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  Season Five  

Premiere: October 2, 2016 — Finale: May 21, 2017 — # of Episodes: 24    
Summary: Watson tries to help an ex-patient and ex-con turn his life around which impacts Holmes. Kitty returns to warn Holmes that a past case may endanger them.


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Main Cast

Also see The Detectives.


S05E01-Tom explodes    "Folie a Deux" October 2, 2016
Directed by: Christine Moore - Written by: Robert Doherty & Jeffrey Paul King

Watson seeks help from a former patient to find a serial bomber.

S05E02-Holmes and Mara Tres    "Worth Several Cities" October 16, 2016
Directed by: Guy Ferland - Written by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe

When the leader of a local street gang abducts Holmes to compel him to find the person responsible for a hit on his men, Holmes and Watson get caught in the middle of an international hunt to recover a centuries old, priceless artifact. Also, Watson debates whether a personal favor Shinwell asks of her is outside her comfort zone.

S05E03-Stone recovered    "Render, and Then Seize Her" October 23, 2016
Directed by: Alex Chapple - Written by: Jason Tracey

Holmes learns a secret about Captain Gregson's girlfriend when she hires him for a case she wants kept off of Gregson's radar. Also, Holmes and Watson join the NYPD's search for an abducted woman.

S05E04-Watson Holmes media room    "Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling" October 30, 2016
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Bob Goodman

When the city commends the work of Captain Gregson's unit, Gregson pushes for Holmes and Watson to be included. A financial analyst is murdered for writing a paper on asteroids.

S05E05-Holmes Watson Jack McGill    "To Catch a Predator Predator" November 6, 2016
Directed by: Guy Ferland - Written by: Tamara Jaron

Holmes and Watson have plenty of suspects when they investigate the murder of a man who led a secret life as a vigilante, "catfishing" sexual predators on dating sites and publicly shaming them. Also, when Shinwell's criminal record prevents him from finding a full-time job, Holmes disagrees with Watson's plan to help him.

S05E06-Holmes Bell Watson Lima    "Ill Tidings" November 13, 2016
Directed by: Ron Fortunato - Written by: Jeffrey Paul King

Holmes and Watson investigate a mass murder when a chef and his patrons are poisoned with snake venom. Also, Detective Bell's crush on a work colleague makes Holmes realize his and Fiona's relationship is at an important crossroads.

S05E07 Sherlock and Watson in hangar    "Bang Bang Shoot Chute" November 20, 2016
Directed by: Jerry Levine - Written by: Celeste Chan Wolfe

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.

S05E08-Holmes tries smeat    "How the Sausage Is Made" November 27, 2016
Directed by: Michael Pressman - Written by: Mark Hudis

Watson worries Holmes' sobriety is at risk when she learns he has been lying to her about attending recovery meetings. Also, Holmes and Watson discover a man's death caused by ingesting poisoned sausage is connected to a lab working on a breakthrough in the artificial meat industry.

S05E09-Holmes Tall Boy Duane    "It Serves You Right to Suffer" December 11, 2016
Directed by: Aidan Quinn - Written by: Kelly Wheeler

When Shinwell is framed for a gang killing, Holmes and Watson have three days to catch the real killer before Shinwell is sent back to jail.

S05E10-Watson at pharmacy    "Pick Your Poison" December 18, 2016
Directed by: Jeremy Webb - Written by: Bob Goodman

Watson is implicated in a DEA investigation into doctors writing illegal prescriptions, so she and Holmes look for the culprit who is using her medical license to sell drugs.

S05E11-Watson Gregson Holmes beach    "Be My Guest" January 8, 2017
Directed by: Maja Vrvilo - Written by: Jason Tracey

Holmes and Watson race to find a woman who's been held captive for years before the kidnapper takes drastic steps to avoid being caught. Also, Watson becomes frustrated when Shinwell refuses to focus on his informant training with her and Holmes.

