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 May 11, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on November 5, 2015.[1] On March 25, 2016, it was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on October 2, 2016.[2][3]

As of May 21, 2017, 120 episodes of Elementary have aired, concluding the fifth season.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)
2 24 September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)
3 24 October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30) May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)
4 24 November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05) May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08)
5 24 October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012–13)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Michael Cuesta Robert Doherty September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) 13.41[4]
Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) is hired to be the sober companion of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller). When she goes to meet her new companion, she finds that he escaped from rehab the day of his release. When she meets him, he takes her on the subway to a house in Manhattan; he explains that before he began using drugs he used to work for Scotland Yard as a consultant to help solve homicides. He works on the case of a woman who was attacked, and supposedly kidnapped, only to find that she was hidden in a safe room in the apartment. The next day, Holmes finds that the killer is most likely a serial killer, finding similarities to another case, except that this victim survived. After interviewing the woman, Holmes and Watson find that she knew the man who attacked her. When Holmes calls NYPD Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) with his newest lead, Gregson reveals that they're at the suspect's house, and that said suspect has committed suicide. Watson and Holmes fight, due to his lack of trust and sharing regarding his past, before drugs, and mysterious personal life, resulting in her saying she'll request another companion assignment. Holmes concludes that the victim's husband, a psychiatrist plotted to have her killed by giving his patient pills that would make him violent, then sending him after his wife. There was a pre-nuptial agreement, and he would have received money if his wife were to die.
2 2 "While You Were Sleeping" John David Coles Robert Doherty October 4, 2012 (2012-10-04) 11.13[5]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murders of two illegitimate children of a wealthy businessman, but matters are complicated when a witness identifies a woman in a coma—and the man's legitimate daughter—as the murderer. The first break in the case was the recognition of a corneal disease in the two victims. Holmes races to find other potential victims while under suspicion of harassing witnesses and watched by police. Holmes tricks the legitimate daughter into breaking into a building held by the NYPD, leading to her arrest. Holmes is also introduced to and begins working with NYPD Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill).
3 3 "Child Predator" Rod Holcomb Peter Blake October 18, 2012 (2012-10-18) 10.91[6]
Holmes and Watson investigate a child abduction case which involves a serial killer known as the "Balloon Man", whose name comes from the fact that balloons are left at each of his crime scenes. Matters get complicated when the Balloon Man's first victim from 2005, Adam Kemper (Johnny Simmons) is caught by the police—Holmes deduces that Adam has Stockholm Syndrome, and sympathizes with him to help find the killer. The Balloon Man is identified as Samuel Abbott, but Abbott commits suicide, allowing for the release of his most recent victim. Holmes investigates Abbott's home and finds evidence leading to his realization that Adam is in fact the Balloon Man. Following a brief confrontation with Holmes, Adam gets an immunity deal clearing him from all charges on crimes committed "in consort with Samuel Abbott aka the Balloon Man", but Holmes is able to arrange for Adam's arrest when he determines that one of the crimes had to have been committed by Adam alone as Abbott was in the hospital when the abduction occurred.
4 4 "Rat Race" Rosemary Rodriguez Craig Sweeny October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25) 10.31[7]
In spite of Holmes' dislike of bankers, Holmes and Watson take on a case that involves a missing Wall Street executive, who turns up dead of an heroin overdose that Holmes suspects is not accidental. Upon further examination, Holmes suspects a serial killer is on the loose when he finds he's not the only executive of the company who has suffered a mysterious death. After Holmes is captured by the killer, Watson is forced to tell Captain Gregson the truth about her job with Holmes to get Gregson to search for him. Meanwhile, Watson gets roped into a blind date by her friend, but the man has a secret.
5 5 "Lesser Evils" Colin Bucksey Liz Friedman November 1, 2012 (2012-11-01) 10.49[9]
While doing research in the hospital morgue, Sherlock stumbles upon a murder that no one else has noticed. According to Holmes' deductions, someone in the hospital has been killing vulnerable, pain-wracked, near-death patients and making it look like they had died of natural causes. While questioning hospital doctors and staff, evidence begins to mount, and Sherlock realizes that he is chasing an angel of death. Meanwhile, Watson manages to reconnect with an old friend while working with Sherlock at the hospital. While sitting in on a pre-op procedure, she comes to realize that Sherlock is not the only one with an uncanny sense of intuition. Holmes and Watson uncover several unethical and criminal activities going on at the hospital in the course of their investigation into the murder, and Watson finds out she may be "a better doctor than she is a friend."[8]
6 6 "Flight Risk" David Platt Corinne Brinkerhoff November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) 10.90[10]
Holmes brings Watson to the site of a plane crash on a beach; among the four victims, he deduces that one of them was murdered. Reviewing further evidence including a recording of the sounds heard on the plane prior to the crash, Holmes comes to the conclusion that sand was used to jam the plane engine, and the murder victim was a man who walked in on the perpetrator at work, his corpse then stuffed in a trunk that caused weight imbalance and the plane's subsequent crash. All evidence points to a plane mechanic who is supposedly smuggling cocaine, but further evidence show that the real murderer is the mechanic's boss. Watson, meanwhile, is called to dinner by Holmes' father, who Holmes claims would never propose such a thing. Watson meets a man claiming to be Sherlock's father, but his cover falters when he laughs at Watson's reaction to a question about sex. Watson later meets with the man (Roger Rees), a former stage actor and friend of Sherlock named Alistair. Alistair explains to Watson how Sherlock once visited him so high, barely able to speak, muttering a certain name, which Alistair tells Watson. Returning to Sherlock's home, Watson asks him who Irene was.
7 7 "One Way to Get Off" Seith Mann Christopher Silber November 15, 2012 (2012-11-15) 10.75[11]
Sherlock assists Captain Gregson with a double homicide investigation that has the same MO as a series of murders from 13 years ago. That case led to the conviction of Paulson Crewes, who is still in jail, and gave Gregson his big break in the department. While Gregson tracks leads in an attempt to find a copycat killer, Sherlock starts to wonder if Crewes was guilty in the first place. Against Gregson's wishes, Sherlock digs into the old case in an attempt to learn what actually happened. After being frozen out by Sherlock, Watson pays a visit to his old rehab center in order to learn more about the enigmatic man in her care.
8 8 "The Long Fuse" Andrew Bernstein Jeffrey Paul King November 29, 2012 (2012-11-29) 10.46[12]
A bomb explodes in the office building of several young and unassuming business ventures. The first suspect is the person who called the number that triggered the bomb, but when he is quickly cleared the case turns more intriguing. Holmes learns that the bomb actually went off four years after it was supposed to. Watson encourages Holmes to consider the sponsor who will replace her when she leaves him. Holmes decides to go with Alfredo (Ato Essandoh), a car thief whom he chooses at random during a meeting. Alfredo decides to train Holmes on breaking into cars as an addition to his lock-picking hobby.
9 9 "You Do It to Yourself" Phil Abraham Peter Blake December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) 10.31[13]
An under-the-weather Sherlock investigates the murder of a college professor whose body was found with gunshot wounds through both of his eyes. Using his trademark deductive reasoning, Sherlock retraces the victim's path back to an illicit gambling parlor in Chinatown where he was shot. Gregson is able to bring in the gunman thanks to video surveillance footage, but when the killer claims that he was hired to take out the professor, Sherlock realizes that his work has only just begun. Meanwhile, Watson gets a call from an addict and former lover who is in prison and needs her help.
10 10 "The Leviathan" Peter Werner Corinne Brinkerhoff & Craig Sweeny December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) 10.46[14]
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. When the vault was breached for the first time, the heist was committed by a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of world class criminals. Because they went to jail for the crime, the vault company can't imagine how anyone else got in. When Sherlock learns that not even he can break into The Leviathan, he realizes that the second group of criminals must somehow be connected to the first.
11 11 "Dirty Laundry" John David Coles Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber January 3, 2013 (2013-01-03) 11.44[15]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of the general manager of a high-end Manhattan hotel whose body is found inside an industrial laundry machine. The woman's background and family seems clean, but a call girl soon reveals that their victim may be in some illegal business. Holmes cracks the case by uncovering use of steganography, and discovers just what business the woman is involved in, prompting almost the full mobilization of the police force. Meanwhile, since Joan's time with Holmes is almost up, he offers her an apprenticeship, but she refuses.
12 12 "M." John Polson Robert Doherty January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) 11.48[16]
Holmes is reunited with "M." (Vinnie Jones) a British serial killer who appears to have followed Holmes to New York; Watson eventually learns that "M" is the one who murdered Sherlock's lover Irene Adler, causing him to spiral into his previous 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 jailed when Irene was murdered. Moran is on the payroll of a mysterious criminal named Moriarty; therefore, Moriarty killed Irene and pinned the blame on Moran. Holmes vows he will hunt down Moriarty. Meanwhile, Watson has reservations about leaving Holmes and taking on a new client.
13 13 "The Red Team" Christine Moore Story by : Jeffrey Paul King & Craig Sweeny
Teleplay by : Jeffrey Paul King
January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31) 10.90[17]
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, Holmes 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. Fascinated, Sherlock decides to see if the conspiracy theory has merit.
