Elementary "Deja Vu All Over Again" Review: Getting Schooled

Elementary S01E18: "Deja Vu All Over Again"

Last night's Elementary episode "Deja Vu All Over Again" was all about the Watson, and it's just what I needed. I missed this show! It was on hiatus for what felt like weeks and its first episode back had a lot to commend, particularly its focus on Lucy Liu, some remarkably lovely cinematography, and a small scale crime to puzzle over. Fully engaged in her detective training, Watson has a whole new manic edge that was missing when she was spouting sobriety jargon and lining up drug tests for Sherlock. The new working dynamic also had a beneficial effect on Holmes, who unlike 99.9% of the population is actually much more charming as a boss than a client. 

Sherlock's AA sponsor also made a return appearance during Lucy Liu's adventures, the actor has presence and could be a fun tag-a-long for future adventures, although I'm truly happiest when Sherlock and Watson are side by side and this episode weirdly did not have a tone of those scenes as Sherlock and Watson each took two different (but related) cases. Moments of camaraderie were suggested as happening offscreen (like, when Sherlock asked Watson to come downstairs and sort through a box of profiles of potential suspects to figure out which had committed a crime, I really wanted to run down the stairs with them and share that moment. Alas, end of the episode...). Still, I was genuinely touched while watching this episode by Sherlock's support of his protege and there's no denying that even with an embarrassing arrest outside a storage unit and a weird level of facility with a slim jim, Watson's life is way cooler than before she started working with her genius former-junkie employer. 

I mean, look a these old friends she's hanging out with, you’d have a better night hanging out with three bowls of oatmeal. You’d have a better night carving three friends out of vanilla ice cream or stitching them out of white socks. What bland, Old Navy brand personalities! No wonder they were horrified she hadn’t stuck to the life path she’d chosen at age 18. They staged an intervention because she like, changed jobs too often? Am I just a terrible friend because the only thing that would suggest to me someone needed my intervention is like, if they passed out face-first into their own birthday cake from heroin use in the middle of a party. That's the size of red flag I'd need to tell my friends how to live. Also my own resume reads like I’ve been battling multi-personality disorder the last ten years, so career choices wouldn’t occur to me as an issue to even intervene in. 

Watson seemed super pissed (rightfully so) that these feisty cardboard cut-outs would question her new career choice (especially after she offered to treat! Seriously, how rude, after you've agreed to pay for one friend they bring along two other people? That is not how it works, especially not in NYC where drinks are like, 12 dollars. Maybe Watson walked out to avoid the delicate issue of the bill.).

Still, Sherlock and Watson might soon be in a more comfortable place financially (you know, instead of slumming it in a multi-million dollar brownstone with tons of antiques and high-modern design all bundled up in brand new sweaters every day) as Sherlock is being compelled to consult for cases attached to Daddems, which could lead to paying work and make me feel a little less anxious about what exactly Sherlock and Watson are doing for food. (I don't want to see Sherlock giving a treatise about the uses of an old banana peel while standing waist-deep in a trash can after a night of dumpster-diving.)

This week's case, while delightfully small, was a tad un-solvable. I mean, unless you were smart enough to assume that someone else holding flowers had been hit by a subway train at some point in NYC’s history. If you made that leap, which is in the realm of possibility, then great: well done you! But certainly no hint of that information was breathed during the show. Then again, merely setting the crime on the subway platform puts it in context of all the horrible incidences of people shoved, jumped, or fallen in front of trains. (PS this is basically my worst nightmare. When I used to go into NYC as a kid I would compulsively stand with my back leaning against one of the columns so no one could run up and push me.) So I'm torn about whether or not to group this in with the pile of Elementary mysteries that are solved by a piece of new information revealed in the last five minutes. What are your thoughts?!

QUESTIONS...

...This case: enough context clues for a wily viewer to solve, or another "unsolveable" Elementary?

...Watsons’ friends, kindly or boring?

...Sherlock: sort of kindly and winsome when he’s in charge?

...Are we supposed to believe Sherlock is paying the plans on that giant box of uncharged phones?

...Can you break into a car?

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I like Elementary's cases because they are new and I don't know who did it, Joan actually voices most complains I had with the source material (if Sherlock opens the trunk, there's the body) and the dynamic between them is one of actual partners.

