Vindication

Physical Items

Episode 5

COBRA Memo 

This shows that Penny became listless and purposely failed the test. 

Financial Document

A lot of people are being paid off by this "beneficiary"... 

The statement shows that Kingsley was given $3,000 for his unwilling cooperation. 

Jigsaw Puzzle

There is writing on the back of some of the pieces. 

  • Assemble the puzzle upside down in order to piece the message together for reading. 

The writing is in French and written backward. 

  • The mirror Penny gave us can be used to read it correctly. 

Turn the puzzle so that the words are upside down. 

Penny gave us a double-sided mirror compact for a reason.

  • Hold the opened mirror in front of the puzzle, so you can see the reflected words. 
  • In the reflection, you will be able to read the message right-side-up, left to right.

The message reads: "Oublier le temps des malentendus et le temps perdu". 

  • Translated into English: "forget time misunderstandings and lost time". 

Googling "Oublier le temps des malentendus et le temps perdu" brings us to a song: "Ne Me Quitte Pas" by Jaques Brel. 

  • Ne Me Quitte Pas is French for "Do Not Leave Me". 
  • Penny has been abandoned by everyone else around her and is fearing the loss of us as well. 

Letter from Kingsley

Kingsley explains how he was "ordered" to drop Penny's case, despite him being on the winning track. 

  • Why was he forced to discontinue representing Penny? 
  • Who doesn't want to see her redeemed? 

Letter from Penny

"Hanging by an ear"? 

  • Why does she use this expression? 
  • It's usually "hanging by a thread"... 

"Madder than a puffed toad"... 🤣 

Penny explains a bit about what's happened with her "allies": Kingsley and Vernon. 

Mirror

The mirror can be used to read the written message on the back of the jigsaw puzzle. 

Note from Sven

To solve the puzzle on the back of Sven's card, make note of his last sentence. 

  • "Always advance from the beginning of the suit." 

Taking the first letter of each suit, shift forward from that letter by the number in that box. 

For example, the first box is an 8 of spades. 

  • The first letter of the suit (spades) is "S". So, you would shift 8 letters forward from "S", resulting in "A". 

Jack = 11, Queen = 12, King = 13 

Once decoded, the message reads: 

  • "AUTHORIZATION CODE IS DAYBREAK. ONCE FRIEND ENTERS CODES, RELEASE ORDERS WILL TRIGGER. GOOD LUCK, PENNY." 

Penny's Painting

This one is of a vulture. 

Once decoded, the Morse code in this painting reads: 

  • "THE LIFE I EARNED" 

Playing Card

It is a Queen of Hearts. 

  • Penny used to be Sven's Queen of Hearts. Now she wants to be ours. 

The letter "T" is drawn on the back of this card. 

  • This is a hint at how to solve the puzzle on the back of Sven's note. 
  • After shifting correctly, the Queen of Hearts results in "T". 

Second Chance Letter

This letter explains that Vernon was "let go" because he "failed to meet LFoA's standards of performance and conduct".