Elementary Review: A Matter of Perception

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With Flu season upon us, it was fun to see what happened when our favorite deductive investigator is not at the top of his game in "You Do It To Yourself," which mostly involved him being one-up’ed by Watson and Bell. 

It was awesome that Detective Bell actually stumped Holmes with the Mahjong tiles being a club pass. I wish he had held out a little longer and had made Holmes actually ask him about them. But, the blank stare that Holmes gave him totally made up for it and had me rolling with laughter. 

Then we had Watson, who was at the top of her game. The conversation about the tea she made him from her mom’s recipe was priceless. Had Holmes not been sick, I’m sure he would have seen the folly in asking a former doctor about the medicinal properties of the herbs she just gave him. 

Holmes Goes to College

Holmes asking her to make more of the tea is probably as close as he will ever get to admitting to her that the tea helped him and she was right. Granted, he did make a reference to her taking point on the case since she was showing to be the sharper of the two. 

While we are talking about Watson, we also got to learn a bit more about her past. We learned that she dated Liam and it was serious, until he started using. Did you catch him calling her Joanie? That was a great tie in to the last episode where we met someone from Watson’s doctor years. 

As for the case, it didn't take long to figure out that the Brendan O'Brien and Jun were having an affair and that Annunzio had tried to frame O’Brien. Thankfully for both of them, they had Holmes on the case and he was able to solve the case.  

With all his quirks, Holmes really does care. Both about the truth and those he considers close to himself. As exampled in the last scene where Holmes met up with Watson as she futilely waited for Liam to show up and gave us this great Elementary Quote:

Watson: If there's some place else you have to be.
Sherlock: Not tonight Watson, not tonight. | permalink

Did you notice that there was no mention of Alfredo or of any need for Holmes to find a sponsor? It felt a bit like the episode was written in a bubble without any knowledge of what happened before. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good episode, it just had an odd vibe with the dropping of a significant plot point that wasn't previously resolved. 

My Deduction: A well done episode that had a splash of comedy and a couple of good twist and turns. I’m giving it 4.6 cups of Chinese Herbal Tea for Watson coming into her own and Holmes reminding us he is not a total wanker. 


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I liked when he asked for more tea. I'm usually bored with police procedural cases. I like when I can figure it out but not when it's too easy. I liked that the solution was uncommon.


I'm liking this show more with every episode. I think this episode was more about establishing how Holmes and Watson can help each other in investigations to explain why Watson doesn't leave him in a few weeks. In the novels it was always hinted at but for television Watson needs to seem less like a third wheel or an obtuse character than he sometimes did in writing.
I'm sure Alfredo will be discussed again in due time, technically, isn't he supposed to take over from Watson? That's weeks off from now so of course Holmes would try to drag his feet about picking him.


Miller and Lui are terrific and have such chemistry together as partners and developing friends. I love watching this show and I really do have to pay attention to get all the nuances and plot lines. Excellent show.


This site still gives Elementary a second billing .....An insult for the 2nd best hour on commercial network TV , after POI .....


I dismissed this show when it first started airing, but it's begun to grow on me. As I watched this episode, I had a deja vu because this was the second such show this week (and on the same network no less) where the alleged "victim" turned out to have arranged his own demise (see the "Hawaii Five-O" ep from this past Monday). I suppose the two shows could garner different audiences, but CBS should still be mindful of this kinda thing.


i have to say when i heard about this show i thought it was a copy of sherlock that's on the bbc and i didn't have high expectations but since the first episode i've been so impressed by this show and tonight was no exception.


The Sherlock/Watson dynamic just gets better with every episode. The ending scene was nice touch.
I thought the case was going to turn back on Jun in the end once O'Brien was discovered to have done it, but I guess I was wrong and once again Sherlock was right. haha.


I was bum that Alfredo wasn't mention but I have a feeling we will see him again. I thought the case was a little bit easy to solve but it still good. I love the scene between Waston/Holmes in the bathroom, they were hilarious..love all the scenes from them.

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Elementary Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Sherlock: Ugh. What is that? I asked for coffee.
Watson: Well, you asked for coffee but you got tea.
Sherlock: No. I'm British. This is not tea.

Sherlock: Unlikely he would notate trips to underground Chinese gambling parlor.
Bell: Excuse me?
Sherlock: That's what he was doing last night.
Bell: I know you're just waiting for me to ask you why you think that.
Sherlock: [pauses]
Bell: [sigh] Why do you think that?
Sherlock: I'm glad you asked. It was the 13's. He apartment number 13 His cell ends in 1313. He chose this office 13.