Synopsis 05×16: Sherlock tries to take down a murdering secret agent after he is arrested and threatened. He also becomes a godfather. 

Last episode, Sherlock was taken in by Anson Gephardt, murderer and Middle Eastern Analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He brought Sherlock into an interrogation room where he admitted to his involvement in the killings in London and in the US. However, he warned that he would make Sherlock’s life uncomfortable by connecting him to his father if he continued to pursue the case. Sherlock should stop meddling.

He was released back to Joan without being harmed, more determined at that point to figure out why an analyst for the DIA would kill people involved in a manslaughter case in London. It defied logic. While Sherlock went off to work on the case, Joan caught up with Kitty, who filled her in on the details of what happened during Sherlock’s introduction to Archie. She said that Sherlock looked at her as if “she’d brought a ten pound spider into his home.” 

Joan assured her that Sherlock was happy for her, even if he might not show it. Kitty asked to stay in the Brownstone. 

After running down the case, Sherlock came up somewhat empty handed. He could not find any direct connection between Gephardt, Eli, and the manslaughter case. It was suggested they look at it from a different angle, perhaps the murder victims witnessed DIA activity during the trial and the Gephardt was trying to clean up. They turned to the law firm that Eli Kotax used during the case, Sherlock and Kitty interviewing the head of the firm while Joan went to talk once again with Cy Durning’s wife. 

While in the lobby at the law firm, Kitty decided to once again bring up her son and Sherlock not only told her he was beautiful and he was happy for her, but also correctly guessed that she would be getting out of the detective game. She expressed her concern that he would be disappointed and he said, “Do I look disappointed?” She answered, “No, you look angry.” Cue a happy distraction when they were able to go into the meeting. 

The head of the firm, Garber, informed them that they sounded crazy like Saunders did. Saunders, if you remember, was one of the men killed in relation to the London manslaughter case. Apparently Saunders had paranoid schizophrenia and when off of his medications would spout off insane conspiracy theories. He was otherwise relatively unhelpful. 

Durning’s wife provided better clues. She explained to Joan that she was not involved much in her husband’s career but after he retired he wanted to write a book. In preparation for the book he started (illegally) recording his trials so that he would be able to recall them and write about them thoroughly. She just so happened to have tapes of Eli’s prosecution.

Margaret and Archie moved into the Brownstone and poor Margaret got to learn first hand just how eccentric Sherlock can be. Joan played the recordings for Kitty, one in particular that was of interest. Saunders, midway through the trial, began to ramble about Chinese astronauts, a Venezuelan toilet, and gold under some pyramids. While it sounded like nonsense Joan believed that something he said was true and that anyone who heard it had been killed by Gephardt to cover it up. 

Sherlock chose the toilet bomb based on the fact one had gone off just a couple days before. The President of Venezuela barely made it out alive and they hypothesized that he had somehow gotten in touch with Gephardt and had the whole thing planned. Sherlock and Joan broke into an office with records to try and figure out who the middle man was, or find any other connections they could between the Venezuelan incident, Saunders, and Gephardt. 

During their B&E, Joan tried to talk to Sherlock about Kitty, only to have him wander off in a huff (with the file) claiming that all of his proteges are one in the same. Whatever that means. 

Returning to the Brownstone, Kitty informed Sherlock that there were people watching the house and he said he realized that. The only connection they managed to find was to Garber, who appeared to be in the middle of the Venezuelan mess. Sherlock offered to throw off their tail while Kitty and Joan went to confront Garber. They did, approaching him in the parking garage, and managed to rescue him from a drive by shooting by kicking him in the junk. 

After the attempt on his life Garber was willing to talk and explained he had a Venezuelan roommate in law school who ended up in a high intelligence position. He was contacted by Gephardt to make a deal for the Fidel files, supposedly an intelligence goldmine. In exchange for orchestrating the bombing and swaying the vote for the sitting president, Garber’s contact would hand over the files. The deal went through. It took three years, but the bomb finally went off. 

Garber handed over the files. Joan and Bell found the motorcycle and went to investigate, realizing quickly that Gephardt had done the shooting himself. Before they could get much further their attention was diverted to the internet where Gephardt had released not only the files, but a recorded message explaining all that he did supposedly in the name of his country. He claimed to be in Indonesia but Joan and Bell knew better. They had to find him. 

Kitty confronted Sherlock while they watched the news about the mass release of the Fidel files. She told him if the only way to be his friend was to be a detective, then they were done. At first he was sassy but eventually opened up to her: he thought they were friends, and she disappeared for two years without so much as an e-mail to let him know how she was doing. She had a child and he did not know. His feelings were hurt.

Another convenient distraction jogged them from their heart to heart. From the Fidel files surfaced a video that was supposedly showing the construction of an Iranian nuclear missile. Given that Gephardt was a Middle Eastern analyst, Sherlock believed he was trying to purposely provoke a war. He also believed the video was fake because it was not in the original files they received. The only way to find out though would be to find Gephardt, who at the time was in a standoff with the FBI. 

Gephardt took two bullets in the shoulder during the standoff and Sherlock tried to rush in to talk to him and get him to admit what he had done. He refused. The NYPD was told to back down. Sherlock, desperate for clues, noticed the tag on a dog’s collar: Kammie. The same word that had been uttered in the Iranian video. He put two and two together and realized it was filmed in the cellar of Gephardt’s mother’s house and he had the proof.

Sherlock put together a file and passed it off to the NSA, who promised to bring out the truth. He ended the episode heading to St. Marks to meet up with Kitty who admitted she had been a not-so-great friend, mostly because she wanted to protect Sherlock. She no longer needed detective work. She felt like a whole person again and knew it was not the case for Sherlock. Then she told him they were family and took him inside where he was asked to be Archie’s godfather. 

Cue the need for tissues.

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