Elementary "Details" Review: Why Watson and Sherlock Can Never Hook Up

Elementary S01E16: "Details"

If you didn’t spend last night feeding fistfuls of lukewarm spaghetti to your lover at a fine chain restaurant, or throwing down a tarp in front of a fireplace and setting up the equivalent of a Cold Stone Creamery toppin' bar to incorporate into your lovemaking with your significant other, then you were best off watching Elementary, which steered clear of conventional Valentine’s Day themes to center on the two kinds of love that touch me the deepest: unconditional filial loyalty, and the weird “meeting of the minds” vibe that characerizes Sherlock and Watson.

Sherlock, in a teary stream of whispers, told Watson he was better with her, more focused, and maybe he’d eventually figure out why. While it was all in a soap opera tone that I doubt the show would have used if Watson was being played by, say, John Krazinski, I’m glad the writers cleared the air about Watson not being an official sober companion anymore and essentially lying to him. I’m glad they made the point that he encouraged her to move on while still admitting that he’d like her in his life. I'm ECSTATIC that they are Watson and Sherlock, crime-solvers, now, 300 episodes in. But as much as I wanted to just squee out and enjoy the season’s most heartfelt moment (embedded in an episode where JLM had previously thrown tennis balls at her and chased her across the house posing as a masked invader), I felt really vigilant, as a critic, about detecting and therefore calling out any romantic threads present in the exchange. Because that mustn't ever, ever, ever happen.

It feels desperately important to me that Watson and Sherlock in their male-female incarnations never take on a romantic angle for reasons that are hard to articulate but hey, that’s my job, so here they are as syllogistic treatise if you will:

1. It’s very rare that a platonic female character appears in any kind of “buddy” genre TV or film. If there are two friends who stay friends all the way to the end, 99.9 percent of the time they are either both male or both female.

2. If a female friend is introduced, it’s insinuated that she wants some kind of romantic reward in exchange for her friendship. That, or narrative romantic urges complicate the relationship until it’s untenable. (Dawson’s Creek theme playing in anyone’s head right now?)

3. This has the effect of keeping female characters largely relegated to B stories, appearing as two-dimensional trophies and villains, and implying that males and females cannot have satisfying longterm platonic relationships.

4. Without cultural models or acknowledgement of a reality where women can be platonic friends, tacit permission is given in the real world for sexualizing any co-ed interaction and therefore keeping professional venues male-only. Encouraging male coworkers on some level to feel more comfortable with the guys, encouraging female students to feel more valued when they are sexualized, etc. This breeds a general distrust and alienation between the sexes and a closing of ranks against members of the opposite sex trying to network within “gendered” industries.

5. Thus half the human population is kept out of the best and most exciting storylines on and off screen.

"Details" stayed just this side of making Sherlock’s invitation to apprenticeship romantic, and it's my fervent hope that they can continue to develop the unique Watson-and-Sherlock, platonically-in-love vibe that Robert Downey and Jude Law effortlessly channel.

When a man and woman can lock eyes like that and it's not presumed they’re making sloppy, violent love in their off hours, then it will truly be a more perfect world.

T’otherwise, I loved that again we had a smaller story this week. We rounded out Detective Belle (Bell? screw it, I’m going to assume Belle), giving him dimension and depth as a character. While we know him as a fairly uptight but promising police detective, in his private life he was guarding a dark secret: that his brother was an over-acting Julliard graduate going full “method” for his upcoming one-man-show as a gangbanger. His brother practiced speech after speech about not ratting on his gang brothers while Marcus quietly brought him groceries, but his resentment at years of having to support his brother by attending small black box productions of “The Harmful Effects of Tobacco” and “Ubu Roi” was palpable.

Eventually it was discovered one Sgt. Reyes had carefully framed Belle, but there was no earthly way a viewer could have deduced that. The incriminating information was all told via flashbacks of unseen footage thrown through a green-blue filter. Still, the problem of the week was dramatic enough and small enough that that wasn’t entirely off-putting.

I was also a sucker for the act of the brother writing “was not marcus” in blood... that really did warm the cockles of my heart and was one of the few instances where writing in blood looked sort of probable and plausible (well done, art department). I was also heartily glad he survived his run-in with a villainous female coworker who'd been having sex with his brother and then went CRAZY over business-place drama, as women are wont to do, and killed several people. Gals, am I right?

I did take issue to Sherlock insisting “Don’t you think I have as much respect for Cap’n Gregson as you!” Sherlock, he punched you in the gut a couple weeks ago and we’ve yet to see him solve a single case without you pointing out serious flaws and shoddy police work, so maybe don’t respect him that much? Maybe even apply for his job? Just a thought.

Anyway, assuming you didn’t spend last night painting your lover’s body with chocolate tiger stripes, what did you think of Elementary?


