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“A Difference In Kind” ends Elementary‘s Fourth Season on a bit of an anti-climactic note. Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) trace the bomb left in the brownstone to a rival (Roma Chugani) of Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran) within the remains of Moriarty‘s (Natalie Dormer) criminal empire. The cabal member will give given a look behind the curtain of the criminal empire thanks to the assistance of Morland Holmes (John Noble) who it turns out was the woman’s first choice for Moriarty’s replacement. More epilogue than climax, the episode features Holmes and Watson attempting to frame Vikner for a crime to remove him from office while Morland strikes a more permanent deal, both to save his son and cripple Moriarty’s network.

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Another attempt on his father’s life confirms Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) suspicions that the group responsible is the shadow organization once run by Jamie Moriarty (Natalie Dormer). Although Moriarty does not appear in the episode, in scouring through her possible former lieutenants Holmes and Watson come across mathematics professor Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran) who fits the more classic mold of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Moriarty. Without incriminating himself, the man admits to Holmes and Watson his connection to Moriarty and her former organization as the episode offers a pair of scenes for the detective and the villain to discuss the situation in which they find themselves.

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When Watson‘s (Lucy Liu) inside man turns up dead Morland Holmes (John Noble) becomes Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) prime suspect. After fuming at Watson for keeping such a dangerous secret from him for weeks, Sherlock jumps into the case and, despite what he may wish to be true, quickly proves his father wasn’t behind the hiring of an amateur hitman (Yul Vazquez). The truth, however, will shock him as the show teases the possible return of a fan-favorite character in the season’s remaining two episodes.

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Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in to investigate the odd occurrence of a staged fake murder leading to a double homicide. Th unusual staging of the crime scene, first by the victims and later by the killer offers an unique puzzle for the detectives to unravel. It’s the B-story involving Watson’s investigation into Morland Holmes (John Noble) which will prove to have more serious consequences for everyone involved.

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Elementary‘s two-hour event offers us two separate episodes connected by Watson‘s (Lucy Liu) discovery that she has a half-sister (Samantha Quan) who, while lying about her true connection to Joan becomes a client in need of Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s help in “All In” when the real estate agent’s illegal poker game gets her marked for death. “Art Imitates Art” is only connected to the first episode through its B-story where Joan’s natural curiosity about her father and new half-sister creates conflict between the pair.

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Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are hired to look into the disappearance of a doctor by a client whom Sherlock punches in the face almost immediately after taking the case. While that doesn’t terminate the employment, the search for the missing man (whose wife believes is off on some tryst with a mistress) takes some unusual turns once the detectives discover both his illegal drug trade and his survivalist leanings (including a time share in a luxurious bomb shelter), either of which could provide motive for his murder.

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Following the trend of crime dramas in recent years, the latest episode of Elementary tackles a comic-book storyline when a real-life super-hero is murdered. Not as memorable as versions of the episode that shows like Castle and Numb3rs have done, “You’ve Got Me, Who’s Got You?” still provides plenty of fun as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) track down a killer. The most interesting line from the episode comes from this investigation as a fellow super-hero remarks on Holmes and his role compared to costumed vigilantes and uniformed police. Of course Holmes also gets off a great quip as well in his response to his prowess, after reading hundreds of comics for research, the detective offers an implausible origin story to his powers of deduction.

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Elementary continues to make interesting choices when putting their own spin on characters and stories created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With “Hounded” the show tackles likely the most famous case of Sherlock Holmes‘ (Jonny Lee Miller) career: “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Like Sherlock, Elementary chooses a modern interpretation on the story by having the hound itself be something completely unexpected. The story here begins with the death of a jogger, chased by a malevolent glowing giant dog into traffic. When the only other heir (Tom Everett Scott) to the vast Baskerville estate begins being haunted by the same creature Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) are on the case.

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Murder by mushroom brings Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) to investigate the death of a college professor and others poisoned during group gathering of injesting what should have been non-lethal hallucinatory mushrooms. Even after discovering that the unique method of murder could only have been done by those with a specific skill set and training, the detectives have no scarcity of suspects who include the company who fired one of the victims (and was the true target of the murders). Investigation leads the pair to uncover an illicit drug ring, blackmail through land ownership, and ultimately reveal the true motive for the crime.

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While the episode’s B-story is likely to have larger ramifications for Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) over the remainder of the season, the case of the week hits home for the NYPD when the morgue is bombed to destroy any evidence that might link a killer to his crime. Sadly for the medical examiner (Jordan Gelber) the explosion also kills his longtime crush (Amy Rutberg). Tracing back the murder’s logic on why he would kill a second victim and implant a bomb in the man’s body to destroy any DNA evidence from the first murder, the detectives eventually catch their man.

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