Elementary "Dirty Laundry" Review: Holmesland

Elementary S01E11: "Dirty Laundry"


This week, Sherlock Holmes did something I truly didn’t expect: He smoked out a nest of Russian spies. Yes, after a hotel manager’s body was found looking quite well for the wear, her grieving widower was in the course of events revealed to be nothing less than a sleeper agent puppeted by a foreign land, his daughter a prospective Georgetown student who as a full U.S. citizen would possibly one day have access to the highest governmental agencies! Guys, what popular show does this kind of remind you of? Need a hint?

Holmes had the gall to walk in on this fire hazard and say, “It's homage to my methodology!” Um, so far this show has established Holmes’ methodology as being staring at safes and racing about people’s houses while punching holes in their belongings. This was a Carrie Matheson homage if ever I did see one and to that I say: I can’t fault your taste, writers. If you’re going to rip off another show, Homeland is as good, if not better, than any. However, as there was no way Lucy Liu, sworn stoic, was going to pony up the cry faces, they brought in a bobo Kristen Stewart to ugly-sob her way through the episode.

Ugh, throw her in the river. What a horrible character. She PUSHED HER MOM, KNOCKED HER OUT—believed she had KILLED HER MOTHER and then fled the scene without making sure her mom was okay. I don’t care if your mother just transformed into Natasha from “Boris and,” you need to get her into an ambulance bitch!

As awful as they wrote the daughter, even she was more believable than that paperdoll character they threw in as the dad. How utterly, utterly ridiculous was the idea that a Russian spy so dedicated to his mission that he spent decades in a sham marriage and coldly inseminated his fellow agent in the name of Mother Russia folded completely after a brief conversation with an FBI agent? What happened to cyanide pills in wristwatches and throwing down a puff of smoke and running out of the room and all that? I mean, if we’re going to go balls to the wall loony tunes spy logic, let’s do damn well do it right. I was not impressed at how quickly a lifetime of gathering intelligence for the Russkies turned into this guy being like, “Check it I’m a spy, let’s parlay” over a cup of coffee.

I was truthfully not thrilled that this week’s deduction leading to a nest of espionage. That’s a little big-picture for Holmes, it borders on being completely irrelevant, and um, that thumb drive he found because it weighed down a compact was the shittiest detail this show has ever incorporated. Guess how much this thing weighs?

I collect thumb drives and I have several I wear as jewelry. Even the one I have that holds a whopping 32GB I can still barely feel when I pick it up and it looks EXACTLY LIKE THAT DRIVE. These things weigh about as much as the zippers on the fly of your jeans. So for Holmes to pick up a compact and be like “Waaaaait a minute, this is .00000003 grams heavier than I would expect women’s makeup, which fluctuates wildly from brand to brand in terms of packaging, to weigh,” like, amongst a swirl of laughable clues, that one made me groan. You CLEARLY don’t buy Chanel makeup because you could drive a truck over that compact! (JK I do NOT use Chanel I paint my face with magic markers and then seal in the shine with a thin layer of mayonnaise. Seamless!!!!)

Altogether, while ripping off Homeland was really transparent and annoying, at least it was a distraction from this show’s refusal to get started. Holmes continually offered an apprenticeship to Watson, who was up to her eyeballs in this week’s case, and then in a SHOCKING TWIST she said at the end of the episode that next week would be their last one working together. Elementary, who do you think you’re fooling? Are you honestly trying to create suspense by suggesting the premise of the show may or may not happen? It’s the laziest, dumbest, most boring way imaginable to extend the season arc. Are you writers really that tapped for ideas that the best conflict you can think of is for Watson to drag out her decision on whether to assist Holmes? Like, shame on you. I am totally giving you that look Saul gave Carrie when she came on to him. What the f*ck do you think you’re doing?!


