Posted by Robin Smyth at Tuesday, February 05, 2013 4 CommentsElementary Reviews
“I’m glad your sting operation was a success last night but this place still smells like stripper.”
Watson’s landlord tells her that she’s being evicted because of something her subletter has done in her absence. Sherlock points out that she could live with him for free and then her other clients when she takes them on. This discussion happens while Sherlock it hitting half a dummy with a stick for no apparent reason other than to keep the fans wound up from that opening. Watson replies that she wants to keep apartment because it gives her an anchor, somewhere to come home to after clients.
We then cut to a prisoner being transported to a hospital to have a kidney operation to save his sister’s life. The guard at the hospital asks Ennis if he understands the procedure as it’s been explained to him and the prisoner replies it been while since someone was so afraid of him. The next scene is of them wheeling Mr. Ennis into the operating room and the police officer taking off the handcuffs far before he should have. The nurse notes that the anesthetic isn’t reaching the right spots just before the prisoner grabs the guard’s gun and shots the OR.
Covert Affair’s Kari Matchett) presence.
Already Sherlock is on tense terms with the profiler as they worked together in the past. Sherlock suggests talking to the mother and mentions Miss Drummond’s book on the killer and her theory that his fascination with sexual abuse pointed to him being abused as a child. The police team goes to talk to the sister and she tells them that if there was any other way, she would not have agreed to let her brother be any part of her any longer even if it was only a kidney.
Joan walks into her apartment where he landlord tells her about a porno that was filmed in her apartment. Back at the station, Sherlock lay on a table and she fills him in on the situation. He sees this as a good thing but as Watson wants her own space, she does not. Nor does she think she could live there again because of the footage she saw while she was there. When she eventually asks why he lies on the table, he tells her that he’s looking at the stars (a set of lights on the ceiling) and has determined it matched an area of New York. Watson asks if he’s told anyone and he replies unexcited that he has and the NYPD has directed resources to that area but sees it as a trap. Watson starts to ask something about why he hates the profiler after he calls her a vermin from his safe vantage point behind the glass. Yes, Sherlock and the profiler had sex which was in no way romantic and could be described as self-love aside from the fact she was present but somehow that’s not quite what’s bothering the intrepid investigator.
Drummond points out the same fact as he did about Ennis leaving the code for them to crack leaving Holmes free to roll his eyes. Gregson explains that at the new crime scene, Ennis killed everyone except the person that fits his profile. Drummond’s spouts some poppycock about the crime committed out of convenience to get him money. Sherlock states there are better places to get money and that Ennis was making a point by leaving the woman alive.
The next day Gregson asks how Drummond could not have any tips for them if she’s the profiler. Watson suggests that Ennis is changing his motives to it harder for the profiler to catch him. Before they could continue the discussion further, the department receives a call from Ennis. Gregson takes it and Ennis starts addressing Drummond whom he surmised was on the line. Two can play at that game so Sherlock shares his theory that Ennis resents the fact Drummond was the lead investigator and condensed him into just his MO and reasons for killing; the new kills are not about him but the profiler.
“I know who you are: the deductionist.”
Ennis wants Kathryn Drummond dead because of what she did to his family. Drummond points out that he just left his dying sister. Ennis tells them about his father, who was wrong accused of abuse and hung himself, and his mother who died less than a year later. Ennis says that if Gregson wants him to stop, all he has to do is give him Drummond’s. Not the most original solution but the story has been intriguing so far. Proceed on…
Sherlock enters Ennis’ evidence locker, or rather the space from where he called that looks an awful like an evidence locker (according to the writers it’s a storage unit which I think could have used a little more explanation but they are). Unfortunately, the characters do not pick up on this. Sherlock would rather berate Drummond’s for making up evidence which caused the killer to kill some more and points out that just because her profile has been correct so far, doesn’t mean it will be forever.
Later, Sherlock tells Joan that he doesn’t think that Drummond would make something up to destroy a family. Watson asks whether she could have just made the whole thing up but as Sherlock can’t see what she could gain by it, he dismisses that. Watson points out that Drummond was already wrong as he has made a friend (her) which according to the profile would be impossible. Watson then catches on to the fact that Sherlock has moved the majority of her stuff into his space then he shows her some of the “mundane” porn. After he leaves, she seems to see something that catches her interest.
The sister tells Gregson that she feels no remorse over killing Drummond because of the fact Drummond thought that a simple apology could make the whole thing better. She explains that the plan was for Ennis to embarrass Drummond in the public and that she would be waiting for her in the hospital for the eventual confession. Drummond still has a chance at life, but even if the sister dies inside, she could die knowing she corrected a wrong. Sherlock gets a called from Ennis who calmly points out that he has to keep on making his point until Drummond dies. Sherlock hangs up and turns on the radio to pinpoint the station. Determining the signal to be weak around there, he goes off to find it.
Joan goes back to the apartment to confront the landlord as to why he was in the apartment when the porno was being filmed. The actors in the film confirmed his appearance and she tells him that she wants her couch replaced and for him to pay for the storage of her stuff while she finds a new place. She asks Sherlock how Kathryn is and Sherlock replies unconscious but still annoying. He then gives her a spatula and a toothbrush. No one in the film did anything to her toothbrush though…
Thursday: Look for another episode for Elementary when Sherlock’s old drug dealer played by Mummy actor John Hannah, is looking for his missing daughter in Holmes’ new city of New York.
An interesting aside is the fact that the original Holmes was a singlestick-er and it was Jonny Lee Miller's idea to make the back story. (source)
♥Having a single episode killer as opposed to a long arch like the plan was (originally 1.12 ‘M’ was going to be the Super Bowl episode)
♥I liked that the singlestick did have a purpose in the episode other than to be just an odd thing to have at the beginning. It was a nice touch to have it come back around.
♥And of course the exchange about the new spatula and toothbrush
What didn’t work:
Aside from that, I liked that it gave them an opportunity to show that this Sherlock is not perfect, is not invincible. Keeping him grounded is probably the best route for a 23 episode season show.
Sherlock’s relationship with Drummond is one that could have easily been expanded upon because of her predictions but the fact that she discredited her book on Ennis by pulling the thread that he was abused loose and the fact that she has already been wrong about Sherlock in saying he couldn’t make friends, she has served her purpose unless the writers can come up with another reason for her to be on, such as maybe another Holmesian prediction coming true.
This recap was unique in that I actually talked to a perfect stranger, no not that kind, as to what sorts of things I wanted to say. S/he gave me some great ideas to analysis.
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