Elementary "The Long Fuse" Review: Good Mystery! Now Quit Second-guessing Holmes and Pretending Watson's Gonna Leave

Elementary S01E08: "The Long Fuse"


A round of thunderous applause before we begin! Last night's Elementary gave us one of the better puzzles the show has put together so far, if not the best. Intricate without overwhelming detail, gruesome enough to give me a genuine chill, and plausible enough that I wasn't cackling by the conclusion. The only real problem was knowing who the bomber was as soon as the camera landed on her: Lisa Edelstein, you sexy minx, you looked like you'd run over from the old House soundstage on the Fox lot without bothering to change costumes. If only they'd thrown in a second possibility (it only takes two horses to make a race), but they had to shoehorn in the sponsor plot this week so we merely had to watch the clock wind down on the inevitable reveal that Whatserface Van Owen was not only a ho-turned-CEO but adept at making pipe bombs. And hanging dry wall!

Don't make this renaissance woman languish in jail, she's too useful! She should get a double-0 spy number and put these skills to work. I seriously do love Edelstein and it must have been fun to get to play a sexy villainess who even got to flirt with Jonny Lee Miller. (Although it was very rude of him to point out the answers to her crossword puzzle. Other people besides you can enjoy a challenge, Holmes! C'mon now.)

JLM was acting the spazz this week like no other, from conducting an elaborate hand dance in a room full of flat screens to shouting down a sponsor in a shiny coat and blue jeans. Some weeks he takes "addict" and translates it as "caffeinated" and this was one of those episodes. I particularly take issue with his tennis-bomb recreation on the roof of a building in NYC. I mean, he made a fertilizer-filled explosive knowing full well he hadn't smelled fertilizer at the crime scene, so I don't know what that was meant to achieve. Secondly, if we're assuming he still has a tower of bees up on that roof (and judging by where the bridge appeared on the horizon, in roughly the same area on that roof), this was nothing less than animal (insect?) cruelty. Not a bee buzzing, it seemed, up there on the roof where he was cheerfully chucking combustibles.

I did love that Holmes popped out the elevator button a suspected "eco-terrorist" had just pushed to get a fingerprint.That's the kind of no-nonsense, pragmatic police work I'd like to see in real life or at least from the NYPD as portrayed on this show, as they once again fell asleep at the wheel and steered the case toward disaster. Elmentary's NYPD only brought the bomb squad in for the day apparently and then they were like, "Ooph, better things to do, like sit around waiting for another bomb to happen!" and it was up to Holmes to analyze the pipe bomb materials. Curiously, Cap'n Gregson seemed dismissive and borderline annoyed at Holmes' thorough approach to dissecting the detritus.

Writers: You cannot have anyone second-guess Holmes anymore, at this point in the series. He hasn't failed once. He is a deductive Babe Ruth who single-handedly saved Gregson's career last episode. At no point should Gregson be winging because Holmes wants to come in early and do some extra credit because his men can't even recognizes a security deposit box key.

I'm afraid the biggest problem this week was again Watson. Not only is it annoying for the character to keep insisting she's going to leave Holmes in a matter of weeks (thereby dissolving the premise of the show), but she had several smug "Oh, you!" moments where she acted more like a slightly condescending girlfriend than a colleague. When they brought on a lady Watson, it didn't occur to me they were going to jettison the Holmes-Watson dynamic.

I know I make this complaint every week, but I'd like to believe that Watson is not in a hurry to leave Holmes, and isn't constantly trying to manipulate him to suit some behavioral script in her head (via security systems in flashy cars). I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd tune in every week to watch Lucy Liu watch paint dry, I love her so, but the writers keep twisting Watson out of the main action and problem-solving with regard to the mystery and pushing her into a dry little B-story rut, and it's hurting both arcs of each episode.

The mysteries suffer because not enough time can be dedicated to unraveling them (or to investigating multiple suspects), and the addiction story suffers becausezzzzzzz. Hopefully an introduction of Moriarty, maybe a not-so-dead Irene Adler will give us a larger season arc that can enliven one or both of the in-the-episode plots from week to week. Fingers crossed!


