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Turner Grey
What nerve, calling herself a weather girl! She's going to hear about my $1500 suit! [...] I'm sorry. I thought that before we got down to business, we could have some friendly chatter.

Turner Grey was the Grey Surgical Clinic's doctor and director. He was the murder victim in a plot to usurp the position of the Master of Kurain.

The malpractice incident[]

Malpractice

The malpractice incident.

In 2016, there was a malpractice incident at the Grey Surgical Clinic in which 14 in-patients died. Grey blamed a nurse, Mimi Miney, for the deaths, claiming that she had mixed up the patients' medications. Some time later, on May 24th, Mimi and her sister Ini were involved in a car accident. Only Ini seemed to have survived, though her face had to undergo reconstructive surgery. Some in the media believed that Grey was responsible for the car accident.

Hiring Fey[]

Main article: Reunion, and Turnabout
Phoenix Wright
(This doctor needs his head examined...)
Spiritual

During the channeling.

A year later, the clinic was doing poorly due to the bad publicity that it had gotten. In desperation, Grey asked Ini, who was studying the occult at college, about hiring a spirit medium to call Mimi's spirit. Ini recommended Maya Fey, future Master of Kurain. Grey intended to make Mimi sign a written confession taking the blame for the malpractice incident. Grey also wanted Mimi to write a statement that her death was due to her own negligence and not due to him. This would be Fey's first channeling service for the sake of a stranger, so she agreed only to perform it if she saw Phoenix Wright again. Grey thus sought Wright out and arranged for him to go to Kurain Village. Two days before the channeling, Grey bought a pistol on the black market, in case the spirit proved to be violent.

Death[]

Grey's Shot

Attempting to shoot at his assailant.

Unbeknownst to Grey, "Ini" was actually Mimi, who had suffered such horrific burns in the crash that she had been unrecognizable upon arriving at the hospital, and had taken the opportunity to use her late sister's driver's license to trick the surgeons into reconstructing her face so that she was, for all intents and purposes, the deceased Ini. This meant that Fey's channeling would fail if it proceeded, and Mimi feared that Grey would realize she was still alive. With the help of Morgan Fey, she hid in the Channeling Chamber, waited until the channeling attempt was underway, knocked Maya out, and then stabbed Grey in the chest with a fruit knife. Grey survived and attempted to shoot Mimi with his pistol, but missed. Mimi then took Grey's gun and shot him in the forehead at point-blank range, killing him instantly.

Maya Fey was accused of the crime, but Wright was able to prove in court who the real culprit was. In the process, he also discovered that the true purpose of the murder was to remove Maya from the village, allowing Morgan's daughter Pearl to take over as Master of Kurain.

Personality[]

Lotta Hart
I hear he's good at surgery and stuff, but his personality stinks like wet sheep.
Turner Grey Mugshot SD

Mugshot.

Grey liked to pass blame onto others, whether it be his clinic staff or even the TV weather girl. He didn't care that Mimi had died or even that 14 of his patients had died. He was only upset that Mimi had died before taking the blame. He came across as a rather irritable and self-important individual, and Wright noted that he wouldn't like to become a patient of his.

Grey also tended to try and out-compete people. When shown Wright's badge, Grey dismissed Wright's profession, calling his own career saintly in comparison. When Wright commented that Fey Manor seemed nice, Grey again dismissed it and claimed that he would have his own, far greater grand mansion someday. Lotta Hart's research into him revealed him to have been a controlling man, who would yell at nurses and patients if they didn't do what he wanted. He was also described by Mimi as a "slave driver" who was extremely tough on his staff, frequently overworking them. Nevertheless, he was a skilled surgeon who was well known to the public, although the latter was mainly because of his appearance in various tabloid shows due to the malpractice incident.

The fact that he brought a gun with him to the channeling indicates that Grey knew that the spirit of his former employee might attempt to attack him, although whether this was foresight or paranoia is up to interpretation. However, the fact that he would have been threatening someone who was already dead with said gun hints that he may not have thought his plan through entirely, or else he was simply unconcerned about any potential harm his actions could have to Maya Fey's life if it meant preserving his own.

Name[]

  • Japanese - Tetsurō Kirisaki (霧崎哲郎 ):
    • "Kirisaki" (霧崎) comes from the Japanese verb "kirisaku" (切り裂く), which means "to cut open".
  • English - Turner Grey:
    • "Grey" may be a reference to the human anatomy textbook Gray's Anatomy or to the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, the name of which is an amalgam of the name of the main character (Meredith Grey) and the aforementioned medical textbook.
    • His full name may be a play on "turning grey" which is certainly what his hair is doing, possibly due to the stress caused by his job. It could also be a play on "turn her grey", which could be a reference to the amount of stress he caused to Mimi, resulting in the death of several patients. Alternatively, his name could also be a reference to Grey Turner's sign, a type of bruising around the torso that can predict a severe attack of acute pancreatitis. This bruising is named after the British surgeon George Grey Turner. Another possibility is the phrase "turning gray" when referring to the weather (i.e., clouds turning the color gray before it rains), as he complains about the rain and a TV weather presenter during his first appearance.
  • French - Paul Afforme:
    • His full name is a play on the French phrase "(J'ai) pas la forme", which means "I am in bad shape" (emotionally speaking). "Forme" might also be a reference to how Mimi Miney changed the shape of her face to resemble her sister.

Unofficial[]

  • Brazilian Portuguese - Élton Grisa: [1]
    • "Élton" has an English and toponymic origin and means "natural from the old city" or "natural from where eels are caught".
    • "Grisa" is a semi-common surname.
    • His full name sounds similar to the phrase "eu tô grisalho", meaning "I am getting grey hair".

Development[]

  • When Grey lifts his glasses, he uses his middle finger. Unlike in the West, showing the middle finger is not an offensive gesture in Japan, and the gesture was overlooked in the English localization. However, this was changed in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, with Grey using his index finger instead in those versions.
  • The circumstances of his murder are similar to another case that involved a car accident, the murder weapons being a knife and a gun, the victim being a doctor with his own clinic, the murderer previously being a nurse at the doctor's clinic, a Japanese-themed family being involved, and the murder happening in June. Both cases are also the second ones in their respective games and both feature a perverted patient masquerading as a clinic director.
  • Grey is one of the very few victims of the franchise whom the protagonist actually talks to before he is killed.
  • Grey's hair is based on that of the character Black Jack from the manga of the same name.[2]

References[]

  1. "Nomes - Jacutem Sabão". Advogados de Primeira. Retrieved on 2022-03-21.
  2. "His severe features and habit of constantly adjusting his glasses bespeaks Turner's obsessive tendencies. Turner's hair was based on the well-known manga character "Black Jack"."
    Hayashi, M. K. et al (October 2009). The Art of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada: UDON Entertainment. Page 102. ISBN-13: 978-1-897376-19-5 / ISBN-10: 1-897376-19-7.
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