When a Russian oligarch is killed, and his assassins murdered, too, Sherlock and Joan must find the person who put out the hit
This week’s Elementary begins with Clyde in a fridge. Thankfully, he’s not dead or anything. He just needs to hibernate, and as Sherlock says to Joan, these wacky New York winters can’t be trusted to provide Clyde with the proper conditions for rest. So perceptive, that Sherlock.
So no, Clyde isn’t dead, but there are a number of human bodies piling up this week. Outside of a nightclub named OBSESS NYC, a man and his bodyguard are gunned down in a drive-by shooting. As the killers flee, something happens to their car. Suddenly the driver can’t control it, and the car flies off the side of a bridge and lands on the pavement below, killing the murderers inside.
The man killed outside the nightclub turns out to be Maxim Zolotov, a Russian oligarch who was perhaps in town on business. The question is who would have wanted him dead. And as Sherlock notes, the bigger question is how do they find the “true” killer when he’s all but covered his tracks by murdering the assassins he hired.
Those questions lead Sherlock to bring in Mason, his handy tech guru. When Sherlock determines that the car must have been hacked, Mason takes a look at the code inside the car’s computer. He finds a signature buried in the code that connects to a hacker nicknamed Mittens. By day, she’s Fiona, a coder for tech company Pentillion.
When Sherlock and Joan show up at Pentillion to question Fiona about her potential involvement in the murders, her boss, Phil, assures the detectives that Fiona couldn’t possibly have done it. That’s because she’s autistic, and it makes it nearly impossible for her to lie. She can’t even tell Sherlock that the sky is green when he asks her to.
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But with Fiona cleared, who had access to her software? Phil informs them that a number of people could have been in possession of it, not only because it passed through so many hands at the office, but also because Pentillion was hacked a couple weeks back. For Phil’s money, though, he thinks the CEO of rival tech company Tetrabit could be the culprit. He says he remembers seeing some of her emails in a hack written in Russian, clearly connecting her to the murders.
During questioning, Carol, the CEO of Tetrabit, insists that she had nothing to do with the murders and that in fact she suffered a major loss when Maxim was killed. She was working with him to fund a port in New Haven, meaning she was set to make millions of dollars over the next several years if Maxim hadn’t been killed. So who would have benefited from his death, they ask. Carol’s answer: the State of New York, which would potentially lose a number of jobs because of the deal.
That leads the detective to Harry, the leader of the union whose members would stand to lose their jobs over the deal and who was at the scene when Maxim was gunned down. Just like Carol, he insists he was actually going to benefit from the deal. He was at the club to finalize a deal with Maxim that would see his union workers get new jobs in New Haven when the deal finally went through. He does give them a bit of a tip, though: He says when Maxim left, it was because his bodyguard got spooked by a stripper.
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