Elementary: The Long Fuse


by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)


Is there any case Sherlock Holmes can’t solve? Time will tell. This week’s episode was a little different than the norm. Instead of a murder being committed and Holmes finding the person responsible, the homicide was set up in the past! Allow the elaboration to begin.

We begin with Holmes standing in front of TV screens, watching them all at the same time when Watson walks in to remind him that he needs to find a sponsor. She only has a couple more weeks with him, so he needs someone he can turn to in order to remain sober. Holmes, having grown accustomed to Watson being around, isn’t too taken with the idea.

At a web design company, a bomb in an air conditioning vent goes off, killing those inside the building. Holmes and Watson are brought in and find the motherboard to a pager along with some paper from 2008 within the rubble. Holmes finds it odd that a company up-to-date with technology would have a pager sitting around, and thinks it may have been what set the bomb off.

After analyzing the device, they trace the call, only to find that it was an error in dialing from this suspect. Holmes believes the bomb was set back in 2008 but had never gone off. They question executives from the PR firm that owned the office, Vanowen SC, who said they received threats in the past from some groups. Holmes checks into former employees, thinking it may have been a disgruntled worker, and discovers that Pradeep Singh went missing that same year. He’d had an altercation with management and the bomb was detonated in what used to be his office. They now have a new suspect.

At NARC Anon, Holmes is busy going through notes regarding the case while Watson is pushing him to find a new sponsor. He decided on a guy named Alfredo, who used to steal cars, mostly because he thinks it wouldn’t be okay with Watson. She, however, sets up a meeting with the two for lunch, which Holmes regretfully declines at the last available moment.

Holmes meets up with Watson at the Singh home only to find a widow who suspects he had been murdered. The detective notices some things, and after Watson walks outside with the wife, decides to further investigate a wall. He breaks into the dry walling, and finds the body of Pradeep. His widow was right, he was murdered. On the body is a key to a safety deposit box, where they find a VHS tape. Now all they need is a VCR…. To Holmes’ apartment!

One the tape we see Pradeep, alive and well, secretly videotaping his encounter with a prostitute, who just happens to be Mrs. Vanowen, one of the people Holmes questioned earlier. He deduces that Pradeep was later using that videotape as leverage to obtain raises and money from Vanowen. But when she decided enough was enough, she decided to kill him. Unfortunately, the pipe bomb set in his office didn’t work, so she had to result to other means. And it just so happens that her father was a drywaller who had taught her the art, so it was easier for her to cover it up. Vanowen is arrested and the case is solved.

Later, Alfredo shows up at Holmes apartment with a puzzle to solve. Holmes says he’s quite good at them, but Alfredo gives him a new challenge. He brings a car with a new security system that isn’t out on the market yet to see if Holmes can solve how to get into it. Holmes accepts the challenge and Watson finds that she may have found a new sponsor.

This episode did feel more like a filler episode, and in all reality, it is. There was a big emphasis on Holmes needing to find a new sponsor, but let’s be honest, Lucy Liu isn’t going anywhere, so I’m not sure where the writers are trying to go with this. We, as an audience, aren’t dumb enough to think they are writing out the character of Watson. You can’t have Holmes without Watson. It is fun to watch the subtleties of Jonny Lee Miller as he expresses his need for Watson being around by not expressing it outright but more in the little nuances of his body language. And again, the interaction between Watson and Holmes work so well. Great casting for this show regarding the leads. It’s also nice that CBS ordered a full season with twenty-four episodes which means more fun ahead!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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