S05E07 Sherlock and Watson in hangar

"Bang Bang Shoot Chute"
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Season: Five — Episode: 7
Director: Jerry Levine — Writer: Celeste Chan Wolfe — Aired: November 20, 2016 — Viewers (millions): 5.01
Summary: 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. Also, after Watson's sister, Lin, thinks she sees Shinwell with a member of his old gang, Watson takes drastic measures to make sure he won't be drawn back into a life of crime.


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You seem like an intelligent man. Watson thinks you have potential. I hate to see you fumble away your current opportunity.
— Holmes to Shinwell

Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson investigate the death of a base jumper who was shot by a sniper in mid air, but Holmes discovers that the straps on his parachute had been cut and he would have died regardless. They initially suspect the wife, his base jumping partner and a colleague from his time as a military contractor. The deceased had received a large sum of money, which Watson and Holmes thought was the result of blackmail, but turned out to be an off the books loan, used for the purchase of a plane. After examining the plane, Holmes finds seats in the cargo hold, and they realize the plane was used to illegally smuggle immigrants into the country. During questioning of the wife, she admits to cutting the straps on the parachute, because her husband had been having an affair, but she had changed her mind and begged him not to jump. After interviewing two of the immigrants smuggled on the plane they realize their daughter is most likely the woman who had been having an affair with the deceased. Their son had been associated with the Taliban, and in his belief system premarital sex was a great dishonor to their family. He had killed his sister's lover and planned to kill his sister, but the police captured him in time.

Joan's sister, Lin Wen, tells Watson that she saw a man she thought was a gang member talking to Shinwell Johnson. Watson is worried because it might effect Shinwell's parole. Through police photos, Lin identifies the man as Tall Boy, a former gang associate of Shinwell's and member of SBK. When Watson confronts Tall Boy he tells her that Shinwell contacted him. Holmes meets Shinwell in park where they play chess and Holmes warns him not throw away his opportunity to change. Shinwell tells Watson he doesn't want her help anymore and threatens her.


  • The Bones of J.R. Jones - Dreams to Tell plays at episode end as Shinwell tells Watson to leave him alone and get out of his apartment.


Elementary Season Five Episodes
Folie a DeuxWorth Several CitiesRender, and Then Seize HerHenny Penny the Sky Is FallingTo Catch a Predator PredatorIll TidingsBang Bang Shoot ChuteHow the Sausage Is MadeIt Serves You Right to SufferPick Your PoisonBe My GuestCrowned Clown, Downtown BrownOver a BarrelRekt in Real LifeWrong Side of the RoadFidelityThe Ballad of Lady FrancesDead Man's TaleHigh HeatThe Art of Sleights and DeceptionFly Into a Rage, Make a Bad LandingMoving TargetsScrambledHurt Me, Hurt You

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