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We open on a woman coming home from a jog or maybe the gym, she gets a drink of water, then answers someone banging on her door. It's a "delivery guy" who wants to charge his phone. It's clearly a scam and she tries to blow him off. Coincidentally, as that guy walks away, another guy in a hoodie busts in, drugs her and drags her body into the kitchen. He then apparently puts her in a suitcase and wheels her away. We then see the first guy thanking a cab driver for letting him charge his phone with his charger in the cab.
Shoot to Holmes sharing in a group about a crime, going on and on at length about a mongoose, and the group is clearly not amused. Watson then points out that it was his first share and it had nothing to do with addiction. He claims as a people person he wanted to cheer up the group.
Shoot to a man walking out of their shower, naked. He's Rhys (played by John Hannah). He let himself in. He informs Holmes that Emily, his daughter who lives in New York, has been kidnapped. It turns out that Rhys is Holmes’s former drug dealer. He has been sent a video ransom note and wants Holmes to help. Watson would like him to put clothes on.
Shoot to Watson worrying that Rhys will be a trigger for Holmes to start using again. Holmes agrees he could be, but points out that Rhys is no longer a drug dealer and that he needs his help.
Shoot to Rhys showing Holmes the video of his daughter bound and gagged. The kidnapper wants $2.2 million and he has four days to get it to him or she dies and he cannot go to the police. Rhys tells Holmes that he has the money, which he stole from Dominican drug dealers and then went into hiding. He then adds that he didn't know anyone knew about his daughter and she didn't know about the theft. He then tells Holmes that he only has two thousand dollars left. He's a gambler. Holmes says they have 44 hours left and that's twice what he needs so they should be good.
Shoot to Rhys, Holmes and Watson going to Rhys’s daughter’s house. A picture shows his baby mama, who died a few ago. Watson is impressed with Rhys's sense of calm. He says he believes in Holmes. Holmes then deduces how the kidnapping went down. He then finds a trace of a hand stamp from a Dominican nightclub.
Shoot to Rhys, Holmes and Watson going to the Dominican nightclub to look for clues. Rhys looks around for any familiar faces. He spots a guy in the VIP section, who is one of his U.K. suppliers. Holmes follows the guy into the bathroom. He compliments his tats and then asks about the kidnapping. He deduces that he’s really an undercover DEA agent, begs for his help and threatens to out him to the legitimate cartel members. The guy then slugs Holmes and claims he tried to steal his wallet. As he beats Holmes up, he explains that the cartel isn't behind the kidnapping. He apologizes for having to do it this way and drops him to the floor.
Shoot to the next day as Holmes is reading Emily's Twitter feed. He's given up on the cartel but still thinks the abductor was in the club. Watson says he has to go to another meeting.
Shoot to Watson going upstairs and finding Rhys having smoked pot in the bathroom. She yells at him and makes him hand over his weed. He does so reluctantly and Watson then flushes it down the toilet.
Shoot to Holmes finding a tweet regarding Emily’s stepdad Derek, who asked her for money. He told her that he’s broke and working as a parking attendant thanks to the crash, information Holmes got courtesy of Det. Bell, whom Holmes tells nothing. They then stake out Derek at his valet job. Rhys then commends Holmes on his sobriety and how well he's doing his job without it. Rhys wonders if maybe the drugs helped Holmes in his deductive abilities.
Shoot to them following Derek after he gets off work. He goes to one of the buildings he owned, with groceries. Holmes thinks maybe Derek kidnapped his own stepdaughter. They go in and look for her but it turns out that Derek is just squatting and that he didn't know about Emily's kidnapping. He says he raised her, would never hurt her and that she only helped him out in a pinch. They then leave him alone since Holmes said he "reeked of innocence."
Shoot to the kidnapper calling Rhys and wanting to know who he's working with. Holmes assures the kidnapper that he's not a cop. Regardless, the kidnapper left them a package, it’s Emily's finger! The kidnapper then says he has also shortened the deadline by six hours. Holmes examines the finger, confirms it's Emily’s and thinks it holds clues to her location. It has a distinctive burn from a radiator in a pre-war building. He also finds remnants of food under the fingernail and thinks he can deduce where it came from and cross-reference the building.
Shoot to Watson bringing Rhys some tea. He is, understandably, freaked out at seeing his daughter's severed finger. She thinks Holmes needs a little more time. You can tell he wishes Holmes would shoot up and have an epiphany.
Shoot to Holmes watching the ransom video again. Rhys then presses his theory that cocaine helped with a case in the past, intimating that could work now. He then tells Holmes that he went and got some cocaine, gives it to him and asks him to do it "for Emily." Holmes then throws Rhys to the ground and screams in his face. Rhys says he needs his "meds" and says he's begging him. Then, Watson comes down and Holmes flees.
Shoot to later on, while sitting on a park bench, Holmes calls his father.
Shoot to Holmes returning to the brownstone and says Rhys will be reunited with Emily within the hour. He says that he reached out to his father for a loan and that his father wants him to perform “errands” in return. He then tells Rhys he got the money less to save Emily and more to rid himself of Rhys and they are to never speak again after this.
Shoot to Holmes going to meet the kidnapper.
Shoot to the DEA agent who beat Holmes down coming out of Holmes’s brownstone and saying that he has information about Emily.
Shoot to Holmes running from a group of people dressed as painters. It was an ambush. He breaks into a house to escape, calls Watson and says there is only one person who knew he was investigating the case. Watson turns and we see the DEA agent has pulled a gun on her and Rhys. He ties them up. He then tells Holmes that his friends are safe.
Shoot to Holmes hotwiring a car. He figured out that the DEA agent heard about Rhys when he went undercover and how the Dominican cartel couldn't find him or the money he stole. With the help of old Uncle Sam, he tracked down Rhys and planned the kidnapping to get the money. So, basically, he’s a dirty cop.
Shoot to Rhys managing to get himself and Watson loose from their cuffs with a pocket knife. They try to run but the DEA agent shoots him. As they struggle, Watson knocks him out.
Shoot to the police station. The agent claims to have no idea who Emily is, that he became aware of Rhys while undercover, claimed he followed him to Holmes’s brownstone, that Rhys attacked him and he had to restrain Watson, who he assumed was working with Rhys. Gregson then says he talked to Holmes and if Rhys pulls through he wonders who they should believe. The agent then says that he doesn't care what a known drug dealer has to say. They tell him if he tells where Emily is the DA will make sure he gets protective custody. He replies that he can't help but they bust him on the take-out food/pre-war building connection. They then tell him that they are searching the buildings and that he better give it up before they find Emily on their own. He finally gives it up.
Shoot to Holmes going to the hospital and leaving an envelope for Rhys, who wakes up. Holmes tells him that Emily is safe. The envelope is full of cash so Rhys can leave. Holmes’s own money, not his dad's, which he returned. Rhys again says he believes in Holmes and always will. Emily comes in and hugs him.
Shoot to Holmes gluing together the bust Watson used to clock the DEA agent with. He tells her that she did a remarkable thing. He admits Rhys offered him cocaine and explains the drugs/epiphany theory. He then tells her that he didn't use it. He thinks he wants to share the story at a group meeting and they go. She is impressed and unsettled by this as they go to the meeting.