Elementary recap: Turn It Upside Down
While investigating the murder of Emil Kurtz and dealing with an insistent Morland Holmes, Sherlock realizes an old foe might be back
“Turn It Upside Down” does exactly what it promises to do. For a few weeks now, it’s seemed like Morland, Sherlock, and Joan were on a collision course with one another. That feeling was only underscored when Emil turned up murdered at the end of last week’s episode. “Turn It Upside Down” picks up right where that episode left off, but to Elementary‘s credit, it doesn’t go where expected.
Things do go as expected, though, when Joan walks into the diner and sees Emil has been murdered. It isn’t long before she’s asking specific questions of Marcus and Sherlock is getting suspicious of her behavior. Thus, she has no choice but to come clean to him about investigating Morland.
Obviously, Sherlock is pissed, but as Joan points out, she did all this behind his back because he’s not exactly objective when it comes to his father. Either way, Sherlock decides it’s time he has a chat with his father. He informs him of Emil’s murder and asks for all of his files and his computer. Morland refuses, though, saying that until Sherlock has determined that the murder was more than an accident during a robbery, he’s reluctant to hand over sensitive files.
With Morland offering no help, the detectives question a woman who survived the diner shooting, though her sister was killed. She says that the shooter was tall and wore sunglasses and a hoodie. More importantly, she says that as her sister died, she was having an allergic reaction. She remembers her sister having the same reaction when they were teenagers and that it was caused by an allergic reaction to mountain lions. That’s a hilarious and contrived little story, but this is TV, so let’s just go with it!
After searching Emil’s company-purchased apartment and finding a few pieces of surveillance on the property, the detectives question a taxidermist that deals with large mammals. They search his place and find the hoodie in question, complete with blood and gun residue. What’s crazy is that he straight up confesses to the murders, saying he was hired to do it. What’s even more crazy is that he says he committed another murder just a week or so earlier for the same guy!
That murder was of Dr. Naylor, a forensic psychiatrist who often testified in regards to the sanity of defendants. So what does she have to do with this murder? Well, it’s not clear right away. Sherlock does think he’s on to something, though. He discovers that Dr. Naylor was using an online morality test in order to lobby for more standardized sentences. Sherlock thinks that would have made a lot of people angry, especially people who rely on their money and race to avoid harsher sentences.
Meanwhile, Gregson decides it’s time for him to meet the infamous Morland Holmes after he hears out Sherlock’s accusations. After a brief back and forth, with Gregson asking a few questions and Morland basically not answering anything, Gregson gives up. But he doesn’t leave without threatening to do harm to Morland if anything happens to Joan or Sherlock because of him. You go, Gregson!
NEXT: That’s what the law says
That visit enrages Morland, and it pushes him to hand over Emil’s files to Sherlock and Joan in order to clear his name as a suspect. As he points out, Emil was clearly sent to that diner by an encrypted email, one that likely came from the same account that he was feeding information to when Morland was trying to negotiate that Colombian oil deal. Thus, Morland’s enemies would have had him killed. Hard to find a better alibi than that!
Sherlock has his hacker buddies look into the email, and, sure enough, it’s from the same account, though they can’t track down who the owner is. That leads Sherlock to demand more information about the oil deal from his father. This time Morland obliges, giving Sherlock a file on the CEO of RNJ, the company that beat him on the deal. They rule out his involvement in the whole thing, but considering he was sent files anonymously, something must be up.
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So they go back to question the shooter again when a quick search of his computer reveals that he took Naylor’s test. He insists he had no idea that it was her test, that he does all sorts of quizzes online; as he notes, he always gets Joffrey in the “What Game Of Thrones character are you?” quiz.
That leads Sherlock down an interesting path. He digs further into the Colombian oil deal and discovers that there was a suicide-bombing attempt on OPEC on the same day. That bombing lead to a number of oil-friendly OPEC countries shutting down their trade, which freed up Colombia to do so. In other words, prices soared and someone benefited from it.
Furthermore, Sherlock discovers that the suicide bomber also took Naylor’s test. So what’s the connection? Well, Sherlock posits that the test could be used to weed out psychopaths. Whoever was collecting the data could isolate the IP addresses of the people who showed no empathy whatsoever.
It’s only a hop, skip, and a jump from there — the detectives discover that Dr. Naylor’s research assistant was basically selling the psychopaths to someone looking to hire killers. She was approached by a man posing as a member of the CIA and tricked her into thinking she was doing something good. Of course, when she connected what she was doing with what was on the news she didn’t stop, so you know, I’m thinking charges are still going to be filed.
The woman mentions that the name of the “agent” who approached her was Babich, and that sets Sherlock off. He starts to connect the dots. The name King, which was the one used to hire the diner killer, shares a history with Babich, and those share a history with Cambridge.
A Sherlock tells Joan, those names and all the events of the last few weeks form a clear pattern, and he knows exactly who’s the mastermind behind it all: Moriarty. That’s right. It looks like one of Sherlock’s longest-standing foes is getting back in the mix. As if Sherlock finding out that his father wanted to use his mother’s valuable ring to bribe a corrupt official wasn’t enough for him, now he has Moriarty to deal with.
Bring on the last two episodes of the season!