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List of Elementary episodes

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Elementary is an American crime drama created by Robert Doherty and loosely based on Sherlock Holmes and other characters appearing in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, and Jon Michael Hill and premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. On December 17, 2018, it was announced that the series would end after the seventh season.[1]

During the course of the series, 154 episodes of Elementary aired over seven seasons, between September 27, 2012, and August 15, 2019.

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Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
224September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
324October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)
424November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05)May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)
524October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21)
621April 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)September 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)
713May 23, 2019 (2019-05-23)August 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)


Season 1 (2012–13)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Michael CuestaRobert DohertySeptember 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)13.41[2]
Joan Watson is hired by Morland Holmes to be the sober companion of his recovering addict son Sherlock. When she goes to meet her new client, she finds that he has escaped from rehab the day of his release. When she finds him, he takes her to a house in Manhattan; he explains that he used to work for Scotland Yard as a consultant on homicides. He works with Captain Gregson on the case of a woman who was attacked, and supposedly kidnapped, only to quickly find her body in a concealed safe room. Sherlock believes that the killer is most likely a serial killer, finding similarities to another case, except that this victim survived. After interviewing the woman, Sherlock deduces she knows the man who attacked her. The suspect, however, is dead, seemingly a suicide. Joan and Sherlock fight, due to his lack of trust and sharing regarding his past before drugs and his mysterious personal life. Sherlock concludes that the second victim's psychiatrist husband gave his patient, the killer, steroids that made him violent, rather than pills to calm him down, then arranged for him to come into contact with the psychiatrist's wife. He persuaded his spouse to have plastic surgery to make her look like the first victim, on whom the killer had a violent obsession. The psychiatrist was planning on leaving his very wealthy wife, but there was a prenuptial agreement that would have left him nothing ... unless she were to die.
22"While You Were Sleeping"John David ColesRobert DohertyOctober 4, 2012 (2012-10-04)11.13[3]
Sherlock and Joan investigate two murders. Sherlock notices that both victims had corneal dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder, which suggests they are related. They discover that they were the illegitimate offspring of a wealthy deceased businessman. His large fortune is to be disbursed to his fraternal twin daughters within days. A witness provides a description of the murderer that matches a woman in a coma—one of the twins. Eventually, Sherlock figures out the comatose woman is working with her doctor, who (having put her in a coma in the first place) can bring her out of it to commit the murders to avoid sharing the inheritance. Sherlock announces in the woman's hospital room that he has identified a third heir and blurts out an address. The killer breaks in, but it is a trap, and she is arrested. Sherlock is also introduced to, and begins working with, NYPD Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill).
33"Child Predator"Rod HolcombPeter BlakeOctober 18, 2012 (2012-10-18)10.91[4]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the abduction of a young girl by a serial killer known as "the Balloon Man", whose name comes from the fact that balloons are left at the scene of each of his abductions. The Balloon Man targets children. Matters get complicated when the Balloon Man's first victim from 2005, Adam Kemper (Johnny Simmons), is caught by the police. Sherlock deduces that Adam has Stockholm syndrome and sympathizes with him to help find the killer. Adam gets an immunity deal for crimes he committed in consort with the Balloon Man. The Balloon Man is identified as Samuel Abbott, but when the police come for him, Abbott commits suicide. His most recent abductee is saved. However, when Sherlock examines Abbott's home, he finds evidence that Adam is, in fact, the Balloon Man. After Abbott kidnapped him, he managed to turn the tables and dominate Abbott. Sherlock finds a way to bring Adam to justice. One of the murders had to have been committed by Adam alone, because Abbott was in the hospital at the time.
44"Rat Race"Rosemary RodriguezCraig SweenyOctober 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)10.31[5]
Sherlock and Joan are hired to find a missing investment firm executive, who turns up dead of a heroin overdose that Sherlock is sure is not accidental. After identifying several other victims, he suspects a serial killer is murdering their way up the company's ranks. Ironically, the man who hired him to investigate is the prime suspect; only he worked at the particular branches where and when the others were killed. However, he has an ironclad alibi for one murder. Finally, Sherlock realizes the man's secretary also benefitted from her employer's rapid rise. He makes the mistake of telling her and following her into an underground garage; she tases him and drives him to her employer's country home, where she plans to bury his corpse and frame her boss. Joan is forced to tell Captain Gregson the truth about her job with Sherlock to get Gregson to search for him. When she receives a suspicious reply to her text message to Sherlock (no acronyms or emojis), she realizes that he is in danger. He is located through his cellphone and rescued. Meanwhile, Joan gets roped into a blind date by her friend. She likes the man, but Sherlock deduces he is married.
55"Lesser Evils"Colin BuckseyLiz FriedmanNovember 1, 2012 (2012-11-01)10.49[7]

While doing research in the hospital morgue, Sherlock stumbles upon a murder that no one else has noticed. Someone with medical knowledge has been poisoning vulnerable, pain-racked, near-death patients with epinephrine and making it look like they died of natural causes. Sherlock realizes that he is chasing an angel of death who has murdered eight others. He identifies the man because the killer becomes acquainted with his victims; one of them spoke only Ukrainian. None of the doctors do, but a janitor was a doctor in Ukraine. The man is arrested and confesses to everything, but Sherlock is bothered by the fact that one of his victims was recovering. It turns out that her surgeon tampered with the woman's medical file to make it look like she was dying. When he operated on her, he left a surgical clamp inside her; because of his prior blunders, he would have been fired and in danger of losing his license if his latest mistake had come to light.

Meanwhile, Joan manages to reconnect with a doctor friend while working with Sherlock at the hospital. While sitting in on a pre-op procedure, her gut instinct tells her that the patient has a condition that might kill her during surgery. Joan finds out she may be "a better doctor than she is a friend" when she orders a second, more accurate test (which confirms her suspicion) without her friend's approval.[6]
66"Flight Risk"David PlattCorinne BrinkerhoffNovember 8, 2012 (2012-11-08)10.90[8]

A small plane crashes on a beach, killing all four aboard. Sherlock deduces that one of them was murdered beforehand by the lack of bleeding. He concludes that sand was put into the fuel tank to disable the plane's engine and surmises the murder victim walked in on the perpetrator at work. His corpse was then stuffed in the cargo hold, which caused a weight imbalance and the subsequent premature crash, on land instead of water. Evidence points to another pilot at the same company who is smuggling cocaine, but the real murderer is the company's owner, who is also involved in the smuggling.

Joan is invited to dinner by Sherlock's father, but Sherlock warns her his father will not show up, based on his own experience. Joan meets a man claiming to be Sherlock's father, but realizes he is an imposter when he asks her how sex is with Sherlock. She later tracks down the man (Roger Rees), an actor and friend of Sherlock named Alistair, to learn more about Sherlock's past, as Sherlock refuses to divulge anything. Alistair knows very little, but Sherlock once visited him while high, barely able to speak, and muttered a certain name, which Alistair tells Joan. Joan asks Sherlock who Irene is.
77"One Way to Get Off"Seith MannChristopher SilberNovember 15, 2012 (2012-11-15)10.75[9]

Sherlock assists Gregson with a double homicide investigation that has the same modus operandi as a series of murders from 13 years earlier. That case led to the conviction of Wade Crewes, who is still in jail, and gave Gregson his big break. While Gregson looks for a copycat killer, Sherlock digs into the old case. He discovers that either Gregson or his then partner planted a mug with Crewes' fingerprints at a crime scene, which proved vital in obtaining Crewes' conviction. Sherlock questions whether Crewes is guilty after all. Crewes had no visitors during his incarceration, so an accomplice seems impossible, that is until Sherlock realizes a prison library worker named Sean Figuero taught the illiterate Crewes to read. Sean turns out to be Crewes' illegitimate son and his accomplice.

After being frozen out by Sherlock, Joan pays a visit to his old rehab center in order to learn more about the enigmatic man now in her care.
88"The Long Fuse"Andrew BernsteinJeffrey Paul KingNovember 29, 2012 (2012-11-29)10.46[10]

A bomb explodes in the office of a website design company, killing two and injuring 11. The first suspect is the person who called the number of a pager that triggered the bomb, but he just misdialed the number. Sherlock learns that the bomb is four years old, leading to investigation of the company that occupied the premises at that time. That turns out to be a high-powered public relations company headed by Heather Vanowen (Lisa Edelstein). Vanowen reveals that they received threatening letters from the ELM, an eco-terrorist group which bombed other companies, in 2008. However, Sherlock determines this bomb did not use eco-friendly chemical compounds, unlike the explosives the ELM used. He finds the bomb was planted in a wall of the office of Pradeep Singh, a high-performing executive who went missing that year. Sherlock finds Singh's corpse hidden behind a wall of his (now his widow's) house. Singh, it turns out, taped his encounters with prostitutes, one of them being Heather Vanowen. Vanowen had financed her education and the startup of her company through prostitution. Singh was blackmailing her. When the bomb failed to go off, she shot him.

Joan encourages Sherlock to choose a sponsor before she leaves. Sherlock decides to go with Alfredo (Ato Essandoh), a former car thief whom he sees at a meeting, but later changes his mind. Alfredo, who now works for car manufacturers, testing their security systems, challenges Sherlock to try his lock-picking skills against his latest assignment.
99"You Do It to Yourself"Phil AbrahamPeter BlakeDecember 6, 2012 (2012-12-06)10.31[11]

An under-the-weather Sherlock investigates the murder of a college professor who was shot in both eyes. Sherlock retraces the victim's steps back to the illicit gambling parlor in Chinatown where he was killed. Gregson is able to bring in the gunman thanks to video surveillance footage, but the killer claims that the victim himself hired him as his executioner. It turns out the professor had an agonizingly painful, untreatable cancer and had only a few months to live; his condition could have been detected by the appearance of his eyes. The professor had lured a Chinese woman to the United States, promising to marry her, but instead abused her physically and psychologically. The killer, by changing the location of the killing, messed up the victim's plan to frame her lover (his teaching assistant) for the murder.

Meanwhile, Joan gets a call from an addict and former lover who is in prison and needs her help.
1010"The Leviathan"Peter WernerCorinne Brinkerhoff and Craig SweenyDecember 13, 2012 (2012-12-13)10.46[12]
When a supposedly uncrackable bank vault called the "Leviathan" is breached for the second time, Sherlock is called in to figure out what went wrong. The first time, the heist was committed by a once-in-a-lifetime teaming of four world-class criminals. They were all caught and imprisoned, so the vault company cannot imagine how anyone else got in. Sherlock learns that not even he can break into the Leviathan. He later surmises that four jurors at the trial of one of the robbers realized that the testimony they had heard was enough for them to recreate the safecracking method used. However, one of them is murdering the others to avoid sharing the $40 million they got away with.
1111"Dirty Laundry"John David ColesLiz Friedman and Christopher SilberJanuary 3, 2013 (2013-01-03)11.44[13]

Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of Teri Purcell, the general manager of a high-end Manhattan hotel, whose body was stuffed into one of the hotel's industrial driers. The woman's background and family seem clean, but a call girl reveals that the victim secretly helped her and her cohorts to ply their trade at the hotel, and at no charge. Teri used the prostitutes to attract high-level diplomats and businessmen to her establishment, where she videotaped them to obtain valuable information. Sherlock discovers Teri was a Russian spy, as is her husband. Teri revealed all this to their daughter Carly, as well as her plans to make the teen a spy too. Carly objected and pushed her mother, causing her to fall and strike her head on a desk, apparently killing her. Teri's handler, Geoffrey Silver disposed of the body and blackmailed Carly into agreeing to become a spy. Teri, however, was not dead. Silver decided that Carly had much greater potential for espionage and killed Teri.

Meanwhile, since Joan's time with Sherlock is almost up, he offers her an apprenticeship, but she has already lined up a new client.
1212"M."John PolsonRobert DohertyJanuary 10, 2013 (2013-01-10)11.48[14]
Sherlock is reunited with "M" (Vinnie Jones), a British serial killer who appears to have followed him to New York; Joan eventually learns that "M" is the one who murdered Sherlock's lover Irene Adler, causing him to spiral into his previous drug addiction. However, after Sherlock captures "M" and privately interrogates him, he learns that "M" (whose name is Sebastian Moran) is not a serial killer, but an assassin, and that he was in prison when Irene was murdered. Moran is on the payroll of a mysterious criminal named Moriarty, who heads a shadowy criminal organization; Moriarty killed Irene and pinned the blame on Moran. Sherlock vows that he will hunt down Moriarty. Meanwhile, Joan has reservations about leaving Sherlock.
1313"The Red Team"Christine MooreS : Craig Sweeny;
S/T : Jeffrey Paul King
January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31)10.90[15]
After getting suspended by Gregson at the end of the episode "M.", Sherlock decides to spend some time pursuing one of his favorite activities: riling up conspiracy theorists on the Internet. When one of the theorists goes missing, Sherlock decides to investigate on his own. After finding that the man was killed in a suspicious hit-and-run accident, Sherlock looks into the victim's conspiracy theories in order to see if he had hit on anything that might have made him a target. While most of the theories are nonsense, Sherlock does find one that seems possible. In 2009, a group of people were hired by the government to devise a terror plot for a war game simulation. In all other cases, these plots were made public after the fact, but the 2009 exercise was kept classified. Now, members of the 2009 "Red Team" have started to show up dead or mentally incapacitated, targeted by one member planning to sell the classified information and who plots to increase the value of the information murder by murder.
1414"The Deductionist"John PolsonCraig Sweeny and Robert DohertyFebruary 3, 2013 (2013-02-03)20.80[16]

While getting prepped in a hospital for a kidney donation to his very ill sister, notorious serial murderer Howard Ennis (Terry Kinney) escapes from custody and resumes killing. Sherlock is brought in to consult, but he bristles when he learns that he must work alongside Kathryn Drummond, an FBI profiler who wrote a book about Ennis. She and Sherlock have a past, but their association ended when she published an article profiling Sherlock (called "the deductionist" in the article to protect his identity) that predicted, among other things, his forthcoming addiction. Even though Sherlock and Drummond do not get along, they both have a similar idea of what Ennis is likely to do next. The only problem is that Ennis is killing atypically. The experts are stumped until Sherlock realizes that Ennis is out to avenge himself on Drummond because the publicity from her false accusation that his father abused him devastated his family and led to the father's suicide. Watson leads Sherlock to realize that Ennis's sister is working with him. She stabs Drummond when the latter comes to apologize for her unsubstantiated claims; Drummond survives.

Meanwhile, Joan faces eviction from her rent-controlled apartment when she learns that the man she sublet it to used the place to shoot pornographic films, but Watson's honed observational and deductive skills make her realize that she has been set up by her landlord.
1515"A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs"Guy FerlandS : Christopher Silber;
T : Corinne Brinkerhoff and Liz Friedman
February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)10.84[17]
Sherlock assists his old friend Rhys (John Hannah) after Emily, the latter's adult daughter, is abducted. The kidnapper wants $2.2 million, the exact amount Rhys stole from the Dominican drug cartel he worked for. Rhys, however, squandered it all within 18 months. Joan becomes worried when she learns that Rhys used to be Sherlock's drug dealer. When Rhys begins to get desperate, he offers Sherlock drugs, believing he works better when he is high. When Sherlock checks out the cartel, he identifies one of its members, Xande Diaz (Michael Irby), as an undercover DEA agent. Diaz, however, informs him that the cartel is too busy with more urgent matters to be involved. With the deadline approaching, Sherlock borrows the money from his father, in return for future favors. As Sherlock goes to the rendezvous, he spots three cartel men. He flees, then realizes the only one who could have set him up is Diaz. Diaz takes Rhys and Joan captive, but then finds that only Sherlock can transfer the money to him. Rhys manages to free himself and charges Diaz; while the two men are entangled, Joan knocks Diaz out with a bust.
1616"Details"Sanaa HamriS : Robert Doherty;
T : Jeffrey Paul King and Jason Tracey
February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)10.98[18]

While driving home after a long day, Bell is shot at, and his car overturns. He is not able to get a good look at the shooter, but he recognizes the car as belonging to a recently released drug lord who had vowed to get revenge for Bell's involvement in the man's conviction. Then the criminal turns up dead, and all the evidence points to Bell. Sherlock finds the murder weapon, planted in Bell's apartment. Bell also struggles to reconnect with his brother Andre (Malcolm Goodwin), an ex-convict on parole who wants to use his underworld connections in order to help. Andre ends up with two bullets in his back, but survives. Sherlock finally realizes that it is not one of Bell's known enemies, but rather a colleague and former girlfriend who is after him. The career of Officer Paula Reyes (Paula Garcés) was derailed after Bell tipped off the department about a dirty cop whom she admired (and possibly abetted).

Sherlock encourages Joan to learn self-defense. He reveals that he knows she is no longer being paid by his father to be his sober companion. He offers to let her stay on as his partner, and she accepts.
1717"Possibility Two"Seith MannMark GoffmanFebruary 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)11.19[19]

While helping Joan learn deductive skills, Sherlock is approached by Gerald Lydon, a wealthy man suffering from an incurable disease that is destroying his mind. The disease is genetic, but there is no family history of the disease, so Lydon is certain that someone gave it to him somehow. Sherlock is unconvinced and refuses the case. After Lydon kills his driver, however, Sherlock takes the case and learns that Lydon's claim is theoretically possible. He receives an email from Dr. Natasha Kademan providing details of how it was done, but before they can meet, she turns up dead. All the evidence, including DNA results from blood found at the crime scene, point to the killer being an ex-con with no connection to Sherlock's case. However, the blood turns out to have been manufactured specifically to pass the DNA test. Sherlock deduces the killer is Kademan's husband, who believed she was having an affair with someone named Lincoln Dunwoody. He was mistaken. The wealthy Lincoln and Dunwoody families each established a foundation to conduct research on Lydon's disease because a member of each family contracted the disease. It turns out that a brilliant scientist suffering from the disease poisoned all three wealthy individuals to obtain funding for research for a cure.

Meanwhile, Sherlock sends Joan on an errand to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment in order to test her.
1818"Déjà Vu All Over Again"Jerry LevineBrian RodenbeckMarch 14, 2013 (2013-03-14)11.33[20]
Sherlock and Joan are handed a case of a woman who disappeared six months before. She had left behind only a video announcing that she was leaving her husband and reflecting on how her life was affected by the news of a woman who was given a bouquet and then shoved into the path of a subway train by a complete stranger. Sherlock thinks this case is ideal for Joan's first solo investigation. Meanwhile, he investigates the subway murder. Joan questions the husband of the disappeared woman; her instincts tell her he murdered his wife. Joan follows the husband and when she sees him load a large wooden trunk (which he claimed his wife took with her) into his car, breaks into it, but there is nothing inside it and Joan is arrested. After this failure and remarks from her friends, Joan starts doubting her decision to become a detective, but later she finds evidence that links both cases. Sherlock deduces the wife's video was made 18 months before, when another woman was killed in a subway. The husband had recreated the crime so he could claim the video had been sent six months before.
1919"Snow Angels"Andrew BernsteinJason TraceyApril 4, 2013 (2013-04-04)10.48[21]

A security guard is killed during a robbery of unreleased mobile phones, but shoots one of the criminals before he dies. Sherlock and Joan work out that the robbery is a smokescreen to steal blueprints and head to New Jersey to prevent the East Rutherford Operations Center (EROC) from being burglarized during a snowstorm; the city is locked down, with roadblocks to aid emergency responders. Sherlock pays Pam (Becky Ann Baker) to drive the pair to EROC in her snowplow. Sherlock realizes the burglary has already taken place - $30 million in used notes about to be shredded - and the loot removed by ambulance. NYPD enquiries at hospitals put the shot criminal into custody, but she refuses to reveal the whereabouts of the loot-filled ambulance. Sherlock realizes that an escape route out of the city for the ambulance has been cunningly plotted, with roadblocks being removed one by one. The visiting FEMA official helping out with the city's emergency response to the snowstorm is involved in the heist. The remaining two robbers are apprehended.

Meanwhile, Ms. Hudson (Candis Cayne), an old friend of Sherlock's, is dealing with a breakup, so he lets her stay at the brownstone. Sherlock tells Joan that Ms. Hudson will be cleaning the brownstone once a week.
2020"Dead Man's Switch"Larry TengT : Liz Friedman;
S/T : Christopher Silber
April 25, 2013 (2013-04-25)10.07[22]
Sherlock's first anniversary of being sober is approaching, an event Joan thinks Sherlock should celebrate. He, however, is uninterested and spends the day as usual, He and Joan hunt for a blackmailer (based on the villain in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton") who targets the fathers of three rape victims and even the rapist - the blackmailer warns that a "fail-safe" accomplice will put the videos online in the event of his arrest or demise. Sherlock has no trouble identifying Milverton as the blackmailer, but when he breaks into the man's house he witnesses Milverton being shot to death by a masked intruder, who then removes Milverton's body and laptop. Milverton has a blackmail ledger which lists payments to "Henry 8", whom Joan identifies as an attorney who advertises his services on TV. Pistone, one of the blackmailed fathers, is arrested trying to dispose of Milverton's body. He confesses, but will likely receive a short sentence due to the circumstances. Sherlock finds "Henry 8", murdered nearly a week before. Pistone had found Milverton, but the blackmailer offered him a share of the proceeds. Besides, Pistone did not get along with his stepdaughter, the victim. Milverton killed "Henry 8", as he did not need two accomplices. Pistone then killed Milverton and stole the laptop containing the blackmail material, intending to take over the operation. Sherlock confides to Joan the real reason why he is reluctant to celebrate his "sober-versary"; he fell off the wagon exactly one year ago and does not want to be reminded of it, even though it was a one-time relapse.
2121"A Landmark Story"Peter WernerCorinne BrinkerhoffMay 2, 2013 (2013-05-02)9.75[23]
City councilman Van Der Hoff is forced to change his vote online, then murdered through his hacked pacemaker by serial killer Daniel Gottlieb (F. Murray Abraham). Everyone assumes he died of a routine heart attack. Sebastian Moran offers to confess to other murders, but only to Sherlock. Eager to get back at Moriarty for betraying and continuing to try to murder him, Moran tells the detective that Van Der Hoff was one of his assigned targets. Sherlock steals Van Der Hoff's body and determines that Moran's claim is true. Sherlock looks into other well-disguised murders and catches Gottlieb. With Gottlieb's help, Sherlock finds the man who hired him has seen Moriarty, but when he goes to confront him, that man is murdered. Moran commits suicide after Moriarty sends him a coded message (via an unsuspecting Sherlock) giving him the choice between his own death and his sister's. Moriarty calls Sherlock to say he is ready to meet him.
2222"Risk Management"Adam DavidsonS : Robert Doherty;
S/T : Liz Friedman
May 9, 2013 (2013-05-09)9.29[24]

Moriarty calls Sherlock to have him look into the several-month-old unsolved murder of a mechanic; in exchange, he offers to give Sherlock answers about Irene Adler's death. Sherlock learns the mechanic was under surveillance by a private security firm whose founder's sister was killed 20 years ago. After Sherlock tells the founder, Daren Sutter, that he knows Sutter avenged his sister and that someone has bugged his home, Sutter confesses to the mechanic's murder. Moriarty, however, tells Sherlock that he has not uncovered the whole truth. Sherlock discovers that Sutter did not see his sister's murderer's face as he fled. His wife (who was married to someone else at the time) did, but she could not come forward, as it would reveal her affair with Daren. When her husband's mental health began failing as the 20th anniversary of the murder approached, she convinced him that the lookalike mechanic was the murderer. It worked; Daren was finally at peace with himself. However, the mechanic was out of the country at the time of the sister's death. Mrs Sutter is arrested.

