Season 1 Episode 11

Dirty Laundry

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 03, 2013 on CBS
out of 10
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    Elementary "Dirty Laundry" Review: Holmesland

    This week, Sherlock Holmes did something I truly didn’t expect: He smoked out a nest of Russian spies.

  • Episode Summary

    Sherlock and Joan are called to investigate the death of the general manager of a high-end Manhattan hotel after her body is found inside one of the hotel's washing machines. With Joan's time as his companion drawing to an end, Sherlock asks Joan to stay.

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    • Gray Filler

      24 hours after watching the episode I recall the opening murder reveal and the end twist, everything else was gray filler. A typical mid season episode where the writers have a start and end in mind and need to pad it out and find their main characters can't even be used for development padding.
    • The Americans.

      Yeah, so this episode was basically a rip off from The Americans, but executed in a less plausible way and with an annoyingly weak tie up (no, sherlocks final proof did actually not prove anything).

      While it could be considered a homage to the other show, it just reminded me what separates a superb show from something just barely average.
    • Great!

      This was a superb episode of Elementary with a deep storylien with a lot of different and unexpected layers. The plot was great and the sleeper agents were great! It all gelled together superbly!

      Interesting developemnts with Joan and Sherlock at the end there. I wonder what the future holds! I look forward to the next one!
    • Dirty Laundry

      Dirty Laundry what's another awesome episode of Elementary. I really enjoyed watching because the episode started off with a terrible find any hotels laundry facility which leads Sherlock and Joan to an interesting and very intriguing case. There was some good character development as Joan prepares Sherlock for her departure. It was crazy the true nature of what was really going on. I liked how everything played out and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • A Good Watch

      This was quite an engaging episode. It felt a bit forced when Carly confessed to believing she'd killed her mother, but it went along smoothly enough and allowed the show to push their "Watson solves everything" agenda. It wasn't a cut-and-dry case, but it was straight-forward enough that it wasn't confusing. There was a decent amount of screen-time for each of the big players involved and just overall was a good watch.

      The split between Holmes and Watson is inevitable next week; the moment of truth has come. If they nail bringing in Moriarty, Elementary might just be worthy of housing the character of Sherlock Holmes.moreless
    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

    Mark Moses

    Mark Moses

    Oliver Purcell

    Guest Star

    Melissa Farman

    Melissa Farman

    Carly Purcell

    Guest Star

    Jake Weber

    Jake Weber

    Geofrrey Silver

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Watson: How do you deal with cases not working out the way you want them to?
        Holmes: The only promise a puzzle makes is an answer. Liking the answer doesn't factor in. In our line of work it mustn't.

      • Holmes: After you complained about the state of the kitchen last night, I took a personal inventory. Assessed myself. I am excelling at recovery. Which tells me that you're only taking a grim view of my progress because you're annoyed that I'm doing so well.
        Watson: Right. I'm upset by your success, which is, by association, my success.

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