned as a witness, but due to the amount of time required, they would have to hear his testimony the next day. Godot interjected by saying he could get Tigre in court that same day; he only needed thirty minutes.


During the recess, Wright asked Gumshoe to look for fingerprints on the small green bottle he got back.

Trial, latter session[]

Furio Tigre finally took the stand. He started things off by saying he had been busy for the whole month last December, and he had never met Elg, but Wright objected, saying that Elg's calendar said to meet with "the Tiger". Tigre denied it, saying he had never gone to Trés Bien. Wright objected again, because matches from the restaurant had been found at Tender Lender. Tigre admitted having gone to the restaurant but still didn't admit to meeting Elg.

Tigre said he was supposed to meet Elg there, but he was already dead by the time he had gotten there, and that he had never actually gone inside the restaurant. Wright said there was a partition blocking his view from the entrance, so he must have gone inside, or he couldn't have seen Elg's body. Wright also said the imposter Elg that Kudo had seen was in fact Tigre, but Godot pointed out that Kudo had seen the waitress sprinkle poison in the cup, so if the Elg Kudo saw was an imposter, that meant the waitress was also an imposter. Wright answered that the waitress must have been Viola Cadaverini. Tigre admitted to meeting with Glen Elg, but not poisoning him. Tigre said he was after 100,000 dollars that Elg owed him, but Wright said he was actually after the MC bomber virus, since he needed money to pay for Viola's operation.

Glen the Winner

Elg winning the lottery.

Phoenix Wright explained what had happened: four months earlier, Furio Tigre had injured Viola in a car accident, and she needed surgery to save her life. It had cost a million dollars, and since Viola was the granddaughter of the sinister mob boss Bruto Cadaverini, Tigre's life was in danger. He had called in Glen Elg's loan, needing the money to pay for the operation; however, Elg had won the lottery, earning him enough money to pay off his own debt, but not Tigre's. Desperate, Tigre had killed him and stolen the MC Bomber virus. Then, Tigre, along with Jean Armstrong and Viola, had set up a fake crime scene for Victor Kudo to witness in order to frame Maggey Byrde. Wright then showed the court Tigre's fake badge as proof that he had pretended to be him at Byrde's previous trial with prosecutor Payne.

Godot interjected to demand Wright to show proof that Tigre had killed Elg. With the judge siding with the prosecution, for Wright did not have any evidence against Tigre, Wright was cornered once again as the judge ended Tigre's cross examination. At that moment, Gumshoe arrived with the fingerprint results from the small green bottle. During another short recess, Gumshoe revealed that the fingerprints belonged to Tigre. Wright knew that would not prove anything, since the bottle only contained the victim's medicine and Tigre already admitted that he met with him, but he came up with a plan to defeat the imposter.


Tigre breaks down.

After the recess, Wright presented the bottle, saying it contained potassium cyanide, the poison that had killed Glen Elg. Tigre laughed loudly at this, saying the actual poison bottle was brown and made of glass. A sudden hush fell over the courtroom at this statement. Tigre, oblivious to what he just said, proceeded to restate what he said to break the silence. Wright then pointed out that Tigre had just described the bottle containing the real poison, something he should not have been able to do unless he had been the one who had poisoned the victim. Realizing what he had done, Furio Tigre roared so loudly that courtroom lights shattered, shrouding the room in darkness. During the blackout, Godot's mask was shown to emit three glowing red lights. Finding himself defeated once again, he threw his seventeenth cup of coffee onto Wright's head, the lights then turned back on. The judge stated that the entire ordeal must have been very difficult for Byrde before handing down a not guilty verdict.


Maggey Byrde was overjoyed to have her name cleared. Although Wright tried to tell her that it was all thanks to Gumshoe, Byrde was still mad about him testifying against her. However, Phoenix Wright gave her the lunch from Gumshoe to show that he really cared about her, which she happily ate on the spot.

