elementary my dear watson

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After a biological bomb is set-off inside the 11th Precinct, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) work to find as much about the attack as possible. When evidence begins to point that the person who activated the bomb is still quarantined on the floor, the group of suspects narrows as Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Bell (Jon Michael Hill) begin to look both at the visitors caught in the quarantine and other cops. The bomb going off, and Bell’s heroics while getting a heavy dose of the gas, set a high intensity level for the episode that forces Holmes and Watson to make some dangerous new friends in search for much-needed information. Following an episode that suggested Bell might be on his way out of the department in the near future, the show also manages to offer a plausible chance for him not to make it out of the situation.

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Unable to prove their suspect, a drug company owner who has made a career of buying life-saving drugs cheap before jacking up the price for a tidy profit, was responsible for the recent poisoning of a hitman, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) set out to discover who their suspect hired the hitman to kill four years ago. Surprised to discover that their suspect did indeed kill a scientist, but didn’t use their victim to do so, the detectives follow the breadcrumbs left by the poison victim to find the truth and discover why a man whose life had been spent killing others for money would commit the most selfless act possible.

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While on the search into a missing online dominatrix and part-time inventor, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) uncover the fact that both the woman and her boyfriend have been making illegal guns for a local gang (who have decided to cut out the middle man, kidnap the pair, and force them to teach the gang how to make the guns on their own). In an episode packed with quite a bit of plot, “Meet Your Maker” skips over the police taking down the gang and recovering the missing pair, instead of focusing on slowly unraveling why the motives behind her disappearance.

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Although she doesn’t appear in the episode, Jaime Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) shadow looms large over “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) mulls over his father’s (John Noble) plea for Sherlock to help him kill the only woman his son has ever loved before she kills his father. Of course there’s also a case of the week to solve, this one involving murder, cigarette smuggling, and an ATF undercover operation that has spiraled out of control, but it’s Sherlock’s dilemma which carries the episode.

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With Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) preoccupied with the arrival of his father (John Noble) in New York and the discovery that a potential assassin is trailing him, Watson (Lucy Liu) takes the lead in an odd case where a woman was murdered and had begun to be mummified by one of the world’s most famous forgers (Stephen Spinella). The investigation leads to another forger (Julian Sands), and the father of the murdered young girl, but the real culprit is closer than the NYPD realizes.

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With Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) mental issues seemingly behind him and his new adversary still laying low. “Nobody Lives Forever” offers the opportunity for the return of Sherlock’s former sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) who hopes to enlist him in a criminal endeavor. In an episode where the B-story proves more interesting than the crime of the week, Alfredo teaches the detective an important lesson about forgiveness (oddly enough while attempting to coerce Holmes into helping rob a business owner of money he stiffed the security expert on) as Holmes not only helps Alfredo’s older brother, whom he loathes, but also makes an attempt to mend fences with his own. This leads to both a humorous wisecrack about his brother and his partner as well as a touching final scene where the Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) bonding over the loss of a mutual loved one.

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Opening with the discovery of a murder victim which both hits close to home with the NYPD and also reveals that several other women all murdered by the same killer, “Sober Companions” brings two ongoing storylines to a head. The first involves Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) discovering Michael’s (Desmond Harrington) secret. And the second involves the detective pushing himself beyond the limitations of his medical condition in a futile attempt to catch a serial killer who has been two-steps ahead of him the entire season (and credits Sherlock’s words of wisdom about sobriety for much of his success).

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For the first time this season Sherlock‘s (Jonny Lee Miller) condition interferes with an investigation as he discovers himself on the front steps of the brownstone with a severed head in in a bag and no memory of how he, or it, got there. This forces Holmes to share his condition with the NYPD. While its obvious Gregson (Aidan Quinn) would be upset that Holmes kept his condition hidden from the department for so long, I can’t say I’m wild about the show returning the pair to a more adversarial relationship (and Gregson’s complete, almost Holmesian, lack of empathy to his friend’s condition – which up until this point hasn’t interfered with a single case – unfortunately makes him come off like the bad guy in the situation). That said, the episode’s set-up is one of the more interesting of the series.

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While the theme of Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) illness is present yet again, the main focus of “Pushing Buttons” involves the murder of Revolutionary War reenactor (and pyramid scheme creator) on the battlefield followed up by the arson of his home. As with many previous episodes of the series, Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) will work their way through suspects and various motives before finding the true reason for both crimes. This week’s reveal is almost too convoluted for its own good (hopefully not a sign of things to come). Given his condition, and his doctor’s prescription of rest, it would seem to be an interesting way to gear multiple episodes of the season towards Watson as the primary character, although that doesn’t seem to be what the writes have in mind.

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Murder by lightning gun turns Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) on to a local laboratory missing some platinum, a dead Nazi bomb maker, and a legitimate threat of a dirty bomb being detonated in New York City. While the threat is very much real, the truth behind the series of events is never quite what it seems. The episode’s B-story involves more of Joan’s sister (Samantha Quan) and the death of her estranged and mentally-unstable biological father. While mostly filler, the B-story does feature a nice moment between the detectives which ties in Sherlock’s current illness with that of the father Joan barely knew.

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