Elementary: Déjà Vu All Over Again
by Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)
Ladies and gentlemen, one Sherlock Holmes has now decided it’s time for the proverbial “training wheels” to come off of Dr. Watson, and for her to take her first big girl steps into becoming a detective!
Six months prior, a woman named Vivian was on a subway station dock awaiting the next subway when a man approached and handed her a bouquet of flowers. The man walked away only to return as the subway arrived, and pushed the woman off in front of it, killing her. Fast-forward to present-day, a lawyer friend of Sherlock’s father approaches him about a case. A woman, Callie, has gone missing after telling her husband, Drew, that she was leaving him in a video message. In the video, she also mentions the woman who had been pushed in front of the subway train. So, Holmes decides he is going to investigate the subway murder while Watson is on her own for this disappearance case. Good luck, Watson!
Watson interviews Drew and comes to the conclusion that he killed her based on body language and speech pattern. She decides to stake him out and finds he has a wooden chest that he says “his wife took when she left.” Watson, along with Alfredo (the security alarm system guy who challenges Holmes, remember?), then follows him to a self-storage unit. With training she’s obtained from Alfredo, Watson breaks into the car and opens the trunk, only to be caught. Inside the trunk where Watson believes is the body? Nothing! Oops!
Watson is sent to jail and Holmes bails her out. They return to watch video from the subway incident, showing the killer with a beard and a jacket with a patch. Also, a violinist was there who saw the whole thing, and according to Holmes, recognized the killer. Holmes is able to track him down and bring him in for questioning. The pickpocket isn’t able to identify the killer, but notes a patch was on the jacket. Later, Watson goes to say she can no longer stay on the case but notices a portrait or Rebecca wearing a jacket with the patch they are looking for. She says the jacket belonged to Drew and that he shaved his beard shortly after Callie disappeared.
Drew is brought in for questioning and realizes the order of the crimes is wrong. The video of Callie saying goodbye was made prior to their first breakup, not the most recent. The video mentioned a woman being pushed in front of a train eighteen months ago, so Drew went and did the same to another woman to cover his tracks after he killed his wife. Gregson notes that they checked Callie’s emails and found that the original had been deleted and resent prior to appear like it was new. They’ve now proven Drew to be the murderer.
Back at home, Watson now changes a profile to being a “consulting detective” as her career.
This episode was a little confusing, especially once putting it all together. We all knew that Drew was the murderer from his first interview with Watson. I don’t know if it was just how he portrayed the character (it just came off as guilty) or that we’re just getting to be as good as Holmes at solving these cases, but it was evident. The whole “murder from eighteen months ago to be used as a secondary by pushing another women in front of a train to create an alibi to kill his wife” thing was one of those “Huh?!” moments. They could have totally simplified this plot twist instead of leaving us with “O…kay…sure.”
Even though Holmes decided to send Watson out of the nest to fly on her own, it all came back together in the end. Mind you, I’m no expert in Sherlock Holmes lore, but I would doubt there were many stories in which Watson worked on his own to solve individual cases. After all, the story was “Sherlock Holmes.” But I did enjoy the independence Watson was given and to see her critical thinking coming into play. It’s also nice that they didn’t make her too smart, but are giving her obstacles to overcome as she progresses in becoming a better detective.
On a side note, I thoroughly enjoyed the opening sequence with Watson breaking into a car and trying to hotwire it. Definitely a method Holmes would employ, so it was nice to see Watson working on it. Plus, she has Alfredo there teaching her the ropes. It’s apparent that this training is going to come into play as the series progresses. I think we can expect Holmes to get into some predicaments in the future and Holmes will be there to bail him out, as per the story of old. Stay tuned!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars