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?!


...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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