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TV Recap: Elementary, “The Leviathan”

Holmes and Watson investigate the breach of a supposedly uncrackable safe called "The Leviathan". Photo courtesy of CBS

The doorbell rings and Watson answers.

At the door is a Mr. Erlich, president of Casterly Rock Security, who wants to hire Holmes. Casterly created an “impregnable” vault called the Leviathan in 2009, and it was broken within the year by four master criminals. All four were caught and questioned, but admitted nothing. A similar vault (holding diamonds) has been broken and Erlich wants to find the thieves before word gets out and Casterly is ruined.

Holmes accompanies Erlich to the vault and studies it under the eye of prickly vault manager Batonverdt. Holmes, with typical “look how much I know!” quirkiness: “Your name means ‘green stick’ in French!”

Holmes says finding out who did it will help them find out how they did it. “When you rule out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.”

Watson meets Holmes at Sing-Sing to interview Charles Briggs, one of the original four master criminals. He was responsible for picking the outer door’s lock, and says the other three had specialized tasks too. He points them to “Le Chevalier”, an art thief.

They find Peter Kent, art collector and philanthropist, and prove he’s Le Chevalier. However, he had a stroke 18 months ago and couldn’t have broken the vault recently. They take his stolen art and return it to Gregson, who grudgingly accepts their story about “just finding them”.

Holmes still believes the recent break-in was a copycat theft. Watson suggests reading court transcripts from the original criminals’ trials.

Evidence from the case – a paper scrap with all four men’s names on it –has an obscure programming language on the back. The random number generator (one of the vault’s locks) was cracked with this program. Justin Guthrie, a jury member, was a software engineer and recognized the language. Holmes suspects he was the fifth team member.

Watson’s been roped into dinner with her family by Holmes, who hijacked her phone. Holmes shows up and charms everyone, then defends Watson’s job to her family. “You can measure her success in careers restored.”

Guthrie is found dead, but Holmes says it wasn’t suicide – someone killed Guthrie and took the diamonds. He searches Guthrie’s phone and finds names of three other jury members. Their careers match the skillset of the original criminals. One was Batonverdt’s sister.

The original jury is assembled for DNA sample collection, to find Guthrie’s murderer – there was blood found in Guthrie’s apartment.

The blood is traced to Audrey Higuerra, but it turns out she was a blood marrow donor. A leukemia patient received the marrow, meaning that patient’s blood was in Guthrie’s apartment, not Higuerra’s blood.

The recent break-in was the result of a copycat team of people from the jury at the original trials. Guthrie was murdered for his share of the diamonds. Holmes was right. Case closed.

Watson’s mother visits to tell Watson that she disapproves of Watson being a sober partner because “it never seems to make you happy.” She says that ‘sober partner’ seemed like something Watson picked “out of a sense of duty”. However, she says Watson seems excited about working with Holmes and being a detective.

Watson says her time with Holmes is up soon, and “I’m not a detective”. But her mother cautions her not to give up so easily. “People find their paths in the strangest of ways.”

TV Recap: Elementary, “You Do It to Yourself”

Holmes, Watson, Gregson and Bell investigate the murder of a college professor who was shot through both eyes.

Sherlock’s running a 101* fever when he gets a text from Bell about a homicide scene.

Watson says that the NYPD doesn’t pay Sherlock to consult, but Sherlock quips that “boredom is more dangerous to my health than any fever.”

Victim is a middle-aged white man with his eyes shot out at point-blank range, murdered elsewhere and dumped in a warehouse. According to Holmes, he’s Trent Annunzio, a professor at Garrison University.

Annunzio’s wife says she was a former student and they married two years ago. She hadn’t seen him since the morning before.

Watson gets a call from “Liam”, who calls her “Joanie”. Liam’s an ex-boyfriend who’s using drugs (again) and being held by the police for a hit-and-run. He wants her to help him, but she refuses. Later she tells Sherlock that Liam “abused my good faith on multiple occasions. If this is how he bottoms out, I can’t help him.”

Holmes deduces Annunzio was at a Chinese gambling parlor on the night of the murder. Security videos at the gambling parlor show Annunzio being shot, AND the shooter. Bell seems to enjoy his time babysitting Holmes while Watson’s away, although he feigns annoyance.

Watson gives Holmes herbal tea while he looks at mug shots. In return, he gives her Liam’s arrest record so she can have all the facts before deciding not to help Liam. “It’s rather difficult to give up on someone completely.”

Holmes and Bell interview the shooter, who claims he was hired by an anonymous man to shoot Annunzio in both eyes.  Evidence leads them to Annunzio’s TA, Brendan O’Brien, who confesses, but Holmes doesn’t believe it. Why would he? We’re only 20 minutes in.

Holmes and Watson find evidence that Liam was telling the truth and didn’t commit the hit-and-run. Watson refuses to divulge information about her personal attachment to Liam despite her requests to Holmes to make their partnership more personal.

Holmes thinks Annunzio’s TA and wife were having an affair. His evidence: music O’Brien downloaded matched music burned onto mix CDs in Annunzio’s home. He assumes that the wife hired the assassin and O’Brien took the fall.

The wife tells them Annunzio physically and sexually abused her, but neither she nor O’Brien murdered Annunzio. She also tells them that she is only his common-law wife, and the threat of deportation forced her to put up with abuse. She planned to marry O’Brien.

Liam tries to apologize to Watson, but she tells him she’s heard it before. “What I don’t understand is why you don’t put yourself in a position where you don’t have to apologize.” She finds the true criminal and Liam is set free. She recommends a rehab clinic and leaves. “I’m not gonna be there waiting for you.”

Watson tells Holmes about Liam, his descent into drug abuse and its effect on her. Dealing with him gave her the experience she needed to be a sober companion after leaving medicine.

Holmes theorizes that Annunzio discovered the affair soon after being diagnosed with a fatal disease and hired the hitman to avoid a slow death and frame the adulterers. Gregson, frustrated, tells him to find evidence.

Holmes joins Andrew Garfield’s Spider-man as one of the few people (fictional or otherwise) to use Bing! He and Watson search and find another potential hitman, who Annunzio contacted first. Security video from the man’s apartment shows Annunzio. Case closed.

The ending is heartwarming, as once again, Elementary proves that it’s about the main characters, not just about detective work. O’Brien and the widow are both released, and Gregson arranges for a City Hall wedding to avoid deportation. Holmes meets Watson at the rehab clinic to wait for Liam with her, as evidence of their growing friendship.

Watson:“You didn’t have to come. If there’s somewhere else you have to be…”

Holmes: “Not tonight, Watson. Not tonight.”

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