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01 November 2012 @ 11:20 pm
Elementary: Lesser Evils  
A nice episode both mystery and character-wise.


I was very, very pleased that this episode's mystery offered up one final twist in its last 15 minutes. The minute the janitor appeared, I recognized the actor from several other TV series and thus he was on my radar as being the Angel of Death throughout the entire thing. When he didn't show up again on screen for the bulk of the episode, I knew he was going to turn out to be the killer and was thus preemptively disappointed with the mystery. But clever, clever writers and casting directors because I was so preoccupied with the janitor that I totally forgot another crime could be folded into the larger one!

But once again the mystery as good as it was cannot compare to all the character stuff. And since Watson is my favorite character, it was all the better because it was about her past as a doctor. So it turns out she was only on suspension and made the choice to let her license expire and retire from medicine. And yet it seems her impeccable skills and instinct as a physician are far from rusty as Holmes pointed out. I was really pleased to see the swap in their relationship for this episode where he was the one pushing and challenging her which led to her holding her ground regarding the 12 year old patient. I felt a little torn by Carrie. On one hand it was good of her to acknowledge Joan saving her patient and potentially Carrie's career. But I was pretty shocked earlier when she threw Joan's surgical error in her face. Her parting comment that Joan was always a good friend but a better doctor could easily be taken as Joan being a good friend and thus a phenomenal doctor. But given her earlier comment it felt a little....backhanded to me.

Holmes and Watson genuinely worked together on this case with Watson offering up her medical knowledge to help Holmes focus his investigation. And like him, I was also pleased to see her in her old element and hope that she might return to it. The last image of her deleting all old photos didn't necessarily strike me as her turning her back on medicine forever. But perhaps saying goodbye to her old life, possibly as a surgeon. She can still be a doctor without picking up a scalpel. I have hope!

 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 3rd, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Brilliant Husband said, "It's the janitor" the moment Holmes got in the elevator with him, and I think I'd have said it myself—I just wish he'd given me a second or two more to be sure I was going to say it! I did think Holmes cut his list too short from the start. Surely there are lots of people in hospitals who aren't doctors or nurses—not only janitors but aides, orderlies, volunteers. . . . (My first thought was volunteer.)

Carrie's comment was cutting. She was glad Joan saved her patient, but she couldn't quite get over her resentment that Joan went behind her back. I was shocked, too, when she made that comment about Joan as a surgeon. Joan doesn't need her as a friend. But deleting those photos!—that made me sad. She smiled as she was looking at them.

". . . a doctor."
"Yes."
"Any good?"
"Very good."
They didn't have to say those lines in this one. I was so angry when I saw that they were making the first female, and the first non-white, Watson a bad doctor. But they didn't; she was a doctor who made a mistake, or a doctor who was unlucky, or both. Now I'm even more curious about how she lost that patient. Was there a test she didn't order?

I think Holmes hasn't asked because he's trying to work it out. My gosh, he's annoying; in some ways, he's worse than BBC Sherlock. BBC Sherlock is so obviously maladapted socially that one doesn't have to converse with him for very long to realize he has no filter. Holmes has a filter and chooses to disregard it frequently. I love Watson saying he had Tourette's!

My quibble is that I thought Holmes must have realized that Dr. Cahill was an addict; he was so twitchy, and Holmes pointed out that he relaxed when he found it he was being questioned about murder, so it was obvious that the doctor was worried the real crime was something else! I thought Holmes was about to say, and then I thought he hadn't said it only because he didn't care (though he ought to care), and I was rather horrified he hadn't caught it! Then again, he was too.

While I'm quibbling, I suppose I have a second quibble: between the suspect in plain sight that no one would suspect and the preservation of valuable evidence as digital photos, I thought it obvious the writers have been watching BBC Sherlock.

I'm also a little annoyed that in only five episodes, we have not only had multiple serial killers, we have had men who manipulate serial killers for their own ends twice. That's an awfully high number! The first time, it was very clever. The second time, they were reusing their own clever idea too soon!

Joan is awesome. She's saving lives whatever her job.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Holmes_Elementaryjoonscribble on November 3rd, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Now I'm even more curious about how she lost that patient. Was there a test she didn't order?

I'm wondering if perhaps she made an error during the surgery itself. Hence her freezing up now when a scalpel is in her hand (so she says).

My gosh, he's annoying; in some ways, he's worse than BBC Sherlock. BBC Sherlock is so obviously maladapted socially that one doesn't have to converse with him for very long to realize he has no filter. Holmes has a filter and chooses to disregard it frequently.

Yeah, he just keeps reeling you back with socially acceptable behavior and then slaps you in the face with some unfiltered comment.

I love Watson saying he had Tourette's!

THIS. Holmes totally has Tourette's way more than Sherlock is a sociopath.

I thought it obvious the writers have been watching BBC Sherlock.

This episode by far was the most Sherlock-like with the digital photos and Holmes defiling corpses to study post-mortem bruising.

I'm also a little annoyed that in only five episodes, we have not only had multiple serial killers, we have had men who manipulate serial killers for their own ends twice.

Thrice if you count Adam turning the tables on his kidnapper. Although, I guess the kidnapper wasn't technically a serial killer in his own right. The killer in the pilot, was he a serial killer? He'd attacked the other woman but she survived. Was there evidence to suggest he'd managed to kill others before the psychiatrist got a hold of him? Either way, though, it's a lot of "people manipulating killers" plots for so few episodes.

Joan is awesome. She's saving lives whatever her job.

I never would have thought in a million years back when Elementary was being developed that Joan would end up being the best thing ever about this show.
aelfgyfu_mead: Horribly wrongaelfgyfu_mead on November 3rd, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I suppose a mistake during surgery makes more sense.

BH said that he could totally see making a crack to a friend like Carrie made about being the surgeon here as a joke, and then realizing it went completely wrong and not wanting to call even more attention to it by apologizing. He does stick his foot in his mouth sometimes, though I didn't think that badly!

I don't know now if the killer in the pilot was a serial killer. I guess he had just made the one attack, and it was only after the second they decided that he was a serial offender. But you're right to add Adam—again, maybe not using a serial killer because we have no evidence that his kidnapper was (previously) a killer, but manipulating the bad guy into doing your own dirty work. . . . Ai.

Holmes totally has Tourette's way more than Sherlock is a sociopath.
HA!

This episode make me miss John and Sherlock, though. I love Joan and I can at least tolerate this Holmes, but I miss my BBC boys (and Mrs. Hudson, and Molly—Lestrade is one of the boys too).
formerly lifeinsomniac: Holmes_Elementaryjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
He does stick his foot in his mouth sometimes, though I didn't think that badly!

There was also something distinctly not foot-in-mouth-ish about Carrie's delivery of that comment. It felt extremely intentional and direct.

This episode make me miss John and Sherlock, though. I love Joan and I can at least tolerate this Holmes, but I miss my BBC boys (and Mrs. Hudson, and Molly—Lestrade is one of the boys too).

I miss John, Lestrade, Sarah (I know she's gone and I'm not over it yet!), Molly, and Mrs. Hudson. Sherlock...eehhh...yeah, I'll get there soon enough.
aelfgyfu_mead: Watson plotaelfgyfu_mead on November 4th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Sherlock...eehhh...yeah, I'll get there soon enough.
Hee! I only really miss him for his interactions with John. I do hope Molly will be back.

I still miss Sarah too.