Elementary: Evidence of Things Not Seen
November 14, 2015 5:28 PM - Season 4, Episode 2 - Subscribe

When Morland offers to use his influence to have Sherlock and Joan reinstated as consultants to the NYPD, Sherlock's mistrust of his father makes him question his motivation to help.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total)
(Sorry for the late posting, didn't realize until this evening that my Tivo didn't record the episode.)

Very happy with the Joan+Morland scenes, especially the "He just thinks you're a bad father" line delivery. So matter of fact, almost sympathetic, but at the same time just as much of a cut to the quick as last week's "How hard have you ever been hit?"
posted by oh yeah! at 5:38 PM on November 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yeah, so far Morland has been great. This show can do real, careful character work, so unusual for a procedural. We know Sherlock - inquisitive, brusque, actively fighty, and he is none of these things in regard to his father. Mostly, he is lost, which speaks so much to their relationship and gives Joan an opportunity to really show how much of a partnership this really is. Something Sherlocks rather overwhelming personality often obscures.
posted by humans are superior! at 2:04 PM on November 15, 2015

i'm super interested in where the morland plot is going! but i'm also a little annoyed that at least on the surface sherlock's mistakes and missteps are being magic wanded away. it gets a little too close to scandal or how to get away with murder (both shows that i love!) for my comfort. their subplot of addiction recovery deserves more than they're giving it, i think. we'll see how this season plays out - maybe i'm jumping the gun.
posted by nadawi at 7:22 PM on November 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

I wish the gender balance in this show was better. Joan is awesome, but she is almost the only woman on the show. In this episode eventually the killer turned out to be a woman, but she had a really small part in the episode. This series has 3 main male characters (now 4, if Morland counts) and only 1 female character, so it would have been nice if at least one of either FBI agent or main suspect had been a woman.
posted by blub at 6:29 AM on November 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Why do we never see Ms. Hudson? The original was a recurring character in the stories (afair) and the re-imagined Ms. Hudson is a great new character. I find it really bizarre that she's vanished from the show.
posted by homunculus at 9:32 AM on November 16, 2015 [3 favorites]

I do so love how relentlessly protective of each other Joan and Sherlock are. The series opener was all about Sherlock doing his best to make sure Joan's career wasn't torpedoed by his mistakes, and now this episode was basically all Joan making sure Morland wouldn't hurt Sherlock. And man, Joan does not fuck around; if she could coolly and politely threaten someone once an episode, that'd be great for me.

Why do we never see Ms. Hudson?

I'd love to see more Ms. Hudson too! Prosaically, her absence might just be a matter of actor availability/budget issues, but I do wish she was around more. I think one of the show's real strengths is in building a believable and rich cast of secondary and tertiary characters who aren't tossed aside after one episode, and who the show assures us continue to exist outside the 43 minutes a week we spend with Joan and Sherlock (see the consistent mentions of Alfredo even when he's not on the show, the callbacks to one-off characters like the woman Sherlock exchanges sexy letters with, etc).
posted by yasaman at 5:37 PM on November 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

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