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Elementary: Dead Man's Switch

Amid resisting the celebration of his first year of sobriety, Sherlock takes on a very sensitive case involving the fail safe of a blackmailer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Thursday April 25th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Apr 30, 2013
AU (ten) Jun 23, 2013
DK (TV2) Mar 20, 2014


Guest Stars
Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
As Alfredo Llamosa
Thomas Jay RyanThomas Jay Ryan
As Ken Whitman
Wayne DuvallWayne Duvall
As Duke Landers
Joseph SiravoJoseph Siravo
As Anthony Pistone
Thomas GuiryThomas Guiry
As Brent Garvey
Greg NutcherGreg Nutcher
As Crime Scene Detective

Co-Guest Stars
Russell G. JonesRussell G. Jones
As Attorney
David MogentaleDavid Mogentale
As Charles Augustus Milverton
Randy Louis SwirenRandy Louis Swiren
As Stuart Bloom
Portia ReinersPortia Reiners
As Eva Whitman
Main Cast
Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
As Sherlock Holmes
Lucy LiuLucy Liu
As Dr. Joan Watson
Jon Michael HillJon Michael Hill
As Detective Marcus Bell
Aidan QuinnAidan Quinn
As Capt. Thomas "Tommy" Gregson


The episode begins with Holmes doing a touch up on one of his tattoos. Watson is surprised to learn that Holmes has that machine, and also that Holmes is ambidextrous. She tells him that in a few days, Holmes will be completing a year of sobriety and she thinks that they should celebrate it. Holmes thinks that there is nothing to celebrate because sobriety is a state; one is either in it or out of it. Watson doesn’t argue. At that moment, Alfredo calls and tells Holmes that he needs his help. Next, it is seen that Holmes and Watson arrive at a house to meet Ken Whitman. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johann Sebastian BachCello Stuite No.1 PreludeWhen approaching the Whitman's house
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits
Yo La TengoTwo TrainsWhen Watson gives Sherlock a gift at the end

Episode Quotes
(Watson tries to talk to Sherlock about reaching his first year sober anniversary.)
Sherlock: You are an ex-sober companion. It is no longer your calling to nag me, police me, or reproach me. If I require your opinion in regards to my sobriety, I will ask for it.

(Sherlock talks to Watson from inside Milverton's apartment.)
Sherlock: Another reason to despise Milverton, he keeps cats.
Watson: He should get himself a real pet, like a beehive.

(Sherlock chooses his words very carefully in speaking to an unhappy Captain Gregson.)
Sherlock: It's possible that I'm here to report a murder. Or perhaps, I'm here to seek the council of an investigator that I respect and admire.

(Sherlock smiles as he stands over the hospital bed of an inmate.)
Sherlock: Mr. Garvey? I'd heard that brutalizers of children have a rough time in prison. It's really nice to see that it's not just a rumor.

Watson: (Stops talking about the case when she see's Sherlock at his desk) Are those sobriety chips?
Sherlock: I ordered a set online yesterday. I had them shipped overnight, to see what all the fuss is about. The colors are a bit garish, more appropriate for a successful first year as a Vegas show girl.
Watson: (Picks up a coffee cup full with a bunch in it.) Have you been playing quarters with these?
Sherlock: I didn't drink anything Watson. I just wanted to see them bounce.

(Sherlock explains that he doesn't want to go to the ceremony.)
Alfredo: You know what I wish you got? Milestones like this one, they're yours, but they're not about you. They're about all the people who haven't got there yet. They see you do it, and they think, "Why can't I?" I know it's hard, but one of these days you've got to get over yourself.

(Sherlock speaks with frustration, physically finding it difficult to talk.)
Sherlock: I decided to stop using drugs, yes? Me. Then twenty four hours later... It sounds like a mere detail, but I'm a man of details and it matters to me. (Stands and faces Watson) Now I know that I need to tell Alfredo about this...uh...proving difficult. And since I didn't want to tell him before you...(walks away)

Cultural References
This episode's case was inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerCorinne Brinkerhoff  |  Christopher Silber  |  Liz Friedman
ProducerJonathan Filley  |  Geoffrey Hemwall
Consulting ProducerCathryn Humphris  |  Christopher Hollier  |  Jason Tracey
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorSondra Watanabe  |  Jeffrey A. Vacirca
CastingMark Saks
Unit Production ManagerJill Footlick
First Assistant DirectorRichard Patrick
Second Assistant DirectorMatthew McLoota
MusicSean Callery
Music EditorChris McGeary
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerRebecca Hofherr
Set DecoratorCarrie Stewart
Location ManagerDavid Chambers
Property MasterEric Cheripka
Construction CoordinatorMike Melchiorre
Production Sound MixerScott Breindel
Script SupervisorOlenka Denysenko
Production CoordinatorM.J. Magbanua
Assistant EditorSally Anne Fuscoe
Supervising Sound EditorJon Mete
Re-Recording MixerJeffrey Perkins  |  Eric Justen
Director of PhotographyRon Fortunato
Stunt CoordinatorMike Russo
Art DirectorClay Brown
Post Production CoordinatorTara McSherry
Production AccountantSarah Rubenstein
Chief Lighting TechnicianKevin Janicelli (2)
Transportation CaptainKenny Gaskins
"A" Camera OperatorTim Norman
Department Head HairDiana Sikes
Casting AssociateJohn Andrews (1)
Visual Effects ProducerChris Cruse  |  Brad Powell
Department Head Make-upPersefone Karakosta
ColoristTony D'Amore
Assistant To The Executive ProducerBrian Rodenbeck
Assistant To The ProducerKammie Mann
Special Effects CoordinatorFred Buchholz
"B" Camera OperatorAlan Mehlbrech
Charge Scenic ArtistJanet Kalas
First Company GripEd Lowry
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