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04 December 2014 @ 12:35 am
Elementary: Rip Off  
The first ever Joan-less episode. It was definitely weird.

So a few things were going on in this episode, character-wise. We firstly had Sherlock going into what more or less looked like a controlled tantrum after finding out that Joan had written a 400+ document about him titled The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. I'm glad the show didn't drop this after we caught a glimpse of it in season 1. I wonder if Joan kept a copy for herself somewhere or if she trashed it after Sherlock left in season 2? But anyway, Sherlock finds this thing and reads literally one page and ends up spiraling into a calm fit wherein he creates a legal document that Kitty must now sign that binds her to silence about her work with him. It was obvious to me why Sherlock had issues with Joan's writing and it certainly wasn't just about privacy so his confession that he feared seeing himself through her eyes and scrutiny on paper wasn't too surprising. I was, however, much more surprised when Kitty upturned her soda on the laptop during Sherlock's speech about not caring about the document. That poor, poor Mac laptop! Such a waste!

We also learned some new things about Gregson. He has a daughter who is also a cop and he's the kind of dad who will punch someone if they lay a hand on her. I was actually quite torn about this problem for Gregson as well as his daughter. On one hand, I totally got where his daughter was coming from. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for a woman to be a police officer and I could understand her fear of being labeled a victim. On the other hand, that guy totally deserved to be punished for what he did and I also agreed with Gregson that he might do it to someone else later. The show's 'solution' for this was interesting though I wonder what exactly Kitty told the ex-partner to get him to quit. Did her threat extend into what would happen should he hit another woman?

We then had the case which was of the usual level. I didn't really invest myself in trying to solve this one so I didn't guess it was the grad student but I hadn't really been trying either. I also got randomly distracted by the South African jeweler suspect, Leonard because I thought he looked so familiar. I kept trying to figure out the mystery of "Where have I see that actor?" during his scene. In the end, I looked him up and there's nothing in his credits that I've seen. Maybe I thought he was some other actor meshed with another actor?

This episode felt purposeful in keeping Joan aboard so that the show could have the audience's full attention while fleshing out Kitty's character. We saw her as the voice of reason in the situation with Sherlock and the casebook and with Gregson and his daughter. It's a rather far cry from the person we met earlier who seemed much more volatile but perhaps settling into New York and her work has steadied her. I also wonder if those group therapies she's been attending have actually started to make an impact on her. While I grew to like Kitty a lot more because of this episode, I'm not entirely certain Joan had to be away in order for that to happen. It isn't like the viewers can't handle two major female characters in one episode both contributing something meaningful. I've really enjoyed Kitty and Joan developing a solid relationship and I'd like to see that continuing to grow. And just overall, the show didn't feel the same without Joan there.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on December 6th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
I was really surprised they did the whole episode without Joan. I kept expecting her to be back before the end. I keep forgetting that Sherlock Holmes is usually the protagonist in these things, and Joan Watson/John Watson isn't. The latter just happens in my head. But it totally happens.

I did think Joan had quite an effect even without appearing! But I also thought what you said: she didn't need to be gone for Kitty to have more space in an episode. I think maybe they had too much to handle with Gregson's daughter and that subplot to keep Joan in.

I have come to like Kitty quite a bit, but her progress has seemed a little fast to me. I was surprised she was so calm and wise with Gregson (which LJ or my computer keeps changing to "Greyson"). I'd also love to know what she said. It seemed to be pretty effective. On the other hand, I fear abusers don't stop due to fear of consequences. On the third hand, I think the daughter had a right to decide not to do anything about it. She's not responsible if he assaults or abuses someone else; he is.

I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on this week's episode. Joan is back!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on December 6th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting that Sherlock Holmes is usually the protagonist in these things,

I just reluctantly acknowledged in my review of this week's episode that yeah, I suppose Sherlock IS the main character in this show. I guess.

I was surprised she was so calm and wise with Gregson (which LJ or my computer keeps changing to "Greyson").

Me too! I was wondering if all those group therapy sessions she'd been going to were helping.