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Season 4 episodes (25)

1 The Past Is Parent
When Holmes faces criminal charges in the aftermath of his recent violent behavior and relapse, his powerful father (John Noble) arrives in New York to fix his estranged son's legal difficulties by any means necessary. Also, with Holmes and Watson's consultancy with the NYPD in jeopardy, Holmes concentrates on the case of a missing wife believed to have been killed by her husband to try and get back in the department's good graces.
2 Evidence of Things Not Seen
When Morland offers to use his influence to have Sherlock and Joan reinstated as consultants to the NYPD, Sherlock's mistrust of his father makes him question his motivation to help. Also, with no work offers coming in, Watson wrangles a gig with the FBI investigating a triple homicide in a top-secret research lab.
3 Tag, You're Me
When Sherlock finds himself distracted by his father's ongoing presence in New York City, he offers to help Morland resolve a work issue in exchange for his prompt departure home. Also, Holmes and Watson's investigation into the double murder of two men who looked alike leads them into the world of facial recognition technology.
4 All My Exes Live in Essex
When Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a fertility lab technician, they discover the woman had a secret personal life that leads them to multiple suspects. Also, the tables are turned on Watson when she's investigated by an NYPD detective.
5 The Games Underfoot
When an archeologist is murdered, Holmes and Watson believe the man may have been killed for what he discovered during his last excavation in a local landfill. Also, Sherlock's relationship with Alfredo, his friend and former sobriety sponsor, hits a rough patch.
6 The Cost of Doing Business
Morland offers to act as one of his son's "Irregular" consultants so that he can lend Sherlock and Joan his considerable resources to help them solve a case.
7 Miss Taken
When Watson's stepfather (John Heard) writes a crime novel based on her work with Holmes without her knowledge, an underlying issue in their relationship is revealed. Also, as Holmes and Watson investigate a retired FBI agent's murder, they discover the man's death is connected to an unsolved case from the victim's career.
8 A Burden of Blood
Holmes and Watson investigate a homicide in which the victim was murdered in a manner reminiscent of the crimes of an infamous, and already incarcerated, serial killer. Also, Sherlock and Joan tutor Detective Bell for a police sergeant's exam that would lead to a promotion and a post at another precinct.
9 Murder Ex Machina
Holmes and Watson search for a computer hacker responsible for three murders, including the death of a Russian billionaire who was visiting New York City. Also, Joan is surprised to receive a solo dinner invitation from Sherlock's father.
10 Alma Matters
Holmes' tentative reconciliation with his father suffers a setback when Holmes and Watson discover Morland has been keeping a secret that threatens all of their safety. Also, Holmes and Watson investigate two murders connected to a for-profit college and its illegal recruitment practices.
11 Down Where the Dead Delight
Holmes and Watson must search for a killer without any physical evidence to aid them after a bomb is detonated in the New York City morgue. Also, Watson is suspicious when an NYPD detective she's in a grudge match with asks her to consult on a case.
12 A View With a Room
Captain Gregson's colleague from Narcotics asks Holmes to orchestrate the perfect heist inside the heavily armed and virtually impenetrable compound of a drug-dealing biker gang. Also, when Watson assists Fiona Helbron (Betty Gilpin), who helped her on a recent case, she makes a surprising discovery about Holmes.
13 A Study in Charlotte
Sherlock and Joan search for a murderer who used poisonous mushrooms to kill a botany professor and a group of the instructor's students. Also, when Joan is disturbed by loud noise next door, she discovers her neighbor, Trent (Richard Kind), is renting out his home through a vacation site that caters to hard partiers.
14 Who Is That Masked Man?
When Holmes' investigation into the attempt on Morland's life pushes their strained relationship to the breaking point, the identity of Sherlock's mother is revealed. Also, when three gang members are murdered, Holmes and Watson are amazed when an elderly woman emerges as their prime suspect.
15 Up to Heaven and Down to Hell
When Watson runs into Captain Gregson and his secret girlfriend (Virginia Madsen), a former NYPD officer, she inadvertently sets the couple's breakup in motion. Also, Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a wealthy woman who left her considerable estate solely to a beloved dog. Virginia Madsen guest stars.
16 Hounded
At the urging of Morland's wealthy associate, Henry Baskerville (Tom Everett Scott), Holmes and Watson look into the death of his brother and discover that a witness saw the man chased to his death by a large, glowing animal too fantastic to be real. Sherlock considers intervening when the trauma from the bombing at the morgue negatively impacts ME Hawes' work.
17 You've Got Me, Who's Got You?
When a man who secretly fought crime dressed as a popular comic book superhero is murdered, Holmes and Watson must discover his real identity before they can find his killer. Also, Morland makes a surprise donation to Watson's favorite charity, in order to compel her to do him a business-related favor.
18 Ready or Not
When a survivalist doctor goes missing, Holmes and Watson must determine whether he's purposely gone off the grid or if he's a victim of foul play. Also, Holmes exhibits odd behavior when his romantic relationship with Fiona (Betty Gilpin) hits a critical point.
19 All In
A mysterious woman who organizes illegal, high-stakes poker games arrives on Holmes and Watson's doorstep and tells them her life is in danger claiming to be a former associate of Mycroft, Sherlock's brother. However, as the pair investigates, Joan becomes suspicious that their new client isn't being truthful.
20 Art Imitates Art
As Holmes and Watson investigate a woman's murder, they discover her death is linked to a piece of artwork that has ties to a crime that was committed when she was in college. Also, in the wake of a shocking personal revelation, Watson attempts to forge a connection with a recent client.
21 Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
When Holmes and Watson are pulled into a double-homicide investigation, they discover the victims were staging a fake murder right at the moment they were killed. Also, Watson's inside man at Morland's office encounters a problem that threatens to expose her spying to Holmes and his father.
22 Turn It Upside Down
Sherlock's father, Morland (John Noble), becomes Sherlock and Joan's prime suspect in a murder investigation after one of his employees is killed under the guise of a robbery.
23 The Invisible Hand
When Holmes and Watson discover the perpetrator behind the attempt made on Morland's (John Noble) life, they find a shocking connection to themselves.
24 A Difference in Kind
Holmes and Watson's lives are threatened by an influential, worldwide criminal network connected to the murder attempt on Morland Holmes (John Noble). Also, Sherlock's grievances with his father threaten their alliance to bring their mutual adversary to justice.
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About this show

