Season 1 Episode 17

Possibility Two

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2013 on CBS
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  • Elementary "Possibility Two" Review: If I Had a Billion Dollars...

    ...I'd hire JLM and Lucy Liu to hang out with me in character full time.

  • Episode Summary

    A wealthy man comes to Sherlock saying his incurable illness was given to him on purpose. To teach Joan his tricks of the trade, Sherlock sends Joan to a suspicious dry cleaning establishment.

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    • Never trust a foreigner is the alternate title.

      I'm confused about the episode titles. They start out as twist spoilers (ha!) then they change to include a muddle of lines from or things in the episode when there's no twist. This appears to speak to a lack of overall quality control on the series, it feels slapped together from random scripts and it explains why Holmes and Watson bare little to no traits of their namesakes . Watson's medical training is almost never used) and we get massive disjoints from one episode to the next. Last episode Holmes complains of no income and here he is offered lots of cash and refuses it, how else was he going to make money?

      So the episode itself revolves around a man who believes he is being poisoned to be forgetful (something that has happened twice already in 17 episodes, again the writers don't seem to care about treading old ground and don't let Holmes acknowledge it).

      I'm writing this while watching it and 13mins in and we've met 2 people who work in the industry that could have poisoned the victim, both had lines so my bet it was the nice lady character rather than the stiff business man character who is guilty.

      15mins in and shes dead! So either guilty and/or a threat to the killer. Oh and Watson becomes a blood spatter analyst (yay medial training!.. sorta) but the time served cops have apparently never noticed the difference between pooled and sprayed blood?

      20mins and some filler about man-made molecules and jumpers?

      22mins Cop phones have no mute button and Bell is no longer grateful to Holmes for saving his neck.

      23mins new Holmes skill Pick-pocketing and because this is Elementary we don't get to see it happen, only get told about it.

      28mins so the jumpers were an initiative test?

      33mins and we have an unrecorded verbal confession of murder, made outside of oath, by a guy who has just been told that they have no hard evidence against him and not even a deal offered. 10 minutes too early for this to be the killer.

      39mins. Turns out to be someone we've never met, kudos writers that's how to write a clever ending.

      41mins are we supposed to think Watson is clever for having a cop actually getting the evidence? I'm confused as to how having Holmes send her somewhere pointlessly over n over and becoming suspicious of foreigners is clever.

      So the wrap up is that lots of people got sick and Holmes prevented more? maybe? I wasn't clear on that and he certainly didn't save anyone or reverse anyone's sickness. All he did otherwise was get the nice Asian lady killed. I guess that's why they ended abruptly without mentioning it.moreless
    • Great case!

      This was a great and really interesting case that took muany interesting and unexpected twists and turns. The storyline seemed a little fanciful at first, but after a few minutes it became really interesting and actually a very well executed crime show case.

      There were many clues and the case was multi-faceted with more than one bad guy, which is what I generally love to see, and the thing at the dry cleaner was funny.

      All up a terrific episode!moreless
    • Always another Possibility

      Clever and thoughtful writing. The show is entertaining, the clues are subtle and brilliant.
    • So happy together

      Imagine me and you, Holmes does. Joan thinks about it day and night, its only right. To think about a case they love and hold it tight. So happy together.

      In a rather uncommon honeymoon stage, the characters get to enjoy their newfound partnership, as well as each other's company, in a manner in which they have soon become accustomed. Watson can't stop smiling, Sherlock can't stop challenging her, they can't stop teasing one another: at the dry cleaner, at home or at the case of the week. For the time being, they have earned this simple, yet completely memorable, stage of bliss.moreless
    • Possibility Two

      Possibility Two was another brilliant and very entertaining episode of Elementary. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was awesome to see Holmes instructing Watson in the ways ofvbeing a genius detective. The story was intriguing and interesting. I liked how everything played out and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next! !!!!!!!!
    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

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • Watson: Why didn't you tell me when I came to you yesterday?
        Holmes: I wanted you to learn to trust your own instincts. Good detective knows that every task, every interaction, no matter how seemingly banal, has the potential to contain multitudes. I live my life alert to this possibility. I expect my colleagues to do the same.

      • Mr. Lydon: I sit before you a lucid man. Vital, I might say. I hold 18 patents and I can do 11 pull-ups at age 58.
        Holmes: And I own exactly 16 forks. I'm not entirely sure what we're supposed to be comparing.

      • Holmes: You mustn't allow your failure to discourage you.
        Watson: Didn't fail. Not discouraged.
        Holmes: You didn't solve the case, but you did notice the incongruity of the scuff marks. The next step is learning to extrapolate your way to the truth. Detection is not just a skill, Watson. It's a point of view. You must train yourself to be alert to the bizarre, the unusual, that which has no place in any given picture.

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