Elementary "You Do It to Yourself" Review: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Elementary S01E09: "You Do It to Yourself"


A murder story in which the victim meticulously plans to kill himself to frame a mortal enemy is a concept I myself considered writing out as a story when I was eight or nine years old. While on second thought child-me dismissed the idea as being too gimmicky, Elementary had no such compunctions last night, treating us to the tale of a man who arranged to have himself offed by a hired gun via getting shot in both eyes. Well, it was nice window-dressing for the extended Microsoft commercial in the final act. I trust you all noticed the many uses of a Surface in this scene?

Microsoft, please contact TV.com for my address and send me a check immediately for promoting your gadget. Four figures would be fine. Also nothing makes my skin crawl quite like someone fully dressed sitting on a toilet, closed or open. The germs circling up their torso and down their legs like invisible vines, yeesh.

Watson was slightly more involved this week, providing Holmes with a healing witches’ brew like a good woman does for her man when he’s got a cold and exonerating an ex in Rikers with the zest for detail she’s picked up after a few weeks at Holmes' elbow.

This guy! In what world would sleek, smart Joan deign to acknowledge a man who talks like a '50s mobster and refers to her as Joanie? Also I have to say I did NOT like that Watson slept with an addict. Is Watson addicted to addicts? Can that be a romantic type? Also how annoying was it that once again, yes, Watson was pulled out of the action to attend to urgent girlie business. Actual dialogue:

Holmes: "Watson! We were afraid we’d lost you."

Watson: "Is it okay if I peel off to Rikers for a while?"

Me: "NO, NO IT'S NOT OKAY. YOU’RE A SOBER BUDDY WHOSE JOB IS TO BE BY THIS MAN’S SIDE. ALSO THE PREMISE OF THIS SHOW IS Y’ALL SOLVING CRIMES TOGETHER. DO NOT PEEL OFF ANYWHERE!

Neighbors: BONK BONK BONK! [Bonk sound of broom handle on wall]

Like come ON, Elementary.

For once at least the first person we met wasn’t guilty, she was only framed, and the TA and savagely beaten wife had a sweet little arc, going from "couple about to be charged with homicide" to newlyweds, thanks to a contrivance as bizarre as the NYPD’s intimation that there are LINES of people waiting to get into mah jong parlors.

You’ll excuse me if I associate mah jong almost exclusively with sweet little grandmothers and hipsters, but even in a recent case where an illegal Chinatown gambling house with pai gow, mah jong, and computer-based slots was raided by the NYPD (a situation which officers said was “not something that we see a lot of”), there were still only 11 people on the premises. That’s not even busy for Trader Joe’s, let alone the kind of scene where the business is forced to produce custom mah jong tiles so regulars can “skip the line.” But whatever.

What did I LIKE this episode? The bees shirt and Captain Gregson’s expression when Holmes was laying out the crime. Aidan Quinn looked like he was literally falling in love. “Oh, you beautiful deductive bastard,” Quinn’s baby blues said. And those were the two moments I liked this week.

I’m sorry! Revenge-suiciding is just so preposterously awful as a murder-mystery concept and for someone to exact that heinous of an end for themselves—to have their EYES shot out—like, even if they were angry at their super-rare eye cancer, NO ONE would do that. If he’d arranged to be smothered by a pile of tits, I might have given this murder concept more of a pass. But from start to finish this was a stretch, guys.

What did YOU think of it?


QUESTIONS:

1. What’s your favorite game of chance?

2. Dating addicts: exciting or soul-killing?

3. Has anyone ever killed themselves in a way that frames someone else?

4. Does Watson seriously need to get herself together and do her actual job of spending time with Holmes?

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Woah, I always back you up on your negative reviews, but I liked this episode. Felt like a definite step in the right direction! For one, I didn't know the answer to the mystery far in advance. I guess that actor isn't as famous as Lisa Edelstein. Also, just all the pacing and amount of time they spent on Joan bothering Sherlock, versus them bonding, was a huge improvement!

Oh, and as others have said, Watson said she dated the guy YEARS ago, when she was a resident (Doctor in training, obviously a loong time ago). He didn't start using drugs until after she started dating him.

Product placement also annoys me, but unfortunately, it's a thing now. I was honestly surprised to see a PC, though (I prefer PCs, actually, but I figured that pretentious Sherlock would have a pretentious Mac).