14 14 "The Deductionist" John Polson Craig Sweeny & Robert Doherty February 3, 2013 (2013-02-03) 20.80[18]
While getting prepped in a hospital for a kidney donation, notorious serial murderer Martin Ennis 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, the FBI profiler who literally wrote the book on Ennis. She and Sherlock have a past, and their association ended when she published an article profiling Sherlock that predicted his forthcoming addiction. Even though Sherlock and Drummond don't get along, they both have a similar idea of what Ennis is likely to do next. The only problem is that the killer isn't cooperating, and his increasingly erratic behavior has the experts stumped. Meanwhile, Joan faces eviction from her rent-controlled apartment when she learns that the man she's been subletting to during her stay with Holmes has used the place to shoot pornographic films.
15 15 "A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs" Guy Ferland Story by : Christopher Silber
Teleplay by : Corinne Brinkerhoff & Liz Friedman
February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07) 10.84[19]
Sherlock assists his old friend Rhys in the search for his adult daughter who was abducted from her townhouse by an unknown kidnapper. As Holmes begins searching for clues, Watson is astonished to learn that Rhys is more than just a former colleague of the detective - he used to be Sherlock's drug dealer. As Sherlock struggles to avoid temptation, the case proves hard to crack. Links to a Dominican drug cartel and the missing girl's stepfather seem to lead nowhere. When Rhys begins to get desperate, he starts to wonder if Sherlock's deductive powers require drugs in order to work properly.
16 16 "Details" Sanaa Hamri Story by : Robert Doherty
Teleplay by : Jeffrey Paul King & Jason Tracey
February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14) 10.98[20]
While driving home after a long day, Detective Bell is shot at and forced off the road. He isn't able to get a good look at the shooter, but he recognizes the car as belonging to a recently paroled drug lord who had previously vowed to get back at him. Sherlock helps Bell in what he believes will be an open-and-shut case, but things take a turn when the drug lord turns up dead and all evidence points to Bell as the number one suspect. Bell also struggles to reconnect with his brother, an ex-con who wants to use his underworld connections in order to help. Sherlock encourages Joan to learn self-defense, eventually admitting to her that he knows she is no longer his official sober companion. He offers to let her stay on as his partner.
17 17 "Possibility Two" Seith Mann Mark Goffman February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21) 11.19[21]
While helping Joan learn deductive skills, Sherlock is approached by Samuel Hagan, a wealthy man suffering from an incurable disease that is destroying his mind. Even though the disease is genetic, Hagan is certain that someone gave it to him as part of a corporate power play. Sherlock is unconvinced and refuses the case. After Hagan kills his driver, however, Holmes finds himself intrigued enough to take the case. Holmes begins to believe Hagan when a scientist at a corporate genetics laboratory tells him that giving someone the disease is theoretically possible, but the trail runs cold when she turns up dead. All the evidence, including DNA results, point to the killer being an ex-con unrelated to Sherlock's case. But can it really be that simple? Meanwhile, Sherlock sends Joan on an errand to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment in order to test her ability to solve a case without his help.
18 18 "Déjà Vu All Over Again" Jerry Levine Brian Rodenbeck March 14, 2013 (2013-03-14) 11.33[22]
Sherlock and Watson were handed a case of a woman who had disappeared. She had left behind only a video addressing her husband and the video reflects on life after the news of a woman killed by an oncoming train. Sherlock thinks this case would suit Watson to start her first solo investigation. Meanwhile, Sherlock starts the investigation of the murdered woman at the railway, where an unidentified male hands her a bouquet of flowers and then comes back to push her off the platform. Watson questions the husband of the disappeared woman, and when her instincts tell her he is suspicious, starts her investigation. Watson follows the husband and when she saw that he possessed a wooden box which he claimed his wife took along with her, breaks into his car. But that didn't reveal anything and Watson was arrested by the Police. After the failure and remarks from her friends, Watson start doubting her decision to become a detective. But later she found evidence that links both cases of the murdered woman at railway station and the missing woman whom now they know have been murdered.
19 19 "Snow Angels" Andrew Bernstein Jason Tracey April 4, 2013 (2013-04-04) 10.48[23]
A security guard is shot dead during a robbery of unreleased mobile phones. Sherlock and Watson work out that the robbery is a smokescreen to steal blueprints and head to New Jersey where to prevent the East Rutherford Operations Center (EROC) from being burglarized during the middle of a snowstorm. They meet a woman named Pam (Becky Ann Baker) who drives the pair around New Jersey in a snowplow. Ms. Hudson (Candis Cayne), an old friend of Sherlock's, is dealing with a break-up and stays in the house with them. The visiting FEMA official helping out with the city's emergency response to the snowstorm is revealed to be involved with the multi-million dollar heist.
20 20 "Dead Man's Switch" Larry Teng Story by : Christopher Silber
Teleplay by : Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber
April 25, 2013 (2013-04-25) 10.07[24]
Sherlock's first anniversary of being sober is approaching, an event Watson thinks Sherlock should celebrate. Uninterested in giving the day any special recognition—he finds celebrating the measurement of time as pointless—he spends it doing business as usual as he and Joan hunt for the accomplice of a murdered blackmailer (based on the villain in the Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton") who targeted families of rape victims.
21 21 "A Landmark Story" Peter Werner Corinne Brinkerhoff May 2, 2013 (2013-05-02) 9.75[25]
Sherlock is given a hint by Sebastian Moran, aka "M". He looks into well-disguised murders and catches a serial killer named Daniel Gottlieb (F. Murray Abraham), who was hired by Moriarty's agents. With Gottlieb's help, Holmes finds the man who hired him who has seen Moriarty, but that man is then murdered. Moran commits suicide, after Moriarty lets him choose between his own death and his sister's death. At the end of the episode, a phone rings; it is Moriarty calling Holmes.
22 22 "Risk Management" Adam Davidson Story by : Liz Friedman & Robert Doherty
Teleplay by : Liz Friedman
May 9, 2013 (2013-05-09) 9.29[26]
Moriarty calls Holmes to have him look into the several-month-old unsolved murder of a mechanic; in exchange, he offers to give Holmes answers concerning Irene Adler's fate. Holmes learns the mechanic was surveiled by a private security firm whose founder's sister was killed 20 years ago. The security expert confesses to the mechanic's murder, but Moriarty says the murderer has not been found. Holmes discovers that the security expert did not see the murderer flee 20 years ago. It was instead his wife who saw the murderer. When her husband's mental health was failing, she convinced him that the lookalike mechanic was the murderer; this revenge stabilized his mental health. It is proven that the mechanic was innocent, having been out of the country at the time of the sister's death. The security expert's wife is also arrested for the mechanic's murder. In payment, Sherlock receives an address and a choice to lead a safe life or find out about Irene. He lies to Watson, who sees through this and joins him. The pair discover a traumatized Irene (Natalie Dormer) in an abandoned house.
23 23 "The Woman" Seith Mann Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16) 8.98[27]
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 paintings rather than restored originals. Irene was psychologically tortured for the past eighteen months which she believes to have been seven years. Holmes 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 assassins and returns to kill Holmes (in defiance of Moriarty's orders). The agent wounds Holmes and reveals to him that Moriarty is a woman. Before Holmes can be shot a second time the agent is shot and killed by Irene, who now talks with a British accent. Holmes realizes she is Moriarty.
24 24 "Heroine" John Polson Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16) 8.98[27]
Moriarty reveals that she faked her murder to distract Holmes 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 USA to himself. Holmes uncovers her plan to have the father (Arnold Vosloo) of a woman she has kidnapped murder a man associated with the Macedonian naming dispute in order to make one billion dollars trading in currency. He fails to stop the murders, however and vents his rage against Watson and Captain Gregson. Holmes overdoses on drugs and Moriarty visits him in hospital. She confesses to her part in the murder and invites him to leave the country with her and she will heal him. Holmes reveals Watson analysed Moriarty's behavior and concluded that she was, in fact, in love with Holmes and thus would return to him; they relied on Moriarty's agents to witness his wild behavior and let her think she'd won. He then reveals that the overdose was faked and Moriarty is arrested, Holmes having recorded their conversation.

Season 2 (2013–14)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
25 1 "Step Nine" John Polson Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) 10.18[28]
Sherlock gets a call from Scotland Yard about a missing inspector, Lestrade, that worked with Sherlock. Sherlock and Joan go to London. Sherlock easily locates Lestrade at a bar and agrees to help solve the case that caused Lestrade to be suspended. Attempting to prove a rich man killed his wife, Sherlock, Joan, and Lestrade pore over evidence. Refrigerated milk leads them to visit the suspect's house where Sherlock discovers a chipped nail, leading him to the conclusion that the gun was printed using plastic and melted in acetone. Tracking 3D printer purchases leads them to the body of the suspect's handyman, and plastic fragments found on the scene prove Sherlock's hypothesis that the man printed a gun to kill his wife and killed the handyman to clean up loose ends. Meanwhile, Sherlock is shocked to discover his brother, Mycroft, has moved into his old place at 221B Baker Street. Mycroft is interested in how Joan became Sherlock's friend and reveals he wants to make amends with Sherlock. Mycroft uses a homemade bomb to destroy Sherlock's belongings and get his attention.
