On This Day 25th April

OTD 2013 Elementary Dead Man’s Switch Season 1 Episode 20 first aired.


AIR DATE: 25 April, 2013 WRITER: Christopher Silber (story & teleplay)
Liz Friedman (teleplay) DIRECTOR: Larry Teng VIEWERS: 10.07 million (U.S.)


Joan and Sherlock attempt to catch Charles Augustus Milverton, a blackmailer who has been shaking down the families of rape victims, threatening to make videos of the assault public if they don’t pay up. While discreetly searching Milverton’s house for clues, Sherlock witnesses a masked man break in and shoot the blackmailer dead. Unfortunately, Milverton had a fail-safe in place – an accomplice tasked with making all of the blackmail material public should anything ever happen to him. If Sherlock and Joan want to prevent the sexual assault videos from going public online, they’ll have to figure out who the accomplice is before he gets wind of Milverton’s untimely death. Meanwhile, Alfredo attempts to get Sherlock to celebrate his first full year of sobriety with an AA chip, something Holmes is against.


This episode is based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton. Executive producer Robert Doherty said: “We took the original ending and made that our teaser. Sherlock is hired to recover some blackmail material, infiltrate Milverton’s home and is present when somebody else breaks in behind him and kills Milverton.” This leaves Sherlock in “a bit of a bind in that if he reports the murder [and] comes forward as a witness, Milverton’s accomplice will realise his partner is dead and will release all of the blackmail materials into the world. And yet, it is wrong to not step forward and tell the police you’ve seen somebody killed. We liked that quandary for Sherlock”.


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