Haha, finally, sitting on the closed lid of a regularly cleaned toilet in your own home is perfectly sanitary. I mean, if you flush with the lid closed and don't rub your hands all over it. Honestly, probably cleaner than lots of places we sit. Toilets are cleaned at least weekly with chemical cleaning solutions, while park benches, etc, not so much.
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PS, the only product placement I've ever fully supported was Subway's on Chuck. I even liked it. :)
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Microsoft has been sponsoring alot of shows with their computer stuff lately, (the show Arrow being the most notable, along with another specific brand of computers). It annoys me, and I usually don't pay attention to product placements.

As for the plot. I've seen it, people planning their suicides to make them look like murder, in at least four episodes of various tv-shows, and as a plot or sub-plot in three books.
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A couple of points on the "review" above.

1) Mah Jong is played extensively by the Chinese and usually by manic gamblers, NOT old grannies!
2) I don't understand the issue people seem to be having with Microsoft's product placement on this show. After all, it makes a change to seeing the Apple logo on the lid of laptops "brilliantly" lit up on virtually avery show on TV these days. The "Touch" was onscreen for less than 35 seconds, about 1.3% of the total running time. Small beer by Apple standards.
3) Lucy Lui went out with the guy in Riker's BEFORE he became an addict, not after. (see around 31m:55s into the episode)
4) If you're going to commit suicide anyway, it makes perfect sense to take any "enemies" with you, if you can.
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The reviewer said she associates Mah jong with old grannies. So? I associate Mah jong with housewives. That doesn't mean other adults can't play Mah jong. It just means that to us, there are people in our minds that are more likely to play Mah jong than others. Just like in this episode, you had a man beat his "wife"; whereby, everyone knows that there exists women who beat their husbands as well, we just don't bother saying so. Don't point out the obvious just to argue a point.
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I assume you are too young to remember The Joy Luck Club (which I assume is why Sparks links Maj to old ladies). Maj is also not played only by the Chinese. That's like saying only Latinos play dominos or only white people play poker.

The thing people have with product placement is when it's done overtly. Honestly most shows have so much product placement it's actually ridiculous, but most of it is subtle. When it's something as blatant as LOOK AT THE MS SURFACE ISN"T IT FANCY people just have it out because it feels like they are trying to tell us what to by and people generally don't like being told what to do.

You do have to wonder why what's his name turned to drugs. I can't remember if they explained it, it was just we met int he ER and dated than he did drugs and I helped him which is why Im a companion now.

Yeah, I think it was well established the guy was one crazy sick illegitimate son of a person. And hey, why not right.

They also did it again this ep. Sherlock saw the cds which led him to realize the affair but WE NEVER SAW THE BURNT CDs until the reveal. That's honestly the worst thing about the show. Im not saying it has to be Psych/Sherlock obvious, but at least make it around The Mentalist, House or Monk obvious. AT LEAST SHOW THE EVIDENCE that helps Sherlock crack the case even if it's for 1/2 a second!!!
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Hi there,
I appreciate your sentiments but I think you'll find I never used the word "ONLY" in regard to the Chinese playing of Mah Jong!

I have no problem with product placement of any kind but this vitriol about MS and this particular episode just got on my threepennies (Cockney slang, look it up!).

Virtually evry show in which a laptop is used has an Apple logo burning bright on the lid and no-one bleats about that. Unless I'm missing something blatant, this is about the first MS product placement I've seen on a TV show.

I will heartily agree with you on the whole sudden reveal of evidence suddenly redirecting the balance of the show. It is really annoying not to be given the chance to solve the case before the reveal!

P.S. I never did watch The Joy Luck Club and at 60 years of age, I thank you for the "too young" comment.
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I didn't even notice that Windows tablet with Lucy Lui standing there in hot pink shorts!
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Agreed!
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In the podcasts they have talked sometimes about how to cover procedural shows. I think you (Lily Sparks) do a fine job analyzing the case of the week, pros and cons, believable or not, interesting or not, etc. And it doesn´t take that long. And there is place for humor. I have not much more to say about this because I find this show more and more boring each week. But I do have hopes that a second season would improve it (not so difficult). Hope.
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Watson said the drugs came later, so she wasn't sleeping with an addict. She was sleeping with a former patient (bad enough) who later became an addict. This doesn't strike me as a personality defect, it strikes me as a woman whose backstory is a little emo-tragic when her ex became a drughead.

