Season 1 Episode 4

The Rat Race

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2012 on CBS
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  • Episode Summary


    When a Wall Street executive's death is tagged as a heroin overdose, Holmes is called upon to consult, even though he loathes bankers. Watson uses her logical thinking processes when she re-enters the dating scene.

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    • Exasperatedly

      I'm exasperated by these writers. Watson had a character development moment and even a task set her by Holmes and... nothing happened.. we saw her go places and talk but it meant absolutely nothing to the story and she ended the episode with nothing to show for any of it and when tasked with some investigation.. she did nothing and made no conclusions and waited for Holmes to give them to her.

      Sherlock himself got to run around and tell the police their job while they stood shocked at his amazing jumps of logic... a victim with a needle in his arm it's staged! The show is so insulting they have the victim in a chair with the needle in his arm with his thumb still on the plunger. An open tub of salad on the counter (the only thing out of place in the sparse apartment)... police! you better test . well DUH!

      So after a display of not-at-all-clever deductions (lets not forget that Holmes has been in this apartment for the previous hour while waiting for the police to arrive) the plot shifts to a multi-murder mystery that's so stupid you have to have never read or seen a crime plot ever before.

      Lets put it simply you don't murder your way to the top of anything but being the obvious benefactor of those murders and more so lets not forget that the police tend to investigate deaths and those patterns tend to point at you and those around you. The fact that Sherlock is the only person to think beyond the obvious is just plain insulting to everyone including the poor viewer.

      On the positive side.. the show looks nice... and is competently acted and shot. Oh no wait... after me praising Quinn's character for acting like a policeman last week he starts putting his bare hands all over crime scenes while Holmes goes out of his way not to int he same damn scene.moreless
    • Great csae!

      This was a really interesting case, with an unexpected ending for me. I loved the first scene and then going back and the lead up to it. Episodes like that tend to work for me, and this is no exception. It was really good!

      So many interesting developments with the case and also at a personal level! I loved the episode and can't wait for more!
    • And the name of the song

      Anyone know the name of the song playing in the background of the coffee shop scene in "The Rat Race"? I have been trying hard to figure it out through multiple approaches with no luck. Please e-mail me at chevymtrsport at yahoo dot com if you have the answer. Thanks!
    • A clever title goes here!

      I thought it was her from the beginning. When she first appeared, she seemed mysterious, and I was getting a bad vibe from her. When holmes said that it was someone from the company and the man denied it, i thought it could have been her because as a secretary she is always with him.
    • There's something about it...

      This show is full of silly things and mistakes that shouldn't have been made by show producers anymore. But i do love it. There's something about it. I just can't get to what it is really. This show should hire a good mystery writer just to ante up the cases, because somehow their police force is the stupidest one I've ever seen.
    Jonny Lee Miller

    Jonny Lee Miller

    Sherlock Holmes

    Lucy Liu

    Lucy Liu

    Dr. Joan Watson

    Aidan Quinn

    Aidan Quinn

    Captain Tobias Gregson

    Jon Michael Hill

    Jon Michael Hill

    Detective Marcus Bell

    Molly Price

    Molly Price

    Donna Kaplan

    Guest Star

    Craig Bierko

    Craig Bierko

    Jim Fowkes

    Guest Star

    Luke Kirby

    Luke Kirby

    Aaron Ward

    Guest Star

    Susan Pourfar

    Susan Pourfar

    Emily Hankins

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Holmes: It has its costs.
        Watson: What does?
        Holmes: Learning to see the puzzle in everything. They're everywhere. Once you start looking, it's impossible to stop. It just so happens that people, and all the deceits and delusions that inform everything they do, tend to be the most fascinating puzzles of all. Of course, they don't always appreciate being seen as such.
        Watson: Seems like a lonely way to live.
        Holmes: As I said, it has its costs.

      • Holmes: The man you met this morning, his name's Aaron, yes? He sent a text while you were in the bathroom at lunch, asked if you wanted to have dinner tonight.
        Watson: Didn't we already have this conversation? You don't touch my stuff.
        Holmes: You said yes, by the way.
        Watson: And you definitely don't accept dates on my behalf.
        Holmes: Why not? We're both equally aware that you're attracted to this man.
        Watson: No, we are both not equally aware of my feelings.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Special billing was given to Aidan Quinn (and) for this episode.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: October 25, 2012 on Global
        United Kingdom: November 13, 2012 on Sky Living
        Czech Republic: December 4, 2012 on AXN
        Finland: January 21, on Nelonen Kino
        Germany: January 31, 2013 on Sat.1
        Belgium: February 10, 2013 on VIER
        Australia: February 24, 2013 on Ten

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