QUESTIONS:

1. SPIES?!!?

2. Did you like this week’s episode?

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I just wish, for once, that the russian spies would be the elders & grandparents they actually should have been for them to have been placed in the 80s (you know, back when there was a cold war).
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Soooooo nit-picky, jeez I enjoyed the episode. I'm glad I'm not a critic. I doubt if I would ever enjoy anything. Seeing that the world is a stinking slagheap!! Rose colored glasses baby its the only way to go...
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It's funny, I had a completely different reaction to this episode. Russian spies? AWESOME. Russian spies are just so... quaint. Old school cool. They do seem to be cropping up plot-wise a lot lately, but I do not mind.

This was one of the first mysteries I was fully, fully invested in. Again, see my thing for Russian spies. And I didn't think that daughter was so bad. For a 17 year old pill addict who found out her parents totally lied about everything ever, and then thought she killed her mom after a minor pushing accident, and then was recruited to be a spy against her own country, she handled it kind of well-ish.

As far as plot logic fails, ehhh whatever. Maybe I just have lowered expectations for a network show, but what I look for in Elementary is interesting characterizations by JLM and Lucy Liu and entertaining mysteries of the week. This episode killed with both!
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Speaking of the stupidity of the hidden flash drive, Sherlock was talking about hidden compartments and mentioned a piece of furniture with 25 "cachets". The word he meant, and which Sherlock would have certainly known had the writers not been IDIOTS, is "caches", which is pronounced "cashes". That one word slip killed the scene for me.
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One thing's for sure: Lucy Liu and Lee Miller have re-invented Watson and Holmes's chemistry in the best possible way.
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Apparently, I'm one of few who just like to watch TV for the sake of it being entertaining rather than dissect every stinkin' minute detail. Being that I love Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller and find their interactions on screen entirely entertaining, I have no issues with this episode.
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Very good comment buuuuut I have to say that I do agree with the reviewer about the flash drive and the whole weight issue.

I actually burst out laughing when he opened the compact to reveal the drive. It was that ridiculous.
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Ah! What a refreshing thing to read! And I very much agree. It's easy to like JLM in this role regardless of how realistic and believable the details are presented. And I was entertained throughout the show so - mission accomplished!
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I agree 100%! I am thoroughly entertained by the show and the actors. Nothing else matters.
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Okay, it was too big picture and there were holes (after being discovered, still did fake accents? kid never mentioned agreeing to become a spy, and why would she have anyway?) However, I think the big idea behind this one was that Watson is becoming a good investigator (the paper thing might've been a bit much, but STILL). I expect her to walk back to Sherlock eventually and say, "Partners or nothing." (Maybe after saving his butt.) Even he ended up giving her an "associate" offer by the end of the episode (Good music there, btw). I *am* still interested in that arc, because it will determine how they will see each other, it will establish a lot of Watson's character and motivation--we know why Sherlock does this, but it's *always* been about Watson, the regular person, whose fascination with these strange goings, is most important to make believable, even relatable. This won't be a dynamic like any other recreation of Sherlock Holmes, and I'm very glad about that. This show doesn't glorify or skip over Sherlock's flaws, and makes it clear he does want Watson around, plus Watson doesn't take crap from him. It's refreshing, new and refreshing.

So basically, if they can keep the plots tighter--like Child Predator--and pace the dynamic development, I'm still hooked. The stakes are climbing.

And please calm down!
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I do believe that the handler walked in after she pushed mom!! so calling an ambulance was no longer an option anyways!!
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About the episode: same as rest of the episodes. I'd love to see these two actors interacting in a different show, with different roles and different script. I still think that Watson being a woman is a mistake, and the show is still not doing anything to fix it (at least, give Watson something to do other than laundry and dishes). At least we know that soon we will have something changing and there is the excitement of wondering what would be? Moriarty? Irene? Something new? Maybe we are lucky and next season will stop stretching the sober companion situation and go into real Holmes-Watson stuff, and save us all from boredom.
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Irene Adler is dead!

