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06 February 2015 @ 02:41 pm
Elementary: Hemlock  
This episode was rather lighthearted until it wasn't.


With the departure of Kitty, we see the return of some classic Sherlock/Joan teaminess which was fun to watch. However, their friendship really seemed to shine best when it wasn't about the case (which had something to do with debt collecting) but about each other's personal lives. Sherlock's reaction to Joan suggesting a roommate to alleviate his loneliness was wonderfully amusing. As was his defensive attitude that he wasn't lonely (even though he so is). And then there was Sherlock returning to his earlier speculating that a stable, nice normal relationship just isn't in Joan's make up. Again, I thought the show did a good enough job of planting the seeds of Joan always being a bit unconventional so that her being disinterested in a conventional relationship made sense. I was also glad that while it was obvious that Sherlock had vague hopes that Joan would reject convention, he didn't press his own wishes into the matter and let her figure it out herself after she had dinner with Andrew's father.

Which leads us to why the episode was called Hemlock.

Goodbye, Andrew, we barely knew you. I'm not sure if I'm sad or secretly impressed that the writers gave us a genderbent fridged girlfriend trope. He wasn't a very fleshed out character and we only knew him vaguely as Joan's nice, accepting boyfriend whose only function seems to be that his death will push Joan into action. That's classic girlfriend fridging. Judging by the previews for next week, Joan wants to move back into the brownstone which seems to be a nod toward how canon!Watson returned to Baker Street after Mary Morstan passed away and Holmes returned from not being dead.

I'm very curious for how Joan and Sherlock will be next episode. This is the first time Joan's been in a situation where she might not be objective enough and she has been shown to be impulsive enough that I can see her doing something not terribly smart. Given Sherlock's recent emotional growth, I hope he'll be a good friend in the way that we've seen him capable of.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on February 7th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
I'd pegged the wife early on and was disappointed to be wrong! Here's how I would have written it: the wife has done her homework and knows Holmes isn't just some "PI"—and fully expects that he'll turn her down. The plan is that then she'll hire some inferior detective, he'll fail to find the husband, she'll eventually file a missing persons report, and she can even tell them that Holmes turned down the case. The police can ask Sherlock, he'll verify it, but he still won't be interested. Everything works out well for her. Of course, then Sherlock takes the case out of boredom, shocking her and leaving her in a difficult position, but she's a cool customer.

Brilliant Husband likes it. The writers didn't, obviously. Their solution was pretty cool, I guess.

But I too was much more interested in the characters' relationships. I think Joan is not entirely conventional, but I also think Sherlock is doing some projecting: he's very unconventional and wants to think she's even more like him than she may really be. And of course it's harder for Joan to be satisfied in a relationship when Sherlock keeps telling her not only that she will not be satisfied in the future but that she isn't right now!

The scene at the restaurant, though—ouch. I could totally feel Joan liking Andrew's dad and knowing at the same time that she was going to disappoint both of them, because she just really doesn't love him that way.

And now Joan will have Guilt because he essentially took the bullet for her, and she was breaking up with him at that very moment! It was a tad heavy handed—but I'm eager to see what will happen next episode.

I hadn't thought of Andrew as a fridged boyfriend, but you're absolutely right! We never got to know him: we're told that he's smart and nice, but we hardly see these things. He just seemed pretty bland. And now he appears to be gone. I'm thinking I should miss him, but I don't.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 7th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
Brilliant Husband likes it. The writers didn't, obviously. Their solution was pretty cool, I guess.

Your proposed solution is much more interesting. I probably would have rewatched the episode for the plot if that had been the reveal. As it was, I just sort of went, "Okay, makes sense" and moved on.

He just seemed pretty bland. And now he appears to be gone. I'm thinking I should miss him, but I don't.

The only thing of note about Andrew was that he seemed to accept rather readily that Joan and Sherlock have a complicated but very much necessary relationship with one another and he wasn't threatened by that. However, it would have been nice to actually see that in action over the course of a few episodes rather than have Sherlock just tell us that's what he deduced about Andrew. I wouldn't have minded one episode where there was a crime directly related to Andrew's work or something that Sherlock took on as a case, much to everybody's chagrin.