Elementary follows eccentric Sherlock as he escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare, a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen - resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock's police contact, Capt. Tobias "Toby" Gregson, knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crime, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson.

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1.97K reviews
Vick Fisher
November 4, 2017
I was skeptical when I first heard about the show, after having seen all seasons of the excellent BBC version with Freeman and Cumberbatch. But, this show is different enough that it really holds its own, with much of the credit going to the strong performances of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu The first and second seasons are excellent. The others are good, but turn into more of a routine cop show. A lot depends on if you like the way Holmes is portrayed. His odd mannerisms, poor manners, and frank references to sex here and there may turn off some viewers. The first and second seasons present a lot of interesting cases and original and clever deductions, but what lifts the show well above the run of the mill procedural is the developing relationship between Holmes and Watson. and the changes in these characters themselves. The detective and captain characters inspire confidence and are a pleasure to watch as well.
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Jennifer Sarver
May 21, 2017
The more edgy, American version of the Sherlock Holmes series. Setting the series in New York gives the show a grittier feel and allows for modern themes to play out in a more natural way than it being set in London. Watson as a woman was a genius move, and Lucy Liu plays the role with poise and strength. It is wonderful that the chemistry between Sherlock and Joan has remained purely platonic as a love story would ruin the camaraderie and connection the characters have and the notion that a man and woman can be close without being romantically involved. Portraying Sherlock as an addict brings a much needed insight into Sherlock's weaknesses, and makes him more relatable than the somewhat eccentric Sherlock of the BBC series. Captain Gregson and Lieutenant Bell command their supporting roles and are treated as a complement to Sherlock's investigations rather than dunces. There are definitely some far fetched moments in the show, but because Johnny Lee Miller's acting is so good, you sort of take it in stride. Overall, this show is one enjoyable ride that will leave you wanting more.
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Shi Yu Lin (Violet Rachel Lin)
September 16, 2016
Compared to BBC Sherlock, this show is totally poor. Not to mention about some actors, the transcript is fine at first, but later to where I watch last time, it becomes non-sense. I can understand some cases, but for the rest, it's so unclear why the murderer killed victims. So, I stopped watching. My opinion, Criminal Minds is better in the term of crime movie and BBC Sherlock is better in Sherlock Holmes movie.
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