Supposedly!
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supposedly being the key, of course :)
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As for the daughter leaving her mother there without checking to see if she's dead, or caring, didn't the show later explain that the spies' handler got to the daughter nearly immediately and tried to strongarm the girl, and HE took care of everything else? The daughter's story about her leaving the mother there turned out to be a lie. The handler tried to turn the daughter right then and there and said leave everything else to him or else the girl would be in big trouble.

But yes, international spies is either too big for Sherlock Holmes or at least needs to be handled with more depth and scope so as to merit such a huge plot. But I'm not sure what you would expect at this point. I want to like this show, I really do. But so far it's done next to NOTHING with the Sherlock Holmes character. They've got him running around doing the same things the regular police should be capable of doing (seriously, those "leads" he came up with this week is basic detective stuff) which not only makes the police department look insanely inept on this show, it does NOTHING to characterize the greatness and the prowess of deduction of Sherlock Holmes. In the last episode's review, I noted how the term "deduction" was being used wrongly on this show and several people seemed to agree. There is nothing right now to separate this show from any other procedural, they're just doing it with Sherlock Holmes' name. The writers are failing at writing a Sherlock Holmes show where the main character makes actual deductions that the regular police would never make.

Good GAWD I wish "Sherlock" did more than 3 eps per year.
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As I have seen in this site, there are about 4 types of commenters. The reviewer usually sets the tone of the comments - if the reviewer liked the episode, you get more comments of people that liked the episode (type 1, regular tv enthusiast). If not, then you get more comments of people that didn´t like it (type 2, regular detractors). Then there are always some of us that comment either way (LOL, type 3, you name them!) and, last but not least, type 4, those that comment totally upset and call everybody stupid because they didn´t think the same of the episode/show as they did. Hey, we will have to live with it :) I just think that type 4 is more likely to get a stomach ulcer, if you ask me LOL
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It's not a fan site, we don't come here to "spread the insert mashup name here love!", nor battle about which team is superior. That being said, in the TV land were Elementary is an adult show about a recovering addict, I don't see how Sherlock can keep Joan around without a set back. I really don't.

Apprenticeship sounds like a last minute manipulation to keep a sober companion, rather than the first step to autonomy Holmes should be doing right about now.
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Holmes has admitted on more than one occasion that Watson has helped his thought process and made significant breakthroughs on cases, so NO I do not see his wish for her to stay as anything to do with addiction recovery.

He has also shown, again in more than one episode, that he has his recovery well under control and simpkly doesn't "need" a sober companion.

Therefore, I see his problem as an inability to simply tell her that she is a valuable asset to him, certainly in terms of his sleuthing, if not personally.
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Those "admissions" reek of manipulation coming from an addict like him, Holmes is just stroking her ego to make her stay. Something that should work on original Watson, but NOT on sober companion Watson.

There's only one way for an addict to prove he/she has recovery under control and that is: to keep it under control all by himself/herself.
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in my opinion, that's just because we know original Sherlock apreciated original Watson and why, but here, really, what has Watson done other than standing his awful character and cleaning the dishes (oh, and the smoothies). Watson didn´t get a chance to do anything. She doesn´t write about Sherlock, she doesn´t really help with the cases, she doesn´t fight physically. We just have clues from the original story, and they make us live on that.
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why would she write about him?...and there is not much fighting in this show anyway...this show is different and it should be acknowledged as such. And Watson did help, almost every episode, with a clue or two, important ones (more than some other Watsons ever did). And she didn`t do the dishes...had she done them they wouldn`t have eaten spaghetti from mugs.
I don`t really care about Irene or Moriarty but I`m liking the show so I guess the key must be ust sitting back and watching what characters these actors are trying to portray exactly without trying to fit them in molds created from what we think Sherlock and Watson should be like...
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If they were going to create "new" characters, why call them Sherlock and Watson? Once they give it the name, it becomes a version, and it starts living on the original, when there is not enough material in the show to make the story work. And there isn't. You basically just like the actors, that's all.