In payment, Sherlock receives an address and the choice to either lead a safe life or find out about Irene. He lies to Joan, but she sees through this and joins him. The pair discover a traumatized Irene (Natalie Dormer) at the address.
2323"The Woman"Seith MannRobert Doherty and Craig SweenyMay 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)8.98[25]
Flashbacks reveal Sherlock's meeting with Irene two years ago and their subsequent relationship, including her "preserving" antique works of art by returning to museums her forgeries of the paintings rather than the restored originals. Irene was psychologically tortured for the past 18 months, which she believes to have been seven years. Sherlock decides to send Irene away to keep her safe, but she counters that they go together. He agrees, but then notices a mole is missing from Irene's back and concludes it was removed to avoid it turning cancerous - which Moriarty would not care about, unless she was working for Moriarty. Berating him for not trusting her, Irene storms out. One of Moriarty's agents discovers he is to be killed, but defeats his would-be assassins and tries to kill Sherlock (in defiance of Moriarty's strict orders). The agent wounds Sherlock and reveals that Moriarty is a woman. The agent is shot and killed by Irene, who now speaks with a British accent. Sherlock then realizes that she is Moriarty.
2424"Heroine"John PolsonRobert Doherty and Craig SweenyMay 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)8.98[25]
Moriarty reveals that she faked her murder to distract Sherlock from interfering with her plans, though she did not anticipate his drug overdose. She asks him to let her win and then he can have the U.S. all to himself. Sherlock uncovers her plan to have the father (Arnold Vosloo) of a woman she has kidnapped, in addition to smuggling in a red ruffed lemur and a black-and-white ruffed lemur, murder a family associated with the Macedonian naming dispute in order to make $1 billion trading in currency. He fails to stop the murders after the family's security officer betrays them, and vents his rage against Joan and Gregson. Sherlock purchases drugs and injects himself in the bathroom of the brownstone, where Bell finds him. Moriarty visits him in the hospital, confessing to her part in the murder. She invites him to leave the country with her, where she will help him overcome his addiction. Sherlock reveals Joan analyzed Moriarty's behavior and concluded that she was, in fact, in love with Sherlock and thus would return to him; they relied on Moriarty's agents to witness his wild behavior and let her think she had won. The overdose was faked and Moriarty is arrested, Sherlock having recorded their conversation.

Season 2 (2013–14)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
251"Step Nine"John PolsonRobert Doherty and Craig SweenySeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)10.18[26]

Sherlock receives a call from Scotland Yard about a missing inspector, Gareth Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), who worked with Sherlock. Sherlock and Joan travel to London, where Sherlock easily locates Lestrade at a bar and agrees to help solve the case that caused Lestrade to be suspended. Lestrade accused wealthy Lawrence Pendry of killing his wife, but had no proof. Pendry claimed an armed intruder shot his wife; the police arrived within minutes and the gun could not be found. Sherlock, Joan and Lestrade pore over evidence. With the couple following a diet that excluded milk, Sherlock is intrigued by the bottle of milk in their fridge and a line of artworks out of alignment. Sherlock and Watson visit the suspect's house, where Sherlock discovers a chipped nail, leading him to the conclusion that a (white) plastic gun was made using a 3D printer; Pendry later dissolved it in acetone in a milk bottle after shooting his wife. The only metal part was the firing pin; Pendry used the nail to rehang a piece of art, but in his haste misaligned it. Tracking 3D printer purchases leads them to Pendry's handyman, who is found stabbed to death. Plastic fragments found in a fruit bowl at the scene prove Sherlock's hypothesis that Pendry printed a second gun to tie up a loose end. The gun exploded when he fired it because he used the wrong ammunition, so he had to stab the handyman with a kitchen knife. Pendry's arm injuries from the explosion secure his arrest.

Meanwhile, Sherlock is surprised to discover his brother, Mycroft, has moved into his old apartment at 221B Baker Street. Mycroft is interested in how Joan became Sherlock's friend and tells Joan he wants to make amends with Sherlock after facing a cancer diagnosis and subsequent bone marrow transplant. Mycroft uses a homemade bomb to destroy Sherlock's belongings and get his attention, claiming they are now even for the time Sherlock slept with Mycroft's fiancée to prove she was only after the family money.
262"Solve for X"Jerry LevineJeffrey Paul KingOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)9.38[27]

Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of mathematician Felix Soto, whose walls are covered in invisible ink with his work. A colleague of Sherlock's reveals the work is about the P versus NP problem, one that has bedeviled mathematicians. Holmes and Watson are directed to a professor, Tanya Barrett (Lynn Collins), who has written about the problem and all those who attempted to solve it, including the victim and his research partner, Cyril Nauer. Nauer is also murdered, within hours of Soto, and a mugger was shot and left for dead after seeing the killer leave Soto's apartment. Sherlock realizes Nauer's apartment was bugged and under CCTV surveillance and tracks down Roe, the man responsible. He tells Sherlock the proof that P equals NP would render all current encryption useless. It would be worth tens, maybe hundreds of millions to a company like his that could use the proof to develop new encryption methods before anyone else, so he had no motive to kill the men. Roe had Barrett evaluate the dead men's work; she told him that, while they had made great progress, they were only a third of the way to a solution. Sherlock comes to suspect Barrett has solved the problem herself, but needed more time to (criminally) cash in on it. A security video recording shows her at a bar with a friend at the time of the murders. Watson studies the footage and notices the drinks are too cheap; the video is from happy hour, not later in the evening like Barrett claimed. Barrett is arrested, but the federal government takes over in the interest of national security.

Meanwhile, Joan meets with the son of the patient she lost during surgery; she finally tells Sherlock that she liked the man and his family, and when she nicked his vena cava and he bled out in seconds, she gave up her medical career. The son asks her for money to invest in a bar. She previously bought him a car, and Sherlock tells her the young man is using her guilt to extract money from her. Sherlock offers her $22,000 to buy him out of her life. She offers it as monetary support only for the son's education, but he reacts coldly to the offer.
273"We Are Everyone"Michael PressmanCraig SweenyOctober 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)9.06[28]

After leaking state secrets to the public, a government contractor named Ezra Kleinfelter (Christian Campbell) is on the run. A mysterious man hires Sherlock and Joan to locate him. Sherlock discovers that his new client works for Ezra's former employers and would most likely kill him if they found him. Sherlock identifies Ezra's connection with "Everyone," a group of cyber-activists, and deduces the identity of the female Everyone member harboring Ezra, but they find Vanessa Hiskie dead in her apartment. They suspect Ezra killed her, probably for resisting his romantic advances, but find a box he took from a bunker where he was previously hiding and use it to trace his new location. Sherlock steals a guard's phone, realizing he is passing messages to Ezra, but Everyone traces it to Sherlock and Joan and wreaks havoc on their digital lives. Meanwhile, one of Joan's friends posts her profile on a dating site. Everyone posts horrible things supposedly written by her, as well as her address. The hackers also disconnect her and Sherlock's cell phones, prompting a man she showed interest in on the dating site to show up at her house to check up on her. Sherlock catches up to Ezra as he tries to leave the country on a plane owned by a very wealthy former software engineer and Everyone member. Ezra threatens to expose 14 American spies unless they let him go. Sherlock contacts the man who originally hired him on the case, Mr. Honeycutt, and convinces him to release the list of names Ezra has to the authorities so they can get the spies to safe houses. Ezra is extradited and arrested, not for the leaks, but for Hiskie's murder.

Sherlock receives a letter from Moriarty describing her inability to form meaningful relationships with others, wondering if he feels the same way.
284"Poison Pen"Andrew BernsteinLiz FriedmanOctober 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)8.52[29]
Sherlock and Joan investigate a case of Titus Delancy, a very wealthy man who was poisoned. He was found wearing a latex bondage suit, but they discover an executive at the victim's company dressed the corpse post-mortem to try to get out of paying a $150 million retirement bonus. Sherlock recognizes Abigail Spencer (Laura Benanti), who under the name Anne Barker is the nanny for the victim's sons. Years before, Abigail was charged with the murder of her father, who physically abused her. He was poisoned with nitroglycerin, the same method used on the current victim. At age 15, Sherlock wrote to Abigail under the name "Sean Holmes", exchanging letters in which she described a tattoo she wanted to get that he later spotted. Holmes posits Delancy's dissatisfied wife hired a private investigator to uncover Abigail's identity and then frame her, but the wife has an alibi. Suspicion is once again turned on Abigail when it is revealed she and the victim argued the day before his death over a missing tablet computer. However they discover Graham Delancy, the victim's teenage son, was the one who stole the tablet and murdered his father. Graham was sexually assaulted by his father and killed him to save his younger brother from the same fate. Sherlock reveals to Abigail his identity and also informs her that he knows she killed her father, citing inconsistencies in their letters and the trial. In the end, Abigail confesses to Delancy's murder to protect Graham and to pay for her crime, claiming the victim used her past to try to extort sexual favors. Afterward Sherlock warns Graham he will be watching to ensure the young man does not commit any further crimes, but also offers his ear if the young man needs help coping with what he has been through.
295"Ancient History"Sanaa HamriJason TraceyOctober 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)8.72[30]

At the morgue searching for a case, Sherlock discovers one of the dead, Leo Banin, is former Russian mafia (Bratva) assassin Vitaly Andropov, who garroted someone the day he died in a motorcycle accident that also claimed a young woman. Sherlock and Joan learn that he was working as a nurse and building a nursing home. Near the scene of the accident, Sherlock and Joan find the body of his victim, another hitman who targeted Banin for stealing $30,000 from the Bratva. They uncover bullet casings that indicate that Leo was being shot at, and that is what caused the accident. Finally, Sherlock discovers that it was Leo's wife who alerted the mobsters to his location. Banin was going to divorce her after discovering her participation in adult films to pay for her passage to the United States, leaving her nothing. Banin stabbed his first would-be assassin; Banin's wife's used fabric from her drapes for a tourniquet for the man's wound. It was she who shot at her husband after the second failed attempt.

Meanwhile, Joan's friend asks her to find a one-night stand from a year before, much to Sherlock's displeasure. Sherlock finally admits it was him, explaining that he followed Joan at the beginning of their relationship to learn more about her. He reveals his deception to her friend; she responds by sleeping with him again, then tells Joan she is over him.
306"An Unnatural Arrangement"Christine MooreCathryn HumphrisOctober 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)9.47[31]

An intruder invades Captain Gregson's home, terrorizing his wife and asking where he can find her husband. She manages to shoot him, and he runs away. Sherlock and Joan comb through Gregson's old cases for suspects. Then two murder victims surface, including Gregson's neighbor Lieutenant James Monroe. Sherlock realizes the killer went to the wrong house (due to a Google Maps error) and is not after Gregson at all. Tying the victims to their joint service in Afghanistan, they investigate an ex-soldier who attacked one of them before being discharged from the Army, but he has no bullet wound. They discover the men were assigned to guard an archaeological site. Sherlock questions Beth Roney, the archaeologist in charge, quickly deducing that she stole artifacts from the dig and is now killing her accomplices. They remember seeing a valuable bowl, one of a set found at the site, in Roney's home, but when they search her place the next day, it is gone. Sherlock realizes her ex-husband must have taken it; Roney's dog barks at unfamiliar men, but the neighbors heard nothing during the night. After being told of evidence incriminating him, the ex-husband confesses and implicates his wife.

During the course of the investigation, Gregson is forced to reveal that his wife has initiated a trial separation. He becomes angry when he finds out she has been seeing another man. He is frustrated, but tells her he does not want to give up, gifting her Roney's dog and apologizing for always putting the job before their marriage. Meanwhile, Joan is frustrated with Sherlock after he solves a case she was asked to consult on. Sherlock gives her access to his box of unsolved cases.
317"The Marchioness"Sanaa HamriChristopher Hollier and Craig SweenyNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)8.89[32]

Mycroft arrives in New York City, where he is opening a new restaurant. He asks for Sherlock and Joan's help. His ex-fiancée, Nigella (Olivia d'Abo), is in trouble. Sherlock had slept with Nigella to prove to Mycroft that she was after his money. So, instead of marrying Mycroft, Nigella landed a marquess, making her a marchioness. She had an affair with her stablemaster, which led to divorce. She fought hard to get a retired champion racehorse named Silver Blaze as part of the settlement. The stablemaster is killed by someone trying to poison Silver Blaze. Nigella is charging $100,000 stud fees for Silver Blaze's services. Sherlock proves that the horse died of natural causes, so Nigella substituted his lookalike brother. One of her clients, however, was Joaquin Aguilar, the local head of an international drug cartel; he found out and sought revenge using a cartel hitman called "El Mecánico". Sherlock sets a trap, expecting El Mecánico to take another shot (literally) at Nigella. It works. Sherlock and Mycroft promise not to turn her in as long as she pays back her victims, with the exception of Aguilar. Sherlock threatens to reveal that Aguilar sold his foal to another unsuspecting horse lover, unless Aguilar stops seeking revenge.

During the course of the investigation, it is revealed that Joan and Mycroft slept together when they were in London and have not since talked about it. Sherlock does not take the news well. In the end, the brothers reconcile and become closer.
328"Blood Is Thicker"John PolsonBob GoodmanNovember 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)8.54[33]

The NYPD investigates the death of Haley Tyler, who was stabbed before she fell off a balcony and landed on a truck. Haley was apparently the mistress of technology mogul Ian Gale (William Sadler), whom Sherlock and Joan are unable to locate until they learn that he is dying and in need of a transplant. Gale reveals to them that Haley was not his mistress, but rather his illegitimate daughter, the result of a one-night stand. She has the same very rare blood type as Gale, and has been donating blood to him. Evidence points to Gale's wife (Margaret Colin) due to a will amendment giving 20% to Haley, as well as the precise location of the stabbing, suggesting medical knowledge; Mrs. Gale was a doctor. However, Mrs. Gale suggested the will change herself. The detectives locate Haley's former boyfriend, and though the man is innocent, he informs them that Haley was ill the week before she died. Ian Gale dies, prompting Sherlock, Joan and the NYPD to confront Mrs. Gale at her home with the murder of both Haley and her husband: she gave Haley medicine that made her body overproduce antibodies; transfusions of her blood ultimately killed Gale, and Mrs. Gale murdered Haley to remove a loose end.

Mycroft, who plans to return to London soon, proposes to Sherlock that he come along, as their father apparently desires it. Sherlock considers the offer, but ultimately decides against it, giving a letter to Mycroft to pass on to their father. Later, Mycroft shreds the letter, and has a phone conversation implying he had lied to Sherlock and wants him out of New York for other reasons.
339"On the Line"Guy FerlandJason TraceyNovember 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)9.24[34]
A young woman, Samantha Wabash, commits suicide by shooting herself on a bridge, tying her gun to a weight so it will drop into the river below afterward. She wants to frame a man named Lucas Bundsch (Troy Garity) as her killer. Samantha believes that Bundsch murdered her sister Allie six years before. Sherlock easily deduces that her death was a suicide. Bundsch is brought in anyway, but passes a polygraph test. However, Sherlock deduces that Bundsch fooled the test and concludes Bundsch was responsible for Allie's murder, as well as several others. Bundsch abuses his victims for weeks before killing them. Bundsch goads Sherlock, humiliating him and Joan at one point with a wild goose chase. He texts Sherlock, using an untraceable burner phone, the address of the woman he has just taken. In the end, Sherlock finds from blueprints that when Bundsch's recording studio was built, the building inexplicably lost square footage. The police find a hidden door. Sherlock picks the lock and frees not only the latest abductee, but also a woman Bundsch had held captive for years.
3410"Tremors"Aaron LipstadtLiz FriedmanDecember 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)8.29[35]

A schizophrenic young man, dressed as a knight, wanders into the police station with a gun and states repeatedly that he had to kill the queen. Sherlock manages to defuse the situation by playing along with his delusions. The story is being told by Sherlock in a hearing. After the man is identified as Silas Cole, Sherlock and Joan find his ex-girlfriend dead, shot through the heart, but Sherlock is convinced that Cole did not kill her; his "knight's code" would have prohibited destroying her heart, thought in medieval times to house the soul. In the course of their investigation, Sherlock unintentionally gets a man fired by revealing he is out on parole. Bell is shot in the stomach, jumping in front of Sherlock when the man comes gunning for him. Sherlock and Joan eventually discover that the victim's heart was enlarged; she was participating in a trial drug program, and her doctor killed her to cover up the drug's failure.

The judge at the hearing recommends the NYPD no longer employ the consultants, given that they have obviously repeatedly broken the law to forward their investigations, for example their habit of breaking into places to obtain information or evidence. When the police commissioner asks Bell's opinion, he puts in a good word. Also, all the cases the consultants solved would have to be reopened, so the commissioner rejects the recommendation. Bell asks Sherlock not to come see him anymore during his first hospital visit.
3511"Internal Audit"Jerry LevineBob GoodmanDecember 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)9.09[36]

Hedge fund manager Donald Hauser is shot in the knee just as he is about to commit suicide after his Ponzi scheme is uncovered. He is tortured for information before finally being killed. The woman who finds the body is a former sober client of Joan's. She refuses to allow Joan to reveal their relationship, hindering the investigation when her former drug dealer becomes the main suspect. The reporter who broke the news of Hauser's fraud is murdered the same way hours after the first killing and her laptop is stolen. Sherlock and Joan surmise that Hauser turned over evidence to the reporter that contained information about another crime. Later, the body of the drug dealer is found in a dumpster behind an art gallery in which he is a silent partner, further confusing matters. It turns out that Jacob Weiss, a client of Hauser's who runs a nonprofit recovering money for the heirs of Holocaust victims, was embezzling the funds. He used the art gallery to launder the money. Hauser knew about it, but made the mistake of informing Weiss that he was going to reveal everything.

Meanwhile, Alfredo tries to get Sherlock to become a sponsor, feeling he is ready to take the next step. Bell is offered a position with the Demographics Unit; if the nerve damage to his arm cannot be fixed, he will have to take a desk job.
3612"The Diabolical Kind"Larry TengRobert Doherty and Craig SweenyJanuary 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)9.04[37]
Sherlock recognizes the voice of the man who pretended to be Moriarty in the past when the man calls with a ransom demand for a kidnapped child. Over Sherlock's strenuous objections, Moriarty is brought in, though in electroshock hand restraints, to help track down the kidnappers in exchange for some favors. Joan can see Sherlock is still struggling with his conflicting feelings for Moriarty, but is also annoyed they have been discussing Joan's love life in their letters. The child turns out to be Moriarty's daughter. Moriarty's lieutenant wants a collection of very valuable information Moriarty has amassed over her career. After easily disabling her restraints, escaping and dealing with all her daughter's abductors, a badly injured Moriarty allows Sherlock to take her back into custody, predicting she will be free soon anyway. Sherlock realizes that she may have started to redeem herself; she refrained from killing her head jailor when she escaped.
3713"All in the Family"Andrew BernsteinJason TraceyJanuary 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)9.97[38]

An assignment with the Demographics Unit leads Bell to discover a body in a barrel. Joan identifies the victim as a member of the Pardillo Mafia family who had been in hiding for years. She identifies a member of a rival family as a suspect. Sherlock and Joan get no information from him, but he dies from a car explosion as they walk away. Paperwork at the scene leads Sherlock to believe the National Security Agency (NSA) supplied the killer with information about Pardillo's whereabouts. Sherlock confronts an NSA agent, accusing the agency of having a leak. The agent later tells him that Bell's new boss, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Da Silva, requested the information. (Da Silva was trying to dispose of everyone who knew about him working for the Mafia for his entire police career.) After Sherlock informs Bell, Bell steals evidence linking Da Silva to the Pardillo family. They set a trap; when he tries to assassinate Robert Pardillo (Paul Sorvino), the victim's father and head of the family, the police are waiting.

Sherlock tries to mend fences with Bell. Bell rejoins Major Crimes.
3814"Dead Clade Walking"Helen ShaverJeffrey Paul KingJanuary 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)10.34[39]

While investigating one of Sherlock's cold cases, Joan spots an out-of-place rock in the murder victim's garden. She enlists a geologist to study the photo. Joan eventually steals the rock. It contains a very rare complete dinosaur fossil worth millions. The rock is later stolen from the police evidence room. Tracking down a very high-end smuggler, Sherlock and Joan find the man murdered and the fossil smashed to pieces. They eventually determine the curator of a natural history museum committed the murders to destroy proof of a scientific theory that would have ruined his reputation.

Meanwhile, Sherlock has his hands full as a sponsor when Randy's addict girlfriend turns back up in his life.
3915"Corpse de Ballet"Jean de SegonzacLiz FriedmanFebruary 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)9.45[40]

When a ballerina is murdered, evidence seems to point to the dance company's star performer, world famous diva Iris Lanzer (Aleksa Palladino). The killer steals a hard drive containing the venue's surveillance footage. Sherlock is convinced Lanzer is not guilty; he accepts her offer to sleep with her. An audio recording is leaked to the tabloids, reveals Iris's intimate relationship with the victim, but Sherlock deconstructs the recording and deduces that Iris's lawyer is the murderer, using the publicity to further his career. The police find the stolen hard drive in the lawyer's home.

Meanwhile, Joan looks into a missing homeless man, a veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, prompting her to open up to Sherlock about her biological father, who is schizophrenic and lives on the streets. Joan locates the missing man, kidnapped and held captive with two others by a couple who collect their benefit checks.
4016"The One Percent Solution"Guy FerlandS : Bob Goodman;
S/T : Craig Sweeny
February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)8.66[41]
Sherlock and Joan are called to investigate a bombing at a restaurant that targeted finance executives and government officials. On the case, they are reunited and forced to work with Gareth Lestrade, who is now consulting for one of the CEOs involved in the case. Videotape from the hotel attached to the restaurant leads Sherlock and Joan to suspect that Lestrade is covering up his boss's involvement. The CEO is being targeted by a blackmailer who knows about the women (and occasionally men) who have traded sex for favors and that Lestrade has been the intermediary making the actual offers. The CEO is forced to reveal his involvement in order to catch the blackmailing bomber. A subordinate of a government bureaucrat killed her boss so she could take his position and see the federal jobs report before the general public, information she could use to make a fortune in the stock market. Lestrade loses his job and comes to stay with Sherlock and Joan.
4117"Ears to You"Seith MannLauren MacKenzie and Andrew GettensMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)8.54[42]

Gordon Cushing's wife disappeared in 2010; he was acquitted in a murder trial, but many people still think he is guilty. One day, he receives two severed human ears along with a ransom note. The DNA matches that of Cushing's wife, Sarah. At the ransom exchange, Cushing pursues the suspect and unintentionally kills him. Clues on the suspect's body lead Sherlock and Joan to an AA meeting, where they find Sarah, who is both alive and not earless. Sarah says that the DNA they collected when she disappeared was not hers and belongs to her husband's mistress; however, she died in 2011 in a car accident. Sherlock realizes that Sarah's plastic surgeon husband grew two exact replicas of her ears on her back and then cut them off in an elaborate attempt to collect the ransom from Cushing.

