Elementary Season 3 Episode 10 Review: Seed Money

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Change was in the air in Elementary Season 3 Episode 10 as all three of our intrepid detectives made some bold choices with their future. Another solid, but familiar, episode that was saved by the intrigue at the end of the show.

There is a certain comfort to procedurals, which some people love and others hate. I like procedurals, but it has felt as though Elementary has been in a bit of a rut. Hopefully, some of the changes will create a little sizzle and excitement.

Kitty got another chance to work a case alone. The daughter of one of her support group members was missing. We didn't spend much time with Kitty, but her deductions would have made Sherlock proud.

Sherlock's power of observation is one of his super powers, and he has apparently passed those skills onto Kitty as well. She quickly realized that Tess had not been kidnapped but wanted to frame the man in the white Jaguar for her fake disappearance and for good reason.

He was her mother's rapist and her father. Tess just wanted him exposed for what he had done to her mother.

She chose to focus on the good in her life. She chose you.

Kitty

Those simple words made a difference to Tess while her hug brought out a change in Kitty too. Kitty wanted to be a detective, like Sherlock, so she could help people by solving problems for them. Sometimes you can't solve a problem, but you can comfort them by understanding.

Her tentative hug back was nice to see and good growth for a character that seemed more of an annoyance than an asset at the beginning of the season.

She's also going to need a few more hugs later, but we'll get to that in a moment.

Watson had big news for Sherlock that she wasn't sure how to share. After all, the last time she surprised him, he abandoned her and fled to London, so I can't blame her for being cautious. I was curious as to what this big news could be, and it wasn't what I expected (in fairness, I had no idea what her news was).

Watson is closing shop and going to work for Leda, an insurance company, as an in-house private investigator. An interesting development, but I'm not really sure what it means. She claims that her arrangement with Leda won't interfere with her consulting with the NYPD. 

So again, what's the point? I'm sure it has to have some sort of impact. But then again, the break-up of their partnership really didn't change much either. Watson proved herself to be a worthy detective on her own, which was good and necessary. But from the audience perspective, it didn't change much and sometimes felt pointless. We'll just have to wait and see how this changes things. Or doesn't.

Sherlock claimed to have news of his own, although it's somewhat murky whether this was a response to Watson's news or a change he always intended to make now. Regardless, Kitty is getting a promotion! She will no longer be his grunt, but his full partner. 

I'm proud of her, Watson. I think she's ready.

Sherlock

I do agree Kitty has come along way and proven herself. It's likely Sherlock would have made her his partner, although I'm not 100% convinced he would have done it that moment had Watson not surprised him with her news. 

Of course, she appeared a bit surprised and a little shaken by his news too. She was necessarily jealous, but it is always a little hard to see yourself replaced, even when it's by someone you like and helped train. 

Sherlock and Watson are the heart of the show, but the show has become a bit stagnant (and the ratings would suggest the same too), so maybe this will give it the jolt it needs.

The case was interesting, although framing a drug cartel for murder is always risky business as our murderer found out. Certainly our bioengineer's work with the drug cartel made them an easy target to pin his murder on, but you might not want to get on their radar either.

They might even go so far as to kill in retaliation and declare war. Oops. 

Now I've complained previously about a lack of a good, worthy villain and expressed some concern over what Kitty's purpose was on the show. Hopefully, my complaining days are over as it finally appears that we might get a nasty villain from Kitty's past. They have never made it clear whether or not Kitty's captor was arrested and the answer is no, for now.

Because he's here in New York and killing young women again. I'll say it for you, "Game on."

What did you think of tonight's episode? Are you as excited as I am about Sherlock and company hunting down Kitty's captor?If you've missed any episodes, now is the time catch-up and you can watch Elementary online via TV Fanatic.

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Elementary Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

She chose to focus on the good in her life. She chose you.

Kitty

I'm proud of her, Watson. I think she's ready.

Sherlock