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Various — First Appearance: "Pilot"
Mr. Saldua, now obsessed with his own recovery, has taken to recording our sessions with his phone...
— Holmes speaking before the first green screen, "Pilot".
A typical "green screen."
Green screens show flashbacks, theories or previously unseen moments. Present in nearly every episode and liberally used in Season One episodes, the moments are shown in a blurry, jerky format with a green hue. Many times, they show the perpetration of a crime or a key deductive moment. The following isn't an exhaustive list as some episodes contain multiple green screens. Its first appearance is in the Season One episode "Pilot".
After Watson is threatened by her landlord with eviction from her apartment due to her sub-letter filming a porn movie in it, she's able to prove the landlord was at the filming by showing a radiator fix he made was in the film.
After discovering that Detective Bell was responsible for tipping off Internal Affairs for her helping to plant drugs on a suspect, Reyes frames Bell in various ways including shooting his brother, Andre.
Gardner gives Vivian Tully flowers then pushes her in front of a subway train to recreate a previous murder that motivated his wife to leave him. He then killed his wife and used the re-creation to explain her disappearance.
Having solved P vs. NP, which would defeat any computer security, Tanya Barrett hires Kaneshiro to write the code to steal from banks and, to change a restaurant's security footage time stamp in order to provide an alibi for murders she committed.
Watson deduces that from a tattoo on her wrist, Holmes recognized that nanny Anne Barker is actually Abigail Spencer, a woman he corresponded with in his teens who was acquitted of murdering her father.
Having used her billionaire husband's estranged daughter, Haley, to create a toxin that will cause her husband's body to reject his heart transplant, Gale stabs Haley but doesn't plan on Haley falling off her apartment balcony.
Having been cleared of a murder while taking a polygraph, Holmes catches Bundsch employing several counter-measures including putting deodorant on his hands. This and other signs leads Holmes to deduce that Bundsch is a serial killer.
His pyramid scheme revealed, Hauser lets Weiss know that he's leaked their embezzling scheme. Weiss covers this up by having Hauser tortured to discover the recipient of the information, and then has Hauser killed.
In order to create a media sensation that he'd be the star of, lawyer Nolan Sharp kills ballerina Nell Solange and arranges her body to be found bisected. He then leaks that another ballerina, Iris Lanzer, and Solange were having an affair.
Forrester plants a bomb that kills her boss and wounds her, deflecting suspicion. With her bosses' job, she accesses the US Jobs Report and blackmails a bank CEO to make trades that will make her millions.
In order to temporarily lower his company's value in order to keep money from his wife who he was divorcing, Prince discredits his company's medical device, "The Hound" via an anonymous whistle-blower. He kills his chief scientist, Granger, and stages it as a suicide to lend credence to the discrediting.
As part of an insurance fraud scheme using anthrax on his dairy farm, Bart kills Eugene once the anthrax that Eugene helped to create is discovered and tells police that Eugene planned to poison his cows as part of a terrorist plot.
Infuriated that Khadem has been having an affair with his wife, Iranian spy Julian Afkhami stones Khadem to death and then uses MI6 mole Tim Sherrington to make the motive for the murder appear political.
Elspeth murders a detective and the bookkeeper of drug cartel leader Elana March by placing steel slugs in an elevator and then pulling the slugs through them with a magnet. He hides the magnet in a shower bench which Watson discovers.
In a clever plot to deflect suspicion from himself and take over his boss's diamond business, Amit arranges for his boss's murder but Kitty realizes that office supplies used to wrap the money paid to the killer match those at the store Amit works at.
In order to move the location of a planned casino to land her family owns, Bray has Stuart Zupko steal an old map and then kills him. Bray has an altered forgery of the map created which she planned to invalidate the planned location of the casino.
Believing that murderer and rapist Simon de Merville is hiding out in a boat, Garritsen Beach is unsuccessfully searched for him. However, when Holmes sees a boat trailer lined with artificial turf, he realizes de Merville is hiding in a boat parked in a previous neighbor's driveway.
After Horowitz forgives the debt of a man who owns a house that is the only hold-out in development of a ski resort, Brown, who is the lawyer for the developer and stands to lose millions, kills Horowitz.
While revealing evidence to Dana Powell in "the box" at the 11th Precinct, Watson says that Dana's husband Nick had brain cancer which she saw from a photo of him on the Internet. This provides the motive for Dana to orchestrate murders that would result in a fix-sum settlement from the airline whose plane crash Nick died in.
