Season 2 Episode 9

On the Line

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


It's the NYPD versus Holmes and Watson when the two sleuths uncover a cold case serial killer.

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  • Nice episode...

    with a further view into the dark mind of Sherlock! From my pov no other series has a character-development like this, I like it more and more every episode.

    This episodes killer was a fantastic psychopath, not shown like in other series, where they are proud of their doing.

    (I amSorry, for my bad language)
  • Did you not hear what I said?

    Cool episode, The matter of fact conversation with the serial killer, the unapologetic rudeness and intolerance for incompetent cops was great given the stakes. Holmes reaching the limits of detective work when all avenues for surveillance and deduction have been taken away and becoming desperate. Although unlike the BBC show this does not address the fact that Sherlock Holmes can not always solve the case. Is it perhaps because the US has difficulty portraying a television crime solver that may be unsuccessful or fallible even. I applaud this show for not taking themes such as drug addiction lightly however this episode got probably the closest to showing a Holmes that was not omnipotent.moreless
  • Restrained

    This episode put Sherlock in a very different position than he is accustomed to being in and it was wonderful to see how he worked around it. However, it also hinted at a slide back to his former self in how he distanced Joan (too much of a not-bromance going on, so I'm completely okay with that). It means the character will run closer to that which he is based on, but for how long? As an modernized adaptation, Elementary is doing stunningly well. Good episode.moreless
  • review

    A great episode with a serial killer that put Holmes in a difficult position. Captain Gregson was right to defend all his people (consultants) at the end. I liked the plot with the kidnapping and the framing of the killer by one of his victims' sister. And yes, it's true Watson is really exceptional.
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

Troy Garity

Troy Garity

Lucas Bundsch

Guest Star

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Detective Gerry Coventry

Guest Star

Eric Sheffer Stevens

Eric Sheffer Stevens

Tim Spalding

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lucas: I like your place.
      Holmes: Walls are a bit thin. They'd never hold back our blood-curdling screams, but we call it home.

    • Watson: You're not the same person I met a year and a half ago. You're--
      Holmes: Good to you? Yeah. For the most part. I consider you to be... exceptional. So I make an exceptional effort to accommodate you. But you must accept that, for as long as you choose to be in my life, there will occasionally be fallout from my behavior. That must be a part of our understanding.
      Watson: No one can accept something like that forever.
      Holmes: To thine own self, Watson.

    • Gregson: Everybody? Listen up. It has come to my attention that there's some of you that aren't thrilled the way some things are done around here. Think I've given our consultants a little too much sway. Some friends of mine wanted to let me know before it was too late to right the ship. And I appreciate that. We've got a mission here. It's to protect this city and the citizens that live in it. You are all part of that effort every day. Most of you do yourselves and this department proud. And for that, I want to thank you. But if anybody has a problem with how I utilize all the tools at my disposal, be it Holmes and Watson or the coffee machine... there's the door.

    • Holmes: I've given further consideration to your rebuke regarding my capacity for niceness.
      Watson: I didn't mean it as a rebuke. I was trying to have a conversation.
      Holmes: Either way. You have a point. There is unquestionably a certain social utility to being polite. To maintaining an awareness of other people's sensitivities. To exhibiting all the traits that might commonly be grouped under the heading nice.
      Watson: I think you'll be surprised how easy it is to earn that designation.
      Holmes: No. I am not a nice man. It's important that you understand that. It's going to save you a great deal of time and effort. There is not a warmer, kinder me waiting to be coaxed out into the light. I am acerbic. I can be cruel. It's who I am. Right to the bottom. I'm neither proud of this, nor ashamed of it. It simply is. And in my work, my nature has been an advantage far more often than it has been a hindrance. I'm not gonna change.

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