QUESTIONS:

– Do you agree that it's vital for Watson and Sherlock’s dynamic to remain extremely platonic? What vibe do you currently get from them and what tensions would you like to see emphasized?

– Have you ever had a friend or family member who made you go to tons of amateur theater productions and was it a chore?

– Did anyone get you something cool for Valentine’s Day?

– Writing stuff in your own blood on a hardwood floor to solve your own murder: Would you bother with it if you were bleeding out?

– Are you 100 percent ecstatic that Sherlock and Watson are officially Sherlock and Watson now because IIIIIIIII AAAAAMMMMMMM!!!!!!

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Hahaha, love the "To me, you are perfect." That guy is SO freaking cute in Love Actually.

Also, you're correct, there MUSN'T be any sexual tension!! For all the reasons you just said, but especially because since they're based on characters with a platonic relationship, making it sexual is worse than if they were just brand new characters. It's still a bummer that we don't get to see platonic relationships on other shows, but it CAN'T happen on this one, because then it's SCREAMING that the writers can't even fathom a platonic relationship between friends of the opposite sex, to the point that they have to change the Sherlock/Watson dynamic as established in ALL previous incarnations.
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I'm pretty late to this show, but I really felt that this episode added a lot of character depth.
I think regarding the confessions being poured in the scene, (completely unaware of anything happening in the episodes after), there was definitely some air of genuine concern and an unmistakable plea - but not necessarily romantic love. Sherlock sees in her somebody he could actually work and share his life with. Watson, as mentioned by her mom, loves the job and feels concern so yeah. If feelings of despair run up with Irene again, there's no saying what could happen but till then, I bet on platonic.

Hmm, well if I realised I was taking a one-way ticket upstairs, why not use up the last bit of my bodily fluids to help catch the perpetrator? Although I highly doubt my letters would all be spelled out to such beautiful and clear handwriting, but nonetheless helpful.
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I completely agree with this review. Sherlock and Watson already respect each other and even love each other as friends. Lets not mess that up, writers. Its not an intelligent show by any means, but I've just warmed up to it since the M episode. If they ever have a physical relationship, I'm gonna ditch the show.
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I completely disagree. For one, Elementary is a roller coaster of emotional material where BBC's Moffat is a clinic retelling of the books, Elementary's Shelock IS a modern day man with modern day struggles - intimacy issues amongst them - modern day relationships and modern day mentality.

I'm confident the creators are meant to tell their story, but thankfully, that story sounds far more entertaining than what the BBC had in mind IMO.
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It shouldn't ever happen, period. Believe it or not, folks, platonic relationships between men and woman are possible. And the fact of the matter is that Holmes bumping uglies with Watson would be utterly, hideously unfaithful to the source material.

Thankfully, I'm pretty sure the shows creator's have no plans whatsoever to take this road. I think they made that clear with the very first scene depicting Watson meeting Sherlock for the first time. The scene deliberately and specifically mocks the notion.

I half think the reason Watson has been made female in Elementary is a deliberate dig at Sherlock BBC's Moffat. Moffat, as we know, really struggles with the concept of strong and empowered female characters; Moffat could never in a million years conceive of writing a character like Lucy Liu's Watson.
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To be completey honest, I think they already are at a romantic level, only its a more intellectual/spiritual romance than a physical one; Sherlock and Joan exhibit the same happiness, giddiness and playfulness of people in love without the characters having to resort to average TV couting.
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IF they ever choose to take the relationship to a romantic level it needs to be done when they know the series is coming to an end; it shouldn't happen then, either, but it might make for closure for a lot of fans. I'd like to see the series run for years and for the relationship to be one where they are the best of friends and partners. Keep both characters single. Occasional short lived romances here and there is okay I suppose, but no long term supporting love interest characters is better for the Holmes/Watson dynamic. Not all of the stories have been great, but when you're writing a full 20 plus season I can understand that's not easy to do. Therefore, keep the underlying character development going so episodes grab the audience week in, week out.

One other potential problem I hope doesn't rear it's head is the Holmes as employer, Watson as employee situation. Keep the "I quit, you're fired" crap out of the mix. Holmes and Watson always stayed partners because they love each other (platonically) and there was no threat that the boss might get rid of you if you aren't careful nonsense. Even when Holmes was driving Watson crazy, he was fiorgiven because they are essentially family.
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I remember reading somewhere that the writers/producers swore to high heaven Holmes and Watson wouldn't hook up, ever, when the concept of a female Watson got out. Writers are fickle beings influenced by ratings, but hopefully it's not gonna happen. Yes, it is possible for a man and woman to have a good partnership while having a romantic relationship at the same time (david and maddie from moonlighting! that was a cool crime-solving couple), but here I can't see it not screwing up the dynamic.
And I am really weary of TV constantly sending the message that almost every single time a male and a female character start hanging out together for more than a quarter of an episode they MUST hook up, or at least one of them must start developping romantic feelings.
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Since a hook up is no different than a one night stand, I guess what they meant was that Holmes & Watson would never become friends with benefits. Which they haven't.

