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. ..Read the full recap
(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)