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21 January 2015 @ 11:16 pm
Elementary: Seed Money  
Kitty gets her own case in this one! And the one that I found way more interesting than the main one about the plant guy.


At her group meeting, Kitty is approached by another survivor of rape whose daughter has gone missing. The daughter is the product of this woman's rape and she asks for Kitty's help in tracking her child down. In the mean time, Sherlock and Joan get caught up in a mystery involving the rare plants black market though it turns out the murder had nothing to do with money.

I found myself way more invested in Kitty's case and while I didn't piece together fast enough where the daughter was hiding out, I knew she had to still be alive. And I immediately knew that the man Kitty and Gregson pulled in for questioning was the rapist father. My heart went out to everyone in this case. The mother, who as Kitty said, only wanted to focus on the one good thing that came out of her horrible attack. And the daughter, who only recently found out her true parental origins and wanted to exact some sort of revenge. I was glad that Kitty was able to reframe for the daugther that it wouldn't just be the rapist whose life would get upturned by this but her mother's as well. All in all, I was pleased Kitty's first solo case turned out alright.

In other news, Joan has decided to take a permanent-ish job at an insurance company. I was kind of pleased to hear that Joan shared this information with Kitty first as it spoke to their own growing friendship. I had sort of a similar reaction as Sherlock's face when Joan announced her intention to fold her private practice to work for an insurance company. It so feels like the less glamorous version of the kind of work Sherlock and she enjoyed when they were partners. But I'm sure the money is better and much more steady which might be what Joan wants. She'd still get to work on more eclectic cases through her work with the NYPD and Sherlock.

Speaking of which, Sherlock also had the news that he intends to promote Kitty to his full partner. I fully believe that Sherlock already had this in mind and it wasn't just a reaction to Joan's news. I give a bit more credit and faith to his relationship with Kitty. But I also wondered how different this would actually look. I mean, Sherlock and Joan intend to still consult each other from time to time. But does this mean that Sherlock will only loop in Joan if he requires a third set of eyes? I always thought this was the set up but I guess it's more official that Kitty's training portion is now over.

We also learn at the very end that whoever attacked Kitty back in England is now in New York. And still murdering women. As we approach the halfway mark for this season, I'm hoping that the show is drawing Kitty's history to a full closure by catching this person. AND KEEPING KITTY ALIVE AND WELL. DON'T LET ME DOWN, SHOW.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on January 23rd, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
I felt for the mother and the daughter, and I thought Kitty did a great job explaining it in terms that helped the daughter work through the implications of her own actions and, well, get a grip. I thought the show handled it really surprisingly well—I just don't expect any tv show to deal well with such issues.

I said "REALLY?" really loudly when Joan announced her news! I think we had to rewind a bit because I did it over dialogue. I thought for a moment she was messing with Sherlock! I'm having trouble believing that she will be working for the insurance company for long—especially with the ending of the episode. I think she'll be looking for that killer and will immediately find that it conflicts with the company job.

I'm hoping that the show is drawing Kitty's history to a full closure by catching this person.
I'm not sure I'm ready for closure; I really like Kitty, and I love that she and Joan have their own relationship that isn't about Sherlock, and that Sherlock has matured so much in working with first Joan and now Kitty too.

But they had better not hurt Kitty. Or Joan! I have watched too much tv not to be afraid that when a truly horrible bad guy shows up, one of my favorite female characters will get hurt. (On X-Files, I'd be like, "Is this Scully's week to be the victim? Oh, it was Mulder's last week, so she's probably up again." I want a few years of my life back from that show, actually.)

AND KEEPING KITTY ALIVE AND WELL. DON'T LET ME DOWN, SHOW.
Amen!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 23rd, 2015 01:44 pm (UTC)
I just don't expect any tv show to deal well with such issues.

Yes, I'm always skeptical about this so I'm always surprised and happy when a show portrays issues like this in a way that makes sense and is well done.

I'm having trouble believing that she will be working for the insurance company for long

ESPECIALLY after the latest episode! Joan's schedule whenever Sherlock is involved always gets crazy and I can't see how'd that fit with the requirements of her new job.

Edited at 2015-01-23 01:48 pm (UTC)