Elementary Review: Regrettable Actions

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After watching this installment of Elementary, I felt this huge wave of sadness, not only for Bell but for Sherlock. As a result of his actions, Holmes was being held accountable by the state of New York City.

In Elementary Season 2 Episode 10, all of Sherlock's breaking and entering and his contempt for abiding by the law finally came to heed. For the first time, Sherlock felt true guilt.

Sherlock Testifies

Throughout the hour, I knew that Bell had been shot and that the whole trial was to see if Sherlock was the cause of it. And it turned out to be true, as Holmes knew himself.

This episode was different, the stakes were raised and not just because of Marcus being shot but how they presented the timeline to viewers.

I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks and the narration of both Holmes and Watson as they took us through their investigation. Though there were comedic bits - like all of the open doors in NYC or the yelping puppy - it was very dramatic.

I was pulled into the scenes where we could see the sorrow and guilt that Sherlock felt as he silently thought to himself about what he had caused. It was intense and gripping. 

In Elementary Season 2 Episode 9, Joan mentioned that Sherlock had changed over the course of the past year and a half and obviously we all know she is right. Even if Holmes says he's been extending a courtesy to be kind, he truly has evolved. The internal battle he was facing during the progression of this episode showed beyond a doubt he has grown.

Even Bell had a huge dramatic twist: he felt a complete disdain towards Sherlock. Rightfully so. Marcus put his life on the line because Holmes' ego finally drove someone over the edge.

Surprisingly, it's taken this long for someone to say enough is enough and take it into their own hands.

Though Sherlock apologized to Bell, all was not right between them two. It seems that this wound, pun not intended, will take awhile to heal. During Elementary Season 1 Sherlock betrayed Gregson's trust and now he nearly got Bell killed.

It's a vicious cycle of regrettable actions but it makes for damn good TV.


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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (68 Votes)

This was the first episode I really did not enjoy. I get that they needed to show some more collateral damage from Sherlock's methods but I think their execution of it using Bell is just terrible. I do NOT like this development at all.


I hope that the NYPD doesn't gather in large numbers on a public street as shown. That's very dangerous. Someone should have drawn a gun as soon as that guy runs on the scene.


Good intention but mediocre execution. The last scene is great.


really well-written ep; great set-up, excellent character development with Liz Marvel and the AA/NA connection, superb suspense both to know the setup and the outcome (very cool to start in the middle) and the ending!
Wow! IMHO Bell knows Sherlock needs to be edgy and did not want him off the hook for the shooting; but at the same time, knows that Sherlock can do things for the NYPD and for Det Bell's career that no one else can do. Clever boy,
as he keeps Sherlock on the hook, he achieves two goals - Assure that Sherlock stays with the NYPD, and makes Sherlock think more about the consequences of his actions. Bell jumped in front of the gunman just like a Secret Service Agent, protecting Sherlock without hesitation. Now he has put him on a light leash.
*applause* for the writers - again.


The tone of this review is very appropriate given the tone of the episode. Now the Sherlock has been made to face the consequences of his questionable actions over the last season and a half, I wonder does this mark the end of something and, subsequently, the beginning of something new, like a more agreeable Sherlock or a different relationship between him and the police. It certainly feels as if something new is on the horizon.


Loved this episode. I almost died laughing at the amount of open doors in New York city. Sherlock's absolute lack of guilt and shame at lying so blatantly was hysterical. Joan was right. If he had bothered to concoct a better story, which, brilliant as he is, he could have done, the judge would have ruled for him. I understand detective Bell's anger at Sherlock. It's one thing to almost die for a decent guy, quite another to almost die for an a**hole like Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock does feel bad about what happened to Bell. I think that even though he is a bit of a sociopath, his personal code dictates that only the guilty should suffer. Having detective Bell almost die because of him must be chewing him up inside.

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Elementary Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Once Watson and I mixed up the cries of small puppies for the cries of a baby.


Sherlock: Most of those doors were open…
Walker: In New York City? The front doors were open.
Sherlock: I was surprised as well.