26 2 "Solve for X" Jerry Levine Jeffrey Paul King October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) 9.38[29]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the murder of a mathematician whose walls are painted with a complex formula. A colleague of Sherlock’s reveals the formula is a nearly unsolvable problem, and directs them to a professor, Tanya, who had written about the formula. Tanya points them to a suspect, but he's been murdered. Sherlock realizes the second victim was under surveillance and tracks down the man responsible. He tells Sherlock the value of the completed formula - a skeleton key to bypass any encryption - and directs them back at Tanya, but she provides a video recording of her alibi. Sherlock confronts Tanya with evidence that she manipulated the footage because she already solved the problem and killed the two victims because they were getting close. Meanwhile, Joan meets with the son of the patient she lost during surgery and he asks her for money.
27 3 "We Are Everyone" Michael Pressman Craig Sweeny October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) 9.06[30]
After leaking secrets, a government operative, Ezra, is on the run and a mysterious man hires Sherlock and Joan to locate him. Questioning the mysterious man's motives leads Sherlock to learn that he's part of an organization gunning for Ezra. Connecting Ezra with "Everyone," a group of cyber-activists, Sherlock discovers the identity of the girl harboring Ezra, but they find her dead at her apartment and know Ezra killer her. Sherlock steals a guard's phone, but "Everyone" traces it to Sherlock and Joan and wreak havoc on their digital lives. Sherlock catches up to Ezra as he tries to leave the country on a plane owned by a member of "Everyone." Ezra reveals he can expose US spies throughout the globe and is forced to let him go. Sherlock comes up with a plan to capture Ezra and keep the identities of the spies a secret. Meanwhile, Joan signs up for an online dating site and uses the opportunity to chastise Sherlock for his lack of meaningful relationships.
28 4 "Poison Pen" Andrew Bernstein Liz Friedman October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) 8.52[31]
Holmes investigates a case of a very wealthy man who was poisoned. During the case he runs into an old friend, Abigail Spencer, under the name Ann Barker. Abigail turns out to be a former convicted murder, though acquitted of her charges as a young girl. Abigail was beaten by her father and shortly after he was found dead. Abigail and Sherlock, at age 15, exchanged letters and from here is where Sherlock realized who he was. The case comes to heed and the son of the victim was the one who did it. Though, just like Abigail, he was sexually assaulted by his father so he planned to kill him and frame Abigail. In the end, Abigail takes the fall for the murder to protect him and finally pay for her sins. Sherlock offers his ear to help the young man cope with what he has been through and to also keep an eye on him.
29 5 "Ancient History" Sanaa Hamri Jason Tracey October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24) 8.72[32]
At the morgue searching for a case, Sherlock discovers one of the bodies, Leo Banin, is a former assassin who killed someone the day he died. We go looking for his victim. After looking into business associates and a loan shark, all of whom are still alive, they go back to the accident scene. At the scene, Sherlock and Joan find the body of his victim, another mobster. They uncover bullet casings that indicate that Leo was being shot at and that is what caused the traffic accident. Finally, Sherlock reveals that it was Leo's wife who alerted the mobsters to his location and aided in their plan to kill him and, in the end, was forced to pick up the gun herself. Meanwhile, Joan helps a friend find a one night stand that turns out to have been Sherlock.
30 6 "An Unnatural Arrangement" Christine Moore Cathryn Humphris October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31) 9.47[33]
A home intruder, who is after Gregson, is shot by his wife. Sherlock and Joan investigate who could be targeting Gregson. Two more victims, including Gregson's neighbor, are discovered murdered and Sherlock realizes the killer went to the wrong house and isn't after Gregson. Tying the victims to their service in Afghanistan guarding an archaeological site, Sherlock questions an archaeologist and quickly deduces that she was stealing from her digs and is now killing her accomplices with the help of her ex-husband. In the process of the investigation, Gregson must reveal that he and his wife separated. 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.
31 7 "The Marchioness" Sanaa Hamri Christopher Hollier & Craig Sweeny November 7, 2013 (2013-11-07) 8.89[34]
Mycroft returns to Elementary when he arrives in New York City and reveals he is opening a restaurant there. In addition to opening his restaurant, he brings his ex fiance, Nigella - whom Sherlock slept with - to ask if he and Watson could solve a case for her. During the course of the investigation two things are revealed; the first being that Joan and Mycroft slept together when they were in London and have not since talked about it. Secondly, Nigella is as rotten as when she and Mycroft were engaged. Sherlock takes the news of Joan and Mycroft sleeping together quite well, despite the mocking and embarrassing questions he asks. The investigation leads them through a web of horse breeding and drug cartels. Sherlock proves that Nigella was conning many people out of thousands of dollars to keep herself afloat after a nasty divorce. Myrcoft and Sherlock promise not to turn her in as long as she pays back the money she lied to people to get. In the end, Sherlock and Mycroft make amends and become closer as brothers.
32 8 "Blood Is Thicker" John Polson Bob Goodman November 14, 2013 (2013-11-14) 8.54[35]
The NYPD investigates the death of Haley Tyler, who was stabbed before she fell off of a balcony and landed on a truck. Haley was the apparent mistress of technology mogul Ian Gale (William Sadler), whom Sherlock and Watson 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 as a result of a one-night stand during his early years of success. Evidence points to Gale's wife (Margaret Colin) due to an inheritance agreement to Haley, as well as medical precision used during the murder - however, Mrs. Gale's arguments during an interrogation are valid and she informs Watson that she arranged the inheritance agreement herself. The detectives locate Haley's former boyfriend, and though the man is innocent, he informs them that Haley was suffering from a sickness. Ian Gale dies, prompting Sherlock, Watson and the NYPD to confront Mrs. Gale at her home with the murder of both Haley and her husband: she injected Haley with a poisonous medicine that would also poison Ian during the resulting transfusion, and Haley was killed to remove loose ends. In a subplot, Mycroft, who plans to return to London soon, proposes to Sherlock that he come along, as their father apparently desires it. Sherlock shares this to Watson and takes time to contemplate it, even favoring it at one point, but ultimately decides against it with a letter he gives to Mycroft to pass on to their father. However, Mycroft shreds the letter implying that he lied to Sherlock and wants him out of New York for other reasons.
33 9 "On the Line" Guy Ferland Jason Tracey November 21, 2013 (2013-11-21) 9.24[36]
A young woman, Samantha Wabash, commits suicide by shooting herself while on a bridge, staging her death to look like murder in order to implicate Lucas Bundsch as her killer. Samantha believes that Lucas is responsible for her sister’s death and that by framing him for her own "murder" the police will arrest him. Her plan fails when Holmes easily deduces that her death was a suicide. Lucas is exonerated further still when he manages to pass a polygraph test. What started out as one woman's desperate attempt to get justice for her murdered sister quickly escalates into a battle of wits with a serial killer who has managed to stay under the radar for years.
34 10 "Tremors" Aaron Lipstadt Liz Friedman December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05) 8.29[37]
A typical day at the police station, a schizophrenic man wanders in with a gun and Sherlock manages to defuse the situation by noticing a scarf on the man's wrist and playing along with his delusions. The story is being told by Sherlock in a hearing. Bell is shot, protecting Holmes, by a man whom Holmes annoyed during an investigation. Holmes and Watson are now to testify at a hearing formed to recommend whether or not the pair should be kept on as consultants to the NYPD. Bell ultimately saves their careers but, resentful of Holmes, refuses to talk to him.
35 11 "Internal Audit" Jerry Levine Bob Goodman December 12, 2013 (2013-12-12) 9.09[38]
A hedge fund manager who ran a Ponzi scheme is killed moments before committing suicide. 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. Sherlock and Joan prove that the hedge fund manager was turning over evidence to a reporter that contained information about another crime and he was killed to stop that information from becoming public. Meanwhile, Alfredo tries to get Sherlock to become a sponsor because of his guilt over Bell's shooting. Bell is offered a position with the Demographics Unit.
36 12 "The Diabolical Kind" Larry Teng Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02) 9.04[39]
When Sherlock deduces that a former henchman of Moriarty's is behind a child kidnapping, Moriarty is brought in, with electroshock restraints, to help track down the kidnappers. Watson can see Sherlock is still struggling with his conflicting feelings for Moriarty, but is also annoyed they've been discussing Watson's love life in their letters. It is discovered that Moriarty's agent has gone rogue, and that the child in question is actually Moriarty's daughter. After disabling her restraints, escaping and killing all her daughter's abductors, a badly injured Moriarty allows Sherlock to take her back into custody, predicting she will be free soon. Sherlock realizes she may have started to redeem herself.
37 13 "All in the Family" Andrew Bernstein Jason Tracey January 9, 2014 (2014-01-09) 9.97[40]
An assignment with the Diagnostics unit leads Bell to discover a body in a barrel. Joan ID's the victim as a member of a mafia family who had been in hiding and identifies a member of a rival family as the potential killer. Sherlock and Joan go to his house, but he dies in a car explosion. Paperwork at the scene leads Sherlock to believe someone in the government had supplied the killer with information about his victim's whereabouts and Sherlock's suspicions are validated when he and Joan visit an NSA front. Sherlock figures out that Bell's new boss, Da Silva, is dirty and Bell discovers evidence linking Da Silva to the mafia family. They take Da Silva down. Meanwhile, to win back Bell's friendship, Sherlock shares personal details about his life. Bell rejoins Major Crimes.
