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Season 3 | Episode 22 | “The Best Way Out Is Always Through” | Aired Apr 30, 2015

An escaped inmate goes on a killing spree—or does she?—and Detective Bell tries to navigate an obstacle in his love life on this week’s Elementary.

We’re three episodes away from the end of season three, and the Elementary writers are keeping their cards close to the vest. If there are any hints to the finale in “The Best Way Out Is Always Through,” I sure didn’t catch them.

That’s not meant to be dismissive of this week’s case, which gives us a peek at the personal life of Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) and pulls out some heavy guest stars, in the form of True Detective‘s Glenn Fleshler, The Americans‘ Susan Misner, and The Wire‘s Michael Kostroff. I poked a little fun last week at Elementary for playing the “famous guest star is the killer” game, but it’s certainly not a cut-and-dried choice today.

But what is cut-and-dried (bad pun) is a New Jersey judge, who is found in the subway with the business end of a screwdriver stuck in his chest. The fingerprints point to a female attacker, and the detectives first question the victim’s secret girlfriend, Loretta (Misner). But the prints come back as a match for a female inmate who recently flew the coop.

Sherlock finds it odd, noting that prison breaks are rare, and even more rarely perpetrated by women. Stranger still, spree killers tend to be men—and it’s not long before the murderer adds another body to her tab in the form of a surly prison guard (Fleshler).

Turns out Sherlock’s dubiousness is well-placed. The authorities had a hard time figuring out how the inmate escaped—because she never did: She was murdered by the prison guard and stuffed in a garbage bin outside the prison gates. But who, then, killed the guard? And why?

Those questions aren’t the only ones keeping Detective Bell up at night. He’s been seeing Monica Scot (Afton Williamson), another detective in the department, but their relationship hits some rocky ground when Marcus learns Monica secretly works for the department’s Internal Affairs division. He confronts her about it, accusing her of being a spy on her friends and fellow officers and, well, it doesn’t end well.

Oddly enough, it’s Sherlock who encourages Det. Bell to give the relationship another shot. He worries that the people around him are prone to mimic his social isolation, pointing to the romantic troubles of both Joan and Captain Gregson as examples, and suggests that Marcus is happier with Monica. Bell takes Holmes’ advice, but it’s a little late. Monica decides to work publicly for IA rather than lurk in the shadows. She also tells Bell to look her up after the dust settles.

As for the murders, the scandal of a murdered inmate at the hands of a corrupt prison guard is enough to prompt the governor of New Jersey to choose a different prison-management company for a major bid. And the man who benefits most from that change is Trey McCann (Kostroff). What’s more, he was at the same fundraiser as the victim right before the murder, giving him knowledge of the man’s whereabouts. He also had a connection to the crooked prison guard from his time as an employee of McCann’s company.

The police search Fleshler’s house. Although a blood-splattered tux is suspiciously absent, they’re able to recover the gun he used to tie up a loose end: the guard.

Detective Bell shows up at the brownstone, where Sherlock has recently finished confirming that the black-market Stanley Cup he purchased is in fact the Stanley Cup. And so the two detectives bond as you would expect them to, having a man-to-man about their lady drama while practicing their card-throwing into the championship trophy of the National Hockey League.

Stray Thoughts

  • My girlfriend, Liz, immediately realized the “escaped” inmate was, in fact, dead. I was quite surprised.
  • What do you do with a fake Stanley Cup? Give it to your pet turtle to use as a wading pool, natch.
  • The prison guard mansplains that “SHU” refers to the solitary housing unit. Joan’s response that “We get Netflix” literally made me laugh out loud.
  • Sherlock: “The great love of my life is a homicidal maniac. No one is perfect.”

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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