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Season 3 | Episode 13 | “Hemlock” | Aired Feb 5, 2015

One might assume that Elementary would take a bit of a breather after dispatching Adelbert Gruner, Kitty’s attacker from London. But one would be wrong.

This week’s episode of Elementary gives us a mysterious new villain who tries to POISON JOAN WATSON (!!!!!) but instead manages to hurt poor Andrew from 6D (Raza Jaffrey), who has only recently returned from Denmark.

Oh, and Andrew also happened to take a sip from the poisoned latte in the midst of being dumped by Joan. Andrew from 6D is not having the best week.

But first, there’s a case to solve. Sherlock is quite bored, with neither a compelling mystery nor his protégée Kitty to occupy his time. He tries to divert himself by solving the Black Dahlia and Jack the Ripper murders, turning to his casual romantic guests and his single-stick dummy as sounding boards, before leaping at a case involving a missing, possibly unfaithful husband that would otherwise be beneath him.

Stephen Horowitz (or Steven—I never saw it spelled) works at one of the largest law firms in New York City, or so his wife believes. When Sherlock and Joan go to investigate, they find that Horowitz was actually let go months earlier, but he has paid a secretary to continue answering his calls.

Thanks to an El Salvadorian horchata stain and a postal code on the secretary’s payment, Sherlock narrows Horowitz’s location down and finds his car, booted for street sweeping violations, in front of an office bearing Horowitz’s name. The office is mostly cleared out, safe for several phones, broken glass, and a little blood splatter and brain matter.

Since leaving the law firm, Horowitz had been working as a debt merchant, purchasing unpaid bills for pennies on the dollar and shaking down debtees. He has recently acquired a “mother lode” worth millions of dollars with the help of some seed money from a rogues’ gallery of shady characters, but he was able to pay them off before someone brained him with a fire extinguisher.

Turns out Horowitz had decided to forgive the remaining debts, a decision that was problematic for a developer looking to build a ski resort in Connecticut. A single holdout refused to sell his property, and they were counting on his crippling debt to force his hand.

But it wasn’t just the developer who stood to lose out on a fortune. Their lawyer, a partner at Horowitz’s former law firm, stood to earn sizable billings by the deal. Another look at the broken glass at Horowitz’s office revealed that some of the pieces were from a pair of glasses; when reassembled, the killer’s fingerprint was revealed.

Throughout the case, Joan is slightly distracted by Andrew’s return and his suggestion that she meet his father. Sherlock suggests that she wants out of the relationship, and his suspicions are confirmed after she has dinner with Andrew’s dad.

Joan asks Andrew to meet her at a coffee shop, where someone (a woman, if I saw correctly) bumps into her while she retrieves two lattes. She gives Andrew the “you are such a great guy speech,” but before he can respond, he gasps for air and collapses to the floor.

He had taken a sip of Joan’s drink before recognizing the skim milk and switching cups. Was that sip enough to kill him? The episode fades to black as Joan tells someone to call an ambulance.

But who is responsible? The drug queenpin (is that a word?) Joan took down in the season-three premiere? A jealous Moriarty wanting Sherlock all to herself? Isaac Pike? Next week’s episode is titled “The Female of the Species,” which could possibly point to Irene Adler, whom Sherlock famously described as eclipsing the whole of her sex. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Stray thoughts

  • The episode’s title, “Hemlock,” was nicely hidden in plain sight. I didn’t give it a second thought during the main story about Stephen Horowitz.
  • Joan suggested several possible roommates for Sherlock, including Miss Hudson, Miles, and The Nose. It’ll be interesting to see who eventually joins him at the brownstone, and it was a treat to see Joan spend the night. Just like old times.
  • I’m betting that Andrew from 6D survives, at least into next week’s episode. He’s been absent too much this season to reappear and die offscreen.

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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