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'Elementary' recap: Kitty is haunted by her past

Season 3 | Episode 2 | “The Five Orange Pipz”| Aired Nov 6, 2014

We get a peek into the backstory of the mysterious Kitty Winter in this week’s Elementary as Holmes and Watson team up (sort of) to solve a double murder involving blackmail, political corruption and poisonous children’s toys.

The case launches with a somewhat bizarre cold open. A man checks his mail, finds an envelope with five orange beads, tries to call a friend but is quickly killed—all while Captain Gregson listens, having answered the phone of another dead man who also received the mysterious beads.

In case that last paragraph didn’t make any sense, we learn that the man, Elias Openshaw, was a toy manufacturer who has been in hiding since skipping bail during his trial for murder. Turns out the beads used in one of his toys are made of chemicals that behave like the drug GHB when swallowed.

Openshaw knew about the defect but let the toy go to market, resulting in the hospitalization of nine children for overdoses and the deaths of four. The case against him was ironclad, so with the help of his lawyer he vanished until someone tracked them both down and got revenge.

Hence the five orange beads, or “Pipz” as they are called during the episode, which helpfully avoids confusion with “bees.”

It’s a twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “The Five Orange Pips,” in which the Openshaw family is targeted by members of the Ku Klux Klan and Col. Elias Openshaw receives five orange pips (or seeds) in the mail.

Much like in Elementary, the story doesn’t end well for Openshaw.

But this week is really about Sherlock’s new protégée, Kitty. We get several hints throughout the episode that she has a dark backstory, particularly when Holmes snaps at her outside the assistant U.S. attorney’s office.

“I would have thought that you, more than most, would be unwilling to allow a murderer to roam free simply because the world accepts an inaccurate account of things,” he says.

We don’t get the full story, but Sherlock eventually hands a file over to Watson that explains that Kitty was the victim of a horrific crime years ago and is trying to start over with a new identity — while also channeling her emotional scars into detective work.

At first Watson declines to read it, but Kitty wants her to know the truth.

“Sherlock keeps saying I need to get a better sense of you,” Kitty says. “And maybe that will give you a better sense of me.”

Also, am I the only one who picked up on some sexual tension between Kitty and Detective Bell? He can barely take his eyes off her during the entire episode, and their banter at the crime scene seems to have a little electricity beneath the surface.

“I wouldn’t have stepped there,” she says, recoiling as he reaches out to stop her from standing in blood. “I know what I’m doing.”

“I’ll keep that in mind,” he responds.

As for the murders, the government’s case against Openshaw had actually begun to fall apart after a box of evidence went missing. The attorney, a rising political star named Angela White, agreed to pay Openshaw to lie low rather than face the embarrassment of dropping the charges against him.

But a dropped case is exactly what Special Agent Boden was counting on when he stole the box of evidence. He needed the charges dismissed so the government would release Openshaw’s inventory of druggy Pipz, which he could then sell as street-value GHB.

When the case fell into legal limbo, Boden requested a job surveilling Openshaw’s lawyer in order to track down Openshaw, kill both men, and plant the beads to frame one of the grieving parents. It would have worked, but Sherlock was able to put the pieces together in time to catch Boden leaving the warehouse with a tuck full of Pipz.

The episode ends with Watson and Kitty having a heart-to-heart about her past. And while they may not have been technically working the case together, we saw Holmes and Watson side-by-side, almost like old times.

Stray Thoughts

  • Watson’s new boyfriend, Andrew from 6D, was completely MIA this week. I’m betting he either gets abducted in a future episode or turns out to be a villain by the season’s end.
  • After last week’s episode, commenter TedJMill asked how a magnet powerful enough to pull bullets through the victims’ bodies didn’t leave some other evidence, like displaced keys. I really enjoyed last week’s mystery, but Ted makes a good point.
  • There was a moment during the episode when Sherlock states that neither he nor Kitty are citizens of the United States. Obviously, the episode was filmed some time ago but as it turns out Jonny Lee Miller took the oath of citizenship this week.

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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