Elementary 2.10 Review: Flowers and Fidelityby Mel BiJeaux / January 16, 2015
Elementary seems to be increasing it’s “rhythm” in an effort to be ready for February Sweeps, but it was hard to tell as this episode had a relatively slow start. And as this season has seen a few dud episodes, I feel like it’s high time for some more character driven story arcs to take the forefront.
The case starts out with the usual bait and switch – the deaths of an elderly couple a prelude for the real crime, the “necklacing” murder of biochemist Clay. His manner of death and the fact that he was growing some genetically beefed up mary jane for a drug cartel would point to the easy solve of this being a cartel hit. But of course, we know it’s never that simple.
The usual ho-hum of solving the crime takes a nice little twist though. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting the reefer-growing motive for murder to take a wild turn into “Oh look, he’s got a super rare orchid over there, that must be why he was killed!” But then that is just like Sherlock to spot the minutia in the mountain of evidence.
The rare orchid opens up a new list of suspects, that points to the CEO of the AgriTech firm finally quickly, but at least they didn’t leave the cartel out of all the fun. And it was worth the run-around with the AgriTech lady just to see Sherlock’s utter disdain for pesticide use killing off bee colonies and calling her a “bee murderer.” Trust Sherlock to speak for the bees!
The more interesting B plot doesn’t entirely revolve around Kitty’s missing teenager case, but around Sherlock and Joan’s every changing relationship. The show has always done a good job in creating an interesting atmosphere for the growth and change of Sherlock and Joan’s partnership and friendship. But we know Sherlock doesn’t do well with change, so when Joan announces she’s going to be an in-house investigator for an insurance company, this throws him for a loop. Sherlock also struggles to tell Joan that he’s decided to promote Kitty to his proper partner, which leads us to believe that up until now, he’d been entertaining the hope that Joan might return to him as his permanent partner.
They both don’t seem to have to time to properly hash out their feelings on thee changes because the case kept getting in the way. Maybe the feelings will have time to percolate and then come out in a different way later, as the show tends to do. They did take the time to show both characters trying to console and reassure one another that their partnership – such as it is – won’t change. The rug has been pulled from beneath them both and now they must figure out where they stand yet again.
Kitty’s smaller storyline wasn’t a complete waste, however. It’s been hinted that her introduction in the show and her past as a rape and torture survivor would be a prelude of plots to come, and now it has come to fruition. Kitty’s attacker has come to New York and is already raping, torturing and murdering new victims.
In the upcoming episodes we should see Sherlock’s intense protective side come out, because we know that while he is always in tight control of his feelings, he does have them. And Sherlock has never taken it lightly when someone he cares about is threatened ( see his reaction to Joan’s kidnapping last season). At his heart, Sherlock is a guy who wants to help, and I think that is a main factor in why he took Kitty as his protege. He wanted a partner and he wanted to nurture her instincts and talent, but he also wanted to give her a way to heal.
Let’s just hope this new baddie doesn’t take interest in Joan as well.
This episode was a nice lead-in for the more angst-riddled episodes to come, which we look forward to seeing.
Elementary is all new, Thursday January 22 at 10/9c on CBS.