by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)
The episode begins with Watson coming home to find an intruder in the house. She tries to get away only for Holmes to reveal it is just him and that she’s unable to defend herself. He lets her know that he’ll be testing her throughout and he wants her to take self-defense classes. Meanwhile, Detective Bell going home for the evening when a car pulls up and opens fire, causing him to crash. Luckily for Bell, the shooter missed, and he has a good idea of who it was: a gangster named Bradshaw, who just got out of prison.
Bell, Holmes and Watson pay Bradshaw a visit but he doesn’t give them any information. Holmes tells Bell that they’ll get nothing out of him so they should just go, later explaining that it couldn’t be Bradshaw as he wouldn’t risk just getting his freedom to do something like that himself when he could have had someone else do it for him. The next day, Bradshaw turns up dead, thus proving he was not the shooter. At the scene is a shoe print which matches that of Detective Bell. They visit the precinct to talk with Bell and Holmes meets a female officer, Officer Reyes, who he wants Watson to spar and train with. She also used to date Detective Bell, much to Holmes delight!
The detective gives Holmes the key to his apartment so they can check everything out, and Holmes finds a gun in an air vent. When Watson returns home, she enters to extremely loud music and Holmes checking the gun’s ballistics by shooting bullets into a torso. (Yes, it is illegal to use firearms inside a home, but it’s Holmes.) It turns out that was the gun that killed Bradshaw, and if Bell didn’t do it, someone with close access to him is framing him!
Bell goes to talk to a “thug” named Mr. Cheese, who also happens to be his brother, and finds out that some people had access to modify a gun exactly like the one that shot at him. By his brother doing this, Mr. Cheese has violated his parole of talking to his old accomplices. But family takes care of family, right? The next day, the brothers have a fight at the precinct, and when Bell later goes to his brother’s apartment to talk, he finds him lying on the floor in a puddle of blood. Bell calls for help immediately to try and save his brother’s life. Who is killing all these people?
Holmes is getting frustrated with the case and Watson ends up pushing him to the point of confessing that he knows she is no longer being paid by his father and that she lied to him. But he asks her to stay on and to learn from him to be better, and that her being around calms him. He says he has money in funds that he can pay her with, the same stipend she was receiving from his father. Watson decided to think about it.
The partners decide it must be a cop that is setting Bell up for the murder, and after interviewing other officers, they find out it was Officer Reyes. She worked with Detective Hudson, the detective that Bell turned into IA for planting evidence against Bradshaw. She blamed Bell for the IA investigation into her mentor because it tarnished her reputation as well. Luckily, Bell’s brother makes it through his shooting and Watson decides to stay on with Holmes and live at his place until she gets one of her own.
Overall, this was a decent episode that was very predictable. I, for one, knew who the killer would be the moment the character was introduced. But with shows that follow particular formulas, you’re going to be able to guess who the killers are a good portion of the time just by how each episode is set up. That’s one of the downsides to a show like this, unfortunately.
It was really a matter of time before Holmes let Watson now he knew she had lied to him. It was a nice moment, the small monologue he gives about her staying on with him. Holmes is always so calculating and direct that, when an emotional moment comes out of him, it’s almost like a whole new person there that we are able to experience. These moments don’t happen all the time so they are truly something to absorb and to experience. It was also a no-brainer that Watson would stay on. I mean, you can’t have Sherlock Holmes without Watson, right?
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars