‘Elementary’ episode recap: 'The Leviathan'

By Sari N. Kent,

We open to see a team of masked men breaking into a bank vault with an electronic keypad. One of the members of the team enters a numbered code and the vault opens. The robbers then go into boxes in the vault and take expensive looking jewelry.

Shoot to Watson finding a scantily clad woman downstairs named Gwen. She tells Watson that Holmes is still asleep and she knows that Watson is Holmes “companion.” It’s awkward and then Gwen goes to get dressed. Then, the doorbell rings. Watson goes to answer it and finds another scantily clad woman. Her name is Olivia and she also knows about Watson being Holmes’ “companion.” Watson then goes to answer the door as Olivia goes upstairs to get dressed. Then, Holmes appears. It seems Olivia and Gwen are sisters with whom Holmes explains to Watson he has a “mutually beneficial relationship with.” Holmes moves to go into further detail but Watson says that she doesn’t want to know. Holmes then tells Watson to tell whoever it is at the door that he isn’t there because he’s going back to bed after he sees the Lynch sisters off. Watson then opens the door to a man looking for Holmes. He tells Watson that he was referred by a friend of Holmes’ in London. Holmes hears the man and comes to the door as Watson exits. The man works for Casterly Rock Security, the world’s foremost maker of bank vaults and Holmes is familiar with the company. The man is Mr. Micah Erlich, the manager and owner of said company. Meanwhile, Olivia pops her head in to say goodbye to Holmes and blows him a kiss. Holmes blows a kiss back as Erlich tells Holmes of his company’s new “flagship” vault, the “Leviathan.” Holmes knows of the vault that is supposedly impenetrable. “Did you people learn nothing from the Titanic,” Holmes replies. Then, Gwen pops her head in and says goodbye to Holmes. Holmes salutes her as she leaves. Erlich does a double take. Holmes pours Erlich a cup of tea as he tells him that he knows how the supposedly impenetrable Leviathan was robbed in 2009. Erlich tells Holmes that the four men who broke in were “a once-in-a-lifetime assembly of criminal talent. But eventually, all four were caught and convicted but none of them talked.” Erlich goes on to say how they had since improved on the Leviathan and that the chances of another brilliant team breaking in was all but impossible. He then tells Holmes that a diamond exchange was robbed the previous night, with $40 million in stones having been taken. The stones were protected by the Leviathan. Erlich tells Holmes that if word gets out that another Leviathan “has been compromised, we’re done.” Holmes assumes Erlich wants him to find out how it was robbed. Erlich then tells Holmes that he thinks there was a fifth member of the original robbers. Holmes thinks his theory is “poppycock” and that if one group of intellectuals could do it another surely could but Erlich denounces his theory. Holmes asks Erlich to take him to the diamond exchange.

Shoot to the diamond exchange. Holmes think the security upfront is “rather rudimentary.” Holmes meets David Batonvert, the exchange’s floor manager. Then, he makes note of the sensors around the vault and how the robbers could have easily gotten past them. Then, he comes to the Leviathan’s door. Holmes determines that the vault’s lock can’t be picked and sees the lock has a 10-digit access code. Batonvert tells Holmes that the code is “provided by a random number generator and the code changes every two minutes.” Holmes then asks who has the code. Erlich says the exchange owner has to read the number he has on a key fob and that he’s been in Gstaad the whole time. Holmes then sits down in front of the Leviathan and tells Erlich and Batonvert he needs “time.” We see time pass as Holmes sits in front of the vault. Then, he’s all alone feeding numbers into the keypad, all of which are denying him access. Then, Watson shows up. She asks Holmes why he’s still there when he said he would only be two hours. Batonvert then tells Holmes that the exchange is closing but Holmes fires back, “Do you want your diamonds back or not?” Batonvert then leaves Holmes and Watson alone.