Meanwhile, Lestrade is mugged and Joan encourages him to solve his own case in order to lift his spirits and get him to move on with his life.
4218"The Hound of the Cancer Cells"Michael SlovisBob GoodmanMarch 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)8.94[43]

Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder, in the form of staged suicide by helium asphyxiation, of Barry Granger, a researcher who had been testing the "Hound", a breathalyzer for detecting cancer. His research had been alleged as fraud by an expert in the field under the pseudonym Adam Peer. The allegation looks set to ruin both Granger and the firm that employed him, a company run by Hank Prince. Sherlock discovers that the allegation is false, and Adam Peer was actually two people: Granger and another. Prince's wife is found shot dead, with Prince's gun the murder weapon. Sherlock realises that Prince really did murder his wife. Earlier Prince had tried to trash his company's value by masquerading as Adam Peer and impugning Granger, so that his wife would receive in their divorce only a share of the depressed value of the company, which would then rebound once Granger's research was vindicated.

Bell, recovered from his injury and returned to field duty, asks Joan to track down a missing witness to a street killing. She changed her mind about testifying after she became pregnant and is hiding with a former tutor, Manny Rose (Ron Canada), whose reputation as a community do-gooder is known to Bell. When Bell tells Rose to tell the witness that her testifying does not matter as they will get the perpetrator next time, he is summoned to the morgue where he finds the killer and Rose both shot to death - Rose had decided to dispense his own vigilante justice.

The episode title references the Arthur Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, which was later adapted in season 4.
4319"The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville"Larry TengJason TraceyApril 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)7.83[44]

Bite marks on two murdered women echo the trademark of Aaron Colville, a man convicted as a serial killer who subsequently died in prison. This raises the question of Colville's possible innocence. The bite marks are traced to ex-con Alan Vikner with the help of hacker collective Everyone. However, when he is brought in, Vikner shows that he has dentures; eight sets were made from the same mold (of Colville's teeth) for inmates at Colville's prison. Eventually, Sherlock and Joan eliminate all the convicts as suspects. Finally, Sherlock realizes that the person who stands to benefit the most from exonerating Colville is his mother, who has sued the city for millions of dollars in his alleged wrongful conviction.

Joan has a connection with the murders, as she was a part of the operating team that tried to save Colville's life. She suspects that the doctor in charge recognized Colville and may have deliberately erred in the resuscitation procedure. She has no proof, and the doctor tells her that he himself is not sure if he did or not.
4420"No Lack of Void"Sanaa HamriLiz Friedman and Jeffrey Paul KingApril 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)7.90[45]

When a pickpocket collapses in jail, Joan starts to help, then realizes he seems to have contracted anthrax. He stole the anthrax from someone, thinking it was cocaine, then swallowed it when he was apprehended. The man dies. One of the pickpocketed items leads to Charlie Simon. He had the expertise to make anthrax spores, but they find him dead at his storage locker laboratory. From the empty trays there, Sherlock deduces he made 40 pounds of the stuff. Eugene MacIntosh, a member of an anti-government group known as the Sovereign Army, becomes the prime suspect. He is shot dead by his brother Bart when he went to Bart's failing farm. However, it turns out that the brothers were actually trying to kill off Bart's herd of cows for a multimillion-dollar insurance scam.

Sherlock's close friend Alistair suddenly dies, which catches Holmes off guard. Sherlock reacts by acting out of character, causing Joan to go into sober companion mode and making Sherlock talk about it. After it gets out that Alistair died of a heroin overdose, Sherlock struggles even more. Eventually, Sherlock confesses to Alistair at his grave that he loved him dearly and will miss him.
4521"The Man with the Twisted Lip"Seith MannT : Craig Sweeny;
S/T : Steve Gottfried
April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)8.13[46]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the disappearance of Paige, the sister of a woman who frequents Sherlock's sobriety meetings. Upon arrival at the brownstone, they are surprised by Mycroft, who has returned to New York, apparently to focus on his restaurant Diogenes. Later, he proposes a relationship with Joan. While taking time to consider it, Joan meets with Sherlock at a park he found based on a clue in one of Paige's songs. Upon investigation, the pair find not one, but two bodies, Paige's and that of a Zach Piller, who manufactured UAVs for a company called McCarthy-Strauss. Sherlock visits Mycroft at Diogenes to discuss Joan, but notices a shady-looking man at a corner table who frequents the restaurant. Sherlock later identifies this man as Guillaume de Soto, a high-ranking member of a French drug cartel called Le Milieu. He captures an insect-like drone that was spying on him in the brownstone, realizing that the two victims were killed by the drones Zach Piller manufactured. They learn from Piller's psychiatrist that he accidentally misidentified 10 undercover CIA agents in Afghanistan, who were then killed by friendly fire. He subsequently wrote a report on it out of guilt. During the interrogation, the psychiatrist is poisoned by another drone. Formulating a plan to incriminate McCarthy-Strauss, Sherlock waits at a pier to meet with the business executive that Piller's report belongs to, while Joan breaks into the executive's office and steals the report. That night, Joan, who has taken interest in investigating Le Milieu, follows de Soto's contact (Henri Lubatti) outside Diogenes after he receives an envelope. She retrieves the envelope, but finds a picture of herself inside. The contact kidnaps her.
4622"Paint It Black"Lucy LiuRobert Hewitt WolfeMay 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)7.79[47]
Mycroft receives a call from Joan's kidnapper and informs Sherlock of the situation, which enrages him. Mycroft explains to a disgusted Sherlock that Le Milieu offered him money to open up Diogenes in New York to serve as their headquarters, followed by a series of requests. The two learn of Pierce Norman, a Swiss bank executive who plans to sell a list of thousands of bank executives' names and information to the black market. They investigate the bank and also learn that the NSA is onto Norman, with Sherlock intent on getting to him first. Norman's boyfriend points them to a remote home his lover owned, but the Holmes brothers find Norman's corpse. Mycroft is distraught until Sherlock finds an insect pupa, which he knows had to have grown over the course of eight days. He realizes that Norman was killed before the list was downloaded and was framed. Joan, meanwhile, operates on a Le Milleu soldier who was shot in the abdomen. She insists that the man be taken to a hospital or he will die; the man who kidnapped her shoots him. That night, Sherlock and Mycroft track down the real perpetrator, Norman's employer's head of security, Kurt Yoder (Michael Gaston). Yoder is interrogated that night at the brownstone and eventually tells them of the hard drive the list is on. After recovering it, Sherlock decides to call the NSA, fearing that Le Milieu will betray them, but Mycroft, who is under orders from an unnamed British contact, incapacitates Sherlock with a taser and heads out to meet with the dealers, while the NSA later refuses Sherlock's requests to save Joan. Mycroft, meanwhile, gives Yoder and the list to the dealers, but de Soto orders his henchmen to kill them, and leaves. Mycroft signals British Intelligence snipers who gun down de Soto's men. He apologizes to a shocked Joan.
4723"Art in the Blood"Guy FerlandBob GoodmanMay 8, 2014 (2014-05-08)7.54[48]
Sherlock returns home to find Joan safe. Mycroft reveals that he is working for MI6. The Holmes brothers have a talk, in which Mycroft discloses that MI6 utilized his observational skills to investigate criminal groups such as Le Milieu, and that his handler wanted Sherlock out of New York. The two then meet with the handler, Tim Sherrington (Ralph Brown), who hires Sherlock to investigate the murder of Arthur West, an MI6 analyst. When Sherlock and Joan go to the morgue, they find that West's arms have been stolen. The two visit West's estranged wife, Marion (Emily Bergl) and learn that she is a tattoo artist; Sherlock later deduces she tattooed West's arms with information using invisible ink. Joan, meanwhile, angrily rejects Mycroft for his deception. Marion later informs Sherlock that she helped West, who had bipolar disorder, by helping him figure out if any of his paranoid conclusions were sound. Showing them photos of the numbers tattooed on her husband's arms, Marion explains that West was confident there was a mole within MI6, communicating with Julian Afkhami, a bookstore owner. Joan later tells Sherlock she plans to move out of the brownstone, which Sherlock dismisses as a mere emotional repercussion following her kidnapping. The following morning, Sherrington meets with Sherlock at a park and eventually offers him a job at MI6. Marion, meanwhile, tells Joan about one "Sudomo Han". Mycroft had left MI6, but rejoined MI6 in exchange for Sherlock's freedom. While he was a drug addict in Britain, Sherlock had worked for Han as a courier, unaware that Han was a terrorist. Moved, Joan kisses Mycroft and the two have sex. Elsewhere, Sherlock learns from the NYPD that the gun used to kill West bore fingerprints bearing a distinctive scar. Immediately identifying the fingerprints as Mycroft's, Sherlock visits his brother's home to inform him that he is being framed.
4824"The Grand Experiment"John PolsonRobert Doherty and Craig SweenyMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)7.37[49]
Sherlock informs Mycroft that he is being framed as the mole and relocates him and Joan to a vacant, remote library accessible only to Sherlock. While he stalls MI6 with fraudulent "updates", Sherlock continues his investigation into Arthur West. Sherlock and Joan discover that West's arm tattoos signified dates, times and locations mapping out the mole's whereabouts and present their evidence to Mycroft, who notices that he was at every location at the corresponding date and time. Joan names Mycroft's handler Sherrington as the mole; they decide to keep it quiet until the time is right. Sherrington, however, visits Joan at the brownstone to confront her, but Joan had invited members of the cyber-hacker group "Everyone" to a video chat to have witnesses for protection. Sherrington leaves. In the meantime, Sherlock learns that Sherrington made 17 calls to his contact, the bookstore owner Julian Afkhami, who is spying for the Iranian government. Joan confronts Sherlock about Sudomo Han and his history with Mycroft, which Sherlock brings to his brother as a means for forgiveness. Sherlock and Joan investigate a murder believed to be linked to Afkhami. He deduces from the odd blood splatter pattern that the victim was stoned to death. Afkhami's wife was having an affair, so he killed her lover. Mycroft learns from a bitter Sherrington that he betrayed MI6 because of a lack of promotion or respect due, he believes, to his working-class background. Shortly afterwards, the NYPD finds Sherrington's corpse. Mycroft informs his brother and Joan that he made a deal with the NSA for them to kill Sherrington and fake Mycroft's own death to protect all three of them from Le Milieu. Joan is deeply saddened, while Mycroft embraces Sherlock and tells him he loves him. While Joan makes plans to move into a new apartment, Sherlock accepts MI6's invitation to join them.

Season 3 (2014–15)

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491"Enough Nemesis to Go Around"John PolsonRobert Doherty and Craig SweenyOctober 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)7.57[50]
Six months after Joan moved out, she is running her own investigation firm and helps bust female drug kingpin Elana March (Gina Gershon). Two months later, the case has gone stagnant and the key witness in the prosecution of the kingpin is murdered in a hotel elevator. To her surprise, Joan discovers Sherlock has returned with a new protégé named Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond), and is working on the case as well, after being fired from MI6. The three must find a way to get along and work together while finding the murderer, a skilled hitman (Brennan Brown). Sherlock solves the "locked room" mystery of the elevator - the murderer placed spent bullets carefully in the elevator and used an extremely powerful electromagnet to propel them into the two victims from his hotel room next to the elevator. Joan realises that while the killer brought the disassembled parts of the magnet into the hotel in luggage and packages, he could not take them out quickly. She finds the parts hidden in his shower seat. Fingerprints inside the rubber gloves used to handle the magnet identify the murderer.
502"The Five Orange Pipz"Larry TengBob GoodmanNovember 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)7.07[51]

A double murder appears to be revenge for the deaths of children poisoned by GHB, the inadvertent result of cost-cutting measures taken by the Indian manufacturer of toy beads. Each of the victims received five orange beads in the mail. The father of one of the children confesses, but Sherlock deduces that he is lying. FBI agent Vince Boden refuses to provide whatever information the agency has, citing policy. Evidence vital to the case against the murdered men has gone missing, which complicates figuring out the motive for the crimes. At first, Sherlock suspects the prosecutor, US Attorney Angela White, as the collapse of her case would end her ambition to be elected to a Senate seat. White admits to being blackmailed by one of the murdered men, but denies killing them. Then Sherlock realises who the killer is. Boden wanted the case to never come to trial, so he could then easily steal the no-longer-needed evidence: the GHB, an addictive drug worth millions of dollars on the black market.

Kitty feels sidelined watching Sherlock and Joan unravel the mystery. The title of this episode is a reference to the short story "The Five Orange Pips" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
513"Just a Regular Irregular"Jerry LevineRobert Hewitt WolfeNovember 13, 2014 (2014-11-13)6.53[52]
Mathematician Harlan Emple (Rich Sommer, "Solve for X") comes across a dead body packed in mothballs while participating in a "math hunt", a number game with a puzzle involving Belphegor's prime. When another body is found, it is believed that the game is intended to be a death trap for mathematicians or, as it turns out, one mathematician in particular. Meanwhile, Joan tries to convince Kitty, who was a rape victim, to join a support group.
524"Bella"Guy FerlandCraig SweenyNovember 20, 2014 (2014-11-20)6.49[53]

[Warning: this episode contains instances of rapidly changing bright images mimicking an epilepsy trigger.] Software developer Edwin Borstein has created an artificial intelligence (AI) program called Bella, and he hires Sherlock because someone has broken into his company and stolen a copy of the program. Sherlock takes the case, not because he finds it interesting, but because he does not believe AI is achievable. He solves the theft case, but then Borstein dies from a fatal epileptic seizure, seemingly caused by Bella through rapidly cycling images displayed on Borstein's monitor. Sherlock finds a program hidden on a music CD death metal fan Bortein was given. Eventually he traces the criminal to a think tank that believes that AI is the greatest threat to human existence. He is confident that its leading light, computer science professor Isaac Pike, is responsible, but a devotee confesses, despite having no programming skills.

Meanwhile, Joan's boyfriend Andrew receives a job offer that would take him to Copenhagen, and Joan wonders if Sherlock is responsible for it.
535"Rip Off"John PolsonJason TraceyNovember 27, 2014 (2014-11-27)6.11[54]

Joan visits her boyfriend in Denmark and does not appear in the episode. When a severed hand is seen in a street puddle, Sherlock's deductions lead NYPD to the body of Moshe Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, snagged under a towed car and taken to an impound lot. He has his attacker's DNA under his fingernails. Shapiro owned a Postal Unlimited store nearby. The store's only employee, Amit Hattengatti, has an alibi. Sherlock finds a hidden safe containing Moshe's ledger in Hebrew and code. From shipping manifests and cloth the safe was lined with, Sherlock deduces Moshe was a diamond smuggler. Robbery is ruled out as a policeman finds Moshe's briefcase (with attached handcuff) full of diamonds in a dumpster. Sherlock proves that a very strong man could rip someone's hand off. Sherlock suspects weightlifter Dana Kazmir, and contrives to obtain a sample of his blood/DNA. They match the DNA found under Moshe's fingernails. Kazmir confesses to the murder, and he provides a list of three other people he was supposed to kill as well, which includes Hattengatti. Kazmir's information seems to point to Leonard Oosthuizen. The NYPD intercept a cash payment to Kazmir and Kitty recognises the envelope as matching the office supplies in Moshe's shop. Sherlock realises Oosthuizen is a fall guy, and that Amit was actually Moshe's smuggling partner. He had plotted with Kazmir and Kazmir's corrupt lawyer to make it look like he was a murder target to deflect suspicion. (Moshe had reformed and was planning to end his smuggling operation.) Hattengatti went to the same gym as Kazmir. Kazmir, doomed to jail anyway, lied in return for a payout for his family. Told that if he confesses before Kazmir's lawyer does he will get a deal, Amit names his diamond supplier.

Meanwhile, Sherlock gets Kitty to sign a non-disclosure agreement after he finds Joan's unpublished "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes". Tensions are high between Gregson and his police officer daughter Hannah, as he punched a male officer who had abused her twice.
546"Terra Pericolosa"Aaron LipstadtS : Jeffrey Paul King;
S/T : Bob Goodman
December 4, 2014 (2014-12-04)6.59[55]

Joan returns from Denmark, and she and Kitty begin to get better acquainted. Kitty is called to a museum, where valuable old maps and a security guard are missing. She quickly finds the guard dead and hidden on the premises. Sherlock deduces that one particular map was the target; the rest were taken just to camouflage that fact. That map, "The County of King James, Virginia, 1794", was loaned to the museum by a now-deceased member of the Bray family decades before. The family's charitable organization still exists, and is run by Margaret Bray. Bray agrees to use her contacts and see if other institutions were also victims of map theft (but too embarrassed to notify the police). Sherlock identifies the thief as ex-cartography student Stuart Zupco, but Zupco turns up dead. The missing maps are found at his framing shop, but Sherlock quickly ascertains that the Bray map is a forgery. He discovers that it and the original (from an old photo) are almost identical, except the course of a section of a river has been altered. That one, almost-unnoticeable change provides the motive. A billion-dollar casino, envisioned by billionaire real estate mogul William Hull (Skipp Sudduth, see also Season 4's "Up to Heaven and Down to Hell"), is to be built on land affected by the alteration. It turns out that Margaret Bray's family owns property neighboring the site; the casino would send the value of the surrounding real estate sky high. Bray was the killer; without the map change, the project would have to be abandoned.

Meanwhile, Joan is troubled by Sherlock's meddling with Kitty's growing personal life.
557"The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction"Christine MoorePeter OckoDecember 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)7.63[56]
Joan's new client wants to find out about her sister, Jessica Holder, who disappeared five years before. An FBI agent is sure she was a victim of a serial killer, as the smell of nutmeg was detected at the site of Jessica's disappearance and those of others. On seeing the police profile, Sherlock is certain there is no serial killer. A mysterious apartment key of Jessica's leads to Noah Kramer, a married lawyer she was having an affair with. Kramer told Jessica that his client, Raymond Carpenter, was guilty of several murders and she was going to tell the police. Sherlock and Joan meet with Raymond Carpenter in Sing Sing, where Carpenter admits Kramer told him about Jessica and he outsourced her murder, but the killer is now dead. They find a new crime scene with the scent of nutmeg, and Sherlock's Irregular assistant "The Nose" detects sodium hydroxide. They deduce the murders are connected only by the same cleaner being employed to dissolve the bodies, who masked the strong odors of the cleaning concoction with nutmeg. At Spaulding Technical Institute, which offers certification in cleaning up crime scenes, Sherlock spots a lurid mural featuring nutmeg. The mural's artist, Conrad Woodbine, is the cleaner, but he refuses to identify any of his clients and is himself murdered and cleaned. Kitty notices a picture of Raymond Carpenter which includes the superintendent from Woodbine's apartment. Joan and Sherlock meet with Carpenter again. His youngest son was Woodbine's apprentice and apartment superintendent, and killed him on his father's orders. They tell Carpenter if he calls his son and tells him to work with the police they will make sure he is put in a safer prison, and Carpenter agrees.
568"End of Watch"Ron FortunatoRobert Hewitt WolfeDecember 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)7.57[57]

Sherlock, Joan and Kitty investigate the murder of Flynn, a Highway Patrol officer, whose sidearm had been replaced with an airsoft gun. Flynn was a drug addict. He stole guns from the police department's Rodman's Neck Armory, replacing them with airsoft guns, and sold the real weapons to fund his addiction. His buyer, Buros, a wanted arms dealer, already had buyers lined up for the prized military-grade police weapons, but Flynn, now clean, refused to obtain more for him. Buros killed Flynn, as he would be given an inspector's funeral attended by thousands of police officers, leaving the Armory poorly guarded, but Flynn's crimes came to light and his special funeral was canceled. So Buros kills another officer to cause another such funeral. He steals the weapons. Watson identifies the white fibers he left at both murder scenes as upholstery fibers - Buros plans to ship the weapons hidden inside furniture. He is arrested after his cargo shipment is traced.

Meanwhile, Sherlock finds the person posting his personal statements made in sobriety meetings on a recovery blog, and insists they take the blog down, as anonymity is vital for the success of the meetings.
579"The Eternity Injection"Larry TengCraig SweenyJanuary 8, 2015 (2015-01-08)8.60[58]

When a nurse Joan used to work with asks for her help in finding their missing acquaintance, the woman's trail leads Sherlock and Joan to an illegal human drug trial of a time-dilating substance known as EZM-77. Five test subjects were injected with varying dosages. The higher the dose the madder they went (one killed the missing nurse, who administered the drug) and they die or are murdered. Carlisle, on the lowest dose, survives and his interview leads to the name of a mysterious company called Purgatorium, which paid the human guinea pigs $150,000 up front and promised the same amount every year. The drug's inventor, Dwyer Kirk, takes full responsibility for the deaths, refusing to reveal who funded him. Sherlock identifies the sponsor - James Connaughton, who paid for Kirk's education and gave his aunt a stipend to help raise him. When Connaughton learned he was dying, he approached Kirk, who agreed to try to develop a "pharmaceutical fountain of youth" so that its time-dilating properties would make his last days feel like years. The trial subjects were executed to cover it up, but Connaughton refuses to confess or co-operate. Sherlock and Watson appeal instead to his new nurse, Brett Won. Shown photos of the dead victims and asked to give their families closure, Won connects Connaughton directly with Purgatorium and with the two hitmen he hired to murder the test subjects. However, when the police come for Connaughton, Sherlock finds the man non-responsive; he has injected himself with EZM-77, hoping to "extend" what little time he has left to live.