38 14 "Dead Clade Walking" Helen Shaver Jeffrey Paul King January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) 10.34[41]
While investigating one of Sherlock's cold cases, Joan discovers an out-of-place rock in the garden of a murder victim. Joan enlists a geologist to study the rock and they learn it houses a complete dinosaur fossil. The rock is later stolen from the police evidence room. Tracking down a known smuggler, Sherlock and Joan discover the smuggler murdered and the fossil destroyed. They eventually expose the curator of a natural history museum committed the murders to hide the proof of a scientific theory that would have cost him and his mentor their legacies. Meanwhile, Sherlock has his hands full as a sponsor when Randy's addict girlfriend turns back up in his life.
39 15 "Corpse de Ballet" Jean de Segonzac Liz Friedman February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) 9.45[42]
The murder of a ballerina is investigated by Sherlock and Joan, and evidence seems stacked against the dance company's star performer, Iris. An audio recording released to the tabloids reveals Iris's intimate relationship to the victim, but Sherlock deconstructs the recording and deduces that Iris's lawyer was the murderer and was trying to use the impending trial against Iris as a way to elevate his firm's reputation. The police find a stolen hard drive with surveillance footage at the lawyer's home which was the missing evidence to charge the lawyer. Meanwhile, Joan looks into a missing homeless man, prompting her to open up to Sherlock about her biological father who is schizophrenic and lives on the street. Joan locates the missing homeless man and uncovers a plot to kidnap homeless people for their benefit checks.
40 16 "The One Percent Solution" Guy Ferland Story by : Bob Goodman & Craig Sweeny
Teleplay by : Craig Sweeny
February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27) 8.66[43]
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. We learn that the CEO is being targeted by a blackmailer who was one of many to whom he offered indecent proposals in the past and that Lestrade has been helping him make the offers. The CEO is forced to reveal his involvement in order to catch the blackmailing bomber. Lestrade loses his job and comes to stay with Sherlock and Joan.
41 17 "Ears to You" Seith Mann Lauren MacKenzie & Andrew Gettens March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) 8.54[44]
A man named Gordon Cushing, whose wife disappeared in 2010, receives two severed human ears along with a ransom note. The ear DNA matches that of Cushing's wife, Sarah. At the ransom exchange, Cushing pursues the suspect and accidentally kills him. Clues on the suspects body lead Joan and Sherlock 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, who, as it turns out, died in 2011. Sherlock realizes that Sarah's new plastic surgeon husband grew two exact replicas of her ears on Sarah's back, and then cut them off in an elaborate attempt to collect ransom from Cushing. Meanwhile, Lestrade is mugged and Joan encourages him to solve his own case to improve his spirits.
42 18 "The Hound of the Cancer Cells" Michael Slovis Bob Goodman March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13) 8.94[45]
Holmes and Watson investigate the death by helium asphyxiation of a researcher who had been testing the "hound", a breathalyzer for detecting cancer. Bell, recovered from his injury and returned to field duty, asks Watson to track down a missing witness to a street killing. The episode title references the Arthur Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, which was later adapted in season four.
43 19 "The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville" Larry Teng Jason Tracey April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03) 7.83[46]
When a dead serial killer arises, it takes Sherlock and Joan on a trail of eight possible suspects all with the same set of bite marks. Our duo discovers that the teeth of the dead killer, Aaron, was a mold for the dentures, thus having the exact bite mark. Joan has a connection with the murders as she was a part of the operating team that she could have done to save him thinking that he was innocent. However, it is proven that he was indeed guilty and his mother was using a set of his dentures to try to prove his innocence.
44 20 "No Lack of Void" Sanaa Hamri Liz Friedman & Jeffrey Paul King April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) 7.90[47]
Holmes and Watson track a lethal toxin's origin when a pickpocket dies of anthrax poisoning. When it is discovered an anti-government group known as the Sovereign Army, they being to track down a man who has the motive. When he turns up dead after his brother shot him, it turns out that the brother was trying to kill off their herd of cows for $2.8 million. Sherlock's close friend Alistair suddenly dies catches Holmes off guard. Holmes then begins to try to cope with the loss by acting out of character causing Joan to go into companion mode and making Sherlock talk about it. After it gets out the Alistair died of a heroine overdose, Sherlock struggles even more. Eventually, Holmes confesses to Alistair at his grave that he loved him dearly and will miss him.
45 21 "The Man with the Twisted Lip" Seith Mann Story by : Steve Gottfried
Teleplay by : Craig Sweeny & Steve Gottfried
April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24) 8.13[48]
Sherlock and Watson investigate the disappearance of 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 Diogenes restaurant chain. They have dinner with him, and the following day, he proposes a relationship with Watson. While taking time to consider it, Watson 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, one being Paige's and the other of a man, Zach Piller, who they learn manufactured UAVs for a company called McCarthy-Strauss. Sherlock visits Mycroft at Diogenes to discuss Watson, but notices a shady-looking man at a corner table who frequents the restaurant. Sherlock later identifies this man as one Guillaume de Soto, a high-ranking member of a French drug cartel and gang 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 massacred ten undercover CIA agents in Afghanistan and subsequently wrote a report on it out of guilt. During the interrogating, 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 Watson breaks into the executive's office and steals the report. She calls the executive and reads the report out to him, incriminating him. That night, Watson, 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, right before the contact makes Watson unconscious knocking her out with chloroform and kidnapping her.
46 22 "Paint It Black" Lucy Liu Robert Hewitt Wolfe May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01) 7.79[49]
Shortly after Watson is kidnapped, Mycroft receives a call from the 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 a Diogenes joint in New York to serve as their headquarters, followed by a series of requests. The two learn of one Pierce Norman, a Swiss bank executive who plans to sell a list of thousands of the bank executives' names and info 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 buried in the yard. 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. That night, they track down the real perpetrator, Norman'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 Watson. Mycroft, meanwhile, gives Yoder and the list to the dealers, but de Soto orders them killed. Mycroft suddenly calls in paramilitary forces, who gun down the dealers, including de Soto. He apologizes to a shocked Watson and says they have a lot to talk about.
47 23 "Art in the Blood" Guy Ferland Bob Goodman May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) 7.54[50]
Sherlock returns home to find Watson safe, and Mycroft reveals that he is working for MI6. The 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 employs Sherlock with a murder case involving one Arthur West, an undercover MI6 analyst. West's body in the morgue is shown to have the arms severed and stolen. The two visit West's wife, Marion (Emily Bergl) and learn that she is a tattoo artist; Sherlock later deduces that West's arms were tattooed using invisible ink, thus providing motive for someone to steal them. Watson, meanwhile, angrily rejects Mycroft for his deception. Marion visits the brownstone to inform Sherlock that she was aware of West's activities, which West divulged out of paranoia and reassurance of his sanity to her, given that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Showing them photos of West's arms tattooed with numbers, Marion explains that West was confident of a mole working within MI6, communicating with one Julian Afkhami, a local bookstore owner. Watson 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 Watson about one "Sudomo Han", who Watson visits Mycroft to ask about. She is shocked to learn that Mycroft joined MI6 to protect his brother, who unwittingly made himself Han's associate, not knowing that Han was a terrorist. Moved, she kisses Mycroft and the two eventually have sex. Elsewhere, Sherlock learns from the NYPD that the gun used to kill West led to untraceable fingerprints bearing a distinctive scar. Immediately identifying the prints as Mycroft's, Sherlock visits his brother's home to inform him that he is being framed as the mole.
48 24 "The Grand Experiment" John Polson Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15) 7.37[51]
Sherlock informs Mycroft that he is being framed as the mole, and relocates him and Watson to a vacant, remote library accessible to Sherlock. While he stalls MI6 with fraudulent "updates", Sherlock continues his investigation into Andrew West. Sherlock and Watson 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 in every listed location at the corresponding dates and times. Realizing he is being framed because the mole was in the same places as Mycroft, Watson names Mycroft's handler Sherrington as the mole; they decide to keep it quiet until the time comes. Sherrington, however, visits Watson at the brownstone to confront her, but Watson, who is keeping members of the hacktivist group "Everyone" on a video chat to incriminate him, calls it a draw and sends him away. In the meantime, Sherlock learns that Sherrington made seventeen calls to his contact, Iranian Julian Afkhami, feeding information to the Iranian government. Watson confronts Sherlock about Sudomo Han and his history with Mycroft, which Sherlock brings to his brother as a means for forgiveness. Sherlock and Watson investigate a murder believed to be linked to Afkhami and incriminate him to the NYPD, presenting evidence that he stoned his wife's lover to death, and get him arrested. Mycroft visits Sherrington at a restaurant and learns from Sherrington that he betrayed MI6 because of a lack of promotions or respect. Shortly afterwards, the NYPD finds Sherrington's corpse, which Sherlock confronts Mycroft about at the brownstone. Mycroft informs him and Watson that he made a deal with the NSA for them to kill Sherrington and fake Mycroft's own death, thus making him disappear to protect him from Le Milieu. Watson is deeply saddened while Mycroft emotionally apologizes to an unmoved Sherlock. While Watson makes plans to move into a new apartment, Sherlock visits MI6 to tell them he is willing to enlist in the organization.

