Elementary: Under My Skin
April 26, 2015 8:04 AM - Season 3, Episode 21 - Subscribe

When two paramedics are killed during a kidnapping, Holmes and Watson join the search for the killer and the woman who was abducted; information comes to light that strains Alfredo and Holmes' relationship.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I thought the case of the week was gratuitously nasty, and not well served by its perfunctory treatment. Also obviously we knew whodunnit as soon as we saw Fisher Stevens, but whatever, perils of the genre.

That said, I adored the Sherlock/Alfredo B-plot, because let's face it, I've reached the point where I beam at Sherlock like a proud parent every time he succeeds at being a good friend. He's learning and growing as a person! How rare is that on procedural shows! I love so much how unabashed Sherlock is about how he is all in with his friends. It strikes me as genuinely brave that Sherlock is continually reaching out to make connections with people, and that he's grown enough to see past his own needs and want the best for his friends. A season or so ago, Sherlock probably would have framed this whole Alfredo issue as helping Alfredo because he doesn't want to lose his sponsor. Alfredo even tried to shut Sherlock down by playing on that fear and trying to define their relationship as strictly sponsor and sponsored. But, like a motherfucking adult, Sherlock thought about it and decided he values Alfredo as a friend too much.

I really hope this season doesn't end with a gratuitous backslide on all this very well-earned character growth. I'll take the season ending on a comparative whimper as long as there's no baffling reset button on all the excellent relationship development work this season has done.
posted by yasaman at 9:47 AM on April 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


I thought the case of the week was gratuitously nasty, and not well served by its perfunctory treatment.

I agree, that was really unpleasant. And kinda fat-shaming? I mean, I'm trying to think if Elementary has ever used a fat actor for any significant guest spots, and nobody comes to mind. Annoying that they only cast someone fat when it's a plot point that the character had gastric bypass surgery. (And, sorry, but that was such a ludicrous crime plot - how would a doctor be able to keep a practice going if their patients kept disappearing and/or turning up dead?)

I liked the Alfredo B-plot too.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:53 PM on April 27, 2015


how would a doctor be able to keep a practice going if their patients kept disappearing and/or turning up dead?

Because the doctor and procedure were in Brazil, the patients from NYC? I imagine there's not a lot of followup on patients who fly in for cheap operations from half the world away.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:51 PM on April 27, 2015


I do think that this show deals with relationships and their development in much more mature ways than most shows. I'm really impressed by this dimension of the show.
posted by idb at 1:30 PM on April 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


how would a doctor be able to keep a practice going if their patients kept disappearing and/or turning up dead?

I think the idea was to steal a big batch of drugs, sew them into patients, and then leave the country before people could put the pieces together and catch you. They mentioned making sure to get the three patients scheduled as closely as they could, and the surgeon had already fled and been fingered as a suspect in the theft of the drugs by the police in Brazil before the NYPD called about the homicides.
posted by JiBB at 4:58 PM on April 28, 2015


I think the idea was to steal a big batch of drugs, sew them into patients, and then leave the country before people could put the pieces together and catch you. They mentioned making sure to get the three patients scheduled as closely as they could, and the surgeon had already fled and been fingered as a suspect in the theft of the drugs by the police in Brazil before the NYPD called about the homicides.

Yeah, I got that was what the writers meant, it was just beyond my suspension of disbelief. I mean, I don't see how/where you could surgically implant the drugs into a person where they'd stay safely in place long enough for the person to be well enough to get on a plane.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:42 PM on April 28, 2015


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