Elementary RECAP 10/17/13: Season 2 Episode 4 “Poison Pen”

Elementary RECAP 10/17/13: Season 2 Episode 4 “Poison Pen”

ELEMENTARY continues tonight on CBS with a new episode called, “Poison Pen.”  On tonight’s show a woman from Sherlock’s past emerges as a possible suspect.  Did you watch last week’s episode?  We did and we recapped it right here for you.

On last week’s episode when Holmes and Watson set out to track down a civil contractor who leaked classified information, their lives are disrupted when they are targeted by the group of cyber-activists protecting him. Meanwhile, Joan took the advice of a friend and signed up for an online dating service.

On tonight’s show when the CEO of a financial consulting company is poisoned to death, Holmes and Watson are called upon to track down the killer. Meanwhile, a woman from Sherlock’s past emerges as a possible suspect.

Tonight’s episode looks like it is going to be great and you won’t want to miss it, so be sure to tune in for our live coverage of CBS’s Elementary at 10:00 PM EST! While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about the new season of Elementary.  Also check out a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below!

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Joan watches Sherlock box and he says she needs to learn to fight without mercy. He takes a call and says hello mistress then tells her to hang up and call 911 and asks for Captain Gregson. It’s an S&M specialist – Mistress Felicia – that got a call for a new client and she says he was already in his mask when she showed up. She spanked him a couple of times and when he wasn’t responsive she checked, realized he was dead and called Sherlock.

Joan asks how they know each other and he says they share a fondness for information on medieval torture. Bell says the victim is Titus Delancey and is a CEO of a financial consulting firm. Gregson says he doesn’t think Felicia killed him and Joan says he’s the typical profile for heart attack.

Sherlock checks the body and says he didn’t use talcum powder to get into the tight S&M suit and that someone would have put him into it. He has blue lips and Joan says it looks like nitroglycerin overdose. Sherlock smells bourbon and concludes that someone put the pills in his bourbon. He pours out some of the booze and tosses a match on it – it goes up in flames and he says it’s definitely nitro!

Sherlock is whacking cups with a whip. He tells Joan it was a thank you gift from Mistress Felicia. He tells her that Titus’ wife and kids are on their way back from vacation and that her husband had no interest in S&M games. Sherlock says he thinks the victim was poisoned and then shoved in the suit so he’s dead and humiliated.

Sherlock says only one store in Manhattan carries suits that size – the Pleasure Parlor. Bell, Joan and Sherlock come into the shop. The owner tells him he needs a subpoena to get the info on who bought an XXL latex suit because cops like to go after clients like his. Joan says the killer probably touched all the other latex suits and that they should take them down for fingerprinting – the store owner isn’t happy and says that’s $1000s in merchandise. Bell says while he waits on the warrant he’ll stand there with his badge out and greet the customers. The guy caves in and says the only XXL suit was sold last night at 9:30 and says the guy wasn’t buying for himself since he was a medium. He says the guy paid cash he got out of the ATM.

They bring in Jeffries and accuse him of buying the fetish suit and killing his boss Titus. Jeffries says he didn’t kill him. He says the guy was dead when he got there to meet him for dinner and he assumed he had a heart attack. He put him in the suit for sport but insists he didn’t kill him and assumed it was natural causes. Jeffries got a promotion and says he was going to get it either way since Titus was retiring.

Turns out Titus’ retirement/death bonus was $125 million and the contract had a morals clause so by putting him in the suit and calling the mistress he saved his firm a ton of money. Turns out Jeffries has an alibi – he was still at the office.

Sherlock says that means the poisoner was still at large. Bell gets a text from the victim’s wife that she’s at home. She tells him she talked to him the night before and he was fine. She says she was at home all night at their vacay home with her sons because the nanny was off. She’s distraught and tells them that the boys have already been through it once when their mom died of cancer. She married Titus three years ago. The nanny comes in – Anne – and she introduces them. She goes to check on the boys.

Sherlock pulls Joan outside and asks her if she remembers the Abigail Spencer case 12 years ago where a young girl was accused of killing her father with nitro. He shows her a photo on his smart phone. He says the girls was acquitted but disappeared because of the harassment. It’s the nanny!

Gregson has the nanny in interrogation and confirms she’s Abigail Spencer and that she was accused of poisoning her father with nitro. She reminds him she was acquitted and says her dad was a terrible man who beat her so she didn’t mourn like a devoted daughter so people assumed she did it. He asks if she doesn’t think it was a coincidence that her boss was killed with the same poison that offed her dead. She tells him she didn’t spend time with Titus. She has no alibi – she was home alone. She says she keeps to herself and has since the trial.

Sherlock says she lost all her friends and she says the media ruined her life. She says she had plastic surgery and asks how he recognized her and he says it was her voice – he recognized it from the case footage. She tells him she didn’t do it and wants to leave and is tired of being accused of things she didn’t do. They let her walk.

Bell says she’s a good lead and Gregson says they don’t have enough evidence. Sherlock says she didn’t do it and the poisoning was done to frame Abigail/Anne.