What did you think of the episode?


QUESTIONS:

1. So no bees on that roof, huh?

2. Why will Watson end up staying?

3. How many guys do you know who go by the name of Alfredo and are they chefs?

4. Should Gregson just give Holmes a badge and let him run the station?

5. Do you have any ho-turned-CEO success stories to share with the group?

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"When they brought on a lady Watson, it didn't occur to me they were going to jettison the Holmes-Watson dynamic."

This!! I don't like how they think they're being progressive or something, by choosing to have a female Watson, but then not allowing her to be Watson. She's snooping and mothering. I wanted a full-on male/female "bromance" (meaning loving and trusting each other without it ever turning sexual). You know, the whole point of Holmes and Watson! They've pretty much cast a female Watson, but then said, "oh, but now we have to change their relationship, 'cause men and women can't just non-sexually enjoy each other's company". Annoying!

I DO have a ho-turned-attorney success story to share with the group. Once upon a time, on the first episode of West Wing, Sam slept with her. Her name was Lisa Edelstein. I couldn't believe it when she was playing the exact same character on this. . . as you said, in her Dr. Cuddy costume!

When I saw her, of course I also knew she was the killer, though I had a (brief) moment of hope that she'd just be some sort of romantic (well, sexual) interest of Sherlock's, and maybe stay around for a few episodes. I thought, "Of course she can't be the killer, right? Because every single week the killer has been the ONE (or two, Angel of Death) extremely recognizable actor, and they're bound to break the streak sometime to try to trick us, right?" Well, not yet.

I'm still enjoying watching this, but only because I'm trying very hard to pretend that it is in no way related to Sherlock Holmes. When someone calls him Sherlock, it jars me from my pretense, and then I pretend that he's just named after the detective from the books. (Ok, it's not actually this elaborate in my head, just saying the show is more enjoyable if I don't try to compare it to all of the more faithful renditions of Sherlock Holmes.)
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I loved this episode! Sure some details may have been over looked but the story was fun and engaging! I hope the whole Watson leaving soon thing works it self out sooner than later!
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I'm not sure if I like the show yet. I like the use of deductive reasoning, but not the leaps it takes. In this episode, Holmes deduces the pager bomb was placed there at least 4 years ago because the logo on the battery changed 4 years ago. But these must have been some high tech prototype batteries to last 4 years instead of the normal 4 months (conservative guess).
Our villain kills a man and hides him behind the wall in the living room. Moves wall to up to account for body, must add studs, drywall, match the paint, clean up the mess, put everything back so wife does not notice. Too obvious to move the body, the neighbors won't notice a sexy brunette hauling drywall around. Truck parked out front of house, normal construction chaos. And the only evidence is crossword puzzle with her handwriting on it. I think I'll stick with the Mentalist.
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The Edelstein guest appearance (while obvious) was certainly a treat, especially considering how "House" was based on Holmes in the first place...
In regards to Moritary, I still believe that kid from the Balloon Man episode is going to weasel his way out of jail time and make a reappearance at some point having adopted a new name...
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I wish there were more funny conversations between the two main characters, instead of so much tries at serious talk. I actually don´t believe in Sherlock's character when he gets serious. Not so optimistic about this show as most people commenting here, I think.
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Lily, if you will email me your address, I found the bees, and I will send them to you in the mail.
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1. The bees have already served their purpose - give Holmes an interesting hobby in the pilot, which subsequently led Watson to discover Holmes' friendship with the groundskeeper at the rehab center.
2. Obvious reasons.
3. I know a couple of men who are named Alfredo. They are not chefs.
4. No. Aside from actual police training that he lacks, he doesn't have decent interpersonal skills to maintain good relationships with his underlings, other agencies, the media, etc. Plus Holmes would NOT want to run a station anyway.
5. I don't personally know a ho who has turned into a CEO, but anything is possible.
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iv'e posted this b/4...the police 2nd guessing would be irritating but for the fact every show does it from monk to mentalisr....we do love our genius slueths...and this is a show i hopw will be here for yrs to come. watching johnny lee miller act is alot of fun.
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Does anyone know what kind of car Alfredo pulled up in at the end of the episode? Deduction would tell us, since the show is sponsored by Ford, it was a concept or GT. Can anyone verify?
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Dude....did you not see the badge on the side of the car? It's a Ferrari, a F430 to be exact
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I did not see the badge. Thanks.
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Does anyone know the name of the song playing at the end of the episode 8?????
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"Calm the Storm" by Grafitti. I bought the album Colours right after the show.
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1. Deaf bees.
2. Holmes will start paying her.
3. 6. They are mobsters.
4. We'll see. Let him do a couple cases at once, see how well he delegates.
5. No, but I do have a crush on Lisa Edelstein, so I'm gonna choose to not take issue with that not being a thing that happens. On the other hand, ho turned successful writer is a thing that happens often enough.
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*whinging
Also, I think Watson will stay cause Sherlock has a mini relapse or something
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I was wondering who he could be winging. He does carry a gun, but I hadn't seen enough people in arm slings to support this winging theory.

