A mysterious man sets up a new doctor in a posh practice for a percentage of his fees.



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Dr. Percy Trevelyan seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance in deciphering his benefactor's recent odd behavior. Trevelyan recounts that some years before, Mr. Blessington plucked him out of an obscure and virtually non-existent practice and offered to set him up at a prestigious address. In return for this investment, Blessington would receive a percentage of his income and would provide him with free medical care. For quite some time now the arrangement has worked well for both parties and Blessington has profited from the arrangement. Recently however, Blessington has been acting very strangely. Having read of a burglary in a nearby home, Blessington was overwrought and had bars installed on all the windows. Holmes is intrigued by the case but subsequent events soon have him investigating a murder. Written by garykmcd

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A routine mystery that is saved by Jeremy Brett's performance
15 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without the brilliant Jeremy Brett playing Sherlock Holmes, this episode may not have been as worthy or as interesting as on written form. But thanks to Brett playing the Holmes, with his facing tics and wonderful way of stealing a scene, this episode will be another grand adventure for all viewers.

It centers around an aging man, Blessington, that seems to be scared out of his wits concerning someone breaking into his home. Blessington, a wealthy man, keeps all his money in his house. He even tells Holmes that he does not trust banks. In order to keep someone around him all day, Blessington goes out and finds a young doctor, Trevelyan, needing an opportunity to start a practice and sets him up in his home. That way there would be someone else at the house all the time.

But it will not be long until Blessington reads the local news and becomes so agitated that he has bars placed on all the windows. He is so distraught that he asks the good doctor to call Sherlock Holmes to see if he can help in the matter. Holmes believes Blessington is hiding something and will not listen to his story. The next day Holmes is called to the house only to find that the fears of the old man were real.

This episode reverted back to having a lot of dialog that the viewers must follow to be up with the story. Taking the doctors talk at the beginning of the episode and Holmes speech in the bedroom of Blessington, it takes up more than half the program. But due to Brett's performance this episode was still an interesting watch for all viewers.

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