We are clearly watching different shows and we have read different sherlocks' adventures, what can I say - let's enjoy each one our favourite versions - Every time I watch a tv show I lay back and watch - and guess what, I don´t like what I see. The actors are fine for me, and they gave the show a good set of visuals. The rest, it is pretty much all wrong, imo. And a great pity. It's just like they were short in the budget for writers.
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I don´t see it neither. And something else I don´t see: why would Holmes want Watson to stay at all? So that he doesn´t feel lonely? Or because he thinks that she is truly brilliant? It is out of character for him, any way I see it.
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I think Watson is right: Holmes has grown dependant. Not in a childish way, but in a recovering addict way....which not the way Watson and Holmes should function either.

In sum, they are not there yet. In order for their partnership to get there, Holmes needs to get there first.
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Wow, some people really should get a life, because if you had one, you wouldn't obsess so much about every last detail of a TV show. Just sit back, turn on your TV and enjoy it. If you don't like it, then don't watch it... but then what, right? What would you do with a pointless life other than watch TV all day and then complain about this and that. Effin' hell, what a bunch of idiots here.

BTW, I think it's a great show because JLM and Lucy Liu work just perfectly together, I just hope they keep on going for years to come.

Okay, my minute is up, that's enough time spent on writing stuff like this.

(See, stupid people, that's how it's done)
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You are right - this show has a stellar cast. And that to enjoy it one should not not worry about the details. On the other hand, the original Sherlock Holmes solved crimes through his unique ability to observe and evaluate details. Indeed, that's what made the stories so popular.

In any case, this show's writers are lucky to have fans like you.
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You really don't understand the point of this site, so what are you doing here?
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Russian spies are so 1994. But as ridiculous as some of the plots are, they add enough parlor murder mystery tricks to make you think it's smarter than it is, plus Johnny always knocks it out of the park.
Lily, I know you're fed up with the 'will they, won't they partner' plot line, but they're trying to give their future partnership a firmer foundation. Would a present day, professional woman working as a sober companion, volunteer to stay with her crazy client for no other reason than to be his apprentice? It's kind of insulting when you think about it. There has to be another reason for now, and then when they've grown to mean more than companion and client it will change... but I don't mind getting there.
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and yet, shows like this will continuem but shows like Breakout Kings, Caprica and Terminator The Sarah Conor Chronicles pulled away. Oh well, let see how long they keep this up.
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Yay! someone else who saw the brillance of Sarah Connor Chronicless!!!
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I loved it, the pace was slow at some episodes but the thrill and story linkup was amazing. I miss that.
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It was fun because it was soooo ridiculous. Wouldn't the Russian dad/spy have had at least a HINT of an accent? What mother would pressure her beloved daughter to spy?

And why didn't Holmes (and the police) do a closer examination of the mother's body to check whether the daughter had actually killed her? Heck, even I would have thought of that - I've seen it on other TV shows. Maybe Holmes needs to spend his evenings watching crime procedurals.
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They said, they would look a second time at the victim, but it had no use, because getting dumped into a running washing machine is good place to place a corpse... or so
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First of all - Lily, "Now color code them!" picture made me burst out laughing. Great work! I would love to see Claire Danes as guest star in Elementary. Make it happen CBS!

Questions:

