Watson decides to recruit a bunch of street “irregulars” to help him solve crimes since his friend Sherlock Holmes has been useless for the last decade. He knows these kids can go places he cannot, meet people who would not talk to him, and find out information for them, because they need the money. He expects them to do their job and mind their own business about the rest, but doesn’t realize that hiring them is going to make them curious about his intentions and what he’s up to at 221 B Baker Street. Watson successfully pays people off to keep the kids at bay, misleading them and pointing out how easy it is for him to manipulate or mislead them to conceal information. Spoilers. In his quest to help Sherlock achieve fame, Watson dabbled in the dark arts and accidentally opened the rift. He has kept the truth hidden about this ever since, because he doesn’t want Sherlock to discover his part in Alice’s death. He is detailed and relies on the people he knows to draw conclusions, but prefers to gather ideas from people outside himself—he uses the artifact a woman gave him not to save her husband but to gain access to the supernatural, not realizing he was making a powerful enemy in the process. He doesn’t leap to conclusions, but prefers to find evidence. Watson can be quite short-sighted in failing to recognize the potential fall-out of his decisions, leading him to almost continually need to cover up for his mistakes. Toward the end, you find out he has done everything out of his devotion to the man he loves. Watson’s emotional imbalance shows in how destructive he has been to outsiders, while prioritizing Sherlock.

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Watson isn’t afraid to cut corners to get what he wants, nor does he want Sherlock to find out anything that would make him care about Watson less, so he hides things from him. He opened the rift by accident while trying to help Sherlock find a connection to the supernatural, so that he could become famous and praised. But he also has a strong ego, he wants to impress people, and he tries to intimidate Bea by pointing out how insignificant she is in comparison to him. He prides himself on having more powerful adversaries than she does, and the money to pay off anyone he likes. Watson says at one point that he has spent much of his life drawing positive attention to Holmes, so that Holmes could shine… all in the hope of earning his love in return. He has supported him, propped up his failing career, covered up for his drug binges, tried to maintain his reputation as a useful member of society, and even thrown things in his way hoping to draw his attention to them. He is jealous and possessive of his friend, out of a misguided sense of displaced sexual passion. He