Differences in the anime adaptation[]

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  • The trials with Phoenix Wright begin on November 6th instead of January 6th.
  • Viola Cadaverini overhears Tigre's real opinion of her before being questioned by Phoenix and Maya.
  • Wright does not meet Victor Kudo until the first trial. The scene where Maya channels Mia to get Kudo to open up is moved to the investigation following the trial.
  • Wright and Maya do not visit Blue Screens, Inc. As Lisa Basil is absent, all information about Elg's ability to create computer viruses comes from Gumshoe instead.
  • After Tigre's slip of the tongue, he tries to say that he saw the real bottle of Potassium cyanide at the trial where he pretended to be Phoenix Wright. After noting that Tigre previously claimed he never even heard of the trial, Wright tells him that there was no other reason that he would pretend to be him unless he was somehow involved with the case.
  • Furio Tigre's breakdown has him explode and turn white, without any blackout in the courtroom. Godot also does not throw his coffee at Wright before Tigre is taken away.
  • After the trial, Viola Cadaverini warns Tigre that her family always gets their payback after asking why she sold him out.
  • Maya Fey eats the lunch with Byrde together.

References to other cases[]

  • When Viola recalls her accident during the Psyche-Lock breaking process, she says she "Took a blow... to the head... A bad one." Wright responds with, "(Yeah, I can imagine.)" This may be a reference to his injury in The Lost Turnabout when he was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher.
  • The newspaper that Wright and Maya discover behind the magazine rack in Trés Bien has a small drawing in the corner of what appears to be Mask☆DeMasque (the "master thief" from The Stolen Turnabout) laughing maliciously. Armstrong also references the thief while breaking his Psyche-Locks when he says, "I am not Mask☆DeMasque. I am not z'e kind of person who steals z'e property of others."
  • Still regarding Mask☆DeMasque, after entering the Criminal Affairs department on the first day, examining the chief prompts dialogue that that reveals Mask☆DeMasque became a vigilante and apprehended criminals in a bank.
  • When Wright presses Tigre about whether or not he met with Elg, Tigre replies by saying that he "eats horses like that for breakfast" (referring to the victim's racehorse calendar). The judge then intervenes saying that "Witnesses aren't permitted to eat evidence. Not that they ever would!" He then briefly reminisces and says, "Well, there was this case once, where a young lad ate--", but is then interrupted by Wright wishing to continue the testimony. The judge's statement may be a reference to Turnabout Memories, where Wright swallowed a necklace, a vital piece of evidence, during a trial as it incriminated Dahlia Hawthorne, his at-the-time girlfriend.
  • When cross-examining Tigre, Wright says, "a miracle happened. The kind people like Mr. Tigre like to say never happen", in reference to Elg's 11th hour lottery win. This could be a reference to the infamous typo in Farewell My Turnabout, where during the bad ending Wright says, "The miracle never happen".
  • Presenting Mia's profile to Gumshoe will cause him to comment that she cross-examined him once. This foreshadows their courtroom meeting in the following episode, Turnabout Beginnings.
  • After learning about Viola's relationship with Tigre and her part in the murder, Wright remarks "(There are two things that I consider inexcusable. Poisoning, and betrayal!)" This is a reference to Turnabout Memories, when he was betrayed and almost poisoned by his girlfriend, Dahlia Hawthorne.

References to popular culture[]