BBC Sherlock's cases are a chapter by chapter retelling of the books - only the killers use cell pones rather than letters to communicate - and it gets boring when you already know who did it.
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I'm reading here and I've read time and again other places how BBC Sherlock's cases are so much better than Elementary's. And while I agree Elementary's mysteries are not amazing in the least, I've always thought Sherlock's made *no* sense. None of them. Hounds was about as WTF as they come. And all of Moriarty's motivation still baffles me to this day. I enjoy that show but I don't find it any closer to Doyle than Elementary when it comes to the heart of the matter because the cases themselves are only dazzling due to the expensive sets, scenery, music and the speedy talking Sherlock.
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Okay. Short and sweet. Liked the episode, definitely one of the season's best. JLM and Lucy Liu have a great dynamic, but I will stop watching the show if Watson and Holmes get romantically involved. One point of unfinished business that really irked me, and I believe most of the show's audience: Where was the body? They negated the trunk as a possible hiding place, but the episode needed a better wrap-up than Watson changing her job on a social networking site.
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Love, love, loved this episode. Lucy Liu's Joan Watson has been the strongest part of this series all season long, and this was great to have an episode that focused so strongly on her character and her own storyline/case. Also thought it was so great how they showed her different her life has become in 6 months during that scene when they cut from a flashback to her having a night out w friends and then going to her breaking into a car.

Last, I thought it was a great choice of music when they used Junip's "Line of Fire" when Emily and Joan are talking on the phone and Emily gives Joan moral support about her decision and career change to being a detective like Sherlock. Bravo all around, best episode of the season.
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While Watson's friends were beyond boring, their intervention did make the point that she's evolving as a person. Which is very cool.

I'm starting to wonder if Sherlock's dad is all that bad. After all, he did not send his son out to find a rich guy's missing millions or lost Peckingese. Perhaps their dysfunctional relationship is about both of them.
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Really loved this episode!!! I am so excited to see Watson be so detectivey it was awesome!!!
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Lots of people hate on Watson's friends, but they had good cause to be concerned. She was in a vulnerable moment in her life, and let's face it, the direction she'd gone was KIND of bizarre. It didn't seem like her, so they wanted to make sure that things weren't going weird. They just wanted to let her know they were concerned and they were there if she needed them. They're getting a lot of hate, but imagine how you'd react if your friend, when she's in her 40s andgoing through some difficult times because she'd just lost her medical license, suddenly dropped everything to become some kind of private detective with one of her former clients, which is a BIG breach of etiquette and ethics. It's completely reasonable for them to be concerned. I like that they showed that, because in our modern world, Sherlock's WEIRD. Much weirder than he was in the victorian age.
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I'm a tad surprised to see no mention from either the article or any of the comments below about both Andre Royo and Jim True-Frost being in the episode... both of whom played relatively big characters on The Wire. But I can understand the lack of mention, which is why my surprise was small... they portrayed pretty small characters here, so whatever.

I liked how the case(s) ended up. Yeah, the reveal was maybe almost impossible for us viewers to predict because the clues weren't "shown", but I thought the reveal was creative enough for me not to care. Recreating a killing so that you can use an old video to hide a previous separate killing? I like it. I knew he'd be the killer and that the cases would join together, but the reason for it was surprising enough to be entertaining.

As for the friends... ehhhhhhh, I think I can understand both sides. Yes, it was kinda lame and maybe snobbish to hold a non-intervention intervention about Joan switching professions a couple times (especially since she started out as DOCTOR!, whoooaaaaa). But I can also see the friends' point about it just being them showing their concern, and that Joan probably would have shown concern if one of them had chosen to switch from surgeon to sober babysitter (after a patient's death) to consulting-detective-being-mentored-by-former-drug-addict.
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This case: bit of both. The video messag talking about the pushing man, was somewhat far fetched imo. But hey, it's Elementary... they're allowed. If I could solve all of the cases before they're explained, you don't need a sherlock for'em.
Watsons' friends are booooring!!! Intervention because of a career switch? Lame with capital L
I just like the vibe between them at the moment. Do you think it'd be good or bad to have them "involved" at some point?
Euuuhhmm, No.

And again euuuhhmm, No! :-)
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Awesome case....this wowed me. This should have been the Super Bowl episode.
Kudos Watson.
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Are we supposed to believe Sherlock is paying the plans on that giant box of uncharged phones?

