Season 1 Episode 8

The Long Fuse

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 29, 2012 on CBS
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  • Episode Summary

    Sherlock discovers a long hidden crime while investigating a bombing. Watson pushes Sherlock to choose a sponsor.

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    • Yay Cuddy!

      So another stellar opening when exposition Watson states stuff we don't get to see and never progresses, over background music borrowed from House. In a clever reversal Holmes reveals drugs free and empower him (rather than dull him as in classic Holmes) only for the writers to just execute the same reversal they used in the pilot... seven episodes in and already they were stuck as to how to open an episode.

      Something really bugged me with this episode. Twice in the first 10 minutes Holmes declares something only for the cops to say they already know. Why would you write a script that way? Then you have a plot where a pager stayed live for 4 years and apparently had batteries installed to enable that scenario... why?

      Yay Cuddy! Does she bring the tapes of House over to the script and score writers homes?

      What I did like is that for the first time they have Holmes actually deducing, observing, showing his intellect and knowledge in relation to solving a case. This is actually using Holmes as a template at last.

      Then they do something stupid like having a caught terrorist admit to 5 crimes when he was only accused of 1 (that he was innocent of) and caught for 1. Why would you admit complicity for 4 more in a post 9/11 New York? Unless you wanted to make a big show in court over your agenda.. so with a huge case like that no-one seems the slight bit interested. They broke a series of cold terrorism cases and they could care less.

      But whatever this is the first episode where it wasn't clear where it was going right off the bat and despite the director often appearing to mistake how Columbo would cast a famous person as the killer (because that show relied on you knowing who & how) with casting a recognizable person in a minimal role and hoping it's a surprise when they are unmasked.

      For all that I have to say it's the first since the opener that I had the glimpse of what the show could be.

    • Perfect!

      This episode featured a really interesting case with so many bizarre elements to it that made watching Sherlock solve it really fun! Everything from the four year old bomb to the accidental pager call and the skeletons in the closet - or in thsi case, the wall - were really executed to perfection!

      The case was superb and the side story with Sherlock's new psonsor were great as well, and the character development on the side of a flawless case truly made this an episode to remember!

      Great work, Elementary!moreless
    • better and better

      the writing, plots, dialog, acting, everything keeps getting better and better - Jonny Lee knows he has excellent competition for this role, and he plays it with gusto; at a party with Rob Downey and Benedict Cumberbatch he can hold his head high,

      Lucy plays her Watson with classic reserve and solid characterization. The f/x on the opening scene, and all the supporting actors, and the new street dude trying for the AA sponsor role hit the mark just right.moreless
    • Long Fuse" Episode

      Watson may be staying, but the closing scene with Watson, Holmes, and the prospective sponsor "tugged" at my emotions. With that smooth, beautiful background music, and Holmes declaring, "I'm entirely self sufficient". I have it on it again and again. Maybe I'm just getting sentimental as I grow old. Found the song called CALM THE STORM, by Graffiti6. Login (browser)ELEMENTARY EPISODE 8 END SONG.
    • New super bateries unleashed!

      I'm sorry to say I found the script for this episode a bit weak. There are some irrational elements that is very distracting. This is even more distracting as it is a series which try to use smarts and wits as a driving factor. I find myself being irritated over these things instead of fully enjoying the plot and storyline.

      First: how on Gods green earth can a retail pager have a unattended power lifetime of four years? Are there some batteries out there from Star-Trek that they use in this episode?

      Same goes for the bomb-battery. The lead-acid 6V would have died out a long time ago. The water and acid would have been separated and the battery would most likely not even be re-chargeable anymore due to sulfation.

      Diphenhydramine was not "recently" classified a controlled substance in Zambia, it has been for over a decade.

      How can Mr. Holmes manage to deduct that the unlucky miss-dialer, while all the time being seated, has his fly down by three quarters?

      Why does the eco-terrorist say he used "nitrate based" bombs. It jumped out and felt very un-natural when delivered; and when the story-line builds upon this it becomes even more corny.

      And then; an imprint on a newspaper as the "daming evidence"? A NYT issue most likely to have been at the workplace before the bomb was made. An item that is not exactly as personal as a toothbrush or a pair of underwear. Have you ever read or had a newspaper that was not yours? Probably. Also; how likely is it that one manage to do a handwriting comparison from indentations from a nine letter word in all capital letters on a four year old newspaper clipping used as packing in a bomb that went off against a signature?

      There are also some weird staccato flow internally and especially towards these sponsor tryouts. All over characters, relations and plot had a negative curve instead of positive; which one should have in this part of the series.moreless
    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

    Lisa Edelstein

    Lisa Edelstein

    Heather Vanowen

    Guest Star

    Donnie Keshawarz

    Donnie Keshawarz

    Earl Wheeler

    Guest Star

    Deepa Purohit

    Deepa Purohit

    Himali Singh

    Guest Star

    Ato Essandoh

    Ato Essandoh

    Alfredo Llamosa

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Holmes: You want sex?
        Vanowen: Excuse me?
        Holmes: I'm not averse, Ms. Vanowen. I'm just busy. Perhaps we could set an appointment. You're flirting. This crossword talk. You find me attractive. The feeling is mutual, mostly. The musculature of your legs and your shoulders suggests a certain elasticity I find quite tantalizing. I must warn you, however, a relationship between us could never go beyond the physical. No offense to you, of course. It's just... not my way.
        Watson: (walks in) Hey. Am I interrupting?
        Vanowen: Nope. Not even a little.

      • Watson: Is this about us?
        Holmes: Is what about us?
        Watson: Your reluctance to find a sponsor. I'm starting to think you're being difficult because you don't want me to leave.
        Holmes: You never told me you were funny.

      • Watson: (about Alfredo) What's the harm in getting to know the guy? One way or the other, I'm gonna be out of your life in a few weeks. Maybe you're dreading that day, maybe you're counting the seconds. Either way, I'm going to make sure you're ready when the time comes. I promise.

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