Recap: Elementary – While You Were Sleeping


by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)


The episode begins with Watson and Holmes attending an AA meeting. Watson looks at Holmes and he seems to be slightly lost. Holmes eventually decides to leave and tells her that he hypnotized himself during the meeting to avoid listening to the sob stories.  Watson then tells him that she will be going for dinner tonight and will be gone for two hours before Holmes receives a phone call.

Captain Gregson then calls with a victim in an apartment hallway who has been shot in the face. Since his wallet and watch are missing, and he and Detective Bell are classifying it as a robbery/homicide. The neighbor saw the body and called 911. Watson gets a little green and leaves, surprising Holmes, who thinks she should be used to dead bodies. He struts into the apartment, eyeing his surroundings and the blood spray on the wall. He sniffs the leather arm chair, and announces that it is two separate events: a robbery, and a murder. A woman was sitting in the chair when she shot the man, Casey—he can tell by the deodorant she was wearing. The robbery was committed by a man, as the large armoire is missing from the apartment. Bell is skeptical, but Watson finds a framed picture with the missing armoire in it. Holmes kicks down the neighbor’s door, revealing the armoire.

Back at the station, the neighbor confesses he found Casey dead and robbed the body and took the antique armoire before calling the police. Holmes, watching Bell question him, gets increasingly annoyed. Watson sends him to the lobby to get a bag of chips. She asks Gregson about him coming to New York and asking to help with cases—Gregson mentions that Holmes reached out to him from London about coming back, which is not in-keeping with what Holmes has previously told her. Holmes thanks Watson for helping with the picture of the armoire. He also notes that he is fully aware her few hours out is dinner with an ex, and that he can tell it’s an ex because she hasn’t had sex in a while—she’s lacking a certain orgasmic gait.

The next morning Watson makes coffee, and Holmes says he can tell that she didn’t sleep with her friend. He is going over the autopsy report on the victim, and notices grey clouding of the cornea, which is a rare genetic disorder. Watson asks again about London but he refuses to tell her. The police call: they have found the woman from the sketch generated. She’s at the hospital. Turns out it is a woman in a coma. She tried to kill herself three days ago. Holmes yells at her, then looks for a syringe, determined to stab her to see if she is faking it. Watson checks her vitals and says it is consistent with a coma.

Holmes notices an inscription on a card and deduces that Yvette, the coma victim, has a twin, Rebecca. And it turns out the two are the daughters of the town’s recently deceased shipping millionaire. They hunt down Rebecca, but are surprised to see she is nothing like Yvette, with red hair and brighter eyes. They are fraternal twins, not identical.

Back at home, a frustrated Holmes gets a call from the captain; there has been another shooting death, and the same gun was used. The neighbor has been in custody so it is clearly not the same guy, Bell finally admits. At the victim’s home, they note that the murdered woman has the same genetic disorder. Holmes concludes that she and the other victim were brother and sister–half siblings, with the same father.

It turns out that Rebecca hired someone to investigate both Anna and Casey (the murder victims). Her father told her and her sister about their existence on his deathbed. She is legitimately surprised to find out they’re both dead. Holmes notes that they could have sued for a portion of the estate. Rebecca tells them that she and Yvette debated about what to do. They decided to get an attorney to look into them before they decided to divvy up their fortune—to see if they were good people. That’s around when Yvette started seeing a married man and drinking, and tried to kill herself.

When they get back to their home, Ty (Watson’s old boyfriend) is waiting outside. It turns out Holmes hacked into Watson’s account and emailed Ty about a dinner party. Ty wants to know if Holmes is her boyfriend. Watson is not happy. She dismisses Ty, and argues with Holmes about learning more about each other.

Watson and Holmes go to AA again, while Holmes fumes because he is sure that Rebecca tricked them. Watson has a tack to poke him with if he puts himself in a trance. They listen to the story of a drug addict who got involved with a married doctor, who went to jail for supplying her. Holmes has a breakthrough. He rushes off, Watson behind. He insists that they need to find Rebecca right now. Watson says that he needs to trust her and let her in on this so she can help him. So they storm in on Rebecca reading to Yvette in the hospital. Holmes yells that he knows she tampered with security cameras, and that he knows all about 3rd heir, Mary Margaret. When Rebecca plays dumb, he yells her information and address, insisting she knows all about her. Bell shows up, Watson having texted him. He tries to subdue Holmes but Holmes throws him. Bell arrests Holmes for assaulting him.

At the address Holmes has shouted, later that night, someone is breaking in. As she moves to murder the woman, the police catch her – it is Yvette! Yvette, it turns out, has been in a medically-induced coma. Her married doctor-lover was able to put in and bring her out as needed. She enlisted his help in faking the suicide and putting her into a coma, because Rebecca wanted to share the money with their half-siblings. She was still weak from the coma, so that is why she had to sit when she killed the other victims. Holmes invented the 3rd heir and made sure the doctor heard him yelling about it to lay the trap.

Gregson wants to get drinks with him after the case is wrapped up, and Bell shakes his hand, but Holmes ducks out of it to get bad take-out with Watson. She wants to talk about him listening at the meeting. She thinks he is doing some kind of penance for what happened in London, but not knowing it. He walks out, essentially admitting it. Later, looking sad and thoughtful, he opens a violin case. Watson, in her bedroom, hears him playing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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