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Elementary: Risk Management

Sherlock and Watson take a case handed directly to them by Moriarty, hoping hoping it will bring them closer to the man himself. Gregson shows his concern for Watson by encouraging her to take on a another Sober Companion client.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x22
Airdate: Thursday May 09th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 14, 2013
AU (ten) Jul 07, 2013
DK (TV2) Apr 10, 2014


Special Guest Stars
Natalie DormerNatalie Dormer
As Irene Adler

Guest Stars
J.C. MacKenzieJ.C. MacKenzie
As Daren Sutter
Francie SwiftFrancie Swift
As Kate Sutter
Stephanie KurtzubaStephanie Kurtzuba
As Eileen Rourke

Co-Guest Stars
Kristine JohnsonKristine Johnson
As TV Reporter
Sean DoughertySean Dougherty
As Detective
Con HorganCon Horgan
As Wallace Rourke

Adam GodleyAdam Godley
voiced Moriarty
Perri LaurenPerri Lauren
As Leah Sutter
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 having a phone conversation with Moriarty, and Watson recording the conversation. Moriarty thanks Holmes for passing on his messages to Moran. He tells Holmes that people come to him with various jobs, and he gets it done for them. Holmes is not interested in what he does. The only thing Holmes wants to know is whether he (Moriarty) killed Irene Adler. Moriarty tells him that he is aware that this question has been haunting him for years. He tells Holmes that he will answer her only if Holmes helps him with a case. He wants to hire Holmes as an investigator. ..

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Episode Notes
The house where the end of the episode is shot was The Commandant's House. It was built in 1805 and part of the Brooklyn Naval Yard until 1964

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Massive AttackTeardropSherlock promises not to let Moriarty hurt Watson
Saint Petersburg Festival Symphony OrchestraDon Giovanni (Don Juan), K. 527: OvertureWhen Sherlock and Watson walk into the studio
Sean CalleryElementary Theme SongOpening Credits

Episode Quotes
(Sherlock finally gets to speak to Moriarty.)
Moriarty: Consider me a spider. I sit motionless in the center of my web. That web has a thousand radiations and I know well every quiver of each of them. I do little myself. I only plan. My agents are numerous and splendidly organized. If there is a crime to be done, a paper to be extracted, a house to be rifled, or a man to be removed, the word is passed to me. The matter is planned and carried out.
Sherlock: So you're a pimp and assassins are your girls.

(Watson questions how Sherlock can be so sure that Moriarty isn't going to kill him.)
Sherlock: Because three years ago he ordered Gottlieb not to kill me. Last night I was in the sights of another assassins rifle, yet here I sit. He couldn't be clearer, he doesn't want me dead.

(Watson wants to know more about Irene)
Sherlock: She was American.
Watson: Really?
Sherlock: I held it against her only briefly.

(Captain Greson brings Watson in for a secret meeting.)
Capt. Gregson: There's something you gotta try to understand. Guys like him, they walk between the raindrops. They don't get wet. People like you, do. People like his ex-girlfriend, do.
Watson: So you're concerned about my safety?
Capt. Gregson: In case you haven't noticed, a lot of bodies've been dropping around our boy as of late.
Watson: You're in the danger zone also.
Capt. Gregson: I've been a cop for thirty years. I carry a gun.
Watson: And a penis.

(Watson and Sherlock discuss their feelings after handling the case.)
Sherlock: I think this is supposed to be a stupid lesson. To show me, a man who craves vengeance can destroy the lives of others.

(Watson catches Sherlock lying to her again.)
Sherlock: Watson...Most puzzles, I see from the outside, and it gives me a certain clarity. I am right in the center, of this one...It has blurred my vision, to say the least.

(Watson defends her right to be included in this case.)
Sherlock: The reasons I'm here are personal.
Watson: I could say the same thing. I have been with you every step of the way these past couple weeks. We have worked hard on this case. Whatever answers he's got in there for you, I deserve them too.

Cultural References
The way Moriarty describes himself over the phone "Consider me a spider..." is based on how Sherlock himself describes Moriarty in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem."

When Sherlock talks about Irene to Watson he says, "She was, to me, the woman. To me she eclipsed and predominated the whole of her gender." In Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia" it says, "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. ... In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex."

Episode References
In Season 1 Episode 21, 'A Landmark Story', Sherlock was in the sights of an assassin's rifle after the assassin shot one of Moriarty's men. The laser sight lingered on Sherlock's chest after John Douglass was killed. He mentions that incident when defending his confidence in his theory that Moriarty wasn't planning on killing him.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRobert Doherty
Executive ProducerRobert Doherty  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  Craig Sweeny
Co-Executive ProducerLiz Friedman  |  Christopher Silber  |  Corinne Brinkerhoff
ProducerGeoffrey Hemwall  |  Jonathan Filley
Consulting ProducerCathryn Humphris  |  Christopher Hollier  |  Jason Tracey
Associate ProducerChris Leanza  |  Melissa Owen
Production DesignerAndrew Bernard
EditorSang Han
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 EditorBeth J. Conley
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 ProducerBrad Powell  |  Chris Cruse
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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