Elementary Review: The Masks We Wear

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"The Rat Race" proved that the Case of the Week, even on a procedural, can play second fiddle to character development, as Elementary viewers witnessed both Watson and Holmes grow significantly. 

Let’s start with the investigation Holmes was called in on. If you didn't figured out that it was his secretary behind the murders right after Jim Fowkes admitted he was the only one who matched the pattern Holmes explained, you may need to spend some more quality time with Holmes.

To be fair, the case itself was pretty transparent (as I suspect it was intended to be). In fact, I only mention it because it was the catalyst for the growth we saw in Holmes. Watching Sherlock as he admitted that he had forgotten how cooked Heroine smelled was such a great glimpse beyond the vanity/ego shield he keeps up all of the time. 

Watson & Holmes Question an Overdose

Then we hit gold as we got to watch him completely shed his rough exterior and lay his cards on the table to be totally honest with Captain Gregson. Jonny Lee Miller did such an amazing job of subtly expressing fear and hope in his expressions, slight stuttering and pauses. Mix that with the honesty he was expressing and you can’t help but want to hug the guy. 

Which lead to the episode's biggest shocker. I was totally surprised and blown away when Gregson admitted he already knew about Holmes and his condition. And before I could even get over being taken aback, he followed up with the compliment about Holmes skills having not slipped one bit.  

You could see such relief in Holmes, that the chance he took in allowing Gregson to see beyond his normal mask had not gone as wrong as he expected it to. Quite the opposite, in fact; their heart-to-heart has strengthened their relationship. 

Craig Sweeny, the writer for this episode, did such a terrific job of feeding us a red herring during the opening when Gregson played ignorant about Watson and Holmes that I completely fell for it.

And if watching Holmes grow (and trust) wasn't enough, we had Watson using her budding deductive skills to determine her date was lying. Her conversation with Holmes at the end about the cost of seeing the puzzle in everyone was a powerful way to end the episode, and was just one of the great Elementary quotes this week.

What did you think? Are you getting use to Miller as Sherlock? Has Liu impress you as Watson yet?


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"forgot the smell of cooked Heroine" What, did somebody barbeque Wonder Woman? (pssst - heroin is a drug, heroine is a female hero)


I liked the show, but I don't really see it as Sherlock, y'know? If it were some separate show that didn't derive from the books, then I'd might actually like it more. Unfortunately, I feel like the chemistry between Watson and Holmes isn't the same. Don't get me wrong, their is nice chemistry, just a kind that doesn't fit the characters to me. All in all, the show's okay but seems like some high-profit production of some crime/comedy show, not bringing back Sherlock Holmes.


The silver lining by Gold Leaves is the name of the song!!!!!


What is the name of the final song from the rat race episode?


I like this show, well... it's not fascinating but still good enough And... does anyone know the song of this episode ending?


I wasn't sure what to make of Elementary at first, but it's growing on me. I still think that Robert Downey Jr. makes the best Sherlock, but Jonny Lee Miller is quite good and I can see why they picked him. Lucy Liu is also good, and I have been a fan of Aidan Quinn ever since An Early Frost.


Case was boring. Improved character moments.


I want to like this show but I just can't get into it. I love Sherlock and I keep contrasting this version with it and this one comes up short. I like JLM and LL but it just doesn't work for me and I wish it would.


It's commercial tv folks .....for the basic cablers .....but it is watchable ....in weeknights when there is no new HBO, Showtime , Madterpiece , Starz .....AMC new episodes ....


I loved the scene in the parking garage because the secretary realized that Sherlock's ego might be his undoing. Just like the serial killer, Sherlock takes pleasure in others knowing how his comes to his deductions, and he wanted her to know he had figured it out. He was so confident of his abilities that he did not give her enough credit and she took advantage of that. Sherlock needs interesting villains and although it was fairly obvious who the murderer was, she still was intelligent enough to confuse him.

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Elementary Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Jim: My name is Jim Fowkes. I am the chief vestment officer. This is Daniel Cho our Chief Financial Officer another in-house board member.
Sherlock: Yep. You're all chiefs of something. What do you want?

Aaron: What is I.M.L.T.H.O?
Sherlock: In my less than humble opinion.
Watson: You're abbreviations are becoming borderline indecipherable. I don't know why, because you are obviously capable being articulate.
Sherlock: Language is evolving Watson becoming a more effective version of itself. I love text shorthand. It's a way you to convey content and tone without losing velocity.