S05E12-Dead clown    "Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown" January 15, 2017
Directed by: Michael Slovis - Written by: Jordan Rosenberg

When Holmes and Watson investigate a clown's murder upstate, they discover a connection between his death and the creation of a new weaponized virus. Also, Watson helps Detective Bell when he's targeted by his new love interest Chantal's ex-husband in attempt to sabotage her career at the district attorney's office.

S05E13-Brunelle Watson Holmes    "Over a Barrel" January 29, 2017
Directed by: Guy Ferland - Written by: Jeffrey Paul King

Watson is held at gunpoint by a father whilst Holmes is forced to investigate an old assault case of the son that was originally botched.

S05E14-At Profine    "Rekt in Real Life" February 19, 2017
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe

A former professional eSports video game player dies after he's assaulted during a live video stream. Shinwell asks Watson for advice when his daughter asks to see him for the first time in five years.

S05E15-Holmes arrested by DIA    "Wrong Side of the Road" March 5, 2017
Directed by: Jennifer Lynch - Written by: Robert Doherty & Jason Tracey

Holmes' former protégé, Kitty Winter, returns to New York after a three-year absence to warn him that a killer is eliminating everybody involved with a case they worked on.

S05E16-Gephardt interrogates Holmes    "Fidelity" March 12, 2017
Directed by: Christine Moore - Written by: Robert Doherty & Jason Tracey

Watson and Kitty try to prove that a string of murders, stemming from an old case Holmes and Kitty solved in London, is connected to an international government conspiracy with the Defense Intelligence Agency at its center. Also, Holmes and Kitty's relationship is strained after she shares life-changing news.

S05E17-Cosmo and Lady Francis    "The Ballad of Lady Frances" March 19, 2017
Directed by: Aaron Lipstadt - Written by: Bob Goodman & Jordan Rosenberg

The police call in Holmes and Watson to consult on a homicide "heard" by a cutting edge gunshot detection system when they can't find any tangible evidence that a crime was committed. Also, Holmes and Watson become suspicious of Shinwell when he's the target of a drive-by shooting that reveals a connection between him and an unsolved murder.

S05E18-Holmes Bell Watson dock    "Dead Man's Tale" March 26, 2017
Directed by: Alex Chapple - Written by: Tamara Jaron

Holmes and Watson investigate a case which involves a legendary pirate and his rumored treasure. All while the two struggle with their relationship with Shinwell.

S05E19-Watsons bench    "High Heat" April 9, 2017
Directed by: Michael Hekmat - Written by: Kelly Wheeler

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a man Holmes considered one of New York's worst private investigators.

S05E20-Watson Bell magician home    "The Art of Sleights and Deception" April 23, 2017
Directed by: Ron Fortunato - Written by: Mark Hudis

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a magician performing a classic stunt. Watson believes Detective Bell is being targeted by his new girlfriend's ex-husband.

S05E21-Marcus enraged    "Fly Into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing" April 30, 2017
Directed by: Guy Ferland - Written by: Bob Goodman

Watson and Holmes 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.

S05E22-Shinwell dead    "Moving Targets" May 7, 2017
Directed by: Lucy Liu - Written by: Robert Hewitt Wolfe

After a reality show contestant is killed, another competitor becomes the leading suspect. He's a former war criminal who may be the most skilled killer that Holmes and Watson have ever pursued. Shinwell reappears and asks Watson for a favor.

S05E23-May Holmes outside church    "Scrambled" May 14, 2017
Directed by: Christine Moore - Written by: Jason Tracey

A murder investigation puts Holmes and Watson in the crosshairs of one of NYC's deadliest gangs. A mysterious woman causes Holmes to act erratically.

S05E24-Watson bargains with Halcon    "Hurt Me, Hurt You" May 21, 2017
Directed by: John Polson - Written by: Robert Doherty & Jeffrey Paul King

Holmes and Watson pursue an elusive criminal as a gang war erupts in New York City. While the NYPD works to contain the violence, the two investigate the murder that appears to have ignited the city-wide conflict and discover that a familiar face is pulling the strings.




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