While cleaning the offices of councilman Robert Barclay, Maria sees him in a bloody shirt which she retrieves from a dumpster and gives to Holmes. Barclay lures her back to her office with the promise of help for her incarcerated brother and kills her.
Dying of leukemia, Ford kills a relative, Jim Sullivan, who won't donate his bone marrow. Having left boot prints at the scene, he wears Sullivan's smaller shoes whenever questioned by police, which causes foot bruising and him to limp.
At the murder scene of Everyone member Errol White, aka "Species", Holmes finds a dyed red hair which he tells Detective Bell he can trace to another Everyone member, "Sucking Chest Wound", who he later identifies as Franken.
Holmes deduces that Collin Eisley kept an accomplice from admitting to murder and a scheme to give an advantage to his blind trust by paying him with a Picasso painting. Holmes notices the painting is missing from an earlier visit to Eisley's home.
Trying to prove that two entomology professors are responsible for Keck's murder and bee colony collapse disorder, Holmes realizes that Keck was sleeping with one of the professors from his t-shirt and his theology degree graduation robe.
A former smuggler of immigrants who was responsible for the massacre of two girl's families decades before, Murillo is discovered by one of the survivors who confirms he now owns a restaurant in NJ and, plans to kill him.
In order to create a scandal that will result in the head of DARPA being discredited and her becoming the new head, physically disabled Von See uses a sonic pressure shield to incapacitate staff at DARPA, shoots them and then steals research.
Discovering her oncologist husband Nate is purposely misdiagnosing patients with cancer in order to fatten profits, Nate strangles Abby when she confronts him. He then processes her body into a skeleton.
After having a secret affair with one of his employee's wives, Wellstone discovers the wife is sleeping with a plumber. He sneaks a sniper rifle into a building in a golf bag which he gives to Gagnier, who then shoots 9 people, including the plumber, to mask that the plumber was the target.
Impersonating a missing girl, Mina, who she resembles, Cassie is able to fool a DNA test by finding Mina, attacking her and shaving her hair. Days later, she then shaves her head, scatters Mina's hair in a truck stop bathroom and when found, acts traumatized.
Jennifer's husband Chris uses a plastic bag to suffocate his sister, Ellen, after she broke a pact that they would never have children as their father was a serial killer. From a chemical found in Ellen's lungs, Holmes realizes the bag was to get goldfish for their pond.
Holmes deduces that university CEO Trager is using his in-law Mackmain to find students who are heavily in debt to the university, and are ex-cons, to perform criminal acts for him. A picture of Trager with a man in a Mackmain tartan gives Holmes the connection.
Discovering his disturbed son Toby plans to kill Janet Heffernan, Neil strangles Janet and sinks her body in a pond. When her body is found, Neil kills a homeless man and places a bomb in his body which explodes in the Morgue, destroying Janet's body and killing Nicole Slater.
In order to get a bike gang leader's computer so they can steal the gang's funding, undercover detective Dunning and computer expert Hagen build a copy of the leader's office and film Dunning being fake killed in it. This prompts police to raid the real office which gives Hagen access to the computer.
From the tattoo "R.A.C.H.E." on Charlotte Konig, Holmes is able to deduce that the tattoo was "A.C.H." for the initials of Alston C. Harper. Bell, Holmes and Watson find that Harper was Charlotte's estranged husband and killed her for properties she owned.
Mortician Eklund discovers that retirement home residents are being killed by muscle relaxants and calls the home's manager, not knowing he is the killer, and is part of a Chinese triad charity scam. Triad member Mui stabs Eklund who carries out an elaborate revenge using masks.
Having made a mistake on a revolutionary building design that will ruin his reputation, architect Busquet kills a rich widow, denying the "air rights" of her building to the developer and facilitating a shorter building design that will suit Busquet's plans.
Friends with a street hero, Mike Stratton aka, the Midnight Ranger, Stratton tries to stop Baxter from shooting up a meeting between his employer, Superlative Comics and movie studio executives, but is shot and killed by Baxter.
Partners in a medical practice, Wallace kills Bader in an exclusive doomsday bunker in order to throw suspicion on the bunker's owner. Bader had been selling pills from their practice's stores to drug dealers which jeopardized Wallace's future.
A Turkish spy, Vural and his brother Murat rob a poker game that the head of Semper Apex, a company that provides IT security for UN missions, is at, and take a key impression to the server room. Posing as clients, they install a device to steal info from the servers.