I disagree on the idea that the roundabout suicide is a terrible story. I think it's a pretty interesting way to go. It's at least something different than "find out who else killed this person in this procedural of the week." I also disagree that nobody would ever do it in such a gruesome way. I think that's the entire point, and you missed it. The guy was deranged. Not to mention dying. And if you've never seen terminal disease drastically affect a person's thinking and behavior in real life, then trust me, it happens.

Other stuff I agree with. Get away, product placement! Microsoft is proud of their Surface, we get it. And: Quit trying to have your own spin-off, Watson! You're barely half a season into your first run here! It's time to hang out with Sherlock more and solve crimes together.
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Yea i was gonna comment on this show, but then I read yours and found that you basically said EXACTLY what I was thinking.. I have nothing to add :)
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I didn't mind the Surface placement much. I've seen plenty of shows do product placements MUCH worse, and at least with the tablets, I can believe or imagine characters actually using them. Thinking about it now, it might actually be a little odder seeing almost nobody on TV use tablets.

I wouldn't put it past some people to basically commit suicide and frame someone they dislike. I assume it happens, but very rarely -- if ever -- succeeds. I thought about the idea of that a long time ago... like if I ever got depressed enough to kill myself, could I think of a way to frame someone that I think should be in jail? I just figured I wouldn't be able to get away with it, so meh. Yes, even though I'd be dead, I wouldn't want to do something I thought pessimistically about, hehe.
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I liked how Watson solved her own case of the week without much of Sherlock help. For me, this was a step forward on their relationship, 'cause she gains Sherlock respect and (maybe) admiration, which I feel is important for a future relationship without the companionship in the middle. Also, she shared something personal about her past, ans Sherlock was a good friend and stayed with her while she waited for Liam to show up... it was much better than her usual share of complaining about Sherlock not sharing, not letting her in and so on...

People are saying how it was weird she gave him her mother special tea, I mean, if she wasn't a woman, I don't think you would be complaining... You live with someone, you see him sick, you used to be a doctor, you also happens to work for said someone and to be worried about his overall well-being, wouldn't you help the person gets better?? If it was male doing that, it would be okay?? I think you like to overreact about stuff...
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to repond to the question of Watson not doing her job. It's known that she needs to be available at all times and they can't be out of contact for more than two hours. That was mentioned in Rat Race where Watson goes to captain gregson telling him explicitly about her job. It might be interesting to have a check in interrupt Watson in a "romantic" moment. At the moment, they tolerate each other. We'll have to see where this goes from here
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OK I was all psyched to find out Watson was going to be a woman, and played by Lucy Freaking Liu (birth name) no less! But what is the point if she's just going to mother him all the time? That is not how real adult male/female platonic friendships work! They are just regular friends like regular real people! Urg fix this pronto, Elementary.

Also, it's been like 8 episodes but I still giggle every time Watson calls him Sherlock. I'm sorry, it just always sounds like she's calling him that sarcastically, like, "No shit Sherlock, this hooker was obviously murdered. You brilliant deductive genius you. NOT."
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Hahaha, it's true, when they say his name, I'm like, "Who?".
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Did you ever see Leave Her to Heaven with Gene Tierney? Woman is obsessively jealous of anyone her husband loves besides her, so she murders her husband's whiny little brother, her baby, and several other people, and when hubby busts her, she commits suicide making it look like he did it. And he goes to prison! A trash soaper classic. The premise was better done there than in last night's episode.
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Do people really get that bothered by the marketing in shows? I mean, yes, I noticed the microsoft thing, but he used a computer, they happened to show its a microsoft one, its not like he broke the 4th wall, mugged to the camera, and spouted off a commercial. Do people really get that annoyed everytime there's product placement in tv shows?

Ok, Chuck doing it with Subway was bad....but this, this was harmless and made sense within the story. No big deal
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Haha, that's funny, I commented below that I liked the product placement on Chuck. It added to the comedy, for me. That was the only product placement I've ever liked. The rest, I haven't minded so much so far, I just get nervous about where they'll push it to next. Product placement used to just be woven seamlessly into the shots, and now it's so obvious. What's the next level of invasiveness to the program?
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Ugh yes it was so foul. And then Watson was all 'go back to the previous page!' and it showed him doing that. We basically just paused for a 60 second commercial break there.
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Actually, less than 35 seconds. I timed it. I only wish there was as little of the Apply logo on shows.
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Once again, LAME case of the week. I quite literally only kept watching because for the first time Holmes wasn't a complete douchebag from start to finish and we are finally starting to see Holmes and Watson getting along.