Whatever they are building is more trascendental than sex/romance.
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Umm, okay, to answer your questions:

- Yes they should remain platonic. From what we've seen, Sherlock's sexual proclivities are a bit left of centre, which adds humour to the show. I'm good with that.

- I know you're joking with the amateur theatre comments, but let me just say that a lot of supposed amateur actors are in fact highly trained and talented, but not able to break into the business professionally. It's not easy kids. So, in my opinion, amateur theatre is awesome!

- I think I would definitely try to write a clue to my murderer's identitiy in my own blood...if I could summon the strength and overcome the sheer terror of dying that is.

- Yes, I am happy too!
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Wow, way to turn an article about a great TV show into a soapboax for misandrous 3rd wave radical feminism.

How about you keep your female sexism and bigotry to yourself and not poison these pages with your socio-political agenda not rooted in egalitarian humanism but rather female supremacy and pseudoscience?
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OK, I have to admit... I may be an idiot.

The pic of Sherlock holding up the sign... was that in the episode? Or just an elaborate Photoshop?

I missed a couple minutes here-or-there. Such as answering a phone and leaving the room. So while I remember the conversation of him saying that he was touched that she stayed even after being fired by her father... I wasn't looking at the screen.
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Photoshop, I remember something similar on a Lost recap: the signs are from te movie "Love, Actually" if I'm not mistaken.
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Yes, yes I'm aware I'm almost a year late on this, but it's also a bit of a joke: Jonny Lee Miller auditioned for the Andrew Lincoln role on Walking Dead. Who did Lincoln play in Love Actually? Why yes; the sign guy!
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LOL, ok cool thanks.

I was just wondering if I missed it in the next room and flashed the card while he was talking and then hid it when she turned around. But the sentiment didn't really match up with something Sherlock would do.

So I figured Photoshop... but it was put in so nicely. Blurred to match the background's PoV blur and such. Solid job compared to the normal large white/yellow text.
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Truth be told, Sherlock's speech reminds me a lot of...Dory, from "Finding Nemo" (the whole 'when I look at you, I'm home' angle) rather than "Love, Actually" but to each their own.
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Its almost like Watson does have feelings for Sherlock and wants his approval... in an extremely emotionally closed off way where all we see are those little one second smiles. Sherlock's interest seems somewhat stronger but in a way where his rational and idealistic mind doesn't quite acknowledge the feelings.

Its a kind of relationship you very rarely see on tv, and not one that you could be sure would go anywhere in real life, beyond creating drama.
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Oh dear - did you take Feminism 101? You know that most of us women in the 21st century have moved on from that, don't you?

I do not care on iota whether they end up together or not - as long as the show keeps doing what they've done so far, give us believable characters with complex yet congruent motivations and actors with great chemistry and outstanding acting chops who paint an intriguing, multilayered relationship between a man a woman that goes beyond the simplistic and boring concept of 'friends or lovers' that you're harping on about.....
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I completely agree with this review.
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as a person who has never thought the previous versions of sherlock and watson as "sexual-tension free", and reading the various comments below, I might be the only one actually hoping and wanting a love relatioship, real and open one, between sherlock and watson, this time.. to me, it never felt like just a "bro-mance" in the movie or previous man to man versions of holmes.. and it is clearly becoming very obvious in this version that the two are falling for each other.. watson does not stay with sherlock only because she find what he does exciting and interesting.. sherlock does not focus better and feel more comfortable with watson just because she is good at what she does.. there is something, which will not be admitted anytime soon (man, people had to wait for how many seasons before beckett and castle got a real kiss??) but it is there and there is nothing wrong with it.. plus we also know that watson had a history of falling in for a client, and sherlock falling in love.. I personally am looking forward for their very first kiss, just like I looked forward for the one between Nick and Jess (in which Jess seems to carry a perfectly sweet buddyhood with the other two guys and she is not limited to B-stories) or the one between Audrey and Duke in Haven (in which the lead is a female and two guys were in love with her).. I dont agree with the argument that love angles restrict women to unprofessional venues or to B-level stories..
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Agreeing with most of your comment except Watson never fell in love with a client. She had a boyfriend who became an addict and destroyed their relationship.
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you're right, my mistake..
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I think the key is not that Watson makes Sherlock better, but that he has no idea why she does that much, which is a fairly romantic notion not many shows dare to explore.

The mistaken notion that love is a distraction for adults the same its for teenagers does not apply on Elementary, mostly because these are adults ready for a committed relationship, who've already experienced a committed relationship themselves, and are ready for the necessary compromises it entails yet, instead to make it look boring, it treats it as the adventure of a lifetime it actually is.