Um, burner phones don't have plans, They're pay-as-you go. You only top up credit when needed. There could only be $5 on each phone.
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Loved this episode, too. Great focus on Joan. And is it just me, or can she get married, as John Watson did in the stories, to someone named Mary Morstan, who is a manny? Because that would be awesome. Or maybe I'm going crazy.
-Gotta be honest, from the beginning, maybe it was the subway thing, but I called this as a "Strangers on a Train" thing from the beginning, so, while I wasn't correct in that call, I was already on the lookout for a strange relationship between the two cases. Also, "Monk" did an episode with this exact type of crime a while back (only they used a letter rather than a video), so that was in the back of my mind, too.
-I'm pretty boring as far as my behaviours go. That said, I tend to miss the signs of my friends when things happen to them so, far from staging an intervention, I would be the friend who, like a good friend, showed up to the intervention when invited by the other friends, but who then looked up and said "When did you quit the hospital?" when they mentioned her being a detective.
-Pay as you go? No idea. I'm willing to let that one slide for the sake of the case this week.
-I've done it before, but it was my own car and it took me about 10 minutes. It's not something that I've been working on, nor do I really plan on doing it again anytime soon.
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This was probably the best episode of the season, since I like how the relationship with Watson and Holmes is turning out, and the twist in the case genuinely surprised me. But, AGAIN, the clues to cracking the case are REVEALED to us and not SHOWN. This is the big flaw in the series... we need to see the evidence, however unrelated we think it is, so that it makes SENSE when it comes to bite the perp in the butt. A come-from-nowhere explanation is just LAZY!
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I guessed the flowers thing:

Either it was a copy cat kill to get the video to make sense (like when they have kidnappers take pictures of victims with a dated newspaper to guarantee they're not already dead)

OR it was actually the wife who was supposed to die on the subway, but the killer (hired by her husband) had gotten the identity of the woman he was supposed to kill wrong (in this scenario there were two men--the first to identify the girl and give her flowers and the second to kill her, but the first guy made the wrong ID)
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Yeah, the case was the height of ridiculousness. More time on Watson is a definite perk though. We're torn by the intervention - it grounds the show, but the friends are definitely bitchy.

Changing her status = eye roll central

Our take: http://wp.me/p2MfmI-2kl
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JLM is really growing on me as Sherlock. This week mystery was really cool. The show is really getting better and better !
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Simply brilliant! Rarely I feel so happy about the detective show and villain's motive, but this story was fantastic!
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Great episode! I was not able to solve the puzzle but it didn't upset me, I loved the entire thing from start to finish. Great show. Also, great review.
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Very awesome episode I cannot get over how brilliantly casted this show is, they have amazing chemistry CBS got a slam dunk on this one.
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Okay, I did like this episode. It was hilarious that Watson was learning to break into cars, and Sherlock was being all mentory and stuff, and I'm hoping next weeks ep is just as epic. Now to answer Lily's review questions.

This case: enough context clues for a wily viewer to solve, or another "unsolveable" Elementary?

Actually it wasn't unsolveable. I knew from the moment we met the brother in law that the two cases would tie in and he would be the one to have killed both women. I did not, however, expect it to be as simple as it was. I was expecting his wife to have realised that he killed someone and he had to kill her. Maybe that he was a serial killer (that had killed other women in the same fashion, hence the video from a year ago, where the wife felt life was too short, but she had only just realised six months ago that he was the serial killer) but it was incredibly simple. Maybe I just over think things.

Watsons’ friends, kindly or boring?

Hmn...... well, my answer to that is neither. I mean she's known them since they were all in college together or something. However they are damn interfering. If my friends got together and planned an intervention because they were worried about my career choice? I'd be way angry. I mean if I was out partying and drinking myself stupid every night, or addicted to meth then yeah, plan an intervention, but a career change? Really? Maybe they're bored with their lives and needed to get hyped about something and Watson's lifestyle changes were sufficiently interesting to get them motivated.

Sherlock: sort of kindly and winsome when he’s in charge?

I loved Sherlock even when he wasn't being charming so I just love him even more now. The fact he went and paid for Watson's bail was just epically hilarious.

Are we supposed to believe Sherlock is paying the plans on that giant box of uncharged phones?

Well, he doesn't have to. I mean he said they were burners which means you just buy them and use them and dispose of them right? I could be wrong, but wasn't that a box of old disposable burner mobiles?

Can you break into a car?

I can't personally but my uncles can. They both toy around with mechanics on a regular basis so they say it's relatively easy to do when you know how. I however don't wish to learn how to break into a car for two reasons. One - I have a clean criminal record and I intend for it to stay that way. Two - I'm registered blind. If I stole a car what the hell would I do with it? I could drive it into a wall. Or I could attempt to drive down the wrong side of the street and wonder where all the oncoming lights were coming from. LOL! But yeah breaking into a car would be a pointless endeavour for me.
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"I did not, however, expect it to be as simple as it was. I was expecting his wife to have realised that he killed someone and he had to kill her. Maybe that he was a serial killer (that had killed other women in the same fashion, hence the video from a year ago, where the wife felt life was too short, but she had only just realised six months ago that he was the serial killer) but it was incredibly simple. Maybe I just over think things."

