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Season 2 Episode 6

An Unnatural Arrangement

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Homes and Watson get a look into Captain Gregson's private life when they investigate after masked men invade the Captain's home.

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  • myself

    doing good
  • Finally a classic Holmes shout-out!

    I laughed out loud when I realized that this episode was paying tribute to the famous Holmes bit about "the dog that did not bark", what a brilliant little touch :)
  • Very good!

    This was a terrific case that reveals some interesting information about a character that wasn't fully explored to this point.

    I do love the way tat the case started out as a home invasion and then turns into artefacts and excavations. That's really fascinating the way it happened.

    Overall, a very solid episode! Can't wait for more!
  • elementary

    Lucyliu is brilliant as Watson and Johnny lee Miller brilliant as sherlock there rock
  • During an investigation of a botched home invasion in Captain Gregson's home, Holmes and Watson get some insight into Gregson's personal life.

    "An Unnatural Arrangement" is the best episode of the season so far in my opinion. I usually don't care for episodes that dwell into the private lives of its characters, but I found this episode to be quite compelling. As I am sure all fans of "Elementary" know the show not only benefits from its terrific lead characters. The excellent supporting is another strong point. Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill are fantastic and both actors are perfectly cast. Seeing Gregson open up to Holmes was something I definitely did not see coming especially after the season one episode where Gregson decked Holmes. That's one of the great things about the show. You never know what's going to happen next. Another highpoint of this episode is something AriSky pointed out. Seeing how Holmes is adjusting in his relationships with Watson and Captain Gregson is a real treat. When the series began it was clear to see that Holmes was struggling with how to relate to and work with other people. I have very much enjoyed seeing Holmes learn how to adjust to the changing circumstances and how he has learned to adapt. The scene where he gives Watson a trunk containing all of his unsolved cases shows that. He obviously realized that solving Watson's case for her was clearly the wrong thing to do and tried to make amends. If you haven't already, make some time to see this excellent episode. You won't be disappointed.moreless
Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Dr. Joan Watson

Jon Michael Hill

Jon Michael Hill

Detective Marcus Bell

Aidan Quinn

Aidan Quinn

Captain Tobias Gregson

Talia Balsam

Talia Balsam

Cheryl Gregson

Guest Star

Sarah Wynter

Sarah Wynter

Beth Roney

Guest Star

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Detective Craig Basken

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Gregson: What I want... is to be with my wife.
      Cheryl: Now? After 28 years of missed dinners and weekends at the precinct?
      Gregson: Come on. When did I ever tell you I wanted to be anything but a cop?
      Cheryl: When did I tell you that I was always gonna be okay with that?

    • Holmes: Quite frankly, I'm surprised it's taken this long for the captain's marriage to buckle. He's an excellent detective.
      Watson: What does that have to do with it?
      Holmes: Well, as you know, detection is a calling, not a job. Hardly leaves one with time left over to sustain the elaborate ruse of marriage.
      Watson: Because, of course, you think marriage is an elaborate ruse.
      Holmes: There are other ways to describe it. An unnatural arrangement which forces its participants into an unhealthy monogamy. An accretion of petty fights and resentful compromises which, like Chinese water torture, slowly transforms both parties into howling, neurotic versions of their former selves.

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