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'Elementary' season premiere recap: Sherlock returns with a new partner

Season 3 | Episode 1 | “Enough Nemesis to Go Around” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

After their (professional) breakup at the end of season 2, Holmes and Watson are reunited in the season 3 premiere of Elementary. But it may take some time for the ice to thaw between them, especially since Sherlock appears to have moved on and found a new protégée (Ophelia Lovibond) to replace Joan.

It’s been six months since Sherlock left for England to work with MI6, and Joan, now a solo consulting detective, is in full Jedi mode. She takes down a cartel boss over lunch, solves a warehouse theft, and has a little time to flirt with Andrew from 6D (Raza Jaffrey) on her way out the door to meet Detective Bell.

Only problem is the key witness in Joan’s cartel case is killed in a bizarre shooting. The woman gets on an elevator with a guard, but when its doors open in the garage, they’re both dead. That’s right! We’ve got ourselves a good, old-fashioned, locked-room mystery.

Two months go by with little luck on the case, and it appears that Joan is being followed by one of cartel boss Elana March’s (Gina Gershon) goons. But a tip from a guest at the hotel where the witness was killed sends Joan to the brownstone, where she comes face-to-face with a no-longer-in-London Sherlock Holmes.

Well, almost face-to-face. He’s wearing a metal isolator over his head, as he is wont to do.

The two have a tense conversation, during which Holmes apologizes for his abrupt departure and Watson tells him their partnership is over. She didn’t need him anymore when he left, and she doesn’t need him now. It’s the first in a series of barbed statements Holmes has to swallow during the episode, like when Captain Gregson says Holmes can consult again for the NYPD only if Watson approves.

“We’re not friends,” Gregson says. “I like you. I want good things for you, but our relationship? It’s a means to an end as much to me as it is to you.”

Oh, come on, Gregson—you don’t mean that.

Watson and Bell confront Holmes’ suspect, an alleged assassin named Elspeth who denies that he’s a killer. Not too long after that, Watson notices she’s being followed by a woman on the street. They have a confrontation that ends in a singlestick match (Sherlock Holmes’ preferred form of combat), which clues Watson in that her pursuer doesn’t work for Elana March but is, instead, Sherlock’s new partner.

After running into each other at the crime scene, Holmes apologizes (in his way) for having Joan followed by his new student, whose name is apparently “Kitty.” It’s short for Katherine, but Kitty is her strong preference. Sherlock tells Joan he was worried about relapsing after they parted ways, and training someone in detective work helps keep him grounded.

He also solves the murder, deducing that Elspeth didn’t shoot the witness but instead planted bullets in the elevator that were pulled through the victims’ bodies by a powerful magnet.

Holmes says it was “literally” the perfect crime, but the theft of the magnet from Rutgers University was far from perfect. Unfortunately, the prints left behind don’t belong to Elspeth, since Elana had one of her goons steal the magnet and deliver it piecemeal to the killer.

It’s another dead end (no pun intended), so Holmes visits Watson—to be his sounding board, which can be helpful when a detective is frustrated by his nemesis. But Watson brushes him off.

“You decided we weren’t partners, so I learned to work without you,” she says. “It’s what I’m used to know.”

Watson watches the surveillance video from the lobby and realizes that Elspeth left the magnet and his fingerprints in his hotel room after the murders. With that evidence, Elspeth agrees to cut a deal in order to put Elana March behind bars for good. Joan tells Sherlock she’s okay with him consulting for the NYPD as long as they work separate cases.

It’s hardly a warm “Welcome home!” but at least by the end of the episode there are some hints that Watson will come around and we’ll see our two crime fighters side by side soon.

Also, I’m not sure how I feel about Kitty, but it looks like she’ll be around for a while. Kitty Winter is a character in the Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client,” which is also the title of an upcoming episode this season. Looks like I have some canon studying to do.

Stray Thoughts

  • We got the short title sequence this week. Elementary has one of the best episode intros on television, and I always feel a little cheated when I don’t get to see the full Rube Goldberg machine.
  • We’re obviously not supposed to invest too heavily in Joan and Andrew’s relationship, right? The show skips ahead to when they’re already together and then sidelines him for the rest of the episode.
  • I’m still unclear about how a singlestick is different from fencing.
  • “Earlier I had you organize these writing samples in decreasing order of the author’s potential sexual deviancy. Do it again!” Best. Homework. Ever.
  • How dumb do you have to be to leave your murder weapon AND your latex gloves in the same spot?

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9C on CBS.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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