  • On first meeting Lisa Basil, Wright is surprised that she is a human, and comments that she "looks more like a ghost in a shell". This is a reference to the anime series Ghost in the Shell, specifically Basil's superficial resemblance to Major Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg protagonist of said series.
  • The HMDs that the Blue Screen Inc. staff wear bear a superficial resemblance to the scouter devices worn by numerous characters in the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • The name Blue Screen Inc. is a reference to the Blue Screen of Death, an error screen displayed when a Windows computer encounters a fatal error. This is indirectly addressed when Basil states, "People with businesses should think harder before naming their offices", at which point Wright thinks "Like you're one to talk".
  • If irrelevant evidence is presented to Basil, she tells Wright and Maya that "I'm sorry, that data is SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected." Maya then responds with, "SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected?! What?! This is madness!", to which Wright tells her, "No, Maya, that is SPARDA." This exchange is a reference to the movie 300, namely the exchange between a messenger and King Leonidas (Messenger: "This is blasphemy! This is madness!" Leonidas: "Madness?... This! Is! SPARTA!"). Additionally, spelling it "Sparda" may be a reference to Capcom's Devil May Cry series, where it is the name of the demon father of the series' main characters Dante and Vergil.
  • While breaking Victor Kudo's Psyche-Locks, he states that he has so much money that he "goes for a swim in [his] money vault every day." This is likely a reference to the animated show DuckTales, in which the rich main character, Scrooge McDuck, has a money vault that he swims in.
  • MC Bomber, the name of the computer virus, is a reference to the American rapper MC Hammer. This is emphasised by it being initially thought to be a music disc and Maya Fey referring to it as "MC Screwdriver" and "MC Hacksaw".
  • When Kudo is pressed on the first statement of his final testimony, he will say: "I'm warning you, I'm more savage than a macho man right now!" This is likely a reference to the late American professional wrestler Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name of "The Macho Man" Randy Savage.
  • Upon investigating the CD player in Tender Lender, Maya will exclaim, "What!? It's not the Rocko soundtrack, is it? Claw of the Tiger?" This is a reference to the Rocky film series; more specifically Rocky III, which used the rock song "Eye of the Tiger" as its theme song.
  • When Tigre is caught the judge says to Wright, "You caught the tiger by his toe, but if this one hollers, he won't be let go." This is a paraphrase of part of the most common version of the children's counting rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe". This counting rhyme was previously referenced by the names the Miney sisters in Reunion, and Turnabout.
  • After breaking Viola's Psyche-Locks, she states that Tigre paid for her operation because, "He was made an offer... He simply... couldn't... refuse." This is a reference to the famous "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" line spoken by Marlon Brando's character Vito Corleone in the 1972 American crime film The Godfather.
  • Upon examining one of the tables at Trés Bien, there is some debating on what kind of flowers are on the table, until Wright exclaims "Dagnabit, I'm a lawyer, not a botanist!" This may be a reference to the "I'm a doctor, not a..." catchphrase often used by Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the science-fiction television series Star Trek: The Original Series, but also repeated with variations by other characters in the ensuing Star Trek franchise, including one instance in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Wire" where Dr. Julian Bashir states, "I'm a doctor, not a botanist."
  • During his second cross-examination, after the judge helps jog his memory, Armstrong states, "Everything I do, I do it for you." This a reference to the 1991 Bryan Adams song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".
  • After it has been discovered that Armstrong moved Elg's body, Godot says, "How about a brand-new flavor in your ear, my h-deficient friend?" This is a reference to the 1994 Craig Mack song "Flava in Ya Ear".
  • When Tigre accuses the judge of calling him a liar, the judge hides underneath his bench while exclaiming, "Ruh-roh!"; this is a reference to the cowardly cartoon dog Scooby-Doo from the franchise of the same name, who often uses the phrase, which is what "uh-oh" sounds like with the character's distinctive speech impediment.
  • When pressing Armstrong on his fifth statement in the second cross-examinination, Godot will ask Phoenix if he's suffering from heartburn to which Armstrong offers him an oil made with Golden myrrh and frankincense, which is a reference to the Bible, as myrrh, gold, and frankincense are some of the gifts given to Jesus by the Wise Men.
  • In court, in one of his outbursts, Kudo is quoted as saying "It's that dead young hotbot and you, you spikey-haired yahoo, who are at fault!". HotBot is the name of an internet search engine that was popular in the 1990s, and Yahoo is a web services provider that was also highly popular at the time.
  • The name of the case "Recipe for Turnabout" may be a reference to the Murder, She Wrote puzzle named "Recipe for Murder". The mystery involves a French restaurant and the owner's (Hoffinger, who was also the victim) wife is called Mary Byrd, which is very close to Maggey Byrde. The owner's cause of death was poisoning, just like Glen Elg.