Season 3 (2014–15)[edit]

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49 1 "Enough Nemesis to Go Around" John Polson Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30) 7.57[52]
Six months after Joan has 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 secure hotel elevator. To her surprise, Joan discovers Sherlock has returned with a new protégée named Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond), and is working on the case as well after being fired from MI6. Joan realizes Kitty works with Sherlock after defeating her in a singlestick confrontation. The three must find a way to get along and work together while finding the murderer, a skilled hit man (Brennan Brown).
50 2 "The Five Orange Pipz" Larry Teng Bob Goodman November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) 7.07[53]
A double murder appears to be revenge for the deaths of children poisoned by toy beads made with GHB. The father of one of the children confesses, but Sherlock deduces that the confession is false. Evidence against the maker of the beads has gone missing, which complicates understanding of the motivation for the crime. Kitty feels sidelined watching Sherlock and Joan unravel the mystery. The title of this episode is a reference to "The Five Orange Pips" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
51 3 "Just a Regular Irregular" Jerry Levine Robert Hewitt Wolfe November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) 6.53[54]
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's believed that the game is intended to be a death trap for mathematicians. Meanwhile, Joan tries to convince Kitty, who was a rape victim, to join a support group.
52 4 "Bella" Guy Ferland Craig Sweeny November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20) 6.49[55]
Software developer Edwin Borstein has created an artificial intelligence program called Bella, and he hires Sherlock because someone has broken into his company and made a copy of the program. Sherlock solves the theft case, but then Borstein dies from a fatal epileptic seizure, seemingly caused by Bella. Meanwhile, Joan's boyfriend Andrew receives a job offer that would take him to Copenhagen, and Joan wonders if Sherlock is responsible for it.
53 5 "Rip Off" John Polson Jason Tracey November 27, 2014 (2014-11-27) 6.11[56]
Sherlock and Kitty are called in when a severed hand is found in the street; this leads them into a case involving smuggled diamonds and murder. Also, Sherlock has Kitty sign a non-disclosure agreement because he'd discovered that Joan had written (but not published) a book titled The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, tensions are high between Gregson and his police officer daughter because he had punched a male officer who had hit her.
54 6 "Terra Pericolosa" Aaron Lipstadt Story by : Bob Goodman & Jeffrey Paul King
Teleplay by : Bob Goodman
December 4, 2014 (2014-12-04) 6.59[57]
Shortly after coming to the scene of a cartographic murder, Kitty, Sherlock, and Joan uncover a plot to misconstrue border lines that affect the viability of a billion-dollar casino, envisioned by billionaire real estate mogul William Hull (Skipp Sudduth). Meanwhile, Joan is troubled by Sherlock’s meddling with Kitty’s growing personal life.
55 7 "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction" Christine Moore Peter Ocko December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) 7.63[58]
A bored Holmes forces his investigative services onto Watson when she tries to locate a woman who has been missing for five years. The only clue is the smell of nutmeg at the site of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Joan's bond with her long-distance boyfriend is tested when a man from her past reappears and asks for her help.
56 8 "End of Watch" Ron Fortunato Robert Hewitt Wolfe December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18) 7.57[59]
Sherlock, Kitty, and Joan investigate the murder of a Highway Patrol officer, whose sidearm has been replaced with an airsoft gun, and uncover a connection to a wanted arms dealer. Meanwhile, Sherlock looks for the person posting his personal statements made in sobriety meetings on a recovery blog.
57 9 "The Eternity Injection" Larry Teng Craig Sweeny January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08) 8.60[60]
When a nurse Joan used to work with asks for her help finding their missing acquaintance, the woman's trail leads Joan and Sherlock to another person who has disappeared. Further investigation uncovers evidence of an ongoing illegal drug trial of a novel substance known as EZM-77. Despite his sponsor's concerns, Sherlock struggles with his sobriety, finding the recovery process monotonous ("the incessant drip-drip-drip of existence").
58 10 "Seed Money" John Polson Brian Rodenbeck January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15) 8.09[61]
A gifted genetic botanist is found killed by a cartel's signature method. The investigation leads to a backroom deal between the cartel and a high-powered agriculture firm over the botanist's expertise. In the denouement, Captain Gregson alerts Sherlock to a body whose scarring resembles Kitty's.
59 11 "The Illustrious Client" Guy Ferland Jason Tracey January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22) 8.28[62]
Sherlock and Joan delve into the background of the murdered woman Sherlock was alerted to whose premortum injuries resemble Kitty's conditions during captivity. Joan retrieves a burner phone from a bar the woman was at previously, leading the NYPD to a suspect, Simon DeMerville (P.J. Sosko). Simon is found to be a working for a brothel that kidnaps illegal immigrants, and inspection of his property yields the discovery of the body of one of the brothel's suppliers, among numerous women. The detectives suspect Simon was injured during the confrontation and went to his sister Violet (Tammy Blanchard) for medical 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, which the NYPD learns is owned by a local bartender (David Valcin) who is an old acquaintance of Simon. However, the bartender's house (where Simon's boat is being kept) is found scorched with Simon's body inside. At the morgue, Kitty inspects the body and learns 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, becomes distraught when she recognizes Gruner's voice, and names him as her tormentor.
60 12 "The One That Got Away" Seith Mann Robert Doherty January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29) 7.69[63]
All parties' suspicions rouse when Del Gruner abruptly fires Joan from her job. His questioning at the NYPD proves unsuccessful, so Sherlock begins exploring the backgrounds of various kidnapped women subject to Gruner's M.O. They track down a woman named Tabitha Laird, a coworker of Gruner's at a charity he donates to. After Joan suspects a deeper connection between Gruner and Laird, Sherlock learns that Laird's adoptive son is in fact the biological child of Gruner and one of his rape victims on Sherlock's list. Though the NYPD has something to incriminate Gruner with, Kitty lies to Sherlock about leaving New York and captures Gruner. She prepares to kill him and dissolve his body using a recreation of the nutmeg concoction featured in "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction", but Sherlock arrives—rather than talking her out of killing Gruner, he compares her situation with his, and tells her that she will always be his friend. Kitty becomes emotional and relents from killing Gruner, but instead burns his face off using the concoction and leaves him to be found by the NYPD. She later leaves for an unknown location. Throughout the episodes, flashbacks chronicle the origin of Sherlock and Kitty's partnership in London eight months ago.
61 13 "Hemlock" Christine Moore Arika Lisanne Mittman February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05) 7.87[64]
When a debt collector is murdered, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson try to narrow down the pool of suspects from thousands of consumers who owed the victim money. Meanwhile, Joan's romantic relationship with Andrew progresses when he asks her to meet his father.
62 14 "The Female of the Species" Lucy Liu Jeffrey Paul King February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12) 7.91[65]
As Joan mourns Andrew's death, Sherlock enlists Detective Bell to help him find two missing zebras... with surprise pregnancies—a previously extinct subspecies known as quagga. A trademarked color provides the first clue that leads to the thief, an employee of the zoo. Later, Joan receives a letter from Moriarty who informs Joan she had Elana March murdered because March intended to kill Joan instead of Andrew. Joan tells Sherlock that she wants to move back into the brownstone.
63 15 "When Your Number's Up" Jerry Levine Bob Goodman February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 8.21[66]
Holmes and Watson investigate a series of murders in which the killer leaves envelopes of cash on the victims. The probe leads the two into the world of wrongful death compensation. Meanwhile, Sherlock makes a generous gesture to Joan as she suffers through the aftermath of a personal crisis.
64 16 "For All You Know" Guy Ferland Peter Ocko March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 7.67[67]
When Holmes is implicated in the murder of a woman who was killed during the height of his drug addiction, he investigates himself to find their connection. Later, he and Joan retrace his steps to find the connection between himself and the victim. However the evidence begins to shake his confidence in his own character.
65 17 "T-Bone and the Iceman" Michael Slovis Jason Tracey March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 7.58[68]
Sherlock and Joan work on the case of a young woman who has been killed and then mummified by refrigerant. Their investigation leads them to a cryogenic facility where the frozen corpse of another murder-victim went missing. Meanwhile, Joan is facing problems in her family life.
66 18 "The View From Olympus" Seith Mann Story by : Jordan Rosenberg
Teleplay by : Bob Goodman
April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 7.48[69]
A young man is murdered in what Sherlock and Joan suspect to be a case of company rivalry. The case soon becomes linked with a ride-sharing company that may be invading customers' privacy. Sherlock's life is complicated further by an old friend of his who makes a daunting request of him.
67 19 "One Watson, One Holmes" John Polson Robert Hewitt Wolfe April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 7.03[70]
A prominent member of Everyone, an internet activist hacker group, is murdered shortly after another member tells Sherlock about the "civil war" state that the group is currently in. Sherlock and Joan delve deep into discovering many activists' hidden identities, beginning with the identification of one hacker's "fist", a distinctive style used to identify individual telegraph operators in a bygone era. Sherlock becomes concerned for Joan after she loses interest in a social life and wants to isolate herself.
68 20 "A Stitch in Time" Ron Fortunato Peter Ocko April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 7.56[71]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a professional skeptic, a man who debunked paranormal, religious and scientific phenomenon for a living. The case becomes urgent when his homicide reveals a potential threat to homeland security. Also, Captain Gregson's daughter and fellow NYPD officer, Hannah, asks Watson for help with one of her cases.