Shoot to Holmes and Watson still at the exchange at 2 in the morning. Holmes wakes up Watson, who fell asleep and then yells at him for them being there all night when she’s supposed to meet her mother for brunch in the morning. Holmes tells her that she can leave but she won’t leave him there alone. Watson then tells Holmes that he can’t admit that he’s stumped. Holmes does admit that he can “disappear into the rabbit hole of my psyche.” He then asks Watson if he could try one more thing before they leave. She agrees. Holmes takes the axe from the fire extinguisher box and proceeds to hack away at the keypad as Watson watches in disbelief.

Shoot back to Holmes’ brownstone. Holmes is staring at pictures of the original robbery team that he’s tacked up. Watson comes in and tells him that the security company called and said the repair bills for his hack job are going to be huge. Holmes replies, “They’ll get over it once I figure this out.” “We need to figure out who broke into the safe, that’s how we’ll figure out how it happened.” Holmes says it wasn’t an inside job because every employee at Casterly had an alibi and he doesn’t see how the original thieves would have needed a fifth conspirator. “One of the original team sold the recipe of how to breach the Leviathan to an outside party,” Holmes exclaims. He then goes over each member of the original team to figure out who sold the secret. The team’s leader died in prison earlier in the year, and the other three hadn’t yet responded to Holmes request for a visit. Then, Watson goes to leave for brunch with her mother. Holmes notes how Watson still wants to impress her judging from how she’s dressed more like “you’re going to a job interview then brunch with a loved one.”

Shoot to Watson having brunch with her mother. She takes charge by ordering for both her and Watson. Watson gets a call while her mother is telling who she heard from and ignores it. Her mother then tells Watson that heard from Watson’s brother. Watson then tells her mother that she hasn’t spoken to her brother, Oren, in two months. Watson’s mother then tells Watson that Oren is coming to the city and bringing a woman named Gabrielle. Her mother than says she made plans for her and Watson to meet them for dinner the following evening. Watson then tells her mother that she can’t just leave her client alone. Watson’s mother asks why her client can’t “get another babysitter for one night?” Then, Watson’s phone rings again. This time she answers it. It’s Holmes telling her not to come back to the brownstone and to meet him at Sing Sing prison at 2:30. Watson asks why he wants her to meet him there and he replies that one of the original thieves has agreed to meet with them.

Shoot to Holmes and Watson meeting with Charles Briggs, the lock-picker on the original team of Leviathan robbers. Briggs won’t tell Holmes how he breached the Leviathan but then Holmes butters him up by saying he’s the greatest lock picker in the world and how he can use his brain. Briggs then tells Holmes that he isn’t sure how they got in and how he was responsible for getting past the outer door and that the leader, Averill, was the one who figured out the code that opened the vault door but he never told him or any of the others how he did it. After Averill got sick, Briggs said he told him that someone got in touch with him and wanted to know how he did it and was willing to pay. Briggs then tells Holmes and Watson that everyone calls the guy by his alias, “Le Chevalier.”

Shoot to outside Sing Sing as Holmes tells Watson that “Le Chevalier” has stolen other priceless items like an original copy of Shakespeare’s first folio, a collection of ancient Greek coins, Van Gogh’s Pieta, among other things and no one can give a description of him. Watson doubts “Le Chevalier” even exists and if he does no one’s ever come close to finding him. Holmes replies that he’s never looked for him.

Shoot to Holmes and Watson going over “Le Chevalier’s” other robberies. Holmes then examines a picture of Peter Kent, who was instrumental in the acquisition of the Pieta for the museum. He notices his cufflinks are fashioned with Greek coins. They compare them with the coins “Le Chevalier” stole. They’re the same! Peter Kent is “Le Chevalier.”

Shoot to Holmes and Watson going to see Peter Kent. While they’re waiting for him, Holmes makes note of the priceless art on the walls of Kent’s home and remarks that he wouldn’t be so “brazen.” Holmes then notes a poster of the stolen painting. He breaks the glass over the poster, and rips it open. The original painting is underneath. Then, Kent’s son comes in and informs Holmes that his father had a stroke the night the safe was opened. Holmes then admits that Briggs sent them on a “snipe hunt.”

