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Elementary – Recap & Review – It Serves You Right to Suffer

It Serves You Right to Suffer

Original Air Date: Dec. 11, 2016

Caitlin – Senior Staff Writer

We left Shinwell behind for a bit after he basically told Joan to stay out of his life. It’s a decision he’ll come to regret sooner rather than later- now that he’s been accused of murder. His necklace was found wrapped around a fence at the scene of a homicide, and a witness offered a description of a suspect that looked like him. And this, friends, is why you should be very careful about burning bridges- especially when it’s pretty clear you’re concealing the real reason you’re doing so.

The victim is a gang member- that gang being Shinwell’s former one- and the crime scene is not in the territory he’d normally be found hanging out in. It’s worth noting that two people were seen hanging around for nearly an hour after the shots were fired. Sherlock sees reason to suspect Shinwell, especially after hearing of his last interaction with Joan, and drags them both to his apartment. He’s not there, but there are signs he may have left in a hurry. He approaches a couple more suspects with little success. Meanwhile, Joan confirms that Shinwell is indeed on the run- and that he ran right to her door.

Shinwell backs out of talking the police, saying he was present at the scene of the crime, but that he’s been inducted back into his old gang to be an informant for the FBI. He sent Joan away to try and protect her from the violence he knew he would soon be surrounded by. He heard about the crime from a third party, and tried to help by getting rid of the body. The fact he didn’t show up until after the killing is a good thing, but the fact he handled a gun is a bad one. Now, Joan will need to talk to his connection in the FBI. Unfortunately, said agent pulled Shinwell in under false pretenses- and says he won’t be involved in protecting him.

Shinwell, of course, is distressed to hear this news. And there’s not much Sherlock and Joan can do to remove his fingerprints from that gun, but they can try to solve the crime in the 72 hours before the gun is analyzed. Shinwell decides he wants to help. During a stakeout, Sherlocks asks him just why he’d work with the FBI against his former family anyway, and he again says he’s trying to reform his life. Which makes it slightly award that the point of the stakeout is to poke around the victim’s apartment while his family isn’t home. They track a prescription to his therapist. It’s progress, but maybe not enough- Joan learns their interference will fast track the fun’s analysis.

Another, even more troubling issue- our FBI friend is directly tied to our victim’s life. But Sherlock thinks it’s a positive development- because he’s probably the killer. He’s have to get both Joan and Shinwell on board, though- they’re both dubious, and Shinwell soon walks out to honor a request to meet with a member of his gang. Joan tries to stop him, but he refuses to put his daughter and her mother at risk. The meeting goes okay, and the information gets Shinwell on board with Sherlock’s theory. Joan tries to blackmail our friend into telling the truth about Shinwell. It doesn’t work, but he does call her later to issue a familiar warning about Shinwell- right before committing suicide.

Now, Shinwell sees no way to protect himself from going back to prison. He decides that instead of trying to fight, he’ll do all he can with his last day of freedom. But Sherlock has one last play to make, and it involves appealing to Bell about his own ex-con brother. It works. He gets access to the lab and wipes down the gun, then goes to tell Shinwell the news- where Shinwell is spending what he’s thinks are his final hours outside patching an old friend’s roof. So it may be a bit manipulative, but now Sherlock believes, as Joan does that Shinwell is a good guy. I’d also argue it was worth it.

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