1. Spies are the best. I love spy stories.
2. Yes, I did. I think it was one of the best episodes of Elementary. The story was interesting for once. Also Watson should learn there is no shame in eating spaghetti from a mug.
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Im surprised you didnt metion the new FX show The Americans cause i thought it ripped the plot more from that... i honestly didnt feel it took from Homeland at all. I personally love Homeland but im so tired of everyone pretending that it is the first time that plot has been played out on television or movies!!! Homeland didnt do it first! well i loved this episode.... Im excited for the Moriarty storyline!!!
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While most of this story didn't make sense, Daddy-spy folding so easy was not really part of it. He'd clearly been thinking about going to the US govt for a while now, even threatened his wife with it. The thing about dads, even hardened spy ones, is that they'd do anything for their little girls.
That being said, I did spend the latter half of the show waiting for it to turn out that the girl really did wanna be a spy & it was her mom who wanted out & got killed for it. Homeland would've at least hinted something like that in the last 5 minutes.
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I thought the exact same thing while I was watching this episode! I was like, "Okay, when is Kristen Stewart going to all crazy/evil indoctrinated Russian spy on us?" I really believed there was more to her character than some above average fake crying. (The real K-Stew couldn't fake cry like that to save her life.) I guess it's our fault for expecting Elementary to have even a modicum of Homeland's duplicitous flair.
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This weak episode you mean. This show is so annoying. This Sherlock I find very annoying and they are just making shit up for Sherlock to spew at people to make him look smart and interesting but in fact he's just stating the obvious. And emptying your gargabe bin indoors just to prove a point to Watson that a mess does not keep you from concentrating. No shit Sherlock, you were watching 7 screens simultaniously, naturally the garbage behind you is not going to distract you... Annoying!!! And what is Watson's role exactly. The offer of becoming Sherlock's assistent/housekeeper should have made her pack her bags or at least tell Sherlock to go f*#$ himself.

Also what role does the police have in this show, except being totally useless and blind to even the biggest clues.

The whole russian spy family posing as plain old americans is being done to death lately (NCIS LA and the upcoming The Americans). But this was done very poorly. The handler was a guy she worked with and regularly visited her house? The whole thing fell apart because the daughter wanted to go to a different college? Weak... very weak.

In my opinion this would have been a good case to at least involve Moriarty as the person she was cooperating with in the hooker department and was spying for...screw the russian spy-plot.

I keep hoping this show gets better and it keeps disapointing me every week. I know, stupid me for watching..
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Just a small thing; the thumb drive wasn't a thumb drive it was a wi-fi adpater....so might be heavier than the usual "thumb drive" :P If you are going to nit-pick!
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Good call.
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As much as I appreciated that the case wasn't about a run-of-the-mill homicide, I found the Russian spies sleeper agent a bit far-fetched. I did enjoy seeing the guy from Medium though. I wanted to see some Brit-to-Brit action, but sadly he was playing a supposedly Russian character. I'm hoping that Sherlock gets involved with more international cases though.
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I know this is going to sound weird, but the crazy Russian spy element to this episode made me really like it, and also hate it at the same time. I hated it because the Cold War is over, and we are no longer in a long term standoff with the Russians. So the concept of long term, embedded sleeper agents doesn't work anymore, especially ones that try and raise their American-born daughter to be a Russian spy as well. So far, Elementary has paraded around crazy methods for killing people that you wouldn't expect to see in real life (getting a guy through therapy sessions to want to kill your wife comes to mind), BUT they are all things that could possibly happen. They are unlikely as opposed to impossible. But this week we looked at RUSSIAN SLEEPER AGENTS. If there were Russian sleeper agents in this country left over from the Cold War, their spying days would either be over or very low key. They would not be still as busy as ever, and they would certainly not drag their high school daughter into the mix.

On the other hand, I think that this stupid crazy plot twist actually made the episode really fun and interesting. It's always great when a detective starts out with a seemingly small crime, and pushes and prods until he/she realizes that they're actually looking at the tip of a very large iceberg. And I think the spy angle actually worked well as a device, in that it allowed a lot of unconnected things to come together. For instance, the relationship between a spy and a handler is familiar to most people, but if you don't know that relationship exists between two people, then it could easily be dressed up to look like an affair. Also, the handler, who turned out to be the murderer, originally had what seemed to be an airtight alibi, as he was confirmed as having dinner with two friends who were completely unrelated to the case. And while I don't recall them every saying it in the episode, I'm pretty sure that couple was also a pair of spies that the killer was a handler for. Basically, the spy aspect of the case allowed for a lot of mysteries to be easily explained, in a cool way, in a short amount of time. But that still doesn't make it right.

