Season: Five — Episode: 21 Director: Guy Ferland — Writer: Bob Goodman — Aired: April 30, 2017 — Viewers (millions): 4.79 Summary: Holmes and Watson search for the suspect believed to be behind both the assault on Chantal, and her ex-husband's staged suicide. Detective Bell fights the urge to seek his own brand of justice for Chantal and Holmes makes a heartbreaking realization about Bell.
There's that disappointment again. "Vengeance interruptus."
— Holmes to Bell
After Detective Bell finds Chantal beaten and unconscious in her apartment, Captain Gregson and Holmes meet him at the hospital. Saying that she has various injuries including a skull fracture, she's being kept sedated and treated for inter cranial bleeding. Having examined Chantal's apartment, Holmes reports her attacker broke in through a window and urinated on her bed. Given the problems that Chantal's ex-husband Roy Booker has been giving Bell of late, he's convinced that Booker is responsible for the assault. After Gregson takes Bell aside to calm him down, Holmes tells Bell that he well understands his need for vengeance and that he'll investigate while Bell tends to Chantal. Booker is brought to the 11th Precinct with his lawyer Ardy Gulbenkian and accused being Chantal's attacker.
She was unresponsive when they brought her in.
Angrily protesting his innocence, he provides an alibi, that he was surveilling a man at the Birchwood Grove Country Club for a law firm he works for as an investigator. Told that his DNA will be tested to see if it matches the urine, he makes a threaten that they better not be trying to unlawfully pin the attack on him. Planning to visit the country club to obtain their video footage to check Booker's alibi, Gregson warns Holmes that the club is notorious for not cooperating with the police. At the hospital, Watson meets Bell who confesses that his mother was in a severe accident when he was a kid. Hating hospitals ever since, Watson offers to watch Chantal while he takes a break. As Bell leaves Chantal's room, he sees Booker coming off the elevator. Getting into an altercation, they both accuse each other of attacking Chantal. A police officer escorts Booker out who yells that Bell is going to rig the DNA results.
Angry people make mistakes.
At the country club, the manager denies Holmes' request for their surveillance videos until he tells her that a man she showed around the club was an actor dressed to resemble a major criminal. Threatening to release photos of his visit to police, she gives Holmes the video to avoid embarrassment. At The Brownstone, Watson tells Holmes that the urine DNA was a match for Booker and that neither police nor his lawyer can locate him. Showing her the club's video, they see that Booker's alibi checks out. Concluding that someone is framing Booker, Gregson calls that Booker shot himself in the head inside his car. At the precinct, Bell, Gregson, Holmes and Watson discuss Booker's suicide. Having found gunshot residue on his hand but his autopsy showing he was drugged, they believe his suicide was staged. Traces of THC from marijuana use weeks before were also found. Knowing he could be a suspect, Bell is reassured by Gregson they won't waste time investigating him.
Roy wasn't the type to kill himself.
While Watson examines Booker's car, Holmes secretly invites Bell to visit the law firm Booker was working for, believing whoever Booker was following may have killed him. Waiting in the firm's lobby, who specialize in findings assets hidden by divorcing spouses, Holmes comments that Bell seems disappointed that he wouldn't be able to get revenge on Booker. Meeting attorney Ted Winthrop, who is saddened to hear of Booker's death, he says Booker was surveilling Fyodor Ukhov, whose wife, Lara, he is representing. Unable to give them details of Lara's case, as Fyodor's attorneys could sue him, he does point out the divorce has received a lot of press. Looking on their phones, they see that Fyodor is a wealthy private jet broker who is alleged to being hiding $20M from Lara. He's also been arrested twice for assaulting Lara.
This puts me in an interesting spot.