I don't know... those were the same two ideas that I thought of at first. I'd say those are much more simple than the plot the episode had.
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Yeah but the fact that it was complicated was in a simple way. Instead of going from A to B it went from B to A which is why I thought it was so simple when revealed. I expected the answer to be a lot more complicated then it turned out to be. LOL!
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Another very good episode. U kinda knew the cases would somehow be connected but they did it a way that I found very clever and complicated wo being convoluted.

I couldn't believe the intervention over a career change, I woulda been mad as hell. It's one thing for a friend to sit down and say "look, I'm concerned about ur life changes, are u sure ur ok?". It's another thing to stage a friggin intervention.
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I would think anyone I considered a good friend would most definitely say something if my life seem to be so flighty. It could be the first and only chance to stop a downward spiral. I mean a Surgeon to Sober Companion to Detective screams help!
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Not technically unsolvable persay, the 2 crimes were at least congruous having the same killer (btw, where and how did he kill his wife?) Also, they hammered home that crime A could not possibly lead to crime B, but us figuring out he was a retroactive copycat pusher? Nuh-uh. I did enjoy seeing Watson solve it though.
Boring. Like my friends they all have too many babies and then judge you how you're living your life.
Sherlock does seem to relish the turned tables here, although I kind of enjoyed their former relationship too- he needs someone to reign him in a bit, she needs to be challenged.
I think I audibly exclaimed something when I saw it cuz... old phones are funny looking? Burner phones have pre-paid minutes, no plans.
Nope. But I can drive stick, so that counts for something... right?
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I personally enjoyed the fact the friends decided to hold an intervention because Watson's mother was happy and proud of her daughter.
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1. Enough clues if you're able to think outside the box and put B before A instead of A before B. Never believe the husband/wife's testimony. A difficult one, but not unsolveable. Once you realize setting up the girl with flowers was necessary to make things work, it's straightforward.
2. Boring and smug. Glad the one girl wised up, but I don't see Watson investing much to keep that friendship active.
3. Kindly this week, but he's too inside his own head to maintain good social skills.
4. Burner phones. Prepaid, so no plans. That it was charged up, however, that's a stretch.
5. Wouldn't be the first time.
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Spoiler alert to those who haven't seen Monk, but they kind of pulled a similar mystery to a certain episode of it. Which is funny if you think about Monk being inspired by sherlock...

I will admit i wasn't the biggest fan but now its starting to grow on me. Maybe its because Im a person of interest fan and having this follow it is just the right cup of TV so to speak but its gotten a lot better.

Oh and Watson dump those friends. I mean at the end with Emily calling I was like "wait you call to question my career choice and now that I helped solve a cool case NOW you want to talk?" and worst of all her friends version of worrying would piss me off. as hit girl says in the latest kick a$$ 2 trailer "act like a b*tch get slapped like a b*tch"

:)
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Enjoyed the show, but the mystery was clearly lifted from the Monk episode were Mr. Monk attended his college reunion, replacing a 20 year-old-suicide note for a modern video e-mail clip.
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The problem with watching so this digital revolution is there aren't any new stories. In the past 5 years, there have been very few shows that have had stories which I couldn't relate to a show that came before.
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I really really enjoyed the episode! I was so pleased to have the show back + I understand it has been renewed for another season and I say: well done! Not only because Jonny Lee Miller is simply amazing and totally credible as a Sherlock Holmes, but because Lucy Liu has also given her best and it is paying off! Of course thank the gods that the writing is decent otherwise Miller's mannerisms would be a cruel reminder of how good the show could be "if only..."

I think as a friend I would be intrigued to see and try to understand first what somebody is doing instead of interfering right way when they make a choice I wouldn't do personally...

