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'Elementary' recap: Something wicked this way comes

Season 3 | Episode 10 | “Seed Money” | Aired Jan 15, 2015

This week’s Elementary packs a punch, with a last-second cliffhanger that teases a looming and sinister threat on the horizon.

I hate to start at the end, but there’s no avoiding that final scene. After the episode’s twin cases are solved, Captain Gregson discreetly calls Sherlock. A woman has been abducted and killed, her back marked with large scars. Scars that Gregson recognizes from the files on Kitty’s attack back in London.

“The man who hurt her is here in New York,” Sherlock says before the episode fades to black, hinting at the trouble on its way for our detectives.

It’s a dark and foreboding moment, made all the more impactful after an hour that focused on the progress Kitty has made since leaving London, and her past, behind. Each of this week’s two cases dealt, in some way, with Kitty’s evolution from victim to detective; it makes me anxious to think that could come crashing down.

In “Seed Money,” Kitty tracks down a missing girl and stops her from executing a plot to bring public shame to her father, a rapist whose actions resulted in her conception. At the same time, Sherlock and Joan solve the murder of a gifted botanist who successfully cloned the rarest of rare flowers. Their time together allows Sherlock to tell Joan that he plans to promote Kitty from apprentice to full partner, a position he once believed only Joan could occupy.

“You’ve been a good friend and a good partner,” Sherlock tells Joan. “It was you, in fact, that helped me understand the concept of partnership.”

To Sherlock, Joan and Kitty are like two Wu Tai orchids, a species believed to be extinct save for one last priceless flower. Finding one was improbable; finding two seems impossible.

“An honest politician is rare,” he says. “A marriage worth the bother is rare. This is the only orchid of its kind in existence.”


Apparently not, since we now have two of them. As it turns out, the flowers were fakes. Hopefully, Sherlock’s unlikely discovery of crime-fighting companions will prove to be more sincere.

As I’ve noted before, Kitty Winter is a character from the Holmes canon, appearing in “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.” We’ll talk more about that story next week when Elementary‘s “Illustrious Client” airs; suffice it to say that it involves a murderer of women and an enraged Kitty bent on revenge.

But for now, let’s discuss “Seed Money.” It’s a good episode that saw a number of changes for our main characters.

Holmes appears to be feeling better after his multiple-week ennui toward addiction recovery. He’s attending meetings again, and is more conversational with Watson.

Joan has some news of her own. She plans to abandon her private detective practice, and divide her time between consulting for the NYPD and a new gig doing investigative work for a big insurance company.

As for the cases: Kitty’s missing girl staged her disappearance, giving her father’s license plate number to a friend so that when the authorities came looking, suspicion would land on him and force her mother to tell the world about his crimes. But Kitty talks her down, explaining that her mother has moved past the experience and wouldn’t benefit from digging it all up again.

“What she went through was terrible,” Kitty says. “It was unspeakable, but she chose to focus on the good in her life. She chose you.”

The parallel with Kitty is clear, driven home by the opening scene at a victim support group. Kitty is thriving. She accepted Holmes’ offer to study detective work, and now she feels a sense of purpose among her peers.

For the murder of the botanist, or Clay, it turns out he grows marijuana for a Brazilian cartel and wanted to go legit. During negotiations with an agricultural firm, he became romantically involved with one of the executives, who killed him in a jealous rage when she found out that hers wasn’t the only special flower he had been handing out around town.

In the end, it was Clay’s special blend of plant food that did the murderer in, after she included it by mistake when handing over her clone of the Wu Tai orchid to the detectives. Joan recognizes the coffee-and-fish scent when she visits Clay’s apartment with an ex-girlfriend, who explains that Clay gives flowers and plant food to all his gals.

Which brings us back to that final scene, with Holmes and Gregson staring at the scarred back of a murder victim, and the realization that very bad things are about to happen.

Stray Thoughts

  • Still no sign or mention of Andrew from 6D. I’m assuming he and Joan are still in a relationship, but who even knows?
  • Watching Sherlock’s outrage as he accused AgriNext of killing bees was awesome. This season has turned into a sort of hobby-of-the-week parade, but Holmes’ beekeeping from season one still seems like one of his most distinct traits.
  • Sherlock put on a supportive face when he heard about Joan’s new corporate gig, but it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t think that decision is going to stick. I tend to agree.

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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