Joan asks how he knew about Abigail’s tattoo. She thinks he’s lying about recognizing her voice. She says she didn’t have the tattoo at the trial and he was focused on it at the house. He says he was fascinated by her case and that he never lost interest in her case. He says he wrote to Abigail with a roster of questions about her life and father’s death. He says they corresponded during the trial and after and that she told him about the tattoo she wanted to get. She asks why Abigail didn’t recognize his name and he says he went by the name Shawn back then.

He says she was the first killer he ever really got to know. Joan asks if she confessed to him and he says that she didn’t but revealed a lot of information that led him to believe she really was abused and that she had killed him. He says he promised to keep her secret and that by the time he knew for sure, she had been acquitted and double jeopardy meant she couldn’t be tried for the crime anyway.

He says they have to figure out who figured out who Abigail was because that’s their killer. Abigail’s doorbell rings – it’s Sherlock. She tells him she doesn’t want to talk to him unless he has a warrant. He tells her they used to talk when his name was Shawn. She asks why he didn’t tell her yesterday – he says he didn’t know how to explain their relationship to the police.

She tells him she never thought she’d meet him and how much his letters meant. She tells him she was fired and is now being stalked by the media again. He tells her he’s sorry for causing her turmoil. She apologies for cutting off their communication when she disappeared. He says he understands why she had to do it.

He tells her he knows he didn’t kill Titus and that someone is taking advantage of her being in their household to kill him and blame her. He asks if anyone has taken an unusual interest in her. She tells him a brown sedan was following her last month and she took down the plate but it never happened again. Sherlock says he’ll look into it.

He rises to leave and she asks if that’s it. She tells him she can’t leave her apartment and has no one to talk to. She tells him his letters got her through times just like these. She tells him she’s afraid and could use a friend.

Bell tells her that the car belonged to a PI that Titus’ wife Perry hired to try and catch him cheating so she could break her prenuptial agreement. He found no mistress but figured out who the nanny really was and told Perry about it two weeks ago. They find it suspect that Perry would let a suspected poisoner make PB&Js for her kids. They also talked to the kids away from Perry and found out that they were watching TV in their rooms and didn’t see their mom. She had time to go home and poison her husband.

Perry tells them she was meeting a guy – Dr. Malone – her drug dealer. They ask what meds she purchased from Malone and she admits to buying nitro and said she was considering poisoning him and blaming the nanny. She says she never went through with it. Gregson says her alibi is that she couldn’t have killed her husband because she was busy planning to kill her husband…

Joan looks at photos of Titus’ boys and thinks one of them is a suspect – the 17 year old who would inherit when he was 18 if his dad was dead. Sherlock plans to confront the son at his dad’s memorial and Joan is horrified that he would harass the kid when he’s mourning. He says he won’t be mourning his dad because he killed him.

She says she thinks Abigail did it and that he was in love with her when he was a teen and that’s why he can’t see the truth. Sherlock tells her he was bullied mercilessly at boarding school and that it was hard but he dealt with it. He says he was beaten regularly and savagely and that he wrote to her because they both were abused. He said she was just supposed to be a study subject. He said over time they became a welcome distraction and oasis from his bad life at the time. He says it wasn’t love – it was a gift – a view inside a mind capable of murder. She was his first – not love – but killer. He says she helped him understand who he was and what he wanted to do with his life.

Joan asks if he ever told her that he thought she was guilty and he says he never saw the point because he didn’t think she was a danger and he wants to help her.

Joan finds Graham shooting baskets and asks how he is. He reminds her his dad died, they found out the nanny was a poisoner and their step-mother wanted to kill him too. Sherlock asks him if he killed his dad for the money. He says he has no alibi for the murder after Perry’s confession. He says that Abigail did it and that’s why it’s in the paper. He tells them that she had issues with his dad and that they had an argument last week. He tells them he has the argument on his phone because he was filming his brother doing Parkour stuff and caught them in the background.

Sherlock shows the recording to Abigail and she says he was accusing her of trying to access his tablet but she didn’t do it. She says he was crazy that day. He says the police think Titus had evidence about her true identity on the tablet and was blackmailing her for sex or something. She says that Titus later apologized to her and says he over-reacted.

Sherlock says he can’t help her if she isn’t honest. She tells him she’s always been honest with her and he says that’s not true because he knows she murdered her father. He reminds her of some things in her letters that revealed where she got the nitro and that her alibi was false. He tells her he’s known the truth for 22 years and never told anyone. She tells him to get out.

Joan tries to get into Titus’ locked desk and says she might have something –she says it looks like someone tried to pry is desk open. She opens the drawer but it’s empty. They ask why he would lock and empty drawer. They wonder if the scratches on the lock were what made him confront Abigail. Bell says his ex had a tablet case that looked like a book and they check out the shelves. She tells him there are too many air vents in the room. She says five is too many and he asks how she knows and she says her uncle was a contractor. She goes around tapping and finds a false vent.

