Season 2 Episode 2

Solve for X

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2013 on CBS
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Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a well-respected mathematician and look into the guarded equation he was trying to decipher. Watson is at a loss when a former patient's son asks her for a loan.

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  • Numb3rs meets Elementary

    When a mathematical formula that can virtually unlock any computer program in the world is close to being solved, it's 2 authors are shot to death. Add in a random mugger who happens to see one of the shootings, and a cunning killer who knows how to be in two places at once, and you've got a solid set-up for another case for Holmes & Watson. A bit twisty-turvy, and a tad tough to follow at times (it IS mathematical computations, after all), this was a solid ep.

    The B-story about Joan being asked for monetary help from the son of a former patient whose death was caused by Joan was okay but was the springboard for a great set-up for yet another evolution in Sherlock & Jane's relationship.

    Sherlock: I thought your plan was quite clever. You demonstrated your goodwill without allowing him to take further advantage. You know, I-I'd quite like to go with you next time. To the cemetery. The mistake that you made, it, uh... changed the course of your life. The man seems to have left quite an impression, as well. I'd just like to pay my respects.

    Sherlock continues to admire Jane more & more, and this was another example of that admiration...

    And the way that Jonny Lee Miller said the words "invisible ink" while he & Watson were at the morgue was too dang funny for words! At least to me... : )

    And am I the only one whose missing Clyde the Tortoise & Sherlock's bees? : )moreless
  • Pretty good.

    This was interesting with a pretty unique storyline revolving around the world of maths. The case was interesting, although I think that some parta of it were a little predictable. Nonetheless, I'm pretty impressed with the writing.

    Not too sure about the side storyline. It was interesting, but not entirely necessary.

    All up, I did like the episode a lot.
  • Education

    Wavering on the edge of moving past the bromance again, especially with that end scene between Sherlock and Joan. The case was of typical Elementary give-and-take and lead the viewer around. It was this person! It was that person! It's this person! No wait, it was actually that person, framing that person to look like they were framing her! It was fairly obvious when you're used to that dance. I don't think the crook that got shot in the beginning would have reacted like he did had he been faced with a man, so it pretty much gave it away. I'm still wondering where the bees and Clyde are, but I suppose they can wait for another episode while we get more character development. This is mostly acceptable.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

Jeremy Jordan (II)

Jeremy Jordan (II)

Joey Castoro

Guest Star

Lynn Collins

Lynn Collins

Tanya Barrett

Guest Star

Khalil Kain

Khalil Kain

Benny Charles

Guest Star

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    • Holmes: You know, I-I'd quite like to go with you next time. To the cemetery. Obviously, the mistake that you made, it, uh, changed the course of your life. The man seems to have left quite an impression, as well. I'd just like to pay my respects.
      Watson: I'd like that.

    • Holmes: You don't think it the least bit coincidental that both you and young Mr. Castoro decided to visit the cemetery the day after his father's birthday?
      Watson: Yes. Of course I do.
      Holmes: But you still want to give him the money.
      Watson: It's complicated. You don't know him.
      Holmes: I also know, as does he, that you blame yourself for the man's death.
      Watson: Because it was my fault.
      Holmes: It was an accident. And as loathe as I am to admit it, accidents happen. Joey's goodwill obviously means a great deal to you. But the fact that he has on more than one occasion attached a dollar figure reveals his character. Or at least it does to me. I'm an expert on poisons, Watson. I know virtually everything there is to know about them. But I've come to learn over the last few years that there is nothing on this planet quite so toxic as guilt.

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