If I were a writer for this show, I would have kept the sleeper agent angle, but I would have at least changed the nationality. I would have made them North Korean, Chinese, even making up a country would have been better than having them be Russian. Why did they have to be Russian? Is it because they didn't want to offend a country that actually is hostile enough toward us to plant sleeper agents? Even being really vague about their country of origin (having the FBI agent say "it's classified" would have been better. And why did it have to be invisible ink? Just because you have a character admit that it's ridiculous doesn't take away the fact that it's ridiculous.
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Really? Did you miss the news a couple years ago when they found a whole network of Russian spies living in the US? They had American kids and everything! 20 years after the Cold War ended! It was straight out of Salt. Russian spies are the best.
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First of all: yes, I was not aware of the Russian spy ring uncovered in 2010. So my bad, it turns out that there were sleeper agents working in our country as late as three years ago. However, after doing some research I found that, at the time the spies were being arrested three years ago, a lot of Intelligence experts (in the CIA and elsewhere) were wondering why Russia still had sleeper agents in the U.S. Partly this was because they weren't that useful at collecting information, and had barely gotten anything in the past 20 years. Also, when the spies were arrested, it was at a time when relations between Russia and the U.S. were very good, and both sides were forced to awkwardly say that finding these spies wouldn't damage relations between the two countries.

The idea at the time was that sleeper agents worked more on a financial level than anything. Quite a few of these sleeper agents were self supporting, some of them even making a lot of money, so it was pretty much an operation that paid for itself. And it was possible that one of these spies might become friends with someone very important in government, so there was potential for getting valuable information. However, they didn't get that much information, and mos of it apparently could have been retrieved (and probably was) without using espionage. And also, the main problem the Russian government faced with this problem is that most of their agents grew to like suburban life, and either didn't want to go back to Russian, or even considered themselves to be Americans.

Anyway, the reason I said in my comment that Russian spies living in the U.S. in this day and age, still spying and even trying to get their kids in on it, was ridiculous, is that it actually is ridiculous. Because even though there was a ring of Russian sleeper spies in the U.S. in 2010, intelligence experts thought it was ridiculous at the time, and many genuinely felt that such an operation was a waste of time.

So, first of all, that you for pointing out that Russian sleeper spies in 2010 was actually a thing, because it makes me happy to be alive. You're right, Russian spies are the best, and very classic, and it turns out that Elementary has based this episode on an actual true story. But I still maintain that this is a case where truth is stranger than fiction.
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I think that's why I love the idea of Russian sleeper spies. It's so quaint! Like, what era do they think they're in? Our countries are friendly-ish and we both have bigger fish to fry. What kind of intel are they gathering, like, the Speigelmans down the street have a dog and really like to recycle? They just seem so harmless and adorable. It's absolutely ridiculous, and surely very very rare, but it's sooo entertaining.
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Yeah, I completely agree with you. But it's still weird how in the episode they chose to deal with the ridiculousness of Russian sleeper spies by having Sherlock say: "I know it sounds ridiculous." At the time I thought this was the writers' way of acknowledging how unrealistic this story-line was. But since this actually kind of happened in real life, Sherlock should have just said so. He could have pointed out that it happened three years ago, and that would have lent some legitimacy to the plot.
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Thank you Lily for calling out the obvious plot thievery rampant in this episode, though we should also give the appropriate nod to FX's upcoming The Americans since the entire idea of sleeper Russian agents posing as the all American family was ripped off from that series (oh, but kudos to you, Elementary writers for getting there first obvious biting sarcasm), in addition to your entertaining allusions to Homeland.

