The episode begins with Watson entering the house and Holmes posing as an intruder to check Watson’s self-preservation skills; it is pathetic states Holmes. He then tells her that he has got in touch with few martial arts trainers who would train Watson with some self defense techniques. Next, we see Bell on his way back home and he informs Gregson of the same. But we also see a car following Bell’s car. Someone from the car starts firing shots at Bell. Bell’s car flips. Gregson, Holmes, Watson and the NYPD team are examining Bell’s car. The gun used was a semi-automatic. Holmes looks at the shots and infers that whoever shot Bell has access to heavy weapons. ..Read the full recap
(Sherlock explains the sneak attack on Watson)
Sherlock: Realizing that you're in physical danger was difficult for me. If anything were to happen to you, I'm not sure I could forgive myself.
(Sherlock talks to Detective Bell and Captain Gregson while he inspects the damage to Bell's car.)
Sherlock: (To Bell) The second I heard about the attempt on your life I dove into your case history. I thought it would be only a matter of time before the culprit's identity presented itself. I was wrong. You've done excellent work over the years, made a lot of enemies. There is no shortage of people who would like to see you dead.
Bell: You say it like it's a good thing.
Sherlock: There is, in my humble opinion, no greater compliment an investigator can receive. It speaks to the quality of your work.
(Sherlock and Watson go over the files that Bell handed over.)
Watson: Don't you think it's weird that Bradshaw went after Bell himself? He doesn't like to get his hands dirty. So, why not farm out the hit to one of his lieutenants?
Sherlock: His grudge with Bell is clearly very personal. Nothing makes a smart man stupid like a thirst for vengeance. As you well know, I speak from experience.
(Watson talks to her therapist about her work with Sherlock)
Dr. Reed: You claim he respects you, that he cares about your safety. If he really cares and if he is really as smart as you say he is, tell me why isn't he the one telling you to move on?
(Sherlock reveals that he knows Watson is not employed by his father anymore, and offers her a permanent job.)
Sherlock: This is an important decision, and I encourage you to discuss it with others. Explain what you have been to me, and what I believe you can be to me... Partner. (Gets his jacket and comes back, leaving Watson speechless.) And lest you think this is an act of charity from a grateful client, let me assure that it is not. I am better with you, Watson, I'm sharper, I'm more focused...Difficult to say why exactly. Perhaps in time I'll solve that as well.
(Watson surprises Sherlock with some terms of her own, in the form of an answer.)
Watson: I like to be paid on Thursdays. And since I don't have an apartment right now, I will stay here rent free until I find something else. And you will continue going to group support meetings with me for as long as we work together.
Sherlock: (Stunned) Congratulations on your new career, Watson. (Slowly gets back to work organizing his locks)
Watson: (Picks up a basketball while his back is turned.) Just one more thing to make this work.
Sherlock: What is that? (turns to face her)
Watson: (hits him in the face with the ball) Could have been a knife. (Walks away)