Season 2 Episode 1

Step Nine

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2013 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Holmes and Watson head to London for an unsolved mystery investigation and to look up his former mentor, Gareth Lestrade. Sherlock joins up with his estranged brother, Mycroft, who discloses some secrets.

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  • Sherlock remains free to kill again.

    So season 2 kicks off with Sean Pertwee! Dear lord some top notch acting and a serious tone wonderful.

    Cut to goofy music, Sherlock again breaking a case in the most nonsensical way possible: no one notices a man grabbing pigeons in a public park, or the note on it's leg (mainly due to the production team not bothering to put one on it) and then Watson assaults a man in front of everyone but is totally ignored. So how does that break the case? No evidence, no confession just a man in custody... but this is Elementary so Holmes doesn't have to make a case or prove anything.

    So the duo head to the UK as part of a manhunt.. well no they are the manhunt.. why? Whats worse is Sherlock finds him the same morning in his local.

    Now, with the teams careful eye for detail, Holmes returns to a street and 221b that looks nothing like the actual 221b (guess they wanted to avoid accusations of accuracy and the associated rights)

    Now the worst crime of all: Mycroft appears and, while explaining away his size, he is apparently now Sherlock's inferior. How childish can you get.

    It appears that since last season Miller has given up all pretense at good acting and has gone as hammy as a yank doing a British accent as if this is a deliberate farce.

    In the dumbest lines in a Holmes drama ever he suggests a to a 'victim' he might want to call in the police for protection.. when it's a policeman he is being hunted by and he has to tell that to Holmes. Seriously!

    We get a stupid clue of a uneven mask and a nail? WHAT! that is the dumbest, most ham-fisted clue ever. You drop the nail into a fire-grate, down a drain or indeed anywhere except for randomly using it to hang a mask on the wall poorly. If the other masks were there already why wasn't the last one already marked up?

    I liked the dissolved gun idea but the above method for working it out with no evidence at all was just pathetic.

    Watson seems to alternate between idiot and genius as the scene demands; she is apparently clueless about pick-pocketing yet blatant about calling out a seduction when she knew the date was more likely about medical issues that she spotted.. that is the most randomly awful character plotting all within the same of 2 minutes.. it's just gibberish.

    So how does Sherlock deduce proof of the gun? He gets someone else to get him a list and finds someone the man knew who bought one. That man randomly dies and because this is Elementary the killer destroyed all the evidence except for the PC, 3D Printer, software, plotting files, printing resin and splinters of the gun. So when Holmes figured it out all he had to do find the PC, Printer, Software and Gun printing file... the last two of which are easily traceable without entering his house, instead we had 20 minutes of lazy nonsensical filler that lead to an innocent mans death. Again how is Holmes a clever detective?

  • The second season begins with Holmes and Watson heading to London to help and old friend and make amends with family.

    Unlike "The Simpsons", "Elementary" started off the season on a positive note. Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have not lost a beat and are just as good as ever. The one criticism I had of this episode was that it was a little too predictable. I think it was painfully obvious that it would turn out that LaStrade was right all along and all of his doubters would be made to look like idiots. Also, I did not care much for the story of Holmes and his estranged brother. I have seen it before in the past (Once in an episode of "All in the Family" that had an almost exactly the same story. Overall, I did find this episode enjoyable. I look forward to the next episode, and the episode after that and...moreless
  • Welcome Holmes

    Just caught the season premiere. Holmes took Watson to his (former) stomping grounds,

    We meet Mycroft and Lestrade, and get a semi-tolerable murder case, quite the opener.

    My main issue lies within how they depicted Holmes' older sibling.

    Was I the only one disappointed in Mycroft's portrayal? Not the actor, but the character.

    He was a dullard, a hack of any past adaptions. The only related quality is spats with Sherlock.

    Mycroft always was painted as a sharper but less ambitious Holmes,

    I awaited any form of deduction, better yet anything impressive. Still waiting...moreless
  • Not bad for a season head start

    As usual Holmes and Watson get the job done, but this plastic gun disposal issue, and anyone with 3D printer can make a gun .... well its stupid but worth the shot
  • Different, but not bad

    Not the best season opener for season 2, but I still liked it. It was different. It was a weird case, but I liked that we got some insight into Holmes' personal life. Those scenes were interesting in my opinion. Can't wait to see what happens in next weeks episode!
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

Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee

Gareth Lestrade

Guest Star

Tim McMullan

Tim McMullan

DCI Hopkins

Guest Star

Rufus Wright

Rufus Wright

Lawrence Pendry

Guest Star

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans

Mycroft Holmes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Watson: Hey, I was just about to call you. You okay?
      Holmes: I believe I've just made a rapprochement with my brother.
      Watson: Oh, that's great.
      Holmes: He used a homemade explosive device to destroy what was left of my things.
      Watson: Ah. Sounds like maybe he's a little more like you than you thought.
      Holmes: Art in the blood, Watson. It takes the strangest forms.

    • Watson: You didn't tell me that one of your brother's restaurants had two Michelin Stars.
      Holmes: I didn't tell you that my brother was a corporal entity.

    • Mycroft: You must be learning a great deal from him.
      Watson: I am.
      Mycroft: How else would you put up with him?
      Watson: Uh, I don't put up with him. We get along, basically. He's a friend.
      Mycroft: Sherlock doesn't have friends.
      Watson: Yesterday I would've told you he doesn't have a brother. But he does.
      Mycroft: Does he?
      Watson: He's changed a lot.
      Mycroft: People often say that about addicts, don't they? "He's changed, he's better now." Sherlock is addicted to being himself.

    • Watson: Frankly, I'm more interested in the fact that you never mentioned that you had a brother.
      Holmes: Why would I?
      Watson: Um, because he's family?
      Holmes: Our relationship is entirely genetic.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Hello" by Oasis (when Sherlock arrives at Scotland Yard at episode beginning)
      "Follow Follow" by Tunng (Sherlock and Mycroft say goodbye and at the train station with Watson)
      "The Village" by Tunng (last scene with Mycroft)
      "London Calling" by The Clash
      "The Son Never Shines On Closed Doors" by Flogging Molly (music playing in background when Sherlock finds Lestrande in the bar)

    • Special billing was given to Rhys Ifans (Special Guest Star) and Aidan Quinn (and) for this episode.