Meanwhile, Sherlock admits to Joan he's finding tedium in maintaining sobriety.
5810"Seed Money"John PolsonBrian RodenbeckJanuary 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)8.09[59]
An elderly couple died in bed at the same time. Sherlock deduces they are inadvertent casualties of another crime committed elsewhere in the building. Someone burned rubber in the basement, which emitted a toxic gas. Sherlock finds a burned body with a tire around his neck. Clay Dubrovensky was the second floor tenant who worked for the criminal SDS Cartel, growing marijuana for them. The marijuana plants are dying, which Watson and Sherlock find strange. If the cartel had killed Clay, they would have tended the plants. Sherlock discovers a very valuable orchid, the last of its kind, in the greenhouse. Sherlock thinks that Clay may have bought and sold it in an auction. Sherlock and Watson meet with Barbara Conway from AgriNext. She bought the orchid from Clay. Sherlock accuses her of killing Clay when he did not give it to her. She shows them her plant. Sherlock examines both plants, sees they are too young, and realizes Clay cloned the orchid twice. Two AgriNext executives are murdered by the same burning tire necklace method, and their bodies dumped in front of the AgriNext building. Sherlock notes the rope is different from that used in Clay's murder. They speak again with Barbara Conway. She admits that AgriNext offered Clay a job and was trying to buy out his relationship with the SDS. The police arrest the SDS member guilty of the AgriNext murders. He denies killing Clay. Joan meets with Clay's ex-girlfriend. She needed to get plant food from his apartment. He apparently gave all of his girlfriends the same special plant, a "yellow clivia", also providing a special (and distinctively smelly) food for it that he made himself. Barbara Conway meets with Joan. She starts in about who might have killed Clay and Joan interrupts her, telling her that she knows that she killed Clay because he was seeing his ex-girlfriend again. Conway made the inadvertent mistake of giving Sherlock smelly plant food, which Joan recognized.
5911"The Illustrious Client"Guy FerlandJason TraceyJanuary 22, 2015 (2015-01-22)8.28[60]
Sherlock and Joan delve into the background of the murdered woman Sherlock was alerted to, at the end of the previous episode, whose premortem back scars resemble Kitty's. Joan retrieves a burner phone left at a bar the woman was at, leading the NYPD to a suspect, Simon DeMerville (P. J. Sosko). Simon is found to be working for a brothel that kidnaps illegal immigrants, and inspection of his property yields the body of one of the brothel's suppliers, as well as several women captives. The detectives suspect Simon was injured during the lethal confrontation with the supplier and went to his sister Violet (Tammy Blanchard) for assistance. Suspecting Violet of knowing more than she claims to know, Kitty visits her house and beats her into cooperating with the NYPD, resulting in Violet making a call to Simon to allow the NYPD to triangulate the call. Sherlock deduces that Simon is aboard a boat; a local bartender (David Valcin) and former neighbor of Simon's has one. However, the boat, stored at the owner's house, is burned, with Simon locked inside. At the morgue, Kitty inspects the body and insists that Simon was not her rapist, as she had broken her captor's fingers in her escape, and Simon's fingers are intact. Later, Joan, who has successfully settled into her new job at the insurance firm, makes a call to her new boss, Del Gruner (Stuart Townsend). Kitty, overhearing the conversation, recognizes the voice of her rapist.
6012"The One That Got Away"Seith MannRobert DohertyJanuary 29, 2015 (2015-01-29)7.69[61]
Del Gruner abruptly fires Joan. He is brought in for questioning by the NYPD, but nothing comes of it. Sherlock begins exploring the backgrounds of various kidnapped and murdered women who match Gruner's modus operandi. They track down a woman named Tabitha Laird, a coworker of Gruner's at a charity to which he donates his time and money. After Joan suspects a deeper connection between Gruner and Laird, Sherlock learns that Laird's adopted son is in fact the child of Gruner and one of the victims on Sherlock's list. Kitty lies to Sherlock about leaving New York and captures Gruner, unaware of the evidence tying him with his crimes. She prepares to kill him and dissolve his body using a recreation of the corrosive liquid featured in "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction". Sherlock finds her and tells her about the new evidence, but also says that he will not stop her from doing whatever she decides to do, and she will always be his friend. Kitty burns most of Gruner's face off with the concoction and leaves him to be found by the NYPD. She leaves for an unknown location. Throughout the episode, flashbacks chronicle the origin of Sherlock and Kitty's partnership in London eight months earlier.
6113"Hemlock"Christine MooreArika Lisanne MittmanFebruary 5, 2015 (2015-02-05)7.87[62]

The wife of missing lawyer Steven Horowitz hires Sherlock to find him. Sherlock and Joan discover that he did not tell his wife he had been fired by his firm. They find out that he went to work for a debt collection agency and was given a debt package worth millions. Sherlock and Joan try to narrow down the pool of suspects from the thousands of debtors. It turns out that Horowitz had a change of heart after seeing the hardships suffered by the debtors and forgave what he had not yet collected. One of those released from their financial burden is a man named Downey. A company wants to create a ski resort; Downey is the sole holdout, refusing to sell his house, which happens to be at the center of the resort. Horowitz's former boss killed him because he stood in the way of the law firm collecting millions in fees from the developer.

Meanwhile, Andrew asks Joan to dinner to meet his father for the first time. Sherlock warns her that this is a significant step in their romantic relationship, but she dismisses the idea, until she discovers she is wrong. She concludes she must break up with Andrew. While she is doing so, he is poisened.
6214"The Female of the Species"Lucy LiuJeffrey Paul KingFebruary 12, 2015 (2015-02-12)7.91[63]

Elana March tells Joan she had Andrew murdered in revenge. Sherlock enlists Detective Bell, who is on his day off, to help him find two missing pregnant zebras stolen from a zoo. A trademarked color provides the first clue; the color is only used on delivery vans for one company. They eventually find the zebras, who have given birth. They also find a veterinarian, shot dead; Sherlock believes he was forced to help with the induced premature births. They later find one foal, which Sherlock identifies as a quagga, which went extinct over a century before. Sherlock realizes the killer must be an employee of the zoo. The staff are gathered at the police station. A false accusation enables Sherlock to identify the real murderer, a PhD student, by his relaxation. The killer escapes police surveillance through an old speakeasy tunnel, but Sherlock, realizing the student needs to raise funds for his getaway, wins the online auction for the second quagga and sets a trap.

Later, Joan receives a letter from Moriarty, who informs Joan she had Elana March murdered because Moriarty feels she will have further interactions with Sherlock, and secondarily Joan as well, so no interloper can be allowed to interfere. Despite the confession, Sherlock doubts they will find any evidence to connect Elana's murder to Moriarty. Joan tells Sherlock that she wants to move back into the brownstone to fully embrace being a detective.
6315"When Your Number's Up"Jerry LevineBob GoodmanFebruary 19, 2015 (2015-02-19)8.21[64]

Sherlock and Joan investigate two murders in which the killer leaves envelopes of cash on the victims equating to their "worth". The probe leads the two to investigate an airline crash which killed over 80 people and the amount that each would receive as wrongful death compensation according to an equation formulated by attorney Arlen Schrader. When Dana Powell (Alicia Witt), the wife of one of the crash victims, reports being shot at from her back yard, Sherlock becomes suspicious, as the first two shootings were at short range. Powell gives a seemingly tone-deaf television interview, which forces the airline to drop its method of calculation to making the same flat payment to each next-of-kin. This is puzzling, as Powell's husband was a highly successful broker. Then they discover that the husband had a fatal disease, with only a few months to live. The police obtain a search warrant for her mansion, where they find incriminating evidence.

Meanwhile, Joan moves into the basement at the brownstone, and seals the interior door so that in future she will have a physically separate space, but still be able to work closely with Sherlock.
6416"For All You Know"Guy FerlandPeter OckoMarch 5, 2015 (2015-03-05)7.67[65]

Detectives Demps and McShane, 35th Precinct, investigate the murder of Maria Gutierrez, who vanished three years before, in December 2011. Her body has only just been found. They suspect Sherlock killed her, as he wrote a signed note found in her purse, giving his address and a meeting time. The detectives do not believe Sherlock when he says he does not know her. He was a heavy drug user then, which caused blackouts and memory loss. Maria worked at her church's soup kitchen and as a cleaner at the offices of Councilman Robert Barclay.

Sherlock questions Oscar Rankin, a junkie often at the brownstone then. Oscar knew Maria, as he ate at the soup kitchen and had boasted of knowing Sherlock Holmes the great detective. Maria arranged a meeting with Sherlock and brought a bag containing bloodied clothes belonging to Barclay, wanting Sherlock to find out whom he had killed, for she had seen him take off the clothes, bag them, and put the bag in a dumpster. Barclay had been having an affair with Kelsey Prior, the wife of a friend, but when she tried to end it, he stabbed her, staging it as a robbery gone wrong. However, blood got on his clothes. Barclay must have decided to dump the bag somewhere more secure, but found it was missing. He must have guessed Maria had taken it. He lured her from Frobisher Motel in Bayside, where Sherlock often stashed witnesses whose lives were in danger. Barclay killed Maria and hid her body, and Sherlock, high on drugs, forgot all about her. Oscar assumed Sherlock wore the clothing when he killed Maria while high on heroin. Oscar kept the bag in case he needed leverage against Sherlock one day. Demps and McShane arrest Sherlock after a witness, Eddie Bynum, says he heard Sherlock threatening Maria just before she vanished. Joan takes the bag of clothes to the NYPD, telling Oscar they will exonerate Sherlock. Sherlock sees that the distinctive shirt style matches the shirt worn by Barclay in a photo. Told that traces of the killer's blood found at Prior's murder can be checked against his, Barclay confesses.

Freed, Sherlock encourages Oscar to quit heroin, but speaks harshly. He gives Oscar a paid reservation at Hemdale, a drug rehabilitation center, as he feels somewhat responsible for Oscar's condition. (Oscar's story is concluded in the season finale "A Controlled Descent".)
6517"T-Bone and the Iceman"Michael SlovisJason TraceyMarch 12, 2015 (2015-03-12)7.58[66]

A distracted young woman driver is killed after colliding with a van and discovering that it is carrying corpses. Sherlock is intrigued by the fact that her body is partially mummified, by the coolant R22. Their investigation leads them to a cryogenics facility owned by cryoNYC, a cash-strapped company that preserves the bodies of clients in the hope that future advances can bring them back to life. The CEO (Mark Margolis) reluctantly discloses that one of the corpses, that of strangled psychiatrist Jim Sullivan, has been stolen. New patient Vance Ford provided a sketch of the murderer. Joan thinks she knows the killer, but cannot quite place him. Sherlock is certain Ford is lying because he used practically the same words describing what happened to the detective as he used under previous police questioning. Later, Ford is found strangled as well, which seems rather odd, as he was near death from leukemia anyway. Joan later confirms this when she identifies the man in the sketch. He was a now-deceased actor in Manos: The Hands of Fate, one of the worst movies ever made. They discover that Ford and Sullivan were estranged cousins. Sherlock guesses that Sullivan was a match for a bone marrow transplant, which could have saved Ford's life, but he refused to donate it. Ford killed him, then later stole the body, as the bone marrow, even after being frozen, would still be usable. Ford recruited two henchmen, who worked at the cryonics lab. With the investigation closing in, they panicked and killed Ford the same way as Sullivan.

Meanwhile, Joan has trouble convincing her mother to seek help for her failing mind.
6618"The View From Olympus"Seith MannS : Jordan Rosenberg;
T : Bob Goodman
April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)7.48[67]

Galen Barrow, a driver for a ridesharing company called Zooss, is deliberately run over and killed by a city cab. It was staged to look like professional rivalry. Barrow was an internet journalist and had begun working for Zooss recently. Gordon Meadows, a registered sex offender, admits he killed Barrow but claims he was blackmailed into it after he broke his parole. Barrow's internet journalism employer, Lydia Guerrero, was having an affair with Barrow and was also being blackmailed by an anonymous texter. Despite her opposition, Barrow insisted on hunting the blackmailer. She and Meadows have the Zooss app installed on their phones. Zooss CEO Eric Frazier orders technician Brandon Felchek to hand over to the police the computer program (called Olympus after the home of ancient Greek gods) that records user details and tracks all rides. Mahra Kemp tells police her brother Patrick worked for Zooss until he was killed in a mugging a month earlier, and Barrow interviewed Mahra after Patrick's death - she suspects Barrow's death is connected. Sherlock examines Patrick's home, sees he was a sports gambler, and realises he was the blackmailer at Zooss. Sherlock reviews all Olympus data from the past week. Falchek is arrested: he had cut off Patrick's access to Olympus months before on discovering he was blackmailing users, not to protect Zooss or its users but to avoid drawing attention to his own crime; Falchek was using Olympus to stalk Felice Armistead and broke into her home where she surprised him and he broke her cheekbone.

Meanwhile, Holmes is disconcerted when an Irregular he is having sex with makes an unusual request: "a donation to her uterus."
6719"One Watson, One Holmes"John PolsonRobert Hewitt WolfeApril 9, 2015 (2015-04-09)7.03[68]

Sherlock is visited by a member of Everyone, the activist hacker group. The visitor, username "Sucking Chest Wound", explains there is civil war in the group: his anarchist faction versus that of the more politically motivated "Species". Then Species, real name Errol White, is found killed by a now-missing samurai short sword. Chest Wound's hair is found under the body, and Species' blood is found in his car trunk. He is arrested - real name Petros Franken. Rachel, his alibi, denies she was with Franken but later admits she lied. Sherlock reckons Franken is being framed and asks who benefits from White's death. Franken says White boasted to Everyone's 'inner sanctum' about a stash of data worth millions. Cabel Hill admits he stole the stash, but weeks before White's murder. He says the stash also contains every hack by White. From the stash, Sherlock identifies Species by message style ("fist"). But Sherlock detects two fists: Species was two people, a secret arrangement that allowed Species to be online 24 hours a day. Sherlock identifies the other half of Species as Tessee, another Everyone member. Tessee killed White when he rejected Tessee's Operation Right Nut, the hack of a right-wing think tank called the Atherton Foundation, because he felt it was too dangerous. Tessee is capitalising on Everyone's sympathy for Species/White's death to triumph in the Everyone rift, and the hack is imminent. The NSA says Atherton is providing services to US Intelligence. Tessee is identified as Bradley Dietz. When Sherlock and Joan confront Dietz, he is rescued by FBI Agent Branch, who provides an alibi. Sherlock reckons that, oddly, Branch wants Everyone to hack Atherton and, through a forensic accountant, finds that Atherton coordinates FBI and Homeland Security investigations with the internal security departments of major U.S. corporations. If Everyone hacks Atherton, the group's members would be arrested for treason and Branch would gain rapid promotion. Sherlock tells Branch he knows her secret (knowingly exploiting an illegal immigrant) and will report her unless she gives the police an anonymous tip on where to find the murder weapon. Everyone has been warned about Atherton, so Dietz is now useless to her. Branch caves in. Dietz is arrested and confesses.

Meanwhile, Sherlock becomes concerned when he realizes that as Joan has been pulling away from social interactions following the death of Andrew.
6820"A Stitch in Time"Ron FortunatoPeter OckoApril 16, 2015 (2015-04-16)7.56[69]
The dead body from a car rescued from a train crossing is that Garrison Boyd, a debunker. His skull was bashed in by the tip of a garden gnome's hat. A cult's surveillance photos show Boyd arguing with Collin Eisley. Eisley, a wealthy real estate developer with a Picasso gracing his wall, tried to buy a beach house from Claire Renziger. She said no. Months later Boyd accused him of trying to scare her into selling, as she is hearing a ghost's voice and banging. At her house, Sherlock realizes what she heard and felt was actually tunneling from an absent neighbor's house. The tunnel's target is Ruby, the world's fastest transatlantic internet cable. At first, everyone suspects terrorists, but the digger is eventually identified as Nadim Al-Haj, who has no discernable terrorist connections. When Sherlock comes to confront him, Nadim torches his apartment to destroy evidence and flees with a tube package. The burned remains of a box-shaped device are given to TARU (NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit) to analyse. The TARU man explains that Ruby first feeds big investment firms at 60 Hudson Street. Nadim and Eisley are linked: Nadim was Eisley's driver in Iraq, Eisley sponsored his immigration, and Eisley's firm owns Nadim's apartment. Sherlock accuses Eisley of hiring Nadim to splice the device into Ruby to get stock market data first. But following prison for insider trading, the authorities monitor his transactions and his stocks are in a blind trust. TARU reports the device does nothing - data goes in and comes out without being tampered with, but Mason notes a delay of 4 milliseconds. Sherlock realises that delay is significant: investment firms with computer servers at 60 Hudson Street have an advantage as they receive data milliseconds earlier than rivals, which is plenty of time for computer transactions. Eisley's blind trust is managed by a firm whose computer servers are not at 60 Hudson Street. He hired Nadim to splice in the device to flip the time advantage in favor of his investment company. After Nadim killed Boyd, Eisley paid him to stay quiet and, having no non-traceable access to money, paid with his Picasso painting (the tube Nadim took with him). The Picasso has been reported as stolen, rendering it unsellable, so Nadim, when found, will make a deal with the authorities. Eisley is encouraged to do the same. Meanwhile, police officer Hannah, daughter of Captain Gregson, asks Joan to help with a case.
6921"Under My Skin"Aaron LipstadtJeffrey Paul KingApril 23, 2015 (2015-04-23)7.73[70]

A man shoots two paramedics and steals their ambulance with the patient inside. Sherlock retrieves a bullet casing which is traced to Wallace Turk, who admits the murders, but refuses to say where the body of the patient, Maggie Halpern, is. Sherlock's examination of Turk's footwear leads to a salt marsh, where Halpern was murdered and her body eviscerated by Turk's partner. The stomach was finely cut and Sherlock determines she was a drug mule but, Joan finds, an unwitting one who had received what she thought was gastric bypass surgery in Brazil. Her surgeon, Dr Bruno Escanso (Turk's brother-in-law), had planted 40 pounds of stolen medical (high-grade) heroin from his hospital inside her, then vanished; the amount suggests drug cartel involvement. Bell and Joan visit the offices of dentist Dr Marty Ward, having learned that Janko Stepovic, a drug gang leader, uses the offices, which by law they cannot be bugged by the government. Ward admits to knowing Janko. Bell tells Janko that if he buys the heroin, the NYPD will devote all its resources to catching him. However, if he can help find the heroin for the police, it will not be in the hands of rival gangs. Janko sets up a sting, but is shot dead elsewhere. Ward and his lawyer, Sarah Penley, claim that a Chinese triad refused to buy the heroin, but cut off some of Ward's fingers to force him to reveal Janko's location. Ward wants immunity from prosecution and agrees to tell all, including the location of two other drug mules' bodies. The bodies were filled with rocks, sewn up and thrown into a pond. Joan notices the sutures are very neat and made of material used by dentists, and realises Ward has tricked NYPD into agreeing to immunity because he could not persuade Turk to keep quiet. Sherlock, Joan, Bell and Gregson trick Ward, pretending to have arrested a triad member who is ready to incriminate him. Ward gives up, only to discover the triad member is actually a police officer.

Meanwhile, Sherlock discovers that Alfredo, his recovery sponsor, has been stealing cars for revenge. The manufacturer had hired him to test their security system, but fired him after he pointed out its flaws. They also spread false claims that he was high again. Sherlock realises that he considers Alfredo his friend, so he breaks into several cars and gathers them all in one spot, all while Alfredo has a watertight alibi. As being a sponsor is incompatible with friendship, Sherlock fires him as sponsor.
7022"The Best Way Out Is Always Through"Michael SlovisArika Lisanne MittmanApril 30, 2015 (2015-04-30)7.03[71]

Judge Dennis Vaughn is found in the subway, fatally stabbed with a screwdriver. While in New York City for a fundraiser for the New Jersey governor's re-election, Vaughn had sex at his hotel with Loretta Nichols, one of the governor's staffers; her alibi depends on a friend, Andrea Schuster. Fingerprints on the screwdriver belong to Nikki Moreno, who escaped from a correctional facility in New Jersey days earlier and had been sentenced by Vaughn. Accounts of her are contradictory: at the for-profit prison, run by Reform Enterprises (RE), Deputy Warden Trey McCann says Moreno was a troublemaker. Later McCann is murdered with a now-missing 9mm pistol. Jeff Harper, a prisoner rights lawyer, says his Moreno had nothing against Vaughn, but hated McCann, and had no reason to escape or commit murder as he was close to getting her sentence reduced. He says that Moreno was forced into an unpleasant work detail recycling computers, but Moreno's prison record shows she had asked for the detail. Sherlock examines the recycling area and discovers her body in a recycling bin. McCann had previously worked for another prison management company, and their executive, Perry Franklin, reluctantly reveals that McCann was fired, officially for "excessive absences" but actually for corruption. Nicols' friend Schuster was the re-election campaign manager. Sherlock realizes the murders were intended to cause the governor to award the new prison contract to Franklin's firm, and he is arrested.

Sherlock discovers that Bell's girlfriend, Shauna Scott, a police officer in another precinct, works for Internal Affairs. Bell breaks up with her after he is told by Joan, but Sherlock persuades him to reconsider.
7123"Absconded"Guy FerlandJason TraceyMay 7, 2015 (2015-05-07)6.92[72]
USDA employee Everett Keck visits Belinda's honey farm, as part of testing to learn the cause of Colony collapse disorder (CCD). Keck and her bees die from cyanide in his smoker. Sherlock believes AgriNext is behind CCD in Northeast USA. Company executive Jonah Chait denies murder, saying AgriNext had been ready to counter Keck's accusations by discrediting him - he has no relevant qualification (only a theology degree and an entomology minor), was a Buddhist seminary dropout and abused drugs. Sherlock and the NYPD visit Belinda's neighbor, Darryl Jarvis. He had filed a complaint that Keck poisoned his bee hives with deadly mites. Sherlock proves Jarvis murdered Keck, and he confesses. But Sherlock believes Jarvis' complaint. Sherlock Irregular Harlan Emple proves statistically that mites appeared wherever Keck inspected hives. Keck's supervisor, Calvin Barnes, had been investigating Keck, which ceased once Barnes became an invalid when he had a heart attack after being stung by bees. Sherlock examines the Barnes' home and concludes Barnes was forcibly injected with potassium chloride to stop his heart; the injection wound looks the same as a bee sting wound. But Keck has an alibi. Before Keck's bee-killing, CCD and academic research funding were decreasing; if CCD apparently increases, funding would rise. Sherlock and Joan meet Tara and Griffin Parker who are two married professors of agriculture organizing an apiary conference. Sherlock is surprised that Sheikh Nasser Al-Fayed, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) royal family, will attend. He owns the world's most expensive apiary and is interested in CCD, but is a wealthy recluse. Sherlock examines Nasser's hotel room and deduces he has been kidnapped. The Parkers lured Nasser to the USA by manufacturing a rising CCD crisis through Keck and kidnapped Nasser. Evidence: winch marks on Nasser's balcony rail, hotel lobby camera footage. But NYPD then learns Nasser is on a plane home to the UAE (ransom paid) but with the UAE's denials there can be no kidnap charges. Sherlock notices that one of the flirting photos Tara sent Nasser shows her with dyed blonde hair and wearing Keck's theology academic gown. Keck's autopsy showed he had taken Viagra, and her hair is found in Keck's bed and shower. Griffin turns on his wife and crime-partner, furious at her betrayal with Keck. Tara was there when Griffin attacked Barnes. Meanwhile, Captain Gregson is offered promotion and asks Joan to research his proposed replacement.
7224"A Controlled Descent"John PolsonRobert DohertyMay 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)6.96[73]
Heroin addict Oscar Rankin (from the episode "For All You Know") kidnaps Alfredo to leverage Sherlock into finding Oscar's missing sister Olivia, a fellow drug addict. Joan and the NYPD start searching for Alfredo. Sherlock, deprived of his phone, goes with Oscar to search for Olivia, visiting his former rehabilitation center and an active heroin den, exposing him to the temptation of relapse. At the heroin den, while Oscar is sleeping, Sherlock steals an addict's phone and rings Joan, telling her Oscar's clothes have traces of the dust generated when stone is cut such as marble or granite. Sherlock finds nearby that the discarded contents of a stolen wallet contain the driving licence of Jonathan Bloom, a sexual predator who lures with heroin and believed to have killed two women. Sherlock tortures Bloom into admitting that he took Olivia but she fought him, injured him, stole his money and heroin and escaped in a taxi. The taxi driver takes Sherlock and Oscar to Olivia's destination, an abandoned railway tunnel. Sherlock finds Olivia dead of a heroin overdose. Sherlock finds Oscar's boot prints by Olivia's body. She has been dead for two days. All along Oscar knew Olivia was dead. From interior photos of Oscar's uncle's house Joan notes a jacket with a patch "South Shore Memorials", a headstone-cutting business; they head there and start searching. Oscar tells Sherlock he led him through the places Olivia had been to make him realize Sherlock is as bad as he is. It is inevitable Sherlock will use again. Oscar tosses a metal box with heroin at him and says he needs one more push. Joan texts Sherlock that they have found Alfredo alive. Sherlock beats Oscar, and picks up the box. Three days later on the brownstone roof, Sherlock stares blankly at the city. Joan, unable to get him to talk about his relapse, reports that his father will arrive the next day.