Instead of a clinical approach to adult life, Elementary actually shows us the joys adul life can bring, instead to focus on a boring routine, it actually shows us how fun that routine can be.
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At first I thought they might develop a romantic relationship, but as the show progresses I am seeing more the advantage of not 'screwing' things up. First off, Watson and Holmes have traditionally only been the crime solving buddy duo, adding a romantic element would totally change that dynamic and not for the better.
Also, Sherlock said that with Watson he was better, more focused. Dangle 'live in sex associate' in front of a man and that focus would be shot to hell. Plus Sherlock is still emotionally hung up on Irene, evidenced in seeing his crazy, torture murderey side. So it seems that Watson is the opposite of that, she doesn't ignite his passion, but his mind. Not very romantic, so platonically speaking that's a good sign. I'd like to see more trust between the two as their friendship progresses.
I go to community theater all the time, mainly cuz I'm in it!
Got a platonic rose from a friend.. but if it was from Jonny Miller I wouldn't want it to be platonic.
Not so much. I can deal with some blood, but a lot I'd probably pass out... also, DUDE I'VE BEEN SHOT!
Yes, it will be interesting to see how they continue to develop their crime solving and personal relationship. Kudos to the actors and writers for walking this fine line and walking it well.
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I agree the key to their relationship are the crazy antics that go on in that house of theirs, the appeal to watch what is, basically, a married couple to fall in love with what they do regardless of who they are.

TV can't really do that with actual married couples because it shun the work dynamic from the couple's dynamic but, because Sherlock and Joan aren't married, they can be annoyed with that series of annoying traits they have as individuals and still be dazzled by their own individuality themselves.
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I am really liking the Watson/Sherlock dynamic, their relationship has been the highlight of the show. The case of the week, while sometimes interesting, is mostly just there to enhance the characters and the sooner TPTB realize this (which the may already have) the better the show will be.

Yes, it is essential that Watson and Sherlock remain platonic. I dont know how realistic that is though, but if the TPTB find a way to not have them hook up I will be very impressed.

This show is slowly becoming one of my favorites. Thursday night on CBS from 8-11 is just great TV.
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I loved reading this review. It was like a well crafted but reasonably snarky theses for a Women's studies class. I say that fondly.
-I LOVED this episode, and basically the reason I'm enjoying Elementary so much is because I love Watson and Sherlock and their absolutely adorable, reluctant but genuine, platonic love for one another. They care about each other. They truly do, and they deliver it so well, because they do it in such a way that I don't even think about the possibility of them being anything more than friends. I LOVE that. because there really isn't enough platonic on TV. Most relationships male/ female always have at least the implications of unrequited love on one person's side, or clear sexual tension that suggests that just maybe they'd bang each other if they could. But they don't have any of this in Elementary and I love and respect that. Because platonic love between the opposite sex does exist! Dammit. and I'm with you, love out of genuine care and loyalty and dedication...that's my kinda love. I mean even moments where they could have implied it was something, like the whole boxing thing, and Watson accuses Sherlock of just wanting to see two chicks boxing, and he asks her if she really thinks she's "foxy" almost with incredulity. I mean typically it would have came off almost offensive that he doesn't see her in the slightest in that light, but damn if they don't pull off the perfect platonic vibe. That scene where he asks her to be his companion and partner, was probably one of my favorite scenes on the show so far, because it was him being so vulnerable and genuine and honest, and not once did it come off as anything remotely sexual. I think they've done a remarkable job at developing their relationship because it was so subtle and slowly paced that the season will be over in no time, and I'm just now seeing how co-dependent they've become on one another, and there is a genuine love and affection there. Solid friends. Plus there is the little issue of Joan becoming Sherlock's new addiction, because addicts don't stop being addicts they just transfer it to something that isn't as troubling, and I loved that Sherlock all but admitted that much. They've become one of my favorite platonic ships on TV. Sadly I only have a handful of them, because few seem to master that.
- I have family members that drag me to tons of crap, just because I'm too damn nice to say no, so yeah.
-Sure.
- It beats lying there watching your life flash before your eyes. I'd like to think I'd be a productive almost murder victim.
- YES! For all the reasons I mentioned before. I know this show has been criticized a great deal, but I for one, have found it to be delightful to watch as it progresses.
-It was great seeing some character development for Belle. Plus I was happy to see Malcom Goodwin because I still miss my Breakout Kings dammit!
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One platonic relationship I really like that hasn't "gone there" is Warehouse 13. The partners have a brother-sister vibe and no romantic chemistry. So refreshing.
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I definitely think Watson and Sherlock will never hook up. I've felt that way since the very first episode. They can't. Honestly, I couldn't pick up any romantic vibe so far. When Sherlock had that heartfelt conversation with her, it didn't seem to be any close to romantic, but like someone who usually has difficulty getting close to people or even admitting they need others - like a loner talking. As for Watson, she seemed to be embarrassed to be caught in the act of aspiring to be someone like Sherlock - maybe she felt she wasn't good enough or was afraid that Sherlock would have laughed at the idea.
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Agree completely with all of this! I love seeing Sherlock as someone who struggles with emotionally connecting with other people...that awkwardness at which he interacts with Watson when he's trying to express certain things like that. Love it.
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Yeah! I think awkwardness is a good word to define it. He's really intelligent but also a very complicated man - and she's able to simplify things at times.
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I think they pulled off the platonic vibe well. When I first started watching Elementary, I was spoiled by BBCs Sherlock, and very sceptical of Lucy Liu and wossname and their dynamic.

