While looking at himself in a broken mirror, Francis contorts his voice until he embodies the Red Dragon. He then gets in his car and drives to a building, where he opens the circuit breaker and reconnects some wires. When Francis goes upstairs, we see he is in Hannibal's office. Using a laptop to trick the caller ID at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Francis poses as Hannibal's lawyer. This is how Francis managed to make contact with Hannibal. He explains that he's a big fan of Hannibal and knew Hannibal would understand him. After hanging up, Francis imagines himself seated across from Hannibal during a therapy session. He admits that he wants to stand before Hannibal as the Red Dragon and that he wants Hannibal to meld into him.
Bedelia is lecturing about her time spent with Hannibal in Florence when Will walks into the room and takes a seat. After everyone leaves, he confronts her about the story she's been spinning: that she lost herself under Hannibal's manipulation. Will knows that's not true, but he is curious how Bedelia managed to survive Hannibal without any scars. Bedelia explains that she was never herself with Hannibal; Will was. When Will asks if she's gone to see him, Bedelia responds she doesn't need to because she's seen enough of him. When she was with Hannibal, she saw him behind the veil. Will, however, was always on the other side.
Francis and Reba's relationship grows stronger when he takes her to the zoo to see a tiger that has been put under while its tooth is being worked on. Reba asks Francis to describe the tiger to her before she strokes its fur, even feeling its mouth and teeth. Francis watches anxiously, but when he sees Reba is fine, he relaxes. As she lies on top of the tiger and hugs its body, Reba softly cries. Afterward, at Francis' house, Reba makes martinis for them both and remarks that Francis is full of surprises, and no one at their place of work knows anything about him. Concerned that their co-workers told Reba what he looks like, Francis retreats into a corner. She finds him and assures him she is not bothered by his appearance, first by caressing his cleft lip and kissing him and later, by initiating an intimate relationship.
The next morning, Francis admires Reba in her sleep and caresses his face with her hand. But when he falls back to sleep, it's the Red Dragon's consciousness that takes over. When Francis awakes with a start, he sees that Reba is not next to him. He races to the Red Dragon shrine in the attic. Reba is not there, but the Red Dragon tries to overtake him. Francis shrugs it off and returns downstairs, where he finds Reba waiting for him in the living room. She's ready for him to take her home.
When Hannibal asks to call his lawyer's office, he's handed a rotary phone and an operator informs him the call will be connected directly. But Hannibal has other plans. He unscrews the receiver and uses a gum wrapper to disconnect the call. An operator then picks up and asks whom Hannibal was trying to reach. He asks to be connected to Dr. Chilton's office. When Chilton's secretary answers, Hannibal poses as someone from Chilton's publisher and asks for the address of someone he needs to send a copy of Chilton's book to: Will Graham.
Will makes an appointment with Bedelia to speak to her further. He still believes she and Hannibal were working together, but Bedelia argues that Hannibal was still her patient in Florence. However, she admits she lost professional objectivity with him and began to care. Will questions whether Bedelia ever wanted to kill Hannibal. She counters that her and Hannibal's relationship isn't as passionate as Will's and Hannibal's. Bedelia then asks Will what he would do if he saw an injured bird on the street. Will says his first thought would be that it's vulnerable, and he'd want to help it. In contrast, Bedelia says she would also perceive it as vulnerable, but she'd want to crush it.
Her instincts are shown in action during a flashback with Neal, the patient Bedelia killed. Neal believes Hannibal ended their professional relationship because he figured out Hannibal wasn't helping him but further hurting him. He also believes Hannibal referred him to Bedelia because they're the same twisted person. Bedelia, who listens to Neal grow more and more paranoid over several sessions, assures Neal she would've prescribed the same treatment Hannibal did but that only agitates Neal further. He stands up and begins yelling at Bedelia but seizes and begins to choke on his tongue. Bedelia rushes over to help, but Neal won't let her. He falls on a table and breaks the glass. As blood pours out of his mouth, Bedelia thrusts her hand down his throat to clear the blockage. But in the moment, she has a change of heart and finishes Neal off instead. Back in the present with Will, she tells Will the next time he has the urge to save someone, he should consider crushing them instead.
Despite Bedelia's warnings, Will again goes to see Hannibal and shows him the carving found by the Jacobis' house. He explains that it appears on a mahjong tile that represents the red dragon. Hannibal asks Will if he's ever seen the William Blake painting of that name, in which a dragon stands over a pleading woman caught in his tail. He describes it as one of the few pieces of Western art that radiates a unique and nightmarish charge of demonic sexuality. Will again tries to get Hannibal to pin down the common factor between the victims, but Hannibal will only say that he doesn't believe the Red Dragon to be insane. In fact, he likes him.
Francis arrives at the Brooklyn Museum and signs in with a fake name. He has an appointment to see the William Blake painting in person. After being escorted to the storage area where the painting is kept, Francis knocks the museum employee unconscious and retrieves the painting from its plastic cover. He caresses the painting and sniffs it before revealing he's wearing his prosthetic sharpened teeth. Francis takes a bite out of the painting and continues eating it at the same time Will arrives for his own appointment to see the Blake. When Will's escort goes inside the storage area to confer with his colleague, Francis sneaks into the elevator behind Will. Sensing something, Will heads back to the elevator and spies a foot. When he hears his escort calling out for his colleague, Will shoves his arm into the elevator to keep the doors from closing. There, he comes face-to-face with Francis. Recognizing Will from the newspaper, Francis grabs him, throws him against the wall and flings him from the elevator. Will scrambles to his feet and races down the stairs in an attempt to beat the elevator, but when he reaches the first floor, Francis is gone.