Who Shot Sherlock?

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Elementary, Dear Grissom

Back on the A-plot, we have the montage of evidence-processing that leads into a scene with Oakes wherein it's revealed that it's his pipe tobacco on the floor and it's Kingsley's blood on his shoes. Oakes protests that it's not him, but Brass isn't having any of it.

Sara goes bouncing into Liam's work area, exultant that they got Kingsley's killer. She's about 17 minutes too early. Remember: nothing gets wrapped up before the 48-minute mark. Anyway, Sara's delighted and offers to take Liam out to celebrate his closing the case, but he's not convinced it's over. Sara nudges with, "I'm buying." Y'all, this behavior -- while enjoyable to watch -- is just baffling. I can't decide if this is Sara deciding to nurture young Liam like a fragile orchid, or Sara deciding that in a few short weeks, she'll be getting an awesome skunk stripe in her hair while Liam stands there nervously and squeaks, "Mizz Sidle, are you trying to seduce me?" Liam reveals why he didn't jump on the offer: "These blood drops aren't uniform. Some of them are clotted red cells, but others are pure serum." Sara realizes what he's getting at, and looks at the blood stains under the scope while Liam explains, "It takes at least 20 minutes for blood to clot and separate. If Watson killed Sherlock, the blood drops on his shoe would all be the same." Sara tries to think of an explanation for why the blood's on the shoe. Her best guess: the killer takes some of Kingsley's blood at the scene, then sprays it discreetly on Oakes's shoe later. "Somebody's trying to frame Watson," she concludes. The violins shriek their disapproval at this development.

When we get back from commercials, there's Archie. And he's wearing a blue baseball shirt with dark blue sleeves, and he's now sweeping his hair forward into his face, and maybe Liam and Sara are there too and they're all establishing that Kingsley was selling his entire collection of Holmesiana on some auction site that is in no way eBay, but really...the forum surveys don't lie, so I know all you're interested in is Archie. Who's looking much better whilst peering at a computer screen than most other mere mortals do.

Oh, wait, there's relevant stuff in this scene too: Liam happens to notice a pearl-handled revolver for sale. He remembers Hodges mentioning the mother of pearl fragment, and rattles off that the revolver's a) the murder weapon, and b) missing. Archie's all, "Gun, whatever. I thought you were looking for a book?" Sara whips out the bloody copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles and explains that the blood from the pages doesn't match the blood on the cover of the book; she's hoping the mystery blood comes from the killer. Conveniently enough, Archie happens to find the book listing then. "When [the book] was photographed, there was no blood on the pages," Sara says. Liam asks Archie to pull up the bidding history, and we see that someone named Reichenbach has been patiently making bid after bid. Too bad for him that he looks like he's about to get sniped by Nikig017 of Los Angeles, California. Archie exclaims delightedly, "Reichenbach!" ands Liam asks warily, "What's the big deal about that?" Archie turns to him and says, "Reichenbach Falls?" Still not ringing a bell for Liam. Archie looks at Sara, who makes the universal sign for, "Go on," and Archie says with some bemusement, "It's where Professor Moriarty killed Sherlock Holmes." Because Archie is normally such a delight, I'll give him a pass this time, but he's wrong: it's where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle intended to kill Sherlock Holmes, as "The Adventure of the Final Problem" ends with Holmes and Moriarty locked in mortal combat as they fall to what is surely their deaths, but ten years later in "The Adventure of the Empty House," Doyle brings back Holmes, explaining that only Moriarty went over the falls. I can't read either story without thinking of Stephen King's Misery, by the way. However, historians are reasonably sure crazed fangirls (or fanboys) didn't tie up Doyle and threaten him with all sorts of horrible things unless he revived their hero; Doyle did it for other reasons that are, naturally, debated to this day. ["The New Yorker ran an article recently on how Doyle felt imprisoned by his own creation; I think the piece was in the context of a recent bio of Doyle. Interesting stuff." -- Sars]

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