Elementary Review: The Empty Pen

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My Thursdays seem meaningful again now that Elementary has returned! "Dirty Laundry" was the second-half starter and it was a great way to get things back and running. 

This episode was a prime example of the kind of loops that this show can take you through; from a woman being murdered and thrown into a washer... to prostitution rings a Russian spy. Yes, Elementary knows how to keep it fresh. 

What Will Watson Do?

The investigation was as entertaining as always. The Russian spy angle is something I would have never seen coming in a million years. The fact that her handler is the one that killed her kind of blows me away. Why? Well, having been an avid Chuck fan, I'm not used to seeing a handler being the kind of person who would kill you rather than fall in love with you.

I was predicting that the daughter was the one who killed the mother, but I was thinking it was more along lines of it being intentional and not an accident. It was really nice seeing Joan in her companion form with the daughter; it seemed so natural for her to be so caring toward someone. Viewers don't really get to see that kind of comforting between Joan and Sherlock, only because Holmes isn't needy. 

As the time nears for Watson to leave, I keep waiting for that pivotal moment that makes her stay. Some of the best parts of episode were when Sherlock kept proposing to her over and over again for her to be his apprentice. I was begging Sherlock to just come out with it: "Watson, I want you to stay." But he wouldn't be Sherlock Holmes if he did that, now would he? 

I am still loving the dynamic between these two. This is one of Elementarys' best assets. Their chemistry is played perfectly and lines delivered so fluidly. Kudos to Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui once again. 

The last scene broke my heart. Why? Am I the only one who noticed Holmes' brief downtrodden expression? I don't think Joan is getting the hint that he's serious about her staying and when he proposed they lie to his father so she could stay... Ah! Watson get it already, will ya?!?

Overall, this was a fantastic episode to open up with after a short hiatus. And I have a prediction for next week:

Having a ru- in with Moriarity will obviously bring up Irene Adler, which may cause Sherlock to relapse. I think we all know what happens if Holmes' relapses don't we? Joan stays. I haven't decided if I want him to go there for that reason or not, it's predictable and the writers of Elementary are just the opposite.

Still, I look forward to the reveal.


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (64 Votes)

The case was unexpected but not exciting.


"Watson get it already, will ya?!?" I don't think the burden should be on HER. HE'S the one in recovery and who has to confront his bad behavior toward others. HE needs to grow a pair and ask. As for the ep, the twists and turns were interesting, but like the reviewer and some posters said, the spy thing's been done before. Still, to see that smug handler get his come-uppance was satisfying.


I love this episode, it was excellent and I was yelling @ my tv screen @ Watson saying Sherlock want u to stay and don't leave him, Cmon Holmes say those 5 little words to Watson. Lol!!! I'm getting addicted to the show, now I'm looking forward to next ep.


Truly hated the repeated annoying begging of Sherlock in this ep. Her helping him on cases has been so natural and from that "chemistry" so far. For it to be him hiring her as his apprentice takes it in a totally different direction that is not right, plausible or comfortable at all. It really took away for me this ep.


"Ah! Watson get it already, will ya?!?" I am pretty sure Dr. Watson got a little moist, when Holmes actually used the phrase "My dear Watson...". I sure did ;-)


I thought this was the weakest episode yet--a boring plot, a case I couldn't get interested in, and an annoyingly needy aspect to Sherlock's desire for Watson to stay. Not a good effort, but overall I love this series, so I'm not abandoning it over one bad episode.


I love this show... gives me a reason not to go out on Thursday nights! And stay up for the 10PM show! I have to say, this show is SO good, that the normal 10PM show (I usually like hitting the hay sooner), is no deterrent. I can't wait for the reveal on how Watson stays! :)

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Elementary Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

I've decided Watson, lessons can continue after our companionship ends. Weekly visits perhaps. You can come by and I can share my wisdom. For the exchange of light housework, of course.


[To Sherlock] Right, I'm upset with your success which by association is my success...