Season 1 Episode 10

The Leviathan

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary


When a bank vault that is supposed to be impenetrable is breached, Sherlock is asked to investigate. Sherlock meets Watson's family and, much to her delight, stands up for her decision to become a sober companion.

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  • There is Hope.

    I'm not sure what to think of this episode. It's certainly the most competent episode yet and, while the story felt like a flatter version of a great episode of Leverage, it had the fewest goofs, dumb moments and a plot that just about makes sense.

    I found the story serviceable but just a day later I'm having trouble remembering the details but I know I enjoyed it at the time and it avoided the obvious twists... it even felt like they setup some traps for the viewer to make guesses at the eventual outcome and then introduced a final twist that, while pretty basic, was effective.

    The sub plot of Watson's family was somewhat redundant but it was nice to see Sherlock being something other than a pain in Watson's neck. It's small character developments like that that the shows been missing and almost feel like a deliberate attempt to differentiate between Sherlock and the titular House whose show this one often mirrors.

    Finally getting the pay off after so many episodes has been rather a painful experience but still am glad I stuck around this long to see where the show could be going.moreless
  • Very good!

    This was a very exciting and interesting case once more and I really enjoyed this. The story was great and I loved how there was an intricate jury plot. It was great!

    I really enjoyed seeing Joan's family too. It aded another dynamic to the episode.

    Overall, very interesting, and I look for the next episode and hope i t is also good!
  • The Leviathan

    The Leviathan was an astonishing and very intriguing episode of Elementary. I really enjoyed watching because the story was well thought out and the acting was superb. It was hilarious to see twins in the morning. Watching Sherlock try to figure out how the Leviathan was broken into was awesome and fun. There was a lot of character development and plot progression and it was cool to see Joans family and see and see Sherlock explain in better detail just exactly what it is that she does. The case was broken after a few deductions by both Sherlock and Joan. The ending was awesome and paves the way for Joan to continue working with Sherlock. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Leviathan

    good episode
  • Wait.... what?

    At the very end, when the news said that the painting was returned. I thought it was placed on a wall and someone miraculously found it. But no... I was disappointed... The episode in general however was interesting and I loved how you see Watson's family.
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the victim's apartment, the camera focuses in on bare hands playing the piano. When the camera pans around the room, Sherlock can be seen at the piano playing. When he stops playing and looks up, he points out the blood evidence with a gloved hand. As he walks away from the piano, you can see that he is wearing gloves on both hands.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Watson: So that means you still might be the smartest person in the world.
      Holmes: I would never suggest that.
      Watson: Really? I think that's the first time I've ever heard you say anything remotely modest.
      Holmes: It's not modesty. There's just no reliable way to test the hypothesis.

    • Holmes: Hard to picture what she does, isn't it? Sober companion. When I first heard that term, I couldn't imagine what it entailed, and I'm an addict. She practices quite a unique specialty, your daughter. She rebuilds lives from the ground up. You can measure her success in careers restored. In my case, criminals caught and in lives saved.
      Mrs. Watson: Interesting. Never thought of it like that.
      Holmes: Of course you haven't. You've raised a modest daughter. She would never say such a thing.

    • Watson: I put a lock code on here to prevent you from sending out texts.
      Holmes: I was hired to breach The Leviathan. Do you think I wouldn't be able to get into your phone?

    • Erlich: If you know our work, you know that we introduced a new flagship product in 2009. The Leviathan.
      Holmes: Yes. The safe that you marketed as impregnable. Did you people learn nothing from the Titanic?

    • Holmes: When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.
      Watson: And what's impossible here is that you couldn't break into the safe, but someone else could. In other worlds, you are the smartest man in the world.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Special billing was given to Aidan Quinn (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 13, 2012 on Global
      United Kingdom: December 18, 2012 on Sky Living
      The Netherlands: February 19, 2013 on SBS6
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2013 on AXN
      Germany: March 14, 2013 on SAT 1
      Belgium: March 24, 2013 on VIER


    • The security company that hires Sherlock is called Casterly Rock Security. Casterly Rock is the name of the home of the Lannister family in George R. R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (August 1996 - present) and its television adaptation, Game of Thrones. Casterly Rock is described as being impregnable, rather like the Leviathan vault in this episode that the Casterly Rock Security company developed.