Season 1 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 14, 2013 on CBS
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    Elementary "Details" Review: Why Watson and Sherlock Can Never Hook Up

    "Details" stayed just this side of making Sherlock's offer of an apprenticeship romantic, and it's my fervent hope that they can continue to develop the unique Watson-and-Sherlock, platonically-in-love vibe.

  • Episode Summary

    When Detective Bell is attacked while off duty, Sherlock finds the case isn't so obvious as it first appeared after the suspect is found dead. Sherlock pushes Joan to learn self-defense.

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    • The irony of the title

      Another dumb opening scene that was entirely transparent and lacked any drama. It seems Holmes has decided to become a jerk to everyone in this episode. Well it beats having to write clever things for him to say and do.

      Things were learned:

      Sherlock is an a-social jerk (for this case anyway) and Watson a blissful boob.

      NYPD cops have no street smarts or driving training.

      There are more than 2 cops in NYC and one is even female and can talk! I wonder if she is an important character in this episode?

      Bell is short.

      You test reflexes by throwing stuff at peoples backs randomly.

      Psychiatrists now state life advice rather than helping the clients work out what they want.. when Watson remembers to visit hers anyways, for a 90 second scene.

      Can cops can arrest people with gun licences for possibly discharging weapons?

      Cops, when cornered like to betray their guilt visibly on their faces in-front of other cops.

      Also they like to verbally admit to their guilt without lawyers present nor plead the 5th and this is all done while not under arrest.

      A clever way to write and ending is to reveal lots of info the viewer has never been party too.

      Sherlock appears to lack the reflexes he was supposed to be passing on to Watson.

      I hoped that making a list of good n bad might make the episode more fun to watch, prolly the wrong episode to have done that with.

    • Great!

      After missing the last couple of episodes, I really got back into the show tonight with a superb episode! Now I want to go back and watch the ones I missed, because this one was really good!

      Nice to see the development of another main character and lots of interesting scenes in the case. I thought it was very interesting overall, and the case took many twists and turns that were really intriguing and unpredictable.

      A superb episode that shows what Elementary is capable of!moreless
    • Details

      Details was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Elementary. I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome and well written. There was lots of character growth and plot development along with drama and intrigue. I liked how everything played out snd I look forward to watching what happens next! !!!!!!!!
    • If you ever wonder how Sherlock and Watson celebrate Valentine's Day...

      there's a confession, a proposal and a statement same as any other couple, with a single detail that makes them different from the rest, but it's not the self-defense lessons as much as plain honesty. The truth is that Sherlock IS concerned about her safety, he is worried that she might turn him down, and he has no idea why she has that effect on him, but he's grateful for it. Not because it makes him a better person or sharper at his job, but because it makes her a true companion, a partner, a mate. A consort of the mind as well as the spirit, the better half he didn't know he needed until he found her, a relationship that rings all the more romantic because it's not.

      Joan and Holmes celebrate Valentine's Day by becoming Holmes and Watson.moreless
    • Best episode so far...

      Thoroughly enjoying this series and for me, this was the best episode yet. Great storyline and a fantastic ending where the truth about Watson's employment finally came out,

      Great stuff.
    Jonny Lee Miller

    Jonny Lee Miller

    Sherlock Holmes

    Lucy Liu

    Lucy Liu

    Dr. Joan Watson

    Aidan Quinn

    Aidan Quinn

    Captain Tobias Gregson

    Jon Michael Hill

    Jon Michael Hill

    Detective Marcus Bell

    Paula Garcés

    Paula Garcés

    Officer Paula Reyes

    Guest Star

    Malcolm Goodwin

    Malcolm Goodwin

    Andre Bell

    Guest Star

    Anwan Glover

    Anwan Glover

    Curtis Bradshaw

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Holmes: (asks Watson to be his partner) See, this is an important decision, and I encourage you to discuss it with others. Explain what you have been to me and what I believe you can be to me. Hmm. Partner. And lest you think that this is an act of, uh, charity, a gift from a grateful client, let me assure you, it is not. I am... better with you, Watson. Um, I'm sharper, I'm more focused. Difficult to say why, exactly. Perhaps, in time, I'll solve that, as well.

      • Holmes: It's funny detective. The second I heard about the attempt on your life, I dove into your case history. I though it'd be only a matter of time before the culprit's identity presented itself. I was wrong. You've done excellent work over the years. Made a lot of enemies. There's no shortage of people who would like to see you dead.
        Bell: You say it like it's a good thing.
        Holmes: Well, there is, in my humble opinion, no greater compliment an investigator can receive. Speaks to the quality of your work.

      • Watson: (after Sherlock's fake attack she falls over and realizes the attacker is Sherlock) What is your damage?
        Holmes: Look, given that you were held at gunpoint in this very room little over a week ago, I thought, perhaps, a test of your ability to defend yourself was in order. It was. You have much to learn about the art of self-preservation.
        Watson: Okay, if you ever do that again, I swear--
        Holmes: You'll what? Fall over again?

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