To your question, no, I did not like this episode and frankly I am beginning to feel offended by what is becoming the obvious low opinion the writers have of us, the audience. I want to like this show, I truly, truly do. Lucy Liu is the total package and I could probably watch her clipping her toenails and be entertained (she'd do it with sassy attitude and awesome one-liners, wouldn't she?), and this is by far one of the best fitting roles I've seen of Jonny Lee Miller. However, the entire writing staff needs a serious reeducation in all things Sherlock Holmes and a good dose of corporal punishment for their prevailing attitudes of American audiences. I had hoped that "The Leviathan" was a turning point for this show and we would not be subjected to further wretchedness along the lines of "The Long Fuse", yet "Dirty Laundry" served to show me that my expectations for this series are far too high still. Eleven episodes into a series and the writers are pilfering plotlines from other popular shows? This does not bode well for Elementary and sadly is a clear signal to me that despite its immediate success this series is not long for this world. Someone at CBS needs to intervene with the pre-production staff posthaste or this show will end up anchoring Fridays alongside Blue Bloods and CSI:NY before it succumbs. CBS execs, a request: please loan some of the geniuses from Person of Interest to Elementary to save an interesting and entertaining concept before the writers and editing staff have dumbed it down to the point of unbearability, yours truly, a sincere fan.

I do not want to give up on this series, but time is a limited and valuable resource and with cable favorites like Justified, Shameless and Suits, just to name a few, returning with fresh seasons and episodes, not to mention Netflix's intriguing House of Cards series upcoming, Elementary needs to up the game by a factor of 100 to find a space in my schedule.
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I like this show but don't love it, find it kind of boring. It's the same as everything else I see on CBS. They try to make it come off as something new and extraordinary but it's just CSI: New York with a well known name taped to it. They really do make this so it appeals to our taste. Which is why I can still watch it. So it really is good ol' American tv cr*p. There is nothing in this episode that pops out for me. Trying to bring out the big guns but it's just replayed cliches.
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If the dad had suddenly started speaking with a Russian accent as soon as he was found out I would have laughed out loud. And not in a funny way.
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this episode reminded me about the new show coming out "The Americans"
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Jonny Lee Miller! Lucy Liu!
Plus that guy from Desperate Housewives!

I'd watch the first two watch paint dry. These two could pull 10M viewers for season 3 of Temptation Island. Just enjoy them.

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The # 1 new show of the season says a lot about who we are as a TV watching country. Oh please. This show really doesn't work and it never did.. We like crap I guess...
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Sherlock`s offer looked more like an insult than something genuine... apprenticeship with housekeeping? Yeah, I would have been pissed if she had accepted. Given the nature of their relationship (patient/sober companion) it would be detrimental for her to say that she did a bad job and Sherlock still needs her, even if she wanted to stay (and it might have been detrimental for him and the dynamic of their relationship too). I mean, I get it that people want to see them together as a team already, but given the delicate nature of their relationship, rushing it wouldn`t seem real.
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Don't I recall that in the end, Watson said that she took a new client. I think the pace of their relationship is not rushed. But then again, how are they going to make Watson and Sherlock stay together for another 10+ episodes. I personally think that Sherlock relapsing (its bound to happen) will be the thing that will cement Watson and Sherlock together.
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I completely agree, the offer was insulting and the ruse to fleece his father in order to fund this clandestine little apprenticeship added injury to Watson and therefore her accepting would have been in poor form, but I think, once again, the writers mangled another opportunity.

The Sherlock Holmes in this television universe obviously suffers from a shortcoming that afflicts too many otherwise intelligent adults - the inability to simply and unequivocally state one's desires. Granted, "Watson, I want you to stay on," would have opened him up to a vulnerability the character has resolutely avoided thus far and no doubt Watson would have questioned him incessantly to determine his motives (again, agreeing with you @protonefrid, a professionally responsible course of action on Watson's part, to avoid transference) but it would have been the most efficient and direct course and would have given him more time to make all her excuses for not staying seem idiotic, a far more Holmesian course of action IMO. Instead, the writers have him painting himself into a corner with Watson, which Holmes wouldn't do, and have made a plot arc with just enough juicy tension now overly dramatic, ridiculous and contrived.
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Nah, I think it's legit. But in his mind, if he's going to train her and impart his intellect and methodology... he should get some sort of compensation. Since he's kind of rich already then he might as well use her to pick up around the place (at least in his mind).

