The episode begins with Holmes giving Irene a hug. Cut to a little over two years ago, in London, Holmes meets Irene for the first time. He asks her if she read his email. She tells him to tell his friend, Mr. Kirby, at the Christy’s that the canvases that turned up are not original. She explains why. Holmes looks around and asks that Irene, who is a restorer, as to why she has kept an original painting with her and sold her work to the museum. He notices there are a couple of original paintings that Irene has kept with her or rather stolen. Holmes finds Irene very interesting. He asks her out on a date. ..Read the full recap
(Sherlock meets Irene in her studio for the first time, and notices that she has some original pieces that she shouldn't.)
Sherlock: Bargain then. I'll tell you which of the paintings are reproductions and which are accounts of felonious theft. And if I deduce correctly, you'll spend an evening in this great city with me.
Irene: You're not going to turn me in?
Sherlock: I appreciate your efforts to keep the vulgarities of the modern era at bay. Whether you agree to my game or not, I'll leave you to your work. I assure you we'd enjoy each other's company.
(Sherlock and Watson wait outside Irene's hospital room.)
Watson: We've got clues. We can go find that man. We can go back to that house...
Sherlock: No. I shan't be consulting on Irene's case.
Watson: Do you really want to sit this one out?
Sherlock: I should look after her. Besides I don't think I'd be of much use. Moriarty is quite clearly smarter than I am... A man should know when he's beaten.
(Watson's training shines when she notices a rare paint and uses that detail to formulate the next few steps in their plan to catch Moriarty.)
Bell: Feels just like having Holmes here, doesn't it? (Gregson looks impressed and nods.)
(Sherlock stops working on the "M." case. while in bed with Irene.)
Sherlock: Okay, I'm being terribly rude.
Irene: Yes, but you're typically quite rude. I'm trying to figure out why it doesn't bother me.
Sherlock: Because you're rude. (She stops kissing him and waits) Well I mean, honest. Simpler minds have always confused great honesty with great rudeness.
(Sherlock tells Watson that he's leaving New York, and ignores her arguments. Watson makes one more statement while he leaves)
Watson: This is what Moriarty wants. And if it's what he wants, then it's a mistake.
(Isaac Proctor shoots his executioners, and leaves a message.)
Isaac Proctor: Moriarty thinks I was sloppy? Who left standing orders never to hurt Sherlock Holmes? The reason you're still breathing is so that you can report back. Moriarty is obsessed with Holmes...Doesn't want him touched... You tell Moriarty that Sherlock Holmes is a dead man.
(After taking some serious accusations Irene has some truth to share with Sherlock.)
Irene: You know, it's funny. I close my eyes and I try to picture him. I see someone an aweful lot like you. I think you do too. I think that if he weren't so bent on being your enemy, he'd be your friend.