Season 4 (2015–16)

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731"The Past Is Parent"John PolsonRobert DohertyNovember 5, 2015 (2015-11-05)5.58[74]

Following events of the previous episode, "A Controlled Descent", the NYPD will no longer consult Sherlock and Joan, and he is in danger of being charged with assault. Sherlock is determined to resume his sobriety. Sexual predator and suspected triple murderer Jonathan Bloom asks Sherlock to find out what happened to his Honduran wife Alicia, who went missing in 2010. Bloom confesses to the deaths of two other women, drug addicts who did not survive rough sex, gives the location of their bodies, and kills himself.

Sherlock learns Alicia was friends with another Honduran, Maribel Fonseca; both vanished at the same time. Years before, Alicia, Maribel, their families and others hired a "coyote" to smuggle them into the United States. However, he did not pay the drug cartel Escarra their customary fee for crossing their territory. The Escarra killed nearly everyone; only Alicia and Maribel escaped. Joan visits Novena Vida in New Jersey, a restaurant both women went to with days of each other. The owner, Juan Murillo, says Maribel was searching for a tall, handsome man. The coyote, nicknamed "El Gato" (the cat), survived the massacre, but he is described as being of average height and jowly, with a receding hairline. Joan realizes this describes Murillo and that his restaurant has a cat connection as Novena Vida means "nine lives" in Spanish. Sherlock shows Murillo a video of him fighting off a robber who came to the restaurant in 2010. The video was posted online and went viral, which is how Alicia recognized him as El Gato. Maribel went to the restaurant to check. They tried to kill him, and Murillo admits killing them in self-defence. He may not be convicted for those killings, but there is an extradition treaty between the USA and Honduras, and the New Jersey police serve an arrest warrant for Murillo killing a competing Honduran coyote and his wife. Sherlock meets his father Morland who says he will fix Sherlock's mess.
742"Evidence of Things Not Seen"Ron FortunatoJason TraceyNovember 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)5.16[75]

With the NYPD no longer employing him, Sherlock persuades FBI agent Gary Burke to hire him and Joan. They investigate a triple homicide at a neuroeconomics research facility, but chafe under Burke's close supervision. The researchers were working on brainwashing technique for DARPA. All the hard drives containing the research were stolen. They meet DARPA Deputy Director Meher and Special Projects leader Alta Von See. At first, Sherlock suspects a Chinese spy is responsible, but it turns out the researchers had realised that their method did not work at all. Joan eventually realises from media calls for Meher to resign that Von See would be in line to succeed him. Von See used another device developed at DARPA, a sonic pressure shield, to incapacitate the victims, then shot them at her leisure. Sherlock had noticed that a pet lab rat died at the same time as the victims, also from the shield's effects. A streak of rubber from the base of her crutch by the device's storage closet implicates Von See.

Sherlock's father, Morland Holmes, offers to reinstate him and Joan at the NYPD. Joan meets with Morland and is struck by his sincerity in supporting her partnership with Sherlock. Sherlock eventually decides to take his father's offer, but Joan discovers that Morland bribed the DA into dropping the charges, and she warns him that she will not let him hurt Sherlock.
753"Tag, You're Me"Christine MooreBob GoodmanNovember 19, 2015 (2015-11-19)5.61[76]

The department investigates the murder of two men who look very much like each other, Timothy Wagner and German visitor Otto Neuhaus. The only connection between the two is Dorion Moll, who spoke with both by phone. Moll runs a website that finds people's doppelgängers, using a stolen and modified facial recognition system. Moll is convinced that Countenance Technologies, the firm he stole the software from, is out to kill him; he barely managed to escape a masked man with a knife by kicking him in the shins. Sherlock and Joan meet Countenance executive Curtis Tofano. He admits to using Moll's website, but only to find out about Moll in order to break into his apartment to steal Moll's modifications. Then another man named Evan Farrow shows up who looks like the murder victims. He reveals that Wagner offered him $10,000 to take a DNA test, pretending to be Wagner. Farrow turned him down. It turns out that this has to do with an Oriskany Falls University fraternity pledge named Harold Cudlow, who disappeared years before; his body was found in concrete when a building was being demolished. Cudlow fought against his killer; scrapings were found under his fingernails. Every member of the fraternity, including Wagner, was asked to submit to a DNA test. An Oriskany Falls police officer, Cudlow's brother, eventually confesses to the two murders. However, Wagner's DNA does not match what was under Cudlow's fingernails. Sherlock and Joan go over the Oriskany Falls police original list of suspects and recognise a name: Curtis Tofano. Tofano also used Moll's site to hire a double to take his DNA test. Cudlow was pushed at a construction site, fell and broke his spine; Tofano then strangled him. Tofano also tried to kill Moll to cover his tracks.

Meanwhile, Sherlock confronts Morland about his continued presence in New York and agrees to help him with a "puzzle" to hasten his departure. Sherlock attends a dinner party to observe a very wealthy woman who has a conflict with one of Morland's clients, a company which wants to construct a wind farm next to where the woman is planning to build a resort. After a compromise is reached, Morland tries to reconcile with his son, saying that he intends to stay in New York indefinitely and hopes to work with Sherlock again.
764"All My Exes Live in Essex"Michael PressmanRobert Hewitt WolfeNovember 26, 2015 (2015-11-26)5.32[77]
Sherlock and Joan investigate a missing lab technician who works in the fertility clinic of the hospital where Joan used to work. The woman's skeleton is found stripped and assembled as an educational tool for medical students. Meanwhile, Joan meets with an old friend and finds out that a Detective Cortez has been asking questions about her. It turns out that the victim was in a group marriage with two doctors who reveal that she was dying of pancreatic cancer. It is then revealed that one of her husbands had been deliberately misdiagnosing people because he could create impressive cancer remission rates and raise his profits. She noticed when she was receiving chemotherapy in his clinic and challenged him, so he murdered her. When Joan confronts Cortez, the woman voices a dislike of consultants investigating cops and is suspicious about Sherlock and Joan's sudden return to the force. Joan has a boxing match with her as a way of approaching her as an equal.
775"The Games Underfoot"Alex ChappleArika Lisanne MittmanDecember 10, 2015 (2015-12-10)5.00[78]

The case of a dead unemployed archaeologist presents new mysteries, as the detectives find out that he was digging up an old landfill from the 1980s. The man was searching for Nottingham Knights, an old video game from the 1980s that was never released because of monumentally bad advance reviews. When it turns out a suspect already found and dug up the now-valuable video games years ago, Joan goes searching for another motive and finds that a chemical company was illegally dumping toxic chemicals. The landowner had the archaeologist killed to avoid blowing the multi-million dollar sale of the land and to avoid paying for the costly cleanup.

Alfredo tells Joan that Sherlock has been avoiding him, possibly because of his connection to Alfredo's kidnapping. After Joan informs Sherlock of Alfredo's visit, Sherlock realizes that Alfredo has been going to more meetings than usual, due to his relapse, and offers his support.

The title is a play on "The game is afoot," in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Return of Sherlock Holmes": "Come, Watson, come!' he [Holmes] cried. 'The game is afoot."
786"The Cost of Doing Business"Aaron LipstadtJason TraceyDecember 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)5.92[79]

A sniper shoots nine people, killing four, in the financial district. Morland unexpectedly visits Sherlock at the brownstone to offer his help, as he knows the identity of the sniper. Although the shooting appears random, it is too precise, concealing the true target; Morland knows of a prior mass shooting with the same modus operandi, which benefitted a former client. Morland's contact at Interpol, Lukas, finds out that shooter-for-hire Gagnier was paid by a shell subsidiary of Dynastic Energies. Gagnier dies in a fall when the police attempt to apprehend him. The CEO of Dynastic Energies, Bill Wellstone, was having an affair with his lawyer's wife, Sarah; he found out that she had left him for plumber Frank Bova, the true target of the shooting. Wellstone used a golf bag to smuggle the sniper's weapon past the tight security protecting the building, but that left behind gun oil residue in the bag that implicates him.

Over dinner with Morland, Lukas voices his suspicion that Morland has not been helping Sherlock out of goodness, but rather is risking Sherlock's life. Lukas demands 5 million euros from Morland for keeping Sherlock in the dark about something, but Morland orders Lukas to go back to France, implying that he had Lukas's Interpol predecessor killed for a similar transgression.
797"Miss Taken"Guy FerlandTamara JaronJanuary 7, 2016 (2016-01-07)6.71[80]

Retired FBI agent Robert Underhill is found pulverized in a woodchipper. Sherlock and Joan look into the old, unsolved cases Underhill was re-examining and find that of Mina Davenport (Ally Ioannides, see also Season 7's "Miss Understood"). Mina was kidnapped aged 8 and escaped her captor 14 months prior after 10 years in captivity and returned to her wealthy parents, Nancy and Richard Davenport (Raphael Sbarge). Sherlock is certain that the woman claiming to be Mina is an impostor, and believes that Underhill may have come to the same conclusion, providing a motive for his murder. The Davenports angrily refuse to cooperate. The fake Mina makes Sherlock and Joan an offer in private. She claims that Mina's father killed her, and if they will suspend their investigation for a couple of weeks (when she will gain control of Mina's large trust fund), she will help them prove it. Not believing her, Sherlock uses underhanded means to gain access to the Davenport mansion, finding Underhill's blood on a pedal in Mina's car. Richard Davenport confesses to Underhill's murder, but Sherlock realizes immediately that he is shielding "Mina". When the DNA test comes back, however, Sherlock is astounded that it proves Mina is the Davenports' daughter. Sherlock then figures out that the faker had actually found the real Mina and attacked her so she could cut off and steal some of Mina's hair. When the imposter staged her "escape" from her imaginary kidnapper, she locked herself in a gas station restroom, then shaved off all her hair and planted Mina's for the police to find. Checking police records for such an incident, Sherlock finds the real Mina and reunites her with her mother.

Meanwhile, Joan confronts her stepfather (John Heard) about writing a barely disguised novel whose main characters are based on her and Sherlock.
808"A Burden of Blood"Christine MooreNick ThielJanuary 14, 2016 (2016-01-14)5.98[81]

Ellen Jacobs, two months pregnant despite having had a tubal ligation, is found suffocated by a plastic bag in her car. She was leaving a voice mail message when she was killed; her last words are "Oh, my God. No. Stop it! No!" Sherlock and Joan discover that her husband is sterile. Ellen is the daughter of an imprisoned killer whose modus operandi matches her death. The father of her child is the realtor selling the Jacobs' house, whose mother was killed by Ellen's father; he is the prime suspect until he is attacked and hospitalised by the husband. The husband is arrested, but Sherlock deduces Ellen's brother Nolan is the true killer; the first "No" she said in the voice mail was actually her pet name for him. Nolan confesses - Ellen and he had had an agreement not to pass on their father's genes, so he killed her after she refused to get an abortion.

Meanwhile, Joan helps Bell study for the Sergeant's exam. Sherlock takes over Bell's tutelage and ascertains he does not want the promotion, but needs the pay raise to help his mother, who has lost her job. Joan gives Bell a tutoring "case study", but which is actually a real case. This leads to his mother receiving most of a $40,000 bounty for locating a wanted fugitive.
819"Murder Ex Machina"Guy FerlandRobert Hewitt WolfeJanuary 21, 2016 (2016-01-21)6.33[82]
Morland asks Joan to dine with him at a restaurant opening. Maxim Zolotov, a Russian oligarch, is shot and killed, and the two shooters are killed immediately afterward when their car is hacked. An analysis of the hacked code leads to Pentillion, a company creating automated vehicles, who admit that they were hacked by a rival company with which Zolotov was conducting business. Sherlock speaks with a Russian spy, who says that Zolotov was supposed to be on a government mission, not business. At dinner, Morland mentions that he knows that Mycroft is alive. He also says that he has been banking his own blood and asks Joan if she will check on a blood bank in New York. The involvement of diplomatic negotiations between Russia and Ukraine causes the case to be taken over by federal agents, but Sherlock continues searching for the instigator of the shooting, with Joan asking Morland for information on arms dealers making money off the war. The only one who would profit from the war continuing is Pentillion, by selling rocket engines while the Russian ones were off the market. Joan suspects that Morland was shot once before and may still be a target.
8210"Alma Matters"Larry TengBob GoodmanJanuary 28, 2016 (2016-01-28)6.09[83]
Sherlock confronts Morland about the danger surrounding him, but Morland downplays it by saying that the assassin has been dealt with, a story Sherlock disbelieves. Two weeks later, Sherlock is turning up only empty leads. Lily Cooper, the owner of a halfway house owned by Fairbridge, a for-profit university, suspects that a murder is more than it seems. Joan finds a team of thieves who witnessed the murder, while Sherlock corners Morland's Interpol contact Lukas. Bell obtains a sketch of the murder suspect. Then Lily turns up dead as well. Startled by Lukas's vehement hostility, Sherlock returns to Morland with the accusation that Morland suspects him of the shooting; Morland admits that Sherlock was, at one time, a suspect. Sherlock demands that he leave New York. The man in the sketch is identified by the halfway house staff but, while he confesses to both murders, Bell finds he has an alibi for Lily's. Morland apologizes for his suspicions, explains the cause of Lukas's reaction and agrees to return to London. The CEO of Fairbridge was using indebted ex-con students to commit crimes for him, including murder. Sherlock tells his father that Lukas's predecessor was spying on Morland, agreeing to investigate the case of Morland's shooting because his reputation being besmirched.
8311"Down Where the Dead Delight"Jerry LevineJeffrey Paul KingFebruary 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)6.23[84]

A bomb hidden inside a body explodes in the morgue, destroying the evidence for several crimes. Sherlock discerns which case was the target of the bombing. Despite the lack of a body, the victim is identified as Janet, a woman who made a small profit selling drugs. A secret camera in Janet's kitchen reveals Toby, one of her clients, was spying on her. Toby's journals are found to be full of descriptions of ways to kill Janet, but his alibi leads Sherlock to suspect his father of killing her to protect his son. When confronted with the possibility of Toby going to jail, his father confesses.

Detective Cortez unexpectedly asks for Joan's help finding an elusive suspect. Joan is frustrated when Cortez refuses to explain her questionable rationale. Sherlock suspects that Joan is being framed for an assault. Cortez reveals that she committed the assault as an act of justice — the man she attacked had violently assaulted a girl, leaving her with permanent brain damage — and requests Joan's help in the future, noting that she and Sherlock have taken similar actions in the past. Joan instead threatens to expose her if she ever does it again.
8412"A View with a Room"John PolsonRichard C. OkieFebruary 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)6.10[85]

A colleague of Gregson's asks Sherlock for help infiltrating the heavily guarded headquarters of a drug-dealing biker gang. Undercover cop Ryan Dunning believes the gang leader stores everything about the gang's operations on a computer in his office. Sherlock plans the heist, but the inside man is killed before they can carry it out. The man's body camera records the moment of his death; he apparently grew impatient and tried to steal the computer by himself, but was discovered and shot. Sherlock spots discrepancies between the recording and the real office and concludes that the video was faked at a different location. The man and his partner wanted to incite a police raid on the gang, but his partner doublecrossed him. When the police search the headquarters, the computer is sent to police officer Lisa Hagen to crack the encryption. However, it turns out that Hagen was Dunning's partner. She is only interested in the gang's offshore bank accounts. She siphons off millions, but is caught.

Meanwhile, Joan assists Fiona Helbron, who helped the duo on a recent case and wants to ensure that her new boss is not a criminal. In their interactions, Joan realizes that Sherlock is interested in Fiona romantically. Fiona tells Sherlock she likes him and initiates a relationship.
8513"A Study in Charlotte"Guy FerlandRobert Hewitt WolfeFebruary 18, 2016 (2016-02-18)5.95[86]

A professor and a group of students are killed when they consume mushrooms tainted with synthetic deathcap mushroom toxin. Sherlock questions the professor's former associate, fellow academic Alston C. Harper, who said that although they had a falling out, they had made their peace. The professor's stash leads them to another body, Charlotte Koenig. Koenig gave the professor the mushrooms. Figuring that Koenig was the intended target, they continue the investigation and discover that Koenig was producing counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills to buy real estate. The property is land a pharmaceutical company has to have for a much-needed expansion. Koenig felt had stolen her biofuel process. She has the word "RACHE" (German for "revenge") tattooed on her back. Sherlock and Joan notice that the tattoo was originally just "ACH"; the "R" and "E" were added later and look slightly different. Harper's initials are ACH. They discover that Harper was married to Koenig. Koenig would not give Harper a divorce (due to a dispute over textbook royalties). When she suddenly dropped her resistance, he became suspicious and hired a private investigator, who found out about Koenig's valuable property.

Joan decides to deal with the noisy next-door neighbors and discovers that the property owner has turned his residence into a short-term rental catering to partiers, all as revenge for Sherlock and Joan's repeated disturbances of his peace over the years. After a fire breaks out at the residence, Joan uses the brownstone's security cameras to prove that it was arson, thus ensuring the neighbor gets the insurance money. She also gives him a flyer on soundproofing, which they offer to pay for, as well as a jar of honey from Sherlock's honey bees. The title is a play on the title of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet.
8614"Who Is That Masked Man?"Larry TengJason TraceyFebruary 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)5.82[87]

Three members of a Chinese triad are murdered. Hoping to prevent a gang war, Gregson turns to Sherlock and Joan. Sherlock deduces the victims let their killer into an arcade late at night. The crimes are traced to a mortician who, using his skill at creating lifelike masks for his disfigured clients, disguised himself as an old woman the triad members trusted. The mortician is terminally ill and, masquerading as the triad's leader, orders the head of an assisted living facility (who is involved in a triad scam) to funnel the fraudulently obtained funds to a new bank account in order to provide for his family.

Sherlock and Joan scam their way into the house of the daughter of Morland's lover Sabine because Sherlock suspects that Sabine was involved in the assassination attempt that cost her her life. Furious, Morland insists to Sherlock that Sabine's death was his full responsibility. However, Morland gives Sherlock access to her e-mail account, revealing that it was hacked by a Russian hitman who now resides in a super-maximum prison in Russia. Morland also provides Sherlock with his mother's medical records, revealing to him that he was not the first addict in the family.
8715"Up to Heaven and Down to Hell"John PolsonTamara JaronMarch 3, 2016 (2016-03-03)5.85[88]

Sherlock and Joan investigate the suspicious fall of a wealthy octogenarian, Rosalyn Graham, from the penthouse flat, which kills both her and an unlucky man she lands on. An ottoman is found next to the railing of her balcony, but Sherlock realizes she did not have the strength to move it there; it was put there to make it look like a suicide. Graham leaves her estate to her dog, which would tie her estate up for years while heirs contest it. Billionaire real estate mogul William Hull ("Terra Pericolosa") is buying up properties' air rights so he can build a 63-story edifice designed by architect Malcolm Busquet. Graham's death deprives him of the air rights to her building. Sherlock deduces that Busquet or one of his staff made a career-killing design error - an average wind would topple it - and tried to cover it up by killing three people to ensure that the project could go ahead at a shorter, safe height, 40 stories.

Gregson is involved with a disgraced former police officer, Paige Cowan (Virginia Madsen). Page breaks off the relationship after Joan accidentally runs into them at a restaurant. They eventually make up after she reveals to Gregson that the reason she broke up with him is that she has MS.
8816"Hounded"Ron FortunatoRobert Hewitt WolfeMarch 10, 2016 (2016-03-10)5.64[89]

In this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, venture capitalist Charles Baskerville is struck and killed by a truck while fleeing for his life from what an unreliable witness describes as a large glowing animal. Charles' brother Henry (Tom Everett Scott) believes it might have been murder. The animal breaks into Henry's mansion while he is on the phone with Sherlock; Sherlock deduces in time that the animal is actually a robot (developed for the US Army) and instructs Henry on how to save himself. The robot ends up falling into Henry's empty pool. The invention is traced to Stapleton Innovations. The CEO turns out to be the Baskervilles' sole surviving relative Roger; he stands to inherit a family trust if both Charles and Henry die. However, he does not need the money; he offers to commit a felony, which would disqualify him from inheriting. Sherlock suspects an unknown illegitimate relative is behind it all. He gets Henry to "kill" Roger. When the relative, an employee at Stapleton Innovations, steps forward to claim the trust, she is shocked to see Roger very much alive.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hawes' work is suffering from the psychological effects of the killing of a girlfriend (in "Down Where the Dead Delight") and he is self-medicating; Sherlock warns him that he will go into a downward spiral if he is not careful.
8917"You've Got Me, Who's Got You?"Seith MannPaul CornellMarch 20, 2016 (2016-03-20)5.28[90]

A comic book superhero impersonator who fights actual criminals is found dead. This leads the investigation to the publisher and the creator's grandson, Al Baxter, who is the editor of that comic. Baxter constantly voices his dismay over the fact that his grandfather was screwed out of his rights in the 1940s, irritating his co-workers. Baxter knew and supported the impersonator. Ironically, the impersonator was killed trying to stop Baxter from murdering his co-workers at a meeting at a restaurant with executives interested in making a movie about the superhero.

Morland, suspicious after an important deal falls through, asks Joan to determine if there is a mole in his organization. Sherlock cautions Joan by telling her he suspects that Morland freed the Russian hitman from a prior episode from prison. Joan lies and tells Morland she could not find a mole, but then blackmails the mole to report to her.
9018"Ready or Not"Christine MooreBob GoodmanMarch 27, 2016 (2016-03-27)5.16[91]

A survivalist doctor goes missing, leaving behind evidence that he was selling prescription drugs to dealers. When his body turns up, the investigation turns to the Keep, a deluxe shelter for wealthy survivalists. Sherlock exposes the Keep as a scam, determining that the victim attempted to cover his drug dealing by stealing the shelter's stock of medications, only to discover that they did not exist. The man's business partner, who helped him break into the shelter, killed him and framed the survivalists to keep their practice from going under.