In a meeting room at Fyodor's business, which is filled with model jets, Bell shows him a photo of Booker after being shot and says that his hand print was found on the window of Booker's car. Denying he staged Booker's death, he explains that about to go into a restaurant, he realized Booker was following him and slapped his window. In the parking lot, Holmes meets Bell, having broken into Fyodor's office when Bell was meeting with him. From Booker's license plate, Fyodor hired his own investigator, Joseph Tommolino, who provided Fyodor detailed information on Booker and Chantal. Without enough evidence to have Fyodor arrested and having seen from his calendar that he's leaving that evening for the Caymans, Holmes tells Bell not to worry. Fyodor thinks he's untouchable and Holmes tells Bell to trust that Fyodor isn't trying to flee and that he'll be back in three days.
I saw the photos of what you did to her.
Later that evening, ignoring Holmes' advice, Bell stakes out Fyodor's mansion. Intent on attacking him, as Fyodor exits the front door of his house, Bell puts on gloves. He's shocked to see a masked man hit Fyodor in the leg with a tire iron, take his car and drive away. Seconds later, Holmes calls Bell, telling him to leave Fyodor be and meet him at the Brownstone. Having confirmed that Fyodor's leg is broken and he won't be leaving the US for two days, Holmes tells Bell that he knew Bell would attack Fyodor. Not wanting him to throw away his career, he beat him to Fyodor and made the attack look like a car theft. Having spoken to Watson and learned of Bell's mother's plight, Holmes has also deduced that Bell's family were victims of abuse at the hands of his father. Admitting it's true and that he's not sure how much he would have beaten Fyodor, Bell sees the value of what Holmes has done.
You could see tonight coming a mile away.
Telling Bell to go back to the hospital, Holmes says he and Watson will handle the investigation. The next morning, Holmes and Watson confront Fyodor's PI, Tommolino, and inform him of Chantal's attack and Booker's murder. Showing them that the information he gathered on them was sent to Fyodor after the attack and murder, Tommolino states Fyodor couldn't have been involved as he didn't know who they were until after the crimes were committed. At the precinct, Watson shows Gregson their findings and that they are looking into other husbands that Booker was surveilling for Winthrop. Using Booker's phone, which contains his travel logs, they've found two places he visited, an herbalist's shop and a bank where Booker kept a safety deposit box which she asks Gregson to get a search warrant for. At the bank, Holmes reports that Booker bought herbs for a cleanse. The deposit box contains over $100,000 and a list of bank accounts that the husbands of four of Winthrop's clients were hiding money in.
Why these names on this list?
Believing Booker's cleanse was significant, Holmes says he needs to check a few things and that he knows who killed Booker. In the meeting room at Fyodor's business, Holmes brings Lara in and telling her of the investigation, he says they are going to call a bank in the Caymans to try and access Fyodor's account. One of the security hurdles is calling from a phone in his office, hence them meeting there. Holmes also says that various personal questions will be asked, as will a PIN. Lara is confident she can answer the questions and that the PIN will be the registration number of the first jet Fyodor bought. Later, outside a meeting room at Winthrop's office, Winthrop is surprised when Bell escorts him into the room to find four of his clients, including Lara, and Holmes and Watson. Lara announces that all the women have waived client privilege, so that he can speak freely and, that they've fired him.
By helping me, you're also helping yourself.
Showing Winthrop the bank account list of the husband's of his four clients, Holmes has determined the balance in each account which Winthrop lied to his clients was much less. Accusing him of taking kickbacks while deceiving his clients, Winthrop's prints were found on the money in Booker's deposit box. Booker discovered the deception and after continuing blackmail demands for money, Winthrop decided to end Booker. Learning of Booker's issues with Chantal from Booker's crooked lawyer, Ardy Gulbenkian, Winthrop attacked Chantal and staged Booker's suicide. Claiming their evidence is circumstantial, he's told about the herbs Booker bought for a cleanse. Wanting to purge his system of THC from marijuana use, due to a workplace drug test Winthrop ordered all his staff to take, they visited the lab where the tests where carried out.
River Matthews - Light the Way plays at episode end as Holmes explains why he intervened and helped Bell with the case and then invites him to an insect cuisine restaurant.
"I might be this extraordinary detective, but you are an extraordinary man. And that's a far more precious thing."