The Windows/Microsoft shameless plug hurt like a knife. There is nothing worse than obvious product placement, at least shows like Fringe mange to do it without you even really noticing.

(Oh and side note Jonny Lee Miller goes from a 4 to a 9 in attractiveness when Holmes isn't being douche-y and is slightly vulnerable)
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"There is nothing worse than obvious product placement, at least shows like Fringe mange to do it without you even really noticing."
You're kidding. You must have missed the episode where Olivia stopped on the way to a case to charge her electric car.
That was like poking you in the eye: "See, she has an electric car!"

It didn't come naturally at all and didn't make any sense in the context. It was just simply a 1 minute pause in the show for publicity. Awful!

By contrast, I didn't notice Sherlock's tablet, because it was natural for him to use it and made sense in the scene (also, because those things don't interest me much).
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I guess product placement is subjective to viewers because Sherlock's 1 minute of Windows 8/Tablet use while sitting on a toilet wasn't very natural to me and made very little sense in the context...
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Did Microsoft buy plug space in every single show this month, or what? Is their crappy tablet going to be digitally inserted into Frosty tonight?
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Are you lot SO blind you don't notice the plethora of Apple logos on virtually every show. Microsoft will need to be on every show from here to NEXT Christmas to catch up!
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Yeah, I noticed it in quite a few shows lately, too. Microsoft is really pushing it.
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I was just thinking the same thing! Everywhere show I've watched lately has a "look I've got a Microsoft Surface" moment. It's past the point of annoying.
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I would do that. Because I am an asshole.

If I ever decided to kill myself, I have always thought that I would either do something exciting like rob a bank or set someone up to take the fall for my murder. It's the last thing you're ever going to do, so you should die in an interesting manner. Gun to the head, bottle of pills, too mundane. If that's all you can come up with, not only do you not deserve to live, you don't deserve to die.

And why not? It's not like they're going to get revenge on you for setting them up.
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Yeah but, if it turns out there's a hell you'd be occupying it's deepest circle forever and ever.

However, it could be a funny joke if like after a year or so your lawyer releases your letter saying 'JK guys, I was just havin a little fun!' Your incarcerated friend would probably just laugh it off!
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That really does add something, But make it ten years. There's something comedically freeing about not believing in hell.
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I'm quite sure Microsoft is trying to take over the world. Surface is everywhere now!
The sweet, red keyboard is very tempting - if I needed a tablet (thankfully, I don't) I would probably buy it - that's how weak I am.

I'm starting to think Joan was an addict too - sometimes an addict partner can lure you into the spiral. That would explain lot of things about her character.

For Joan's sake I hope she disinfects the toilet before each use. Otherwise she might end up with intimate infection.

Questions:

1. I always liked dice.
2. Definitely soul-killing.
3. I haven't heard about such case in rl.
4. As long as Holmes senior pays her, I don't see reason for concern.
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I would have believed it more if the 'shooting both eyes' was some Asian folk tradition. I thought that would have been more interesting. I agree, the case this week was a stretch, but I don't mind it given the many boring cases other procedural have.

As for the main complaint of the article, Watson did help solve the case by identifying the melanoma. And its clearly understandable that Watson 'peels' off once in a while. After all, she is preparing Sherlock for when her companionship expires, which was said in the previous episode. In a couple of episode, the show is going to deal with this, and I'm pretty sure Watson will continue to stay with Holmes even without a companionship contract.

And like many people have said. Watson meet her ex before he became an addict. She was the one who helped him when he became an addict which in turn made Watson go into the companionship business.
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Lily, I see where you're coming from about the whole ridiculousness of the murder plot this week. However, Holmes's thing is really solving ridiculous murders. I expect that there are hundreds of cases where Gregson doesn't even show up at the crime scene, and Holmes doesn't need to be brought in, because witnesses saw who did it and the killer is caught that same day. It's the weird ones that require Holmes's powers of deduction. Also, the writers didn't come up with the person setting up their own death to look like someone else murdered them, they got it from Conan Doyle. This episode is based on an actual Sherlock Holmes mystery where someone commits suicide to make it look like their enemy has killed them. So your beef with this episode's plot being ridiculous would appear to be with the original Sherlock Holmes series itself. And while I agree that it takes a really determined/crazy person to order a hit on themselves specifying that both their eyes be shot out, I enjoyed this episode more than last week's because at least the killer was smart. Even when Sherlock knew that the guy had killed himself, the dead guy almost got away with it. It it weren't for a paranoid sex offender, the case would never have been closed. So yeah, we need more killers as smart as this one, though hopefully they won't kill themselves anymore. Onto the questions:

1. I personally like games that are a mixture of skill and chance (like poker) because you can actually become good at those games. There's a scene in "The Deer Hunter" where one of the characters is playing Russian roulette, and a spectator says that he plays the game well. I think this is a stupid idea since Russian roulette is all about luck, and there's no way that you can become good at playing it. But when it comes to watching games of chance being played on tv and in movies, I actually enjoy Russian roulette the most because the stakes are obviously high and hopefully it will bring out good acting.

2. I've never done that but I would imagine it depends on what the addiction is. I think dating a meth addict would be very different to dating a sex addict. And as for dating a meth and sex addict, I don't even know what that would be like, interesting certainly.

3. I think the closest that comes to in reality is when people blame others in their suicide notes. Because if you're going to kill yourself, you may as well make the most of it and blame it on someone else being mean to you. That way you can feel like it's not your fault.I would think, though, that in all of history someone has at least attempted to make it look like someone else had killed them. Especially way back when, when it wasn't unusual for people to move away without telling anyone, then people would assume that someone had murdered them, and when the person came back to visit they would find that some poor innocent person had been executed for a murder that now clearly hadn't even happened.

4. My hope here is that in an upcoming episode they'll have different cases that turn out to be connected: like someone that Watson is hanging out with turns out to be the murderer in Holmes's case. That way their time apart in the last couple of episodes will have been worth it, as it was for us to take it for granted that their two cases would be unconnected. But no, the writers are probably thinking that they need to establish Watson as her own capable person before sending her back full-time with Holmes, which they've done more than enough, so they can stop now.
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what annoyed me the MOST about this episode is when they were watching the security footage where everyone but the victim was panicking, trying to get away or avoid being shot and yet he was calmly sitting there watching, stood up and let the gunman shoot him in the eyes! the only comment made on that was he froze! so i was completely unsurprised that he set it up himself but had to wait for almost the whole ep for them to work it out!
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Actually, it's pretty hard to see his expression in the footage, but in the beginning of the episode when we see a close-up of his face, he doesn't look calm. He looks scared. This is probably because 1. even if you plan your own death the way he did you're still getting someone else to kill you, which almost no one would be calm about and 2. he originally planed for it to happen the day after, so he wasn't prepared to die that night in that place, so for all his planning his death came as something of a surprise.
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"I asked for coffee."
"You asked for coffee, but you got tea."
"No, I am British and this is not tea."
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I love the Brit references in the show and wonder if the American audience bothers to look them up.

My particular fave is the "you can't spend six figures on slappers" from an earlier episode.
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They haven't said anything I would need to look up. Understand everything. . .
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A totally incredible awesome episode. They just seriously upped their game.
This show has always been well written and well acted BUT this episode is the best so far. I was thoroughly blown away and and the back story with Watson and the ex.....wow.
KUDOS
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Are you being totally sarcastic and funny or just plain and simple honest? I'm just curious, I really can't tell... ;)
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Just checked some of your reviews and it seems you don't like much of anything on TV. Some people actually DO enjoy the programs they watch and are entirely at liberty to "gush" all they want.

To be fair, I don't understand how said people can give consistant 10's all the time, as that leaves no "wiggle" room for when an outstanding episode comes along.
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I love a lot of shows, I just don't write about them. When they disappoint me I write reviews in order to show how bad they've become - because I know they can do better. Letting off steam, so to say.
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Hehe, I really couldn't tell either. I don't have a problem with being positive about this episode, but it seeming like the best thing ever makes me assume sarcasm.
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????? Sorry am not so smart . BUT I loved the show and the epi.
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You stick to your guns but prety please, don't give everything a 10, 'cause an episode that really blows you away won't be rateable as such.
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if the show is getting good please alert me as i gave up on this show and don't plan to watch it until someone convinces me to or gives me his or her word that the show improved and became atleast worth watching.
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Quite frankly, if you didn't like the earlier episodes, don't bother coming back to it.

