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08 November 2014 @ 07:15 pm
Elementary: The Five Orange Pipz  
Couple of shoutouts to ACD canon in this episode. The first obviously being the title.


I feel like I spent most of this episode understanding where everyone was coming from and why everyone was doing what they were doing and still feeling the urge to shake everyone a little. My tentative interest in the mystery kind of died around the time it became obvious the murder was not a personal attack. After the father of the boy who died because of the pipz confessed to the murder, I knew the crime was a crime for profit rather than passion. I get why the father confessed even though it is clearly the stupidest thing he could do. He's basically been in a spiral of depression since his son died and my heart went out to the poor man when he told Sherlock everything in jail. At the same time from a justice perspective, I was all, "Noooo...you're muddying the case! Is going to prison really going to work for you in the long run??"

I had a similar reaction of "I get it, but nooo...." when Kitty jumped the gun on accusing the prosecutor because she was getting so fed up by Sherlock getting all chummy again with Joan. I totally see why she's threatened. Sherlock does nothing to hide how much he enjoys working with Joan and if he has downgraded the work he normally gives Kitty, I can totally see why she's frustrated. However, taking it out on the case is probably not the best solution.

It's clear that Sherlock is firmly in Kitty's corner and would advocate for her if he has to. However, he's firmly her mentor in that he's there to solely help her and not the other way around which Bell points out as being possibly problematic. Sherlock's work with her keeps him level, I'm sure, but his relationship with Joan even from the beginning of her apprenticeship felt like she gave Sherlock something by working with him which he doesn't get from Kitty. As such, I can see why he'd be eager to work with Joan again. Still, it really did feel like he'd pushed Kitty off to one side. I kind of half believe his justification that Kitty could learn something from watching him and Watson work together.

So we learn that Kitty was abducted at one point and Kitty Winter is her new identity. I wonder if this means her abducter is still at large. Sherlock saying she was "taken" is an interesting shout out to the original Kitty Winter who was the mistress to a Baron whom she described as someone who "collects women." At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Sherlock giving Joan that envelope with Kitty's file as if that someone "explains" her. But I was glad when Kitty told Joan she knew Sherlock was doing it so at least there's open communication there. I'd be interested to learn more about Kitty's story because it feels a little light the way it is now. Or maybe the character to me still feels light. She annoys me sometimes but other times I side with her. So I'm probably in the same boat as Joan who doesn't get on with Kitty but is obviously willing to try, especially after Sherlock gave her that envelope.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 9th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Pretty much yes.

Sherlock is just bad with people most of the time, even when he means well; he did sideline Kitty, and she got frustrated, and she does not provide the kind of balance that Joan did, so things could get very rocky there.

I was glad Joan hadn't read the contents and talked to Kitty, and I was also glad that Kitty told her to read it. I feel confident that Kitty's story will unfold gradually, and I'm looking forward to it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 10th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
Sherlock is just bad with people most of the time

I feel like he's gotten so much better at talking to the people related to the case. His talk with the father in this one was pretty good. But yeah, long term continued socializing is still in need of some work.