Elementary: The Ballad of Lady Frances
March 22, 2017 8:12 AM - Season 5, Episode 17 - Subscribe

The police call in Holmes and Watson to consult on a homicide "heard" by a cutting edge gunshot detection system when they can't find any tangible evidence that a crime was committed.
posted by CMcG (6 comments total)
I was surprised that AV Club gave this one a B. It didn't really hold my interest. I agree with their take that Joan is being further sidelined even in her relationship with Shinwell.
posted by CMcG at 8:14 AM on March 22, 2017

Whoops! I meant to do the real Eric Clapton version of All Your Love. Sorry!
posted by CMcG at 8:15 AM on March 22, 2017

I too am surprised at the B. It must have been the guitars.

I really am not a fan of the entire Shinwell storyline. It is just not compelling at all. I couldn't really put my finger on it until reading your link to the AV Club review. It feels like he's going along against his will. Like they've made him their pet project and he doesn't want any parts of it.

Also to note: has anyone else noticed that every single week there's a shot of Joan sleeping, and then getting out of bed and coming downstairs in her jammies? What is up with that? It's literally every week. Sometimes Sherlock is in her room when she wakes up, sometimes he isn't. There are never any shots of Sherlock sleeping (I don't know if we've ever even see where he sleeps?) or in his sleepytime clothes (he is always fully dressed in his tiny jackets by the time she comes downstairs) but I am intimately acquainted with Joan's comforter and pillows at this point. It's not that it's sexy or anything (it isn't), it's almost like they're repeatedly and pointedly showing how vulnerable she is, and I dislike it. Anyone else have any take on why they do it every week that I'm not thinking of?
posted by the webmistress at 1:20 PM on March 22, 2017 [2 favorites]

I really don't think the shots of Joan sleeping are about making her look vulnerable. I think that's reading a lot more sinister intent into it than is warranted. I think it's just a running joke that Joan likes to sleep, and that Sherlock usually wakes her up in some noisy and hilarious way.
posted by katyggls at 3:58 PM on March 22, 2017 [4 favorites]

I take the repeated views of Watson in (quite sensible) sleep clothes but never any such scenes with Sherlock to strengthen the idea that he has abnormal (sleep) habits, but she is a regular person who has pretty good sleep habits, not so much that she likes to sleep. Also, Sherlock is more obsessive and driven, to the point of being less relatable, especially compared to Watson.

Not a stand-out episode, and I agree that Shinwell seems more like an unwilling project as he does a new protege, but I could accept some of that as this is pretty far afield from what he was expecting from life. To be honest, it's pretty far from what most people expect, as he joked in this episode - it sounds like training to be James Bond, the movie version of a super-spy.

(Also, this episode could use the ChessBoxing tag ;))
posted by filthy light thief at 7:17 AM on March 23, 2017

I think Joan getting woken up is a holdover from the original canon. Watson gets woken up A LOT as the start of a story or as part of a breakthrough. I don’t think it signifies anything in particular beyond that.
posted by blnkfrnk at 11:05 AM on March 21, 2018

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