Sherlock has been treating Fiona as someone special, but his uncharacteristic slow approach only leads her to feel like she is a problem for him to solve, so she breaks up with him. He explains that he has been even less successful at personal relationships than her (one lover to her two) and was trying so hard because he wants to make things work. She reconsiders and tells him she wants to have sex, right then and there.
9119"All In"Aaron LipstadtKelly WheelerApril 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)6.38[92]
An illegal high roller poker game is robbed, the look-out murdered, the dealer Sofia Darrow injured, and the organizer of the game, Lin Wen, comes to Sherlock and Joan for help after being framed for it all. Lin claims she knew Mycroft well, getting her off on the wrong foot with Joan, but Sherlock takes the case. Interviewing the players leads to footage of the game, from which Sherlock deduces Darrow and the thieves staged it all. NSA Agent McNally intervenes. Darrow, aka Szofi Demir, is a spy who staged the robbery to secretly copy (steal) a key belonging to poker player Mateo Pena. The copied key allows access to a secure computer server room at Semper Apex, Pena's firm, that hosts U.N. diplomatic communications. Joan confronts Lin with the truth that they are half-sisters.
9220"Art Imitates Art"Ron FortunatoArika Lisanne MittmanApril 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)6.04[92]

Exiting a gym late at night, Phoebe Elliot spots a car she thinks is her ride share, but is shot and killed. Sherlock and Joan come across a selfie the victim took, which was later enlarged and sold as "art". The art gallery where the piece was exhibited was broken into, and several works were stolen, but not the selfie. However, Sherlock notices that the selfie has been replaced with another with some background details removed, details which seem to provide an alibi for a man imprisoned for the murder of Marissa Kagan. Sherlock now suspects that Elliot was killed because she spotted the alteration. Kagan was having an affair with a married woman; when Kagan pressed her lover to get a divorce, she was killed by her lover's wife. The killer wanted to turn herself in, but her wife and Kagan's lover, Assistant District Attorney Christina Pullman, talked her out of it and proceeded to murder Elliot to cover up the first killing.

Lin, Joan's half-sister, angrily tells her to stay away from her family after Joan reaches out to Lin's mother. Later, however, Lin reconsiders, and reconciles with Joan.
9321"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"Jeremy WebbNick Thiel and Jeffrey Paul KingApril 17, 2016 (2016-04-17)5.51[93]

Sherlock and Joan are investigating an apparent carjacking gone wrong, with both the driver and the carjacker shot dead. However, many details do not fit that story; for example, the alleged carjacker was left-handed, but the gun ended up next to his right hand. It turns out the carjacker was actually a hitman hired by the driver's partner in a struggling business. The partner was being pressured by the target to sell some seemingly worthless property. The partner, however, knew that it held rare "old-growth ginseng" worth tens of millions. The driver and the hitman decided instead to stage a phony murder so they could blackmail the partner. The driver's wife confronted him during the staged scene and killed both men because she found out her husband was planning to abandon her and start a new life in Tahiti. When she shot her husband, the recoil knocked her hand back against the car door, dislodging the diamond from her ring. The diamond remained undetected amid the shattered window glass, until Sherlock figured out what happened.

Meanwhile, Joan meets Emil Kurtz, her mole in Morland's organization, who is worried that Morland is onto him. Morland makes a surprise visit to the brownstone. The episode ends with Bell being called to an armed robbery in a diner with multiple victims, one of them Kurtz.
9422"Turn It Upside Down"Lucy LiuBob GoodmanApril 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)5.15[94]
Sherlock is furious with Joan because she did not inform him about her recruitment/blackmailing of a person in Morland's organization. The two of them suspect Morland of ordering the assassination in the diner, but the evidence points elsewhere after the suspect confesses to both it and another murder for hire by the same person two weeks earlier. The first victim, Patricia Naylor, was a psychiatrist who had devised an online survey called the Depravity and Atrocity Numeration Test (DANTE), which asked takers to choose the least terrible of sets of disgusting options to help set sentencing guidelines for heinous crimes. However, Sherlock suspects the survey has been used to instead identify psychopaths who can be recruited. He discovers that Naylor's lab assistant was selling test results to a person she initially thought was with the CIA. The names used by the contact, two holders of the chair of mathematics at Cambridge, alert Sherlock of the involvement of his longtime adversary, Moriarty.
9523"The Invisible Hand"Guy FerlandRobert Doherty and Jason TraceyMay 1, 2016 (2016-05-01)5.45[95]

As Sherlock is reviewing known evidence which leads him to the conclusion that his assumption that Moriarty's organization would fall apart without her leadership has proven naive. Someone else has taken charge. Morland's office is bombed by the Russian hitman. This leads Sherlock to an economics professor, Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran). Not only is he the head of Moriarty's organization, he is also the father to her daughter. New evidence on the hitman surfaces, after which an angry Morland appears at the brownstone trying unsuccessfully to coerce Sherlock into giving up the name of the caretaker. The Russian hitman is arrested, but does not share any useful information. Sherlock notices corrosion on his belt and a distinct smell, identifying what propellant was used in the bombing. This points the team to the upstate theft of a pesticide barrel and a missing person. Meanwhile, Vikner summons Sherlock to discuss a possible truce with Morland, but Sherlock informs him that Morland will only be satisfied with his death. As the team prepares for an interview with the DA, the prisoner is assassinated in a murder-suicide by a rookie cop who turns out to be one of the psychopaths flagged in the DANTE survey. When Sherlock and Joan return home, they come face to face with a bomb identical to the first one.

Morland reveals that Sherlock's mother was also a drug addict.
9624"A Difference in Kind"John PolsonJason Tracey and Robert DohertyMay 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)5.46[96]
Sherlock quickly disarms the bomb and deduces that it was not arranged by Vikner, but by a rival who wants to frame him and make him the target of Moriarty's vengeance; Moriarty has ordered her organization to not harm Sherlock and Joan. The two of them find out with help from Morland that the bomber is connected to an Iranian diplomat in the organization, Hashemi. She reveals that she and others wanted someone with more finesse to take charge - Morland - but Vikner disposed of his inside rivals and targeted Morland. She also reveals the enormity of the world-wide organization. Sherlock, Joan and Morland work together to frame Vikner for a federal crime, but he vanishes, tipped off by a contact inside the FBI. Morland, to protect his son, dismisses his security detail and meets Vikner. However, Hashemi's people kill Vikner. Morland meets Sherlock on the brownstone's rooftop, telling him that he has taken over leadership of the organization because it can only be dismantled from within and that it was the only way to guarantee he would not lose his son. He also promises that the organization will no longer have a presence in New York and prepares to return to London.

Season 5 (2016–17)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
971"Folie à Deux"Christine MooreRobert Doherty and Jeffrey Paul KingOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)6.03[97]

An IED hidden in a soccer ball kills a man; this is similar to a string of explosions from half a decade earlier. While Sherlock and Joan are briefed at the scene, Sherlock notices someone suspicious looking and chases him. Sherlock is knocked down by a car, but the suspect leaves a hand print and is found in the system. It turns out he was in prison for vehicular manslaughter. Sherlock immediately likes him as the suspect, but some things do not add up. Joan asks Shinwell Johnson (Nelsan Ellis), one of her last patients as a surgeon and also someone who was in the same prison as the suspect, for information. He points her to the suspect's best friend in prison. Eventually, this friend admits to being responsible for the earlier bombings. Sherlock figures out that they were working together in a scheme to help the first suspect, a real estate developer, win a very valuable contract by targeting the neighborhood of a rival's site for a massive new entertainment center.

Meanwhile, Joan reminisces about the times she actually helped people change their lives around. Sherlock encourages her to go and help Shinwell. Shinwell hides a gun when Joan knocks on his door.
982"Worth Several Cities"Guy FerlandRobert Hewitt WolfeOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)5.21[98]

Powerful gang leader Halcon (Jon Huertas) has Sherlock kidnapped and orders him to find out who killed the gang's favorite smuggler. Sherlock offers to do so in exchange for the identity of a drug dealer selling poisoned drugs. (Halcon instead has the dealer killed.) The investigation reveals that the murderer was after a smuggled treasure thought to have been lost long ago, the Imperial Jade Seal of China, an artifact so valuable it was once traded for 15 cities. Representatives of both mainland China and Taiwan approach Sherlock, the latter offering him $50 million for it. While examining the site of the auction for the seal, Sherlock notices two indentations on a metal rail under a garage door; they come from a custom, heavily armored luxury car. This leads to Wayne Vachs (Ron Rifkin), the CEO of a large energy company. His company faces government fines that will ruin it. Vachs won the auction, but did not have the money to pay for it, so he had the smuggler killed. He planned to give the seal back to the mainland Chinese in exchange for a concession on a recently discovered, very rich Chinese mineral deposit, worth billions. Sherlock has no real proof, but threatens to reveal his identity to Halcon unless he confesses to the police.

Meanwhile, Shinwell asks Joan to locate his teenage daughter, with whom he lost touch while being incarcerated.
993"Render, and Then Seize Her"Alex ChappleJason TraceyOctober 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)5.39[99]
A murder at a clothing-optional retreat leads to the investigation of a week-old kidnapping for ransom; the kidnapped woman's husband, the head of a post-production company, had not reported it due to fear for her life. Sherlock investigates the husband, discovering that he stands to make a fortune from a software program's invention, which manipulates video footage. The recording of the wife's kidnapping seems to use the software. Eventually the wife escapes her kidnappers, but Sherlock realizes she faked the kidnapping to gain enough sympathy from her husband, who was looking into divorcing her, that he would wait to divorce her and let their prenuptial agreement expire. This would then net her half of his fortune (including the profits from the new video program) rather than the negligible amount specified under the prenup. Meanwhile, Sherlock learns that Gregson's girlfriend Paige (from the episode "Up to Heaven and Down to Hell") is going broke because she has lost her insurance and he tries to persuade Gregson to marry her for financial reasons.
1004"Henny Penny, the Sky Is Falling"John PolsonBob GoodmanOctober 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)4.80[100]

Russell Cole is found pinned to a condo's wall, impaled by a poker. He was an investment analyst at the firm Barrett White Capital. Sherlock deduces the killer took Cole's laptop. Cole's boss, Mitch Barrett, is shocked, as Cole was his "mad genius" whom Barrett left to work independently, as it always paid off. Joan deduces from a photo that Barrett's wife Laurie was having an affair with Cole. Laurie provided a secluded cabin near Bear Mountain where Cole worked on projects. Cole had written a controversial astronomy article about the identification of asteroids that are potential threats to human existence. An asteroid's size is determined by the heat it emits, but the established method ignores what the asteroid is made of, which means those large enough to be dangerous may not be properly tracked. NASA was convinced by Cole's claim enough to cancel a $500 million infrared telescope project. Sherlock and Joan initially investigate to see who would benefit from the components contractors' losses, but Cole's paper turns out to have been deceitful manipulation. Grant Huber, a congresswoman's science advisor and Cole's secret research partner, was a lobbyist for asteroid mining companies and was receiving secret payments to ensure that government decisions would benefit them. The delay or loss of government funding for asteroid research would benefit the mining interests. Huber would also profit greatly from buying stock in the contractors' companies, temporarily depressed but fundamentally sound. When Cole got greedy and demanded more of a cut, Huber killed him. Sherlock had been suffering from coming in contact with poison ivy, but he is certain he did not. Then he realizes that oil from poison ivy from Cole's laptop got on Huber's office couch. Sherlock informs Huber that they may be able to match the DNA to the poison ivy growing near Cole's cabin. If not, someone who ate at the diner where Huber and Cole regularly communicated secretly will probably be able to identify him.

Meanwhile, Gregson lobbies to have Sherlock and Joan included when his unit is selected to receive a city commendation for its exemplary work, over Sherlock's resistance.
1015"To Catch a Predator Predator"Guy FerlandTamara JaronNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)4.68[101]

When Damien Novak, a vigilante who outed dating site sexual predators and publicly shamed them, is shot to death, Sherlock and Joan look into the men he humiliated. Among Damien's targets was Shane Fitzhugh, who fled to Indonesia after he was publicly shamed. Shane had engaged in many past sexual abuses and Sherlock realizes that one of his victims is Molly Parsons (Conor Leslie), an employee at the dating site Damien used. Molly admits she killed Damien out of anger because his actions caused Shane to leave the country before he could be arrested. Afterwards, Sherlock arranges to have Shane framed for drug possession.

Shinwell, meanwhile, is unable to find work because of his criminal record. Joan suggests training him as a detective, against Sherlock's advice.
1026"Ill Tidings"Ron FortunatoJeffrey Paul KingNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)5.45[102]

Sherlock and Joan investigate a mass murder when a chef and several patrons are poisoned after dining on foie gras containing snake venom. The diners were all members of the IAO group, the internet's first line of defense. The sole survivor, a vegetarian, assures the detectives that there are many more defenses, as well as replacements for his deceased colleagues. A video is released, claiming credit for the poisoning and threatening to target the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In response, the NYSE shuts down operations for the day so its security can be checked by a team of outside experts. Sherlock realizes the whole thing is simply a cover for the theft of three paintings worth around $60 million displayed in the NYSE building. All the security measures in place were deactivated for the audit. Sherlock has an art forger create copies of the stolen works, and their "recovery" is reported in the media. From darknet chatter claiming the recovery was faked, he is able to identify one of the robbers - one of the security experts who checked the NYSE system - but he turns up dead, bitten by a coastal taipan. Sherlock then identifies his murderous partner, a cook who worked for the chef, by the distinctive bite marks. The cook took the precaution of injecting himself with small doses of the venom to build up an immunity, so he could "milk" the taipan; this proved a wise move, as he was bitten, though it later proved to be his undoing as well.

Meanwhile, Bell's crush on an assistant district attorney makes Sherlock realize that his relationship with Fiona is at an important crossroads.
1037"Bang Bang Shoot Chute"Jerry LevineCeleste Chan WolfeNovember 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)5.01[103]

Sherlock and Joan search for two murderers after a base jumper is shot out of the sky by one killer and has his parachute sabotaged by another. The victim had bought a small plane and was smuggling people into the USA across the Canadian border. Both murderers' motives stem from the victim having an affair with an Afghan woman. His wife sabotaged the parachute, while the woman's brother shot him in an honor killing.

Meanwhile, Joan takes drastic measures to try to ensure that Shinwell is not drawn back into a life of crime after her half-sister Lin sees him with a member of his old gang.
1048"How the Sausage Is Made"Michael PressmanMark HudisNovember 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)4.95[104]

Joan worries Sherlock's sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings.

Meanwhile, Sherlock quickly discovers a man's death was caused by eating poisoned sausage made of human meat. The second victim is Joaquin "Joaq" Pereya, a genius researcher who made a revolutionary breakthrough in the artificial meat industry. At first, they suspect a rival company, and in fact they discover the other company did hire a father-daughter team of assassins for $100,000. They find evidence for a series of murders committed by the pair; confronted with irrefutable proof of their guilt, the daughter admits to eight murders, but denies killing Joaq. Their employer called off that hit because Joaq's product was tested and classified by the Food and Drug Administration as a meat substitute, not meat. Sherlock finds, however, that the data was doctored to produce that result. He realizes the motive was to get it recognized as non-meat, as that would bypass the kosher and halal meat restrictions and open up a vast market. The CEO and a researcher at Joaq's company were responsible for the killing and data tampering, respectively, after Joaq refused to fake the data himself. Sherlock has no proof, but the kosher and halal certifying boards, after being told what happened, refuse to recognize the artificial meat as pareve (neither meat nor dairy) unless Joaq's murderer is convicted. The researcher is offered an immunity deal, as he is only guilty of data tampering. He takes it, and the CEO is arrested.
1059"It Serves You Right to Suffer"Aidan QuinnKelly WheelerDecember 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)4.73[105]
Detective Cosa thinks Los Espectros gang member Ricky Morales was murdered by rival gang SBK (South Bronx Killas), as the man was killed on SBK turf. The murder weapon is a World War II-vintage Japanese Nambu pistol, but a .38 pistol is found discarded at the scene. Two male suspects fled the scene an hour after the murder. Shinwell matches the description of one. Cosa says the .38 likely has prints on it but a lab backlog means waiting three days for the results. Shinwell flees his apartment for the brownstone, saying he was at Ricky's murder scene, but did not kill him, and that he is back with SBK as an FBI confidential informant (CI). He was recruited by FBI Agent Calvin Whitlock. SBK did not kill Ricky as doing so would start a gang war. SBK sent him and Tall Boy to dispose of the body, but when the police came he abandoned the .38. Joan and Sherlock ask Whitlock to subpoena the .38 to save Shinwell being implicated so he can continue as a CI. Whitlock refuses; due to treachery from a past CI of his, he was stripped of authority to recruit more CIs, so he was employing Shinwell without authorization. Cosa has Captain Gregson put a rush on the .38 analysis, and the lab results are due tomorrow. Sherlock and Shinwell find Ricky was on medication for panic attacks and regularly saw "ZX", psychiatrist Dr Zelda Xanthopoulos. ZX says Ricky's anxiety was due to being caught with cocaine and he became Whitlock's CI in return for no prosecution. Whitlock's grandfather served in the Pacific in World War II, so he could have easily acquired a Nambu. Whitlock killed Ricky (with the unregistered Nambu) as Ricky wanted to quit being a CI and threatened to expose Whitlock after working out that he had used Ricky's information to rob the gang. In fact, Whitlock and his associates used CI intelligence to rob four gangs. His partner in crime is Lionel Trafoya, who worked with him at the FBI, but resigned under a cloud. Trafoya was wounded during the last robbery. Joan tells Whitlock Cosa is interrogating Trafoya, and his blood is being tested for a match to blood found at the robbery scene. Whitlock commits suicide with the Nambu, after phoning Joan to come by and pick up the evidence. Trafoya refuses to cooperate, so Shinwell's role as a CI cannot be confirmed. Sherlock breaks into the crime lab and wipes Shinwell's fingerprints from the .38 before it can be tested.
10610"Pick Your Poison"Jeremy WebbBob GoodmanDecember 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)5.08[106]

Joan has her DEA number and identity stolen, leading to the discovery of two dead bodies, those of a rheumatologist who stole her identity and the mother of one of her patients. The crooked doctor was illegally writing drug prescriptions using five stolen identities. Joan realizes the patient had been secretly poisoned by his mother all his life for the attention she got to bask in. The doctor had stumbled upon this when the mother contacted one of her stolen identities and gave an entirely different medical history for her son. The doctor informed her patient. The patient murdered his mother as revenge and the doctor because she would have guessed he was the matricide.

Meanwhile, Sherlock deals with an unwanted gift from Shinwell while trying to prevent Shinwell from possibly ending up dead - he proposes he and Joan train Shinwell to be a criminal informant.
10711"Be My Guest"Maja VrviloJason TraceyJanuary 8, 2017 (2017-01-08)5.14[107]

While wrapping up a murder investigation, Sherlock discovers evidence of a woman being held prisoner for years by Ryan Decker and races to track her down before she is disposed of by her captor. Decker's ex-wife is not surprised, saying she divorced him after catching watching perverted porn. Blood found at a beach is feared to be that of the captive but is not. The NYPD rescue a captive, but it is not the one Sherlock is looking for, but a woman taken only a few months before. Joan notices that the brand of soy milk in the fridge at that site is the same as that preferred by the ex-wife. The couple were working together. The ex-wife is arrested before she could dispose of the captive. She had murdered her ex-husband at the beach.

Meanwhile, Joan faces difficulty when she discovers that Shinwell is not taking his informant training seriously, opting to spend his time on a shady drug deal that could get him promoted within his old gang.
10812"Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown"Michael SlovisJordan RosenbergJanuary 15, 2017 (2017-01-15)4.36[108]

Mount Pleasant Sheriff Malick (Debra Jo Rupp) has a dead clown, possibly killed with a crowbar, for Sherlock to investigate, along with regular night-time sightings of clowns. The murder victim is Dale Schmitt, employed by company AdRupt that used prank-vertising to generate social media coverage. Near the murder site, Sherlock and Bell find a manhole cover, which Sherlock opens with a crowbar - below is the pipeline delivering New York City's drinking water. The water supply is so clean, it requires only treatment by chlorine and UV exposure. The news sparks panic buying of bottled water, and Joan installs a water filtration unit at the brownstone, the only model recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The virus introduced into the water is analyzed and found to have been bioengineered specifically to survive both, but oddly, only causes diarrhea. The creator is identified as Raymond Thorpe, a virologist who as fled the country. Gio Bianchi is a suspect, as his construction company had repeatedly won the contract to build a water filtration plant for the city, a contract that would only be implemented if NYC's disinfection methods are no longer enough. But Sherlock realizes the one to gain immediately from the superbug is Wendell Hecht, Vice President of Water Integrity at the DEP, who holds the patent for only home water filter recommended by the DEP. Since it would take years to build the filtration plant, Hecht would have become very, very rich. Hecht hired Thorpe to contaminate the water supply. Schmitt saw him doing it, so Thorpe killed him.

Meanwhile, Bell gets provoked into a pub fight by the ex-husband of his girlfriend (an assistant district attorney). Joan realizes it is a scheme to get the girlfriend removed from a particular case.
10913"Over a Barrel"Guy FerlandJeffrey Paul KingJanuary 29, 2017 (2017-01-29)5.44[109]
Jack Brunelle, the father of a now-dead assault victim takes an entire diner hostage to force Sherlock and Joan to take solve the murder of his son; the police and later Sherlock had repeatedly brushed him off when he tried to get them to investigate. He gives them until midnight to find the culprit, as that is when the statute of limitations runs out. The first hostage Brunelle plans to execute is the detective who botched the initial investigation. With Joan remaining behind as an additional hostage and having just hours before the gunman's deadline, Sherlock works with Bell to uncover what happened. They discover that the Shoreline 99s, after losing a turf war with a rival gang, switched from smuggling cocaine to maple syrup, using a fleet of trucks and thousands of barrels. Connor Brunelle was a security guard at the warehouse and was mugged by Shoreline 99s thug Frank Trimble to stop him being on duty on the night of the smuggling. However, Sherlock makes his breakthrough after the deadline apparently expires. Fortunately, Sherlock finds television footage showing Trimble at a hockey game in Montreal; time spent outside the United States does not count towards the statute of limitations, so Trimble can still be brought to justice.
11014"Rekt in Real Life"John PolsonRobert Hewitt WolfeFebruary 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)5.08[110]

O.G. Pwnzr, an eSports agent and popular commentator, is attacked while live-streaming. His body is found in a hotel room. He was killed by a blow from a sharp instrument, after being tortured for the location of Marcel Otolik, aka Tendu, an Inuit from northern Canada. Tendu recently signed with ProFine Peripherals' eSports team. Tendu and his girlfriend flee when someone breaks into their hotel room. The murder weapon is found in his room - a traditional Inuit seal-hunting tool - but Sherlock suspects he is being framed. Animal activist Rayna Carno has been working to ban seal hunting, and Tendu posted a social media photo of himself eating seal meat (a "sealfie") to promote seal hunting as a vital part of Inuit culture, so Carno posted threats. Carno, however, shows she negotiated a deal with Tendu: Tendu would oppose commercial hunting, while Carno would support much less extensive Inuit hunting.