And yes Sherlock was amazingly human as a boss... interesting!
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Personally speaking here. I thought her friends were kind of RUDE and had absolutely no business butting into her personal life/Job choice. Like you my resume and pretty much the rest of America has had more then one job choice or changed majors like 50 billion times before they graduated college and even then there is not guarantee that you will get said job in said major. So really the whole intervention was pretty much pointless other then showing Watson who her true friends are and that these friends can be kicked to the curb. I am all for not seeing them again ever.
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Im kind of glad they didn't do this, but I was half expecting Watson to pull a Sherlock and point out some crazy secrets their friends were hiding.
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It bothers me a little that this show kind of got off on the wrong foot but the viewing public stayed with it and let it develop into something good - for it certainly wasn't the network who would have axed it quick if folks weren't watching. This is the reason NBC is on the ropes and may never recover. Elementary wasn't good enough in the beginning to make it but I guess Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are so fun to watch they made it happen. The show has been consistently better in the 2nd half of the season and still isn't better than Awake which also got better. I'm not pining for Awake but if you people want good scripted TV then you have to give shows a chance because the networks won't do it for you...
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The show hasn't changed at all... I do believe the show has gotten better, but I don't think the show started off bad and they changed some major elements to make it better. I actually completely think the opposite of you. I really liked Awake at the start, but somewhere along the way I lost interest. Elementary is a lot like Castle. No one watches Castle for the murder mysteries, they watch it because the characters are awesome.
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True about Castle but not so much about Elementary. The mysteries were very weak in the beginning and the writing got better and better.
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A while ago, and several times before, I posted that Elementary is terrible at showing the audience the clues that Sherlock uses to solve the case. However, Im starting to wonder if this hasn't been intentional all along. Sherlock Holmes has always been from the point of view of Watson and this show might be taking that in the best direction possible. I noticed that this episode revealed all the information that Watson knew and you could connect the dots that way. We might not be able to solve the case like Sherlock, but as the show goes on we might be able to solve the case along with Watson. They also kind of hinted at the solution when Sherlock recalled he lost a CI to a pusher in London. I assume they didn't make it the same case because Sherlock would have made the connection right away. Anywho, if it was just a fluke. the show really should be doing this. As the show progresses and Watson gets better at picking up clues the show the audience what Watson notices so we might have a chance to connect the dots first.

Also, I really liked how Watson summed up the case in a very Sherlock manner, even going as far as saying "pretend if you will..." which Sherlock has done on several occasions. LL really deserves credit for being able to mimic JLM amazing Sherlock mannerisms.
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That's a great point about the CI in London - I totally ignored it, but that was a huge clue.
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I agree with most of what you're saying ... especially about missing this show! Man, that was as painful as that basketball to Holmes' nose - courtesy of Miss Watson herself (proving that dangerous things really DO come in small packages!). I think we saw, in this episode, a start of the readjustment of the relationship between these two characters .... while at the same time Watson found herself around people from her recent past who JUST DON'T GET HER. We should remember what Holmes said to her after the dinner with her family; these are ordinary people, who will never GET their (Holmes and Watson's) attraction to the bizarre in life! So her anger at her friends' reaction shouldn't have been much of a surprise; how many people do we know, seriously, who go from being a medical doctor, to an amateur consulting detective? Really! Give the friends a little bit of a break; at least they CARED enough to be concerned for her!

I like the fact that Watson did something that caused her to be arrested; if this is to work for her, she needs to rise to the level of Holmes' determination to do what's needed to solve a case. It's a very brave thing to do, because neither Holmes nor Watson have the strictures of the NYPD to deal with; but that also means that they'll need to stray into grey areas that the police never would (at least, the good ones!). That's part of the charm of this show .... what will Watson be called on to do in order to become a REAL consulting detective? At her core, she still has quite a different different moral base than Holmes. That's a part of her charm, and also one of the reasons we love the character. BUT, eventually, SOMETHING will happen that will challenge that in a big way .... and we'll have front-row seats to it!

SO glad the show's back - and STILL one of my favorite TV shows, along with "Person of Interest" (can you IMAGINE Holmes and Finch together?!?!) and Netflix's "House of Cards."
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I enjoyed the episode a lot. One of the best. But, now that I think about it, in order for this to work, a wife would have to not recognize her husband because he is wearing sunglasses and a hoodie. She was too dumb to live.
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No - remember, the whole point is that the "dear John" video was made after the other subway shoving, which the husband had nothing to do with. It wouldn't matter if the wife was able to recognize him at the time of the current subway murder, because he killed her - presumably right away or even right before.

And I think if you're reading a recap, spoilers are part of the deal, no?
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Even worse, I am confusing parts of the story. I was just thinking about how the woman who was killed and the missing wife looked somewhat alike (when Sherlock pulled up the story on his phone), and then mixed it up at the end. So, there is no flaw to the story. Just a flaw to my reasoning skills. An excellent episode.
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Yes, and it's getting better the more I think about it, which is the opposite of what usually happens.
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Darn it, I shouldn't have put in a spoiler....
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-Another unsolveable, which I found annoying because I think there were ways you could have solved it that actually involved, you know, clues and deductive reasoning. But it's not like that's what Sherlock is all about or any... oh, wait, right.