This is a good idea, but it will be on purpose, to make his father put up the cash to keep her around. For some reason he likes her being around nagging him, but not having sex with him. I guess it is the closest he will ever get to marriage.
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I still don't know how these police people got a badge in the first place.
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I find it very strange that the writers seem to think that this form of relatonship between Holmes and Watson makes for the best TV. I mean - those two actors have so much potential of an interesting, funny and intelligent relation, and yet every episode they argue, banter and are generally pissed at each other.


Which in turn leaves us, the viewers, with a bad taste in our mouths, when we should be ecstatic about the fantastic intellect and deductioning capabilities of Sherlock, and the good-hearted, down-to-earth logic and loyal friendship of his companion. This IS Sherlock Holmes, after all, not just any TV detective with a broken marriage.


I say - if they so desperately need a dark and somber side to this show - let it be about the drugs, Moriarty or cooperation issues with the police department. And let us have the Holmes/Watson duo we know and love!
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i agree with you that a close friendship between Holmes and Watson is the most desirable in this show but they just met 8 episodes ago... for two people who couldn`t be more different from one another i would find it hard to believe that they could become best of friends in such a short time without some sort of a catalyst to help glue them together... i guess some earth shattering event will have take place and change the rules of their relationship and keep Watson where she is in the near future, but for now, to me, they are right where they are supposed to be.
Also...i think it would be unprofessional of Watson to throw out her rules and agenda and just become best friends with Holmes...after all it`s her job and main purpose in this show. i must be part of the minority but i like their relationship as it is.
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It's all down to the writing though really. I do understand where you're coming from but as a counter point to consider, the Holmes and Watson characters from the BBC version have only had 6 episodes in total, and their dynamic is intense!

