Season 1 Episode 13

The Red Team

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 31, 2013 on CBS
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    Elementary "The Red Team" Review: Enough With the Spies Already

    More and more, the show's crimes seem to happen in isolated, non-New York bubble locales, or in largely theoretical worlds like that of secret national service groups, Russian spies, international assassins, etc.

  • Episode Summary

    With Sherlock suspended from working with the NYPD following the "M" investigation, Watson does her best to mend the rift between Sherlock and Captain Gregson. Meanwhile, Sherlock decides to investigate a suspicious accident involving a conspiracy theorist.

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    • I have no idea what was going on.

      At least the writers have started to show previous episodes have an impact on the successive ones, even in slight ways. The plot was a muddle and I'm not even clear exactly what was going on at the end.

      Again the writers like to say clever stuff is going on (a massive flaw that puts NYC, or all of the US?, in jeopardy following a war game) but then fail to even hint at what that flaw might because that would require a clever Holmes to work it out and for it to make sense when we get told. Obviously it's better to just ignore it and hope we do too.moreless
    • The Red Team

      The Red Team was another splendid episode of Elementary. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character development and the story was intriguing. I loved the interactions between Holmes, Gregson and Bell. It was fun watching Sherlock investigate on his own along with Joan. It was amazing to watch Sherlock figure everything out and resolve the situation in the end and quite brilliantly. I was glad that Sherlock and Captain Gregson worked things out in the end and also that Sherlock did not make soup of his little pal. I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Nine egg omelette, anyone?

      ACtually it looked like he was making scambled eggs but the title wouldn't have scanned so well!

      Definitely my favourite method of cooking eggs.

      Anyway, Sherlock is bored and looking for something to do and obviously, conspiracy theories fit the bill.

      I was kinda surprised that Bell immediately thought the first murder was Auto Erotic Asphyxiation given how the victim was suspended with no obvious "escape" means but I suppose it kept up the whole "banished as a consultant" thing.

      While I sympathised with Holmes belief that he is the "smartest guy in the room" at any given time, I've always thought the "smartest guy in the room" would know just how much of a pain in the ass he was as well and moderate his behaviour to suit.

      I thought this was a decent, if fairly staid episode but like veryone else, I thought the running gag about eating Clyde was brilliant.

      As was the Captain "gut punching" Holmes at the end. Well deserved and excellent payback!

      . to Azzuritus below, thinking about killing someone ISN'T a crime. If it was, the prisons would be full to overflowing. Attempted murder IS a crime but involves ACTUALLY TRYING to do the deed.moreless
    • He had a Psychotic Break... and Nothing Happened.

      Sherlock was intent on murdering someone, isn't that attempted murder? Which I do believe is a fellony. Yet not only is he let off, to do what ever he wants but he also is reinstated. I felt this episode had less repercussions then there should have been.

      But the turtle was ultra cute so it made up for all of the bad parts.
    • Keep the turtle in the cast,great actor

      What kind of turtle was he,she. Added so much to show.
    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

    Linda Emond

    Linda Emond

    Dr. Candace Reed

    Guest Star

    Richard Bekins

    Richard Bekins

    Harold Dresden

    Guest Star

    Michael Laurence

    Michael Laurence

    Walter McClenahan

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Holmes: I regret that circumstances caused me to endanger our relationship. It was a price I was willing to pay for revenge. As was the likelihood of going to prison. As it turns out, there's no revenge to be had. Given that, it serves no one's interest for you to keep me from my work.
        Gregson: Who the hell are you?
        Holmes: I beg your pardon?
        Gregson: 'Cause obviously, you're not the person I thought you were.
        Holmes: I don't know how to answer that question.
        Gregson: You don't let anyone into your life that's not constantly concerned with you. What kind of mood you're in, whether you're getting high or not, whether you're gonna work like an adult or throw a temper tantrum. You know what? Most of the time, you're worth it, because you are special. Damned if you don't know it. But you are. You want to work cases? You're right. I can't say no. Don't think for a minute that I'm ever gonna forget that you were planning to murder someone on my watch. And don't think that I'm ever gonna really trust you again.
        Holmes: You don't need to trust me to benefit from my intellect, do you?
        Gregson: No, I don't. But I do need to get something out of my system. (punches him in the gut) Welcome back.

      • Watson: (about apologizing to Captain Gregson) There's no part of you that feels even a little bad about what you did?
        Holmes: I don't want to discuss this.
        Watson: Sometimes you have to talk about things that make you feel uncomfortable.
        Holmes: I won't feel uncomfortable, you will.
        Watson: Why?
        Holmes: I'm smarter than everyone I meet, Watson. I know it's bad form to say that, but in my case, it's a fact. Allowances have to be made.
        Watson: Allowances?
        Holmes: It's true I have wronged Captain Gregson. It was the cost of revenge, and I incurred it willingly. The larger question is how does my suspension benefit the city? If the role of the public servant is to keep an eye on the greater good, then why keep me from my work? My work is the greater good. See, you're uncomfortable.

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