69 21 "Under My Skin" Aaron Lipstadt Jeffrey Paul King April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) 7.73[72]
When two New York City paramedics are killed during a kidnapping, Holmes and Watson join the manhunt to find the murderer and the woman he abducted. Meanwhile, Sherlock learns some important information about his recovery sponsor, Alfredo, that strains their relationship.
70 22 "The Best Way Out Is Always Through" Michael Slovis Arika Lisanne Mittman April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) 7.03[73]
When a judge is murdered supposedly by the woman he sentenced, Sherlock and Joan become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. They later begin to discover that things are not always as they seem. Another murder raises the stakes as the detectives try to see beyond a criminal's tricks. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance hits a rough patch. While working the case, Detective Bell must make a decision after realizing there is more to his girlfriend than he thought.
71 23 "Absconded" Guy Ferland Jason Tracey May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) 6.92[74]
Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. But when the murder is resolved fairly quickly, a larger and more sinister plot begins to reveal itself. Meanwhile, Captain Gregson enlists Watson's services in an off-book investigation regarding a tempting offer that causes him to carefully consider his future with the 11th.
72 24 "A Controlled Descent" John Polson Robert Doherty May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) 6.96[75]
Heroin addict Oscar Rankin (from the episode "For All You Know") kidnaps Alfredo and will only say where he is if Sherlock finds Oscar's missing sister Olivia. The search for Olivia takes Sherlock on a dangerous stroll down memory lane regarding his own addiction, including visits to his former rehabilitation center and an active heroin den, and exposes him to the temptation of relapse.

Season 4 (2015–16)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
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73 1 "The Past Is Parent" John Polson Robert Doherty November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05) 5.58[76]
Sherlock is determined to continue his sobriety, but the threat of a prison sentence for beating Oscar Rankin nearly to death hangs over his head. Finding out from Captain Gregson that he and Joan are fired from the police department, Sherlock keeps them both focused on a case of two missing women from 2010. Although he gets some help from an NSA contact during the case, his acerbic request for employment is rebuffed. Sherlock's father doesn't show up for a meeting, but Joan receives a call from one of his associates predicting a visit as early as the following week. She responds that she and Sherlock are busy, too, and don't deserve to be left hanging. Sherlock is not charged with any crime and, when the case concludes in New Jersey, Joan suggests working for a different police department. Back at the brownstone, Sherlock meets his father, who says that he has come to clean up Sherlock's mess.
74 2 "Evidence of Things Not Seen" Ron Fortunato Jason Tracey November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12) 5.16[77]
Sherlock's father, Morland Holmes, offers to reinstate him and Joan at the department. The next day, Joan and Sherlock begin investigating a triple homicide at a neuroeconomics research facility under the supervision of FBI agent Gary Burke, but find themselves at loose ends due to the FBI's compartmentalization of tasks during the case. Joan is skeptical of Morland's offer and Sherlock explains that dealings with him always involve a cost. Joan meets with Morland and is struck by his sincerity in supporting her partnership with Sherlock. The case is wrapped up and Sherlock takes his father's offer, but Joan discovers that Morland manipulated the DA into dropping the charges and warns him that she won't let him hurt Sherlock.
75 3 "Tag, You're Me" Christine Moore Bob Goodman November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19) 5.61[78]
The department investigates the murder of two men, one of whom appeared to be impersonating the other. Meanwhile, Sherlock confronts Morland about his continued presence in New York and agrees to help him with a "puzzle" to hasten his departure. While Joan and Detective Bell investigate a facial recognition system that is being used to find doppelgangers, Sherlock attends a dinner party to investigate a woman who holds an injunction against one of Morland's potential business ventures. Afterwards, Morland tries to reconcile with his son, saying that he intends to stay in New York indefinitely and hopes to work with Sherlock again.
76 4 "All My Exes Live in Essex" Michael Pressman Robert Hewitt Wolfe November 26, 2015 (2015-11-26) 5.32[79]
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 misdiagnosing people with cancer. She noticed when she was receiving chemotherapy in his clinic, so he murdered her. When Joan confronts Cortez, the woman voices a dislike of consultants investigating cops and suspicions 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.
77 5 "The Games Underfoot" Alex Chapple Arika Lisanne Mittman December 10, 2015 (2015-12-10) 5.00[80]
Alfredo tells Joan that Sherlock has been avoiding him. The case of a dead 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. Joan tells Sherlock about Alfredo, so Sherlock pays him a visit and tells him that he needs new routines to keep up his sobriety. When the video games turn up elsewhere, Joan goes searching for another lead from the landfill and finds a chemical company that was illegally dumping toxic chemicals. The land owner had the archaeologist killed to prevent him from revealing the chemicals and blowing a multi-million dollar deal. Sherlock realizes that Alfredo's been going to more meetings than usual and the two rekindle their friendship.
78 6 "The Cost of Doing Business" Aaron Lipstadt Jason Tracey December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17) 5.92[81]
A sniper shoots nine people, killing four, in the financial district and Morland visits Sherlock at the brownstone to offer his help. Although the shooting appears random, it is too precise, concealing the true target. Morland's contact in Interpol, Lukas, finds out that shooter-for-hire Gagnier was paid in a Swiss bank account by a shell subsidiary of Dynastic Energies. 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 had used a golf bag to smuggle the sniper's weapon into the building, leaving behind gun oil residue that becomes evidence. 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 to keep his mouth shut, at which point Morland heavily implies that he had Lukas's predecessor killed for a similar transgression.
79 7 "Miss Taken" Guy Ferland Tamara Jaron January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07) 6.71[82]
Retired FBI agent Robert Underhill is found pulverized by a wood-chipper. Joan confronts her stepfather about writing a book about her and Sherlock and asks him to get the publisher to recall it. Sherlock and Joan look into the cases Underhill was re-examining and find that of Mina Davenport, a kidnapping victim who escaped her captor 14 months prior. Sherlock determines that the woman claiming to be Mina is an impostor. She reveals herself as a girl named Cassie who is conning the Davenports for Mina's trust fund but now believes they actually killed their daughter. Not trusting her, Sherlock instigates further investigation, finding blood in the Davenports' car. Joan reveals that her stepfather cheated on her mother; he comes to apologize to her and gives her the manuscript for his sequel, saying he just wanted to feel close to her again. Richard Davenport confesses to Underhill's murder, but Sherlock realizes that Cassie had attacked the real Mina and probably killed the agent. The NYPD is able to find Mina. Joan returns her dad's manuscript with notes and an offer to help while, at the police station, Sherlock confronts "Cassie," who says she will be found innocent.
80 8 "A Burden of Blood" Christine Moore Nick Thiel January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14) 5.98[83]
A woman by the name of Ellen Jacobs, two months pregnant, is found suffocated in her car by a plastic bag. When the detectives discover that her husband could not have been the father, they begin a search for Ellen's lover. Meanwhile, Joan is helping Detective Bell study for the sergeant's exam. Sherlock takes over Bell's tutelage and finds out that he doesn't want the promotion, but needs the pay raise. Sherlock and Joan discover that Ellen is the daughter of an imprisoned killer whose M.O. matches her death. Her lover is identified as the realtor selling the Jacobs' house, whose mother was killed by Ellen's father; he is the prime suspect until he is attacked and ends up in the hospital. Ellen's husband is arrested, but Sherlock identifies her brother Nolan as the true killer. Nolan admits that they had an agreement not to pass on their father's genes and he killed her when he found out she was pregnant. Joan gives Bell a "case study" that leads to him receiving most of a $40,000 bounty for locating a wanted fugitive.
81 9 "Murder Ex Machina" Guy Ferland Robert Hewitt Wolfe January 21, 2016 (2016-01-21) 6.33[84]
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 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 Russian ones are off the market. Joan suspects that Morland was shot once and may still be a target.
82 10 "Alma Matters" Larry Teng Bob Goodman January 28, 2016 (2016-01-28) 6.09[85]
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 under siege 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. Detective Bell obtains a sketch of the murder suspect, but Lily turns up dead as well. Startled by Lukas's violent refusal to speak, Sherlock returns to Morland with the accusation that Morland suspected 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 away Lukas's fear, and agrees to return to London. The CEO of Fairbridge was using the indebted ex-con students to murder or otherwise endanger anyone who threatened the college. Sherlock tells his father that Lukas's predecessor was spying on Morland, agreeing to investigate the case of Morland's shooting due to his anger at his reputation being besmirched.
83 11 "Down Where the Dead Delight" Jerry Levine Jeffrey Paul King February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04) 6.23[86]
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. At the same time, Detective Cortez visits the precinct to ask for Joan's help finding an elusive suspect. Joan is frustrated when Cortez refuses to explain her questionable rationale and Sherlock suspects 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 confronts Cortez about selfishly hurting others and threatens to expose her if she does it again.
84 12 "A View with a Room" John Polson Richard C. Okie February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11) 6.10[87]
A colleague of Captain Gregson asks Sherlock for help infiltrating the headquarters of a drug-dealing biker gang. Sherlock plans the heist using information provided by an undercover cop in the organization, but the inside man is killed before they can carry it out. The man's body cam records the moment of his death, and eventually discrepancies between the recording and the real scene lead Sherlock to conclude that the video was staged at a different location. The man and his partner wanted to incite a police raid on the gang, but his partner killed him over the gang's money. 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 they begin a relationship.