I'm not trying to turn this into a competition between the two shows, I hate that kind of petty 'one up man ship' but in this case I believe it makes the point.
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If you can recognize actor from other series or movie he/she is probably the killer... This is ruin the show for me when I was getting to like it.
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Yeah it's like every episode of Law and Order. Spot the guest star and they are the killer. That's why watching shows like this can be so boring.
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The eco-terrorist was a recognizable guest star. He's on Episodes. He was a regular on Mad About You. He's guested on a bunch of stuff. Any other day and he's the bomber.
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I probably wasn's watching this episode attentively enough, so I didn't understand, who killed the guy in the wall. And how? If it was Edelstein, i can't imagine a woman killing somebody with a gun and then hiding the mummified body in the wall and then putting the wall back and coloring it and whatever. This is ridiculous. We may assume she was smart enough to build a bomb which didn't work, but making all of this stuff is absolutely impossible. Again, i might have not been watching carefully and thus didn't get. Can anybody please explain it to me?
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Holmes found out her father was a contractor so she must have learned how to do drywall from him.
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She seems to have learned quite much from her father :D That is a plausible explanation, but why was she not accused of murdering that guy in the wall in the end then? Again I may be wrong, but as far as i remember they accused her of two murders and these were the guys who died of explosion.
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She was accused of murdering him because he knew about her past. He was the original target of the bomb. When it didn't go off, she went to his house and shot him, then entombed him in the wall. She knew his wife was out of town and that he would be there alone.
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I seriously doubt it...
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So the writers should just ignore the fact established in the pilot that Watson's term of service with Holmes was for a set period because you don't find interesting? Note to self: Turn the channel if you see Lily Sparks' name as the writer or creator because she knows about drama. You want an overlapping arc, there it is in front of you: What will keep Holmes and Watson together? As for Gregson not questioning Holmes again, everyone standing back and just letting Holmes do his thing would be even duller than the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation or The Mentalist season 4. Is there something about the concept of conflict you don't understand or did they stop teaching that in high school English classes? If I have a problem with the show right now, it's that the "one crime leads to the resolution of one or two other unsolved crimes" is starting to feel as hackneyed as "Jim Rockford investigating an apparently innocuous case leading into a more serious murder case." I also didn't see the need to show the CGI explosion (any more than there was a need to show the killer shoot somebody in "One Way to Get Off"). The cold opening could have ended with the shot of the bomb in the air vent, and anybody but a moron could have picked up what happened from the rest of the show.
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I'm gonna sit this one out, but for form's sake, pretend I called you things and attacked all your points.
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What the writers shouldn't have done is make such a big deal out of Watson leaving. It's like when shows do episode previews showing the main character possibly dying. It's stupid because you know there is zero chance of it happening.
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Then there would be people complaining about the characters never being in danger or "Why doesn't the killer go after the heroes?" The journey is more important than the destination. If you're going to question why the police aren't better at solving crimes in a crime show centered on a consulting detective, you might as well ask how people in TV shows find parking spaces near the location they're going. There's a certain suspension of disbelief required on the part of the viewer.

P.S.: In my original post, I left out the object "it" before "interesting" and "nothing" after "knows" (for people who actually had to see the explosion to know a bomb had gone off).
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Why so rude?
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there is nothing rude about vicbjones comment, actually s/he pretty much sums up what I have tried to say last week.. Lily seems to be unable to accept Watson's role in "this" show, criticizing stuff that are totally acceptable and actually necessary for that character to do; and at the same time she expects other characters do things that are totally unacceptable on their parts (like the expecting the Captain not to question Holmes).. one may find this Watson to be dry, distant, didactic, whatsoever, but everything she does fits perfectly well to her role in Holmes' life..
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Agree with you review especially when it comes to Watson. And what game are the writers playing? Do they honestly think any viewer is worried Watson will actually leave? If anything they should of struck up a bromance in the first episode and be closer and all bro-y like Sherlock and Watson are. GOD IT'S ANNOYING. But yeah, agree that I could watch Lucy Liu do nothing and be entertained I adore her so much.
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No bees. :(
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The bees were operating the camera.
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First of all - Lily, thank you for encouraging me to watch Elementary. I red few of yours reviews and decided to give it a try - and I don't regret it. Sherlock and Joan are now my second favorite crime solving couple. (the first one being Jane and Maura from "Rizzoli & Isles")

It was great to see Lisa Edelstein again - I miss her so much! The best scene of the episode was without doubt when Sherlock was offering to sleep with her. It was hilarious and it reminded me of House. Good, old times.

This show is getting better with every episode.

Questions:

1. Maybe they got sick?
2. She will realize her life is better with Sherlock. Also she secretly loves to solve crimes - she just doesn't know about it yet.
3. None
4. He could give him a badge and fire all others policemen - after all they are only extras.
5. No, I don't.
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It reminds you of House cause that show was based on Sherlock Holmes. Think about it "Sure-locked Homes" Wilson - Watson, the crazy cases, House's excellent observations and the "solving the case look" he got at the end of each ep. I'm kinda disappointed they didn't make more of a big deal that Edelstein was in a previous Sherlock Holmes-style show before, I mean, HELLO, everyone is meta these days, its a thing, get on board CBS.
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Meta is for hipster doofuses who aren't nearly as clever as they think they are, who probably spawn from the same gene pool as viewers who can't seem to separate an actor from his more recognizable role. Besides, isn't 10:00 p.m. past their bedtime?
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I'm confused. Are you trying to offend someone?
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I've never made House - Holmes connection, but the more I think about it the more I'm convinced you got a point - good catch.