The motive for the murder turns out to be unrelated to eSports. Law firm Mather & Kline was hired to secure Inuit land to build ports on, as global warming is opening the Northwest Passage to new, much more cost-effective shipping lanes. Sherlock and Bell rescue Tendu and his girlfriend from Kurt Godwyn, the law firm's "fixer". Godwyn's gun is proven to be the one used to beat Owen. Lundquist, of Mather & Kline and Carno's lawyer, is arrested: she had helped Carno pressure Tendu's village to end seal hunting to leave them destitute and thus more willing to sell their land. But when Tendu's "sealfies" turned public opinion against Carno, and the money he sent to Maniitok enabled the village elders to resist selling, Lundquist ordered the hit on Tendu. Godwyn implicates her.

Meanwhile, Shinwell's daughter asks him for help; she is being harassed by a local gang leader who has unilaterally decided she is his. Shinwell solves the problem by offering a couple of SBK-controlled street corners for the harasser's drug dealers.
11115"Wrong Side of the Road"Jennifer LynchRobert Doherty and Jason TraceyMarch 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)4.26[111]
Part 1 of 2. Sherlock attends the funeral of Cy Durning. Kitty Winter (Sherlock's former protégé) surprises Sherlock there, warning that Durning did not die of a heart attack but was murdered, and that he and she are targets. In a cause celebre case she and Sherlock worked on in London, Eli Kotite, an American, committed a fatal hit-and-run while drunk, by accidentally driving on the wrong side of the road (episode's title). Kitty and Sherlock found Kotite and testified at his trial. He served nearly 4 years. Since his recent release, Kotite's defense lawyer Tom Saunders, the judge, and now Durning the prosecutor, have been killed under the guise of natural causes. Kotite was maimed in prison by resentful inmates and became disabled, unable to commit murder directly. Sherlock visits Kotite at a private club and accuses him but he denies it. Joan reckons Durning's death was murder as a shoe lace discrepancy suggests a lethal injection between the toes. They cannot exhume the body as that night the body is dug up and incinerated, but the culprit left behind a hair strand, indicating a Caucasian who dyes his hair red. Sherlock realises he saw the red-haired henchman at the club. The M.E. who did Durning's post-mortem, Dr Wilkerson, insists on death by natural causes despite clear post-mortem photo evidence to the contrary. Kotite rings Sherlock. Sherlock warns he has uncovered the bribe to Wilkerson and will soon link him to her, but Kotite says he knows who the real killer is and asks to meet in 30 minutes. But before they can meet, Kotite is hurled from a balcony - murder thinly disguised as suicide. Durning's widow, Kate, tells Joan she saw a red-haired man outside their house as she drove away just before he died. Returning to the brownstone, Sherlock, Kitty and Watson see FBI agents and soldiers raiding it. Sherlock sends the pair to safety and enters. The man in charge of the raid is the red-haired suspect. He is Anson Gephardt, a Defense Intelligence Agency officer specialising in Middle Eastern affairs. Gephardt arrests Sherlock. Meanwhile, Joan discovers Kitty has an infant son, while Kitty and Sherlock must work out certain tensions between them.
11216"Fidelity"Christine MooreJason Tracey and Robert DohertyMarch 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)4.50[112]
Part 2 of 2: DIA Agent Gephardt tries to convince Sherlock into ending his investigation by admitting to the murders and threatening to link him to his father's illegal activities. But Sherlock continues with the case. He deduces the murder victims had witnessed a DIA secret during Kotite's trial and were killed to silence them. Kate Durning gives Joan audio recordings that Cy secretly made of his last court hearings as material for writing a retirement book. At legal firm Farrell & Putnam, lawyer Sydney Garber reveals that employee Tom Saunders, Kotite's lawyer, was a paranoid schizophrenic prone to raving when off his meds. On a Durning tape Saunders rants at the pre-trial hearing about a 50-pound cyclonite bomb in a Venezuelan toilet. 2 days ago a bomb exploded in the bathroom of the Caracas National Library, narrowly missing the Venezuelan president. So, how did Saunders know about the toilet bomb 3 years before it happened? Sherlock concludes Gephardt is a rogue agent. He and Joan steal a document from Farrell & Putnam that proves Garber knew about the bombing before it occurred. Gephardt tries to kill Garber causing Garber to tell all to the NYPD. His college roommate, Alberto, is now the head of Venezuelan intelligence. Gephardt hired his firm to acquire the Fidel Files from Alberto - a treasure trove containing all the secret intelligence that Cuba's communist rulers, the Castros, shared with their allies. In return for the Fidel Files, Gephardt agreed to aid Venezuela by carrying out the toilet bombing when required. The bombing occurred, and sympathy votes swung an election in favour of the incumbent president, so Garber duly received the Fidel Files and gave them to Gephardt. But Garber kept a copy on a USB drive, which he gives NYPD. Gephardt uploads the Fidel Files to the internet, publicly admits illegal but "patriotic" actions to obtain them, and flees. The USA government is concerned that a video file shows Iran's nuclear weapons program is more of a threat than feared, and war now looms. On the video "kami" is overheard, a Persian word, confirming Iranian provenance. But the video is fake as it was not on Garber's copy i.e. Gephardt secretly added it. Remembering that Gephardt's DIA specialty is Middle Eastern affairs, Sherlock realises that the partisan Gephart wants the USA to attack Iran. Gephardt is arrested at his mother's house by the FBI. There Sherlock sees a dog with the name-tag "Kammie", which sounds like the Persian word "kami" - Gephardt faked the Iran video in his mother's basement and she is overheard on tape calling her dog. Later, Sherlock gives NSA Agent McNally, media and other intelligence agencies the materials which prove this. Kitty calls Sherlock to St Mark's Church, apologizes, and says they are not friends but family. In the church, Joan and Sherlock prepare to become Archie's godparents.
11317"The Ballad of Lady Frances"Aaron LipstadtBob Goodman and Jordan RosenbergMarch 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)4.28[113]
Drywaller Darren Azoff is seized by D'Agostino and Reese Vennek. Vennek tortures Azoff by shooting him '6-pack'-style, demanding to know where the Lady Frances is. Azoff denies knowledge and Vennek shoots him dead. Audio of the incident is recorded by a device attached to a nearby telephone pole, and the live feed heard by monitor Cosmo Dellis. NYPD assumes Frances is a kidnap victim and mounts a search. The device, by BulletPoint, is a surveillance system being piloted by NYC, designed to activate at gunshots. The scheme is a matter of political debate between the mayor and Councilman Slessinger who is running for mayor on a 'be tougher on crime' platform. Azoff's lover's house is full of goods stolen by Azoff during drywall jobs. Lady Frances, identified by photo, is the name of a vintage guitar that Azoff stole, worth $5 million as it was originally Eric Clapton's. A guitar expert points them towards Herman Wolf (Meat Loaf): Azoff had drywalled his sound studio and stolen the guitar. Wolf hired Vennek to retrieve it. Vennek went to Azoff's house but it was already gone. At the precinct, Vennek betrays D'Agostino, and admits killing Azoff but denies killing the "second man" - Cosmo, beaten to death with Lady Frances. Only a guitar fragment remains, marked by the killer's blood. Cosmo had deleted the address from the BulletPoint recording so he could steal it first. BulletPoint's Thea Moser shows Bell and Joan a report she is about to submit to NYC, showing that Cosmo created fake gunshot incidents for months. Bell and Gregson invite Councilman Slessinger to admit Cosmo's murder: he got Cosmo, son of a political supporter, employed at BulletPoint to create fake incidents in districts which, once NYPD failed to solve the "crimes", would appear crime-ravaged and boost Slessinger's election campaign. He killed Cosmo with Lady Frances to cut the link to his election-rigging and destroy the guitar evidence. Beating someone while holding a guitar neck would result in cuts and Slessinger's hands show cuts that match Lady Frances' fret width. He is shown a warrant for his DNA. Meanwhile, Joan and Sherlock investigate an attempt on Shinwell's life by Damon, brother of Shinwell's friend Jameel, as Shinwell killed Jameel.
11418"Dead Man's Tale"Alex ChappleTamara JaronMarch 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)5.16[114]
Xavier buys the contents, sight unseen, of a storage unit whose owner failed to keep up the payments. Inside he finds valuable goods but also the owner - a corpse, stabbed by a sword. He was Travis Unger who used his job at the Manhattan Public Administrator's Office (MPAO) to steal from people who died intestate. In one victim's MPAO crate, Bell and Sherlock find ancestor Captain Emerson Barker's 18th-century chest of seafaring equipment, but missing the captain's log. Emerson's complete traders' logs are on public record but he faked them. He was a trader but also a pirate called Black Peter. The missing log forms his pirate records, including the location of sunken treasure from a raided ship called Santa Leticia. Just before he vanished Unger met marine salvager Lars Vestergaard, and offered half the treasure in return for salvaging it. Lars says he rejected the offer, as he already knew the ship's location and treasure contents from researching the Seville Archives a year ago and he obtained the salvage rights from the Admiralty Courts. But after securing investors for the salvage, someone beat him to the ship's treasure. Farhan Al-Asmari, a rival salvager, cheerfully admits taking the Santa Leticia's treasure, after buying Black Peter's log on the dark web. He displays photos of the treasure. A marine archaeologist, who once sabotaged Lars' salvage equipment, says the Seville archives show there was no treasure on the Santa Leticia. Sherlock and NYPD discover Lars oversold shares in the treasure: if any treasure was found he would owe ten times its value, but the investors' contracts stated they would gain nothing if there was no treasure. When Unger showed him Black Peter's log detailing the Santa Leticia's treasure, Lars knew he faced ruin if his salvage went ahead. He killed Unger with an antique sword from a past salvage. His ship's transponder shows where he sailed to dispose of the sword, so the NYPD knows where to find it. Meanwhile, Joan and Sherlock probe Shinwell's killing of Jameel. Shinwell ambushes Sherlock and beats him. He says the SBK manipulated him into the killing.
11519"High Heat"Michael HekmatKelly WheelerApril 16, 2017 (2017-04-16)[note 1][115][116]4.29[117]
Two murder victims' remains are found illicitly burned alive in a crematorium. One was private investigator (PI) Fred Kirby. Numerous restraining orders served on Kirby cause Sherlock to examine a shooting spree at a courthouse in 1987: after a swearing-in ceremony a group of new citizens were shot by the husband of the group's civic teacher who then killed himself. Virginia Spivey is the widow of the bailiff who charged the gunman and heroically ended the shooting. On his death a year ago she organized a memorial displayed at the courthouse. Kirby secretly swapped the memorial's bloodstained pocket copies of the Constitution given to each new citizen, and got a lab assistant to perform secret DNA tests, seeking a paternity match to C. Gibson. Carter Gibson had a violent streak and changed his name from Carter Dunwitty as he was the son of the courthouse shooter. His mother survived the shooting and, convinced the shooter was not his biological father, Carter hired Kirby to prove it. Carter's living room is covered with blood and smashed furniture. Sherlock realised Kirby and Carter were killed by an unknown assailant. Neighbors heard a loud bang at the time of the murders. Kirby and Carter were killed by blows from a marble ball, an award Carter received for his work on the disease he was afflicted with, CMT. CMT is an hereditary condition which attacks the nervous system in the body's extremities and gets worse over time. Noticing blood spatter on a wall far from the murder, Sherlock copies the killer's movements but is unable to throw the blood as far, so the killer has an unusually strong upper arm. Houston, son of Virginia Spivey, is called to the Precinct: Carter announced evidence that he was not the son of the courthouse shooter, but it also revealed that the Spivey family had CMT. Having CMT jeopardizes Houston's career, for Houston is a college baseball star pitcher expected to gain a major league contract. The loud bang that the neighbors heard was caused by Houston who, after killing with the marble ball, threw it the remarkable distance of 245 feet with spot-on accuracy into a metal dumpster. NYPD found it there, with the blood of both victims and Houston's fingerprints on it.
11620"The Art of Sleights and Deception"Ron FortunatoMark HudisApril 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)4.47[118]
Sherlock and Joan investigate when magician Claude Rysher, aka Razr, performed the bullet-catching trick but died as the bullet was poisoned. Most of Rysher's tricks were card-based and he cheated at poker, targeting Keating in particular. Keating, a banker, paid his poker debt by providing Rysher with records from 1963 of publisher Turnleaf Books. Those records were stolen from Rysher's home. Sherlock shows Joan the book "The Art of Sleights and Deceptions", the magician's bible on card tricks. It was published in 1963 under the pseudonym Walker Elmsley. Famous magician Quinn Malcolm has offered a $2M prize to whoever identifies Elmsley. A search angle is that the writer and illustrator are the same person as the drawings show the illustrator drew from a mirror. Bell, Sherlock and Joan meet with Farraday Books division head, Ballard Clifton. He says the author is Albert Lange and Clifton is his grandson and, far from the secret being more profitable, revealing it would cause a sales spike. NYPD finds that Rysher won a dark web auction to buy a rare Nazi anatomy book written by a doctor stationed at a concentration camp. Mr Frye, who lost the auction, threatened Rysher but denies killing, as he won an auction for another copy of the book soon afterwards. Sherlock examines Frye's copy and solves the case. Albert Lange illustrated the anatomy book and the magician's bible, proven by his drawing style. Clifton killed Rysher as he was about to reveal the magician's bible he had profited from for so many years was written by a war criminal, which would have ruined the company and Clifton. Clifton broke into Rysher's home - once to sabotage the magic trick and again to steal the records and research including the anatomy book. But then greedy Clifton could not resist reselling the book, even using the same description of its condition, and Frye bought that copy. Both Clifton's and Rysher's fingerprints were found on the book. Meanwhile, Bell is accused by a man called Gorham of inappropriate behaviour which, if true, would break Bell's career. Roy Booker, the ex-husband of Bell's girlfriend Chantal, is behind the bogus complaint. When Bell enters Chantal's home he finds she has been attacked.
11721"Fly into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing"Guy FerlandBob GoodmanApril 30, 2017 (2017-04-30)4.79[119]
After Bell finds Chantal beaten and unconscious in her apartment, she is now in hospital, sedated. The attacker had also urinated on her apartment bed. Given recent problems from Chantal's ex-husband Roy Booker (in the previous episode), Bell is convinced that Booker committed the assault. Booker claims an alibi: he was surveilling a man at the Birchwood Grove Country Club for Sawyer Winthrop Rose, the law firm he works for as an investigator. He fears the NYPD will frame him for Chantal's attack, which he repeats after Bell tries to attack him at the hospital. The urine DNA is a match for Booker yet video footage from the country club supports his alibi, so someone is framing him. They find Booker shot dead in his car in a staged suicide. Sawyer Winthrop Rose specializes in finding assets hidden by divorcing spouses. Attorney Ted Winthrop, Booker's boss, points towards a Russian called Fyodor Ukhov, allegedly hiding $20M from wife Lara (Winthrop's client). Fyodor admits he saw Booker following him and slapped his car window, hence his fingerprints being at the scene. Fyodor hired his own PI, Joseph Tommolino, who gave him details on Booker and Chantal. Fyodor plans to leave for the Caymans and Bell fears he will stay there to escape justice. Bell decides to injure Fyodor to keep him in the USA, but before he can do so he sees a car-jacking thief do it - Sherlock in disguise. Bell, whom Sherlock has realised was beaten as a child by his father, knows Sherlock stopped him ruining his career. Sherlock and Joan confront Tommolino but he did not send Fyodor the Chantal/Booker intel until after the crimes. The NYPD investigate other husbands that Booker surveilled. Booker bought some herbs for a body cleanse, and has a safety deposit box containing $100,000 with a list of clients next to money amounts. Winthrop lied to his clients about how much their spouses were hiding, telling them much less and stealing the difference. Booker discovered Winthrop's scheme and forced him to pay him a cut. Learning of Booker's issues with Chantal from Booker's crooked lawyer Ardy Gulbenkian, Winthrop attacked Chantal and staged Booker's suicide. He ordered all his staff to take a drugs test (Booker used the herbs to purge his system of drugs beforehand). A lab tech confesses Winthrop paid him for a sample of Booker's urine, and Winthrop dumped it on Chantal's bed.
11822"Moving Targets"Lucy LiuRobert Hewitt WolfeMay 7, 2017 (2017-05-07)4.22[120]
When a small town police chief is killed while participating in a reality TV show where all the contestants "hunt" their assigned targets, the team initially suspects her current target, a former child soldier turned doctor from Africa, but soon realizes that the deceased had uncovered a complex network of police bribery and corruption. Meanwhile, Shinwell recruits Joan's help in exposing the role a member of the SBK played in another murder so that he can rise up in the ranks of the gang. He also provides her with a written confession of his earlier crimes, so that she may turn him in whenever she thinks best. Joan receives a text from Shinwell and discovers him dead in his apartment.
11923"Scrambled"Christine MooreJason TraceyMay 14, 2017 (2017-05-14)4.43[121]
Shinwell's body is removed from his apartment by paramedics. Joan tells Sherlock and Captain Gregson he was close to bringing down his former gang, SBK. Her anger persuades Sherlock to join her in carrying on Shinwell's work. Guzman shares his SBK files: Bonzi Folsom is SBK's leader of 13 years, rarely leaves his guarded apartment, and no one knows how he communicates with the gang. His social media feed is benign. He has a half-brother, Tyus Wilcox. Tyus is a legitimate businessman, is not in SBK, has not spoken to Bonzi in years, and the pair had a public fight. Interviewed, Tyus says he looks at Bonzi's social media to keep up with family events. Bonzi calls Bell and Sherlock to his apartment and says gang member Tall Boy killed Shinwell and gives the murder weapon's location, hoping to end NYPD's investigation. He says Shinwell was killed because Joan's details were found on his phone. Tall Boy accepts being the fall-guy. Sherlock and Joan work out how Bonzi communicates with his gang. But the NYPD fails to obtain solid evidence as the decrypted messages do not speak plainly, a drug bust based on them fails, and Bonzi deletes his social media. Bonzi's past messages include mention of people who were later murdered, people at companies that rivalled Tyus' business - the feud between Bonzi and Tyus was staged to cover that SBK was carrying out hits for Tyus. Sherlock and Joan now believe Tyus is the real leader of SBK. Tyus rejects the idea but Sherlock notices that he reacted when victim Carol Logan was mentioned. They connect Logan with Bonzi, enough for a warrant for Bonzi's DNA. But on arriving at Bonzi's apartment they find him as good as murdered (in a vegetative state coma). He had snorted cocaine that had been deliberately mixed with bleach. Throughout, Sherlock's mental processes are impaired, manifested in his mind as his mother, May.
12024"Hurt Me, Hurt You"John PolsonRobert Doherty and Jeffrey Paul KingMay 21, 2017 (2017-05-21)4.11[122]
At an outdoor SBK party, gang members are planning to kill Joan when Mara Tres gang members ambush and kill them. The NYPD go on alert for a gang war. Mara Tres' leader, Julio "Halcon" Zelaya, shows Sherlock the murdered body of his sister Carmen in a crate sent to him along with a video showing her being tortured and reading out a message to Mara Tres. Nothing can stop Halcon taking revenge. Sherlock threatens to tell Halcon that Tyus is SBK's leader if the gang war is not stopped. Carmen's roommate Tanya witnessed her abduction: the kidnapper did not move like a gang member and had no tattoos. Joan can find no member of any gang devoid of tattoos. In return for immunity, Tyus provides to ADA Nelson Lewis full information on SBK. That includes every gang hit made by SBK and he admits poisoning Bonzi. He says Carmen's kidnapper and killer was Duane. But Duane has tattoos and Tyus has none, yet Lewis is not interested in prosecuting Tyus. Joan meets secretly with Halcon and says Carmen's killer is in witness protection where Halcon cannot reach him, but if Halcon gives Carmen's body to the police she can get the killer sent to prison where Mara Tres can exact revenge. Bell, Gregson and Joan show Tyus the video of Carmen. Her bloodied lip and change of restraints are because she got free at one point and bit her killer. NYPD has found Carmen's body (tip-off from Halcon). As part of his immunity deal, Tyus was required to provide a DNA sample, and this matched blood in Carmen's throat. Having lied under oath to ADA Lewis that Duane killed Carmen, his immunity deal is voided. Later, at a health clinic, Sherlock imagines his mother May with him then goes and has an MRI.
  1. ^ Aired a week earlier in Canada at 7 pm Eastern/Pacific; the originally planned April 9 airing in the USA was preempted by golf.

Season 6 (2018)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1211"An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains"Christine MooreBob GoodmanApril 30, 2018 (2018-04-30)4.74[123]
Holmes discovers he has post-concussion syndrome following Shinwell's attack. A man named Michael Rowan (Desmond Harrington) starts talking to him at meetings and credits Sherlock with helping him with his addictions. Meanwhile, Sherlock and Joan try to find a celebrity's missing partner after the release of their sex tape. The woman, Sophie, was formerly a tabloid sensation and Holmes and Watson come to suspect her new spouse. They are offered a bribe of $5 million to drop the case, which they later track to an offshore account. Sophie recognizes the name of the coffee shop where the video was uploaded, but then turns up dead. They also find she was bought out of her family trust for $60 million, which motivated Sophie and her husband to hatch a plan to leak the video. He admits to the leak, but denies killing her. Holmes proves his guilt after another woman comes in, claiming Sophie's ex made several sex tapes using hidden cameras activated by a switch in his deadbolt. They prove Sophie's husband killed her ex after he accidentally activated the switch and everything was caught on camera. Sherlock admits that he is struggling with his diagnosis, as his sobriety hinges on his commitment to his work. He calls Michael, who is then shown digging a grave in the forest next to a young blonde woman's body.
1222"Once You've Ruled Out God"Guy FerlandRobert Hewitt WolfeMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)4.59[124]

Sherlock and Joan investigate Rohan Giri's death by lightning strike, discovering he was murdered by a laser. They quickly find the culprit, the financier of the laser. He confesses, but insists he was only trying to incapacitate Giri to buy time. He the confesses that black market plutonium he smuggled in to power the laser was stolen. It could be used to build a dirty bomb. National Nuclear Security Administration Agent Don Kohler then takes charge of the investigation.

A bomb maker is found murdered in New Jersey. Residual radiation readings show the plutonium had been there. The police then receive an anonymous tip from a woman indicating that a mosque in New York City is the target. A suspicious van is spotted parking near the mosque by a traffic camera. The authorities mobilize, but then Sherlock realizes that the threat is fake, merely a distraction for a $300 million diamond robbery, abetted or orchestrated by Agent Kohler.