Shoot to Watson and Holmes walking nervously back through the city, with some of Kent’s loot in tow since neither Watson nor Holmes wanted to turn in a stroke victim who could no longer walk. As they talk Holmes thinks perhaps that an expert witness at the trial might have pieced together the method of how the Leviathan was breached.

Shoot to Watson and Holmes bringing back the stolen goods to Gregson, who is obviously suspicious that they are returning stolen goods without explanation. Except that Holmes keeps the painting...a $50 million dollar painting.

Shoot to Watson getting a call from Oren, answering the “text” she sent him agreeing that she and her client would meet him for dinner. She isn’t happy that Holmes broke into her phone and now she has to bring him since he threatened a “relapse.”

Shoot to the next morning. Holmes wakes Watson with breakfast, urging her to get up so they can go look at the final exhibit from the trial. A hand written note found...a Starbucks run from the heist. The jury looked at the coffee order three times. Holmes then shows Watson that there’s the coffee order on one side and an impenetrable code that looks like gibberish on the other side. It was a message in plain sight. Holmes looks in the records and finds a software engineer named Guthrie was on the jury. Holmes works out that the code will break the digital number code on the safe, allowing them to break in.

Shoot to Holmes and Watson going to see Guthrie but they’re blocked at a door by an officer. They say they are there for Guthrie, and the officer points to Guthrie, who leapt from his apartment and is hanging dead from a balcony.

Shoot to Gregson coming in as Holmes plays Guthrie’s piano. Holmes suggests that there was a violent altercation and shows Gregson a small blood splatter. He also points out vases with decorative rocks, some of which are missing. Holmes then shows them an uncut diamond left behind in the rocks.

Shoot to Watson tells Holmes that they need to start getting ready, and he notes that it’s a murder investigation now, so he won’t make it to dinner. She doesn’t seem disappointed. However he is there before she is, chatting up her family. He tells her they’re waiting on DNA results from the blood, so he had time. Holmes talks her up over dinner. After dinner, Watson thanks Holmes for explaining what she does in a way that her family could appreciate. He tells her he meant very little of what he said.

Shoot to Holmes going through Guthrie’s phone and notes three others from the jury are stored in there.

Shoot to Holmes’ brownstone as he goes over the evidence, matching up the original robbers with the other members of the jury, by skill set, which include the brother of the bank manager. Holmes deduces that one of them is killing while the other keeps the proceeds.

Shoot the original robbers DNA samples being taken, noting that one of the men has a damaged nose that would attribute to the blood splatter in Guthrie’s apartment. The man, Lopez, hesitates, but gives them DNA swab. Holmes no longer believes it was him and say that they need to find the one member they couldn’t find to bring in, Alex Wilson.

Shoot to Wilson’s apartment. Flies alert Holmes to Wilson’s body hidden under the stoop.

Shoot to the DNA from the murder scenes tracing back to an army chaplain named Audrey, who has connection to the jury. They break into the home and find no trace of a murdering lady just a very kind one. In fact, she’s not even supposed to be in the country right now. Watson notes that she nursed her sister through leukemia, and she notes a ribbon. She’s a bone marrow donor.

Shoot to them bringing Lopez back in. He admits to having leukemia. The saliva DNA is his own, but blood DNA is from a donor, which would show different DNA. Murder solved.

Shoot to Watson dumping the champagne sent to Holmes as a thank you down the drain as her mother comes to the door. She tells her she doesn’t disapprove of her job because it doesn’t seem to make Watson happy. However, she can see that Watson enjoys what she is doing working with Holmes.

Shoot to Holmes bringing Watson and her mother to see on the television that an anonymous donor has returned the stolen painting to the museum.

image: CBS



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