Elementary: Worth Several Cities
October 17, 2016 5:17 PM - Season 5, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Holmes is kidnapped by the leader of a local gang who wants Sherlock to find the person responsible for a hit, but the abduction leads Holmes and Watson to get caught up in the search for a priceless, centuries-old object Meanwhile, Shinwell asks Joan for a favor that may be out of her comfort zone.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total)
The Heirloom Seal of the Realm is a real thing, but there are other jade seals that have sold for hefty sums.

As for the Chinese idiom for priceless being "worth several cities," I found a purseblog thread that claims "In 283 BC, ambitious King Zhaoxiang of Qin offered to trade 15 towns and their land for the precious jade (the origin of the Chinese saying of valued in multiple cities)" and a related reference in China: Five Thousand Years of History and Civilization (Google books preview)"Indeed, as jade is scarce and difficult to process, jade ware has always been so highly valued that one jade disc might be worth several cities."
posted by filthy light thief at 3:10 PM on October 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

Neat! I've never checked Elementary n Fanfare but I've also never watched in (almost) real time. How cool to find these links here. I also appreciate the return to the "soulful indie music outro" thing that I always liked about this show.
posted by jessamyn at 6:06 PM on October 18, 2016

The jade seal parts of the story felt very classic-Holmes somehow - maybe just because it was only peripherally CBS-procedural/body-of-the-week?

I'm not terribly hopeful about the writers' ability to pull off a Joan-centric season arc - seems like they've forgotten about last season's half-sister already (and I'll never stop being annoyed about her stepfather's creepy fanfic), guess we'll see.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:17 PM on October 18, 2016

Joan's half sister is the one who got Shinwell his apartment!
posted by jessamyn at 6:20 PM on October 18, 2016 [4 favorites]

Oops, you're right, I spaced on that line. I guess I just want more on-screen development.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:09 PM on October 18, 2016

I would watch the hell out of an Elementary/Antiques Roadshow crossover. How can we make this happen, people?
posted by purpleclover at 10:33 PM on October 20, 2016 [1 favorite]

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