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Four!!, Part 5
(Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)

A special birthday hat, meeting a unicorn, and nomming a rainbow birthday cake—the last item on the agenda for my birthday party was presents!  Mom’s present to me is a new, bigger carrier!  My new carrier has a pretty green door and came with a new puppy friend for me, plus grooming tools to keep the puppy happy.

With all the growing I have been doing, my trusty old carrier is almost too small for me!  Hence a new carrier for me with more room—except Mom misjudged, and my new carrier is way too big for me:  I can’t see out the windows at all!  This will not do.  I need to see everything happening around me!  Time for Mom to go back to the store to find me another new carrier!

Season four of Madam Secretary finds Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) trying to achieve diplomacy despite many global enemies poised against her and new political rivals at home. Henry (Tim Daly) takes on a new role at the CIA, which sometimes puts him at cross-purposes with Elizabeth, both professionally and personally. Also this season, their daughters Stevie (Wallis Currie-Wood) continues with her internship in Russell Jackson’s (Željko Ivanek) office and Alison (Kathrine Herzer) goes off to college, press secretary Daisy (Patina Miller) has a baby, and Dmitri (Chris Petrovski) returns.


The 1979 Mustang was based on the longer Fox platform (initially developed for the 1978 Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr). The interior was engineered to accommodate four people in comfort despite a smaller rear seat. The larger body meant the interior offered more space for four passengers, especially in the back seat, as well as a larger capacity trunk and a bigger engine bay. Two trim levels were available and included the base model and the more luxurious Ghia model.

The third generation Mustang had two different front end styles. From 1979 to 1986 the car had an angled back front clip and four headlights, known by enthusiasts as “Four Eyes,” the same front end styling that was also used on the Chevrolet Camaro from 1982 until 1992.

Holmes’s reactions to Watson in The Sign of the Four first hooked me on the love story.  Holmes:
- Acted oblivious at first about Morstan’s qualities which may have attracted Watson, then claimed her as “my fair client,” his concern instead of Watson’s.
- Waited for Watson at the door.
- Thoughtfully asked Watson about his leg and urged him to eat and rest.
- Recovered from the irritation and emotional distance at the beginning of the book by involving Watson in the case, impressing him, and admiring the sky and laughing with him.
- Lulled Watson to sleep by playing the violin and then sat with him.
- Paced for hours and acted so distraught that Mrs. Hudson feared for his health.
- Looked worn, haggard, and dejected.
- Put together a delicious dinner, conversed brilliantly, and pointed out his “merits as a housekeeper.”
- Possibly, pursued the treasure with great energy to keep Watson from proposing.
- Expressed disapproval of women, the marriage, and emotional attachments.
- In the end, told Watson, “For me, […] there still remains the cocaine-bottle,” and reached for it.