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Season 3 | Episode 16 | “For All You Know” | Aired Mar 5, 2015

Sherlock Holmes’ investigative method has been the end of many a criminal over the years. He excels at connecting seemingly unconnectible dots and solving seemingly unsolvable mysteries.

But what happens when Sherlock himself is the suspect? And to make matters worse, what if he can’t remember the murder he may or may not have committed?

In this week’s Elementary, Sherlock is the primary person of interest. The body of a woman is discovered with a note from Holmes in her purse. When he’s questioned by the police, he confirms that the handwriting on the note is his own.

So how did it get there? Hard to say, since the murder occurred in December 2011, when Sherlock’s drug addiction was at its worst and the great detective was paranoid, erratic, and prone to blackouts and memory lapses.

“I do not believe I could be much clearer,” he says. “I have no recollection of this woman or what might have happened to her.”

Sherlock is rattled by the accusations, and the frustration of the case leads him to engage in an “Olympics of self-pity” (Joan’s words, not mine). After he’s ambushed on the street by his alleged victim’s brother, Sherlock offers to let the attacker break his hand with a wrench in exchange for information.

Holmes tells Watson that he’d like to believe he’s incapable of murder, even in a drug-altered state, but anything is possible.

“I detached from myself,” Sherlock says. “I was a different person.”

With little to go on, Holmes and Watson search for connections between Sherlock and the victim, a woman named Maria Gutierrez. They visit Maria’s former boss, councilman Robert Barclay (Gary Wilmes), and he agrees to turn over all the information he has in order to help.

Sherlock also seeks out a former associate/drug dealer named Oscar (Michael Weston), who was around Sherlock at the height of his addiction and might be able to fill in some memory. At first, Oscar says he doesn’t remember Maria, but later on he admits that he knew her, that Sherlock killed her, and that if a note is all the police have then Sherlock is better off leaving things be.

That’s bad. It gets worse. A new witness tells the police that they saw Sherlock threaten Maria before she was killed. They arrest him, and Watson goes back to Oscar alone, assuming he pointed the finger.

Oscar takes Joan to where he stashed Sherlock’s bloody clothes the night Maria was killed. But instead of incriminating Sherlock, it’s actually the evidence they need to find the true killer. Sherlock recognizes the shirt, because Councilman Barclay was wearing it in the photo framed in his office.

Holmes deduces that Barclay is responsible for the death of Kelsey Prior, the wife of one of Barclay’s friends who was rumored to be having an affair. Barclay stabbed her, then returned to his office, where Maria saw him change out of his bloody clothes. She then asked Sherlock, through Oscar, to help her, but Barclay killed her and hid the body before they could meet.

There may not be evidence linking Barclay to Maria’s death, Sherlock says, but the bloody clothes links him to the murder of his mistress.

Sherlock was worried that his addiction had caused him to miss something, which resulted in someone’s death. But Joan reassures him that Maria’s death would have occurred with or without Sherlock’s drug use.

Hard to say whether he is convinced, and with yet another episode of season three focusing on Sherlock’s struggle with sobriety, it will be interesting to see if the Elementary writers are setting up a significant drug plot for the finale.

Stray Thoughts

Joan seems to have cleaned up the basement quite a bit. I was surprised that the case of the stolen song was dismissed after the main plot started. Seemed like a timely subplot with all the Sam Smith/Tom Petty news.

Sherlock’s time in a cell reminds him that they are “good places for bad people.”

Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9C on CBS.

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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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