-Watson's friends were the worst and actually made all of her life choices immediately believable and acceptable to me. Anything she does to separate from those judgmental, boring losers is OK with me. An INTERVENTION? Look, worst case, Watson is having an epic and overdue quarter-life crisis (1/3 life crisis?). If you're really worried about her, do you "intervene" or do you, you know, call, stop by, ask what's up - try and get her to talk about what's going on? Jerks.

- Sherlock-as-mentor is what is distinguishing Elementary from the other Sherlocks. This Sherlock cares about Watson and wants her to learn and that immediately makes him warmer than the others. I don't think this is true to the Conan Doyle character, but I like that they are making a conscious choice to go in a different direction. Cumberbatch wouldn't teach Freeman anything without insulting him constantly the entire time. So yes, kindly and winsome.

- Aren't burner phones by definition pre-paids? So he's already paid for them.

- Have done it with a coat hanger, but that was in the days of yore.

Further to the Sherlock character, wouldn't this be a better show altogether if he wasn't actually Sherlock, but instead Sherlock's illegitimate son, or nephew, or cousin? He could be constantly abusing himself for "not measuring up" to Uncle Sherlock's brilliance.
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I thought it would be fun if he was someone who thought he was Sherlock but actually isn't - like maybe he was a big fan of Sherlock Holmes as a kid, adopted the "Sherlock" persona when he was in rehab to protect himself, and his father has asked everyone not to reveal the truth because he thinks it's the only way his son will remain sober.
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The funniest thing about the whole intervention is they held it after Emily talked to Watson's mother who was by her own accounts happy and proud of Watson for finally finding something that she loved as much as being a doctor. It wasn't like they even knew about her near death experience. Literally the only thing her friends had to go on was she was doing something she loved and her mother was happy and proud of her and her work.

Though it's true Sherlock does come off a bit more caring in Elementary, Sherlock is also pretty caring in Sherlock. The very first episode he basically fixes Watson's psychological problem and insistence on using a cane. He also stops his protects Watson in the first ep when he realizes it was Watson who saved him at the end. He also realizes he was a jerk to the ME and kind of tries to apologize as best he can in a rather awkward manner which is understandable given how that entire scene played out. In the movies Sherlock constantly makes fun of Watson in that bromance kind of way mainly because you can tell he is jealous and doesn't want to lose his only real friend. The whole thing is Sherlock is so much smarter than everyone else it would be like if you tried to explain gravity to an ant. Thankfully in none of the Sherlocks (including House) is Sherlock worse than Sheldon.
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1. I would say that yes, this was a solvable mystery. While I agree that we weren't explicitly told in clue form that there was another woman pushed on the platform, there were a number of clues that led us down that path by other means. I'd say that the most telling clue in this whole case was that the wife had left the husband previously. While I realize that this, in of itself, doesn't scream "That video came from the first time she left. It's him! He did all of it!" it still would realistically help lead you down a path that would arrive at the solution.

The way that Sherlock, Watson, etc. solve the cases on the show is not just by spotting clues, in apartment buildings and scenes of the crime, that lead them quite easily from A to B, with B presumably supplying the clue that will lead them to C. While this is an important part of the process, there's usually a moment in most detective shows where the investigators feel like they're missing something, and that there's something about the crime they're not seeing. Which means that they have to, once again, think about the case on a very basic level, usually rethinking a lot of the things they've taken for granted. In the case last night, Sherlock and Watson had this moment while looking at that board of the two cases, thinking about how A could possibly lead to B, until Watson said what if B leads led to A.

The point that I'm getting at here is that a viewer could have solved this mystery by thinking a little outside of the box. Instead of lining up the clues in order and analyzing them one by one, the better way to solve this case was to think about these murders from the killer's perspective. Fairly early on in this episode, it was highly suggested that the husband killed his wife, so the viewer was given a rather large opportunity to consider him as a murderer. And if you put yourself in his shoes (not because you were trying to frame him for murder since he put away a cop buddy of yours, but, you know, figuratively), then you have to ask yourself the question: "I want to kill my wife, but how do I kill her without anyone suspecting me?" She'd already left him six months previous, and it was clear that their marriage wasn't really that good, so if she wound up dead he would be the prime suspect. And if she just went missing, then the police would suspect that maybe foul play was involved, as they do when people disappear without a trace.