Bell pulls tablet out of the vent. Joan calls to tell Sherlock that they found the tablet and they think Graham killed him. They found videos on the tablet of Titus sexually abusing his son Graham.

Joan looks at photos of Titus’ boys and thinks one of them is a suspect – the 17 year old who would inherit when he was 18 if his dad was dead. Sherlock plans to confront the son at his dad’s memorial and Joan is horrified that he would harass the kid when he’s mourning. He says he won’t be mourning his dad because he killed him.

She says she thinks Abigail did it and that he was in love with her when he was a teen and that’s why he can’t see the truth. Sherlock tells her he was bullied mercilessly at boarding school and that it was hard but he dealt with it. He says he was beaten regularly and savagely and that he wrote to her because they both were abused. He said she was just supposed to be a study subject. He said over time they became a welcome distraction and oasis from his bad life at the time. He says it wasn’t love – it was a gift – a view inside a mind capable of murder. She was his first – not love – but killer. He says she helped him understand who he was and what he wanted to do with his life.

Joan asks if he ever told her that he thought she was guilty and he says he never saw the point because he didn’t think she was a danger and he wants to help her.

Joan finds Graham shooting baskets and asks how he is. He reminds her his dad died, they found out the nanny was a poisoner and their step-mother wanted to kill him too. Sherlock asks him if he killed his dad for the money. He says he has no alibi for the murder after Perry’s confession. He says that Abigail did it and that’s why it’s in the paper. He tells them that she had issues with his dad and that they had an argument last week. He tells them he has the argument on his phone because he was filming his brother doing Parkour stuff and caught them in the background.

Sherlock shows the recording to Abigail and she says he was accusing her of trying to access his tablet but she didn’t do it. She says he was crazy that day. He says the police think Titus had evidence about her true identity on the tablet and was blackmailing her for sex or something. She says that Titus later apologized to her and says he over-reacted.

Sherlock says he can’t help her if she isn’t honest. She tells him she’s always been honest with her and he says that’s not true because he knows she murdered her father. He reminds her of some things in her letters that revealed where she got the nitro and that her alibi was false. He tells her he’s known the truth for 22 years and never told anyone. She tells him to get out.

Joan tries to get into Titus’ locked desk and says she might have something –she says it looks like someone tried to pry is desk open. She opens the drawer but it’s empty. They ask why he would lock and empty drawer. They wonder if the scratches on the lock were what made him confront Abigail. Bell says his ex had a tablet case that looked like a book and they check out the shelves. She tells him there are too many air vents in the room. She says five is too many and he asks how she knows and she says her uncle was a contractor. She goes around tapping and finds a false vent.

Bell pulls tablet out of the vent. Joan calls to tell Sherlock that they found the tablet and they think Graham killed him. They found videos on the tablet of Titus sexually abusing his son Graham.

In the conference room, the cops, Joan and Sherlock interview Graham with his aunt and their lawyer. Sherlock apologizes for confronting Graham the day before. He shows them the tablet and asks Graham if he recognizes it. They tell him it was hidden in the office and they ask if he tried to take it out of his desk. They ask if he killed his dad to protect his younger brother. He tells his aunt and the lawyer to get out. Gregson tells them they can go because he’s 17 and can decide to talk to the police alone.

Graham says the tablet doesn’t prove anything. The captain says it proves he had a motive to kill his father and was justified. Joan shows him the PI report about Abigail and says they found his fingerprints on it. Sherlock says he beat his step-mother to the punch and killed his dad. He theorizes that he bought the pills online. He says the idea of what could happen to his brother and what he was dealing with could have easily led to what he did.

Abigail comes in looking for Graham because Zack called her and said the cops brought him in. The aunt wants to know if she ever saw anything. Sherlock asks if Graham is going to let Abigail go to jail for what he did. The lawyer busts in and says she needs to talk to Graham.

Bell tells Sherlock that Abigail confessed to murdering Titus because he was extorting sexual favors from her. Sherlock tells her that her confession has ruined the case against Graham. He asked why she did it and she says she’s a murderer – that he was right about her. She says that Graham is an amazing kid and has his whole life ahead of him and shouldn’t be in prison. She says she did the right thing by killing Titus.

He says that Graham would only serve 18 months because of the mitigating circumstances. She tells him they exchanged letters for 18 months and it felt like a life time. She says Graham deserves better and was being brutalized and she should have noticed and stopped it sooner. She says Titus got what was coming to him and so will she finally.

Graham meets Sherlock in the city. Sherlock says he knows he killed his dad and that he’s going to be watching him and if he ever resorts to those extreme tactics again he’ll make sure he’s brought to justice. He asks if he’s talked to anyone about his dad molesting him. Graham says talking about it won’t change anything and Sherlock says that’s wrong. He says that being brutalized is corrosive and talking about it can help. Sherlock tells him if he ever wants to talk to someone who knows the story already he can call on him.

Sherlock is boxing in the gym again – going nuts – obviously addressing his old demons…

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