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07 March 2014 @ 12:30 pm
Elementary: Ears To You  
Or "How Lestrade Got His Groove Back."


The mystery of this one actually caught my attention. Maybe it's somewhat Hannibal-like element (the severed ears) is what did it. In any case, I kept having my own theories as the episode went on, but didn't manage to solve it. I didn't feel that bad though because the solution being a woman grew extra ears on her back was never going to come to me as it does sound completely insane. I mean, I know the study they're referencing but it was just so far out there I never would have even made that leap.

While Sherlock and Joan work on the case, Lestrade is holed up at the brownstone, battling chickens. Too bad we never got him having more interaction with Gregson. Again, I do hand it to Sean Pertwee that the writing makes Lestrade a sad sack of a man but he manages to play him with enough depth that I do sympathize with him to a certain extent. The episode made it so clear that while he's a competent detective, he never will be special. The last episode had set up the reasons why as articulated by Sherlock that Lestrade is way too preoccupied with his envy of Sherlock's skills rather than developing his own like Joan. Given that, I did like the snippets we saw of Lestrade actually investigating for real. I could tell that the two witnesses he spoke to over the phone were the same person (so my radar was up for Sherlock meddling) but I didn't recognize either as being JLM. I've heard him do an American accent and unless they modulated his voice on top of that, I'm skeptical it's him. Although maybe that's the point since the episode doesn't make it that clear whether it was Sherlock or Lestrade just having to tell himself a story to get out of his funk.

If Sherlock did get involved, I too thought asking Lestrade out on a date was a nice touch. Given this show's track record with representing various minorities, I genuinely believed Lestrade was gay when that scene came up. Actually, we don't know either way since his reason for turning the offer down was not mixing business with pleasure rather than being straight. If he isn't gay, nice that the show had him not react negatively or use it for comedic purposes.

A few random observations (because I can't figure a way to seamlessly get these into the review):

1) I wonder if the show has some sort of condition with the MTA. The scenes in the subways were apparently all CGI but I noticed a W train go by at the start of it and there is no W train in New York. They've in the past also used station names that don't exist in New York. Is there some agreement with the MTA that if they use fake trains and stations, they don't have to pay some sort of fee? Because it's an odd detail and one I tend to get distracted by.

2) For whatever reason, I guffawed when the missing wife snipped that she refused to show her back because she "had some cancer removed a few days ago." Maybe it was the delivery but I could almost see her thinking, "They'll back off when they hear about cancer!"

3) I'd like to reiterate that I like Gregson a lot. I enjoyed his calm, take charge attitude during the ransom drop off even as his tone barely masked his irritation that the husband was going off script.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on March 7th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Gregson has really grown on me; I didn't like him at all in the London episode, but now I'm hoping we'll see him again.

My theory is that Sherlock not only concocted the whole thing, he deliberately left a chicken feather there so that Lestrade would figure it out and feel that much smarter. I did expect him to admit it to Joan, though, so I could be wrong. I thought the voices sounded weird, but I didn't think it was JLM; that didn't even cross my mind! Brilliant Husband is sure it's him. I think "maybe" for a moment and then I lose it again. (We had to replay those phone conversations, of course.)

I didn't feel that bad though because the solution being a woman grew extra ears on her back was never going to come to me as it does sound completely insane. I mean, I know the study they're referencing but it was just so far out there I never would have even made that leap.
Exactly! BH said, "Her plastic surgeon husband could just make her some ears, or remake someone else's" but I said, "Wouldn't the ME know?" So I tossed out the idea that he'd simply constructed or reconstructed them, but I never came up with the solution on my own, despite having never forgotten the bizarre picture of a mouse with a human ear on its back.

Although now I want to recheck: she had pierced ears. Were the shipped ears pierced, or did they show signs of having ever been pierced? Because the ME should have noticed if they were never pierced (which is in the minority among grown women) or had been just recently pierced (I got my ears pierced only a few years ago, and they took months to heal properly).

I did feel a little bad for the ex-husband, who was a right mess, even though he's a terribly unsympathetic person. (Cheering the news that his wife is alive, even if she's now missing both ears! Disregarding direct orders from the police! Hiring a prostitute while on the rocks with his wife and having her come to the house!) They kept me guessing: I kept going back and forth on suspects, but I could not work out how.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 8th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
My theory is that Sherlock not only concocted the whole thing, he deliberately left a chicken feather there so that Lestrade would figure it out and feel that much smarter. I did expect him to admit it to Joan, though, so I could be wrong.

Yeah, that was my theory the entire time until Sherlock didn't admit it to Joan. THEN, I thought maybe it was all in Lestrade's head.

Although now I want to recheck: she had pierced ears. Were the shipped ears pierced, or did they show signs of having ever been pierced? Because the ME should have noticed if they were never pierced (which is in the minority among grown women) or had been just recently pierced (I got my ears pierced only a few years ago, and they took months to heal properly).

I have this slightly amusing/grotesque image of the woman piercing the ears that are on her back to consistency's sake before surgically removing them.