Now, I'm really enjoying it. :)

The funny thing is that there's actually a much stronger "romance"-vibe off of the BBC versions of Sherlock and Watson, while Elementary's co-stars manage to carry off the trials and tribulations of a growing friendship without, IMHO, a sexual/romantic vibe to it.

Kudos!

Cause I have to say, I can't help but ship Sherlock/Watson (both in the movie- and BBC-versions), but in Elementary, I'm a strictly Gen kind of girl. ;) (Meaning I prefer the generic/general, platonic storyline.)

And I liked the way they finally managed to move from sober-companion/lying sort-of-sober-companion to working partners without a ton of awkwardness and convoluted deceptions - just straight up "I know everything, what do you say we make it official?". :)

Good episode, mostly for the character interaction.

Also really liked Belle's "Thank you for not making me beg". ;)
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"... it's my fervent hope that they can continue to develop the unique Watson-and-Sherlock, platonically-in-love vibe that Robert Downey and Jude Law effortlessly channel."...lol you must have never met their shippers :D (both this and Sherlock`s main characters have shippers that don`t really care that these characters are supposed to be strait...if the 'love' chemistry is there, they go with it) so for Elementary i hope they give at least Watson an on and off boyfriend to give us a good enough reason, later on, why she doesn`t hook up with Sherlock.
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1. First we learned that Bell and Reyes are sleeping together. And later they announced that someone is framing Bell - my initial reaction was - "it's probably Reyes".

It's not deduction - it's watching 13 season of "L&O SVU" / 8 seasons of "Bones". When the writers suddenly show us a new character (often played by someone we know from other tv series) there is a good chance he / she is going to be the victim or the perpetrator. And since Bell was "the victim" of this episode the only role left for Reyes was "the perpetrator". So for me that was no surprise at all.

2. I'm glad Sherlock and Watson are officially partners now. However, I'm surprised it took Sherlock so much time to figure out Watson is not getting paid.

3. Watson throwing a basketball at Sherlock was a good revenge. He deserved that.

4. Which martial art is Watson going to study - kickboxing or kung-fu?

5. I don't think Sherlock and Watson are ever going to end up in one bed. I see their relationship as master and apprentice. Adding sex would ruin this.

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1. Yes, they should remain platonic. I explained it above.

2. Fortunately, that has never happened to me.

3. I got a cute teddy bear :)

4. I would probably try to call for help. Not to mention, writing in blood is just ewwww.

5. So am I!
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Definitely agree with you about the-character-played-by-an-actor-of-other-tv-series is usually the guilty one. My husband and I always call out: "it's him/her!" when we see a familiar face in another series. :-)
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OMG me too! I was just thinking that at the beginning of this series, haha its the same for The Mentalist which is quite similar to this series actually.
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They should follow canon and get Watson married ASAP, so that whatever romantic tension left between Holmes and Watson can be somewhat dismissed.

I like how its only the first season and we already have loads of back story for the characters already. For the past two episode, most of the cases has been really personal (last week involved Sherlock and his friend). I prefer these rather than some other homicide.

As for girl-guy relationship goes, gay guys and straight girls always seem to be portrayed as non-sexual friends. Its possible Sherlock is asexual, but this Sherlock (from the show) doesn't seem to be so, so nevermind. Regardless of sexuality though, I still believe that guys and girls can be 'just' friends.
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But if they do that, they wouldn't be living together, and part of the appeal of their partnership is all the crazy antics that go on in that house of theirs. I mean nothing is more hilarious than when Sherlock busts into her room early in the morning and plops on her bead talking about theories and she looks like she's ready to kill him. lol!

But have you noticed that even with the gay guy/ straight girl relationships they'll still find a way to toss in that the female somehow is in love with this gay guy but obviously can't have him because he's gay? Like, just off the top of my head, Glee for example...that has happened like a total of four times. Which is beyond irritating.
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I do not think that Watson and Sherlock's relationship should ever become romantic. It should be limited to close friendship or at most a sibling like relationship.

You know, Sherlock and Watsons relationship is similar to that of The Doctor and his companions on Doctor Who. When you had a companion like Rose or Martha who were in love with The Doctor, the romantic tension seemed to linger constantly and no one seemed to ever be comfortable. Now compare this to companions like Donna or Amy who were not in love with him and there was a striking difference. The Doctor and Donna were like siblings, chiding each other and calling each other out when needed, they had fun and worked together well. Amy was almost maternal and protective of the Doctor, even if it meant protecting him from himself.

