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Season 3 | Episode 18 | “The View from Olympus” | Aired Apr 2, 2015

Holmes gains access to a God-like perspective, and has to deal with some baby mama drama, while tracking down the killer of a ride-share driver on this week’s Elementary.

Sherlock’s gifts for observation and deduction have always given him something akin to superpowers in popular culture. He may not be able to swing from skyscrapers or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he can put away a bad guy by noticing a misplaced bag of rice.

But in “The View from Olympus,” his gifts are compared to divine powers rather than superhuman abilities. After gaining access to the internal software of a ride-sharing app named Zooss—the first of several mythological references—he gains a “level of omniscience traditionally ascribed to God and Father Christmas.”


And outside the case of the week, a sporadic sexual partner asks him to father a child with her, in part to bestow his intellectual prowess on the next generation. Reproduction: nature’s immortality.

Let’s start from the beginning. Joan arrives at the Brownstone and notices Sherlock laying out his “sex blanket,” a bearskin rug that, apparently, Sherlock prefers for coital recreation. An irregular (with benefits) named Agatha is in town for a speech, and Holmes suggests that Joan spend the next few days at a luxury hotel, at his expense.

The next day, the detectives are called to the scene of a murder, where an Uber-esque Zooss driver was repeatedly crushed by a yellow cab. At first they suspect it’s due to the mounting tension between traditional cab companies and ride-share apps, but a piece of debris at the scene points to a 2003 Crown Victoria as the murder vehicle, of which there are no active taxis registered with the city.

Det. Bell tracks the recent sales of Crown Vics, which leads the detectives to a registered sex offender with fresh airbag rashes. After some pressure, he admits to killing the Zooss driver, Galen Barrow, under the direction of a blackmailer who had pictures of him visiting schoolyards in violation of his parole. He’s the murder weapon, Joan says, but not the true killer.

It turns out that Galen was a budding investigative reporter who joined Zooss as driver to research an article. He was having an affair with his editor, who also was receiving blackmail demands by someone with knowledge of her comings and goings.

Sherlock deduces that Zooss is the connection, with someone at the company using its tracking software to identify blackmail targets. He meets with the app’s executives, who agree to hand over “Olympus”—a mapping program showing the locations of all Zooss users in New York City.

Holmes has a lot on his mind. Agatha has violated their sexual contract by asking him to father her child, which later turns out to have been, at least in part, a suggestion by Sherlock’s father to ensure an heir to the Holmes line. He then stays up all night staring down from Olympus at the New York City streets, with his keen brain picking out the travel patterns of individual New Yorkers.

That points him back at the Zooss executives, one of whom had been using the software to stalk a woman who had recently visited a police station—one of only 36 Zooss users to do so—before leaving the city to stay with her parents. The executive had learned of the original blackmailer, Patrick Kemp; after Kemp was killed in a mugging, the executive used Olympus to blackmail the pedophile into killing Galen, who was aware of Kemp and was getting to close to revealing the dark side of the Olympus software.

It’s a complicated web, and after picking through it, Sherlock declines Agatha’s offer of fatherhood. She thinks he uses his gifts to solve crimes because he’s motivated to help people. But he tells her that instead, his heightened perception is a burden, and his work is a treatment of an ailment rather than an effort to do good.

“I cannot, in good conscience, pass all that on to someone else,” he says.

Joan arrives home again. The sex blanket is put away and Agatha is gone. Sherlock is looking through some old cases with a long face. Joan offers him first some company, and second some ice cream. He declines, but after a moment, his face brightens a little and he asks what kind of ice cream they have.

Stray Thoughts

  • Sherlock’s description of Bono as the “wailing goggle man” is both hilarious and incredibly on point. I’ve had to delete Songs of Innocence from my iTunes account several times.
  • Did anyone notice that Sherlock refers to Agatha as “Not Your Regular Irregular”? It sounded like a play on the episode title for this season’s third outing, “Just a Regular Irregular.”
  • This exchange: “She asked for a donation.” “To what? An environmental group?” “To her uterus.”
  • And this one: “So now you have to have brain damage to want a baby?” “Your words.”

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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