After one of Phoebe's selfies becomes an art sensation and contains evidence that a man framed for murder wasn't present when the murder was committed, ADA Christina Pullman kills her from a car and leaves DNA of Phoebe's brother Keith in the car.
Discovering her husband Jared intended to fake his murder to blackmail his business partner for money and then leave her, Ida follows him to the staging site, shoots Jared and his accomplice and, then leaves evidence to indicate he was the victim of a car jacking.
In order to frame Vikner for murder, Watson has him take a call from Morland on a phone that Sherlock has placed a special residue that will allow them to take his fingerprints and place them on a murder weapon.
In order to secure a Chinese mineral deal worth billions, Vachs has his security head kill David Densham, who possesses the Imperial Jade Seal of China, so that it will be found by police and returned to China. Vachs' security head and his team leave for Morocco to escape justice.
From an irregularity in photos taken murdered analyst Russell Cole, Watson deduces that Cole's bosses' wife, Laurie, was having an affair with Russell, and she provides the secluded location Russell worked on a problem that resulted in his death.
After a catfisher who preys upon men who lure under-aged girls into having sex is murdered, Holmes discovered that Parsons, who works for the on-line dating site used by the catfisher, is the murderer by matching medication he saw at her workplace to that she detailed in a victim statement.
After a group of cyber security analysts are poisoned with snake venom as a ruse to steal art from the NY Stock Exchange, one of the clues Holmes discovers that Lima was the poisoner is scars from a snake bite on the back of his left hand.
Chronically weak and sick, Ethan's mother and his doctor, who was running a "pill mill" by stealing other doctor's identities, are killed. Watson realizes that the doctor revealed to Ethan that his mother was poisoning him. With an accomplice, he shot them both.
After Decker, who keeps women as sex slaves, is released from custody so he can be tailed, police lose him in the Rockaway area. Remembering a picture Decker painted of a beach, Holmes advises police to search near the shoreline.
In a plot to poison NYC's water supply which would result in millions of home water filtration systems being bought, benefiting him and his partner Wendell Hecht, a man dressed as a clown takes pictures of Thorpe poisoning the water and is recognized by Holmes.
The mastermind behind a large maple syrup smuggling operation, Holmes discovers Trimble is the culprit by comparing bruising left by his fists at a bar fight, over a hockey game, to those on a security guard he beat up to facilitate the smuggling at a warehouse.
After Tendu's eSports agent Owen Tuchman aka O.G. Pwnzr, is tortured and then killed for Tendu's location, Tendu and Libena hear the killer trying to break into their hotel room and escape through the window.
After those involved in a case Holmes and Kitty worked on in London die suspicious deaths, Holmes believes he saw the assassin at a private club and draws a sketch of the man. The man is later revealed to be DIA Agent Gephardt.
Holmes discovers that Sammy Olivetti made tapes of himself having sex with women with a hidden camera that is activated by his front door deadbolt. The camera also recorded Olivetti's murder by Ryan Hayes.
With the city under threat of the explosion of a dirty bomb, one of the deductions Holmes makes that the bomb is conventional and a heist is the plan is seeing one of the Dutch thieves enter a diamond exchange building.
After George Nix, a collector of colonial Americana, is murdered at a reenactment and his home is burned, Watson discovers an old land grant Nix owned was the target of the fire so that land developer, Chris Holland, who was at the reenactment, could keep the land.
A part of a heist of the 11th Precinct's servers, Wong and Daniels assemble a fake bio-attack bomb in the bathroom and later, set it off in the precinct so that one of their accomplices, dressed as a CDC worker, could steal the servers.
Discovering that a fellow scientist and sometimes lover, William Velnik, was responsible for killing trees required to feed her silkworms that were spinning bullet-proof silk, Chamanara stabs him in the neck with a screwdriver.
To trick and sell a book of predictions written by Norman to Henry Baskerville, Holmes sees from a picture of the Horowitzes that David and his wife Luz used the seeds of a plant to kill those Norman predicted would die, lending credence to his book.
Hathaway kidnaps mathematician Lily Zavala and forces her to work on changes to flood plans. Hiring Cantrell to watch Lily, he discovers Cantrell has demanded ransom, threatening his plans. Hathaway kills Cantrell by hitting him in the head with a fire extinguisher.
Noticing Rowan recently purchased a unique sobriety key chain sold by only one company, with Everyone's help, Holmes discovers the address the key chain was mailed to and finds where Rowan was living when he left NYC.