85 13 "A Study in Charlotte" Guy Ferland Robert Hewitt Wolfe February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18) 5.95[88]
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, Austin 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. Figuring that Charlotte was the intended target, they continue the investigation and discover that Charlotte was producing counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills in exchange for property. The property was strategically located to try to squeeze money out of a pharmaceutical company that Charlotte felt stole her idea and profited hugely off it. Sherlock and company eventually discover that the very same Austin Harper was actually married to Charlotte and stood to gain millions by selling the property to the pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, Joan decides to deal with the noisy next-door neighbors and discovers that the neighbor has turned his residence into a short-term rental catering to the loud and rambunctious set, all as revenge for Sherlock and Joan's repeated disturbances of the 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, as well as a jar of honey from Sherlock's bees. The title refers to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel A Study in Scarlet.
86 14 "Who Is That Masked Man?" Larry Teng Jason Tracey February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25) 5.82[89]
Sherlock and Joan scam their way into the house of Morland's "stepdaughter," because they suspect his mistress to be involved in the assassination attempt that ultimately cost her her life. Morland returns to the brownstone and infuriatedly explains to Sherlock that Sabine's death was his full responsibility. Later, however, Morland gives Sherlock access to her email account, revealing that it was hacked by a Russian hitman who now resides in a supermax prison in Russia. Morland also provides Sherlock with his mother's medical records, telling him that he wasn't the first addict in the family. Hoping to quell a gang war before it begins, Gregson is assisted by Sherlock and Joan in solving the murders of three triad members. It turns out to be a revenge killing by a mortician who had stumbled on a scam in an assisted living facility and was then assaulted for it by the deceased.
87 15 "Up to Heaven and Down to Hell" John Polson Tamara Jaron March 3, 2016 (2016-03-03) 5.85[91]
Sherlock and Joan investigate the suspicious fall of a wealthy octogenarian from the penthouse of her own apartment building, which results in killing both her and the man upon whom she lands. First, they think it's because of issues with the estate, in which her shitzu inherits everything, but that turns out not to be the motive. Then, their attention is pointed to a proposed landmark high rise, to be built using air rights of the apartment building, and the protesters against it. This reunites them with billionaire real estate mogul William Hull ("Terra Pericolosa"). They discover another murder linked to the case. They all ultimately uncover the real motive. The architect of the landmark building made a career-killing design error and tried to cover it up by killing 3 people. Gregson is involved with a disgraced former police officer (Virginia Madsen). The woman breaks off the relationship after Joan accidentally runs into them at a restaurant. They eventually make up after she reveals to Gregson that she has MS. In the opening scene, Sherlock mentions the "ManhattAnt."[90]
88 16 "Hounded" Ron Fortunato Robert Hewitt Wolfe March 10, 2016 (2016-03-10) 5.64[92]
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 a witness describes as a huge glowing animal. Charles's brother Henry believes it might have been murder and Sherlock thinks he may be next. Suspects include the CEO of Stapleton Innovations, who stands to inherit a fortune if both Charles and Henry die. Meanwhile, Dr. Hawes's work is suffering due to the psychological effects of the events of "Down Where the Dead Delight" and he's starting to self-medicate; Sherlock warns him that he'll go into a downward spiral if he isn't careful.
89 17 "You've Got Me, Who's Got You?" Seith Mann Paul Cornell March 20, 2016 (2016-03-20) 5.28[93]
A comic book hero impersonator is found dead. This leads the investigation to the publisher and we learn that the creator's grandson is the editor of that comic. The grandson unabashedly voices his dismay over the fact that his grandfather was screwed out of his rights in the 1940s, to the irritation of his coworkers. The grandson and the dead impersonator knew each other; thus, the impersonator stopped the grandson from going ahead with his plan to kill all his coworkers, but got killed himself in the process. Meanwhile, Joan is exhorted by Morland to find a mole in his organization because an important deal fell through. Sherlock cautions Joan by telling her that Morland made the Russian hitman from a prior episode disappear from prison. Joan tells Morland she couldn't find the mole, but then recruits the mole to become a double agent inside Morland's organization.
90 18 "Ready or Not" Christine Moore Bob Goodman March 27, 2016 (2016-03-27) 5.16[94]
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 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 didn't exist. The man's business partner killed him and framed the survivalists to keep their practice from going under. During this time, Sherlock has been trying to treat Fiona as someone special, but his odd behavior only leads her to feel like she is a problem for him to solve. However, he explains that he is trying so hard because he wants to make things work, reconciling their relationship.
91 19 "All In" Aaron Lipstadt Kelly Wheeler April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10) 6.38[95]
An illegal high roller poker game is robbed, and the organizer of the game, Lin Wen, comes to Sherlock and Joan for help. 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, which is promptly confiscated by NSA Agent McNally. The dealer of the poker game, a Turkish spy, used the robbery to steal a key to a secure server room that hosted diplomatic communications. Joan confronts Lin with the truth that they are half-sisters.
92 20 "Art Imitates Art" Ron Fortunato Arika Lisanne Mittman April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10) 6.04[95]
A woman exiting a gym enters the car she thinks is her rideshare and is subsequently shot and killed. This brings Sherlock's and Joan's attention to a murder in Connecticut for which they think the man convicted is innocent. The first murder turns out to be a crime of passion with the second a cover-up for the first. After a heated exchange at the beginning of the episode, Joan and Lin reconcile.
93 21 "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" Jeremy Webb Nick Thiel and Jeffrey Paul King April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17) 5.51[96]
Sherlock and Joan are investigating an apparent carjacking with two deaths and many details not fitting the puzzle. This carjacking was staged by the intended target and the hitman, hired by the target's business partner, only to be hijacked by the target's wife. Meanwhile, Joan meets her frantic double agent in Morland's organization, who is worried that Morland is on to them. Morland makes a surprise visit to the brownstone. The episode ends with Marcus being called to an armed robbery in a diner with multiple victims, one of them the double agent.
94 22 "Turn It Upside Down" Lucy Liu Bob Goodman April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24) 5.15[97]
Joan tells Sherlock about her double agent in Morland's organization. The two of them suspect Morland of ordering the hit in the diner, but the evidence is pointed in a different direction after the suspect confesses to another murder for hire by the same person two weeks earlier. An online survey created by this victim in order to change the future perspective on sentencing is found to be connected to another simultaneous crime in Geneva and a lab assistant selling information on the ones coming up as psychopaths to what she thought was the CIA. The name of the contact she gives alerts Sherlock to the involvement of his longtime adversary, Moriarty.
95 23 "The Invisible Hand" Guy Ferland Robert Doherty & Jason Tracey May 1, 2016 (2016-05-01) 5.45[98]
As Sherlock is reviewing known evidence, which leads him to the conclusion that, instead of the imprisoned Moriarty, someone else is wielding the scepter in her organization, Morland's office is bombed by the Russian hitman. This leads Sherlock to an obscure professor, Joshua Vikner (Tony Curran). Not only is he the caretaker of Moriarty's organization, he's 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 doesn't share any useful information. Sherlock notices corrosion on his belt and a distinct smell, illuminating which type of 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 gauge interest in a possible truce with Morland. 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.
96 24 "A Difference in Kind" John Polson Jason Tracey & Robert Doherty May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08) 5.46[99]
Sherlock quickly disarms the bomb and deduces that it was not Vikner, but another member of his group who wants to dethrone him by killing them, thus breaking Moriarty's rule of not harming him 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, who is bent on deposing Vikner as leader. They meet with her only to realize the enormity of the organization and to learn the reason why Morland was targeted by Vikner. Some in the organization, like Hashemi, wanted Morland as the new leader until Vikner played his hand. Sherlock, Joan, and Morland work together to frame Vikner for a federal crime, only to find out that he was tipped off by a contact inside the FBI and is in the wind. Morland, in an attempt to protect his son, then contacts Vikner, who thinks he's going to be able to kill off Morland. Morland, however, has allied with Hashemi, so Vikner is killed instead by her men. Morland meets Sherlock on the brownstone's rooftop, telling him that he has taken over leadership of the organization with the aim of dismantling the network from within and explaining to him that it was the only way to guarantee he would not lose his son. He also promises that the group won't have a presence in New York and prepares to return to London.

Season 5 (2016–17)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
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97 1 "Folie à Deux" Christine Moore Robert Doherty & Jeffrey Paul King October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) 6.03[100]
The episode starts with the deadly explosion of an IED similar to a string of explosions from half a decade earlier. While Sherlock and Watson are briefed at the scene, Sherlock notices someone standing out and chases him. His attempt is foiled 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 don't add up. Watson asks Shinwell Johnson (Nelsan Ellis), one of her last patients as a surgeon and also someone who was in the same prison as this suspect, for information. He points her to the suspect's best friend in prison. Eventually, Sherlock figures out that this friend was responsible for the earlier bombings and that they were working together in a scheme to help the first suspect, a real estate developer, win a contract. Meanwhile, Watson 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 Watson knocks on his door.