Right now Sherlock and Watson have a relationship like The Doctor had with Amy and Donna. They annoy each other like siblings but are also very protective of each other. Like Amy, Watson is trying to protect Sherlock from his own darker urges. Now if you throw romance between them, it will change the dynamic. They will walk on eggshells around each other. Luckily, Sherlock seems to be like the 11th Doctor who is more logical and less romantic than the 10th Doctor who was more emotional.
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Actually Lily, they did show the open case file sitting on the edge of the table. Watson then commented that his file was 4 inches thick, and any number of people in there could have been responsible for the hit. Holmes denied this, saying that Marcus' brother felt safe and wasn't worried about retaliation from any of his past associates. I know it isn't much, but at that point I knew Watson has looked inside it and would come thru with some important evidence to solve the case.
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My two cents "This" Sherlock and Watson can not hook up. BUT the people they become through their friendship, after the accomplishment of much growth, and healing of the brokenness that at this time, defines them, could... we just haven't met those people yet! They are attracted to each other in the depth of their need and search for fulfillment. And by the way... Can you imagine them as parents .. LOL... funny and sweet...
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I refer you to 'When Harry Met Sally' for why men and women can never be friends. In Elementary, the writers have deliberately set up the possibility of a relationship by making it clear that Sherlock is both interested in sex and has been in love before, unlike many other asexual representations of Sherlock Holmes. Given that many married couples are best friends and companions as well as sexual partners - I think the writers will explore the idea eventually.
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"I refer you to 'When Harry Met Sally' for why men and women can never be friends."
You should probably add "on TV/in movies."
Otherwise, I refer you to real life (my own among many others) for why a man and a woman can be friends.
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"I refer you to 'When Harry Met Sally' for a funny and insightful explanation of why men and women can never be friends."

How's that?
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Still an overgeneralization with no data to back it up.
Men and women can be friends. The opposite, therefore, cannot be true.
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I did not read anything from the article. Ju8st the title, and i just write to say, I DISAGREE. And there is nothing you can do to stop them to hook up if they decide to, you like it or not.
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I wouldn't mind if they pulled the same story with ugly betty's finale. She and her boss were never in a romantic situation, even though they were the 2 lead characters of the show...In the final scene of the series finale, the show just suggested that they have romantic feelings for each other. I thought that was a nice way to do it and hope Elementary does something similar... No romantic staff between the two lead characters throughout the show...
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That ending really annoyed me. It was classic writing fail where you come up with sth there has been no indication of throughout years of shows. It's a no-no.
I have higher expectations from the writers of "Elementary".
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Agree! I haven't seen Ugly Betty, but if it needs to happen, I think leaving the possibility open at THE END of the show would be an interesting possibility. I like Elementary and other shows like Person of Interest for staying away of soapy plots while at the same time presenting interesting women leads, characters that evolve realistically, not as a fantasy of a masculine mind (no offense, please!, we also have our fantasies and they often involve some cliche representations of men! --uff, embarrassing :-). But if popular entertainment can open this door and provide some clever developments in characters and plots and keep off the "will they/won't they"kind of pathetic "suspense" I, for one, applaud ^_^
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^_^
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I'm delighted to see Malcolm Goodwin on screen again, he's a good actor. I totally agree with your opinion: No romance plz! But I believe if the writers know the show's going to get canceled, they will go the romance way. I loved the episode and this review. I'm glad this show's getting better and better.
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This show is better by the week. I almost gave up on it after a few episodes. I'm glad I didn't.
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This was an excellent episode. Great plot, funny scenes between Sherlock and Watson, a great twist at the end, (who would've guessed it was the crazy ex girlfriend, haha) and that fantastic moment when Sherlock asked Watson to be his partner. I loved that part. There was just so much emotion. I so thought he was gonna profess his undying love for Watson right then and there, that would've been sooooo perfect. Lol. As you can probably see, I'm all for Sherlock and Watson falling in love. It just needs to happen. :)
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Did anyone else start laughing uncontrollably when Sherlock was sitting next to Bradshaw's body?
I'm actually not fussed either way about Sherlock and Watson being involved romantically. I haven't once thought to myself oh will you two just hook up already, but if they were to do so I'd be ok with it.
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I sincerely hope they don't hook up for all the excellent reasons you have outlined. As for last night's episode, I especially liked when at the end she conked him with the ball or whatever it was and got payback! That was funny.
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JLM deserves an emmy or at least an emmy nod, even for that scene alone...his facial
expressions are top notch! His relationship with Watson and President Grant & Olivia Pope's from Scandal are some of the best ones on tv ever...and i'm talking Joey/Chandler status!
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Now if only Tim would read that to see how an actual review of a TV show should be done.

