Elementary: Déjà Vu All Over Again

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by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

Ladies and gentlemen, one Sherlock  Holmes has now decided it’s time for the proverbial “training wheels”  to come off of Dr. Watson, and for her to take her first big girl steps  into becoming a detective!

Six months prior, a woman named  Vivian was on a subway station dock awaiting the next subway when a  man approached and handed her a bouquet of flowers. The man walked away  only to return as the subway arrived, and pushed the woman off in front  of it, killing her. Fast-forward to present-day, a lawyer friend of  Sherlock’s father approaches him about a case. A woman, Callie, has  gone missing after telling her husband, Drew, that she was leaving him  in a video message. In the video, she also mentions the woman who had  been pushed in front of the subway train. So, Holmes decides he is going  to investigate the subway murder while Watson is on her own for this  disappearance case. Good luck, Watson!

Watson interviews Drew and comes  to the conclusion that he killed her based on body language and speech  pattern. She decides to stake him out and finds he has a wooden chest  that he says “his wife took when she left.” Watson, along with Alfredo  (the security alarm system guy who challenges Holmes, remember?), then  follows him to a self-storage unit. With training she’s obtained from  Alfredo, Watson breaks into the car and opens the trunk, only to be  caught. Inside the trunk where Watson believes is the body? Nothing!  Oops!

Watson is sent to jail and Holmes  bails her out. They return to watch video from the subway incident,  showing the killer with a beard and a jacket with a patch. Also, a violinist  was there who saw the whole thing, and according to Holmes, recognized  the killer. Holmes is able to track him down and bring him in for questioning.  The pickpocket isn’t able to identify the killer, but notes a patch  was on the jacket. Later, Watson goes to say she can no longer stay  on the case but notices a portrait or Rebecca wearing a jacket with  the patch they are looking for. She says the jacket belonged to Drew  and that he shaved his beard shortly after Callie disappeared.

Drew is brought in for questioning  and realizes the order of the crimes is wrong. The video of Callie saying  goodbye was made prior to their first breakup, not the most recent.  The video mentioned a woman being pushed in front of a train eighteen  months ago, so Drew went and did the same to another woman to cover  his tracks after he killed his wife. Gregson notes that they checked  Callie’s emails and found that the original had been deleted and resent  prior to appear like it was new. They’ve now proven Drew to be the murderer.

Back at home, Watson now changes  a profile to being a “consulting detective” as her career.

This episode was a little confusing,  especially once putting it all together. We all knew that Drew was the  murderer from his first interview with Watson. I don’t know if it was  just how he portrayed the character (it just came off as guilty) or  that we’re just getting to be as good as Holmes at solving these cases,  but it was evident. The whole “murder from eighteen months ago to  be used as a secondary by pushing another women in front of a train  to create an alibi to kill his wife” thing was one of those “Huh?!”  moments. They could have totally simplified this plot twist instead  of leaving us with “O…kay…sure.”

Even though Holmes decided to  send Watson out of the nest to fly on her own, it all came back together  in the end. Mind you, I’m no expert in Sherlock Holmes lore, but I would  doubt there were many stories in which Watson worked on his own to solve  individual cases. After all, the story was “Sherlock Holmes.” But  I did enjoy the independence Watson was given and to see her critical  thinking coming into play. It’s also nice that they didn’t make her  too smart, but are giving her obstacles to overcome as she progresses  in becoming a better detective.

On a side note, I thoroughly  enjoyed the opening sequence with Watson breaking into a car and trying  to hotwire it. Definitely a method Holmes would employ, so it was nice  to see Watson working on it. Plus, she has Alfredo there teaching her  the ropes. It’s apparent that this training is going to come into play  as the series progresses. I think we can expect Holmes to get into some  predicaments in the future and Holmes will be there to bail him out,  as per the story of old. Stay tuned!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


    One Comment

  1. darciMarch 21st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Love, love, loved this episode. Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson has been the strongest part of this series all season long, and this was great to have an episode that focused so strongly on her character and her own storyline/case. Also thought it was so great how they showed her different her life has become in 6 months during that scene when they cut from a flashback to her having a night out w friends and then going to her breaking into a car.

    Last, I thought it was a great choice of music when they used Junip’s “Line of Fire” when Emily and Joan are talking on the phone and Emily gives Joan moral support about her decision and career change to being a detective like Sherlock. Bravo all around, best episode of the season.

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