Holmes gets a call from a dominatrix friend of his that her outcall client is dead. Someone poisoned him and then stuffed him into a latex bodysuit so that the mistress would find him and call the police. That seems like a lot of work, doesn't it? After harassing an innocent sex-shop owner, the trail leads to one of the victim's subordinates, who admits to the part about the latex bodysuit, but not the poisoning. So what did he really do, aside from obstruct justice a little?
The victim's wife and two sons come home from their alibi and are met by the nanny. And here's where it gets a little complicated, because the nanny turns out to be this woman who was acquitted twenty years earlier of killing her father the same way the latest victim died. And Holmes recognized her because he used to write her letters and they struck up a correspondence. The police bring her in, but Holmes immediately decides she's being framed. Prying by Watson reveals that when he wrote the letters, Holmes was being severely bullied at school, and he identified with her because she was being abused by her father. And he's confident she really did poison him, although she was declared Not Guilty.
So the question is -- who framed her? She was being followed by a private investigator hired by the victim's wife, but she has an alibi. Admittedly, her alibi is that she was buying pills to maybe kill her husband with, but it's still an alibi. The older son was in line to get millions of dollars pretty soon, but they can't find any evidence to make it stick. When Watson and Bell find the victim's hidden tablet computer, they discover that the older son was being sexually abused by his father. And he had access to the facts about his nanny's past, so he almost definitely did it. Unfortunately, before he can confess, the nanny finds out everything, so she confesses instead. In a really good scene, she tells Holmes that she's doing it so that the son can live a normal life. And after all, she did kill someone once and get away with it, so maybe this is justice after all.
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There are boxers sparring. Oh, my mistake, kickboxers. One of them falls. The other one is Holmes. After the fight, Watson observes that Sherlock fights dirty, which he recommends. Holmes answers his phone: "Hello, Mistress." He looks a little embarrassed. "What? Hang up and dial 911. Ask that Captain Thomas Gregson be informed of the call. I'll be there shortly. Yes." There's a dead body waiting for them.
A woman dressed provocatively and holding a riding crop stands next to a body on the floor. She tells Gregson that she got a call at 10:30 from a new client who wanted CP and OTK. Holmes elucidates the phrases "Corporal Punishment" and "Over-The-Knee (Spanking)" for Gregson, who has apparently led a very sheltered life for a New York cop. The woman was told the door would be unlocked, and the man was lying on the floor when she got there. He was wearing a mask and was unresponsive to her orders and whip. So she called Holmes, who explains, "Mistress Felicia and I got chatting over an exhibition of torture devices throughout history." And then they stayed in tough.
Bell reports that the dead man is Titus Delancey, the CEO of AP&G Financial Consulting. Gregson sends Mistress Felicia off with Bell to make an official statement. He doesn't think Felicia killed the guy, so Watson suggests heart failure. Holmes checks under the latex suit Mr. Delancey was wearing and notes that there's no talcum powder. It's hard to put on a latex suit without talcum powder, so Holmes concludes that he must have had help. And there's blue on his lips, which Watson diagnoses as nitroglycerin overdose. Holmes rejects the theory of accidental overdose, because he'd need eight tablets accidentally. And he spots a glass of bourbon, which he is confident was used to mask the scent of nitroglycerin. He pours some out and lights it, because he's a big showoff who can't wait for the lab to do things properly. The point is… murder! Someone laced Delancey's bourbon with enough nitroglycerin to cause an overdose.
Holmes practices uses a bullwhip to snuff out candles at the brownstone. The candles aren't lit, so I'm guessing he's new at this. Watson comes down and complains about it being morning, but Holmes is too busy being happy at his gift from Mistress Felicia. He also reports that Delancey's wife swears her husband was not into S&M, which Watson believes. There were no signs of bondage gear in the house. Holmes thinks the latex suit was brand new, based on its shininess. Watson asks if a poisoner would shove Delancey into a latex suit and call a dominatrix. I have that question too, because I believe it would take a lot of work to get a non-responsive dead body into a tight latex suit. Anyway, Holmes says there are only two stores in Manhattan that sell this brand of suit, and one of them ("unfortunately for submissives of size") only has it up to a Large. So unless the killer bought the gear online (which he almost certainly did, but never mind that) it came from The Pleasure Parlor. It is my opinion that any leather store that does not carry XXL gear is denying itself a lot of business.