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Elementary recap: Ready or Not

While investigating the disappearance of a doomsday prepper, Sherlock has to sort out his emotions in regards to Fiona

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Lucy Liu, Jonny Lee Miller, Aidan Quinn

Any episode of Elementary that begins with Sherlock punching the world’s worst dad in the face and ends with good ol’ fashioned sex is bound to be a good episode of Elementary. Seriously though, “Ready or Not” is a ton of fun, mixing a solid case of a missing person with meaningful personal story lines. Though, of course, Joan’s continuing investigation of Morland must wait until next time.

This week’s case begins when a terrible man named Mr. Springer shows up at Sherlock and Joan’s house hoping to use their services to track down a missing person. That person is named Vincent, and he’s a doctor who was prescribing pain medication to Mr. Springer’s son to deal with his chronic pain, a condition that Sherlock traces back to childhood abuse (hence the punch in the face). Vincent is missing now, and Mr. Springer wants him found because he wants some sort of vigilante justice. I don’t know, the guy is an idiot and we don’t even see him for the rest of the episode.

The first place Sherlock looks is Vincent’s personal life. He questions the man’s wife and she suggests that he’s not dead, but that he probably ran off with a redheaded woman her friends spotted him with only days before. At the same time, Sherlock and Joan learn that Vincent was a doomsday “Prepper” who spent a lot of his money on preparing for the apocalypse. Who gives a medical degree to such a person!?!?

For the most part, Vincent’s disappearance seems normal, or at least not deadly. When Joan questions Vincent’s colleague and practice partner, Dr. Wallace, she finds out who the redheaded woman is. Her name is Julie, and she’s a pharmaceutical rep that comes around the office from time to time.

When the detectives bring her in for questioning they get more than they bargained for. She has a ton of information about Vincent that wasn’t known before. Namely, he was selling pills to a handful of drug dealers on the side, to the tune of $200,000, when he found out that he was about to be audited. Julie bailed him out, lending him pills so that his numbers would look right. Now she thinks one of the dealers must have killed him because he promised he was going to get out of that shady game.

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With that information revealed, Sherlock starts to think that maybe Vincent is on the run. That theory is quickly dispelled though after the detectives realize that the dealers didn’t even know Vincent was missing. These are some sloppy drug dealers, in my opinion. Omar Little would mess them up.

Sherlock’s “on the run” theory is even further dispelled when Vincent’s body turns up and the autopsy reveals that he was probably killed with a multi-purpose tool, specifically one popular amongst Preppers. That sends the detectives down a Prepper rabbit hole (bunker hole?), and boy is it entertaining/weird.

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