I miss House - Cuddy shenanigans. They should give Lisa Edelstein her own show.
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Fun fact: While the character of Greg House was based on Sherlock Holmes, and most incarnations of Holmes bear a lot of similarities to the vicodin-addicted doctor (rudeness and drug addiction), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his original Sherlock character on a real life doctor. So in effect, Greg House could be considered closer to the real origin of Sherlock Holmes (a doctor) than any of the story Sherlock Holmes (detectives).
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I fully endorse this.
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I don't know why I watch this show as it's fairly idiotic every week. There are lots of NYPDs portrayed on TV and this one is definitly the worst - Including all the corruption on Person of Interest. We need a case where an NYPD cop murders Holmes for being annoying and nobody cares - well, they care but they'll get over it...
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You might have just suggested a great story idea: ranking television's various NYPDs.
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Don't forget Mike & Molly...
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Oh, right, Chicago, my bad...
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I agree with Smidge; I'd love to see Alfredo be a recurring guest. I'm disappointed that the bees did not make an appearance, but still hold out hope they'll be brought up again - if for no other reason than to remove them. You can't just nix something like that and pretend it never happened.
I disagree that this week's case was anything special. It was dry and dragged on and I was ready to be done with it after the first instance of "this bomb was meant for someone else." I really just wanted those douchebags at the beginning to have someone out for them.
I think that Watson will, in fact, leave for a short while. Long enough for both of them to realize that their friendship extends beyond the recovering addict/sober companion relationship.
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Great review, agree 100%, specially with Watson being sidelined and the need of a bigger arc to keep things interesting

And with the police being absolutely useless and STILL second guessing Holmes after he's been always right.
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I would like it if she actually left for a few episodes, thus vilifying this week's dialogue, and then returns in an episode by a chance meeting at a crime scene, and after the case is solved she decides to stay with Holmes because life is more exciting with him.
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We all know Watson isn't moving on, but I will say that I loved the introduction of Alfredo. I hope that we get to see more of him.
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1. huh?

2. Why will Watson end up staying? - Once she's not his sober companion she can be his partner. They will need each other.

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4. Yes

5. The easiest answer - Kim Kardashian :)
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2. My theory is that she ends up coming back with some lame excuse cause she misses the thrill of resolving mysteries
3. I know a guy named Alfredo and he is no chef
4. Gregson is just not believable anymore! come on! I mean if the show hints that the guys upstairs are giving %$#5 because of sherlock it would be more believable
5. A friend of a friend knows a girl who used to work in a "cafe con piernas" (a cafe were you get your coffee served by a woman wearing short skirts and high heels) and now she is a lawyer (not really what you asked for xD)
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Maybe I missed a reason, but uh, if she was the one who planted the bomb, why didn't she remove it? The only reason I can think of is that she was afraid she'd set it off or something, but if she was smart enough to MAKE it I have to assume she'd know how to safely remove it from the vents.

That's basically the only real complaint I have of this episode. I like the potential new sponsor -- although we all know Watson isn't going anywhere. The reason? Uhhhh... I say Sherlock tells her he needs her... and she's surprised and moved by it and stays... or something like that.
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Van Horn planted the bomb to kill her blackmailer. When it didn't go off, she (1) didn't want to chance being caught retrieving it or (2) thought it would be risky to handle since it hadn't gone off like she planned.
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Loved the episode.

The only thing that i found unrealistic was the bomb. No battery will last 4 years, not even when it isn't hooked up to anything. The bomb would have exploded years ago because the pager would have 'notified' the user about the failing battery.
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Actually, not correct. A Lithium Polymer battery would easily have lasted 4 years with a micro power device like a pager on standby.

