Elementary: Art in the Blood
May 9, 2014 9:00 AM - Season 2, Episode 23 - Subscribe

An episode with some twists as Joan, Sherlock, and Mycroft deal with the fallout from the end of last week's episode.

Sherlock helps out MI6 with the investigation of the death of one of their former operatives. Joan learns about the twisty, strange past of Mycroft and Sherlock and what Mycroft has done to keep Sherlock safe. And then things get convoluted.
posted by nubs (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I hope I wasn't the only one who did this:

When they revealed that the arms of the corpse had been removed after the autopsy, I turned to my wife and said:

"Looks like they are now investigating..."

*sunglasses*

"...an armed robbery."

YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
posted by nubs at 9:17 AM on May 9, 2014 [8 favorites]


When they revealed that the arms of the corpse had been removed after the autopsy

I was hoping for a Hannibal crossover.
posted by homunculus at 10:20 AM on May 9, 2014


Mycroft's story arc has developed very nicely. I wasn't enjoying the show too much at the beginning of the season (Lestrade was especially annoying) but it's really turned around.

As for the mole, assuming it isn't actually Mycroft, I wouldn't think it's the handler since he invited Sherlock into all this. The older fellow who didn't like tattoos, perhaps.
posted by homunculus at 12:33 PM on May 9, 2014


As for the mole, assuming it isn't actually Mycroft, I wouldn't think it's the handler since he invited Sherlock into all this.

Or the handler is trying to set up some type of situation in which Sherlock has to agree to work for MI6 in exchange for protecting Mycroft, in a reversal of the Mycroft works for MI6 to keep Sherlock out of jail thing.
posted by nubs at 12:39 PM on May 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah my wife and I were on the same page as nubs with Mycroft being set up to force Sherlock to work for them.

I also wonder how much of a Chekhov's gun the jar of "toxic mold" will be or if it has already served it's purpose. Seemed a bit too obviously placed through the whole episode if now we are done with it.
posted by Captain_Science at 5:00 PM on May 9, 2014


I was exhausted and missed the details about what Sherlock had done that Mycroft was protecting him about, can someone update me?
posted by jeather at 5:59 PM on May 9, 2014


When Sherlock was having his addiction problems, a shady underworld figure used Sherlock to figure out how to smuggle a package without his rivals being aware; the "rivals" were MI6 and the package was money to finance a terrorist operation (Sherlock had no clue). MI6 kept Sherlock out of jail on the basis that Mycroft continue to work for them.

This is the revelation that causes Joan to hop back in the sack with Mycroft.
posted by nubs at 6:10 PM on May 9, 2014


Or the handler is trying to set up some type of situation in which Sherlock has to agree to work for MI6 in exchange for protecting Mycroft, in a reversal of the Mycroft works for MI6 to keep Sherlock out of jail thing.

But if the handler is the mole, he should still realize that Sherlock will try to nail him eventually.
posted by homunculus at 6:17 PM on May 9, 2014


I was hoping for a Hannibal crossover.

The weird relationship decisions of the female protagonists are eerily similar.
posted by carsonb at 7:08 AM on May 11, 2014


The older MI6 agent is Bishop Brennan from "Father Ted". Sherlock should kick him up the arse.

More also, he played Einstein in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" opposite the real Stephen Hawking.
posted by inturnaround at 10:49 AM on May 11, 2014


I just got around to watching this episode, and I'm sorry I didn't watch it earlier! This ended up being one of my favorites this season.

I am excited to see how this resolves. I, too?, think it's Mycroft's Handler. Unfortunately, that seems like way too obvious a culprit for this kind of show.

So.. shot in the dark: the ex-wife tattoo artist?
posted by royalsong at 6:47 PM on May 12, 2014


So.. shot in the dark: the ex-wife tattoo artist?

There's something about her that's just too convenient...she has all the answers to propel the investigation, comes forward to volunteer them, and oh btw - I need to hang out here too because bad people are after me. Sherlock says something to effect that "she's telling the truth, or at least believes she is" which makes me think she's some level of plant in whatever game is going on.
posted by nubs at 7:52 PM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


I find the weird good/bad light switch thing with Mycroft pretty interesting but I'm still curious why Joan is all "I can never see you again" to "Oh hey not only can we hang out, let's rekindle our thing" Like, he's still a big big question mark to me, I'm not sure why he isnt to her.
posted by jessamyn at 8:39 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


I find the weird good/bad light switch thing with Mycroft pretty interesting but I'm still curious why Joan is all "I can never see you again" to "Oh hey not only can we hang out, let's rekindle our thing" Like, he's still a big big question mark to me, I'm not sure why he isnt to her.
posted by jessamyn at 11:39 AM on May 14 [+] [!]


I found that entire scene just odd.

Joan is all - Hey guy I swore I never wanted to see again. Tell me about your secret mission though I said I can't believe anything you say ever.

Mycroft - Yes, lady that just soundly rejected me last night, here is all that info I could have shared previously to explain myself, but chose not to even a little bit for REASONS.

Joan - Okay, I believe everything you say now

Mycroft - We both really love Sherlock don't we?

Joan - Yep, let's have sex while being so happy about our Sherlock codependency.

Additionally - why has Mrs. Hudson become the invisible servant? She has always just left the room on this show.
posted by Julnyes at 10:20 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]


Additionally - why has Mrs. Hudson become the invisible servant? She has always just left the room on this show.

Yeah, that's bugged me too. She's one of the best characters and we almost never see her. I'd have happily traded the Lestrade episodes for more Mrs. Hudson. Her absence is glaring.
posted by homunculus at 11:46 AM on May 14, 2014


The older MI6 agent is Bishop Brennan from "Father Ted
Was hoping for just one outburst of "Crillllly!"
posted by fullerine at 8:26 PM on May 16, 2014


Noooooo. Joan do not go into that man's bed. Gah.
/agree with all Julynes commentary.
posted by Glinn at 3:46 PM on June 28, 2016


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