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05 December 2014 @ 10:12 pm
Elementary: Terra Pericolosa  
Joan's back and I'm crediting my happiness about that for identifying the murderer within minutes of the episode.


An expensive map is stolen and two bodies turn up in this week's episode. I only saw this episode once and have no idea why said map was taken or why said bodies had to be dead. But I did figure out the killer was Mamie Gummer only because it's Mamie Gummer and I doubted she would be playing just a random character. The pacing of the investigation felt a little off to me. Maybe because it felt a tad bit crowded. It seemed like this was a job that could be done by two people, not three. I would have personally chosen Kitty and Joan but Sherlock is the star of this thing so I guess he has to be there.

So the mystery was a wash for me this episode but the character stuff as always was top notch. Kudos to the writers of this episode. I was so in line with Joan's suspicion that Sherlock was completely taking over Kitty's free time for selfish reasons that it was a shock to me when Sherlock revealed why he was really doing it. His protectiveness of Kitty demonstrates quite a bit how far he's matured. So much so that I didn't expect him to be this far along. While I was glad that Sherlock's behavior came from a place of concern for Kitty, I found myself getting a little annoyed with him during his rant to Joan when he revealed where Kitty was when he first met her. It felt like a violation of privacy for Kitty who was in the next room. I also kind of wished that Joan and Sherlock would have had more time to finish that conversation because it felt like something was left unsaid about how different a mentorship Sherlock is providing Kitty. I was glad, however, that Sherlock did talk to Kitty openly about what he was doing which brings me to the last part.

Kitty knew all along what Sherlock was doing and it made her feel quite cared for. I find it interesting that in this episode you see Kitty knowing this slightly more mature version of Sherlock a little better than Joan. Joan knows where Sherlock came from but Kitty knows where he is and I had a mix of feelings around that. I'm a little sad that in some ways now, Joan is less a part of current Sherlock's life. But that's how she sort of needed it to be in order for her to have her own personal life. I'm also very happy that Sherlock is now a person who is emotionally capable of considering someone's feelings on any matter, really. Weirdly, the conclusion of this episode made me wonder if Alfredo is ever going to come back. Or is Sherlock finished in terms of needing people to help keep him level?
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on December 7th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I didn't know Mamie Gummer, but I became convinced that she was behind it simply because she was getting too much screen time not to be the perp! I couldn't work out the motive and was kicking myself for that, though I also felt that they sort of cheated; there's a long way from seeing something identified as "Bray land" on an old map to saying that it's still owned by them. Presumably they had the map because their land was on it!

I would have personally chosen Kitty and Joan but Sherlock is the star of this thing so I guess he has to be there.
Word!

It felt like a violation of privacy for Kitty who was in the next room.
YES! It occurred to me later, though, that all this may have been in the envelope that Sherlock gave Joan and Kitty told Joan to read, and Sherlock may just have been underlining it (and sharing it with the audience, which was his main purpose, I think).

I was shocked but pleased by Sherlock's proposal that Kitty invite her friend to the museum with them—yes, he has come a long way from when he met Joan and even a good way from where he was when he left Joan more than a year before. Does he realize how much Joan mentored him? He knows that she helped him keep sober, but I'm not sure he appreciates how much she taught him about people and relationships.

I have been missing Alfredo, and I have wondered what happened to the poor young man that Sherlock was supposed to be sponsoring! He must have had to find another sponsor. I'm particularly sorry if we lose Alfredo. I'm hoping he'll turn up soon. They referred to Ms. Hudson in this episode, so they haven't forgotten her; surely they haven't forgotten Alfredo!

I think Sherlock still needs people in many ways. I just don't know if he realizes that.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on December 8th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Does he realize how much Joan mentored him? He knows that she helped him keep sober, but I'm not sure he appreciates how much she taught him about people and relationships.

I don't think he appreciates it enough either. He's able to be the mentor he is now because of her and I don't know if he gets that. Or if the show's aware of how much more credit Joan should get for not just putting up with Sherlock but teaching him.

I have been missing Alfredo, and I have wondered what happened to the poor young man that Sherlock was supposed to be sponsoring!

I thought about Randy and Alfredo after the episode with Harlan. Did either of them get a five sentence note or even a text letting them know that he was leaving? If he gave them about as much notice as he gave Joan, I'd imagine Alfredo and Randy are pretty mad. Either way, I want at least Alfredo to come back.