The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 4

The Bruce Partington Plans (27 Apr. 1988)

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Sherlock's brother Mycroft enlists his younger sibling to locate missing patent plans that pertain to a strategically critical state-of-the-art submarine.



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After a civil servant at the Naval Patent Office is found with his head crushed adjacent to the open-air tracks of the London Underground, Holmes' brother Mycroft enlists Sherlock's help on the case The murdered man has apparently stolen top-secret plans for ten components of a new, state-of-the-art submarine, but only seven of the less important design plans are found on the body. Holmes and Watson are entrusted to find the three critically important missing blueprints. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Clerk at Woolwich Station: Evening, Mr West.
Cadogan West: Third class, London Bridge.
Clerk at Woolwich Station: Single or return?
Cadogan West: Oh,it doesn't matter. Single.
[a whistle is heard]
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A very nice episode, certainly. Conan Doyle seemed to get caught up on some plot elements, however. From "Scandal in Bohemia" to the present effort, we have people who have either carelessly or through victimization, lost some sort of item of worth, be it a photograph, a set of blueprints, or a letter, Holmes spends a goodly amount of time trying to recover these things. Of course, in most situations, there have been other crimes committed, even murder. Often the fate of the world hangs in the balance, as in the "Bruce Partington Plans. A body has been found by a railroad track with three pages of a major plan to build a submarine in his pocket. What is interesting is that he apparently didn't die in this setting but was moved there. This leads Holmes and Watson to deal with two things: recovering the document and figuring out what happened to this man. It's all about location and opportunity. This is a very well done mystery with lots of twists and turns and a not-so-simple solution.

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