Plus, apprentices usually have to done some form of grunt work... though it's usually work related and not being the boss's slave.
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But apprentices usually are the one to request (beg for or need) the apprenticeship so it`s normal for them to pay for that request ... but here Watson wasn`t the one asking... Holmes offered and wanted her to be with him so why should she do grunt work for something she doesn`t particularly want?
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You know this show does majorly benefit from following one of the coolest shows on TV in POI and then one of the coolest themes...
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Not showing those little details you mentioned as being filmed but we never saw (coins, shaking hands) is classic Sherlock Holmes style... it's the same with the books... If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had mentioned that type of thing in the books, then readers would have arrived to the same conclusion as Sherlock. It's easier to deduct and make inferences when you are not kept in the dark about these details... still, it seemed a little farfetched to me... I was a little put off but the spy storyline...
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Well, on TV they make it way obvious. Because either the camera is zoomed in on "the thing" or it's centered quite nicely on "the thing"

Either it's a way for the writers/directors to say "See, we're playing by the rules... you have all the clues you need to solve it" or they're trying to make the audience feel smart by shoving the clues down our throats.

Law and Order, Monk, etc... most modern crime shows do this. Ummm, why did the detective/witness/etc say such a rare/odd phrase at that key moment? Why was the background in abnormal focus while someone in the background was doing something innocuous? etc.

This is ignoring Psych, which makes it obvious on purpose. But other shows do it without the Zoom/Highlight/Ding sound that Psych does.
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I was replying to CrazyAsian1080
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Here's the thing. Unless you are getting paid by the word, you can't put every little detail into a mystery novel and expect no one to get the connections. You also have to be extra careful how you phrase things in print. For example...

"The father stepped outside to great the police officers..."
vs.
"The father stepped from out under the door way to great the police officers..."

In print, the first example would be something anyone might do when greeting guests, but the latter focuses on how important stepping out from under the doorway is. On video both these things would look exactly the same.

Unless you are actually Holmes you won't notice a lot of the clues anyway. There are millions upon millions of product placements in televisions and movies, how many of them do you actually notice? Im not talking about things like when Holmes uses a Surface or when Bones talks about how amazing her car is. Im talking about the subtle things the flashes of a brand item that is never named, like the shirts Holme's wears. I bet sails for those shirts when up since Elementary started.
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THEY DID IT AGAIN. Here is how Holmes made his brilliant deduction that they were Russian spies.

1. The father stepped out to shake hands
2. They left coins on the table for luck

TO BAD WE DIDN"T GET TO SEE THESE THINGS. They obviously filmed these scenes because we saw them during the reveal but alas, we never saw them as they were actually happening. Granted, even if we had seen them maybe only .00000003% of us would have been able to figure it out, but just not showing these clues REALLY REALLY REALLY bugs me about this show.

That being said, The scene with Watson and Holmes trying to pick up an escort was pretty fun, and I still like the back and forth even though it is cheesy.

It should be interesting to see if they actually introduce Moriarty next week.
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I'm also curious why they're dragging out Watson's decision to stay. I mean, it's not like she's going anywhere.

Though, I COULD see it being "she's not sure" until something personal happens. With "The Big M" making an appearance, maybe something will happen to her that will make her want to stay with Holmes... if for no other reason than to take Moriarty down.
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It wasn't bad. It is still a serial crime drama and hasn't done much to further that.

And I wouldn't have gone Kristen Stewart because her mouth wasn't left open in every single scene. Nor was her hand on her head for no particular reason.

Overall though, I was happy with the episode. I think the only progress that has been made is Watson. I wonder how they are going to keep her around being that she is attempting to take another charge. But since M (Moriarty) is coming next episode. Played by Vinnie Jones whom I like, but is a horrible, utterly horrible choice for him. Maybe the stress of it all will make him relapse or almost relapse.
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Vinne Jones? Seriously? Wow, that is ridiculous. Love the guy, but that is some shit casting right there.
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Yup
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