Season: Seven — Episode: 5 Director: Christine Moore — Writer: Jeffrey Paul King — Aired: June 20, 2019 — Viewers (millions): 3.34 Summary: Tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach hires Holmes and Watson to investigate a personal threat he suspects originated from within his own company. Also, Holmes and Watson search for a motive behind three seemingly unconnected murders.
We speak with murderers on a regular basis, Mr. Reichenbach. Do you imagine any of them convinced us of their righteousness?
At The Brownstone, as Holmes makes napalm, Watson watches a tech talk featuring Odin Reichenbach. Joining her, Holmes decries Odin's oratory while Watson informs him that Odin has made a sizable contribution to their gun buy-back program and would like to meet her. Two women, Claire and Beth, wait at the finish line at a race through a large woods. Their friend Isabel collapses and dies just before reaching them. They see a knife sticking in her back. At the scene, Detective Bell questions Beth and learns the race had no set course. Believing it'll take days to find where Isabel was stabbed, Holmes interrupts and reports it was near Richmond Pond. While walking to the pond, Holmes explains that from fresh mud on Isabel's legs, he was able to deduce where she was stabbed. Bell and Holmes find a shack used to make moonshine, evidence that a shooting recently occurred there and that a body was weighed down and dumped in the pond.
God, she looks awful.
Watson is driven by Odker security staff to a park where Odin is practicing archery. He asks for her help finding the source of a kidnapping threat against his niece, Abigail. A portion of threat referred to a detail he spoke of at a company event so he can't trust his security staff to investigate. At the Brownstone, Watson tells Holmes she agreed to help Odin, not only due to the donation but also that a friendship with him may give them access to Odker's user data. Called by Bell, they meet him and Dr. Hawes at the Morgue. Police divers found two bodies in the pond, an unidentified man and a hog. Bell reports that both bodies were tied up with the same knot and weighed down with rocks from the pond. The man was shot with an antique gun, a Derringer, which was found in the pond. Watson believes the hog was poisoned which Hawes says he is confirming.
It's primal. It settles the mind.
At the 11th Precinct, Watson reports to Captain Dwyer that the dead man is Renny Henderson. He ran the moonshine operation and the hog, his pet, was killed by ricin poisoning, traces of which were found in the shack. Theorizing that the killer forced Renny to make the ricin, test it on his hog and then shot Renny, Watson indicates Renny was a bartender and had a fight with his boss, Bo Willoughby. At the bar Renny worked at, Bell questions a bearded bartender, Colby, who says Bo is on a trip and that Renny and Bo fought over the profits from the moonshine leading to Renny being fired. At the precinct, Watson tells Holmes that police are searching for Bo. Holmes has reconstructed an old wine bottle from shards found at the shack. Although the label is missing, a fingerprint is found.
They're older. Decades older, in fact.
Meeting Odin at Odker, he leads Holmes and Watson into the coding lab. Suspecting one of the coders may be responsible for the kidnapping threat, he leaves them to review the staff's computers. Hours later, one suspect is found, Blake Tofel, who Holmes finds has gambling debts. The next morning at the Brownstone, Holmes wakes Watson by taking a call from Bell on speaker phone concerning the fingerprint Holmes found. Bo was found to have an alibi and the print belongs to a wine dealer, Todd Harris, who has a prior for assault. Bell and police enter Todd's home and find him in the wine cellar, shot through the face. Later at hospital, Todd is recovering but has his jaw wired shut. Using a voice app, Todd types that several days before, he was attacked while sleeping. The attacker blindfolded him, demanded his bottles of Chateau Baptiste '57 and after relinquishing them, he was shot in the mouth.
So that was the only wine he wanted?
Leaving Todd's room, Bell tells Watson that he was shot with a Derringer. Watson makes a connection between the wine bottle Holmes reconstructed and the Chateau Baptiste '57. She discovers on-line that a wealthy hedge fund manager, Jason Wood, has been buying up every bottle. Calling Holmes with the news, he tells Watson that he's broken into Blake Tofel's house and found that Tofel isn't in debt and is running successful poker games. Visiting Jason Wood's house, Bell, Holmes and Watson tell him and his wife Corinna of the ricin poisoning plot against him. Admitting that he does get regular death threats due to his work, he also says that he and Corinna planned to attend a wine auction that evening to buy Baptiste '57s. At the auction, Jason wears a bullet-proof vest while Watson says that they hope his attendance will allow them to catch the poisoner switching the bottles.
While Bell watches security video monitors in another room, Holmes and Watson explain to Jason that his attacker is using poison to reduce the chances he'll be caught which doesn't reassure Jason much as to his safety. The video monitors and Bell's radio fail. Holmes finds the wine bottles have been switched while Bell reports that a signal jammer was used to scramble the monitors and radio. Holmes convinces Bell to seal the room, believing that the poisoner is still there. Later, having found the jammer but no prints on it or the wine bottles, Bell has to let the auction patrons leave, much to Holmes' chagrin. Watching the patrons leave, Holmes stops a man, indicating he's the poisoner. Bell recognizes the bartender, Colby, who is clean-shaven. Pointing to Colby's shoe laces, Holmes recognizes they're tied with an unusual knot, that was also used to tie up Renny Henderson and his hog.
You might as well have signed your crimes.
At the precinct as Colby is processed, Holmes and Watson explain to Captain Dwyer that Colby was obsessed with Corinna Wood since high school and had served jail time for stalking her years before. Corinna didn't recognize him at the auction as he'd lost 200 pounds while in prison and, he used the Derringer, a family heirloom, as his criminal record prevented him from purchasing a firearm. Dwyer comments on the complexity of Colby's scheme to murder Jason. Holmes and Watson confront Odin at the park, having found no evidence of a kidnapping threat against Abigail. Confessing there was no threat and that he wanted to see what lengths they'd go to find the truth, he's impressed they went beyond the law. Indicating that he made Patrick Meers aware of the ferry bombing plot in order to stop it, he regrets that Captain Gregson was shot. Disappointed that they aren't sympathetic to Meers or vigilante justice, Odin implies that he's above the law.