This show is completely different to BBC's Sherlock and has to maintain a given standard over an extended run. Let's face it, Sherlock is only in three episode chunks, so they can throw everything into them but as a Brit., I get hacked off that the series ends just as I'm getting into it.

Like Sherlock, I was ready to hate this show but also like the BBC program, I actually do like the differences, especially the whole "OMG Watson is a girl" aspect.

Any show is "worth watching" if YOU are prepared to give it a chance!
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If you really didn't like the earlier episodes, I don't think you'd change your mind now. While I do think the show has gotten better, it's not significantly different or better enough to go from bad to good. Maybe mediocre to good... or bad to mediocre... that kind of thing. So if you thought it was bad, I think you'd now think it might be okay, but not good or great. It also depends on whether you actually like procedurals or not.
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It's... alright. It's not incredible, but it's better than some of the other US crime shows on the air at the moment. Though if you gave up already having watched it, then I probably wouldn't recommend getting back into it.

The BBC Sherlock still beats this hands down. And the cases in this version aren't THAT clever.

But I like this version of Holmes and Watson: their own little take on it (story/gender/acting) is interesting. Different than the BBC series and the recent RDJ films but still decent.
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Right there on your side, Lily. Big fan of Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller (and who doesn't enjoy some Aidan Quinn), but this is really starting to irk. Watson and Holmes should be a TEAM. I like the sober companion new take to set it up, but they should be building up the buddy relationship, and by this point, it just looks like the writers are all of a sudden going to decide that these two work together just because they need to rather than write them that way. Also, suicide framing is possibly one of the most unlikely sort of things ever. Especially given that they didn't even really go into why this guy would have wanted to frame them other than getting back at them for sleeping around on him. But then... that's the sort of thing you'd EXPECT if you were him... I mean, it's not like he was BEATING HIS WIFE or anything. Who WOULDN'T either search for the arms of another protector or find a way to protect themselves? I am not ready to give up yet, but Watson and Holmes belong together, and I'm just not seeing it. Also, ewww bathroom set-up.
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I really just feel the urge to slap Windows.
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I hope you have the same urge to slap Apple?
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Meh, with Apple it's usually just the logo strategically placed for us to see it. Or someone tappity-tapping on their iPhone/iPad/etc.

Here, it was a bit blatant. Like it was a mini-commercial showing off how it worked and the cool things it does. Close up and glamour shot of him setting up the stand. Using the thing. etc.

Or like in the TV series "Chuck"... they had their cool super-base Castle. Cool gadgets galore and hooked into the US military's network... and they're talking about their Miscrosoft Sky Drive to send important info around.

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I used to be "ok" with such BLATANT product plugs like that because it usually meant the episode was commercial-free or with limited-commercial-interruption. OR if we found out the show is in financial trouble and the ads are keeping it ALIVE (Eureka/deodorant, Chuck/Subway).

I don't mean the obvious plugs like holding a soda can in the right direction, but where they go out of their way to show or say the features of product X (Leverage/Hyundai, Warehouse13/Prius, 24/Buick).

It USED to be that you'd only see something so....OBVIOUS... was when either the show was near cancellation and this was keeping it afloat OR if it was a commercial replacement.

That tablet bit was a bit too far for my tastes. So was the Warehouse 13 bit but I digress.
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My understanding about Watson: was that either he wasn't an addict when they met or didn't know at first. Therefore, one COULD say that the introduction to addicts via her ex is what made her strong and so addiction-savvy in the first place.

I though in her conversation with Sherlock he asked if he was and she said "not at the beginning" or something like that.

That being said: this was also before she knew much about how addicts behaved and such... the relationship kind of became an "Addiction 101" college intro course.
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Plus, is it just me or did that sadistic deviant thing came totally out of nowhere? I was watching that bid and thinking 'Oh, come one!' Not to mention that a Chinese(or: insert any other illegal immigrant nationality) wife being held prisoner and tortured by the husband... this is becoming such a cliche!
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1. Hm. Bubble shooters. You need skills AND luck to get the bubbles of the right colour :P
2. Uhm, Sorry, Lily, but Watson clearly said that the Ex wasn't a druggie when they started seeing each other. She broke up with him, after she couldn't take his addiction any more.
3. Only on TV, I think.
4. Yeah, they really need to do something about their relationship. The get to know each other and the we get over our initial conflicts stages should be well and done with by now. I want them to be real nice cuddly friends, like, now!
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