Elementary (2012– )
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The Rat Race 

Holmes is hired by a Wall Street firm to find a missing executive. He finds the man, murdered, and then detects a pattern of mysterious deaths throughout the company's branches. But who could be benefiting from all of the murders?



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Episode cast overview:
Jim Fowkes
Donna Kaplan
Aaron Ward
Alyssa Talbott
Dan Cho
Emily Hankins
Tim Ewing ...
Board Member
Martin Rydell
Alison Walla ...


Sherlock eagerly exacts an excessive price and expenses when hired by one of the Wall Street investment companies he deeply despises to find a missing executive. Having found out the man had an adulterous love nest, where he apparently died from a heroin OD, Holmes convinces NYPD captain Toby Gregson that must be a staged murder and fits a pattern of suspiciously stageable accidents killing executives in several of the form's branches throughout the US. Tying them together proves dangerous, with a surprising culprit. Watson's improved observation skill finally really helps out. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 October 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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When Joan tells Sherlock about her date's marital answer he looks up his marital status online at maritalrecords.com. When you look up this site it takes you straight to CBS's website. See more »


When Holmes and Watson discover the body of Mr. Talbott (at about 12 minutes 35 seconds) in his 'Love Nest', his right hand is at his right side, but when the shot moves to a close up his right hand is now almost touching the needle protruding from his left arm. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: It has its costs.
Dr. Joan Watson: What does?
Sherlock Holmes: Learning to see the puzzle in everything. They're everywhere. Once you start looking, it's impossible to stop. It just so happens that people, with all the deceits and illusions that inform everything they do, tend to be the most fascinating puzzles of all. Of course, they don't always appreciate being seen as such.
Dr. Joan Watson: Seems like a lonely way to live.
Sherlock Holmes: As I said. Has its costs.
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Elementary The Rat Race
28 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Watson comes to the police to find where Sherlock is. While she talks to the main police officer she has to tell him that she is his drug councilor only because she believes he has been using again. Our first shot of Sherlock in the episode is him tied up with handcuffs on. Two days earlier and Joan is on a set up with her friend's co-worker. While during the set up Sherlock sends texts to Watson which seem hard to crack. Sherlock and Watson are now going to a meeting with some bankers on Wall Street. Sherlock is called in because these bankers cannot find a co-worker of them who was not present for an important meeting. Once again Sherlock insults people by guessing personal things about people. While in Peter's office they find a book for booking women who can be very expensive. When the man Holmes put up a meeting with he tells him he lied to get more information from the guy who did not want to talk to him. Sherlock excepts a date for Joan and when the two go into Peter's apartment they find he has killed himself by injection. Sherlock comes out saying Peter did not kill himself saying he was killed by injection. The police interview Peter's wife who is shocked by his heroin use. Joan goes out on her date while Sherlock stays home thinking of the chain of connection between these two CEO company workers. Joan ends her date with a handshake. When Joan gets home she tells Sherlock she thinks he lied of being married which turned out to be true because he still was married. Also Sherlock's salad idea came true as it did have some heroine in it. Holmes then tells the bankers that so much of their workers have died strangely leaving the main guy as a suspect in the so called accidental deaths. Jim Fowkes then comes to meet Sherlock to explain he cannot be responsible. Aaron calls to explain himself to Joan. Sherlock goes to visit Donna the secretary of Jim to question her blaming her for the murders. She then shock's him which led top him tied up in the back of her car. When Donna texts for Sherlock Joan sees he did not text see you soon in single letters. Just as Sherlock is about to dig his grave the police come. Joan then told Sherlock she told Capitan Greg that he is a recovering drug addict and needs to talk to him. Greg then tells Sherlock he knew because he did some looking into his past.

EPISODE GRADE: C+ (MVP: Jonny Lee Milelr)

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