As far as Elementary goes, I still see them putting the pair together romantically somewhere down the line, Hollywood/the Networks just can't help themselves, it's like they think to themselves "We know we shouldn't but we just have to." Once that happens it's gameover for the show.
I was loving the "That could have been a knife" moments.
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The writers addressed that Sherlock and Holmes would never get together romantically in the first 5 minutes of the pilot episode. She walks in, and he makes a big speech about being in love with her the instant he saw her... and it turned out he was just reciting lines from a soap opera. That, in my opinion, was the writers way of saying "lets get the sexual tension out of the way first and establish that these guys will be buddies, not lovers."

Personally I hope the two have the same relationship Goren and Eams had in the first four seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. They cared about each other deeply, but their relationship was purely platonic and they never even hinted at it being anything else. Even in the "bad seasons" (seasons 6 through 9) when Goren was fired and DID kiss Eams, it was on her cheek instead of her lips. THAT'S how a male-female partnership works on a crime drama. Bones ALMOST kept it that way, until Emily Dachanel got pregnant and the writers decided "screw it, give her and Booth the happy ending now." In my opinion that ruined the show.
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"In my opinion that ruined the show."
That's just what we who are against it fear. It's a pretty common opinion.
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I think it would be difficult for a man and woman to remain plutonic if they remain single especially if they have a mutual respect and affection for eachother. Sherlock and Watson already admire eachother, have fun together, and are probably attracted to eachother (since they are both attractive people). If they live together, do everything together and are vulnerable with eachother it will be weird if it doesn't go there. From a woman's point of view - Sherlock is one impressive man and would be very hard to resist especially if he actively cares for me and tries to protect me. If they aren't going to go there then they will need to create some very compelling reasons.
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"platonic", not "plutonic". It's a reference to Plato, the philosopher, not to the Disney cartoon dog, 9th planet, or Greek god of the afterlife. Sherlock would smirk at such a mistake.
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And he would deservedly get another Basketball to the face for being so pompous as to spell check a simple mistake someone made on an internet message board.
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Worth it. But I'm betting it wasn't just a spelling error. It's more likely the poster just didn't know the significance of the word. If I were spell checking, I'd have focused instead on the use of "eachother" as a single word.
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That's a neglected space in between words, not a spelling error.
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It's part of the risks of playing Watson as a healthy young, single, heterosexual woman: the show needs to provide a damn good reason as to why on earth would she reject a willing, healthy and potentially compatible partner at this point in their lives.

Sober companionship did that for most part of this season, Holmes's fear of losing her can help things for awhile but, eventually the show is going to reach a point where it's simply illogical for two people, as compatible as Holmes & Watson are, not to be together.
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She isn't sexually attracted to him. Simple reason.
It's perfectly possible to recognize that a man is physically attractive, yet not be attracted to him yourself.
"it's simply illogical for two people, as compatible as Holmes & Watson are, not to be together"
People do not conduct relationships on pure hard logic outside of any romantic involvement.
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That's the thing: Joan doesn't play it like a woman who isn't interested, but a woman attracted to him mind, body and soul, the same as Sherlock appears to be attracted to her. Sexual desire is but a component on a much larger phenomenon called love.

