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23 January 2015 @ 08:41 am
Elementary: The Illustrious Client  
I need to get a Kitty icon.


Not that I think the writers were trying to be subtle about the red herring but I did not believe for a second that the sex trafficker was Kitty's kidnapper. Thus the main mystery for me that was disguised as the team trying to find Kitty's kidnapper was not that interesting. However, all the character stuff in this episode was fantastic.

Kitty said my favorite line in this episode because it was exactly what I was thinking in the moment Sherlock compared his addiction to her kidnapping and rape. I get Sherlock trying to comfort her in some way by offering empathy, but per classic!Sherlock, he gets it quite wrong. Comparing their pasts was so far off the mark. It's not apples to oranges so much as apples to hammers. Kitty telling Sherlock that someone hurt her whereas he hurt himself succinctly summarized my head shake on this. Even as I did give Sherlock points for trying.

I also do give him points for how he handled telling Kitty her attacker was in NY and how he calmly and directly pointed out that getting emotional and reacting without thinking would be playing into the man's hands.

We get confirmation that Kitty has in the past and currently does use physical violence to get certain results. I like how the show handled this is highlighting that it's Not Okay but have it make sense given Kitty's circumstances and her outwardly pretty well contained anger and rage during this case. Overall, Ophelia Lovibond's acting in this episode was great. I loved all her subtle expressions, particularly during her and Joan's interview with the rescued woman at the hospital whose story was clearly triggering Kitty and she was working hard to keep herself together.

I also loved that Kitty went to Joan at the end of the episode and that Joan has extended an open invitation to Kitty. It's a nice contrast to Sherlock breaking into Joan's apartment last episode versus Kitty having a key. The writers did not fail in being able to write 2 main female characters and moreover giving them a strong friendship that is made of something other than their own individual relationships to Sherlock.

So I concluded around the time Joan's boss agreed to hand over the patients' names (SO ILLEGAL!!) that he was probably Kitty's real kidnapper. As usual, I drew correct conclusions not because I followed actual clues but because I recognized a guest star (Stuart Townsend) and had seen enough of these types of shows to know they wouldn't cast a semi-famous person in a throwaway role. Plus, it was completely insane to me that the head of a major insurance company would do something so illegal just because a new employee was dealing with a personal matter. A lazier show might have used the excuse that Del being attracted to Joan was the reason, but writers of Elementary are better than this.

So did he hire Joan knowing she works with Kitty? What's his endgame? To successfully kill Kitty this time? In any case, the show found a solid reason why Joan has to ultimately leave her new job.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on January 23rd, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes to everything!

Except that I thought it was sloppy writing that had Gruner do something incredibly illegal while being amazingly accommodating to his new employee who took a leave minutes after she moved into her office. It didn't occur to me until Kitty asked who was on the phone, obviously shaken—and then, of course, it was obvious. I was disappointed with the show, but now? Now I will only be really disappointed if Joan doesn't believe her, because Joan ought to know that that guy was acting really suspicious.

I was disappointed in Sherlock but thought the show did a really believable job with the scene in the morgue. He was already going in there to break bad news to her, so he was feeling awkward, and then his attempts at empathy failed. He really does feel empathy here, and I get that it's not something he's used to, so it's understandable that he'd get it wrong. He understands her feelings in terms of his own, and he finds the closest match he can—and it's just not anywhere near as close as he thinks it is. Kitty is absolutely right, and I was surprised that she remained relatively restrained in her response. I thought for a moment she might hit him!

Gregson is right: the department can't keep working with Kitty right now after what she just did. And Sherlock doesn't argue, because he knows he's right. We understand and even sympathize without having to endorse what she did—which is so refreshing when most tv seems to want me to accept all kinds of horrible behavior because I like the characters! (See: BBC Sherlock. So much Not Okay!)

I'm sure that Gruner hired Joan to get close to Kitty and keep an eye on the investigation. I think that this is a man who does his research very thoroughly: he found a patsy people would be eager to blame, and I suspect he stirred up the trouble with the Albanians; it would be a heck of a coincidence otherwise. I'm just not sure what the plan is. I'm very worried for Joan too, but that's partly from a fake-out: the preview for this episode at the very end showed Joan in her apartment with someone else just coming into frame. Of course I spent the whole episode waiting for the killer to take Joan, but it was Kitty! I left the room before Brilliant Husband and Daughter watched previews for the next episode.

Ophelia Lovibond was outstanding in this episode. I don't want Kitty to leave! But I think they're very much setting us up for that: they'll get this guy, and she'll be freed, and she's pretty much already ready to be a detective on her own. She did a solo case last week, and Sherlock was ready to take her as a partner. Now she can't work with the police, at least for some time to come. I just don't want her to get hurt. I'd also kind of like her to stop using violence.

And yes, Joan won't be staying at that job!

I very much hope that Joan believes her immediately and that Sherlock can at least be talked around. I think Kitty will strike out on her own otherwise—which might possibly be what Gruner wants.

I want the next episode NOWNOWNOW! I'm glad you got to watch before I did so that I could come and comment here.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Holmes_Elementaryjoonscribble on January 24th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Kitty is absolutely right, and I was surprised that she remained relatively restrained in her response. I thought for a moment she might hit him!

Kitty has grown a lot in terms of trusting others and being rather patient. I think she knows on some level that Sherlock is trying which counts for a lot, even as he fails. She just needs to get better now at exercising restraint in not using violence when needing results for a case!

We understand and even sympathize without having to endorse what she did—which is so refreshing when most tv seems to want me to accept all kinds of horrible behavior because I like the characters!

Yes! The writers actually trust us to continue to like people who make bad choices! BBC Sherlock could take some notes. I always hate it when shows force me to like characters by blatantly ignoring all the bad things they do.

I very much hope that Joan believes her immediately and that Sherlock can at least be talked around. I think Kitty will strike out on her own otherwise—which might possibly be what Gruner wants.

I wonder if the show might do a fake out similar to when Sherlock supposedly overdosed at the end of season 1 to trap Moriarty where we all thought he relapsed but it was a trick. So maybe Kitty, Joan, and Sherlock will make it look like Kitty's fallen out with them and is striking out on her own to draw Gruner out so all three plus the NYPD could get him. That would be nice as I love good team efforts like that.

I've really grown to like Kitty. So much so that I want to change the timeline of that crossover fic to incorporate her but then I worry I'll just completely sideline Sherlock to more character/emotional stuff story telling duties and he'll hate that.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 24th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the show might do a fake out similar to when Sherlock supposedly overdosed at the end of season 1 to trap Moriarty where we all thought he relapsed but it was a trick. So maybe Kitty, Joan, and Sherlock will make it look like Kitty's fallen out with them and is striking out on her own to draw Gruner out so all three plus the NYPD could get him. That would be nice as I love good team efforts like that.

Ooh: I like this idea! I hope they don't fake us out this time, though. That could get tedious. I'd like to see them plan it out, not show us what Gruner is seeing.

Edited at 2015-01-24 08:18 pm (UTC)