There is no reason to believe that a pager notifying the user about a low battery would trigger the bomb, either, as no "Call received" signal would be generated.
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That was my thought, but my specific issue was that the NYPD intel said the pager was prepaid and the Deli number was only a digit off. In a metro the size of NY telephone numbers are at a premium, constantly being recycled, therefore the pager would need to have been paid up and current all the way through present in order for the number to continue to be active. Furthermore, it is commonly known that numbers are sold to carriers and customers in blocks, so it is utterly improbable that the pager number (portable) would have only been off by a single digit from the Deli number (landline number) in the line number segment (final four); the plausible sequence for the misdial would have been in the exchange/prefix segment of the number (middle three).

Perhaps this is my error, but I believe a series with the premise based on an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, a master of deductive reasoning, should at least be smart enough not to write scripts with so many easily identified holes in it. Am I over analyzing it, being too critical? I feel disappointed.
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If this were "Generic Detective Procedural", then you'd be over-thinking it. However, because they've based it on Sherlock Holmes, the writing becomes extremely sophomoric.
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I totally agree with you and have been thinking that since the first episode. If this wasn't a Sherlock Holmes adaptation, it would be a lot easier to forgive this show's weaknesses. If they had made it a "Generic detective procedural" and sold it to audiences as "a cross between Monk and The Mentalist" I think I would enjoy it more; but because it is a Holmes adaptation I am always comparing it to Sherlock and the old Granada series with Jeremy Brett.
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Don't over think it. You're right but just let it go....
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While I agree that this week's puzzle was very intricate and yet realistic, I didn't like it as much as the other mysteries on the show so far. This is mostly due to the fact that the complexities of the crime happened because of random chance and an inept murderer.
Usually on this show, Holmes has to solve a case that has been cleverly snafu-ed by a brilliant killer to make it look like a. they couldn't possibly have done it b. it wasn't a murder or c. both. These have included a therapist who mind warped a man into killing the therapist's wife and a man who planted a dead body on a plane that he sabotaged so that it would crash. Such cunning results in a difficult case for Holmes to solve.

This week, however, the killer initially made a pipe bomb and planted it next to her target's desk, only to realize that she couldn't set it off. So naturally she made sure the company moved offices instead of just RETRIEVING THE BOMB HERSELF RATHER THAN LET A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONAL BOMB WAIT AROUND UNTIL IT COULD POSSIBLY BE SET OFF AND KILL SEVERAL PEOPLE! I don't remember in the episode if they gave a reason why she never retrieved and dismantled the bomb, but if they police could, then so could she. She could easily have come in at night, locked the doors, and got it back very much like the way she initially planted it. But no, she's like a very naughty squirrel. And it gets worse. Since her first murder attempt didn't work, she decided to do it the old fashioned way and killed her victim in his own home with a gun before HIDING HIS BODY IN THE WALL INSTEAD OF DISPOSING OF IT PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE ELSE! Seriously, for someone who knows how to make a bomb, she leaves a lot to chance when it comes to bodies decomposing, the possibility of remodeling, etc. Basically, this killer really really wanted to be the suspect in a cold case. So yeah, I liked this episode and the way the Holmes went about solving it, but this killer wasn't really up to par. She just had the right mixture of lucky/unlucky to get away with it for so long.

