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Monty Ashley: B+ | 33 USERS: B+
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Outside the courtroom. Watson justifies the decision to wait to operate until five days after the gunshot. Gregson lectures Holmes about how condescending he's being when he tells obvious lies to the judge. He tells Holmes to be nice, because it's the smart play. We covered this last week! Oh, and Holmes hasn't visited Bell in the hospital yet.

Ms. Walker has a picture of a statue clipped to her notebook. Holmes has added a Post-It note, on which he has written, "At the head or all understanding is realizing what is and what cannot be, and the consoling of what is not in our power to change. She gives him a look, then verifies with him that he put it there. He shows off that he knows it was written by Solomon ben Judah, whose bust she has a picture of. And it's an early version of the Serenity Prayer, which is popular among recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. She thinks it's a threat, but Holmes clarifies that it's just a "tip of the cap from one obsessive to another." He's trying to reach out to her, but he's so bad at it. It's adorable!

Court resumes, and Ms. Walker asks if Holmes feels any regrets about his methods. The judge redirects the line of questioning, because this isn't a confessional. So, back to the Rada Hollingsworth investigation. Holmes says he and Watson investigated a lot of dead ends trying to find an alternative killer for Rada, and they found that Rada had been seeing an oncologist named Dr. Phineas Hobbs. She had been diagnosed with cancer seven months earlier.

Flashback! Dr. Hobbs says his conversations with Rada were just about her cancer. But she'd mentioned that her former boyfriend was schizophrenic, and Silas showed up at Hobbs's office a week and a half before Rada died. Holmes asks how Rada paid for the expensive cancer treatment on a teacher's salary. It was a "viatical settlement." In the courtroom, Holmes describes it as a despicable trade, where someone cashes in their life insurance because someone else is betting they'll die before spending all the money. In Rada's case, it was James Dylan, an employee of Helping Hands Viaticals.

So Holmes is talking to Dylan at his place of work. He got a financial benefit from Rada dying, but he doesn't want to talk about it at his work. He has some leads from a nursing home to get to. Holmes notes that every cubicle is full, and that several people have diplomas on display, suggesting that there's a lot of competition for the jobs here. And then he says that Dylan is a convicted felon. Dylan asks how he knew that, and Ms. Walker (in the courtroom, listening to the testimony) thinks it's a good question. Holmes loves it when people ask how he knows things. He explains that he did cursory research on the Internet, which is not as satisfying as I'd hoped. Ms. Walker says that Dylan testified from a hospital bed that Holmes got that information from his phone, without a warrant. Holmes suggests that he's lying. But we see the actual scene, where Holmes's answer to the question is to hold up Dylan's phone and say that his outgoing calls go to the precinct's phone number, and his regular Tuesday meetings are at the office of parole.

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