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04 April 2014 @ 12:27 pm
Elementary: The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville  
A rather quiet episode for me with some nice character moments.

The only reason why I figured out it was Aaron's mother doing the murders was that I immediately recognized the actress when she appeared on Joan's TV so I knew she couldn't just be a bit player. Hence, the mystery took a backseat straightaway.

I always find episodes where Joan is the one making somewhat rash, impulsive decisions rather interesting. I could understand her mounting guilt that she and her supervisor may have let an innocent man die. I wouldn't say her then pulling all his medical files to investigate if maybe he let murderers die regularly was rash, but it did strike me as somewhat more impulsive than what I'm used to seeing of her. Granted, now that she impulsively slept with Mycroft, anything is potentially possible. But I always find it interesting when the show gives us a look into Joan as someone who isn't always perfect and doesn't always make the right call which can have negative consequences. I'm pretty sure that while her friend in the medical records department isn't going to get into trouble, she'll probably be flagged by that doctor as slightly incompetent.

I also liked the way Sherlock interacted with Joan during her guilty crisis. I liked how he didn't dismiss any part of her experience and rather patiently played devil's advocate for her that was very objective which I found very comforting. Sherlock will never be the friend who tells you what you want to hear to make you feel better. He's the friend who will be objective with you even if you wind up feeling worse because his eye is always on the truth and whether the truth can be sussed out. Joan can trust what Sherlock says because he's never going to mollycoddle any situation for the sake of her feelings. Still, he's clearly become someone a little more sensitive about other people's emotions because he didn't dismiss her and merely pointed out that yes, she had less than noble thoughts but she didn't act on them and that's a big difference.

The comedy moments in this episode was pretty sterling as well. I loved the reference back to Everyone and all the juvenile things Sherlock had to do to get their help. That he went about it with zero embarrassment or shame made it extra wonderful. I want there to be a DVD extra of Sherlock in that prom dress singing songs from Frozen. Also Clive's many cozy-wear courtesy of Ms. Hudson was adorable.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on April 5th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
We groaned when we realized that we wouldn't even get to see Sherlock in the prom dress, let alone singing! He had a little smile. He seemed to be enjoying it, perhaps thinking, "They think they're getting the better of me, but they're the ones who have to look at me and hear me!"

I was very surprised Joan got those records, but you're right: we've seen her be impulsive with Mycroft (and I am still waiting for a shoe to fall there, because we know Mycroft is up to something). Also, we know that she does not let things run off her as the other surgeon does; that's why does doesn't practice medicine any more! I could see her own sense of guilt, but she did seem to be projecting it onto him, and I was glad Sherlock made sure that she could see it. I thought the scenes there were excellent, and they showed growth in both characters. Sherlock wouldn't have listened a year or a year and a half ago; he would have told her to stop wasting her time and then refused to be involved. Joan probably wouldn't have told him what was going on, because she wouldn't expect sympathy (and rightly so, then!) and probably didn't trust him that much.

I love these characters. I didn't like Sherlock at first, but he has grown on me tremendously. I always liked Joan, but I've also come to love her.

And Clive's cozies were priceless!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 5th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
"They think they're getting the better of me, but they're the ones who have to look at me and hear me!"

He seemed slightly surprised that his performance went over so well. I'm guessing he probably performed "Let It Go."
X-parrotxparrot on April 12th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Just got to catch up on the show last night and YESSSS I want that DVD extra, they can't tease like that! And Clive's cozies, awwww. Makes me want a tortoise to crochet for (I don't think the cats would appreciate the cosplay...)