But his wife did disappear, and the police didn't suspect him of murder. Why was that again? Oh, right, she had left that video saying she was leaving. So, if we consider for a moment that he did kill his wife, and that he did so with a plan so that he wouldn't be suspected or arrested by the police, this plan would have hinged on that video. But at Sherlock said, she didn't make that video in duress. No one had a gun on her, and she seemed happy to be making it so that she could leave her husband. So the video is genuine. But surely it can't be a coincidence that she made the video and finished just as her husband was getting home, since that would be very poor planning on his part. And that would already imply that she made that video at around the exact same time that he was planning to kill her, which is also a coincidence. So it's much more likely that he somehow knew that he would be able to use this video to convince everyone that his wife had left of her own accord. Which means he must have had that video in his possession. And he would only have had it if his wife had left him, which she did six months ago. So therefore she made it and sent it to him six months ago when she left him.

From there it's a fairly easy sex of steps to arrive at the fact that he was the one that murdered the woman on the platform. Step one: he needs that video to seem like its current. Step two: the only thing topical she mentions is a woman that was pushed on a platform with some flowers. Step 3: He gave some flowers to a woman and then pushed her off the platform so that it would seem his wife was talking about something current, and not something six months ago. Besides, if you think about how the crime took place initially, it did seem rather contrived that a man would give a stranger flowers, and then immediately kill her. While it's not unheard of in a show like this, usually an murder like that is reserved for someone you know.

Anyway, the point is that while we didn't have the clue that there had been a similar murder six months previous, it was possible to rather assume that there had been a similar murder six months previous. So yeah, this one was possible to solve. Besides, I usually prefer cases that aren't ridiculously obvious or straightforward if you simply pay attention to what people are saying. I enjoy it more when you have to guess a little until you come up with a solution that fits together so perfectly that it has to be the answer, or something like that.

2. I thought her friends were alright. I think the main thing they were concerned about was that Watson had been forgetting all of their plans for the last several months, and the fact that she was now working as a detective was the icing on the cake. And you have to admit, if you genuinely told someone that your current job was a consulting detective, after your only other careers have been a doctor and live-in sober companion, it's understandable that they would be both confused and a little incredulous.

3. Yes, very much so yes. He's kind of like a mix between an entire cheer squad, a fountain of advice, and one very big, cuddly hug.

4. A lot of the commenters have already pointed this out, but those phones were burners, so he doesn't have to actually pay plans on any of them. Still though, there looked to be at least thirty to fifty phones in that box, and if the were $50 each then we're talking about something like $2,500 for the entire set up, which does seem to be a lot for just phones. And they do take up a lot of room. If I were him, I'd have a set-up like Stringer Bell and have a bag full of SIM cards, and only have about five physical phones lying around.

5. Yes indeed. I can fairly easily break into a car. Can I pick the lock or use a Slim Jim? Nope, not at all. Can I hold a brick in my hand and smash the window with it? Naturally. So, yeah, breaking into a car is no problem. Once inside though, I couldn't even begin to hotwire the car. Unless of course it's one of those models where you just take a screwdriver and pretend it's the key, or something like that. I saw it in a movie so it'll probably work.
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"...Can you break into a car?"
I take the 5th on that one.
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I think you nailed it about Watson and Sherlock not really being side by side in this ep, eventhough Sherlock was probably more supportive and nice than he's ever been. And that's what I've been constantly lacking, and it's even more disappointing after not having an ep for a while. Now that they're in the official duo mode, I keep wanting them to just do stuff together, even (or maybe especially?) if it's just hanging out, or grabbing dinner. Seeing Joan's boring friends made this even more clear, Joan still has other friends, even if she rarely sees them and they're jerks, and we've seen her family as well, that it suggests that Joan has a "real" social life elsewhere, and this thing with Sherlock is still work, like she's basically taken up a new job. This is not meant to be a this is not like (insert whatever version of Holmes here) rant, but generally Watson is shown to be the more socially well adjusted person, sure, but if you actually thought about it, it doesn't appear that Watson actually has any other friends either. It usually just looks like no one else but Watson will tolerate Holmes, but really, it doesn't seem like Watson wants to make friends elsewhere either (wives don't count). You know, they do things together, even if it's just sitting at home in each other's company, or going to the country for Holmes' health or whatever, Watching this, it feels like Joan actually has friends that she's just missing out on, but it doesn't feel like it's because she prefers to be friends with Sherlock over everyone else, just that she allowed her self to be caught up/distracted by stuff. Even when we see them at home, often it's Joan walking in on Sherlock doing something by himself, and then commenting on it, or Joan being called in by Sherlock. Even outside of the Holmes adaptations, I look at other recent procedurals, like Bones, Castle (before either of those duos got together), House, White Collar, and I'm waiting for the kind of friendship chemistry those characters have.