After their father's funeral, Joan's half-sister Lin gives her a letter addressed to her from him. Joan throws the note away, explaining to Sherlock the last time he wrote her a letter in college, she had spent hours attempting to decipher it before realizing it was the ramblings of a schizophrenic. Holmes retrieves the letter from the garbage and convinces Watson to read it. She and Lin meet at his grave, with Joan telling Lin their father wrote to tell her how wonderful Lin was.
1233"Pushing Buttons"Christine MooreJeffrey Paul KingMay 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)4.43[125]
Sherlock and Joan discover the world of rare antiquities after the death of George Nix during a Revolutionary War reenactment. He was the owner of a gym franchise with a lot of angry franchisees. His sole heir, a daughter set to inherit $5 million, lives in a commune preaching the evils of capitalism. Sherlock meets Michael after his neurologist raises his dose and his friend recommends trusting Joan and the others in his life. George's house is burned down and then looted by a firefighter, but they soon discover the theft is a crime of opportunity, with the firefighter guilty of neither the murder nor the arson. Holmes and Watson then turn their attention to a stockpile of signatures of Button Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They discover a land grant proving ownership of very valuable real estate by descendants of soldiers who are now suing a developer who participated in the reenactment. They prove the arson through chemicals absorbed by cat litter, forcing him to confess to the murder as well.
1244"Our Time Is Up"Guy FerlandLiz FriedmanMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)4.17[126]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the death of Joan's former therapist, Candice Reed. When they question Alfonse Kapoor (Maulik Pancholy), one of her patients, he attempts suicide. At the hospital, Sherlock meets Alfonse's boss, Sydney Place (Douglas Hodge), who was also Candice's landlord. He throws suspicion on her partner, Dr. Lemopoulos (James Urbaniak). In Dr. Reed's office, Sherlock and Joan find a listening device. They deduce that Place put it there to listen in on Kapoor's conversations with Dr. Reed. The device recorded the murder, but Place's fixer, Mr. Ray (Reg E. Cathey), destroyed it. He tells Sherlock that the murderer talked what he thought was gibberish, but Sherlock identifies it as Greek and deduces that Lemopoulos killed Dr. Reed so that Kapoor would talk about his job and share insider information with him instead of Dr. Reed. Meanwhile, after reading what her therapist wrote about her, Joan considers becoming a mother and Sherlock continues to struggle with headaches from his PCS.
1255"Bits and Pieces"John PolsonTamara JaronMay 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)3.94[127]
Sherlock turns up with a man's severed, embalmed head and no memory of how he got it. They discover that the victim, a tissue donor, might have possibly been infected with something and murdered to cover it up. Meanwhile, Sherlock comes clean to Captain Gregson about his post-concussion syndrome. Furious, Gregson orders Sherlock off duty until cleared by the doctor. They learn that two people who received donations from the original victim, Eric Russo, have been murdered. It turns out that Russo contracted an extremely deadly strain of bird flu, but had only a few mild symptoms. However, those who received his tissue donations were not so lucky. That made it worth killing for his antibodies.
1266"Give Me the Finger"Jonny Lee MillerJordan RosenbergJune 4, 2018 (2018-06-04)4.41[128]
A Japanese former Yakuza is murdered. Sherlock and Joan find out that he wore a prosthetic finger, concealing a thumb drive. Another Yakuza tells them that the victim had robbed a place and, when Sherlock and Joan investigate, they discover that it was a military facility and part of the nuclear missile control system. The victim had broken into it as part of an assessment; he had become a security consultant. The military was updating their system, so their new operating system could be on the missing thumb drive. Sherlock and Joan deduce that the victim was murdered to delay the update. The murderer had stumbled upon one of the two floppy discs that contain the recipe for the paper on which American currency is printed; they needed time to locate and steal the second before the system was updated and the old equipment destroyed. Meanwhile, Gregson finds out his daughter Hannah is an alcoholic. Hannah finds her roommate murdered in their home while Michael sits outside in a car. He had approached Hannah earlier under a pretense.
1277"Sober Companions"Seith MannJason TraceyJune 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)4.35[129]
Sherlock's condition worsens as he disregards his health in an attempt to stop a serial killer before he strikes again. Sherlock deduces that the serial killer has dressed the victim in clothes from several other women, who he presumes are other victims. With Joan and Bell's help, Sherlock is able to identify the owner of a pair of earrings dressed on the victim as belonging to Polly Keller, the woman whose disappearance Michael asked Sherlock to investigate. After meeting Michael and discussing Polly, Sherlock realizes that Michael is the serial killer. After failing to find any evidence and with Michael admitting his guilt to Sherlock, Sherlock and Joan attempt to dose Michael with heroin. Before they can dose him, Sherlock receives a call from Michael, telling him he is leaving and will postpone his killings until Sherlock can get better, after which he will return to New York. Sherlock then heads to Vermont to recover.
1288"Sand Trap"Jennifer LynchKelly WheelerJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)4.54[130]
After spending three months in Vermont during which his post-concussion syndrome had abated, Sherlock returns to the brownstone. There, he is surprised by the presence of a pregnant woman that Joan has as her house guest and whose baby Joan wishes to adopt. Soon after, Sherlock and Joan are called to investigate the murder of a woman whose body parts have been found in concrete slabs. Upon investigating, Sherlock and Joan find out that the murdered woman had discovered that a construction company was siphoning sand from the Hudson River, which was going to lead to a bridge's collapse. They eventually deduce that the person who murdered the woman was the man who had approved the building site permit illegally and would profit handsomely from the bridge collapse by giving the contract to build a new bridge to a company who was paying him under the table. As the pregnant mother is about to leave the brownstone, she tells Joan that she has decided to keep the baby because Joan has inspired her to believe that she, too, can do anything.
1299"Nobody Lives Forever"Guy FerlandJeffrey Paul KingJune 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)3.97[131]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of a biology professor who was working on a secret project for the Galahad Institute, which aimed to achieve immortality for humans, because it would award 5 million dollars for doubling rats' life spans. Sherlock is eventually able to figure out that the son of the head of the Galahad Institute murdered the scientists to stop the company paying out the 5 million dollars and, once his father died, he would receive the money that had previously been lost from his trust fund. Meanwhile, Sherlock's former sponsor Alfredo asks Sherlock for help robbing a car retailer who refused to pay Alfredo the $100,000 that he is owed for his work. Upon further questioning, Alfredo reveals that he needs the money to give to his brother. Sherlock then refuses to help, as he knows that Alfredo's brother is the reason for Alfredo's former drug use and life of crime. Upon further discussions with Alfredo and Joan, both of them suggest that the reason Sherlock will not help Alfredo is because of unresolved feelings towards his brother, Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock then reveals that he is once again angry with his brother because the gang that wanted Mycroft dead have all since been murdered, so he could come out of hiding, but has not contacted Sherlock. Eventually, Sherlock meets Alfredo and tells him he has given Alfredo's brother the money he needs, told him what he thought of him, and then forgiven him, and has decided to get in contact with Mycroft. Later, Joan finds Sherlock clearly upset in the brownstone and he reveals that he found out Mycroft died 10 months earlier of a brain hemorrhage.
13010"The Adventure of the Ersatz Sobekneferu"Lucy LiuRobert Hewitt WolfeJuly 2, 2018 (2018-07-02)3.89[132]
Morland Holmes, Sherlock's father, visits him to discuss Mycroft's recent death and Morland's re-writing of his will, while Sherlock expresses his wish to let go of old grudges. Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of a woman who was being prepared to be passed off as an ancient Egyptian mummy. They find out that she was planning on exposing an ingenious forger of 17th century Dutch paintings and suspect he may have wanted to kill her to avoid being exposed. However, they also find out that the forger is her father, Jasper (Julian Sands), and she was actually trying to showcase his genius to the world. Through Jasper's connections to the dark world of forged paintings, they uncover the real killer. Meanwhile, Sherlock investigates a man who has been stalking his father and discovers an assassination plot, finding that Moriarty has escaped the watch of the FBI and may be behind it all.
13111"You've Come a Long Way, Baby"Guy FerlandBob GoodmanJuly 16, 2018 (2018-07-16)3.35[133]
The lawyer for a big tobacco company is murdered the day before that company was supposed to undergo a big merger. Sherlock and Joan suspect that the lawyer found some unaccounted finances in the company's books and was murdered to keep it secret. Upon further investigation, Sherlock and Joan discover an undercover operation inside the company aimed at catching a gang involved in illegal tobacco dealings, but Sherlock and Joan soon learn the undercover agents were pocketing the money that was missing from the books. Before they can be questioned, the agents end up murdering each other. Eventually, Sherlock and Joan find out the secretary of the head of the tobacco company murdered the lawyer, as she, too, was pocketing money from the undercover operation. Meanwhile, Sherlock investigates claims by his father that it is Moriarty who is trying to kill him. Eventually, Sherlock confirms his father's suspicions and is able to get into contact with Moriarty via a proxy. Sherlock then informs his father he will not help him kill Moriarty, but has arranged a stalemate with her. Morland will remain in control of Moriarty's criminal organization; if she kills his father, Sherlock will take over as the head of the organization. Sherlock has persuaded Moriarty his father will die of old age in the near future. Morland then tells Sherlock that one day he will have to deal with Moriarty and what he has agreed to means he will not be there to help him. Sherlock then responds, "And that is how it should be."
13212"Meet Your Maker"Ron FortunatoRobert Hewitt WolfeJuly 23, 2018 (2018-07-23)3.45[134]
Joan's sister sends her a client who is looking for a missing woman. After much detective grunt work, Joan finds the apartment of the missing woman and realizes that she has been kidnapped. Sherlock and Joan then track down several leads, eventually discovering the abducted woman's boyfriend, a blacksmith, has also been abducted. Then, by piecing together evidence, Sherlock and Bell realize that the abducted couple are being forced to make illegal guns for a Latino gang. The kidnapped woman's brother has a matching gang tattoo for the Latino gang and he confesses. Meanwhile, Bell is offered a job by the U.S. Marshals and soon discovers that it was Sherlock who recommended him. Sherlock tells him he wants him to take the job because, as soon as Gregson retires, it is unlikely the new Captain would look favorably at Bell, who works closely with consultants outside of the NYPD. Bell tells Sherlock that he is not going to take the job before Gregson tells him to do so and that he is proud of him.
13313"Breathe"Christine MooreBob GoodmanJuly 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)3.33[136]

Holmes and Watson investigate the death of a relocation expert, Leland Frisk, who was poisoned by wine laced with cyanide. They discover Frisk had a secret career as a contract killer. Talking to his assistant (Lesli Margherita), they identify Cal Medina (Joaquim de Almeida), an unscrupulous business man, as a suspect and his fingerprint is found on one of the wine glasses, but he has a popular politician vouch for his alibi. Sherlock and Watson set out to identify for what murder Medina hired Frisk in the first place. They identify the original victim, a scientist that had supposedly found another treatment for cystic fibrosis, while Medina had just substantially raised the price of the medicine that was being used to treat it. When they confront Medina, Sherlock deduces he was framed for the murder of Frisk by Frisk himself, who had neither killed the scientist nor worked for Medina at all. Frisk had a son suffering from cystic fibrosis and was obsessed with eliminating Medina, so the medicine his son needed would become affordable again. When the FBI was closing in on him, he committed suicide and framed Medina. Even though Frisk's plan failed, Sherlock and the NYPD manage to bring Medina to justice with a little help from the FBI. Meanwhile, Watson's path to child adoption suffers a setback caused by her sloppy lawyer and Sherlock enlists an actual king to help Watson leverage her lawyer into making things right.

Medina's character in this episode is based on Martin Shkreli.[135]
13414"Through the Fog"Guy FerlandJeffrey Paul KingAugust 6, 2018 (2018-08-06)3.38[137]
There's a biological attack at the precinct. Detective Bell is exposed to an unknown substance and quickly deduces that the perpetrator is one of the people locked inside the quarantined precinct. Soon, two civilians that were supposed to give witness statements start to show symptoms. Sherlock and Watson figure out that photos of the precinct on the phone that was used to set off the device were taken during a time only cops were at the precinct. They dig up some things from a suspect cop's past but, when they can't log onto the system remotely, Gregson finds out that someone appearing to be from the CDC took the precinct's servers. Gregson concludes that the supposed terrorist attack must be a distraction for a heist. The civilians that showed symptoms must have been faking it. A background check reveals that both of them, as well as the cop they suspected, were bankrupt and had carried out the heist together with a repo man they all knew; the biological attack had been fake. Meanwhile, Watson deals with her mother's progressing Alzheimer's.
13515"How to Get a Head"Christine MooreSherman LiAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)3.02[138]
A headless body is found in a community garden, leading to an investigation into the murder of a religion professor, which puts Sherlock and Joan on a hunt for a killer connected to the occult; the pair also consider replacements for Bell, who was asked to join the U.S. Marshals.
13616"Uncanny Valley of the Dolls"Jonny Lee MillerTamara Jaron and Kelly WheelerAugust 13, 2018 (2018-08-13)3.48[139]
The murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research into teleportation; detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs to complete his degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service.
13717"The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out"Jon Michael HillJordan RosenbergAugust 20, 2018 (2018-08-20)3.34[140]
The duo suspects a murdered zoologist was killed either because of his numerous affairs or his trailblazing research; Holmes finds himself the victim of identity theft after his medical records are stolen, something which turns out to have been masterminded by Michael.
13818"The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz"Lucy LiuS : Brandon Tanori;
S/T : Jason Tracey
August 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)3.57[141]
A killer is choosing victims based on the predictions of a deceased man who claimed to foresee future deaths, including the death of one Sherlock Holmes.
13919"The Geek Interpreter"Christine MooreTamara Jaron and Kelly WheelerSeptember 3, 2018 (2018-09-03)3.30[142]

Harlan Emple, one of Sherlock's Irregulars, wants to hire him and Watson because his mathematics doctoral student, Lily Zavala, has missed the oral defense of her thesis. He becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance; he was attracted to her, but had not told her because university rules forbid teacher-student relationships. Her parents receive a ransom call. The trail leads to the body of ex-con Jimmy Cantrell, one of the kidnappers. Fortunately, Lily escapes. Sherlock and Watson learn that she was being forced to subtly change the mathematical calculations used to update flood plain maps for the city. They eventually discover that Cantrell's landlord owns property that a company is negotiating to purchase for its new headquarters. The update would put the land in the high-risk zone, which would likely cause the company to look elsewhere, costing the landlord millions. (He killed Cantrell because Cantrell got greedy and came up with the ransom demand on his own.)

In a subplot, Watson believes Sherlock broke up with Fiona Helbron because she could never provide what he had with Moriarty. He asks Athena, a longtime sex partner, out on a date to see if their relationship could develop. She accepts. In a related development, Harlan tells Lily how he feels; his feelings are reciprocated.
14020"Fit to be Tied"Ron FortunatoJason TraceySeptember 10, 2018 (2018-09-10)3.17[143]
Michael Rowan returns to New York City and, while the team is investigating a possible new victim, Joan discovers information that leads to a potentially deadly confrontation with him.
14121"Whatever Remains, However Improbable"Christine MooreRobert DohertySeptember 17, 2018 (2018-09-17)3.10[144]
Joan is accused of killing Michael Rowan; she and Sherlock deduce the identity of his killer with far-reaching consequences and a change of venue.

Season 7 (2019)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1421"The Further Adventures"Christine MooreRobert Doherty and Jason TraceyMay 23, 2019 (2019-05-23)4.08[145]

In their new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard, Sherlock and Joan investigate an acid attack on a popular ex-model, the latest in a series of such attacks by different perpetrators. With her face ruined, the victim commits suicide. Sherlock and Joan consider several suspects before finally realizing that her plastic surgeon was trying to hide evidence that he had performed the wrong cosmetic surgery on her.

Kitty tells Sherlock that Joan is not happy in London. Among her troubles is her relationship with their Scotland Yard boss, DCI Athelney Jones. Back in New York, Bell impresses on Gregson the importance of making amends with his former consultants and friends. In the closer, Bell contacts Sherlock and Joan to inform them that Gregson is in critical condition after a shootout.
1432"Gutshot"Guy FerlandJason Tracey and Robert DohertyMay 30, 2019 (2019-05-30)3.78[146]
Sherlock and Joan return to New York to investigate the shooting of Gregson. However, due to his confession to a murder he did not commit, Sherlock is forced to keep his presence secret from the authorities. Sherlock eventually finds the spot where the shootout took place. Sherlock's sensitive nose leads to the discovery of the corpse of a young man reported missing eight months before hidden within the wall of a snack bar. The investigation follows a path of juvenile delinquents and a possible terrorist plot.
1443"The Price of Admission"Thomas CarterTamara JaronJune 6, 2019 (2019-06-06)3.70[147]

Virgil Gwinn, the manager of a high-end storage facility, is murdered. The facility is a foreign-trade zone, which means that goods brought there from abroad are not considered to have entered the United States yet and, therefore, are not subject to customs inspection or duties, which makes it attractive to criminals. Sherlock and Joan discover that Gwinn was secretly searching his clients' units for valuable information to sell. Sherlock eliminates all clients but one from his list of suspects: heiress Aura Swenson. Swenson's now-deceased father had amassed a collection of religious artifacts through questionable means as head of an international construction company. Sebastian Florenti, an appraiser Swenson had hired, tells Sherlock and Joan that he quit after Swenson asked him to create forged provenance for the artifacts. However, Swenson proves she has no motive; she had negotiated with the Ethiopian government to secure her ownership of the objects in exchange for helping rebuild the country's infrastructure following an announced peace deal with neighboring Eritrea. Sherlock finds an archaeologist's journal entry suggesting there is oil on disputed land Ethiopia was ceding to Eritrea as part of the agreement. Ethiopia then cancels the deal after this is brought to light. Sherlock realizes that Florenti sold the information to the Eritreans and hired a hitman to kill Gwinn.

Sherlock attempts to secure his legal re-entry into the United States by blackmailing an FBI assistant director his father had bribed in the past. He gets his wish, but in a way that disgusts him.
1454"Red Light, Green Light"Jonny Lee MillerRobert Hewitt WolfeJune 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)3.75[148]

A van collides with a semi at a city intersection then explodes, killing the van driver and a good Samaritan trying to help. The driver was a member of the Mara Tres gang. Sherlock and Joan discover the traffic lights were manipulated to cause the crash. Initially, the fuel-laden van is suspected to be part of a terrorist attack, but then Sherlock discovers that more traffic lights were hacked. The route of the sabotage shows that the real target was the semi's cargo: ultra-high-speed elevators for a skyscraper under construction. This is only the latest act of sabotage, all of which delay work so much the construction company will be unable to start on another billion-dollar contract it landed. Rival Maranek Construction will get the project instead. Sherlock sets a trap, incriminating Cameron Maranek, the company's owner.

Also, as Gregson begins his road to recovery, he, Sherlock, and Joan suspect that there is a larger game at play.
1465"Into the Woods"Christine MooreJeffrey Paul KingJune 20, 2019 (2019-06-20)3.34[149]

A woman is murdered during a race to checkpoints scattered in the woods and the bodies of a man and a pig are found in a pond near where she was stabbed. Sherlock and Joan try to find the link between the seemingly unconnected murders and unravel the perpetrator's full scheme. The male victim is moonshiner Renny Henderson. Sherlock believes he was forced to make the poison ricin; the ricin was tested on his pet pig and then the two were murdered. The woman just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sherlock reconstructs a wine bottle from shards found at Henderson's shack, where he was killed. The trail leads to a specific wine vintage, Chateau Baptiste '57, the favorite of a rich hedge fund manager. The killer turns out to be a bartender who knew Henderson because the bar owner bought the victim's high-quality moonshine. The bartender is obsessed with the hedge fund manager's wife, a high school classmate.

Meanwhile, famous tech mogul Odin Reichenbach asks Sherlock and Joan to investigate a threat against his niece. He suspects it came from someone inside his company, so he does not trust his own security. After they are unable to find a credible suspect, they learn there was no threat. Odin admits he was merely testing them and their willingness to break laws. He reveals that he is using the data his company gathers from customers' internet activities to identify - and preemptively eliminate - murderers. He confesses that the man who shot Captain Gregson was actually targeting a man who planned to bomb a ferry. He tries to recruit Sherlock and Joan.
1476"Command: Delete"Craig ZiskJordan RosenbergJune 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)3.09[150]
Odin Reichenbach asks Sherlock and Joan to assist him with the development of a program he created to predict future crimes. Also, Bell enlists the duo to help locate an NYPD officer planning a sniper shooting.
1487"From Russia with Drugs"Michael HekmatSean BennettJuly 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)2.72[151]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a criminal who made his living by stealing from other criminals; Capt. Gregson returns and suspects his interim replacement is responsible for one of his best detectives' suspicious departure.
1498"Miss Understood"Michael SmithBob GoodmanJuly 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)2.90[152]
Cassie (from Season 4's "Miss Taken"), who indeed beat her murder charge, wants help finding the killer of one of her childhood foster mothers.
1509"On the Scent"Christine MooreJeffrey Paul KingJuly 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)2.81[153]
In the wake of a sculptor's murder in New York, Holmes and Watson must determine whether a long-dormant serial killer has resurfaced; Watson suspects Holmes is keeping something from her regarding tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach.
15110"The Latest Model"Ron FortunatoRobert Hewitt WolfeJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)2.63[154]
Odin Reichenbach asks Holmes and Watson to test his new crime prevention system; tasked with investigating someone the program predicts will commit a crime, they worry Odin will take drastic action before they conclude their inquiry.
15211"Unfriended"Lucy LiuBob GoodmanAugust 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)2.42[155]
Holmes and Watson join forces with Holmes' father Morland to enlist his vast criminal network in helping disassemble tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach's crime prevention system. Odin's new surveillance state techniques prove stronger, supplanting the old personal power relationships among the international ruling elite and leading to Morland's demise.
15312"Reichenbach Falls"Ron FortunatoJason TraceyAugust 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)2.59[156]
Odin Reichenbach inadvertently provides Holmes and Watson with a lead on evidence to bring him to justice.
15413"Their Last Bow"Christine MooreRobert DohertyAugust 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)2.82[157]
Three years after Reichenbach's arrest, Sherlock is lured back to New York when an associate of Moriarty's tells Joan that she is dead. Sherlock is offered a position with the NSA under McNally, but he turns it down when he learns that Joan has breast cancer. One year later, Sherlock is at Moriarty's grave when McNally approaches him again with his offer, but Sherlock again declines. Sherlock is convinced that Moriarty faked her own death and is back in control of her criminal empire with Sherlock's father dead. As Joan is newly cancer-free, Holmes and Watson go to the 11th to offer their services as consulting detectives to now Captain Bell.

Home video releases

Season Episodes DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 24 August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)[158] December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23) February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)[159] 6
2 24 August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)[160] August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25) January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28)[161] 6
3 24 August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)[162] September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)[163] 6
4 24 August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)[164] September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)[165] February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)[166] 6
5 24 August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)[167] October 2, 2017 (2017-10-02) April 18, 2018 (2018-04-18)[168] 6
6 21 November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)[169] November 19, 2018 (2018-11-19) July 3, 2019 (2019-07-03)[170] 6
7 13 September 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)[169] October 21, 2019 (2019-10-21) August 26, 2020[171] 3
All 154 September 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)[169] October 21, 2019 (2019-10-21) August 26, 2020[172] 39


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