On the Line

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Monty Ashley: A- | 40 USERS: A
The Case of the Obvious Murderer

They get back to the brownstone and Holmes says "we" are not doing anything because he's fixing this himself. Independent investigation is no good. When Watson tries to explain how bad an idea this is, he demonstrates that he's great at picking pockets. Tomorrow morning, an anonymous tip will say someone saw Bundsch pushing Jenna into his car and the police will find her hair on the seat. Once he's in jail, the threat of the death penalty will no doubt induce him to reveal the place he's hiding Jenna. Desperate to slow Holmes down, Watson says she'll need food before then. Holmes accepts that Bundsch must be tending to his victims because he keeps them for a long time. And then he suddenly realizes where he must be keeping them.

Gregson and Holmes go into the recording studio. Bundsch complains that Holmes isn't supposed to be within a hundred feet of him. But restraining orders break down when you get arrested, I guess? Holmes has a blueprint of the building they're standing in. When Bundsch had it remodeled into a studio, it lost some square footage. This storage closet over here should be ten feet deeper. Holmes looks nervous as the SWAT team takes a wall down. There's a locked door behind it, and Lucas does not offer a key. Holmes goes in to pick the lock and suggests getting Bundsch out of the room for the sake of the victims, who will probably not want to see their captor right away. He opens the door and a piteous voice asks for help. She comes out and Holmes takes her. She says, "Please, help her. She's been in here longer than me." He gave her something that made her sleepy. Holmes squints in to the darkness.

Out on the sidewalk, Gregson says the photographer needs to record everything. Tim Spalding comes up, and Gregson walks him along the street. Kathy's in shock and trying to come off the sleeping pills, but she's alive and she's been asking for him. She's on a stretcher and they hug and cry. Gregson watches for a moment.

Police station. Gregson announces that some people think their consultants get too much sway. But the mission of the police is to protect the city and citizens. He emphasizes that "most" of them do their department proud. But if anyone objects to the way he uses his tools, whether that's Holmes and Watson or the coffee machine, "There's the door." Coventry seethes in the background.

Holmes touches up a dollhouse murder. Watson walks up and he says, "I've given further consideration to your rebuke considering my capacity for niceness." He's decided she had a point. There's certainly some advantage to being polite. However: "I am not a nice man. It's important that you understand that. It's going to save you a great deal of time and effort. There is not a warmer, kinder me waiting to be coaxed out into the light. I am acerbic. I can be cruel. It's who I am. Right to the bottom. I'm neither proud of this nor ashamed if it. It simply is. And in my work, my nature has been an advantage far more than a hindrance. I'm not gonna change." That's the best defense of someone's right to be a jerk I've ever seen. Watson says he's changed already. Holmes admits that he's nice to her, mostly, but that's because he considers her exceptional so he makes an exceptional effort for her. But there will be fallout from his failures.

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