But what really annoyed me was that I was this (said while holding two fingers microscopically apart) close to getting a coke. Any writer in their right mind would have at least mentioned the presence of bees in that scene. I was almost literally holding my breath, just waiting for a glimpse of beehives, the sound of buzzing, a mention of the second letter of the alphabet, anything. But no, alas, it was not to be in this episode. Yep.
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Ah, I made my comment before I read yours. I see you also saw the oddity of why the bomb was left in the vents. I see no good reason why after she killed the guy she wouldn't just go and retrieve the bomb and diffuse it. She seemingly wasn't psychotic or a sociopath... I don't think she thought "Hey, if it blows up, who cares?" Only reason I can figure is that she thought it'd never blow up... and that if it was found by someone that it wouldn't be connected to her. But uh, both are dangerous chances to take considering she should know how to diffuse it.
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Yeah, the reason she never retrieved it is obviously that otherwise we wouldn't have an intricate mystery. This is one of those instances where writers create a complex situation that's really entertaining, but when you break it down there's something that just jumps out as a "WOW, this wouldn't have really happened, right?" Now, there may be some conceivable reason for why she never retrieved the bomb, but since they never mentioned it in the episode, it's more than likely that our guess is as good as, well, the writers. But since the complex mystery was entertaining, it makes up for one logical conundrum.
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Tip for the both of you. When you light a firework and it doesn't go off, DO NOT RETRIEVE IT. Nothing more dangerous than a bomb with a faulty detonator. You never know if it is going to go off the second you touch it. She did the only safe thing. I actually can't think of a smart thing to do in this situation. All the options are bad. Retrieve it? No. Leave it? No. Call the bomb squad? No.
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Yeah, the are several things that could have gone wrong with the bomb that would have made it not go off when it was supposed to. However, the actual reason it didn't go off had to do with there being no adequate cell tower service to send the signal from a phone to the pager. Now, if I were planning on setting off a bomb in my own company, then I would want to test everything properly first. This would include putting a pager (this would be after hours obviously) where I planned on putting the bomb, and calling it to see if it would receive the call. I would also create a "dummy" bomb without explosive to make sure that the circuitry worked as well. However, the killer in this episode did neither of these things. The main point I was trying to make in my original comment was that usually Sherlock has to take down very clever and devious killers. However, in this episode the killer was a perfect mixture of lucky/unlucky to make it so they bungled up the murder, but were protected enough until the end of the episode. The only "clever" thing the killer did, really, was frame an eco-terrorist group that had threatened the company previously. But they were even close to being up to par with the majority of villains we have seen this season.
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You're assuming you know why it didn't go off. That's a stupid assumption. If it didn't go off when it should, it very well might go off when it shouldn't. The source of the current you speak of is the battery. If your circuit was correct, your statement would be correct, but since it didn't go off when it was supposed to, your circuit was obviously not correct. Never had an electronic device go on or off when you picked it up? Maybe it got wet and that's what stopped the detonation. Maybe when you pick it up the water moves and closes the circuit. Absolutely anything could be wrong. The firework is actually safer because after a number of days and some rain you can be reasonably sure there are no embers inside.
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Sorry, the two things are NOT the same.

You light a firework and thereafter have no control over the combustion of the fuze.

An electronic detonator uses a simple current pulse and having misfired, there is no longer any danger of the detonator being fired, since there are no longer any current pulses.

There is no intrinsic danger involved in removing or handling such a device.
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Yeah, there are definitely smart ways to get rid of bodies and I'm pretty sure that's not on the list.
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I see your point. While I still think that in four years she could have come up with a solution, I'm not saying that retrieving a bomb that hasn't gone off is an easy matter. However, can we all agree that hiding a the body of a man in a wall in his own house isn't the best way to get rid of a body?
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The episode was better the all of the previous ones. But the bar isn't that high. However being a serial drama, as soon as we see Miss Edelstein you realize she is the culprit.

1. I didn't see any.
2. For some yet to be poorly written reason.
3.I know quite a few, but I lived in Italy for a year.
4. Considering the ineptitude of this NYPD he might as well.
5. My Thesis advisor put her self through University being a high priced escort. Does that count.
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Your avatar reminds me of what a huge mistake I just made. While I didn't think Elementary was the greatest show ever, it did manage to be good enough to become one of the few shows I spend my time watching on a weekly basis. Over Thanksgiving I took some time on Netflix to rewatch s1 of Sherlock, which I hadn't seen in about two years and didn't remember very well. I also watched s2 while I was at it. So soon after having watched it, it is nearly painful how inferior Elementary is compared to it, and while I try extremely hard to weigh things on their own merits and not compare them to other things, it's hard for me not to compare one to the other, because.....well....same characters and all. And it's not that I don't like Johnny Lee Miller (or Lucy Liu) because I do. It's just that, for whatever reason, I'm a British TV snob and most well-done British TV shows I will like much better than well-done American TV shows. Gonna take a few weeks to get Sherlock out of my system and then hopefully I can get back to appreciating Elementary for what is it.
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My brother actually works for a chef named Alfredo
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