The episode begins with an incident that took place six months ago. A girl arrives on the subway platform, and she spontaneously receives some roses from a guy. The girl tells her friend over the phone that a guy was on his way to meet his girlfriend, and his date got cancelled, and he did not want the roses to go to waste. That is why he gave them to her. The train arrives, and we see that the same guy push this girl in front of the train. Watson is having drinks with her friends and she tells them that she is enjoying her new job. She receives a call from Dr. Caruso about her new client. She wonders what kind of a name is Sherlock. ..Read the full recap
(Watson returns home and finds Sherlock already agitated)
Sherlock: Dreadful news, I heard from my father this morning.
Sherlock: Not the man himself of course, one of his minions. Apparently he's holding me to the bargain that we struck when I borrowed that pittance from him.
Watson: If you're referring to the two point two million dollars that you borrowed to pay off a kidnapping ransom, I'd say that's a little bit more than a pittance.
(Sherlock rants on about having to do his father the favor.)
Sherlock: Knowing father, the man is a shyster's shyster, who no doubt wants help defending a client who is equal parts Adolf Hitler and Bernie Madoff.
(Watson talks to Sherlock from the inside of a cell.)
Watson: I just keep thinking that if you were the one to break into that car she would have been there, but because it was me...
(Watson continues doubting herself after making a big mistake.)
Sherlock: (interrupts Watson) Have I... Have I told you how distracting I find self doubt? If you must wallow, I ask that you do it in the privacy of your room.
Watson: Do I need to remind you that I made a mistake last night that got me arrested?
Sherlock: Do I need to remind you that you made a discovery today that may ultimately solve both cases? Do you wish to mourn the former or celebrate the later, because I, for one, am fully engaged?
Sherlock guesses that his father's lawyer will need help with a client who is equal parts Adolf Hitler and Bernie Madoff. Adolf Hitler was the infamous German Dictator responsible for World War II and the corresponding holocaust.
Bernie Madoff was a stock broker and financial adviser responsible for the largest account of financial fraud in U.S history. He ran a "Wealth Management Business" for nearly fifty years before it was revealed as a ponzi scheme in 2008.
Joan tells Sherlock that she'll be doing a Columbo
impression when she goes to the art gallery.
When Sherlock says, "There is no branch of detective work which is as important or as neglected as the art of tracing footsteps." It is nearly a direct quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's, A Study in Scarlet.