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14 November 2014 @ 08:12 pm
Elementary: Just a Regular Irregular  
For the first time ever in the history of this show, I was more involved in the mystery than in the character stuff. What is this, opposite week??


Harlan Emple from season 2 makes a second appearance as one of Sherlock's irregulars. We barely got to know much about him the first go around, other than that he usually likes to do his work shirtless. I have to admit, the stuff we did learn about Harlan during this episode made me like him a lot. Sure, he's a little weird but I really liked his devotion to math (sure, there's prize money but MATH!) as well as the concept of rules. I chuckled at his outrage that people would form teams to do the puzzle hunt (bad form!) and how it never entered his mind to use his math skills to beat the lottery (that would be cheating!). It could also be that I just really liked the actor they got to play Harlan.

I was very curious for most of the episode why these mathematicians were getting killed. The minute Sherlock and Harlan got to that Penthouse Mathmatician's place and found out about Mo Shellshock, I guessed that 1) Harlan was Mo and that 2) The Penthouse Mathmatician was the killer. I had no idea what his motive would be and really, the show cheated by not giving us any clues whatsoever that the Penthouse Mathmatician was playing the lottery until Sherlock revealed it. But given that I've watched so many of these episodes, I figured he had to be the killer by the fact that there were no more suspects. Still, I overall liked the mystery and found it kind of fun to hear about the puzzle hunt as a concept. Except the whole murder trap part. In the words of the Penthouse Mathmatician, "If people weren't dying, we'd be having fun."

We get a little more detail on Kitty's story. Or rather, we get confirmation that she was tortured and raped during her kidnapping. We still don't know if her attacker is still alive. I liked that Joan immediately shut down Sherlock's analogy of the two of them being Kitty's parents because I was seriously wincing at that. I also liked Kitty's reasoning to Joan about why she's agreeing to go to the group meetings.

On a completely superficial note, Joan's new apartment is AMAZING. Is that in Manhattan?? If so, just how much is Joan charging for her detective skills??? Does she have money saved up from when Sherlock was paying her a salary? The space doesn't have the worn in cozy look of the brownstone but it is one awesome space. The sliding doors leading to the bedroom was my favorite detail. I want to live there.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on November 15th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yes! Joan could not stop Sherlock with the parenting thing fast enough! Sometimes, that genius is an idiot.

I've been in awe of the apartment too. It's New York apartment fantasy, isn't it?—nearly as good as the time in White Collar when we discovered there's a whole separate suite of rooms off the area where we normally see Neal in June's, with walk-in closest and one-way mirrors. . . .

I liked Harlan too. Maybe it's partly because Brilliant Husband is a mathematician—and maybe it's because I've met a lot of mathematicians as a result. Harlan is more stereotypical than those I've met, but his devotion to math made me like him too.

Edited at 2014-11-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 15th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, that genius is an idiot.

I feel like this should go on Sherlock's tombstone. "Sherlock Holmes: Sometimes This Genius Was an Idiot."

nearly as good as the time in White Collar when we discovered there's a whole separate suite of rooms off the area where we normally see Neal in June's, with walk-in closest and one-way mirrors. . . .

That reveal of Neal's rooms is the greatest twist the show's ever given us. For all the double crossing con man tricks Neal and Mozzie might get up to, nothing they've done beats that apartment space.

Harlan is more stereotypical than those I've met, but his devotion to math made me like him too.

I realized that I've dated guys like Harlan in the past so there's clearly something about his brand of oddness that I like. He's so enthusiastic about numbers. I kind of love it.