Elementary

Poison Pen

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/17/13
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  • Episode Description
  • As Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a financial consulting company's CEO, a mysterious woman from Holmes' past surfaces as a suspect.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Liz Friedman

  • Andrew Bernstein

  • Jonny Lee Miller

    Sherlock Holmes

  • Lucy Liu

    Dr. Joan Watson

  • Jon Michael Hill

    Detective Marcus Bell

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Best episode I've watched so far.

    By nullnull2654, Oct 26, 2013

  • JUst Didnt Resonate with Me

    By tryptz, Oct 22, 2013

  • Great!

    By amazing_race, Oct 21, 2013

  • This Isn't Hannibal

    By AriSky, Oct 18, 2013

  • Shawn Holmes, counselor

    By phxcowbot, Oct 18, 2013

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Watson: Well, it certainly sounds like you had feelings for her.
      Holmes: Perhaps but... nothing so mundane as love. I was adrift back then. I had-had no purpose. My so-called peers made me feel that that might always be the case. Abigail, she gave me a gift. A view inside a mind capable of murder.
      Watson: So she was your first.
      Holmes: Killer, yeah. Without intending to, she-she helped me understand who I was and-and what I might do with my life.

    • Holmes: First time in my career someone's alibi for murder has been that they were busy planning the same murder. If it weren't so frustrating, it would be interesting.

    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Sleepwalker" by Battle Tapes
      "The Burnin'" by Nik Amma
      "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)" by Jim James (end of episode, Holmes talks to the real killer and with him at the gym boxing)

    • Special billing was given to Aidan Quinn (and) for this episode.

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    • Super_Dooper Oct 20, 2013

      I liked this ep but it seemed like Johnny Lee Miller was whispering for half the episode. It was throwing me off a bit, not because I had to listen more closely - I have no problem with that - but it seemed like he was acting all timid and unsure, which is out of character for Sherlock.

    • nullnull2654 Mar 05, 2014

      Answering to a comment after five months is a bit strange but I only recognised after one of the last episodes when everything I noticed before suddenly made sense. Sherlock is suffering from an Avoidant Personality Disorder which explains him acting so unsure and timid. That's his real personality. Most of the time he is able to mask his problems but in "Poison Pen" he was confronted with his past and so couldn't keep his "wall" up. When you read about causes and symptoms of AvPD everything fits. For example Sherlock never shakes hands with anybody. He only leaves the house when absolutely necessary and he even followed Joan Watson because he didn't trust her. The thing that struck me the most was, that he had a paniic attack when he unexpectedly met Gay in his living room and turned his back on her.

    • Super_Dooper Mar 05, 2014

      Cool. That is some seriously layered acting then!

    • nullnull2654 Mar 05, 2014

      Absolutely and you can even find more clues. Sherlock always positions himself in a room so that nobody can walk behind his back. He usually leans against a door, a wall or a piece of furniture. And what's interesting too is, that Joan Watson always talks to Sherlock before or when entering the room to make sure he notices her. When you are interested to know more here is a link:
      http://www.toad.net/~arcturus/dd/avoid.htm
      Found it a few days ago . Think it's quite good