98 2 "Worth Several Cities" Guy Ferland Robert Hewitt Wolfe October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) 5.21[101]
A dangerous gang leader (Jon Huertas) has Sherlock kidnapped and orders him to find out who killed the gang's best smuggler. The investigation reveals that the murderer was after a smuggled treasure, the Imperial Jade Seal of China. Representatives from the governments of both Mainland China and Taiwan also approach Sherlock, as each of their governments has a vested interest in acquiring the Seal. Meanwhile, Shinwell asks Joan to locate his teenage daughter, with whom he lost touch while being incarcerated.
99 3 "Render, and Then Seize Her" Alex Chapple Jason Tracey October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23) 5.39[102]
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, hadn't reported it due to fear for her life. The solution turns out to involve CGI manipulation of video footage, and the music of Steve Winwood. 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.
100 4 "Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling" John Polson Bob Goodman October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30) 4.80[103]
Holmes and Watson are drawn into the world of asteroid research when they investigate a financial analyst's murder. Meanwhile, Captain Gregson lobbies to have Sherlock and Joan included when his unit is selected to receive a city commendation for its exemplary work.
101 5 "To Catch a Predator Predator" Guy Ferland Tamara Jaron November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06) 4.68[104]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man who led a secret life as a vigilante. The victim outed dating site sexual predators and publicly shamed them. Meanwhile, Sherlock disagrees with Joan's plan to help Shinwell when his criminal record prevents him from getting a full-time job.
102 6 "Ill Tidings" Ron Fortunato Jeffrey Paul King November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13) 5.45[105]
Holmes and Watson investigate a mass murder when a chef and his patrons are poisoned after dining on a tasting menu tainted with snake venom. Meanwhile, Bell's crush on a work colleague makes Sherlock realize his relationship with Fiona is at an important crossroads.
103 7 "Bang Bang Shoot Chute" Jerry Levine Celeste Chan Wolfe November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20) 5.01[106]
Holmes and Watson search for two murderers after a base jumper is shot out of the sky by one killer and has his parachute sabotaged by another. Meanwhile, Joan takes drastic measures to ensure that Shinwell isn't drawn back into a life of crime after her sister sees him with a member of his old gang.
104 8 "How the Sausage Is Made" Michael Pressman Mark Hudis November 27, 2016 (2016-11-27) 4.95[107]
Joan worries Sherlock's sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings. Meanwhile, the sleuths discover a man's death that was caused by ingesting poisoned sausage is connected to a lab working on a breakthrough in the artificial meat industry.
105 9 "It Serves You Right to Suffer" Aidan Quinn Kelly Wheeler December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11) 4.73[108]
A dead rival gang member is found on SBK territory with evidence indicating Shinwell as the murderer. Sherlock and Watson work to find the real murderer before Shinwell gets arrested. Meanwhile, Sherlock and Watson investigate Shinwell's involvement with his old gang, the South Bronx Killers.
106 10 "Pick Your Poison" Jeremy Webb Bob Goodman December 18, 2016 (2016-12-18) 5.08[109]
Watson has her DEA number and identity stolen by a drug mill perpetrator, leading to the discovery of two dead bodies, those of a rheumatologist and a patient's mother. Meanwhile, Sherlock deals with an unwanted gift from Shinwell while trying to prevent Shinwell from possibly ending up dead, too.
107 11 "Be My Guest" Maja Vrvilo Jason Tracey January 8, 2017 (2017-01-08) 5.14[110]
While wrapping up a murder investigation, Sherlock discovers evidence of a woman being held prisoner for years and races to track her down before she is disposed of by her captor. Meanwhile, Watson 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 put him in the right circles within his gang.
108 12 "Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown" Michael Slovis Jordan Rosenberg January 15, 2017 (2017-01-15) 4.36[111]
Sherlock's investigation into the murder of a man dressed as a clown leads to the discovery of a plot to contaminate New York City's water supply with a new superbug. Meanwhile, Watson helps Marcus resolve the aftermath of a bar fight with his girlfriend's ex-husband, which, after a scene is made at the DA's office, may affect her position as first chair in a high-profile case that could make or break her career as an ADA.
109 13 "Over a Barrel" Guy Ferland Jeffrey Paul King January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29) 5.44[112]
The father of a now-dead assault victim takes an entire diner hostage to force Sherlock and Joan to take his case, as they had repeatedly denied him in the years prior due to preoccupation with other cases. He gives them until midnight to find the culprit behind his son's fatal assault, as that is when the statute of limitations runs out. With Watson remaining behind as an additional hostage and his having mere hours before the gunman's deadline, Sherlock works with Marcus to uncover what happened, only to stumble upon evidence of a massive smuggling operation related to a gang war.
110 14 "Rekt in Real Life" John Polson Robert Hewitt Wolfe February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19) 5.08[113]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player who died after being assaulted in front of his fans during a live video stream. Meanwhile, Shinwell seeks advice from Joan when his teen daughter asks to meet with him for the first time in years.
111 15 "Wrong Side of the Road" Jennifer Lynch Robert Doherty & Jason Tracey March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05) 4.26[114]
Holmes' former protégée, Kitty Winter, returns to New York after a three-year absence to warn him that a killer is eliminating everyone involved with a case they worked on together in London, and that they're the next targets. As Sherlock, Kitty, Joan and the NYPD join forces to find the perpetrator, Watson discovers Kitty has a life-changing secret.
112 16 "Fidelity" Christine Moore Jason Tracey & Robert Doherty March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12) 4.50[115]
Joan and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders, stemming from an old case Sherlock and Kitty solved in London, is connected to an international government conspiracy with the Defense Intelligence Agency at its center. Also, Sherlock and Kitty's relationship is strained after she shares life-changing news, on the conclusion of a two-part.
113 17 "The Ballad of Lady Frances" Aaron Lipstadt Bob Goodman & Jordan Rosenberg March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19) 4.28[116]
The police call in Holmes and Watson to consult on a homicide "heard" by a cutting edge gunshot detection system when they can't find any tangible evidence that a crime was committed. Also, Sherlock and Joan become suspicious of Shinwell when he's the target of a drive-by shooting that reveals a connection between him and an unsolved murder.
114 18 "Dead Man's Tale" Alex Chapple Tamara Jaron March 26, 2017 (2017-03-26) 5.16[117]
Sherlock and Joan question how well they know Shinwell when they investigate the possibility he may have gotten away with the unsolved murder of his friend, a fellow gang member. Also, Sherlock and Joan's latest case puts them on the hunt for a treasure map rumored to lead to a fortune in pirate's gold hidden around New York City.
115 19 "High Heat" Michael Hekmat Kelly Wheeler April 16, 2017 (2017-04-16) 4.29[118]
Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Sherlock considered one of New York's worst private investigators. Also, as Holmes stews over being beaten by Shinwell, he decides to take out his aggression by dismantling a local organization of private investigators.
116 20 "The Art of Sleights and Deception" Ron Fortunato Mark Hudis April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23) 4.47[119]
Holmes and Watson get mixed up in murder and magic when they investigate the death of a magician killed while performing a classic stunt. Also, Watson suspects Bell is being targeted by the ex-husband of his girlfriend, Chantal (Chasten Harmon), after a false allegation lands him the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation.
117 21 "Flying into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing" Guy Ferland Bob Goodman April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30) 4.79[120]
When Detective Bell's girlfriend, Chantal (Chasten Harmon), is assaulted and her ex-husband is killed soon after, in what Holmes and Watson discover is a staged suicide, they search for one suspect behind the linked crimes. Also, as Bell fights the urge to seek his own brand of justice for Chantal, Sherlock makes a heartbreaking realization about the detective's past.
118 22 "Moving Targets" Lucy Liu Robert Hewitt Wolfe May 7, 2017 (2017-05-07) 4.22[121]
When a small-town police chief is killed while participating in a reality TV show where all contestants 'hunt' their assigned targets, the team initially suspect her current target, a former child soldier turned doctor from Africa, but soon realize 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 SBK played in another murder so that he can rise up the ranks of the gang, as well as providing her with a written confession of his earlier crimes. This episode ends with Joan discovering Shinwell dead in his apartment.
119 23 "Scrambled" Christine Moore Jason Tracey May 14, 2017 (2017-05-14) 4.43[122]
Holmes and Watson investigate Shinwell's murder that puts them in the crosshairs of one of New York City's deadliest gangs, SBK. Also, Holmes' behavior becomes increasingly erratic when he secretly interacts with a mysterious woman (Joanna Christie).
120 24 "Hurt Me, Hurt You" John Polson Robert Doherty & Jeffrey Paul King May 21, 2017 (2017-05-21) 4.11[123]
In the season-ender, the team uncovers the mastermind of the gang war, leading to the gang's disintegration. Holmes, experiencing increasing spates of memory loss and hallucinations, undergoes an MRI in a closing scene cliffhanger; a scan of his brain is depicted.

Home video releases[edit]

Season Episodes DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 24 August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)[124] December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23)[125] February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)[126] 6
2 24 August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)[127] August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25)[128] January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28)[129] 6
3 24 August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)[130] September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)[131] December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)[132] 6
4 24 August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)[133] September 26, 2016 (2016-09-26)[134] TBA 6

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