It's perfectly possible for two people to fall in love with each other without the sexual componen, as it is for two people to fall in love with each other based solely on said sexual component. Problem for Joan and Sherlock, as characters, is that they need the three aspects - mind, body and soul - and those can only be found within each other.
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I don't understand why everyone wants Sherlock and Watson to be in love when their both men, but insist they must remain friends if a man and a woman. Personally, I see their relationship as Mulder/Scully: they will eventually fall in love, but not for a long time.
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I've been thinking about the Mulder/Scully relationship too. Chris Carter said that would never happen but it did. Right now the chemistry between Holmes and Watson is great and should continue as it is - maybe nice to see something more towards the end, once the writers know it is coming to an end.
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It reminds me as well of the "Remmington Steele - Laura Holt" relationship... anybody???
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i so hope they will!!!!!!!! but even if they do is gonna be in the last season or last episode, come on we want love and happiness (well I do)
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I sincerely hope they don't hook up or add muddy "relationships" into what promises to be an excellent show all around. They have a great cast and great characters. We don't need to bog it all down with a romance in there. The charming part of the relationship is how they work off each other, not how steamy the get in that brownstone. I hate it when shows get all romancy when the best part of the show is everything BUT the romance.
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I enjoyed reading your article, Lily, and I think you bring up a lot of interesting points to consider. I tend to subscribe to the "When Harry Met Sally Theory" of friendships between heterosexual men and women described below, however. At least, this is my experience - that there is always some element (however minute) of sexual tension between men and women in platonic and close friendships. It may never be acted upon - for various reason - but it exists nonetheless. I would argue that this sexual tension has nothing to do with gender roles in society or objectification of women - it's just part of the natural order. Men and women are mammals and subject to the same biological imperatives. For all our intellectual meeting of the minds, the chemistry of sexual attraction will still hum in the background and be amplified by feelings of affection. I am all for intelligent, strong and multi-dimensional female characters - Lucy Liu does an excellent job of portraying one, as did Gillian Anderson in the role of Agent Dana Scully (since the X Files has been brought up). I don't think we would necessarily lose anything if our beloved characters chose to, at some point, explore a physical relationship/expression of their meeting of the minds/hearts/spirits/etc. Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes are two very similar characters in this version - very similar personalities. Sherlock is brilliant and clearly feels things deeply - a terrible tragedy in his life drives him to an extreme, self-destructive behavior. Joan is similar in that she also possesses a powerful intellect and depth of feeling, so much so that when faced with a personal tragedy (the loss of a patient on her operating table) choses an extreme form of what some might construe as self-destructive behavior, throwing away a career in medicine that had taken years to construct. She chooses a path that gives her little joy as penance - she is roaming through her own 'oblivion,' devoid of passion when her path first crosses that of Sherlock's.
This latest episode was also very interesting to watch because of the way Joan behaved when Sherlock confronted her about the lie she told. In most other such exchanges up to this point in the series, Joan was the one displaying the greatest emotional intelligence - but, this time it was Sherlock shedding light on his friend's true feelings and motivations. He voiced what she was unable to admit, not only to him, but to herself. Such a fascinating exchange (Lucy Liu barely said a word and yet her face was able to express so much)! The writers of this show are brilliant! I, for one, will be happy to watch their relationship deepen in ANY fashion - but, I do agree with those who have said Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller have way too much chemistry to keep this relationship platonic forever.
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I totally agree they can never ever ever be a couple.
i think the writers should keep that platonic-in-love-maybe-almost-a-thing dinamic in their relationship. That spark is there in the originals and is very well sought out, for example, on the BBC series where Sherlock and Watson's bromance is usually seen as "romantic" in the eyes of others (specially Watson's soon to be ex-girlfriends and the press) and how much that bothers Watson becomes a constant joke through out the episodes.
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-100% Behind you Lily. Sherlock and Watson are a tag team of bro-ship. Long before bro-ship was a thing, Conan Doyle had it fleshed out fully and expertly. So Watson's a girl this time. So what? Family. There are more members to a family than 2, and only one special ever have those sexual moments. Brother-Sister here. Not future Mommy and Daddy. Please do not do that to me, writers!
-I work in a performing arts complex with 3 theaters. I've seen MUCH more community theatre than you have and that's a guarantee. Some of it's okay to pretty good. Most of it is not, nor is it even close. I steadfastly refuse to view a community theatre production which does not contain someone I am directly related to or who I am currently dating (those instances tend to leave you with no choice, you can't "already be busy" every day of the weekend for 3 weekends straight when your girlfriend is in the show) UNLESS I have heard from 4 or more people who do NOT have someone related to them nor who they are dating in the production who tell me that it is excellent and worth my time. Flat rule.
-No one did. Currently single. I went to the gym. Worked out. They tell me it's good for me.
-Darn right I would. Though I'd be better. I'd complete the case. Writing in blood doesn't have to be in 7 inch letters. Write small, and neatly. Give motive, indicate the weapon, any incidentals, and identify the culprit explicitly. Or you know, try not to die. Whichever.
-TOTALLY!!!!!!!!! I've been waiting for this since the show began! I stopped breathing during Sherlock's speech to Watson because I was afraid that if I breathed wrong he'd stop. Awesome.
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I believe Elementary's Shelock & Watson have way too much chemistry for a platonic affair. It would be a waste not to explore the possibility all things considered.
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Just do the ole' Mulder and Scully song and dance. But this time never have them get together. Save it for a series finale or made for TV reunion flick. Lol
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This show almost never ever ever ever shows you the pieces needed to solve the mystery. Most of the time they show Sherlock looking, hearing, smelling something that is off camera and they show what it was in a flashback later on (the tan line of a wedding band, not shaking hands underneath a door, marks on the roof, etc). Or Watson finds some piece of information and immediately explains how it solves everything (allergic to rice, foods that will cause kidney problems, etc).

I do agree Holmes and Watson should never ever ever ever hook up. I just don't think it would work. It's also not impossible, I mean Veronica Mars managed to have a female male best friend crime solving team that had no romantic feelings for each other.

I also actually found it pretty obvious who the killer would be. Not because there were any clues, but because I watch a lot of media and it just seems like one of the twists writers like. As soon as they introduced the cop I was 80% sure it would be her and once they mention the killer must have had a key to his place I had no doubt.

Over all I still really liked the episode. It had a lot of really funny and touching moments. I would like to leave you with two things though...

1. Holmes never actually gave back the drugs in Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs
2. "That could have been a knife"
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agreed agreed agreed
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