With the case, I'm a bit torn about it, on one hand it's great to see a case that the police were not primarily in charge of - so that we didn't have to have a facepalm *all the cops* are freaking incompetent moment, and it's nice to see Joan not just follow Sherlock around, but on the other hand, yes, I do feel this was one of those unsolveables, which would be fine if it actually gave either character credit, and one might say Joan did by figuring out the order of both cases (eventhough that's an annoying both cases are related! trope), but I hated that she just chanced about the picture of the jacket, so it's like if she visited the sister in the office instead of her home, they would never have solved this bloody case. Also it didn't seem convincing the way Sherlock just dropped the case, it felt more like the writers wanted Joan to work one out herself vs Sherlock wanting Joan to work one out herself (like in the previous ep). Sherlock didn't really show much skill in this ep either, no noticing stuff, it almost felt like they were attacking the cases from all sides and seeing what sticks. And yet despite all my criticism, this was still one of the better cases of the season so far for me.

I feel like a gambling addict when I watch this show, I keep wanting to win, for it to succeed, or actually really hook me (I watch a ton of stuff, so yes, while obviously I'm still watching it, it's still not one of my top current series and I don't recommend it to others), but it never really hits the mark, so I keep watching with hopes of maybe next time! next ep funner stuff will happen and it will all come together!. But it hasn't quite. Of course I will watch the next ep, it just seems like there's all these missed/wasted opportunities for the characters to grow with each other, and time's ticking to the season finale.
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Dare I say, Elementary was better than POI this week and thats saying something cause POI was pretty good.

This was my favorite episode of the season so far and Elementary has turned into one of my favorite new shows. Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller have really hit their stride in the last handfull of episodes and are doing an outstanding job. As a result their on screen chemistry has also improved and I am excited to see how it grows from here on out.

When it was revealed that both cases were connected, I said out loud, "no f***ing way, didnt see that one coming" which trust me, I very rarely do when watching a TV show. So the case probably counts as "unsolveable", but I don't mind that in my crime shows, I like to be suprised. It kinda defeats the pupose when you can pick the killer out half way through the episode; especially in a show such as Elementary when we shouldn't be able to figure it out, if we could then theoretically any old cop could do Sherlock's job
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So...I can't decide if I pat myself on the back or yell at the characters...while I didn't figure out the mechanics of the crime, I kind of thought the two women looked an awful lot alike so I was thinking either twins or that the husband was some kind of serial murderer. Then I also kind of thought that Sherlock was thinking along the same lines when he pulled up the woman on the subway's picture and held it up for Watson to see but also couldn't really put it together at that point.

I think there was a reason we were given an identity to the Emily friend more than the others as there might be something more there.

It was kind of weird with Sherlock (why I think he was thinking along the same lines) because I always think of Sherlock as sort of wanting to show how smart he is, so this was kind of odd.

I don't think that is how burners work...I think you just buy the phones they sell behind the counter at convenience stores and have minute cards.

I think I can break into mine, but mine also still has crank windows. I have doubts about an electric locked car.
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I'm a little confused. What is the significance of the woman who got pushed in front of the train looking a little like the missing wife? Surely the woman with the flowers could have been blond haired and blue eyed (or pretty much any woman holding a bunch of flowers) and it wouldn't have mattered to the pusher. The fact that she was female and holding flowers was enough for the alibi, right? Or did I miss something important in the plot?
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Those phones were burners and come preloaded with minutes when you buy them. As for the rest of the episode I'll agree that I liked the subtle shift in the dynamic now that shes his apprentice. But this one of the first times I didn't care for the mystery. I'm not a big fan of two "unrelated" case dovetailing into a single case. That is some contrived and boring, CSI/NCIS level writing and I happen to think this show can do better. I saw it coming they moment split up. I don't expect mysteries on par with BBC's Sherlock, but these characters are iconic. If they're not getting the best mysteries on TV then they should at least be getting the best on Network TV.
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Prepaid burners.... you pay 50 bucks and get 200 min and if you don't use them you don't have to pay anything else.
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