  • When Kudo testifies that he recognized Maggey by her outfit, Phoenix retorts "But anyone could wear just such an uniform! Even me!"
  • When during cross-examination of Jean Armstrong, Phoenix explains where the corpse concealed and says "It'd would have been too dangerous to take the body outside.", instead of "It would have been", "It would've been" or "It'd have been".
  • When pressing Furio Tigre on his first statement about never having met the victim, the judge remembers the first case, when Phoenix Wright ate the necklace and says "Well, there's was a case once, where a young lad ate--" before being interrupted by Phoenix, instead of "Well, there was a case once, where a young lad ate--".

Retroactive plot inconsistency[]

After Lana Skye's trial, Wright and his friends indicate that they are going to the newly opened Trés Bien to celebrate. However, despite his apparent previous visit, Wright seems unaware in Recipe for Turnabout of the restaurant's terrible cuisine until he tries it. This is because Rise from the Ashes was written a year after Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations was originally made for the Game Boy Advance and Rise from the Ashes was made for the Nintendo DS release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.


  • The English name of the episode may be a play on the phrase "recipe for disaster", meaning a mixture of people and events that could only possibly result in trouble.



The episode's original DS case art.

  • Recipe for Turnabout is based on a case that did not make it into Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All due to cartridge memory issues.[1] Notes about the case from the development of Justice for All reveal some proposed elements that were altered or not included in the final product:[2]
    • The proposed intro scene shows Maggey Byrde and a grinning "Phoenix Wright".
    • Miles Edgeworth is the one to bring the case up to Phoenix Wright, instead of Dick Gumshoe.
    • There was also a scenario in which Wright is the one who is in debt to Tender Lender due to being duped into buying a home computer from Blue Screens, Inc. for an exhorbitant price (2.5 million yen).[3]
  • The episode's case art was changed between the DS and iOS versions of the game. In the original version, the top panel shows Tigre poisoning Elg's coffee, while the bottom panel shows a passed-out Byrde. However, in the iOS version, the top panel instead shows Tigre and Elg sitting at their Trés Bien table, while the bottom panel shows Viola disguised as Byrde.
  • This episode is unique in that it features the only instance in the Ace Attorney series to date in which the animation of the courtroom doors closing is not a result of a game over.
  • Of all the culprits in the non-trial-only cases in the original trilogy, this case's culprit is the only one whom Phoenix Wright never has an interactive conversation with during an investigation scene (with the Talk/Examine/Move/Present buttons).
  • This episode is one of the few in the Ace Attorney series to reveal the day of the week in which its events take place, as the Millionaire Radio flyer advertises that it takes place on Mondays. This means that both December 3rd and January 7th, as they feature someone listening to the program, take place on Monday. It also reinforces the notion that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations takes place between 2018-2019 (originally established from the date of the DL-6 Incident), as both December 3rd, 2018 and January 7th, 2019 were indeed on a Monday.
  • A slight difference exists in regard to music between Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD and all other versions of the game. In most versions of the game, at the last part of the case where the judge states that Furio Tigre is the one that was the defense for the trial 1 month before the appeal, the music that plays is "Pursuit - Catch the Culprit". However, In the iOS/Android version, the music that plays is "Pursuit - Catch the Culprit (Variation)".

Other languages[]

  • Chinese - 逆轉的秘方 (Nìzhuǎn ·de Mìfāng; lit. "Secret Recipe of Turnabout")
  • Portuguese - Receita para Reviravolta (lit. "Recipe for Turnabout")


  1. Hsu, Janet (2014-10-31). Ace Attorney Trilogy - Surprising Tidbits You Never Knew! Capcom News. Retrieved on 2014-11-02.
  2. Ash (2017-10-11). "Twitter: Box of Memories (2017)". Gyakuten Saiban Library. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  3. Ash (2017-11-18). "Forty Questions and Forty Answers As Told By The Staff (2005)". Gyakuten Saiban Library. Retrieved 2023-06-11.