Holmes and Watson work two different cases this week. Watson's assigned to investigate a missing woman, because her sister is convinced that her husband killed her. Holmes isn't interested, because the whole thing sounds kind of sketchy. And also because it's a case set up by his father, who he hates. So it's Watson's problem. The missing woman recorded a video where she said she was leaving, but it might have been faked somehow.
While she works on that, Holmes investigates a weird case from six months earlier, where a mysterious hooded figure gave a woman some flowers and then pushed her in front of a subway train. He learned about it because the missing woman mentioned it in her video, and then he found it much more interesting. Along the way, he runs across Prez and Bubbles from The Wire. But his only new clue is a distinctive patch on the subway pusher's jacket.
Watson breaks both cases wide open when she discovers that the bad guy in Holmes's case is the husband in her case. That video included the missing woman saying she was freaked out by a flower woman being killed in a subway, but she was talking about a different time she left her husband for a few days. The husband diabolically saved the video and then created a new situation later to provide cover for her disappearance. It's pretty complicated.
While all this is going on, Watson is starting to doubt herself. This is because her friends think she's crazy to stop being a sober companion and start being a consulting detective. On the other hand, Alfredo the Charismatic Car Thief is back and he thinks she's got potential. So that's neat!
We start "Six Months Ago," according to the onscreen caption. There's someone playing a violin in a subway station, but we pan away from him. A woman is tapped on the shoulder and given some flowers by a man wearing a hood. She's standing very close to the ledge where you wait for the train. She tells someone on the phone that she was just given a dozen roses, and that it's been a lousy week. Then the train comes and the guy in the hood finally pushes her in front of it. I mean it's not that I was rooting for her death, but it was pretty clear where this was going.
Now Watson is out at dinner with a few friends. Did you know Watson had friends? Well, she does. They agree that she's going to a birthday party tomorrow at 2:00 PM. (Which I mention because details are important). She's a little defensive about how being a Sober Companion is a valid career, and everyone praises her for helping people even after she stopped being a doctor. Her phone rings and she says it's a rehab facility with a possible referral. A Dr. Caruso has sent her a case file. The patient is getting out of Hemdale on Monday. Watson flips through the case file and asks, "What kind of name is Sherlock?" And now I have to go back and read what it says about him. I didn't realize this scene was also six months ago! I guess I should have because the scene started with a television at the restaurant running a news story about the woman at the subway.
Okay. I have gone back to investigate the case file on Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It says he's very smart, and also very addicted to heroin. His prognosis was quite good, although he was advised to take on a sobriety companion, since he would benefit from "regular interpersonal interaction." He's supposed to attend regular meetings, and the companion should make it happen. It would also get him out and help fight his clinical depression, which he refuses to take medication for. That was mildly interesting. I'm a little concerned that the phrase appears to be "sobriety companion," because "sober companion" is what everyone actually says.
Back to modern day. Watson breaks into a sports car, setting off its alarm. She tries to hotwire it but the car alarm keeps blaring and breaks her concentration. We see that the car is also occupied by Alfredo, Holmes's sponsor. That guy's awesome! I'm glad he came back because it was looking like the show had forgotten about his existence. He's teaching Watson to steal cars since Holmes feels it's an important detective skill. And every hour he spends with Watson, he gets two with Holmes, so it's sort of relevant to being a sponsor. She gets a text from Holmes telling her to end the scene and go home.