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'Elementary' recap: All the time in the world

Season | Episode 9 | “The Eternity Injection” | Aired Jan 8, 2014

Holmes and Watson search for the creator of a time-stopping drug while Sherlock struggles with his addiction on this week’s Elementary.

Technically speaking, EZM-77 doesn’t stop time, per se. Instead, it turbo-charges the brain to the point that time appears to have slowed down.

But imagine learning a new language in a week or fulfilling a 10-year prison sentence in a single day. Or imagine writing your Elementary recaps in mere seconds so you can get back to working on Captain Gregson/Detective Bell shipper fan fiction.

Amazing, right? Except for the side effects: muscular paralysis, brain damage, and homicidal mania.

Holmes and Watson are set on the trail of EZM-77, or “Ee-Zed-Em” in Sherlock’s Londonese, after a former hospital colleague of Watson’s goes missing and is later found dead in a back-alley dumpster. Her bank account shows a suspicious $150,000 payment from a shell company named Purgatorium Inc., and beneath her fingernails is DNA from her likely attacker—a man named Christopher Jacoby, who was also recently reported missing.

Sherlock is able to get a location on Jacoby with the help of Mason (Robert Capron), the computer whiz irregular we met in the episode “Bella.” Using surveillance footage and facial-recognition software, Mason tracks down a very derelict-looking Jacoby in the area of Morningside Park.

A Guzheng busker at the park entrance confirms that she’s seen Jacoby, and describes him as “quite damaged.” It doesn’t take long before Sherlock spots what looks like an encampment, where a bloodied Jacoby is lying dead next to a hidden John Doe notebook full of scrawled, manic gibberish describing the passage of years and decades.

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Jacoby’s autopsy reveals recent brain damage and an unidentifiable chemical in his system, leading Sherlock to theorize that Jacoby was participating in an illegal drug trial. Watson’s old colleague, he reasons, was a nurse hired to administer the drug who got caught on the wrong side of her patient’s mental breakdown. When the trial went awry, the organizers began cleaning up loose ends by killing patients.

Jacoby received his own $150,000 payoff from Purgatorium, so Sherlock enlists the help of the online hacker community Everyone to find other beneficiaries. In return, Everyone demands a treatise on why Bella from Twilight should have ended up with Jacob. Everyone, it would appear, is not Team Edward.

“Personally, I see no reason why they couldn’t have come to an arrangement that involved all three of them,” Sherlock says, “but that’s not the position that Everyone has asked me to take.”

Everyone turns up five names, including Jacoby. Two have been reported missing, one turned himself into a hospital and died shortly after, and the fifth hasn’t been seen at work but told a coworker he was being followed. Also, the hospitalized victim told his doctors he was 34 but had lived for many more years than that, leading Sherlock to believe that the drug he had been exposed to was a neurological stimulant that gives the appearance of slowed time.

Sherlock, Watson, and Kitty find the last patient, who is cogent but suffering from side effects. He was offered $150,000 a year to participate in the trial. He remembers seeing the nurse, as well as another man whom Sherlock matches to Dr. Dwyer Kirk (Larry Gilliard Jr.).

But EZM-77 isn’t the only drug plaguing Sherlock’s mind. He’s still shaken by the events of “End of Watch,” when a fellow addict posted Sherlock’s anonymous comments online. Now he is skipping meetings and questioning his participation in the addiction recovery program. Sherlock gives his usual excuse—that he’s too busy with work—but it becomes increasingly clear that something is wrong.

Watson confronts him, and Sherlock admits that he’s feeling frustrated by the “Is this it?” nature of his now two-years-strong sobriety. He says keeping his addiction at bay is a repetitive, relentless, and tedious, and is beginning to wear him down.

“My sobriety is simply a grind,” Sherlock says. “It’s just this leaky faucet which requires constant maintenance and in return offers only not to drip.”

Sherlock promises that he won’t use drugs, but Watson stays at the brownstone that night just in case, which provides a nice bit of early-Elementary nostalgia, when Sherlock wakes her the next morning by blaring his bugle (not a euphemism).

The police have looked into Kirk and found all the evidence they need to make an arrest. Kirk doesn’t attempt to hide his involvement in the trial, but he refuses to identify where the money came from, leading Sherlock and Watson to believe he is protecting someone. They discover that as a child, Kirk was selected for a scholarship program founded by James Connaughton (Dakin Matthews), a wealthy man near death.

Is he trying to create a pharmaceutical fountain of youth? Connaughton won’t say, but he’s less than cryptic in stating that if a drug like EZM-77 existed, it should elicit praise, not threats of arrest.

Captain Gregson leans on Connaughton’s at-home nurse, who remembers calling two men from Purgatorium who came over and were told the trial participants needed to be “taken care of.” But when the police return to arrest Connaughton, they find him deep in an EZM-induced coma, enjoying a perceived respite from death.

Stray Thoughts

• Alfredo lives! If I’m remembering right, this is the first time we’ve seen Sherlock’s sponsor in season 3.

• Episodes featuring Mason are 2-in-2 for unresolved endings. The architect of the “Bella” killing remains at large, and Connaughton may never wake to face justice.

• I was a little surprised that Bob Stookey’s (or D’Angelo Barksdale’s) appearance was so brief. Gilliard Jr. is a pretty recognizable actor for a two-minute cameo.

• “It led you to spend the night here, which in turn affords me the opportunity to rouse you. I’ve missed it.” As have I, Sherlock. As have I.

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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