Elementary: A View With a Room
February 12, 2016 5:31 AM - Season 4, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Holmes is asked to orchestrate a perfect heist in a drug-dealing biker gang's heavily armed and virtually impenetrable compound; Watson makes a discovery about Holmes.
posted by oh yeah! (13 comments total)
Not sure what to make of Sherlock/Fiona. Felt like it came out of nowhere (gotta agree with the AV Club recap that it breaks the 'show don't tell' rule for us to just be hearing about this apparently amazing talk the two of them had sometime off-screen) and I can't see it ending well. I would hope it ends with something other than a fridged Fiona, but I am leery of this development.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:11 AM on February 12, 2016

It did come a little bit out of nowhere but I felt it was sweet enough to make up for that. But, yep, my overall response was--Fiona is great, hope Moriarty doesn't kill her.
posted by lullaby at 10:17 AM on February 12, 2016

I totally thought they might get together. Not surprised at all.
posted by amtho at 10:53 AM on February 12, 2016

Really, people were surprised ? The first scene together with them, I immediately thought they were going to make Fiona a love interest for Sherlock.
posted by Pendragon at 12:35 PM on February 12, 2016

I guess I'm just so used to Sherlock's love life being limited to no-strings-attached fuck-buddies that the idea of him dating anyone never really occurred to me as a possibility.
posted by oh yeah! at 1:19 PM on February 12, 2016

if they fridge her i'm gonna be so fuckin pissed
posted by nadawi at 9:30 PM on February 12, 2016

I adored this episode.

From the outset with the line:

"We want to pull of a heist" [...]

"You want to steal something from heavily armed band of meth-dealing bike riding Satanists?"


"I'm practically engorged, when do we start?"

[And for the record, Captain Will Lombardi's performance quietly and totally stole the scene with "Interested?". I literally laughed. Out loud.]

Then I crushed hard on Lucy Liu, because I've adored her for years, and in this episode they let her show off her comedic side a bit, and it was awesome.

I was torn between the husky voice "You like her", and the "And pretty" for the best line in the scene. Also, later when she wakes up with her bed moved the wild hared "Sherloooock!"? Silly and great.

But Fiona. No surprise, the moment they introduced what was ostensibly an extra that was that interesting and pretty, I knew she'd be a player character. I was just pleased at how well the actress continues to present a compelling representation of someone on the spectrum without resorting to the usual gimmicks that TV tends to fall back on. And I really dig "Neuro-Atypical". I don't know if that's a thing, but it should totally be a thing. It's a great phrasing.

Basically, I was grinning through the scenes with her and Sherlock interacting. Johnny Lee Miller's nodding and head shaking was also wonderful. I wouldn't have thought the show would go this particular direction, but I'm so glad they did. It's working for me.

And it has to be noted that the heist episode is solved by the missing rug which has to be a nod to the heist from Clooney/Pitt Ocean's 11.

lullaby : hope Moriarty doesn't kill her.
Shit. I hadn't even considered that. It would be a gut punch, that's for sure.
posted by quin at 9:43 PM on February 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

I imagine that whatever happens with Fiona will have to tie into the Morland arc, even if Moriarty is involved. I would hope that the writers will come up with something more original than killing Fiona, they already used that trope with Joan and her last relationship, but given how they insta-fridged the EMT for the coroner the other week, who knows.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:21 AM on February 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

It would seem out of character for Moriarty to kill her/be involved in her death, I think. Neither her nor Sherlock have shown a propensity to jealousy (a combination of how they process things and massive egos), and she has compromised herself for things important to Sherlock before.

Maybe, like when they killed Joan's boyfriend, something will happen prompting Moriarty's intervention. I'm hoping, as this show has beautifully underplayed emotionally charged situation in the past, that it ends up being very mundane - how screwed up Sherlock is must be a really tough thing to deal with even if you can fully understand and appreciate him.
posted by humans are superior! at 10:21 AM on February 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

I liked Sherlock / Fiona. She acts autistic enough that I believe it, and she's a great match for Sherlock. As difficult to deal with as he is and yet different enough (loves cats!) to drive him crazy.

I HOPE their romance is just a B-story that runs through a few episodes, not a plot driver for Moriarty or Morland. Let Sherlock have a personal life, and let him deal with his personal life messing up his detective work and his detective work messing up his relationship. It's a great next step in the personal growth of a character that started out similar to the holier-than-thou egomaniacal Sherlock of the BBC show and has grown into a better person.

Heck, an episode where Sherlock introduces his girlfriend to his father would be hilarious.
posted by mmoncur at 1:17 AM on February 17, 2016

Kind of clever case of the week too! It started out with "We want to make a heist" and ended with the bad guys pulling an Ocean's 11 on them.
posted by mmoncur at 1:19 AM on February 17, 2016

Sparkle Poodle Playhouse! Prop department had a blast making those figurines sparkle.

Joan does this weird mimic thing where she picks up Fiona's conversational tics after each meeting and uses them in her subsequent interactions with Sherlock. With the playhouse layout, it feels like more of a rhythmic intonation, like she's realizing she can interact with Sherlock and Fiona similarly. Little floods of direct information spill out of her, her rundown of Fiona's problem is even more concise than Fiona's. Later, after Fiona demanded Joan say 'you're welcome', Joan turns it around on Sherlock and calls him out on being interested in what happened with Fiona.

It's small, maybe nothing, but seems like the sort of thing Lucy Liu has been bringing to the Watson character and I like the idea even if it wasn't intentional.

I'm sad Fiona didn't like Ol' Possum's Book of Practical Cats. I have a little paperback edition with illustrations from Edward Gorey and it's one of my most prized cat books. Yes there are many wonderful books about cats, or by cats, or for cats and I have so many of them here with me. With us.
posted by carsonb at 11:19 AM on February 25, 2016

Maybe Sherlock should have given her a copy of The Fur Person instead?
posted by carsonb at 11:59 AM on February 25, 2016

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