Season: Six — Episode: 18 Director: Lucy Liu — Writer: Jason Tracey & Brandon Tanori — Aired: August 27, 2018 — Viewers (millions): 3.57 Summary: Holmes and Watson search for a killer choosing victims based on the predictions of a deceased man who claimed to foresee the future deaths of others, including the murder of Sherlock Holmes.
Okay, I don't mean to be crass, but if you are murdered, how many reasons will the police have to suspect me?
— Watson to Holmes
At The Brownstone, Holmes practices acting as an orchestra conductor. (♫ The Jam - Town Called Malice ♫) He's called by Watson, who is with an orchestra, wondering where he is as the stolen flute they are supposed to retrieve is about to leave with the thief. On his way out, he runs into David Horowitz who begs for an audience. Explaining that his schizophrenic brother Norman, who recently died, wrote obituaries for people who hadn't died yet, he's found that three of Norman's obituaries have come true. Norman wrote one for Holmes predicting he'd be killed in three days. Joining Holmes at David's house, Watson meets David's wife Luz. The Horowitzs indicate that Norman lived in their basement, was brilliant and very outgoing. In the basement, they find it cluttered with stacks of papers and journals. David explains that Norman believed in Simulation Theory, that human existence wasn't real and that we're all characters in a superior being's video game.
The more absurd a belief, the more dangerous its adherents tend to be.
Norman believed he was a special character and could see into the future. Expressing his beliefs at symposiums had garnered him friends and attention. Believing that someone from the symposium may have killed the three people to stir up interest in the theory, they also see that Henry Baskerville sponsored one of the symposiums. Meeting Henry at his mansion, they fill him in on the case and find that he is a strong believer in the theory. Holmes believes that Norman wrote his obituary after learning of the work he and Watson did for Henry. Confirming that Norman approached him at a symposium, he provides a list of those that attend them in the hopes they can find a suspect. Henry asks if it's been confirmed if the three people who died were murdered and asks to be kept informed. At the Brownstone, Watson asks Holmes to stay and review the list while she and Detective Bell look into one of the deaths.